Sennheiser IE 800 £500 Earphones, HDVD 800 Headphone Amp Announced

Sennheiser has revealed its most expensive IEM earphones yet. The Sennheiser IE 800 will sell for 599Euro, which will likely equate to between £499 and £599. At this price, they’ll compete directly with the top non-custom sets on the market, including the mighty Shure SE535. Sennheiser’s first headphone amp has also been unveiled. It’s called the HDVD 800.

The Sennheiser IE 800 are – we believe (awaiting confirmation) – dual-driver earphones that match a dynamic driver with an armature driver, offering a claimed frequency response of 5-46,500Hz. The main driver measures 7mm, which Sennheiser says makes it the smallest in the world. Using such tiny drivers allows the IE 800 to remain very small-bodied compared with many top-end sets – the triple-driver Westone and Shure models are relatively chunky.

IE 800
(image credit: SlashGear)

They do seek to create a distinct image, though, with an unusual cable design and dual vents on the back. We can’t yet confirm whether they use a removable cable, but when the much cheaper IE 8i earphones do, there’s little chance Sennheiser won’t bring the feature in here.

The Sennheiser HDVD 800 headphone amplifier has also been announced. It’s not cheap at 1499Euro, but is sure to look and feel the part.

It’s constructed from aluminium, with a transparent glass window up top to give you a view into its internals. It’ll take digital signals up to 24-bit, 192k – so has all the audiophile cred it needs.

Sennheiser HDVD 800
(image credit: SlashGear)

Naturally, Sennheiser says it’s designed primarily for use with its HD range of headphones – the HD 800, HD 700, HD 650 and HD 600. However, we can’t imagine many people with anything less than an HD 800-grade headphone would be willing to spend £1000-plus on a headphone amplifier.

The Sennhesier IE 800 earphones will cost 599Euro and will be available from “Summer 2012”. The 1500Euro HDVD 800 will launch in September.

Via SlashGear

Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links. Tell us what you think – email the Editor