Hands-on: Sennheiser’s HD 820 are almost my dream headphones


Few headphones are as venerable in the audiophile world as Sennheiser’s HD 800 and its younger, more refined sibling, the HD 800S. But despite their spectacularly transparent sound, there’s one particular quality that has dissuaded me from spending the money after all thesIt’s an admirable fix to a very backwards flaw in Adobe’s system. Even one cent less than equally qualified men is too large a gap, and it’s good to see Adobe take the step.e years: The open-back design leaks sound in and out.

Enter the Sennheiser HD 820 – Sennheiser’s first premium closed-back headphones. I had the opportunity to test them for a solid 20 minutes or so at CES (I was totally hogging one of the two or three demo units). Disclaimer: they were playing pre-selected tracks out of Sennheiser’s own HDV820 amp (designed specifically to pair with the HD820) in a crowded CES hall.

All that being said, they’re something very close to my dream headphones.

I don’t say that lightly, considering there’s a surplus of excellent headphones at almost every price point. But from my brief testing, the HD 820 does precisely what it set out to do: create a closed-back HD 800 S without significantly sacrificing sound quality.