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      19.05.2014 17:00
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      The Sound of Sennheiser Quality

      My oldest son is, at eleven years old, absorbed in technology whenever he has the opportunity. I originally purchased my two oldest children a set of headphones each for the purposes of listening to their own DVD players on long journeys. The headphones were soon adopted for many other purposes and these Sennheiser HD201 chunky headphones were purchased as a replacement for his original set which proved unfit for regular use by a rather heavy-handed child. These Sennheiser headphones certainly look the part and the black and silver colour scheme is both stylish and practical. These are not aimed purely at children or young people and even as an adult I would feel happy about using these.

      The band section explands to accommodate a wide range of ages and head sizes. My eleven year old son has these set about two inches above the minimum level, so these could be tightened to fit a much younger and smaller child. There is plenty of room available as these adjust easily to fit my adult sized head without feeling too restrictive. Expanding the headphones is very straightforward and requires little physical effort to adjust them to an appropriate secure and comfortable fitting.The band section is particularly chunky; made from strong plastic and feels pretty strong and flexible.
      The padded ear sections appear very large and are slightly elongated which provides a comfortable ft. The soft pads remain securely in place without slipping or causing any discomfort for my son.

      The cord length is more than adequate for most purposes and provides plenty of flexibility. The jack fitting is a standard 3.5mm size which fits most devices.

      The sound and tone quality of these headphones is excellent, regardless of the device used and I appreciate how well they contain the sound without annoying third parties. We paid around twenty pounds for this set from PC World last August and thus far they have seemed excellent value for money with no sign of damage to the internal wiring or to the exterior.

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      26.02.2014 00:40
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      Great sounding audio at a great price

      A radio presenter friend of mine has a pair of these headphones and as I present and run a radio show once a week I regularly borrow these to monitor the output of the show.

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      On the smallest adjustment the headphones fit comfortably on my head, however I wouldn't say I have a small head, so a child or someone with a small head might find it hard to keep these on without having to hold them in place. The ear cups are a perfect size and fit comfortable over your ears while effectively blocking out external noises. The ear cups are cushioned so comfortable to wear for long periods of time (or at least the duration of our 1 hour radio show).

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      The sound these headphones produce is crisp and clear with no distortion or buzzing, even when on an high volume the sound produced is of high quality.

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      Great quality audio headphones at an affordable price. It works great for what I need it for, however this might not be the case for people needing it for other uses as everyone's requirements will be different.

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      31.01.2014 12:52
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      Great headphones for the price and suitable for any listening job. Maybe too much bass at times

      As a music student, i needed good quality headphones but didn't want to pay the £100+ price tag associated with them. These were recommended to me by a lecturer, as they offer quality for those on a tight budget.

      I have to say, boy am I glad that I didn't get pressured into spending hundreds! These headphones are incredibly and offer amazing sound quality for only £20. They are also very comfortable for wear, unlike other over-the-ear headphones which start to hurt my ears after a while.

      The sound quality I think rivals that of higher end headphones. The ear caps are very efficient at attenuating other noises around you when you have them on, even if nothing is playing! The headphones offer a clear sound, with no low frequency humming or buzzing. They capture the ranging frequencies of a song perfectly and quickly adapt to the frequencies being played to offer the best sound possible.

      They are also not too loud either, although there isn't an inline volume control so this has to be done through the device they plugged into. As they make use of ear caps as oppose to ears buds, the sound is dispersed over a bigger area than going directly into your ears, so there is much less chance of damaging your ears.

      I have to say though there is 1 slightly negative thing i have to say about these headphones. On occasion they can make songs sound very bassy, picking up more of the lower frequencies than the higher. This can sometimes be annoying when you can hear more of the bass and drums than the singer, but a quick fiddle with the music settings on your device should improve this.

      Overall, I would say these are incredible headphones for the price of them and more than adequate.

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      08.08.2013 11:44
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      Rugged, stylish, good sound quality

      Model: HD201 Headphones

      Colour: Black & Silver

      Weight: 165 g

      Features: Gold plated plug - 3M wired

      Sensitivity: 108 dB

      Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.7 THD percentage

      Connectivity: Wired - 3M

      Response Impedance: 21 - 18000 Hz 24 Ohm

      Cable: Headphones cable - integrated 3m

      Manufacturers Warranty: Service & Support 2 years

      Manufactured: Germany

      Description:

      Prior to buying these headphones I undertook extensive research and I am writing this review, so that you don't have to!

