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      18.07.2014 16:57
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      HD205 Great for DJs, But is it good enough for everyone else?

      Sennheiser HD205 Review

      Key Features:-
      Right side earpiece can rotate foward & backwards
      Comes with a neat pouch

      ===Affordable DJ Headphones===
      Sennheiser is a company well known for making some of the best Professional Headphones on the market today. They have been used by Professional DJs and Musicians for a while. They are also used in other industries like Motorsport, Aviation & Movie production. They HD25 is seen as the holy grail of DJ headphones, but with a high price tag. Enter the entry level HD205 DJ headphones. A cheaper, funkier looking pair of cans meant for newbie DJs.

      I picked these headphones up on special online for just over £30 in December 2013, and man am I happy with my purchase. These are proper DJ headphones. The sound is more balanced than the HD202. The bass isnt as sweet, but this is ok when you DJ because you want clearer mid range sound when you previewing the next song in the DJ Booth.

      Hows The Sound?

      They work great for producers too because you can hear everything, the sound isnt muffled by heavy bass. The listening experience is similar to my Studio Monitor Speakers. They aren’t too powerfull, they actually more suited for Dance Music. Its not the best experience when listening to Hip Hop or Dubstep. The Good News is that they don’t distort much at higher volumes.
      Are They Cool?

      They do look very cool and the quality of these headphones surpasses the price tag. The right Cup Rotates so you can listen with one ear like a DJ and listen to your wife with the other (Not recommended). They clamp to your head like a vice-grip, this is to help with the noise cancellation. The problem with this is that your ears do get sore after long usage. This is ok for DJs coz you wont have them on your ears all the time but also around your neck.

      Should you Get one?

      Yeah, If your a DJ. If your Not a DJ, Then you should rather consider the cheaper HD202. One thing for certain is that both the HD205 & HD202 sound much better then their rivals, Skull Candy.

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      13.05.2013 15:24
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      If you can get them for a good price, they're awesome!

      Sennheiser are known for their high quality headphones that are popular amoung profesionals and consumers alike. These headphones in particular are DJ and reference headphones which means that they are good for DJ use and for reference whilst mixing recorded tracks. However, I find that these headphones are brilliant for general listen of music at home or out and about.

      I was bought a set of these for my last birthday (doesn't mean I dont know much about them though!) by my Boyfriend who like me; is a music student and knew that these were the set to get for his price range. They were to repace an old set of sennheisers which were broken. I'm not very good at looking after things so the cable was broken in multiple places. James got these on offer at HMV at £30 when they were closing down during March 2013.

      The really great things about sennheiser headphones is that they come with a really long cable and a screw-on full sized jack connector (very useful for use in the studio). Although I find that the long cable means that it is awkward to use them out and about with the masses of cable repeatedly falling out of my pocket.

      I use these headphones at least 4 times a week due to my workload at uni and so far, they're as good as new. However, its really too early to tell how realiable these are but judging by my last set, they're probably going to last around 2 or 3 years. Not bad really! The sound quality is as good as the box states and I find that they're not too bassy either which is good when using as reference headphones. They are extremelly comfortable and I have only found a bit of discomfort after taking them off after a stint of 3 hours of work!

      I would really reconmend these cans to anyone looking for a good set of high quality headphones but buy online as they can get quite pricey in the shops. I'm pretty sure RRP is £60 on them so shop around!

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      08.08.2012 13:32
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      sennheiser quality headphones

      Having lived in flats for most of my life, I've found that headphones are a useful commodity if you want to play your music at a louder volume while not annoying the neighbours by treating them to the sound of your stereo blaring out.

      I've bought many different brands of headphones over the years, from the mega-cheap ones to the pricier, better quality makes, and I've found Sennheisers to be very good quality.

      The Sennheiser HD205s are probably too bulky for use when out and about, but for using at home they are perfect. The headset size is adjustable, with cushioned headpiece and earphones, and the wire measures approximately 2½ - 3 metres (more than 9 feet) long. The sound quality is very good, as you'd expect with Sennheiser.

      When I bought these they were retailing at around the £30 mark. I have had Sennheisers in the past and have them to be good value for money, - I think much below this and you would start to hear a decrease in sound quality. Mine are still going strong, after a few years of use.

