Sennheiser Teases Music Enthusiasts with New HD 820 Closed-Back Dynamic Stereo Headphones

January 23 2018, 04:00
Sennheiser is again redefining the limits of what is able to offer in headphone reproduction with its new HD 820 closed-back dynamic stereo headphones. The new model, previewed at CES 2018, delivers astonishingly transparent sound, thanks to a unique glass transducer cover that minimizes resonances – an innovation that ensures an incredibly realistic and natural sound field.

The new Sennheiser HD 820 is a circumaural dynamic stereo headphone design that the German company says shatters expectations of “what was thought possible from a closed-back model and set a new benchmark in sound quality for this type of design.”

“Whether on the move, at work or at home, the passionate audiophile will always want to appreciate their music to the full. Usually, high-end headphones require an open-back design, which has placed limits on where you can enjoy true audiophile sound. The HD 820 is a game changer that delivers exceptional sound while insulating the listener from their environment. I consider them to be the most transparent-sounding closed-back headphones in the world,” says Axel Grell, Portfolio Management Consumer at Sennheiser.

According to Sennheiser, the HD 820 performance has been achieved through a special innovation: Over each of the legendary Sennheiser Ring Radiator transducers are unique glass covers. Revealing the acoustics within, the patent-pending curved Gorilla glass serves to reflect the sound waves from the rear of the transducer to two absorber chambers, which results in minimal resonance.

Otherwise, the Germany-manufactured headphones feature a robust metal headband with an inner damping element, and silver-cladded OFC cables and gold-plated plugs. The ear pads are handcrafted from high-quality non-allergic synthetic leather and microfiber to cushion and insulate the listener from ambient noise.
The closed-back HD 820 headphones were shown at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, together with Sennheiser’s HDV 820 amplifier for dynamic headphones.
To complete the experience, Sennheiser recommends the use of the HDV 820 amplifier for dynamic headphones, as a perfect companion to the HD 820. A specially tuned symmetrical, impedance matching cable with low capacitance is included with the HD 820 to guarantee seamless performance from this audiophile duo. Both HD 820 and HDV 820 feature Pentaconn connectors – the new standard for balanced outputs. This offers a lower contact resistance than all other connections for headphones to produce minimal distortion and a more transparent sound reproduction. 

The new HD 820 will be available from early summer 2018 for 2,399 EUR/2,399.95 USD (MSRP).
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