      My Requirments:

      I wanted a set of over ear headphones that would deliver loud rock music, whilst allowing me to hear every nuance of live classical music. I wanted a set of headphones that would stay put on my head whilst hovering or jogging and that would be robust if I dropped them. I needed a set of headphones that were priced at under £32.00.

      First I found a much more expensive set of Sennheiser that ticked all my boxes and some. Only problem was they were way out of my price range. There was a link to other products and I came across the HD201. Thought about it, slept on it and ordered a set from Amazon.

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      Well, I am so glad I did, the HF201 features dynamic technology, a tough rugged exterior and comfortable cushioned ear muffs and headband. The headband is easy to adjust and has the dots for visibly impaired users to put on the right way round. The cable is a generous 3 metres, splits about 30cm from the headphones. The styling inspires confidence.

      My product arrived from Europe in a nice strong outer box with the usual colourful box securely inside, I removed the well packed headphones and had a good look. They are stylish with their silver disk and central "S" logo, the cable is of the soft very flexible type that reminds me of licorice bootlaces! But is superior to stiffer types of cable. I tried them for size, easily made a quick adjustment and I was ready. I logged onto Youtube and selected a track from one of favourite rock bands, turned up the volume to max and rocked it! I then tried an audio CD for clarity - no problems there either. The next day I used them with my personal CD player, much louder than through the PC and wonderful, clear sound.

      My only problem is having used studio headphones, initially I expected to be able to raise and fade different instruments or voices (Yeah right for under £30 quid!). But I did find it frustrating that I could not do that!

      When the headphones were about 9 months old, I started experiencing fading and crackling on one side. As I had had a cold, I wondered if it was my ear playing up and waited until I felt completely 100% before considering the problem a problem. It was the headphones. So I emailed Sennheiser who advised me to return to their UK depot. Two days later a new pair arrived. Well, how good is that for service? Impressive is what! I have continued to use the headphones most days for another 2 years and they are trouble free.

      What I would do to improve them:

      Well, I have to keep reminding myself these are a low priced item. So it is unfair to expect too much.
      The quality of the item and of the sound is very good for a budget line.

      I miss not having a volume control on the cable though, so that is probably the one change I would make to this budget product.

      In conclusion:

      Buy Sennheiser if you are buying headphones, if your budget is tight buy these, if you can pay more do so, for more features, but still buy Sennheiser. Impressive product, customer service and quality.

      They are still avaliable for under £30.00 a set from Amazon and other retailers

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        27.03.2013 11:24
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        Great Price, Superb Quality, Comfortable

        Sennheiser HD 201 is a superb option if you want great sound quality for minimal spend!

        Everything about these headphones just works!

        I will start with the sound quality and move through the features

        Sound Quality: Superb, the 40mm drivers built into the phones are great in terms of response, both High and Low frequency is delivered clean and crisp with no cone buffeting at all. Bass and treble are rich and deep in all respects, my comparisons have led me to believe that there is no alternative on the market out there (at this price point) that can match and certainly not exceed the 201s. Volume is good, certainly loud enough, interestingly at lower volumes the output remains quite good too, those of you who listen to relaxing music will appreciate a clean output for low volume music. Because the headphones are the cup type your whole ear is surrounded, sound suppression is good if not great, which...dependant to use can be a great thing or a not so great thing. The suppression is that good that when using these with Skype your own voice sound is muffled, you start to do the whole 'speak up thing' and without realizing I was raising my voice because I could not judge my own volume. Really you need not worry about this because this headset is not aimed at being a Skype set up, it's aimed at being a great listen, using this as an example though, the commuter ride home should be nicely muted and replaced with tunes of your choice!

        Comfort: This is where it gets a little subjective, because everyone is different some people may not agree, but I think the 201s are very comfortable. The ear pads to start with; fit over my ears (quite big ears) comfortably, they cup my ear and surround it with padding and the head band bends to adjust to my head, that too has an ample but no excessive pad. The pivoting headphones then adjust accordingly so that the pads are always flat against your head. The ONLY gripe i have about comfort is that after a while the PVC pads heat up and I find my ears a little hot. No so that it detriment enjoyment, but I wonder if a natural material would be a better option...?

