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Sennheiser HD518 Over ear Headphone

  • High-end circumaural headphones with E.A.R. technology
  • Excellent sound reproduction with deep bass
  • State of the art, diaphragms for minimal distortion
  • Distinctive grille-like ear cup design

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  • Derek B.
  • 5/18/2016 9:38:29 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs50$$$$$

This review is from: Sennheiser HD518 Over ear Headphone

Pros: Excellent sound Quality for $50!!!
Extremely comfortable to wear for long periods
For audiophiles we like the cord. If you dont like it buy a shorter one online for $10

Cons: They are plastic (they were $50)
They are Sennheiser so if you are buying to listen to in bed and not wake your wife....Bad idea (open Back)

Other Thoughts: They are sennheiser so they sound great. Seriously they are $50. Dont see how you can hate. If you want higher quality then get out your wallet and spend $300 -$2000.

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  • Jeremy F.
  • 3/8/2016 7:47:18 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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1 out of 5 eggsNot worth the 150$

This review is from: Sennheiser HD518 Over ear Headphone

Pros: They play music nicely I guess, not as high quality as a product valued at 150$ should sound.

Update: Cord broke down quick, I have to get the headset connection in just the right for sound to come out correctly in even one ear. This set cannot be used when walking or biking or skateboarding because of this. Sound is fine but if cords do not work... Then the entire piece of equipment is worthless.

Cons: Bulky cord
Not wireless
Fabric absorbs liquid

Other Thoughts: Why use a clunky output adapter that came out of the stone age?

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  • Wayne S.
  • 3/3/2016 6:41:33 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLooked good & played good at first

This review is from: Sennheiser HD518 Over ear Headphone

Pros: Looked like a quality product out of the box but only lasted 2 weeks. I think it's the cables. I sent it back. Thank you Newegg for a painless return.

Cons: Did not last a month.

Other Thoughts: The cable connectors are the weakest link in this headset.

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  • Aaron S.
  • 2/26/2016 1:31:13 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsGreat sound and very comfortable.

This review is from: Sennheiser HD518 Over ear Headphone

Pros: -Excellent sound.
-nice bass.
-loud

Cons: The cord is VERY long. I keep tripping over it or getting it caught in my chair.
The plug is the large 3.5 mm plug and comes with an adapter for 1.5mm stereo but the length for these put together is about 3-4 inches and the weight of this causes it to sag a little when plugged into front headphone jack.

Other Thoughts: You can order a replacement cord, that is shorter and has the 1.5mm plug, but the vendor should supply the short cord.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/19/2016 12:55:43 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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4 out of 5 eggsLook great, sound great, cheap!

This review is from: Sennheiser HD518 Over ear Headphone

Pros: Sounds good for this pricepoint. Cheaper and better than beats for sure! Everyone who is complaining about "muddy sounds" are probably streaming music off youtube.... Where audio is extremely degraded. Try uncompressed music and they sound great. Only knocking it down to 4 because because of the cons.

Cons: I cannot tell the difference that these headphones provide by being open backed. Even when I close it up with my hands, it sounds the same. Also, I wish there were a slimmer adapter or an option to outright come as a 3.5mm jack, the one included is bulky. That being said props to them for including one in the first place.

Other Thoughts: I love sennheiser, these look like $500 headphones! I wouldn't pay over $80 for these tbh, they are no audio-technica m50xs but they hold there own for being a fraction of the price.

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  • Michael D.
  • 2/18/2016 2:28:59 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggsGot them for $50, best $50 I have spend on audio equipment

This review is from: Sennheiser HD518 Over ear Headphone

Pros: - Sound replication is perfect
- Open back earphones provide the best acoustics for accurate sound reproduction and different genres
- Not just a lot of bass
- Perfect for amplified systems
- Good to use as monitor headphones
- Best-in-class performance

Cons: - The plug is a little big so an adapter might be needed for when you use it with a mobile device that has a case on it (I won't hold this against it as the sound performance is that good)

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  • glenn t.
  • 2/17/2016 8:06:02 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSennheiser HD518 - good 1st impressions

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Pros: Ear cups big enough to surround my ears, not press my ears to my head. Inside the ear cup: 3" top to bottom, a tiny bit less than 1.75" front to back.
Ear cups extend from the headband much more than necessary for me (Others don't always extend far enough.)
Hefty cord to go with the large connector, which may be an issue if you want them to be mobile. The cord can be swapped out.
Good sound, though I'm not that critical a listener. They're probably good enough for the vast majority of people. If you need really good sound, pay more for some really good headphones.

