Sennheiser HD8 review
Road-testing Sennheiser's sub-$500 DJ headphones
- Precise, clear and transparent sound
- Strong passive noise cancellation
- Left and right headphone jack
- Large leatherette cups aren't the most breathable
- Heavy over long sets
Price$ 499.00 (AUD)
Sennheiser's HD8 headphones pack a range of DJ-savvy features. Good Gear Guide passed a pair onto DJ Albie Smiles, best known as a regular DJ at the Star casino, for use during live sets and for the production of music. We caught up with him a month later to find out what he thought of Sennheiser's flagship HD headphones.
Are they comfortable?
DJ Albie Smiles: I had a four hour set wearing the headphones, either around my neck, on my head or on an ear. They were quite comfortable, even though they were a little heavier than my usual headphones. You don’t mind much when the sound quality is this good, when you’re really enjoying that.
Are they breathable?
DJ Albie Smiles: The earcups create a lot of heat. A bit more than what a normal set would, but they do block out more noise. They’re particularly comfortable for over-ear headphones. I found that they were awesome for production use because they cancel everything outside.
What did you think of the build quality?
DJ Albie Smiles: They’re very tough and well built. I love the metal sides on them, and I like how the swerve is metal.
Do the rotating cups work?
DJ Albie Smiles: It’s a great addition, but its not something I’d use all the time because I feel it’s easier to take them off, instead of just rotating one cup.
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DJ Albie Smiles: From the treble to the bass, the tones were great. The sound is evenly spread out and it doesn’t lean towards one genre. It’s transparent sound.
Also, the noise cancellation is amazing.
Even from a phone it produces great sound. They can be used as an everyday set of headphones. If you’re going to work and you don’t mind an over ear headphone, they’d be great, just a little big.
What do you like about them?
DJ Albie Smiles: They have a twist and pull cable. I reckon that’s awesome because you can disconnect your headphone securely, without worrying the cable might get wrecked when you pack up.
It’s very easy and all done in one motion.Read more: Bowers & Wilkins P5 (Series 2) review: For elegant sound
What don’t you like about them?
DJ Albie Smiles: It's a spiraling cable. I’m not a fan of the spiral. Straight cables are easier to handle, easier to put together, easier to take out. Spirals tangle and they're harder to untangle.
Would you buy them
DJ Albie Smiles: As a DJ and as someone who prefers on-ear headphones, no I wouldn't. I felt they produced too much heat for my liking.
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