The HD6, HD7 and HD8 take inspiration from the famed HD 25 while delivering some new features aimed specifically at DJs and producers.
Sennheiser has announced three new headphones: the HD6, HD7 and HD8.
The "HD" is a nod to the HD 25, the German audio company's cult classic amongst DJs (as profiled in the most recent edition of our Industry Standards series). Sennheiser, who introduced the new headphones this week at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, says the HD 25 was the inspiration for these new cans, and you can certainly see their influence in the HD7 and HD8's front/back-swiveling ear cups. They're a different animal than their forebear, though, with features tailored to musical applications.
The HD6, subtitled "MIX," is aimed at "the professional sound technician," with a design emphasizing comfort over long periods of use and 150-ohm impedance optimizing them for mixing equipment. The HD7 and HD8 are both subtitled "DJ," and the feature set follows suit. They offer 95-ohm impedance geared toward DJ mixers, high levels (paired with good sound isolation) and builds meant to withstand the wear-and-tear of touring. (The higher-end 8 is built with more "premium" parts than the 7 and boasts a slightly different look.)
Each pair comes with two earpads and two interchangeable cables that can connect to the headphone at either cup. There's no price or release date yet, but the short video below will give a taste of what to expect once they're out:
The HD6, HD7 and HD8 are all coming soon from Sennheiser.