Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by ribonucleic, Jan 8, 2018.
Sennheiser’s new closed-back headphones will shake up the audiophile world
Glass has bad acoustic properties, I would guess that they sound slightly worse than the non-glass version.
I have had everything from the HD580s up to the 800. I have sold everything but the 580s.
Wanting it will depend on its sound quality and how badly I need a closed headphone. I don't need a closed headphone of that type, so it's going to be pretty far down on my want/need headphone list. It will definitely be high on my want to hear list.
Sennheiser's marketing material mentions that they're using the concave glass cover to reflect the soundwaves to acoustic absorbers around the edge of the headphone. Interesting way to manage the backwave in a closed headphone. I'm curious about how well that works.
I ended up "fixing" the HD800 by using Sonarworks. I could never quite manually EQ it to where I was content.
I'm sure it sounds good, but $2,400 c'mon!
Well they do sell power cords for that price. The demand for value by consumers in the hifi audio marketplace is pretty weak.
This is pure 'screw the customer' and nothing else. This 'ultra priced' headphone nonsense has got to stop.
For less than the price of these headphones you can get a Stax L700 headphones AND a 353x amp. And believe me.... that combination blows the doors off the HD800S's. I own both.
I will give them a listen when they show up at the local shop. But as a new owner of some 800s, I doubt they are an improvement.
A company can price their items to their economic benefit. I don't see this as outrageous or trying to screw people. If they were out to screw people I doubt they would be flooding the market with mass drop 200 buck goodness.
It's common for german companies to have a flagship, several middle models, and some entries. If it works, it's cool, new tech...and that costs money rather it's from Apple, Mercedes, Wilson, or just about any other company.
They look much nicer than I was expecting when reading the description. Sharp
A potential area of improvement with the closed version is getting the headphones to have more punch. Closed headphones can have more punch, especially in the bass. Fully open headphones, especially headphones as open as the HD800 with a ring driver that doesn't have as much surface area, can have challenges in getting the sound and bass to have punch. Closed headphones can better pressurize the ear cups and get some punch. We'll have to wait and hear if the HD820 manages to pull that off while sounding open and like an HD800.
And what about these beauties...
Audeze LCDi4 In-Ear Headphones-Elusive Disc
A nice look to watch the dust behind the glass.
Interesting headphone. Gorilla glass or no, any glass on the earcup would worry me and my shaky hands.
It's a shame Sennheiser have entered into the fray of megabuck pricing. Previously their flagships were, in relative terms, sensibly priced and bucked the trend set by Hifiman and Audeze etc. I like Tyll's Wall of Fame (Inner fidelity) new criteria for heaphones priced over the 1000 dollar bracket - they have to be deficient of any obvious frequency response flaws. Too many megabuck headphone have inherent, unforgivable engineering deficits, and for the money, this is simply not workable. Let's see how Sennheiser fair.
And ok, this is modified and new, but surely they would have already recouped a lot of the engineering expense via the HD800 essentially being a mature, popular design at this point in time. Yes, I know they're not a charity, but I hold Sennheiser in great esteem, not only for their engineering, but for the fact they stood apart when it came to pricing/value propositions. I'm cynical until I hear them, it seems!
I’ll keep my 800s, thank you very much.
Soon one will have to buy headphones on the installment plan.
Inevitable I guess. With smaller residences, more apts. / townhouses and the familiarity of using headphones for the mobile, the trend is in the direction of headphones rather than audiophile stereo systems. So companies will aim to please (and profit from) various income levels. I am not a customer for this simply because I became a convert to the open back design years ago and do not seek marginal improvements in bass pressure.
I am not a fan of any hifi components that includes glass as part of their design. I am no expert but glass seems to have bad acoustic properties.
The concave glass reflects the sound waves from the rear of the transducer to an absorber, which results in minimal resonance. Thus, the sound waves are effectively “gone” like they would be in open headphones.Sennheiser HD 820 - High-end Headphones for audiophiles
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