        Portability: Lets be honest if you go out with these on your head you should not expect to get them into a bag! They are not in ear mini pods AND they are not 'beats' fold down money either. You accept when you buy these that they are the type of headphone you either lug around with you or keep for home use, I would say that the length of cable on these things and the lack of volume control are key indicators that this headset is for a DJ, home and study, gaming and general listening.

        Overall Rating: I love these headphones, rich sound at a price that is a snatch, cable length is great with plenty of spare, the only things I would say is that there is no inline volume control and my ears get a little hot during long periods of use and they are rather big with no option to minimise size other than retracting the phone into the headband. Comfortable and with a quality look and feel these headphones ROCK for home use!

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          04.03.2013 16:16
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          Amazing value and great quality headphones.

          Because we travel such a lot I recently decided that the time had come to invest in some more comfortable and decent headphones, specifically for use on long haul flights. The small, in-ear bud headphones which I use at the gym etc start to hurt my ears after a few hours and I wanted some can style phones to enable me to watch a couple of movies back to back and listen to music without any soreness.

          I came onto Dooyoo to do a bit of research and Sennheiser got so many consistently good reviews that for me that made the decision about which brand to go for, I then checked across amazon reviews and decided that the HD201 at £18.99 was the set for me! I went with this model because it had plastic/leather ear pieces rather than the material ones - which I don't like - and when they arrived I was stoked to find that they fit my rather small head just fine.

          I LOVE the sound quality which seems so much more epic than with in-ear buds, perfect for watching films etc on a plane. I have not tried them on a flight as yet but will be doing so in a couple of weeks and cannot wait. I have used them at home already and the lack of any sound leakage is amazing, when I can't sleep I can now watch films on my ipad without disturbing my other half, which is fantastic. It would also make these great for playing guitar with if you were that way inclined - as would the super long 3m lead.

          For me, the very long lead is the only slight downer on this product because it just gets in the way and you need to try and tie it up somehow when all you really need is perhaps 50cm max. But I can see the benefits of the long lead for DJs and musicians.

          I think these are stunning quality for the price and they have definitely converted me into a Sennheiser fan, great sound quality, comfortable and they look good too - what more could you ask for!?

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            21.01.2013 10:58
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            An excellent buy

            ich liebe dich mein schatz!

            Hurled with dripping venom at a stormtrooper by his superior in the comedy Top Secret!, it actually means I love you, my dear. And that's almost how I feel about these excellent quality headphones.

            You'll never use these bulky units for the gym, or for going for a run. Unless you need to keep your ears warm. This unit is more a sitting in a comfy armchair listening to your favourite tunes on high blast without disturbing your neighbours (or parents!)

            Extremely comfortable, yet lightweight, they're not too hard on the eyes either. The headphones completely shut out outside noises and provide incredible depth of sound. For those number crunchers out there, the low frequency extends to 21Hz and perform "to the upper limits of human hearing" of 18kHz.

            They come with a 3.5mm standard headphone jack, but a 6.3mm adaptor can be bought for under £1, increasing the range of devices that can be plugged into.

            If you plan to make your head explode, the HD201 has a decibel limit of 108dB. It will handle far more volume than you will. Don't consider that a challenge unless you are terminally stupid.

            I bought them to use with my Fender guitar amp. Mistake. For some reason, sounds are distorted, and not in a good way. This could be because the amp's hardware is simply too powerful for use with these headphones or it could be the adaptor. Whatever the reason, these are now used for late night listening and frequently "offered" with gritted teeth to my youngest who likes the musical abortion known as dubstep.

            In summary, if you want to listen to whatever you like, through a music player or through a laptop or PC while being considerate to those around you, the HD201 is a smart buy. At under £20 through Amazon, they are fantastic value also.

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              19.08.2012 17:06
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              Recommend to Beginner DJs and Personal use.

              I was on the search for a decent pair of over-ear headphones, when I stumbled across Sennheiser. After doing my research I found these wonderful Sennheiser HD 201 headphones.

