Sennheiser's new top-of-the-line HD800 arrived this week. I'll be checking them out as part of my Headphone Quest series. If you're in a hurry for an eval of the sound, Alan Sircom just did a review in HiFi+ Issue 65 which you can purchase for download here.
I took some shots of the unboxing procedure for those who are curious about the physical product.
Pretty standard retail box.
Inside you find an attractive, heavy cardboard box.
The heavy cardbox box is actually suitable as a storage system for the HD800s.
Instructions cover 12 languages.
These are definitely open back headphones. The light-colored material between the outer and inner frame pieces is a fine wire mesh.
The headband is lightly padded, though this seems thick enough to be comfortable.
You are looking here toward the back edge (the part behind your ear) of the earcup. There is a larger gap between pad and driver on this side than on the front edge. The drivers are thus aimed slightly toward the rear of your head, not straight at your ear canal. The idea is to generate some of the reflections off your outer ear that would happen in normal listening.