Sennheiser HD 800 Headphones Review

By on April 11, 2011
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Musical bliss.

Good: Clean sound across all frequencies, Ring transducer has complete control over oscillations, No sound distortion whatsoever, Solid build quality, Eye-catching design
Bad: Should be paired with an amp (adding more to the cost)
Price: AED 5,199
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Putting on the Sennheiser HD 800 and playing a song is like listening to the music without feeling confined, as if in open space. As if you’re right next to the source. The subtlety with which every beat is carried over the airwaves to the ear makes this a very personal experience.

If you want to be completely immersed, feel as if you’re a part of the music, then nothing comes closer than the HD 800. I’ve had a listen to the mbl 101 – MK II speakers at the Dubai Audio Center as well, and while that AED 1.4m setup (yes, that’s the actual cost!) sounds like a live performance, the Sennheiser HD 800s provide a somewhat similar experience (that of being completely absorbed in the music) at a fraction of the cost, within reach of the everyday man. With some conviction and lots of savings on the side, of course.

Listening to acoustic guitars feels like each strum is delicately carried to your ears. On the same note, piano tracks truly come into their own as each note can be felt, rather than merely heard. While listening to trance tracks and pop music made me feel like I was experiencing a live performance in a studio, some other mellow songs in my library most certainly were an emotional trip.

Bass is quite an interesting aspect of the HD 800. If you’re used to loud bass from your audio equipment, then the first time run of the HD 800 will be somewhat of a disappointment. What happens here is that each note of bass is heard in conjunction with the rest of the music, rather than overbearing and drowning out the mid-range and high notes, as is usually the case.

What you will hear are heavy instruments, such as a bass guitar or violin or even low-pitched notes, literally reverberate from the headphones right through your ear canal to your eardrums. I may make it sound dangerous, but the experience, like everything else on the HD 800, is very pleasant.

The Sennheiser HD 800 provide a level of transparency between you and the music like you’ll have never experienced before. From the lowest level of volume to as high as your ears can handle, the HD 800 will surround you in pitch-perfect music. Basically once you splurge on the HD 800, you’ll not need another pair of headphones for years. However, enough about what I have to say, you can head down to Dubai Audio Center and have a listen for yourself. Just make sure to carry your favorite tracks on your iPhone/iPod and when you listen to them on the Sennheiser HD 800, it’ll feel as if you’re actually listening to the music for the first time..

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