              The design of the Sennheiser headphones is pretty sturdy also. The colour scheme is a simple black and grey choice, with the Sennheiser logo on the outer ear area. These Sennheiser's feel great, not only while wearing them, but also while they are sitting around your neck. Although they are quite cheap, they certainly don't feel it.
              The sponge padding fits comfortably around the whole ear. They also have multiple adjustments to help fit your head, the ear pieces swivel and extend. Comfort deserves a 7 or 8 out of 10.

              So, on to the sound quality. After all, that is what they are for.
              The sound quality is pretty wicked, especially for the price. It is very crisp and clear. They don't provide much bass, but after a while of using these you get used to that. They could also be louder, usually the music needs to be turned right up on my iPhone and iPad to get a good listening experience, but that may be because I love my music loud. Sound deserves a 9/10 easily on these.

              To sum up this review, these headphones are outstanding value for money. Around £20 on Amazon UK.

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              28.06.2012 20:48
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              Great for the price

              So you're wondering whether it's worth spending £15-20 on these cans...

              If you're only used to the cheapo earphones that come free with mp3 players, you're in for a pleasant surprise when you make a step up. You'll discover that listening through bog standard ipod earphones is a similar experience to going to see a band with blu-tack stuffed in your ears.

              If you fork out £15 on half-decent headphones like the HD201s, your music will sound clearer. Plug 'em into a TV and you'll hear finer details. An added bonus is that as they're *closed* headphones, they block out some sound from outside, and they don't leak sound very much. (by contrast, open-backed headphones won't make you any friends on the bus.) If you're a gamer you'll hear which direction footsteps are coming from. No need to waste megabucks on Turtle Beach cans when there are gems out there like this for a fraction of the cost... and if you compare these to a pair of Skullcandys for the same price the difference is pretty noticeable. These are clearer. Some Skullcandy fans seem to think all there is to sound quality is bass, bass, bass. That's fine if you don't care that the vocals sound like they're being mumbled through a wall. 1-0 to Sennheiser and German engineering!

              Now for the BUTs....
              - They're not amazingly comfortable, nor are they really built to last. My friend's pair broke at the hinge last month after about a year of use.
              - The bass is naturally a bit weak and flat. Solution is to compensate by pumping up the bass on your EQ. If you're vaguely techy, you could try installing Rockbox on your mp3 player and the bass will sound phenomenal. If you really need more bass you can get a mini headphone amp like the FiiO E5, nice and cheap if you look around, and the bass becomes warm and lush. Total outlay £25-30 for Sennheiser HD201 + FiiO amp. Not only will you not regret it, the amp will make any other headphones you buy sound better.

              Time for a word of warning. If you spend a bit more on a great budget mid-range pair, say £35 on the Soundmagic E10s, the step up from these HD201s is like night and day. Again! Then the same goes if you try something in a higher league, like Sennheiser's own HD595s. The better the headphones, the closer you get to how music is *supposed* to sound. It's a slippery slope... but don't say I didn't warn you!

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                28.05.2012 23:16
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                Well worth the price you pay. The best headphones I've ever bought and my favourite ones as well.

                I was a bit wary at first when I saw the price of these headphones as they are substantially cheaper than many of the headphones I had looked at previously. However, as soon as they arrived and I put them on I was blown away by the comfortable cushioning around the ear and the sound quality.
                After having played around with them for a few minutes I decided to see what they could actually do. I first played a dubstep orientated song to test the bass and again, was blown away by the quality. the bass felt deep and rich and was absolutely amazing to listen to. I then played some acoustic guitar based songs to see how it handled softer, more natural music and it was incredible. Every note is sharp and clear with no distortion or any background noise disturbing the quality.
                The headphones themselves are very comfortable to wear and sit nicely over the ears or around the back of the neck when not being used. The only downsize is the size of the headphones, although this is not isolated to this specific brand as most headphones have this problem, and sometimes they can feel bulky and uncomfortable around the neck.
                Another small niggling problem I have found is the volume of the headphones. Even with my volume cranked right up on my ipod the music doesn't feel quite as if it is actually full volume. Also, the actual wire from the headphones to the jack is almost unnecessarily long, almost 3 meters. This however is forgivable for the quality of the headphones and the fact that the price is half of what the other 'cheap' headphones are selling for.
                Do not write off these headphones because of the price. They look great, they feel great and they sound great. Even music snobs will be impressed by these.

