SENNHEISER HD 800 S HEAD­PHONES

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Sennheiser’s HD 800 head­phones not only have the world’s largest trans­duc­ers, they’ve also been up­graded for 2016. Ac­cord­ing to Mau­rice Quarré, of Sennheiser, the com­pany has im­proved both the bass and midrange re­pro­duc­tion of the new HD 800S head­phones over the pre­vi­ous model by in­cor­po­rat­ing ab­sorber tech­nol­ogy de­vel­oped for the IE 800 model. ‘ The Sennheiser HD 800 was cher­ished by mu­sic-lovers through­out the world for its bril­liant sound im­age and im­pres­sive spa­tial­ity,’ said Quarre. ‘ The HD 800 S sur­passes the lis­ten­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of its pre­de­ces­sor, and we’ve en­hanced the equip­ment level by adding a sym­met­ri­cal XLR4 ca­ble. The new model also looks slightly dif­fer­ent, with the colour of the earcups now fin­ished in a pre­mium mat­te­black fin­ish.’ Sennheiser says the HD 800 S’s fre­quency re­sponse ex­tends from 4Hz to 51kHz with less than 0.02% THD. The di­aphragm di­am­e­ter of 56mm is the largest cur­rently found in any dy­namic head­phones, and it uses an in­no­va­tive ring de­sign to min­imise dis­tor­tion. The earcups are de­signed so that the sound waves from the di­aphragm are di­rected to the ear at a slight an­gle, which Quarre says: ‘ en­sures a par­tic­u­larly nat­u­ral and spa­tial sound per­cep­tion.’

‘ Dur­ing the de­vel­op­ment process we took time to fo­cus on ev­ery sin­gle de­tail,’ said Quarré, ‘ The new HD 800 S use only the high­est qual­ity ma­te­ri­als, not least to op­ti­mally sup­port the out­stand­ing sound prop­er­ties. For ex­am­ple, the trans­ducer is em­bed­ded in a spe­cially man­u­fac­tured stain­less steel gauze and the head­band com­prises sev­eral lay­ers of sound-at­ten­u­at­ing plas­tic and stain­less steel, while the con­nec­tor con­tacts are gold-plated to en­sure op­ti­mum con­tact. The earcups are made of high-qual­ity, high­at­ten­u­a­tion plas­tic, which is used in avi­a­tion en­gi­neer­ing as a sub­sti­tute for metal.’ As with the pre­vi­ous model, the new HD 800 S head­phones are built by hand at Sennheiser’s head­quar­ters in Wede­mark, Ger­many, and sell for $2,499.95. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact Sennheiser Aus­tralia on 1800 648 628 or visit the web­site at en-au.sennheiser.com

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