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Back in 2009 Sennheiser HD800 pioneered New reference class in wired Headphones providing realistic and natural sound field with minimal resonance …. More than 60 years of ingenious headphone engineering has been applied again when they updated HD800 to all new HD800 S with Further optimisation of reference class and introduction of Sennheiser’s patented absorber technology, a breakthrough that eliminats a phenomenon known as the “masking effect”, where absorber technology prevents any unwanted peaks and allows all frequency components in the music material to become audible.
With stunning new black color scheme ….
but most of all big step to provide you real sound purity is to provide with XLR-4 headphone cord for use with balanced-drive headphone amps
How does A balanced headphone XLR-4 cable matters to me ?
XLR-4 is headphone jack with 4 connections [4 wires of equal size and impedance to carry the stereo signal]. This 4-wire balanced line cancels RFI and radio magnetic interference (RMI) naturally since each stereo channel’s two equal length and gauge wires both picking up the same electrical noise, so when the signal from the two wires is combined at the speaker the added noise cancels itself out.
I think if you wish to get purity and precision with impressively natural and spatial listening experience then XLR-4 connected with HDVD 800 is a perfect situation indeed 🙂
As said Both HD 800 & HD 800S shares same DNA Signature in the following areas ….
|Open, circum-aural design|
|Realistic delivering natural sound with minimal resonance just get in studio with the performers.|
|Uncovered earcups provids best acoustic and stylimg|
|Handcrafted in Germany, made from high-quality microfiber fabric|
|Inner damping element inside the Metal headband|
|Headphone connectors are manufactured to very high precision|
Sennheiser HD800 vs 800S Specs Compare
|Reference Dynamic Headphones||
Sennheiser HD 800
Sennheiser HD 800S
|Prices are daily updated on our website||$1,019.99 Best Buy||$1,639.46 Best Buy|
|Colour options||Silver finish||high-class Matt Black|
|Drivers||56mm sound transducer|
|Impedance||300 Ω Nominal|
|THD, Total Harmonic Distortion||0.02 % (1 kHz 1 Vrms)|
|Frequency response||6 – 51000 Hz (- 10 dB)||4 – 51,000 Hz (-10 dB)|
|Jack||Jack stereo ¼” (6,3 mm)||Jack stereo ¼” (6,3 mm) / XLR4|
|Contact pressure||~ 3,4 N (± 0,3 N)|
|Cable length||3 meters|
|Weight||Without cable: 330 g||Without cable: 330 g|
|Features||New reference class in wired headphones||Further optimised reference class in wired headphones|
|Specially tuned symmetrical, impedance matching cable with low capacitance||Specially tuned symmetrical, impedance matching cable with low capacitance
Additional cable with balanced XLR4 connector
|Price||Best Buy||Best Buy|
I went through reviews of comparison of HD800 to 800S on many famous websites ! But looks like none of them are having in-depth NVH knowledge to understand what the engineers from Sennheiser put-in for last 5 years !! When you judge the sound output just by listening few songs is not enough, the headset drivers has to perform over a range of frequencies going through complex wave performances eliminating resonance ! With 25 years spent in tuning automotive engines for NVH I can surely judge the performance of 800 S over 800 !!
So the all new HD800 S provides all the audio enhancements with cohesive & smooth music experience. The perfection of hand built in Germany with pristine clarity of this headphone, the XLR4 will provide life long listening experience … So I can surely say the premium for $600 is surely worth to spend on HD800 S.