Sennheiser is continuing its 75th-anniversary celebration with another special edition of a classic pair of headphones. Sennheiser has announced the HD 800 S Anniversary Edition, a collector’s edition of the high-end headphones. The $1,700 commemorative pair will come in a matte gold color and will be limited to 750 units worldwide when they become available on September 22.
“Our 75-year history has not only been shaped by exceptional ideas and innovations, by taking on challenging projects and achieving numerous successes — above all, we are celebrating an enduring passion for great sound this year,” said Andreas Sennheiser, co-CEO of Sennheiser.
The Anniversary Edition comes in exclusive matte gold color, and each unit is made truly unique by a laser engraving of the individual serial number on the headband.
A listed frequency range of 4 to 51,000 Hz is just one aspect that has made the HD800 S a popular choice. Another is the diaphragm of the headphones’ 56mm transducer, which is made of Sennheiser’s patented duofol-transducer material and promises to keep total harmonic distortion at less than 0.02 percent.
Additionally, Sennheiser’s innovative absorber technology boasts a reduction of the so-called “masking effect”, an acoustic phenomenon that arises as the human ear is unable to perceive higher-pitched sounds that have low-volumes, while significantly louder sounds in a lower frequency range occur. The patented technology promises to neutralize the energy of the resonances, thus preventing any unwanted peaks in the frequency response.
The circum-aural earcups were developed with meticulous attention to detail as well; the design directs the sound waves to the ears at a slight angle to create a natural and spatial sound experience.
The HD800 S Anniversary Edition is handcrafted at Sennheiser’s headquarters in Wedemark, Germany. Sennheiser uses glass-fiber strengthened plastic to create the headphones’ light but durable housing, the earpads are made from a soft vegan velour material for optimal comfort, while the grid and grilles have been crafted from a stainless-steel mesh.
The matte gold yoke, decor ring, and shell ring do give the HD800 S Anniversary Edition a unique and striking look. Each of the 750 units in the collector’s edition has its serial number laser-engraved on the headband too.