It'd been a while since I've heard the HD800s before hearing the HD820 but the perceived difference in "stereo width" was negligible. Hopefully, as was the case with the HD800, Sennheiser will release a revision of the HD820 in the not-too-distant future that remedies its flaws and keeps its strengths. They’re classy and well made, built sturdily e… However, they are durable and have a cloth coating. Sennheiser HD800S. First few days impressions THE TREBLE: Tie HD800S keeps up the brilliance of OG HD800 (owned this a few yr ago), but dials it down to the level where it rides the cutting edge of being brilliant yet not irritating like the OG HD800 can be. As Sennheiser’s lead designer Axel Grell has explained, “Open type headphones are better by principle because sound that is radiated by the diaphragm to the rear can leave the system and the sound that is reflected from the ear can also leave the system.” As a result, Sennheiser’s closed cans have traditionally been aimed at professionals like studio musicians and DJs who require isolation, while their audiophile line has focused on open cans. 11 April 2016. Sennheiser’s first closed-back flagship headphones are beautifully built, but their sound doesn’t live up the company’s high standards. Both the Sennheiser HD 820 and the Sennheiser HD 800 S have slight, subtle boosts in their low frequencies. The HD820 is more noticeable on the head – not in a bad way – just more acutely aware of its presence. The path to the HD820 began in 2012 with a simple attempt to close the company’s flagship open-back, the HD800. Freed from the sometimes piercing high end of the HD800, it’s easy to enjoy the HD800S’s impressive soundstage (or “headstage”), which is arguably the widest and deepest of any set of cans currently available. In fact, Sennheiser isn’t saying a great deal about the changes between the two. Cyrus Audio Announces the New XR Series Amplifiers, Cambridge Audio to Release Melomania Touch True Wireless In Ear Headphone. He's written about music for publications like Filter and Under the Radar and about politics for publications like New Republic, Jacobin, and Dissent. I think I weigh the Clear's "cleaner" bass performance more than you do. Sennheiser used a Lehman Audio headphone amp, beyerdynamic used their individual A1 headphone amp. The two share the same ring diaphragm and Helmholtz resonator design, and they both use the same connectors (now in black for the HD 800 S). Shares. While there’s reason to be cautious about any oddities found in a budget measurement rig like the EARS, the EARS acquit themselves fairly well in comparison to much more advanced measurement gear. However, it sounds like their low frequencies have emphasis in slightly different parts of the region. I have no experience with the 820 but this comparison gives me a very good idea... Nice piece of work @JoshM, a spot on takeaway with HD820, even though we like them! The HD820 is basically an HD800S, closed-back. On the other hand, it felt more tucked in and even with the HD 800 S. Likewise, the kick drum seemed to have slightly more length and sub energy when I listened with the HD 800 S.  And although the differences were subtle, the groove of the song felt a little bit different in each can. Both the Sennheiser HD 820 and the Sennheiser HD 800 S have a high-mid emphasis. As a result, they both have a similar vibe to their look. There’s also the fact that, despite being a closed can, the HD820 (red) don’t isolate better than vented closed cans like the aforementioned Atticus (orange), which lacks the HD820’s soundstage, microdetail, and low bass extension, but bests the HD820 on overall dynamics, smoothness, and (crucially) tonal balance: Whereas the HD800S can now stand toe-to-toe (and often best) any open can in its price range, the HD820 are hard to recommend over another warm-leaning closed can like the Atticus, which (at a U.S. MSRP of $1,099) happens to come in at less than half the price of the HD820. The Sennheiser HD800S is the ‘new & improved’ version of the original HD800, a sound revelation which revolutionized headphone audio when released in early 2009.. Now over six years later comes the updated HD 800S touting improvements in bass response, along with a hip black color scheme and an XLR-4 cord for use with balanced-drive headphone amps. The 800 were and still are, to this day, one of the best sounding headphones on the planet. vs. vs. 15 facts in comparison. My recent review of the Sennheiser HD 820 prompted from questions from our subscribers, and inspired curiosity in me as well. The Sennheiser HD 800 S are a better critical listening headphone than the Sennheiser HD 820. Over the new few months, I’ll be reviewing a few of these new entrants into the closed-back market. Home > Headphones comparison > Focal Clear vs Sennheiser HD 800 S. 38 points. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife and two cats. Sennheiser HD820 review: too closed for comfort. The design of the headbands of the Sennheiser HD 820 and the Sennheiser HD 800 S are the exact same. Focal Utopia, Sennheiser HD820, Hifiman Arya On the other hand, the HD820 has been somewhat divisive in audio forums for not sounding as open as the HD800S despite the higher price, but I … At the same time, the violin piece at 1:00 is a little bright/sibilant on the HD800S, and is a whisker more tamed on the HD820. The HD820 projects incredibly wide and relatively deep, rivaling (and even exceeding) the soundstage of many good open-back headphones. While the HD800S is still a slightly bass-light headphone, its low end has enough heft to render Moon’s kick drum and John Entwistle’s bass accurately. The low frequencies of the Focal