Sennheiser HDV 820 and HD 660 S

Sennheiser have launched a new reference headphone amplifier and mid-range high-fidelity headphones for home listening.
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Sennheiser have been busy re-inventing key products in their range and at the end of this year have released the HDV 820 headphone amplifier and HD 660 S headphones.

Sennheiser’s HDV 820 is the next generation of its acclaimed digital headphone amplifiers, designed to complete the Sennheiser audio experience and perfectly complement its high-end audiophile headphone range for the ultimate acoustic performance. The heart of the new HDV 820 is a formidable ESS SABRE32 DAC (digital-to-analog converter) that surpasses the previous generation with an even higher resolution of 32 bits and a sampling rate of up to 384 kHz. The amplifier is also capable of playing DSD256 files of up to 12.3 MHz. With a breadth of audio outputs that include XLR3, XLR4, 6.3 mm- and a 4.4 mm Pentaconn socket, it is easy to find the optimal way to connect your headphones with the HDV 820. It performs brilliantly with digital sources, whether optically, coaxially, or via USB, and features balanced (XLR) and unbalanced (RCA) analogue inputs too. The Sennheiser HDV 820 is on demonstration now and priced at £2,099.99.

Sennheiser’s new HD 660 S is the ideal open, dynamic headphone for the demanding listener. With a crisp bass, excellent mid-frequency response, and a gentle, pleasantly natural treble, the HD 660 S has an expressiveness that immerses you in every emotion and nuance of music. It always stays exceptionally accurate and transparent. These headphones work really well with many different audio sources thanks to their low impedance. The HD 660 S reveals its full potential when it is connected to the balanced outputs of a dedicated headphone amplifier such as the Sennheiser HDV 820 or to the balanced output of a mobile digital audio player such as the Fiio X7 ii. Accordingly, it comes with a choice of cables for just about any occasion, each made of highly conductive OFC copper. The Sennheiser HD 660 S is on demonstration now and priced at £429.99.

Listening to the HD 660 S is a pure pleasure because they are very lightweight. The elliptical ear cups are shaped to fit around the ear, while thick padding on the headband and the replaceable ear cushions guarantee hours of listening in complete comfort.

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