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      20.01.2012 00:47
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      Great pair of headphones

      Sennheiser is obviously a very prestigious brand when it comes to audio equipment, especially headphones. Even at the relatively low price to what most good Sennheiser headphones cost, these do not lose the quality with it.

      They provide clear distinction between high frequencies and low bass frequencies even in the most distorted of songs. Some songs can overpower headphones, in particular smaller in ear headphones which rattle when the bass is too strong which can get annoying very quickly.This is not the case with these. You get a crisp sound from both earphones when in stereo and in mono versions of songs.
      The headphones cup the ears with a soft pad so after a few minutes you hardly notice they are attached to your head due to the comfy adding which also aids in cancelling out background noise if you are in a noisy environment. These do not however have active noise cancellation.

      They can be manually adjusted to fit your head comfortably and have the same padded cushion at the top of the headphone so it rests nicely. The cable provided with headphones is of good quality and is approximately 1 metre long. You can also get an extra extension cable which adds another metre on if you so wish without any interference to the quality of the sound.

      Aesthetically they are relatively large and chunky for portable earphones but if style is not an issue for you then these are great.
      The HD 238's balance both cost and quality in a very appealing way so for any audiophiles, this is a good value pair of headphones which won't disappoint when it comes to listening to your songs. A great buy which is well worth the money.

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      10.12.2011 06:00
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      Great sound and at the moment a great price

      Sennheiser, probably THE name when it comes to quality headphones. It definitely is one of THE names when it comes to expensive headphones. These however are from their more affordable line of products. My producer friend has a pair by Sennheiser that cost him over £500. That is exactly how much these cost, well if you loose a zero off the end. These actually cost me nothing, but my brother got them for me as a very nice Christmas gift and as he handed them to me, he loudly said "they cost 50 quid yeh know?" Charming.

      Seeing that these are on the lower end of the Sennheiser range, I was hopeful that quality wasn't going to be compromised in order to lower their normally astronomical prices. These can actually be bought at amazon.co.uk for £34.99 + shipping at the moment.

      These headphones feel good, both when holding in my hands and more importantly wearing them on my head. The ear cups are well padded and cover the entire ear, unlike the little tiny in ear style earphones made famous by Apple. I find that I only use these at home, this is mainly due to the fact that they are a bit on the big side when compared to the more compact and easy to carry ear buds. These would have to be stored in a bag or backpack as they won't fit in your pocket of course.
      Some people on the other hand may like to wear them around their neck when not in use, although I find you have to have the right look to carry this off.

      What's the most important thing when it comes to earphones and headphones? Sound of course.
      And I'm glad to say the Sennheiser sound is still present on this budget range model. The quality of the sound compared to my old Sony headphones is unmistakable. I can hear everything and hear it clearly. Previous headphones that I've owned when they have good base that's all you really hear. Good base can totally take over the sound of any sound system, be it personal or home cinema. These however have great base, but they also have all of the other aspects of the sound spectrum that result in a true quality sound experience. Both music and vocals are crisp and clear, and talk radio sounds deep and rich.

      Now to compare these to my little Apple earphones and ear buds, there is no comparison. I am Apple crazy, but the sound difference between these and their more compact models just isn't worth talking about. All I need to say is Sennheiser wins every time and it kills me to say that.

      Thanks for reading :0) 2night.

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      07.12.2010 14:50
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      Worth a look.

      The Sennheiser HD 238 headphones are designed for use on the go with a supra-aural, compact and portable-friendly build. They are, contradictorily, open back however, meaning that sound will leak. The positive from this is that, in my opinion, the sound is wider and airy rather than claustrophobic with no ambient noises. They are also extremely light and can be worn for extensive periods of time with minimal decline in comfort.

      I was not expecting a great deal in the audio quality department from a pair of relatively entry level portables and they didn't blow me away, but were certainly impressive for their price tag. Lows are very low; and for me; too low. The bass occasionally overwhelms the entire song but can also be complimentary; take Dead Prez's 'Hip Hop' intro for example, which almost shook the headphones off my head. Bassheads, take note!

      The highs are where these portables really shine. I was thoroughly pleased by their liveliness and crispness, adding to the effect of fairly noticeable instrument separation. The highs are admittedly not as precise as higher models, especially at higher volumes, but they serve the headphones well.

      If you're looking for some comfortable portables with solid audio quality and a very affordable price tag then the 238s are most definitely a big contender and significantly out do their predecessor (the 228s).

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      12.11.2010 21:39
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      Headphones which you certainly do not get what you paid for

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      My partner and I share a lot of loves though music is not one of them. Due to this, I felt it time to buy a set of headphones in order to stop my other half complaining loudly every time I wanted to listen to some music on my computer.

      I found these headphones on Amazon for £40 though felt that was a little high so looked on Ebay and managed to pick up some brand new for only £10 - A bargain!

