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Sennheiser HD201S 3.5mm/ 6.3mm Connector Around-Ear Hi-fi Headphone
  • Delivers powerful, bass-driven sound
  • Closed, dynamic hi-fi stereo headphones
  • Sealed earcup,Lightweight,Hypo-allergenic earpads

3 out of 5 eggs Mixed Feelings 04/23/2013

This review is from: Sennheiser HD201S 3.5mm/ 6.3mm Connector Around-Ear Hi-fi Headphone

Pros:

Inexpensive (even more so on sale)

Reasonably accurate, smooth and clear for the price point

More comfortable than many of a similar size

Minimal sound leakage

Low impedance good for portable audio players, phones, computer audio, etc

Cons:

10' cord way too long for portable use

Cord thin, fragile, as are the strain reliefs at the cups.

Far less bass than most cans this size, but at least it's reasonably controlled bass.

Poor sensitivity (efficiency), despite the low impedance they can't produce much volume on today's artificially volume limited devices like MP3 players and phones.

On a med to large head the plastic has to flex, leading to a suspicion that eventually the plastic will crack apart as it is a rigid type, not the polypropylene on some of their other cans like HD202.

Looks cheap even compared to others in same price range.

Other Thoughts:

They're a good value but I can't recommend them for music. If you use a decent headamp they seem to produce more bass but without one the bass is lifeless, lacking. To be fair most cans at this price can't do bass well so it seems Senn went for less bass rather than uncontrolled bass, as the driver in these is below average size for the cup size and sits in an internal rectangular shaped plastic chamber. The cup size plays no part in the acoustics, it's just that size to allow an around-ear style ear pad.

Best used for voice or general computer sound. Might be OK for gaming but nowhere near as good for that as Senn's HD500 series cans since they have substantially more soundstage.

Like many low cost closed cans the treble isn't very precise. Not muddy and better than some at the same price, yet worse than some at same price that are open cups.

If you need closed cups, at similar price from Senn I recommend instead going with HD 428, 202, 203, or if open cups are okay, especially HD419 as it is the clear value leader under $35.

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  • James C.
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month


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