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      20.06.2012 03:03
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      a great set of headphones that will keep me lost in a world of my own for hours

      Rather than worrying about everyone within a ten mile radius complaining about the racket that is Max Payne blasting out of my television I decided to buy some headphones.

      I discovered the sound quality of Sennhieser around six years ago when I bought ear buds for my MP3 player. Having tried numerous different brands and forking out exorbitant amounts of money I found Sennheiser earphones great quality and value for money.

      These HD205's are the first headphones I have purchased as apposed to ear buds and since I bought these I am loathe to remove them from my ears because they sound so good.

      ** Price and Packaging ***

      I bought these from Currys for £44.99 however, shop around as you may pick these up cheaper on line. Amazon looks to be a good bet. I wanted them right away so didn't mind paying the extra.

      The headphones come in a clear plastic container which I was excited to open. After around ten minutes of hacking furiously with some scissors and being stabbed with jaggy plastic I eventually held my new headphones in my aching hands.

      ** What do you get with these headphones? **

      The headphones, an extra 6.3mm screw on adaptor in shiny gold plating and a carry case for your headphones. This case is nothing fancy so don't get too excited. Really its just a black sack made out of some cheap looking fake leather material with a draw string top.

      ** Do they look good?**

      In a word - yes. I have to admit I feel kind of cool wearing these. I had expected to look like a dork with big ear phones on but instead I found myself indulging a fantasy where I am a super cool DJ. Not at a dork (!)

      Moving on swiftly...these head phones look good quality and expensive. They have an understated design. Unlike some trendier brands these headphones don't try too hard to look cool they just do.

      They have a thick headband with the classic Sennheiser logo written across the band. The base of the headband has thick soft padding on it so they sit comfy on your head. The headphones are plain black with silver disks just above each ear pad. These are swivel discs that allow you to swivel one ear off if you are dj'ing, pretending to be a dj, or just want to ask your flat mate to get you a cup of tea. Although, the discs do have a function they also look pretty cool.

      The ear pads are thickly padded with the same plush padding as the head band.

      I bought these for home use and wouldn't wear them out and about. They look good enough to wear out but my ear buds release no noise at all and as I don't like other people hearing my music at all I shall stick to them for public transport.

      ** Are they comfy? **

      Yes. They fit snuggly on my head. I'm a tiny little female at just 5ft therefore have a tiny little head. I have worn them for hours at the playstation without any discomfort at all. In fact, I enjoy wearing these snuggly headphones. However, If you have a big bonce it is possible you may want to stretch them out a bit before wearing for a long time.

      The ear pads and head band padding are supper soft and comfy although I have already managed to get the ear pads covered in make up.

      The cable is around 3ft in length. I found that this lets me sit comfortably on the sofa with these plugged in without any trouble.

      ** Do they sound good? ***

      Yes. They sound great. Whilst using these headphones I have noticed sounds that I have never noticed before listening to music on my speakers or the television. They pick up lots of detail and give a good quality surround sound experience.

      They don't let out a lot of noise and I can't hear any extraneous noise when I am wearing them which means your housemates can sneak up on and you won't hear a thing.

      The sound is well rounded so you can boost up the volume without hurting your ears. At max volume the sound still sounds great.

      For me though the strongest point of these headphones is the bass. These headphones sound fantastic if you are listening to dance music. I have never been the biggest fan of dance music but I through these headphones I may just change my mind. I found myself listening to David Guetta's titanium with a ridiculous grin all over my face because on these headphones it sounds so darn good. I even tried them out with a bit of dub step this was certainly an ear boggling experience in a good way.

      ** Would I recommend these? **

      Yes again. I would certainly recommend these headphones. They are not outrageously expensive, look good, feel good and they are the best sounding headphones that have ever graced my ears.

      I am not a technically minded muso so I just want my headphones to sound good enough and these exceeded my expectations they are the best headphones that I have experienced.

      If you do buy them them and you just might not want to take them off!

      I hope you have found this review useful for all the technical info about these headphones click on the technical info tab at the top of the review and thanks for listening :)

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        14.02.2012 16:30

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        Wonderful Headphones, would recommend them without a doubt!