Cons: No cons that I've found in my few hours of using them.

Other Thoughts: It may be a pro or a con to you, but you can hear ambient noise unless you're ruining your hearing.
Not sure I'd pay regular price for them, but definitely a good Shell Shocker value. (Unless they don't age well.)

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  • Andreas D.
  • 12/23/2015 9:07:34 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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4 out of 5 eggsAffordable and wearable

This review is from: Sennheiser HD518 Over ear Headphone

Pros: Wearing comfort is the 1st. criteria for headphones in my book. Sound reproduction is close second.
It does not help if you have the best sounding headphones in the galaxy - when the skin of your skull starts to ache after 15 minutes of wearing them, making you itch and sweat behind the ears.
The more cushioning surface the phones provide against the cranium, the better. That's simple distribution of force: The more surface, the less pressure without Hot-Spot.
And here the HD518 is just to my liking. My ears fit entirely in the cup without touching it's walls, nothing is irritating the skin. That's a simple design feature, and I like that. I can have them on and in fact I can forget about wearing headphones, as it should be. That makes the headphones large, but this is the only way to make headphones long-term comfortable.
And apropos: Did you ever walk away from the equipment forgetting about wearing headphones? The cable of the HD518 is tough enough to survive it.
Most likely scenario is that the headphones get stripped from your head, but without damage. The cable has a 3.5mm bajonet locked connector on the left earcup, making it replaceable.

To the acoustic qualities: Excellent to Superb. And that means that I only had to correct the low freq 50-300Hz down a couple of dB and the 10-16k range up on the Equalizer to match what I'm expecting to hear. Taste and perception differs widely among individuals, there is no point in dwelling in sound qualities as long as the basic design is living up to modern standards. Detail reproduction is just fine, I can hear cymbals, room reflections, finger nails scratching on guitar strings which simply are not perceivable in lesser headphones.

The transparency between outside world and inside-head-room is good. I can hear when someone is addressing me with headphones on. People can call my attention. I'm not locking myself into an isolation chamber.

Cons: Here the critics:
1- The spring-force on the ear cups is not adjustable, unless you bend the headband with certain force. That can be done, but it may dislodge the inner lining of the headband. That's a make or break scenario.
2- Why on earth is Sennheiser still using those astronomic 6.3mm Stereo plugs while the rest of the world has migrated to 3.5mm connectors? I'd like to hear a good technical justification. 6.3mm plugs were - and still are- used in the professional environment for cross-connects and better s/n ratio and because they are physically tougher. But if you plug this into your smart-phone with the 3.5mm adapter, and one of the ends is forced to to give way: It will be the smart-phone breaking. Not cool.
In German: Meine Damen und Herren Sennheiser, können wir hier mal kurz nachdenken, Bitteschön?
The best solution for a wired Headphone would be a magnetic break-away connector. Very simple to realize, but it seems they haven't thought about it.

Other Thoughts: I know Sennheiser for decades, mostly in a professional context. 28 years ago I bought a HD540 reference headset, which went the way of all man-made at the end, after many, many years. It is surprising that Sennheiser does not build upon proven and glorious models like the 540 reference, which was very affordable at THAT time, and remains almost unsurpassed in my book. The cushioning material on that HD540 was much better - 30 years ago - than the HD518 is today.

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  • Lowell G.
  • 12/3/2015 7:47:47 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Headphone- Poor adapter

This review is from: Sennheiser HD518 Over ear Headphone

Pros: Excellent sound. Comfortable over ear. Good sound stage. Reasonably efficient. Fairly neutral.

Cons: Included cable has a 1/4 inch tip. A 1/8 inch adapter is provided. However the use of this adapter is suboptimal with MP3 players and cellphones. Expect to pay another $12 for a better adapter.

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  • Raymond H.
  • 9/18/2015 3:06:20 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOn my ear HD518

This review is from: Sennheiser HD518 Over ear Headphone

Pros: Fits well, Good sound

Cons: Bass is strong but not well focused.

Other Thoughts: Good for the casual listener; not for studio work,

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