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I am not an audiophile, but to be honest I'm not far off either. I've owned various brand headphones until now, and sooner rather than later I usually got disappointed. The sound was either "not quite there" or they just simply broke too soon, like my highly acclaimed Plantronics headset, which literally broke into 2 pieces. This pair of Sennheiser on the other hand seems to be a nice surprise to my ears. It's the best set of headphones I have ever used apart from a cheap Phillips that I still have at my parents'.
I'll start with what's really important: sound quality. It is very very very good. I have an excellent musical ear therefore I can easily discern whether any of the high, mid or low tones are being ignored or distorted to any extent. The answer is no. The Sennheiser HD 202 reproduces a clear and fair to all ranges sound, which means, you won't feel like losing any detail in any of the ranges. A very pleasing sound is what you are going to hear, suitable for pretty much everything from music to chat (does not have microphone) and movies.
What's comfortable is not only the sound, but also the item itself. The padding is excellent. Does not make you sweat and does not gather dust, and sits very comfortably on your ears and head (headband - matte - also has padding). Both sides (part glossy part matte) are individually adjustable. All in all, build-wise I would not say it feels like premium quality, but it definitely feels like good quality and you will not feel cheated for paying the £27 (Amazon). Just as the photo illustrates, it is all black with the white logo on the side. The lead itself is unusually long, of 3 m. The box - which by the way is crazy hard to open - will also include a quite chunky cable winder, and a 6.3 mm screw on adaptor which is useful for people who use more dedicated sound gear. Which brings me to...
... who is this pair of headphones for. Pretty much anyone except the extreme audiophiles and hardcore DJs. You can connect it to almost anything having the standard 3.5mm jack with the 6.3mm adaptor, but I do advise those who want to use it on the go, the lead is ridiculously long so you might want to use the cable winder (will fill half of your pocket) or go for something else that has a shorter lead like the Sennheiser CX200 Street II (ordered today for on the go purposes).
I have recently just purchased the sennheiser HD 202's and i dont regret. These headphones are crystal clear quality. I use them in my studio for virtually everything, but more recently i have started using them on mixing. Because of my busy schedule i was no longer able to sit in studio to mix my the numerous songs we were churning out on a daily basis. I now became a 24 hour mix engineer and that is when i incorporated the 202's. I can testify that these earphones are all they are cranked up to be. In the past i had work on various headphones mixing late at night, only to find out that i had to completely rework my mix on my studio monitor speakers because my headphones we "colored". That would always be a setback for me meaning i had to mix twice. This is definitely not the case with these headphones. I actually prefer mixing in them first and then testing out in the speakers after, cause of how accurate they are. I have never had to do a mix twice. So these are definitely good headphones to buy at a good price especially for general use.
Whenever I buy full sized headphones I sometimes like to go with the specs on the back of the packs or the boxes rather than solely read up on reviews. I look for specific information that I know about having dabbled with music sound engineering at a basic level and always look at the OHMS level that headphones come with.
Sometimes however, I just go by observation rather than read the specs - because if there is one set of Sennheiser headphones I have seen over the years in recording studios and music tech labs, it isn't the more favoured silver cupped HD201 headset, but the more durable, slightly timeless HD 202 series; the product got a five star rating from "What Hifi" in 2011, and I can see why!
The Producers, the Product, the Price & the Promise
Launched in 2004, the Sennheiser HD202 by today's standard are a very old set of padded headphones that most musicians and sound engineers would probably pass by were it not for the famous name. Famous for sound quality as well as durability, Sennheiser seems to be the best in the business when it comes to good quality sound for musicians and artists alike and though I've seen some studios with them, the silver version HD201 seem to be more popular down to pricing. My HD202's cost me £19-99 in 2010 online brand new from an EBay seller, whereas online prices the year of launch would have cost three times the cost back then. Put simply if you are looking for professional headphones with good quality design as well as crystal clear sound, you'll hardly go wrong with a pair of Sennheiser HD202's.
Current 2013 prices range from £22 to £30 with Argos now selling a slightly updated version at £29-99.
