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This porduct is one step up from HD 201's I used to own and, the step up is a positive one. The bass on these headphones is great and music and films are very clear. The lighweight headphones are are not quite professional enough for a DJ to use but if you are a music lover or like watching films on a laptop or ipod, these are definatley for you. I bought my pair for around £30 and have never regretted it, they are highly adjustable so if you have a big head there are no problems. The cushions on both the ear cup and head part is very soft and comfortable and the 3 metre cable is about average. This pair boast a 3.5 and 6.3mm jack so it is suitable for ipod's laptops and even amplifiers. One thing I would say is that they can make your ears hot if you are in a warm room it can be uncomfortable, plus these do not cup your whole ear and only rest upon them, but this is countered, I think, by the great sound quality. I have never found a problem with this product, perhaps it is a bit plastically but build quality is good. The look of the product is very good, it is not too chunky but also not too small, it is the right size for me.
In my opinion Sennheiser have always had a very confusing range when it comes to their low-end headphones - there's many and just because you're spending more doesn't necessarily mean you're getting something better.
I picked up a pair of these for about £24 (sale price) as a replacement to a pair of HD202s - a headphone that I've sometimes seen as cheap as £12 - but trust Sennheiser to crank the price since it's popular.
Comparing them to the HD202s they're more bassy but the treble clarity is somewhat disappointing. It is however something you can compensate for with an EQ. Alternatively you can just let your ears adjust to the sound.
Design-wise they're virtually identical apart from colour and the detachable jacks which allow you to replace the wire. Whilst the detachable wire can be handy feature be aware that if it wears out a replacement will cost you about £15.
I'm not sure if you can get a free replacement under warranty - I've given up with Sennheiser support - they're the worst company I've ever had to deal with and often just ignore emails.
But to buy or not buy? I'd suggest if you just want a low-end Sennheiser go for the cheaper HD202 as up until the HD555s you won't necessarily be getting a better headphone. There are ofcourse other brands that are worth checking out - Grado, Shure, Koss, Audio Technica and Beyerdynamic.
My flatmate and I have these neatly positioned at this very computer so that we don't disturb each other when using the computer, as there's very little to separate the TV in the living room and the PC audio when we do.
This has proved a great solution. The way in which the headphones are designed provide great comfort to your ears and completely block out all noise coming from them with the comfy padding that enveloped your ears. The speakers inside are wide and allow an awful lot of sound out. It completes the task its meant to do perfectly from my respect.
There are far reaching advantages. Firstly, as well as the comfort on the ears there is good support all around, as there's a cushion on the top as well to protect your head. I even find that after a while I'm oblivious to the fact that I'm wearing them and it's only when I take them off that I come back into the real world of hearing.
The sound that comes out of is also very good. There's no loss in quality and Sennheiser have upheld the quality on these to give you a fantastic audio experience, and the quality is far better than I've had from some other brands.
It's also got an extensive cable too. This is handy if you need the freedom to move around and not get tied down. The cable length adequately allows me to take a short walk from the computer to obtain something from the table behind with no requirement to take them off. The qualities of the connections are great too. My set has been extensively used and I've found with some others in the past that the cables come loose and often cause crackling or loss in quality. This set of headphones has far outpaced any other brand I've bought previously and is still going strong.
There is however one major downside so it's not all good, which does lie in the cable connection. The two chords that come from each ear don't mould into one singe cable, but stay as two throughout. These have easily separated throughout time. If you bear in mind that I use these at a computer desk where little or no movement takes place and consider that they've separated with no provocation whatsoever, I imagine if you're out and about it would only happen easier. This really causes a pain and you're left with two cables trailing everywhere that tangle up and cause frustration. This has been rectified by me, by tying the cable in a knot but it really shouldn't be like this and I think a bit of fore planning in the design stage would have turned this into a perfect set of headphones.
I can't complain though. We bought these for just under £35 and they've lasted far longer than I expected too and the audio quality is absolutely faultless. If you can live with the cable hiccup though, you'll find it's a great purchase to enhance your audio experience.
This is another pair of Sennheiser heaphones I've had the pleasure of using in the last few years (I'm slowing reviewing them all). And again, I was fairly impressed.
You can get these headphones at around £30 (at time of writing this review) and to be honest, although they are pretty good, I would expect something a bit more special for my money. The build quality is good and these would take a bit of a beating and come out pretty well but they do feel a bit 'plasticy'. Obviously 99% of headphones are made of plastic but when they feel the way these do I think something needs to be done. The major problem I have is that the ear cups move up and down the headband part of the headphones. I hate this. For this money I would expect the headband itself to adjust. Maybe it's just me though. I bet others wouldn't even notice it. The ear cups do block out alot of the background noise as they fit snugly to your ears. Another thing which is a minor annoyance is the lead, it is far too long far what I want to use it for and I think anyone who would use this with their mp3 player will find a ridiculous amount of excess cable hanging form their pocket.
Comfort-wise, these do pretty well. The padded ear cups and headband fit snugly around my head and I'm able to wear them for long periods of time with no trouble at all. When it comes to sound quality these are distinctly average. I would expect more for my money. The bass becomes distorted if the volume is too high. And I like my music loud.
For this price, you can get better.