        These truley are the most amazing headphones ever to sit on my ears, they are beyond any expectation I ever had and for the price they are just unbeatable. I generally use them for recording and they suit the environment to the tee. I have produced many tracks along with these headphones and every time they allow me to produce a brilliant sound that will sound good on any other speaker or headphone. I would also say that the sound they proccess is very precise and not too heavy on any of the EQ levels, although sometimes the bass coming from the headphones can sometimes be a little too much and can sometimes effect the mix. In practical terms when using them for everyday listening they sound beautiful, they add extra detail to any piece of music and allow you to go in a world of your own, a great headphone from a great make.

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        02.12.2011 01:53

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        Good value for money

        I have recently bought these headphones as I wanted to be able to watch tv/dvds in bed late at night without waking any of my neighbours up.
        I have never got on well with wireless headphones so was happy to find these as they have a 3 metre cable to run from me in bed to the television without any problem.
        The high definition surround sound quality is amazing and the headphones feel very comfortable to wear.
        I had to turn the television volume right down when I wondered why the sound was still coming out of it and the sound level on the headphones was perfect. Also no sound escaped when I took them off to listen for any noise.
        The cushioning on the headphones is just right and they block out any sound outside.
        The right hand headphone flips up for dj'ing use and they are also compatible for MP3 players. iPods and CD players.
        I would definitely recommend these to people of any age.

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        27.01.2011 21:03
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        For a first pair of headphones at a budget price, great.

        These were my first headphones so i didnt really know what to look for when i was buying, but all the signs seemed to point to these.

        The most attractive thing about these is the price, at just under £40 they really are value for money. There aren't many other headphones from quality brands like sennheiser that are this price.

        I feel at this point i should point out im not a DJ, i just wanted some good quality headphones and if you are not bothered about appearence these are great. I was pleasently surprised by the bass on them which sounds fantastic at high volumes where sound quality is also kept to high levels. The long cable is also good for using on computers/laptops when you don't want to be so close.

        I found the quality of the sound differed for different types of music. If you are a fan or acoustic, indie or folk the definition is very average. I got Bombay Bicycle Club and Laura Marlings albums about the same time as i bought the headphones and these are prime examples of the type of music that doesnt come out amazingly on this type of heaphone. However some music is tantilisingly good on these, especially music with big base lines and, perhaps surprisingly, rap.

        A lot is made of the shielding from ambient noise that these headphones offer. In this area I feel it is over exaggerated, it just about blocks out conversations in the same room, but only if you have it at a high volume. They material around the cups can make you a bit hot after prolonged use.

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        03.11.2010 21:17
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        A very welcomed product from Sennheiser.

        The Sennheiser HD 205 headphones were my second purchase from the Sennheiser audio range; the first being the exceptionally modestly priced CX 500 earphones.

        First and foremost I will address the unanimous complaint amongst owners of these headphones; the size. If you have a larger than average (or possibly just average) sized head then these may unfortunately feel a little too snug for comfort. I assume my head is a little under average in size because they are extremely pleasant to wear - even for extended periods of music listening or video game playing. Two tricks I have come across are to either use an object, such as a stack of appropriately sized books to help stretch out the headphone band or, a more long-term but inevitably more risky solution of warming the band whilst simultaneously stretching to the desired size.

        These are closed back headphones which therefore reduce ambient noise and also prevent you from becoming a disturbance to those around you (especially useful for use in the office). For the price, like the aforementioned CX 500s, the sound quality is surprisingly high. Combined with low distortion, music is seldom, if ever, interrupted. I personally felt the bass was fairly heavy, so may suit the Dub Step and Hip Hop listeners amongst us, but trebles are equally crisp-clear and the fantastic "3D" sound is immersive... and addictive! Feeling like you're in the recording studio rather than barely hearing what's coming through your Apple earphones is an upgrade everyone should indulge in.

        The HD 205s actually feel more sturdy and less prone to damage than my HD 555s. Although a far lower price, the build quality is reassuring, most definitely for those who use headphones frequently on the go.

        Overall, it's pleasingly difficult to fault Sennheiser (as per usual) with the 205s. For this price range, they are an incredibly generous offering and one that should be snapped up by any headphone-searching consumers out there.

