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Sennheiser HD518 On-Ear Headphones

  • 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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  • Andreas D.
  • 12/23/2015 9:07:34 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAffordable and wearable

This review is from: Sennheiser HD518 On-Ear Headphones

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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  • Jeremy F.
  • 12/5/2015 2:59:19 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot worth the 150$

This review is from: Sennheiser HD518 On-Ear Headphones

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

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

4 out of 5 eggsGood Headphone- Poor adapter

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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 On-Ear Headphones

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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  • Brenan H.
  • 8/30/2015 1:17:52 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggslasted me almost 4 yrs without issues

This review is from: Sennheiser HD518 On-Ear Headphones

Pros: very comfortable, I have big ears and I usually pc game for 3+ hrs at a time and with these my ears never hurt. I bought these for comfort and good quality sound, although Im not a experienced audiophile. I bought these back in September of 2011, and about a week ago I started to notice the sound cutting out or being suppressed in my left earbud. overall these have lasted very long and even the head band padding adhesive held up pretty well. not bad all things considered. its cheaper to buy these here than on the official site at the moment.

Cons: the cord is long, so you have to keep the cord tucked away in a safe place when not in use to avoid tripping up on the dangling cord; which my relatives often did. Another issue is these headphones felt fragile, I take very good care of my stuff so they never suffered anything but scratches, but the casing on the headphones feels like weak plastic that could break if dropped or too much forced applied.

Other Thoughts: these were my 1st real expensive headphones, which to me is $100+ (at the time they were $125 to be exact) and I bought this brand because my research indicated they had a good rep for headphones and I wanted something solid that would last me several years. id say I got more than my moneys worth.

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  • Hiroyuki N.
  • 8/7/2015 11:01:38 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat pair of headphones

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Pros: Great build quality and lightweight. No issues with fatigue after wearing for long durations. Very crisp and clear audio.

Cons: Don't expect a ton of bass from these drivers, as they weren't designed for that. This isn't a con for complaining as much as it is a PSA.

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  • Rayaz A.
  • 7/30/2015 9:34:50 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBroke after 3 months.

This review is from: Sennheiser HD518 On-Ear Headphones

Pros: Decent sound coming from superlux HD681s.

Cons: Right ear started to sound muffed like they were blown.

Other Thoughts: Maybe this is why they are on sale. Sennheiser let me down thinking they will last me for at least a year. And to repair them at least 50$+, might as well buy new ones for the same price.

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  • Brian M.
  • 7/30/2015 9:09:40 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLives up to the hype

This review is from: Sennheiser HD518 On-Ear Headphones

Pros: The headset has great clarity and sounds super great. I got it to use with CS:GO and upcoming Star Marine, and I noticed an immediate improvement over my Gamecom 780

Cons: The jack adapter is annoying and clunk, and the cable is like 6.5ft in length or so. I'd have preferred a second 3.5mm cable shipped along with it as others have recommended.

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  • Jeremy L.
  • 7/28/2015 6:07:34 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Headphones for the Price

This review is from: Sennheiser HD518 On-Ear Headphones

Pros: Very comfortable, excellent sound quality, very long cord, great for streamers.

Cons: None as of yet

Other Thoughts: Bought these to use on stream and I'm not disappointed. If you're an up-and-coming streamer on a budget these are the headphones for you.

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  • Carl C.
  • 6/29/2015 7:04:07 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggsGreat headphones under $100

This review is from: Sennheiser HD518 On-Ear Headphones

Pros: Sound great, good imaging, deep, punchy, and tight bass, comfortable, not too tight or too loose (for my head), cable NOT coiled, doesn't feel terribly cheap

Cons: Long and thin cable, large 3.5mm adapter, not very portable, pads could be a bit nicer, ears get a bit warm over time

Other Thoughts: My previous headphones were the JVC HA-RX900 (first "real" set), and then a pair of Beyerdynamics DT770 Pro which I soon traded out for the DT990 Pro 250-ohm for the better sound stage (used for gaming, music, and movies at the time). I wound up selling those a while back, but needed a new set primarily for guitar practice so as not to disturb the neighbors. These HD518's are MUCH better than the RX900, and almost as good as the DT990's. The DT990's are a touch clearer, a touch wider sound stage, but the HD518 have better bass IMO, tighter, punchier and extends a bit lower than the bass of the DT990. Actually from the reviews elsewhere I was expecting very little bass, and was surprised to find them as punchy as they are. I'd even venture to say they're almost as bass oriented as the DT770 I've tried in the past...not quite but almost. I bought these primarily for guitar practice (using a Line6 Flextone III XL) and they sound almost like the amp...not quite, a bit too much bass (which can be EQ'd out a bit), but pretty darn close (but then again this isn't a cheapo practice amp with cheap speakers either). Certainly better than the DT990 which were far too muddy on the bass and way too bright on the high end. I'd put the build quality well above the RX900, but not quite up to snuff compared to the Beyerdyanmics. The velour pads on the DT770/990 and build materials are a bit more premium. However, for the price I paid (less than the RX900 and 1/3 the "on sale" price of the DT990 or DT770), I am SUPER happy with these! Almost Beyerdynamics quality and sound for much cheaper!

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