General Design & Quality
The general design of the HD202 is simple enough with black plastic being the order of the day with oval padded felt and leatherette stretched over to cover the foam that makes up the ear comfort pads. Soft touch rubber cord ensures that the cord remains anti-static to clothing, crucial if you have statically charged clothes on at the time of use! Each cup is removable and due to the Sennheiser name, a bit of a bonus since you can buy replaceable pad rings should the original ones start to go eventually. White company writing down either side of the headband holders to the cups are displayed clearly lending a touch of professionalism. A large comfort head band is also complete with a central "bumper" under the band with a likewise leatherette padded cushion for a tighter and more concise fit around the head without causing strain - or so far as I have found!
But as things start to become familiar, there are a few additions to this product - for a start it comes with a long 3 metre cord that is perfect for mixing with, or just if you require a long cord on a pair of headphones going from an electronic or electric music instrument to an amplifier or other device. It even qualifies well if you want to watch television in peace and require an equally long amount of stretch between you, your eyes and your television set.
Added to the design is a very handy oval branded cord winder that can be clipped to any part of the cord that enables loose or excess cord to be wound up and clipped to the headphone cord, making for a very compact set of headphones with no worry of tripping up if you are in one place for a long time. Fitted as standard is a small single headphone jack and a screw in large adaptor (3.5mm) is also included, making sure that due to its screw threads, the adaptor won't come off from the headphone jack, and is thus another professional touch.
The HD201 can be adjusted to height by a three pull up pull down ratchet on either side of the headband. I find these headphones to be most comfortable and have often worn them for two hours before my ears start to feel a bit hot!
General Performance & Downsides
When it comes to general performance and over the last "middle of the line" DJ foldable Sony MDR V300's I also have, the HD202's have a greater depth of bass sound that is so rich and warm, it is so easy to keep these headphones just for the sake of soaking up more of the warmth and additional reverb on offer. It seems though that due to their product date of launch, Sony must have looked to Sennheiser for offering a pretty similar product. Neodymium magnets have been fitted to the Sennheiser's ear cups for greater quality of sound and unlike the Sony MDR V300s; there is quite a good level of many different tones available with the HD202 set.
Of course it depends on the music sometimes but from bass beats in Hip Hop to rock music, folk music and rich classical music, I find that these headphones are the best for universal quality music reproduction. They seem to give a good balance of brightness without being tinny and a bass like sound almost as if additional tweeters have been added as opposed to a bass boost that can often thump and vibrate with other brands.
Compared to Sony and Philips, Sennheiser HD202's have a higher impedance of 32 compared to Sony's MDR V300's, which have 28. Impedance to those who may not be aware is basically the capability of coping with the amount of sound a pair of headphones is required to undertake. Those under 25 are more suitable for iPods, compact devices or portable devices. Impedance levels over 28 offer more stability and are protected from overloading noise, sound or power making them more suitable for use with larger music devices such as amplifiers, larger audio equipment and sound engineering equipment. The tip of the jack at the end of the cord is silver as opposed to gold - and proves at long last that just because they aren't gold coated - doesn't put a dent in the sound quality achieved here and for ease of use and installation it is good here that Sennheiser haven't offered a 45 degree angled connector - it's a straight connection all the way - the angled types are the first to go if you have ever had over sized headphones and require them to be installed into awkward headphone sockets, causing pressure on the seals and bonds that hold the jack pin to the wire.
Much as I would like to think that it all comes down to Sennheiser's rich processes of sound production, some of the excellent sound characteristics are down to the soft felt speaker cups themselves where the inner ear rests, directly next to the speaker. In use my ears don't really touch the felt - it is as if the designers have found a way to pivot the cup away from the ear not just from a safety's point of view but one that affects the sound quality. No wonder these headphones are popular - the design alone protects your noise from over spilling noise into the ear canal and ambient noise is also well contained when in use.
