For me personally music is a huge part of my life and this is why I've always seen headphones as something that I spend silly amounts of money on but for once I decided to try out sennheiser. This decision to change away from my bose system really did hurt my sole a bit but with the recession it one of those things that I saw that I could cut down on.
The sennheiser headphones on the other hand do have a slightly cheap feel to them sadly. The massive amount of moulded plastic that dominates the design although for me personally being incredible comfortable I did think that aesthetically they weren't the prettiest. However once you start using them you simple wont care what the exterior looks like with them being the most comfortable pair of headphones that ive used in a very long time. The sponge on the ears can get so comfortable that the ears can get slightly hot for my liking personally.
When it come to using these headphones for their sole purchase of actually listening to music that are amazing. The cable is incredible long being that you can easily sit on your most comfortable of chair and listen to the world fly by. In addition to this range on these headphone is incredible with them for me personally being great for any music. But if there was any criticism you could say that it was slightly bassy. But this is easily solved with a few alterations on the stereo system.And for the quality of sound produced you really wouldn't expect all this for 35 pounds.
Anyway thanks for reading and I think that these are great addition to the headphone collection
I have had these for atleast 5 years and I have seen no need to replace them. I don't use them as much as I used too. Maybe a sign of old age!
They are exactly as the photo above and some might consider the silver colour a bit dated but to use in the house I don't think the styling makes much difference. I am more interested in the conort and performance.
The are comfortable. Nice soft foam which sit on you ears ( they don't cup your ears like some) the plastic headband is flexible enough and they don't fel like they crush your head. They are also quite light so are comfortable if earing for a long period of time. This lightweight does result in a certain amount of slippage if bending over for example. Thats why I say they are good around the house.
The sound parts easily move up and down and stay locked in place once adjusted to the correct position.
The headband also has a shaped piece of foam which adds to the comfort
One of the best things is the length of the cord. I have just measured it as 3.2m long so I can move around the living room without breaking my neck.
The performance is also excellent. I am sure that more expensive sound systems justify more expensive headphones but for mid priced separates or all in one systems I would say these are more than adequate with clear bass and treble very middle of the road. A nice warm sound which seems to work just as well with all kinds of music
I bought my Sennheiser HD-457 headphones about 2 years ago and they have served me very well since then. I went for a manufacturer that produces quality audio equipment and have not been disappointed.
The headphones are at the lower end of the Sennheiser headphone range. There are cheaper models but they are mostly either in-ear, or of the more compact variety. The HD-457's are large and cover the whole ear.
I was a bit let down by the plastic body of the headphones. They do look a bit cheap. But appearance is not everything and I only intended them for personal indoor use so this was not too much of an issue. I would never be seen wearing a large set of headphones outdoors anyway....it just look wrong!
Another immediate issue was that the headphones have a foam inner that does not cup over the entire ear. This concern disappeared when I tried the headphones on. The plastic exterior makes the HD-457's very light and the foam inner was very comfortable. The ear pieces are adjustable and swivel to accomodate all ear shapes with ease.
I find the sound reproduction very good. The headphones are on the bassy side but this does not overwhelm the higher-range audio. They are perfectly capable of coping with any style of music and listening to movies is no problem at all.
The cable is immense. Not sure of the length exactly but I can easily plug the headphones into my TV and sit on the sofa (about 10 ft away) with out having to worry about the headphones shooting off my head if I decide to have a little lay down. There is also a handy cable tidy included that lets you neatly wrap the cable up when not in use. No more tripping over loosly coiled up wires!
The HD-457's may not be spectacular but for the price they are very good. If you are looking for a above-average set of headphones from a top manufacturer that possess a rich bass and don't cost more than your stereo then the HD-457's would be a good choice.
I got HD 457 from my friend and thought that I can use that at my workplace and in trains to listen to the music. The build quality is not very great, which plastic feeling everywhere. The size of the headphone is quite large, with flat big ear cups sits on your ear, not around your ear.
It sits compforably with coushion over head and on earcups. I was bit disappointed with the sound quality. The bass is too strong, so not good for indoor use. When sound level is slightly up, everyone in the train coach can listen to the music. So you will not win many friends during transit.
It is now lying on my desk and I have bought new pair of in-ear cheap £3 headphones, which is doing good job.
I checked the priced on Currys, and it is good £27 for this model. I would never ever spend that amount of money on this headphone.. Just for the brand name..