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Sennheiser 800 S: New, Improved and Kinda The Same - The Audiophile Man
Squeezing as much from the initial design as possible, Paul Rigby reviews the upgraded Sennheiser 800 S headphones I have a pair of the original 800 headphones here. For a dynamic design, they serve as my high-end reference. I was interested to see if Sennheiser had tweaked the chassis in any way for the latest ‘S’ model. Placing the open-backed 800 S next to the original 800 incarnation, apart from the colour, there was no visual difference to be found, externally, except that the stainless steel skin that covers the transducer on the outside of the earphones, just underneath the outer skeletal chassis, offers a different texture. That may just be a variation in the manufacturing process. Apart from that, though, there is no obvious change between the two. In fact, oddly, the new design doesn’t even display its new ’S’ configuration name. If you look at the top of the headband, the model number remains as ‘800’ only. Taking technology cues from its IE 800 earphones, Sennheiser has reduced resonances and flattened the frequency response for the ‘S’ giving you a slightly wider frequency response of 4Hz to 51kHz against 6Hz to 51kHz. That doesn’t seem much but the …