Befitting headphones of this high grade, the Sennheiser HD 800 come with a very thick, mesh-covered detachable cable. Like all over-the-ears HD-series models, this cable is detachable. Unlike other HD-series models though, a replacement is not particularly affordable. A new one will cost you around £180, testament to the ultra-high quality of each element of this package. The cable’s 3m long, so be careful if you have pets or are a fan of whizzing around on wheeled office chairs.
The cable ends in a gold plated 6.3mm jack, protected by a long metal sleeve. No 3.5mm converter is included, but if you’re planning on skipping about town with these cans plugged into your iPod, you have got it wrong on a number of levels.
Firstly, the 300 Ohm impedance is a clear signpost that these headphones are intended for use with a headphone amp. Second, the open-back design means they’re only suitable for indoors use, preferably in a quiet environment that will let the HD 800 do their thing undisturbed.
Open-backed headphones do not shield you from the noises of the outside world, and also broadcast whatever’s being played through them to any folks nearby. Listen to the Sennheiser HD 800 from the comfort of your living room, not the comfort of a seat on the train, for all our sakes.
These headphones effectively come with no accessories, but the box itself is something to behold. Lined with silk and opening up like a presentation box for a gigantic necklace, there’s no small amount of ceremony to saying hello to these headphones for the first time. And given you’ll have just spent around £1,000 for the privilege, we don’t think that’s a bad thing.
Of course, if Sennheiser thinks it can dupe us into thinking the HD 800 are dead good with a mere fancy box and esoteric design, it has another thing coming…
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