In so far as downsides are concerned, Sennheiser hasn't added a foldable cup design that more modern DJ style headphones offer. One could argue that due to the professional design and sound quality alone that Sennheiser don't have to bother since they have plenty of other products in their range that qualify for a more compact unit. Rather than suggest that they are not worthy for DJ's, their design and sound quality certainly is, but you'll have to be careful with them since they are bulky to transport and don't offer a compacting system of being folded away if you do carry them about other than to remove the cups independently and store the whole product in a soft material bag.
If you are looking for an understated pair of over sized headphones with a rich and warm sound quality on offer, plenty of bass and a touch of reverb, Sennheiser HD202's are particularly well worth looking out for. Compact enough with its neat clip on cord holder and beautifully made, these headphones are made to last with comfort and safety on their side. The little touches that exist with the design make me wish all over sized headphones could offer the same kind of quality, sound and general design, because not many brands offer replacement pads and cups alone - and with its popularity now being promoted by the likes of Argos, everyone else can now appreciate my best-kept secret over-sized headphones at long last! Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2013.
I have a set of the predecessors to these cans and they live attached to my computer which I use for music production and DJing they are superb, so when I needed some new cans for my iPhone these updated ones were my first port of call. I prefer over ear cans for public places as they give great sound without being too loud and don't annoy everyone else which is ideal given that I take the train to work and also listen to music whilst working.
Frankly, at this price I don't think you'll find better sounding headphones, and as a bonus they are comfortable and pretty light, yet the band is robust. I do have slight reservations about how robust the adjustment system is, but time will tell and I can't mark them down for that unless they actually go wrong. I seemed to get them on special as I paid about 18 quid for them and that's just silly money for such good phones, but under 30 quid is still a total bargain. The sound is crisp and clear and they are more than sensitive enough to be driven by an mp3 player/phone without draining the battery unduly. If you use them on a proper stereo or a computer with a good soundcard, beware - they can handle so much oomph and are so sensitive that you might find that an output level that's fine for speakers blows your head off with these bad boys!! I swear I can actually feel them pushing away from my head with the bass response when I forget to adjust the levels on my computer from time to time.
The only slight annoyance is the cable winder which is really a bit too chunky, although it will fit in a pocket or bag and also has a clip, but I'd like to see these with a shorter standard cable and an extension cable included, even if the cost was a couple of quid more. Even so, they still deserve all five stars quite handily.
After becoming tired of using the same standard earphones that come with most ipods and mp3 players nowadays, i decided to purchase a pair of proper high quality headphones. Not being the most patient person in the world i pretty much chose the first pair i saw on Amazon retailing at around £20.00. These were of course the Sennheiser HD 202 ll.
On recieving the headphones days later i inspected them for the first time, finding them to be a lot more sleek and compact in design then i had initially expected. With easily adjustable ear pieces, via a slide and click mechanism, and an included small plastic piece used for gathering up unwanted slack in the wire, which itself is over a metre in length, it is safe to say that these headphones could fit in any small bag of satchel, should the user not want to wear them rounf their neck.
As for comfort, both ear pieces have a realatively thick layer of soft spongy padding around their circumference and there is also a layer of the same material which rests upon the users head. I have had moments where, be it not for the music playing into my ears, i would forget i was even wearing them as they ares so light and loose in feel.
When it comes to sound quality i'm no DJ, but i found my music to be very clear and crisp in sound, no matter what the volume. For songs with more bass at times the sound can become a little distorted, however i generally found for the most part this not to be the case.
All in all for those of you who are looking for a pair of cheap, good quality and practical headphones i would look little further than the Sennheiser HD 202 ll.
These are an excellent pair of headphones with superb sound quality and a very comfortable fit. First to sound quality, I use these headphones mainly on my PC because the very long headphone wire means I can sit back away from the PC whilst still listening to it. The sound quality out of them is very good, a well balanced sound with both good treble and an excellent bass range, this means the sound produced is very realistic and free of distortion. The long cable is a great idea and whilst it may seem like it could be a nightmare with tangling up etc it isn't because the headphones come with a neat little wrap-around for the wires whereby you can adjust the length to whatever you want and neat wrap the excess around the gizmo. The ear peices are surrounded by a small rim of cushioned material which make wearing them very comfortable indeed even for long periods. There is not much sound cancellation from outside noise, but these are not sold as such, they do however reduce some external noises which is a good thing. The overall build quality is good, and they feel quite robust while still staying light making them easier to carry around.
