Sennheiser

Family business from Lower Saxony with worldwide success

Audio specialist Sennheiser, headquartered in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of headphones, microphones and wireless transmission technology with its own production facilities in Germany, Ireland and the USA.

The history of audiophile sound begins with the HD 414. The world’s first open headphones revolutionized the headphone market in 1968. To date, the HD 414 remains one of the best-selling headphones in the world with more than 10 million copies sold.

Another milestone followed when Sennheiser’s engineers combined the principle of open headphones with the principle of electrostatic sound converter technology for the first time. In 1977, Sennheiser introduced the Unipolar 2000 and delighted the professional world. The underlying principle was once again an innovation in the audio world.

From a flood of new headphones in 1991, the electrostatic Orpheus HE 90 / HEV 90 truly stands out. With no less a claim than to build the best headphone in the world, the Sennheiser developers had gone back to work and surpassed once again the expectations of the audio industry with this electrostatic headphone and its impressive tube amplifier. Due to its extremely elaborate processing, the Orpheus is limited to 300 copies. To this day, the legendary headphone remains the benchmark for audiophiles in terms of hearing and all high-end models developed by the audio specialist Sennheiser.

The latest reviews: Sennheiser

Studio by Ulf Kaiser 6 days ago

Sennheiser HD 820

Audiophile closed over-ear headphones

With the HD 820, Sennheiser has followed the outstanding HD 800 S with a top-of-the-range closed model for a particularly demanding clientele.

4.6

Amplifier by Ulf Kaiser 2 weeks ago

Sennheiser HDV 820

Audiophile, stationary headphone amplifier with XLR outputs

With the HD 800 S and HD 820 models, Sennheiser offers first-class headphones aimed at demanding music lovers. Naturally, the corresponding headphone amplifier is not missing from the range of products offered by the Lower Saxony-based manufacturer: The HDV 820 is housed in a stylish,...

4.6

Studio by Ulf Kaiser 1 month ago

Sennheiser HD 800 S

Wired, open over-ear reference headphones for audiophile and professional applications

With the exception of the Orpheus HE-1, the HD 800 S is the top model among Sennheiser's open headphones. The successor to the HD 800 from 2009 is available both in the regular version tested here in black and in a technically identical Anniversary Edition...

4.6

Suitable topics

Editor's recommendations: Sennheiser

Sennheiser succeeds in creating a masterpiece with the HD 660 S. The headphones deliver true audiophile sound quality that’s perfectly balanced when required. These are best enjoyed with a quality amplifier when listening at home, but holds up well for professional evaluation and editing of material in the studio. For just shy of 500 euros, you can have a headphone model that plays at the same levels of a high-quality loudspeaker and immediately ranks at the top of its class in terms of price.

Ulf Kaiser
Ulf Kaiser 6. February 2018

Sennheiser chooses the approach of evolution instead of revolution: maintaining the overall concept, but introducing improvements in detail. The second generation offers the same high level of choice of materials, workmanship and sound. A clear recommendation to buy!

Ben Seemann
Ben Seemann 1. July 2016

Ergonomic fit, adjustability of the pad depth and the low structure-borne sound transmission of the exchangeable cable are all factors that made me give a thumbs up to these in-ears. And I was also impressed by the contents of the package which includes soft-case, ear pads and cleaning tool.

Sennheiser’s IE 500 Pro In-Ears are really loud monitoring headphones that offer a wide frequency range and reproduce mid-range sounds so precisely that they ensure high speech intelligibility. However, on some productions unpleasant sibilants can be heard. When listening to hi-fi productions with these headphones, the mid-range boost may be too much of a good thing for some users. Aside from this tiny criticism, however, the sound offered is top notch. The Sennheiser IE 500 Pro are impressive monitoring-in-ears, which in my opinion are worth every cent.

Carsten Kaiser
Carsten Kaiser 23. September 2020
Sennheiser IE 500 Pro