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                07.05.2012 11:37
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                An amazing buy!

                I hadn't even heard of Sennheiser when I stumbled across these little beauties on Amazon. However the cheap price and the decent reviews persuaded me to click 'Add to Basket'.

                When the product arrived at my door; I was very impressed. The headphones are very soft and fit comfortable around the ear. There is also a lovely padded section on the top which adds to the wearing comfort.

                Originally I bought these to be used with my guitar amp. My family were extremely fed up at the amount of noise I made! So I was even more amazed to find a 3.5mm Socket to 6.35mm Jack Adapter. So that the headphones would be usable straight away with the amp. As the actually end is the 'Average Joe' jack that can be used from almost everything from PCs to iPods. And on top of all this the headphones have a quite long cable length which makes playing with the headphones on very easy (not having to contort myself in to rather strange positions to play comfortably) and movement even easier.

                The sound quality is also very good for the price! They could handle songs with crazy drops and booming bass lines.

                All these features combined meant that these headphones became my first choice when I wanted to listen to some music any time, any where.

                The only down side that comes with these headphones is that the otherwise advantageous length wire, is not practical in all situations. I found myself wearing clothes with big pockets when out to curl up some of the excess wire into. This became even more of a problem when I put them on when going for a run. It was like jogging with a skipping rope! But this gave me another opportunity to test the product. They are very robust, having survived bouncing of the curb a few times!

                However having bought these for such a small price, it wasn't much of a downside to buy some cheap in-ear headphones for these more awkward of situations.

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                04.04.2012 00:36
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                Best you can get in this price range!

                I bought these headphones for those longer gaming sessions at night, where you want a nice and comfortable cussion around your ear instead of a plug in your ear. I didn't want to pay too much, but wanted something better than the average stuff you get for 5 bucks.

                The Sennheiser HD201 got my attention, mostly because these headphones were the only headphones of a brand I heard good things about, at the price range I was looking for, at least. This headphones had the very nice pricing of around 15 bucks, very cheap for headphones of this quality.

                Over-the-ear headphones, like these, give a much fuller sound, in my opion, than in-ear headphones, simply because of the bigger speakers in the headphones. There is more bass and it's awesome! The headphones are really comfortable to wear, I can easily wear them for 3 hours and more without discomfort. They don't really cancel noise that well, but turn the volume up just a bit, not too much, and you won't be bothered by anything. I've used them on a plane and it was very doable. Another great thing is the long cable of around three meters. Plenty of wire to walk around the room if you have it plugged in at home.

                I love these headphones, especcially for the price. The soundquality isn't even close to other headphones in the 100-150 price range, but it can come close to the quality of some headphones that cost 50 bucks or more! You really can't go wrong with these headphones.

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                02.04.2012 23:02
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                Quality head phones.

                I've always preferred head phones over ear phones as I believe they give out a fully, deeper sound whilst being able to connect to the same devices - plus closed back head phones like these trap the sound within and don't bother anyone outside your own sphere of hearing. At first I tried some Sony headphones which had the addition of being able to fold up to reduce storage and transportation space, but they lacked anywhere near the listening quality of these 'Sennheiser HD 201's' which literally blew me away when I first had a listen. They adopt the standard shape and style but pack a great technical spec which puts other models to shame - Sennheiser always impress, and this model is no exception.

                The plastic surround of these head phones is of great quality, and the leatherette ear pads with which they are connected feels comfortable against your skin. There is an outer rim of material and an inner surface from which the sound extends, giving the perfect balance of rich bass and crisp treble suited to any song type. The general build is rugged and durable with a nice fine finish. This is a high quality product found at a decent price - around £20.00 on Amazon and several other online stores.

                The head phones utilise a 'gold plated' 6.3mm jack which can be attached to any media player device. This system is universal, but the sound quality will work best coming from a wall-plugged device with maximum power input. As the head phones don't have their own power supply (i.e batteries), from a small Ipod or phone they lack volume and depth of sound. This is the products major disadvantage which cannot easily to overcome. Such is the quality of sound from this device, it requires a power supply to match - if maximum quality is what you're after.