Stellia and Sennheiser HD 820 are quite different from each other. While the added cup material causes the HD820 to weigh in at 360 grams compared to the HD800S’s 330 grams, neither is a heavy headphone. https://www.youtube.com/majorhifi On the other, you have a pretty convincing piece of evidence for the other side of the argument: the last DAC/amp Sennheiser designed was attached to the Sennheiser HE-1 ($55,000), claimed by some to be the world's best sounding headphone system. Both have an impressive sense of extension, but the HD 800 S high frequencies have more energy. For example, in the song Growing Trade by Levon Help, the cymbals are higher in the mix when listening with the HD 800 S. However, with both headphones, those cymbals are long and full of rich harmonics. For years that stood as the companies flagship before the HD800s came along and remedied some of the original issues. As a result, it has more contrast in the soundstage which provides emotional impact, even though it does feel quite as deep as the HD 800 S. For example, in the piece La Mer, L. 111aL II, Jeux de vagues by Claude Debussy, the woodwind melodies sit more in the middle of my head when I listened with the HD 820. I'm sure some people will prefer the HD800S. Take a look at the HD 820’s earcups and you’ll find a concave piece of Gorilla glass covering the rather elegant-looking drive unit. Both the Sennheiser HD 820 and the Sennheiser HD 800 S have earpads that follow the asymmetrical shape of their earcups. Electric guitars lose some of their fullness, string articulation on bass guitars is lost, and drums sound hollow. Introduction. ". The Sennheiser HD 820 have a very deep and confident-sounding bass, with power and the right amount of reserve to sound accurate. The yolks of both headphones are designed very well and keep the tension off to avoid stress fractures. In some measurements it’s as much as 15 db. When the band enters, Keith Moon’s cymbals project far left and Pete Townshend’s guitar far right without any sense of exaggeration. The HD 820 has more of a sense of intimacy but still feels wide and expansive when the mix becomes wide and expansive. Why was that? Nonetheless, the upper-bass/lower-mids dip of the HD820 clearly affects how it reproduces music. Since then, Josh has listened to lots of music, owned lots of gear, and done lots of book learnin'. They are a still a technological marvel and I’ve been enjoying them at my house for a few years now. The string section on the HD800S gets a bit more of a "outside of the head" experience compared to the HD820. The Sennheiser HD820 is an amazing headphone and was brought in as the new flagship over the outgoing yet still incredible HD800S. The dip creates a separation between the bass and the mids that, besides affecting tonality, leads to a notable sonic incoherence. Excellent review! As you may know, I am a big fan of HD800 as well. Lastly, both headbands have a soft, microfiber-coated padding. Not only because of the color and the absorber that removes the 6kHz peak somewhat but also because of the extra (balanced) cable that comes with it. Beyerdynamic T5p Vs Sennheiser HD800 Both headphones high frequency responses have a very similar vibe, it’s just that the HD 800 S tilts up. Underneath its fancy Gorilla glass exterior, the HD820 shares much in common with Sennheiser’s open flagship HD800 and its revised incarnation, the HD800S (U.S. MSRP $1,699), which I’ll be reviewing in this piece to provide a comparison with the HD820. Given the debate about the HD820’s dip, I was anxious to measure the HD820 with my MiniDSP EARS. Like the HD800S, the HD820’s clamping force is minimal, and with proper adjustment both the HD820 and HD800S are comfortable over long listening sessions. (I had to travel couple of hundred miles to audition these) I have heard the HD800S before many times, and still with the massive soundstage it "wow'ed" me. And although both headphones’ drivers are covered (the HD 820 by glass and the HD 800 S by a metal grill), they are both visible. Could Sennheiser capture the HD800S series sound in a closed back design? Listening to “Baba O’Riley” from the clear and dynamic mid-1980s mastering of Who’s Next, the tonal contrast between the HD800S and the HD820 is marked. Looks like the HD800S and HD800 S Anniversary Edition are the same. Lastly, both headphones’ earcups house the connector for the cables. On the other hand, the ridged piece of the HD 800 S is super thin and pliable. Sennheiser HD820 … The Sennheiser HD800S is an open over-ear dynamic headphone. No EQ. Contact: steph@majorhifi.com, Sennheiser HD 820 vs Sennheiser HD 800 S Comparison Review. I auditioned  both and I preferred the HD-800S. The HD820S arrived in August 2018, after a week's burn in, I haven't touched the HD800S since, well maybe to dust it. In others, it’s as little as 3 db. Sign up for a new account in our community. As a result, their earpads are the same shape as each others. The HDV 820 is one hell of a versatile headphone amplifier on its own regardless of your choice of cans though. Find out how you can become a sponsor here. Like the HD800S, the HD820 comes in a rigid storage box. Physically, the HD820 also resembles the HD800S. Instruments and voices are easily placed in space and are remarkably clear, likely owing to the HD820’s remarkably low distortion. Otherwise, enjoy the showdown… Tags : HD800S, HD800s vs HD800, Sennheiser HD800S review. But the HD800S corrects a lot of that, IMO. I have heard the HD700, HD800, HD800s and the HD820. For example, when I was listening to MUNA’s song, Winterbreak-Tiesto’s Deep House Remix, the bass synth seemed to have more energy when I was listening to the HD 820.