When I purchased my MicroKorg (which I reviewed last week) I realised that I didn't have any decent headphones to use with it.
My friend had a spare pair of Sennheiser HD202 headphones (and luckily for me, a keyboard stand, which the band 'The Presets,' had just used for a gig!) which he gave me for free.
When I began my commute to work (a good 90 minutes each way) I realised how naff iPod headphones are. On the tube especially, where noise levels are so high, I couldn't hear the music through them.
One of the iPod headphones broke, but I had a spare pair. Slowly, listening to music on my iPod was grating on me due to the poor sound quality. Then I had a brainwave - use the Sennheiser ones.
I started using them with my iPod and they work a dream. They are bloody durable as well, you could drop them all you want with (and probably kick them) and they still wouldn't break. Even though my mate had them for a year or so before me, they still are in fine working order.
The sound quality is second to none. I can listen to music on the tube without hearing the annoying drone of rush-hour commuters or the excruciating creeks and high pitched sounds that come through the tube.
The bass is great and you can expand them to fit your head - this is where my one small downfall comes, sometimes they seem not to fit my head properly (that could be weird shaped head though.)
There is also a fantastic length of cable.
I didn't actually know how much these headphones cost until I looked on here, and I said to myself 'I'd pay around £40 for these.' For £25 as advertised on here, you can't go wrong. Perfect for iPods/MP3 players and perfect for my MicroKorg and other keyboards, with a small pin adaptor.
I bought these headphones just over a year ago now, and I have to say that I am very pleased with them. The sound quallity is very good for the price, however the bass responce is very high, which can take some getting used to. The build quality of the product is very good as well, after a year of everyday use, wear, and tear, they look and sound just as good as the day that I bought them.
One particularly useful feature of this product is that it comes with a cable winder which allows them to be stored and the cable not to get tangled, this is a major advantage over my other pair of over-ear headphones which seem to be in a constant tangle. Another useful feature of the hedphones is they come with a very long cable, this allows the use of them to watch TV with and sit at a comfortable distance away.
Overall I would recomend these headphones to anyone who is looking for a good value pair of headphones for listening to music or TV with.
Their Sennheiser, a name you can trust as they've been well respected makers of audio equipment for quite a long time. You might think Sennheiser equals expensive but that's not the case here, these headphones can purchased for less then 28 quid!
I found mine on Amazon about 2 years ago & they cost me £15 then but that was on special offer (reduced from £25 as I recall). These are the can-style over ear phones with a connecting padded band that goes over the skull, they come in classic black and look pretty sleek but are strong & sturdy and are not likely to break if you drop them (which I have done many times and their still going strong with no marks or scuffs either, these little blighters are very tough & durable!).
They've got an obscenely long lead but come with a great plastic gizmo that allows you to wrap the excess wire around it, it also has a beltclip allowing you to secure it to your clothes on a belt or to a pocket.
They are pretty big & chunky headphones but they aren't heavy at all, they are comfortable to wear but can get a tad sweaty around the ears & head if worn for longer than an hour. They give great audio reproduction, expect to be able to hear ALL the instruments and bits of tunes you'd never previously noticed in the background using other headphones.
They don't let much sound out so can be worn to listen to music loudly at night without any fear of waking your neighbours or housemates (which is something I've done many times without disturbing anyone).
I personally only use mine at home so I can't comment how well suited they are to being used out and about. The headphones can be comfortably secured to your head without feeling too tight (or too hot) and they are easily removed and sit very comfortably around the neck as well when not being worn.
I'm pretty sure they'd be good outdoors as they can be worn to cut down excessive outside noise and with the power they put out they would certainly drown out any traffic if your walking or bus/train sounds if your travelling on public transport. There's definately no fear of annoying others as they hardly leak any excess sound.
The main gripe is the lack of a 45 degree headphone connector jack so it's possible if this was used on the go the jack might be the 1st thing to go.