Following the release of the HD 700 and the Amperior, Sennheiser has even more goodies up their sleeve, this time in the high-end IEM and headphone amp realms. The IE 800 in-ear monitors and the HDVD 800 headphone amp are both being prepped for a summer release.
The IE 800 will be Sennheiser’s flagship IEM boasting a 5-46k Hz frequency response despite only using a 7mm driver: Senn claims its miniature design is the smallest in the industry. The drivers are protected with ceramic casings and the housing features two stainless steel vents which supposedly improve the bass and airiness. Is it bad that I find the cable one of the coolest looking part of these?
Onto Sennheiser’s first venture into the world of headphone amps. The HDVD 800 was built for use with Sennheiser’s current line of high-end open dynamic headphones, including their top-of-the-line HD 800. Spec-wise all we know is that it will support 24-bit 192kHz sources (which is expected, er, implied in top-tier models).
The IE 800 will go for €599 ($787) and the HDVD 800 for €1,499 ($1,973).