                Overall, these head phones are a testament to the type of audio output device. They are a high quality alternative to in-ear phones which lack sound depth and can be heard by other people in the general area (quite possibly not wanting to hear any music!). At £20.00 you can't really complain, just remember about their quality not being great from a small portable player.

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                Look, feel and sound much more expensive than they actually are.

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                I purchased these headphones from Amazon for £14.99 (priced at £15.90 at the time of writing) so that I could play my keyboard without annoying everyone in earshot. I had previously being using a cheap set of earphones but being appalled at the sound quality and the complete lack of comfort after an hour or so playing, I decided I should invest in a proper pair of headphones. After looking at several products in the £10-£20 price range I thought that with a quality make like Sennheiser and for just £15, I couldn't go far wrong.

                ====Sound Quality====

                Firstly, what good are a set of headphones if they don't convey sound very well. Fortunately, these are nothing short of excellent in my opinion and far exceeded my expectations. There is a huge scale of improvement from my cheap and nasty set of earphones (which I believe were free with something - go figure!). Every key I hit on my keyboard sounded as if it originated from the (high-quality) speakers on the keyboard itself. There was no obvious medium through which the sound quality suffered any deterioration. I especially noticed the difference with the lowest keys. My previous earphones barely recognised said keys and I often had the impression that I hadn't actually hit the key at all! Only when listening carefully did I notice the faint muffled sound which told me that I had indeed made the connection between finger and key. Not ideal when trying to learn Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata!

                The high notes are also brilliantly conveyed by these headphones and are as clear and true as I could possibly have hoped for. I often forget that I am listening through my headphones with the only clue being the absence of any background noise. This leads me onto the excellent noise reduction quality of these phones. The padded ear surround fits snuggly round my ears and thus forms a pretty good physical barrier against the many background noises that exist in and around my front room. Gone is the low monotonous hum from the rather worryingly loud fridge in the kitchen. Gone also is the sound of traffic driving by the window. This allows for complete escapism with no minor annoyances to distract me from focusing on my playing. Obviously, if someone comes in the front room shouting at the top of their voice and auditioning for town crier then my bubble of quietude will be burst. This is unavoidable even with the best headphones and so I won't drop any marks for this.

                ====Comfort====

                The next requirement I desired from a set of headphones was that were comfortable to wear for several hours. After an hour or so with the old cheapo earphones, I was under no illusion that I had something in my ears. So uncomfortable they were that I had to unplug them and resort back to subjecting everyone around me to my rather clumsy early attempts at playing Fur Elise. This simply couldn't go on - I feared a good beating unless I either improved quickly or once again limited my musical exploits to my own ears. Knowing full well that I was some time away from becoming a concert pianist I decided I needed some comfy headphones.

                Disappointed I am not. These are remarkably comfortably and fit my head and ears perfectly. They earphones adjust up and down so that you can fit them perfectly to your head and ear height and they also swivel round so that you can place them flat on your ears. The comfy padding as I have previously touched upon is very soft and spongy so you don't have any hard element of the phones in contact with your ears. Therefore the pressure of wearing these headphones over an extended period of time is negligible. I can wear these for upwards of two hours nonstop without being in the slightest bit of discomfort. The headband is flexible enough so that these will comfortably fit even the widest head without being too loose on those of us with narrower heads. I'd say I'm in the middle somewhere and these fit me perfectly. Not too tight, not too loose. The headband is also cushioned so that the top of your head needn't suffer either. This is a nice touch often missing from other headphones in the same price range. You won't have to perch these so that the headband levitates above your head - you can wear these as they are intended to be worn.

                ====Quality====

                The headphones are very light - remarkably so that this was the first thing I noticed when I took these out of the box. This is most definitely a good thing though and I have no doubt that their light weight adds to the comfort of wearing them for extended periods of time. They don't feel low quality as a result of their weight which can sometimes happen. Often the weightier something is the more I tend to trust that it won't fall apart in my hands. Despite this, they still feel solid and not cheap or brittle in any way.

