I bought this to complement my newly purchased ipod as I realised I couldn't tolerate the poor sound quality from Apple Ipod headphones. I looked around on Tottenham Court Street, which is well known for its audio/visual knowledge. I knew that Sennheiser was a good manufacturer of headphones so I was quite eager to buy them after reading good reviews.
The sound produced by the headphones is just short of amazing; especially for the price I paid for it. Just £40! The bass is a bit 'chunky' at times but I quite like my bass to be thick and the vocals comes out really well. When checking out older albums I used to spin a lot, I begin to notice details I hadn't noticed before; a guitar riff that is momentous to the rhythm of the song or the drumming that seeps out in between the guitar/bass really well.
Noise-cancelling feature is quite good here, even though it is not a must as it isn't quite closed. But it performs quite well, I was blasting my heavy metal music at top volume in a packed library and no-one gave me a glance, which shows how it doesn't leak sound out of the headphones. Bonus! Also, I can hardly hear a thing coming from outside; if I'm approaching near traffic, the noise from outside isn't very overpowering as the music tends to cover it up which is great!
The build of it seems quite plastic y but it is not surprising due to the price, but however, I have had this for 4 months and there is NO sign of wear and tear! I am expecting sometime soon that it will begin to chip away even if I keep it in a good condition.
When wearing this for long periods, say for a few hours, your jaw will tend to hurt for some reason I can't fathom as the buds don';t even touch near your jaws; however your ears will get hot due to the buds!
The cord length is annoyingly long- way longer than 1 meter. It can be a nuisance when you have an ipod and you just want to listen to them while ipod is in your front pocket; it is quite a challenge using a headphones with 2 meter cord. Where do you put the cord?? I devised a sound method- tying up most of the cord into one big lump and just let it hang. However, it is PERFECT when you just want to lie back watching movies on your laptop or listening to loud music late at night.
This headphones has exceeded my expectations and more! I will gladly buy another headphones from this manufacturer when my headphones, if, does fall apart. :)
After my (very high tech) granddad's hearing started catching up with his age, my non-noise canceling in ear headphones I bought my iriver h10 5 years earlier were over, my podcasts had to be cranked up so loud I decided enough was enough. Instead of going down the more reasonable route of completely denying TV to my ancestor, I decided it was time to invest in good quality noise canceling headphones.
My initial budget was a lot higher than the final price I ended up paying for my HD212 pro and there are many reasons why you don't necessarily get what your pay for at higher price points. Like everything else the higher up the product range you go, the more you pay for the exclusivity of being the cool one with the latest and greatest.
I classify myself as the average user listening to several hours a week of music (mainly mp3), be it through my laptop during other people's bed times or on the road whilst on the train or the airplane. After scouting many reviews on line the Sennheiser seemed to have all the requirements ticket: a punchy base line suitable for those in their early twenties, noise canceling for when my granddad is blasting the "Northwest frontier" through his TV and finally the price was well within my budget.
When they finally arrived at my door I started going through my list of carefully selected songs I had prepared for the event. As the playlist unfolded I definitely had mixed feelings about what was going through my ears.
Massive amounts of details were revealed that I had never noticed, but as excited as I was about this, imperfections that I never picked up on before were blasted in all their indignifying glory to my ears. Of course this is not the headphones fault, but if your library mainly comprises of dodgy music grabbed from youtube you may be in trouble here. Remember the mixed feelings? Well, there is just TOO much base, way over the top! If you look hard enough on the internet you will find the amplification charts and I dare you to find any other headphone that has such a peak at such low frequencies. Even though this is easily adjusted through your favorite equalizer it's still a little bit of pain having to switch between the headphones equalizer and the loudspeakers equalizer, so much so that I stopped doing it all together. Don't let this put you off though, yes I think the base is way too pushed, but it's still a nice experience listening to them straight out of the box.
The noise canceling is very good at this price point, put them on and you already feel pretty isolated, hit the play button on your favorite track and you are in a different world. Of course it's still not as good as active noise canceling headphones but as passive ones go these are good.
Listening comfort gets a "plus" too, although as they are closed cans be prepared for your ears to get hot. In general the pads make sure that long listening sessions don't scar you for life and my family and friends that tried them on managed to adjust them around their brains comfortably.
To top it all off the cord provided is extremely long, three meters in fact and it's easily replaceable if that's too much for you to handle.
Would I recommend them? Yes, unless you're an opera fan or listen to classical music, but for anything else they have definitely exceeded my expectations: if I could back I would definitely buy them again, and again...
After many months of using a cheap pair of headphones I decided I needed something a little better. I was originally buying headphones for gaming but these are so good I use them for audio mixing and everything else too!
At first they look cool and futuristic but after you get used to them they do look a little plastic and cheap. I recently noticed that the silver paint starts to chip off after a while, especially at the top. They're very comfortable to wear although they take a little getting used to as they seem really tight at first if you don't wear closed headphones a lot. Although there are sliders for the ear cups to adjust the size, they don't move very far so if you have a large head they might not fit too well. They're really sturdy, I've dropped and stood on them plenty of times and they're still standing.
One problem I have is the wire for the left ear piece keeps coming loose and I have to wiggle it about a bit occasionally to get it working again, a minor nuisance though and it's probably just my lack of care for my stuff that did it. The foam on the top is now starting to come off too. The audio wire is nice and long though unlike many headphones where you lean back and pull the things out.
I really wasn't expecting anything quality for £40 or so but the sound quality is amazing for the price, they really do sound like top of the range headphones. One little complaint though is that the bass seems a little "fat" at times and really good at others. I'm a big fan of sennheiser products as they're really reliable, they impressed me yet again.
As I got more interested and serious about mixing music, I decided that I needed a better set of headphones that I could for both mixing and for general, everyday use. I didn't want to spend hundreds on a set of monitoring headphones, so i shopped around a bit and decided to purchase a pair of HD212's.
After trying them out in store, i was really impressed by them. They were perfect for me for many reasons. They weren't overly expensive - so I could use them for personal, without being scared stiff of damaging them. The build quality seems to be top class. And I can't see them ever getting broken damaged easily. They seem very sturdy. And if anything were to break, fixing them would not be hard at all, as spare parts are easily found.
Alongside the stylish look, they are also surprisingly comfortable. This was another positive reason for buying them, as I could quite possibly be using them for 48hrs on end in one sitting (!).
Obviously the most important reason for buying them was the sound quality. The bass response was absolutely amazing. The balance seemed perfect, and I honestly hadn't heard anything better in a long time. Although they aren't specifically meant for audio production, they have faired me well for the last year or so. I would definitely recommend these headphones for people in a similar situation.