      One thing I was very happy about with these headphones was the length of the lead. It was much longer than the lead on an older set of headphones I had which meant I could move around easily without having to take the headphones off my head every few seconds.

      Unfortunately this is where the good things stop.

      At first the quality was great. The headphones were a comfortable fit and sound quality was really great, though after a couple months of use, the sound quality began going downhill. I could live with this at first, though after a while of this I noticed the lead staring to come apart. Once this had happened, that was it. Although you could still hear the music, it was too crackly to make out properly and therefore, the headphones became useless.

      Do I recommend these headphones?

      Not if you want more than a couple of months use out of them!

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      05.09.2010 23:21

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      Not so impressed. My cheap Panasonic headphones don't seem that different!

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      29.08.2010 13:06
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      Perfectly adequate for me, although I am sure there are better options out there.

      Having started using my laptop for watching films whilst staying away in hotel rooms, I recently decided to invest in a pair of decent headphones to replace the standard iPod ones I have been using for years.

      Anyway, not wanting to pay the £69 RRP, I did a quick search on google and found a pair on Amazon for £39.99 plus P&P - a much more reasonable and sensible price for this product.

      Anyway, onto the headphones themselves. As a brief introduction for anyone who has not heard of Sennheiser, for a long time they have had the reputation of being the best manufacturer of after-market headphones, and having used these for a few weeks I can see why.

      The main selling point of aftermarket headphones seems to be their ability to "noise cancel." This means they reduce the amount of noise lost out of the headphones, and limit the amount of outide noise pasing into your listening area. I had not previously realised this was something that bothered me, but when you use these headphones compared to standard in-ear ones, the difference is noticeable. The HD238's have an open back, which means there is still a certain amount of noise lost. However, the advantage of this is that your ears do not overheat when listening to your tunes!

      For me, the Sennheiser's are perfect in terms of sound quality, but it is worth bearing in mind if you are particularly passionate about your music that there are closed back headphones which will totally cancel out any outside interference.

      I was actually surprised how comfortable these headphones were to wear, even after long periods of time. They are extremely lightweight and exert very little pressure on your head and neck. The earpads are a mixture of foam and vinyl which are snug and comfortable - these can also be replaced if required which is handy.

      The only small complaint I do have about these is that they cannot be totally folded down, although they do come with a nice sized carry pouch which is also designed with enough room to accommodate an iPod, if required.

      Overall, these are perfectly adequate for me, although I am sure audio geeks out there could pick holes in it, and I am also sure there are better headphones out there if you want them.

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        17.08.2010 11:20

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        Good value product which does everything you need

        These were purchased so that I could listen to music on a computer without having to use smaller earphones which I prefer to use solely for and Ipod. Even though you will get similar products like this sold from Sony they would be retailing at a lot more than this brand so I thought i would give them a try. I decided to go with these over a few different alternatives that I had looked at.

        Price

        The price was £39.99 which was a few quid cheaper than what I actually expected to be paying for them. I class this as a very good price seen as though you would be paying more than £60 for a pair of similar quality from Sony.

        Quality and Value

        The quality of these headphones is something which really impressed me. When you are used to using a small pair of earphones you notice the difference when using a pair of these. The music quality seems so much impressive on these. It shows that rather than pay nearly double for a pair from Sony you can get these which are really just as good.

        Usability

        These are very easy to use, all you need to do is plug these into your computer and they will work. They are also very easy to use when in distance as they have a very long cord so you can do something a distance away whilst still listening to your music.

        Overall

        For the £39.99 that I paid for these I really do think that it is a fantastic price for what is being offered. Instead of going for the obvious Sony headphones I do recommend trying out a pair of these as I think they are just as good as Sony headphones but for less. With them being pretty stylish anyone can use these and they are not restricted to a certain type of person which some others are. Would definatley recommend these to anyone who is interested in a pair of headphones.

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        12.08.2010 12:30
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        solid enough buy

        In my profession, I have had to rely on headphones for monitoring analogue and digital audio recordings and I have used a fair few headphones in my time. Some I own myself and some I have been privy to in the workplace. Sennheiser is a brand I trust and recommend, having been weaned on them from a relatively early age. I like to think of them as the connoisseur's headphone choice. Depending on which pair you opt for, you could pay from twenty to two hundred pounds. This model comes in closer to the forty pound mark, making them an affordable option for most.

        The lightweight headphones have been built with comfort in mind. The ear muffs are insanely comfy to wear and thanks to the cushioned inner lining will make listening to music and audio a treat. The muffs to do not cut off quite as much external noise as some of the more expensive models, so you will find they are not totally flush to the outer ear.

        The adjustable strap will allow you to fit them to size and there is sufficient rotation on the headphones to allow you to mix for deejaying purposes. My main quibble is often with the cables, which are prone to being tripped over. The cable here could have been made more durable and thicker and the jack attachment could have been better welded. You do need to take care when pulling it in and out of sockets.

