Hands-On With Sennheiser's HD 800 S at CES 2016

CES 2016 is a small world full of all sorts of different technology announcements. So far we've seen some new smartphones from LG, some interesting connected devices by Samsung and LG and a number of accessory announcements. High-end audio seems to be a big thing this year at CES 2016, with Apt-X Bluetooth Audio going 24-bit Hi-Res and big names like Optoma NuForce announcing new high-end in-ear monitors. For many interested in the world of headphones however, there has been but one king among kings, the Sennheiser HD 800. Last year, Sennheiser quietly introduced a new, slightly improved version of the HD 800, dubbed the HD 800 S, and the German brand has been exhibiting them during CES 2016.

The HD 800 S are similar to the same audiophile classic that the company has been selling for years now, but Sennheiser say they've improved reproduction of the mid-range and low-end frequencies. It'll also be sold with two pairs of cables, including balanced XLR4 cables for those looking to get the absolute best out of each driver. They also come in a new color, opting for a shade of black rather than the gray/silver look of the original. These are not your average headphones, and need a headphone amp to be driven adequately. The jack itself is a 1/4-inch jack and won't even fit in your smartphone or tablet. For more portable uses, users could take a look at New York's Master & Dynamic MH40. A serious pair of headphones like these require some serious source material and more importantly, serious cash to even own them. With an RRP of $1,700 these are some of the most expensive headphones out there. Take a closer look below.

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