The Sennheiser HD 800s sport an open, circum-aural dynamic stereo headphone design that make you feel directly connected to the music. Music emerges from silence and sounds so profound that would travel into a soundstage of amazement. Soundstage refers to being able to sense the spatial surroundings of a recording.
After reading many reviews about HD800 soundstage depth and width, when I tried out my newly arrived headphones with DSD albums of Dusty Springfield, Open your ears and Maria Callas I was in for a pleasant shock. I never could have imagined the instrument separation and clarity that I heard. My Shure SE-846 IEM and Focal Spirit classic headphones though in a league of their own, could not match these headphones.
Due to HD800 my DSD album list grew overnight. Even my old flac and mp3 albums of Indian and Western classical when heard through HD800 prompted me to listen to all of them once more.
The headphones are very light and cause no fatigue.
The only drawbacks I saw was that they need powerful amplifier. I bought a Chord Mojo to go with my Fiio X7 and the combination is excellent. Also there is a lot of sound bleeding. You cannot enjoy the music without disturbing other person in the room
Having moved on from HD 598 , the experience from unboxing to wearing the headphone was absolutely mesmerizing and worth remembering .However the power failure at my residence at that moment , didn't allow me to pair this wit my Oppo HA1 , so had to anxiously wait for the power .The build has all that premium look and needless to mention that even in the humid weather of Delhi , these headphones are indeed too comfortable to wear.
I mostly listen to the "live" performances and this morning while listening to the John Williams Celebration live music, I was made to feel as if I was actually present at the Walt Disney concert hall.The highs and lows sounded so unique that it was impossible to wonder , what exactly did the engineers at Sennheiser do ? !
I am not an audiophile but my music collection which is mainly CD ripped flac and just been adding DSD format, are just ideally suited for the combo of Oppo HA1 + HD800.Of course I have just few days back added Fiio X5 (2nd G) and all this combination has added some superb listening experiences in my life. Needless to mention that Apple music , specially the B1 radio station sound out of the world through HD 800 ( just like the B1 radio station).