October, 2011 Issue

Digital ANR Headsets: Sennheiser Scores High

If not far over the fences, Sennheiser’s S1 still scores a home run. Beyerdynamic’s HS 800 might be more of a hit for style-conscious passengers.

Leave it to German engineers to create solutions that add a layer of complexity. Case in point are new digital-process ANR headsets from audiophile manufacturers Sennheiser and Beyerdynamic, the S1 and the HS-800, respectively. Whether the bottom-line experience for the wearer is better or just different than top-notch analog headsets like the Bose A20 or Lightspeed Zulu is arguable. But in both cases the digital experience is impressive. They also comes bundled with a wealth of features that earn it elbowroom in the top tier.

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