                I've had these now for several months and they are still in the same pristine and undamaged condition that they were when I first opened the box. A lot of this is probably down to me taking good care of them but they have withstood constant living room travel/misplacement and general day to day usage. The adjustable headband and ears have not worked loose or broken and feel sturdy enough to sustain general use. That said, I wouldn't go swinging them about and would suggest you handle them with more than a modicum of care to ensure the extension of their life.

                The wire seems to be firmly fitted in to each earphone and doesn't look like it will work loose anytime soon. The soft padding has also stayed attached to the earphones and headband and hasn't started to come away from the plastic. They look brand new in this respect and are likely to last for some time before general wear affects them in this way. The padding itself, although it looks delicate (like a sort of very thin leather), is actually very withstanding of general wear. It has not split or worn in the slightest, even with me using these for several hours a week.

                I would feel confident in saying that these will last me well over a year in terms of their physical condition. The only nagging doubt I have is that the internals may suddenly stop working. This is nothing to do with the headphones themselves, but is a result of my paranoia creeping in after many bad experiences in the past. I can't tell you how many apparently healthy looking ear/headphones have suddenly decided to give up the ghost and stop working - usually in one ear first then the other. However, the fact that these are made by Sennheiser goes some way towards quelling my fears. I am confident that being of a high quality make they will last for a good couple of years without suffering this same fate. They come with a Sennheiser 2-year guarantee which is a further reassurance of their quality.

                ====Practicality====

                The wire length on these headphones is 3 metres. That is long enough for most uses I think and if not then you can always buy a headphone extension cable. As I am mainly using these for my keyboard I don't require a wire length that will span my house. Unfortunately 3m is a little too long to use these fully unwound at the keyboard. To combat this, I simply unwind about a metre of the cable and leave the included cable tie around the unused length of wire. That seems to solve the problem and lessens the risk of unfortunate injury as I get up quickly to answer the door only to get my feet tangled up in a mass of cord and fall inevitable into the coffee table.

                As is standard with every set of ear/headphones I have ever bought, these come with one of those 6.3mm adaptor plugs which for the first time ever was actually useful to me. This is because my keyboard will only accept this size plug. The adaptor itself is gold and boasts a high quality connection.

                ====Summary====

                If you're looking for a set of headphones for under £20 then I can't see you finding a set much better than these. They have the look and feel of much more expensive headphones and the sound quality is amazing. As a result of the good quality padding they are very comfortable on your ears and don't start to hurt even after a couple of hours nonstop use. They feel as though they are built to last and being Sennheiser you will be confident that they will do just that. I would definitely recommend these for anyone looking for a high quality, comfortable set of headphones that won't break the bank. I have already ordered a pair for my Dad and will definitely be recommending these to anyone who even whispers the word headphones near me. That's as long as I haven't got these on at the time...because I won't hear them.

                Thanks for reading and I hope you found this review helpful :)

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                  14.02.2012 00:42

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                  a good standard headphone from a world class brand.

                  These headphone are probably for their price range the best around, sennheiser have really focused on providing accurate sound recreation and good sound quality. These headphones are great just to music but also suit a studio environment, whilst not being noise reducing and no where near the top of the range pro ones they will do for any budget studio, they sound great plugged into any audio jack, apple Mac, PC and mp3 player. I even use these headphones for mixing on cubase, they provide decent bass and adequate quality to allow practically all of my musical writing skills to run away. However I would say that when these headphones are pushed to the limit they will distort badly whereas with some around the same price will not. Sometimes.I would say they don't really sit on the ear properly and therefore can be a nuisance. Overall I would recommend them to anyone who hasn't alot of money to spend but still wants quality.

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              • Product Details

                The ideal entry into the world of powerful stereo sound the HD201 has good attenuation of ambient noise with outstanding wearing comfort at an affordable price.

                Technical Data

                Product Description: Sennheiser HD 201 - headphones
                Product Type: Headphones - wired
                Colour: Black, silver
                Headphones Type: Headphones - binaural
                Headphones Form Factor: Full size
                Connectivity Technology: Wired
                Sound Output Mode: Stereo
                Audio Specifications: Frequency Response 21 - 18000 Hz - Sensitivity 108 dB - Impedance 24 Ohm
                Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years warranty
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