        In terms of sound quality, not bad at all. The definition of high end frequencies is impressive and the mid range cuts through with clarity. A decent level of bass too, though not quite as storming as the more expensive models, but definitely enough for the casual user. You will find them fine for bedroom listening or basic studio use, but I would consider these as a back-up option for recording professionals, maybe to lend to guests in a studio, or as a reserve pair. Overall though, a good price, good sound quality and compatible with any standard jack, so a solid buy.

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        27.05.2010 22:18
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        I would reccomend purchasing this product but i would also reccomend being careful whilst using it.

        WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR:

        At home, I enjoy listening to music and when I listen to my music, I want to listen to good quality music - and the quality always comes from the headphones. I wanted the headphones to be good quality and to have a decent size lead so that I was not restricted to what I could do whilst listening to my music through these headphones. This is because I listen to music through my computer and most of the time I am moving a distance away from my computer to get this work completed and I did not wish to be restricted by the lead of the headphones.

        When looking for headphones, I decided to discard the better known mass production brands such as the likes of Sony of Panasonic because I believed that they wouldn't have such good quality for the money that was paid. Following this and after browsing through Amazon and looking in many different hardware shops I found this pair of headphones.

        COMPATIBILITY:

        These headphones fit perfectly into my computer jack allowing for easy "plug and play", meaning that they are easy to use. Initially the headphones produce a good quality sound, which was exactly what I was looking for

        These headphones also have a good size lead; this means that you can easily move around without the lead pulling tight whilst listening. This also means you can listen whilst you are a fair distance away from your computer/mp3 player.

        DOWNSIDES:

        Although I was initially impressed with the quality of these headphones, after a long period of use the cable began to break, I wasn't too worried about this to begin with but eventually the cable totally broke and the quality of the headphones eventually began to deteriorate leading to a total breakage of the headphones. When purchasing, this element should be kept in mind.

        VALUE FOR MONEY:

        After purchasing this item, I was sure that I had got excellent value for money from this product. Although these product costs £50, I was sure that if you were to purchase a similar product from a better known brand (e.g. Sony, Logitec, Panasonic, etc) then the overall cost of the product would be higher. When I first purchased these headphones - I also thought that that quality of the product was very good for the price, I was then proved very wrong once the product broke.

        I overall don't think that this product has very good value for money as it broke extremely quickly and therefore I was not impressed with the quality of the product.

        STYLE:

        Although I happily use these headphones at home, I would not willingly use these in public unless my simple iPod headphones were broken. This is because I simply don't like the way they go over the top of your head and go over your ears.

        Although this may be a personal opinion and some people may like this style - some people may have the same opinion as me so I thought I should include this in my review - just to give everyone a better opinion on the headphones!

        OVERALL OPINION:

        Overall I was not impressed with this product, although initially I was impressed with the sound quality - when it came to it and the lead broke, I was not impressed. If the quality of the coating on the lead was better then I would be EXTREMELY impressed with these headphones.

        If you purchase this product, I recommend being EXTREMELY careful when using the product, to prevent breakage of the item, I would also recommend keeping the receipt somewhere where you won't lose track of it - so you can get a refund of the product if yours does break like mine.

        RATING:

        I am giving this product 4/5 stars because if the lead hadn't broken then I would've been extremely impressed with the quality of the product. This is why I have said that if you do purchase this product then do make sure that you are careful whilst using them so that you are able to use them for the largest period of time possible.

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          27.01.2010 18:58
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          Good all-round headphones for home use

          My husband received these as a Christmas gift as he wanted headphones that were not 'in ear' for a change. I am most impressed with the quality of construction and the effortless sound.

          The headphones rest on top of your head with a little cushion underneath which adds to the comfort factor. The headband is adjustable and the ear pieces swivel so that you can get a good fit for any size head. The ear pieces are no larger that the average size ear so you don't look like to have two burger buns strapped to your head.

          The headphones cover a range of 16 Hertz to 23,000 Hertz, that is, a range wider than our ears can sense. The cable is 1.4 m, which is long enough for most needs. The headphones are light too, apparently due to the lightweight diaphragms and metals. The makes a difference if you are going to have them on for any length of time. The headphones also come with a small black carrier bag that should keep them reasonably safe.

          Sound wise, they are excellent, and deliver a detailed, full-bodied sound experience for all types of music and the spoken word. I have tested it out on classical music, brass bands and some catchy pop tunes from the current hit parade. You can also hear the difference between a CD and an mp3. They are a vast improvement from the standard 'in ear' headphones that came with my mp3 player. They do a good job of blocking out external sounds.

          Positives
          Lightweight and stylish
          High quality sound

          Negatives
          Some 'leaking' of sound so that others can hear
          Pressure on the ears from the ear pieces may take a little getting used to

          The headphones normally retail for around £75 which is a bit pricey, but is currently on special on Amazon for £52 which is more acceptable.

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