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        20.10.2010 05:53

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        Home reference: good, on the go listening: bad.

        I bought these headphones for the purpose of mixing with my budget studio because my last pair had crapped out on me and these were definitely a step up. There is absolutely no arguing with the price tag when compared to the quality. The sound is crisp in the highs and more noticeably than anything, the bass reproduction was superb. The mids are somewhat muddy, but that of course, is completely subjective. The comfort of these things is so-so. The cushioning is okay, but with these being semi-over ear headphones, listening for extending periods of time can be painful to your ears. Look wise it is made of hard plastic and can be described by some as looking cheap, however they don't sound that way. They ARE a big set of headphones and they don't look the most attractive so I don't find myself wearing these outside of the house. With its long cord and lack of a folding function, portability is pretty much unrealistic.

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        19.08.2010 17:27
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        A medium range, well priced set of headphones for DJ-ing or general use

        Apparently, it is not a good idea to play your music so loud that everyone can hear it four blocks away. So to avoid angry confrontations, a good set of headphones are required, and I have settled for theses, the Sennheiser HD205.

        Usefoul for either a home DJ or for genereal use with your music system, they are a lightweight, durable item that is able to deliver an excellent sound quality while reducing ambient noise. The sound cups are rotatable, making them useful for DJs who need to use them for one ear listening and the wire is single sided making them that more user friendly.

        The wire is copper, 3 metres long leading to a 3.5mm jack plug with accompanying 6.3mm gold plated, screw on jack adaptor. The headphones themselves weigh a little over 206g and are described as medium sized, meaning outdoor usage with your iPod won't look quite so ridiculous. Actual measurements are recorded at approximately 25cm x 10cm x 23cm.

        They deliver at a frequency between 14000 to 20000 Hz and ensure that while you can listen at a loud level, you won't do too much residual damage to your ears. They come with the aforementioned jack adaptor and a protective pouch. Also included is a generous two years manufacturers warranty.

        At a cost of £24.99 from Amazon.co.uk, they represent good value and I am very happy with mine. They look and feel well built, and while I haven't been aggressive with them, they do look durable and able to take a bit of punishment. Comfort wise they lock around your head and are a snug fit meaning that they can be used outdoors or even if you have to make a run for the bus without worrying about them going flying. If however you prefer them looser and are irratated by tight fitting items, perhaps you may want to look elsewhere.

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          17.08.2010 11:34

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          Good value considering the price

          Sound quality is good on these headphones for the price. There is a lot of bass and reasonably clear mids and high frequencies.

          I use these for listening to music and monitoring mixes. THere is quite a lot of colour in the sounds compared to my monitors which are much flatter and a little clearer.

          They are closed headphones which cut out outside noise very well

          Their downside is they are very tight. This obv helps cut out unwanted sound but it's very tiring on the ears and if you have a large head they might be uncomfortable after just a few mins. I get tired wearing them after an hour or so and have to take a rest.

          Helpfully they do come with an extra jack socket with clips on to the smaller jack (for pcs etc) so you can use it with an audio interface etc, which is great.

          A decent pair for the price. Good brand and good sound, just a little tight.

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          07.08.2010 11:42
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          A good product - worth it for the low price

          For a set of headphones many geared towards DJs and music editors, I was slightly apprehensive when first buying these headphones, as I only really listen to music recreationally. However, buying such a quality pair of headphones made me realise - it doesn't matter who they're aimed at, they're still amazing!

          The sound quality is very good, with both strong treble and bass sounds. The earphones themselves are very comfortable, with special padding almost half an inch thick for extra comfort. This is clearly aimed at those who are DJ-ing for long periods of time; however, I have worn these on the train for 2 hours at a time and my ears didn't hurt at all when I took them off at the end of the journey.

          There is an adjustableband over the top of the head, which allows for a tight fit. The headphones also come with a normal 3.5mm jack plug, which I fit into my ipod, and a 6.3mm screw-on adaptor, which, I assume, is for plugging into larger music systems and for DJ-ing.

