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Sennheiser HD201 Headphones

Updated on July 21, 2014

Sennheiser are renowned for their audiophile high quality HiFi headphones; Perhaps the definitive headphone manufacturer, so I was surprised to find a pair at this price. Some of their more upmarket models cost more than ten times as much. There is now a lot of competition at the lower end of the market for those who want more than the inexpensive ear-phones supplied with portable devices, tablets and smartphones, without spending too much and that was the reason I bought my pair of Sennheiser HD201s. So how do they compare?

These are not just a small step up. They are proper HiFi headphones that go over the ear and have a closed-back design that reduces external noises (no fancy technology to cancel noise) which works really well. The design also allows for a powerful bass, while not overpowering the rest of the music. An excellent balance and a good upgrade for most mobile devices. They are relatively light (just 165 g (5.8 oz.), compared to other headphones of this type, without being flimsy or badly made, which makes them very comfortable to wear. Also the over the ear design means the pressure is taken on the side of you head, not your ears and a pad at the top rests on your head, which spreads the weight nicely. I would still treat these headphone with care though, as they will not be as robust as some of the bigger, heavier, far more expensive models. The cable is quite thin and 10ft long (3 m), but is protected where it joins the headphones and terminated with a gold plated 3.5mm jack plug for use with smartphones, tablets etc. and a larger gold plated 6.3mm jackleg adapter to use with HiFi amplifiers etc. 

These headphones are ideal for use at home, although could also be used on the move - they are not foldable, but they aren't heavy, so wouldn't be much of a burden and they look just like some of their more expensive siblings, with "Sennheiser" written over the top of the head band and a large logo on each headphone. Not perhaps a fashion statement like some of the latest very fashionable brands, but the sound-quality is excellent, especially at this price.

Technical Specifications: The frequency response is 21 to 18,000 Hz with < 0.7% total harmonic distortion. The impedance is 24 Ohms and sound pressure level (SPL) 108db.

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