Whereas the Sennheiser HD 600 offers class-leading sound, it can be said that the 800 S possesses the best sound, period.
With the Sennheiser HD 800 S, the truth is exposed in the music. Every twang and clang, and vocal is heard with a precision that is leaps and bounds ahead of the competition. There is nothing to hide – every strength and every flaw is exposed. These headphones are absolutely critical in their sound production and do not discriminate between any element of the music. Every sound is clearly represented as if it was being played just outside of your ears.
Apart from the sound, it is another plus if you like a retro sci-fi look. Think of Blade Runner. The combination of plastic, metalwork, and head-hugging fabric creates it a slightly heavy but provide an extremely comfortable wearing experience. The detachable cloth-covered Y-cable (1 connection for each cup) is military grade as it is reinforced for extra durability with Kevlar. For something worth upward of $1500, we would not expect anything but the best.
Compared to the HD 800, the HD 800 S offers an, even more, cohesive and smoother sound experience that is a no-brainer choice for those seeking the best reference sounding cans. If you have a cash, these headphones offer the perfect sound experience money can buy.
So, why are they not number 1, if producing the best sound? Well, even though they are great in many ways, they cost a fortune. But their popularity is limited to individuals with lots of professionals demanding the best or spare cash. Also, sound quality provides diminishing returns as we get to an expensive price range. For most people, the much more affordable headphones already mentioned are more than enough.
- Retro-inspired design
- Very comfortable Industry leading sound production
- Detachable cable
- Excellent build quality and highly durable
- Slightly heavy at 330 g
- Does not fold