Product Type: Sennheiser headphones
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Sennheiser HD 201
Member Name: Stripery77
Sennheiser HD 201
Advantages: Super long cable for dossing in bed and watching TV
Disadvantages: Super long cable limits shimmying on the dancefloor
I'm not a heaphone expert or even a connisseur. In fact other than the ghastly in-ear atrocities that came with my iphone my only prior experience was the ancient spongy things that accompanied a sony walkman - and damn did I think I was cool.
Anyhow....my circumstances at home led me to need a pair in order to get any sort of focus on anything I wanted to listen to. Distractions include snoring, children, things I don't want children to hear, privacy etc.
My requirements were pretty simple:
No nasty in-ear painy falling outty things that channel noise in a way that makes my eardrums cry - that's when they're not popping out.
They had to cover my complete ear, be comfortable and not too heavy or bulky
I wasn't bothered about them looking cool but neither did I want them to have the appearence of being straight from the pound shop
Having said that I wasn't about to pay through the nose either.
and finally...apart from actually giving good sound quality I wanted to be able to doss about in bed, telly at the foot of the bed, be able to lie back, or on my side or whichever way and how whilst still listening to my programmes.
~step in the Sennheiser HD 201~
I had a scout about on the internet but if I'm honest I wasn't that commited and it wasn't until I was dragged into Maplins by my electronically minded son that I spied this pair. As I tried to duck and dive to avoid the salespeople who, observing my sons enthusiasm, were hell bent upon selling me £2k's worth of DJ equipment...I snuck over to the headphones and to my delight I saw these.
There were plenty of others to choose from on the rack boasting this that and the other on quality and coolness, to me the Skull Candy versions are funky but slightly naff. Anyhow, what really grabbed me was the 3metre long cable that come with these HD201's. It's a good job really coz on packaging alone these were definitely more pound shop.
Finally I was caught by a salesman and a good tall one at that who at 6ft something assured me that he had a pair and lay in bed watching the telly himself (unprompted from me - sneaky delight). At 5ft 6 I was thinking this is a winner. However Sennheiser? Who were they, I'd never heard of them and being a Sony girl was doubtful - but I was assured that this was all good and I wouldn't be dissapointed. So with headphones in hand and son's ear in the other (dragging him away from the disco lights which would definitely freak the cats out) I marched up to the till, slapped 'em down on the counter (the headphones and not my son) and whipped out my plastic. I paid £19.99 for these babies but have since discovered them more cheaply everywhere.
So the anticipation came, sat in bed...I almost cut my wrist open when arguing with the sealed plastic packaging (why are things so hard to open these days?) and set about unravelling the cable. Spot on. There was a nice shiny gold plated plug that fitted straight into my TV headphone socket. I don't know the spec but it wouldn't fit an iphone - too big. I lifted the 165g Black and Silver headphones into place, enjoyed the spongy sensation that comes with complete ear coverege (tho deinitely NOT comfortable with earrings on) and settled down to watch something, anything in peace.
The sound quality is excellent, it tunes my arguing children out a treat and that's what I wanted. I'm confident that these would not be the kind of thing necessary for strutting my funky stuff round town or on the bus as I imagine the length of cable could be extremely hazardous.
However, that's not why I bought them and for me they are completely fit for purpose. I have had them for 6 months now with no problems and although they aren't particularly comfortable to lie on your side on, jobs-a-good-un as far as I'm concerned.
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