HDV 820

Sennheiser’s HDV 820 is the next generation of its acclaimed digital headphones amplifier, designed to complete the Sennheiser audio experience and perfectly complement its high-end audiophile headphone range for the ultimate acoustic performance.
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The perfect partner for reference-class headphones.

There are two things that mark a quest for perfection: It is never completed, and it has the potential to bring out the most extraordinary things with the power to shape the future within its field. Enter the HDV 820, which will surely change the way you listen to and experience your music. That is, if you are lucky enough to possess headphones capable of turning the extremely high-quality audio signal delivered by the HDV 820 into an aural quality just as supreme.

The mission: Better the best

When you have engineered audio components that represent the state of the art, going one better is the most rewarding task we at Sennheiser can think of. It was the task we set out on when we designed the HDV 820. Pioneering into new technological territory, we found still more sonic truth to bring to our most demanding clientele.

The sound: Making great headphones show all their class

Virtually everything. That is what the HDV 820 will give to your headphones. So, it will be up to them to make it heard. The different timbres of two otherwise identical instruments. The distance between the musicians of an orchestra, the tension before a singer delivers the first note. It is all there, for you to discover.

The sound: Making great headphones show all their class

The technology: Only the unsurpassed

The higher the tech, the higher the emotion. 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.

The technology: Only the unsurpassed

The design: Giving the eyes a taste of how it sounds

Fittingly for an audio component that delivers such an incredibly pure sonic experience, the HDV 820 has also been created to delight visually. It features a new anodized black finish with white LED lights that has been designed to perfectly complement the latest version of our flagship high-end headphone, the HD 800 S – by the way, an ideal partnership for the ultimate audiophile listening experience.

The design: Giving the eyes a taste of how it sounds

The compatibility: Outstanding sound will find a way

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. The HDV 820 also comes supplied with a dedicated, country-specific power cable.

The compatibility: Outstanding sound will find a way

ASIO compatibility information

This product supports the audio transfer protocol ASIO (Audio Stream Input/Output) for native playback of high-resolution audio files. Software components from Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH are used for this purpose. ASIO is a registered trademark of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH.

ASIO compatibility information

Technical Data

  • Dimensions
    Approx. 224 x 44 x 306 mm
  • Frequency response
    < 10 Hz to > 100 kHz
  • THD, total harmonic distortion
    < 0.001 %
  • Weight
    Approx. 2.25 kg
  • Power consumption
    Nominal 12 W
    (2 x 300 Ω headphones connected to the 4.4 mm outputs)
  • Gain
    UNBAL input/XLR-4 output:
    Adjustable 14 dB, 22 dB, 30 dB, 38 dB, 46 dB
    BAL input/XLR-4 output: 16 dB
  • Operating voltage (mains)
    100 – 240 V ~, 50 – 60 Hz
  • Dynamic range
    > 115 dB @ 600 Ω load (A-weighted)

Downloads

  • Safety Guides
    • HDV 820 Safety Guide (5.5 MB) Download

      Version 08/2017

  • Quick Guides
    • HDV 820 Quick Guide (5.7 MB) Download

      Version 08/2017

  • Instruction Manual
    • HDV 820 Instruction manual (3.6 MB) Download

      Version 08/2017

  • EU Declaration of Conformity
    • EU Declaration of Conformity HDV 820 (310 KB) Download

  • Application Software
    • HDV 820 USB Audio Software Package for Windows - incl. Firmware Version 3.32.7.87 (1.7 MB) Download

    • HDV 820 Updater for mac OS - incl. Firmware Version 3.32.7.87 (230 KB) Download

  • Release Notes
    • HDV 820 Firmware Update - Version 3.32.7.87 - Release Notes (33 KB) Download

  • Compliance Sheet
    • ASIO compatibility information (240 KB) Download

What's in the box?

  • HDV 820 Headphone Amplifier
  • Power supply cable (depending on region; EU, UK, US, CN, KR)
  • Quick guide
  • Safety guide
  • Microfiber cloth
  • USB flash drive (SD-U16L version) with instruction manual (as PDF file) and driver software for Microsoft Windows operating systems