NEWS: Sennheiser HD 800 S Anniversary edition

Sennheiser HD 800 S Anniversary Edition

 

A few weeks ago Sennheiser got in touch to share the news about this new special Anniversary Edition of the HD 800 S. We’ve had it here with us for a while now but we couldn’t share the news before the official update.

Sound-wise no changes have been done to the HD 800 S’s tuning, it purely is a cosmetic change to celebrate 75 years of Sennheiser.

You can find our HD 800 S review here:

Review: Sennheiser HD800S – The New Kid In town

The Sennheiser press-release explains it all so here we go! Oh, and there will be more news from Sennheiser soon…

— PRESS RELEASE —

Since its formation in 1945, Sennheiser has shaped the future of audio. Its innovative products and audio solutions create outstanding sound experiences for customers the world over. A shining example is Sennheiser’s audiophile reference model HD 800 S, cherished by audio enthusiasts for its brilliant sound reproduction and impressive spatiality. To celebrate 75 years of audio history, Sennheiser releases a collector’s edition limited to 750 units worldwide. The HD 800 S Anniversary Edition comes in an exclusive matte gold colorway, each unit made truly unique by a laser engraving with the individual serial number on the headband.

“Our 75-year history has not only been shaped by exceptional ideas and innovations, by taking on challenging projects and achieving numerous successes – above all, we are celebrating an enduring passion for great sound this year,” said Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, co-CEO of Sennheiser, who alongside his brother Daniel Sennheiser is the third generation of the family to manage the company. “Our reference headphones HD 800 S are a testament to this passion that has been driving us for 75 years. They are cherished by audiophiles all over the world, so we wanted to celebrate our anniversary with a collector’s edition of this very special model,” added Daniel Sennheiser, co-CEO.

Each HD 800 S Anniversary Edition is delivered directly from our Quality Evaluation department together with a frequency response certificate specific to each headphone. Limited to 750 units, the HD 800 S Anniversary Edition comes with an exclusive matte gold colorway and a laser engraving with the individual serial number on the headband.

Hearing the difference in every detail

Brilliant trebles, precise bass reproduction and a particularly clear sound image combined with a frequency range of 4 to 51,000 Hz make the HD 800 S a firm favorite among the audiophile community. The diaphragm of the headphones’ 56-mm transducer is made of Sennheiser’s patented duofol-transducer material to ensure exact music reproduction and reduction of resonances, keeping total harmonic distortion to less than 0.02 percent. Additionally, Sennheiser’s innovative absorber technology reduces the so called “masking effect”, an acoustic phenomenon that arises as the human ear is unable to perceive higher-pitched sounds that have low-volumes, while significantly louder sounds in a lower frequency range occur. The patented technology neutralizes the energy of the resonances, thus preventing any unwanted peaks in the frequency response and ensuring that even the finest nuances of music remain audible across the entire frequency range. The circum-aural earcups were developed with meticulous attention to detail as well, as the design directs the sound waves to the ears at a slight angle, thus creating an impressively natural and spatial sound experience.

Luxurious design for luxurious sound

The HD 800 S Anniversary Edition is handcrafted at the audio specialist’s headquarters in Wedemark, Germany. Sennheiser uses glass-fiber strengthened plastic, a material valued in the aerospace industry, for the headphones’ housing, making them particularly durable yet lightweight. The earpads are made from a soft vegan velour material for optimal wearing comfort, while the grid and grills have been crafted from a stainless-steel mesh. The matte gold yoke, decor ring and shell ring give the HD 800 S Anniversary Edition a uniquely elegant look that is every bit as exceptional as their sound. Each of the 750 units in the collector’s edition has its serial number laser-engraved on the headband.

The HD 800 S Anniversary Edition will be available from September 22 for 1,599 EUR at the Sennheiser webshop, Sennheiser stores and at selected retail partners.

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Lieven is living in Europe and he's the leader of the gang. He's running Headfonia as a side project next to his full time day job in Digital Marketing & Consultancy. He's a big fan of tube amps and custom inear monitors and has published hundreds of product reviews over the years.

3 Comments

  • Reply September 18, 2020

    Ming

    Is this marketing or reviewing ??? This release is really a non-event …
    An “anniversary edition” with nothing else but a ugly “nouveau riche” color ?
    Can’t Sennheiser do anything better for the anniversary of this legendary headphone ?

    • Reply September 18, 2020

      Lieven

      Does the title say it’s a review? Is it the HD 800 S’s birthday? No it isn’t, Michel.
      Were we all hoping for a new TOTL headphone from Senn? Perhaps. But at the same time it’s nice to see a brand do something special for their 75th anniversary. In this case it’s a special edition of one of their best selling headphones. There is nothing bad or wrong about that and it’s better than releasing a Senn turns 75 t-shirt which no one will get.
      I am sure Senn will come back with great products soon, if this one isn’t for you then just ignore it…

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