          Any down-sides? The cable from the headphones is very long, in the order of a couple of metres - this means I have qutie a lot of excess cable lying about which I have to stuff in a pocket somewhere. Also, I have a medium-sized head and I have opened the adjustable head-piece to wide as it will go. Consequently, I would recommend that users with larger or wider heads don't buy this product.

          All in all, a pretty good buy - I can't comment on the dj-ing aspects, but for normal recreational listening, it's great!

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          04.04.2010 04:18

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          Top product for the price and well worth buyimg.

          The HD 205 provide an excellent sound quality and is brilliant at shielding envirnmental noise. It has a really deep bass and a clarity with the high notes, being crisp and a pleasure to listen to music with. The rotatable ear cup as well as the single-sided cable make it excellent for when I am on pro logic and making my own music, plus I am sure it would be very good even for DJ's. The HD 205 comeswith a good quality protective pouch, which I always put them in after use, so they don't get damaged.
          For some time now I wanted a pair of headphones that were good quality and did the job that I wanted, and for around £30 to £40 pounds these headphones are a bargain. The good selling points to me was the powerful sterio sound and that they are so comfortable to wear for my long music sessions, plus the cable reaches from my computer all the was to my kitchen.
          With a 2 year warranty, the price, sound and comfort, these headphones are one of the best out there for the price.

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          14.05.2009 19:23
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          Very good quality for a very good price.

          I started off by searching for a pair of good quality headphones to use for recording studio conditions. These would be used for the live room mainly, meaning they would need to have good isolation as well as comfortable for any performers.

          I started off by testing out many headphones at the NEC in Birmingham for Music Live. After checking many pairs in comparison, I found myself at the Sennheiser stand which resulted in me finding the HD205s.

          I purchased these later at Amazon at a very good price of just over £20. For the price these headphones have been outstanding. The response is very good and clear at both ends. I have had many headphones which either lacked or emphersized the bottom end too much, but these seemed to fit the bill well, sounding with a good flat response.

          Ive had many musicians wearing these headphones and have gone through a lot of action, but still work in perfect condition. They are very comfortable on the head, making them good for any times they need to be worn for long periods. The sound isolation has been good but not great as there have been problems occuring when hearing them come back through the microphone. However I didnt expect them to be perfect for £20.

          I have also used these on travel for personal listening. They have been fine to transport in the bag they came with. Ive not had any damages with them yet. I was slightly concerned about how thin the lead was and if it could snap at first, but this hasnt been a problem at all.

          Overall these headphones are very good sounding with a great response for any fan of the bigger chunky headphones, and to make them even better theyre at such a great price. If anything were to go wrong with these headphones I would have no problem in buying them again. Infact since my first purchase I have made 2 more.

          These come highly reccommended.

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          07.03.2009 16:31
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          Awesome pair of cheap headphones - don't think you can do better for the price!

          I got these for christmas last year and use them for all manner of things, from home recording to just listening to some tunes.

          The sound quality is nothing short of stunning, the bass is deep and rich without being boomy and the treble cuts through smoothly without being too sharp. I'd been after a quality set of headphones for a while without wanting to pay the large price tag and these fit the bill perfectly.

          They can be had very cheap now, for under £20 on amazon and I don't think you could spend your money better. They're super comfy, the cord is almost too long (almost) and the quality is brilliant. They even come with a swivel right ear piece for DJ'ing, so a great all rounder really.

          They are a tad bulky, but in all honesty that shouldn't really be a problem if you're looking for quality headphones.

          Sometimes cheap items can be as good as the more expensive ones, and this is a perfect example of this.

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        The HD 205 provides an excellent sound quality and a brilliant shielding of ambient noise. The rotatable ear cup as well as the single-sided cable makes them a professional companion even for DJ's. The HD 205 comes with a convenient protective pouch for storage and transportation.

        PRODUCT FEATURES:

        Medium-sized dynamic, supra-aural headphones;
        For compact systems or mobile players (32ohm);
        Powerful stereo sound;
        Outstanding passive attenuation of ambient noise;
        Highest wearing comfort for long music sessions;
        Comfortable head and ear pads;
        3.5 mm jack plug and ¼" (6.3 mm) screw-on jack adaptor, gold-plated;
        Single-sided cable.