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I have purchased this product a number of months ago now and i am happy to say that they work really well.
The sound quality is very clear and they feel very comfortable on the head.
I have used these earphones for an extended period of time and there is no irritation or heating up of my ears.
The headphones are made very well and take quite a lot of abuse as i have dropped them quite a lot.
The price of 19 pounds is also quite good as i spend over 30 pounds a few months ago
These headphones are really good value for money and are great for any christmas present.
They are compact enough to fit in any travel bad and suitcase and are a great tool to zone out on a long trip away somewhere.
The connect fits an ipod well and there is no crackling that i would expect from similar priced headphones
In conclusion this product is worth it as not only is it well made but it offers a great sound quality and is cheap
On the whole, Sennheiser offer top grade headphones and most people in the music and recording industry swear by them, including myself. I have had to use them for home and work purposes and have encountered various levels of Sennheiser through the years. To get the optimum sound you are going to be looking at about eighty pounds, which is a lot of money to spend on headphones.
This pair have been designed for use with the smaller sound systems. You could use them with you Ipods or mini hifi systems or you could buy a converter jack to run it with larger systems. The price tag of fifteen pounds is reflective of what the headphones are trying to offer though. For your money you get a smart lightweight pair of phones with comfortable muffs. The soft cushioned fabric is pleasant enough but does not totally shut off all external noise, so not useful for studio monitoring purposes.
They can be adjusted to fit different head shapes and there is enough give with the cable, but the headphones do not perform that well when pushed to the max with audio. Your low end frequencies are going to sound muffled and lose quality and if you really whack up the gain, the mid range is going to struggle to and lose clarity. For domestic home use and just pottering around with a low level Ipod this is alright, but they lack the finesse of the more expensiive headphones in the range and the sound dynamic is nowhere near as good. Not bad for a budget buy, but not the best in the line up.
You can buy these online and also from larger audio stores on the highstreet. Due to the sheer amount of Sennheisers, check your budget then decide what is right for you.
When my beloved Sennheiser HD201 headphones packed in aged 11 months and 2 weeks old I was devastated but consoled myself by the fact that they were under warranty and so I could get a new pair. Unfortunately Amazon never had any of the model I needed for an exchange so they refunded the money to my account and I was left to choose a new pair. The model I ended up choosing was the Sennheiser HD 407 which cost around the £20 mark.
I bought the headphones solely for use with my home PC. I knew I wanted a large pair of headphones and these are an open ear model which, according to Sennheriser, are suitable for all kinds of rock and pop. I like bigger headphones for comfort but these are not really very comfortable, the size is adjustable by moving the ear pieces up and down on a slot meaning they do not really adjust in size very well and always seem a little bit loose on my head and feel heavier than their 130g. The ear pieces completely cover my ear and soft and comfortable however the speakers and head rest inside the band are made of an almost woolly material which means both my ears and the top of my head get fairly hot when I wear these headphones. I don't feel that these headphones fully connect with my ears and the slight gap between the phones and my ears does lower the sound quality somewhat, if I push the earpieces tight against my ears then the sound does improve a bit but this is not a very practical way to do things!
The first thing that I do when I get any pair of headphones is to put them through a sound test on YouTube. This showed that the headphones could play bass sounds down to 35Hz. The headphone test also plays a sound that moves around, you could clearly tell which ear the sound was playing from but both front and back sounds in each ear sounded much the same. Another surround sound test gave me better results but resulted in a blank area behind the listener where sounds did not register.
Enough of the YouTube tests, the real test of headphones is how they respond to different types of sounds. I decided to put them through their paces by listening to a few different types of music.
Classical Piano. I listened to Moonlight Sonata because it is a piece of music which goes through the full range of notes from very low to very high. The sound on very low notes was good, slightly muffled on the higher bass and mid range and nice on the high notes. There was not good definition between each note, it sounds slightly muffled and the piano did not sound crisp.
Guitar I listened to both classical, electric and bass guitar and by far the best results were for listening to bass guitar where the sound was clear and responsive. The classical guitar didn't sound good at all with a slight echo and the individual notes were very indistinct. The electric guitar sounded ok but the quality would hardly wow anyone.
Speech: I put an episode of a TV programme on to see how the headphones sound when different people are speaking. The sound here is fairly good, nothing exceptional but I can hear everything clearly enough. Applause sounds horrible though, pretty muffled and it hurts my ears in a strange way, canned laughter is something that always really annoys me and it becomes even more unbearable because of the slight muffled effect from these headphones.
Pop/Rock I've listened to a few different types of music from fairly heavy rock to mainstream pop. The sound is fairly good on songs with quite a heavy bass line but far less nice on songs which are more mid range. There are times when I can even hear a clicking from inside the headphones where the music is fairly quiet. The fact that the headphones are so poor on the midrange means that vocals can sound very indistinct and it does not give the best playback with a dulled down version of the music playing.
The sound from the headphones is best when you have the volume turned up around the halfway mark, put them on quietly and you seem to miss a lot of what is going on and at not much past the halfway point the sound distorts really badly. The open back design means that there is no noise cancelling so you can hear what is going on around you, the good news is that there is very little sound leakage.
I've got to say that I am really disappointed with these headphones. I know that you shouldn't expect brilliance from a relatively inexpensive pair of headphones but these perform really poorly on all round use. Sennheiser are generally really good for low cost headphones, my HD201 provided amazing sound as do the sub £25 in ear buds I use for music on the go. With my HD201 I really enjoyed putting my headphones on and browsing YouTube and listening to music but using the HD407 I get really annoyed by the muffled mid range sound and can only listen to music in short blasts. I will point out that the headphones have been used for many hours so are fully bedded in, the sound was even worse when they were new out of the box!
Unfortunately the headphones seem to be sturdily constructed so no chance of them breaking any time soon but I dislike them so much that I will need to replace them anyway.