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Sennheiser HD 200

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Sturdy, high quality headphones

By mooseherman, 21/11/2010
These are a pair of headphones that are quite large but have great sound. While they are sometimes advertised as studio headphones, I certainly wouldn't use them in that capacity as they aren't the most suited to that purpose. However, they do make a great pair of headphones for just regular music listening. They have great low end, which is really nice to have in headphones as the low end tends to suffer most. The midrange and high end are also fantastic. The quality in general is high enough that low-quality MP3s will sound noticeably bad. This is either good or bad, depending upon the quality of the music listen to, but I would say that the benefits (such as hearing more detail than you probably are used to hearing with headphones) far outweigh the drawbacks.
These headphones work well at home and out on the street. I highly recommend them to people who live in the city, and are frustrated with poor-sounding headphones that don't drown out the outside noise. These are quite capable of doing that naturally, with no need for the electronic noise cancelling that you see in some other headphones.
One use that I have had lately has been using them to listen to music while playing. My drummer has tried this on multiple occasions, and he loves using them for this purpose. He can hear the music loud and clear yet still hear his drums. I think that is the best test of a headphone in that purpose.
While these headphones certainly don't have the most functionality compared to studio headphones, they are quite honestly one of the better pairs I've owned. I'll have them for a while too, as they are actually a really sturdy build. This is probably why I was able to buy them off of a friend for a good price, considering how old they were.

Audiofanzine FR's review

By Audiofanzine FR, 16/12/2010
Originally written by fjohn on Audiofanzine FR.

Bought accidentally in 2003. I used to have other models in this price range but they deteriorated rapidly. This one withstood almost everything. Astonishing quality: I'm not very tidy, I'm easily irritable and the headphones flew several times against the wall...

Exchangeable cable (which is a basic feature for good headphones).

The sound isn't linear nor unpleasant. However, I won't use them anymore for mixing because I bought the MK240 which are much more transparent, linear and comfortable.

Very big drawbacks: closed headphones with an unbearable headband. You won't stand them after one hour. I have tinnitus problems which become stronger each time I use the headphones because of the pressure against my ears (as if I would clench my teeth tightly). I don't have this problem with the AKG (half-open headphones).

You can use them for DJing or recording applications, you can even listen to music but that's not their main purpose. Hi-fi freaks and sound engineers, this product is not for you...

Not for me

By ericthegreat, 25/10/2011
The Sennheiser HD 200 headphones have an ok sound, but these headphones present many issues for me. I find my pair hyped by at least 3 to 6 dB at the bottom end. This is good and bad. It's good because you really can hear what's going on way down low. If you can get the bass end of a mix to sound clear in these cans you'll have no problem with hyped subwoofers. However, the hype is bad because it really does make a lot of CDs unpleasant to listen to (and don't get me wrong: I love bass). They're fine for spoken-word, acoustic, and classical (especially organ music) but just about any genre of electric/electronic music is just too OTT. I can feel the air pumping through my Eustachean tubes into my throat with only moderate volume settings.

In contrast the top end is wonderfully smooth and reveals harshness in source material very nicely. In summary: a useful tool while mixing but not a pair of headphones I'll use for relaxation except for my favorite organ music. If they weren't a gift, I'd probably have looked elsewhere. These are a little hyped in the upper and lower registers, but it is not a problem if you acquaint yourself with these headphones. The sound reproduction quality is very good, and these headphones are well worth the price. Very comfortable design allows for hours of use (I sound like a product brochure!) If you're looking for something a bit more accurate, check out the newer model of these, I've heard good things about them as well and a local studio owner here uses them and recommends them.

Overall I would strongly recommend the 205‘s, they are good quality, well-made headphones. I wouldn’t waste my money on this model if I was you. There are way more headphones on the market that are cheaper and sound better. These will give you a headache.


commuter's review

By commuter, 04/02/2004
-I got it for 1 month and slam me between fingers last night ..
-The Peculiarity I aimaisbien, c'tait dsolidaris the cable of the headphones and it is also ceque I like least because this is the level that was crap ....
-The Price quality ratio was correct,
-The sound in the bass is a bit exagr otherwise it'll ...
I ramen store today, Because he Adi crap after a few months !!
design really seems not yet I am careful with my gear quality, there is no tomb I have not shot on the wire, and voil yesterday that full costing more m dium or low ....
Obviously, moving a little cable, the sound becomes normal, but reminds me too much of my galleys Teen with good walkman 100 balls whose headphone was used 15 days before you screw up in the same way on..Suis I fall on a bad series ???
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Sennheiser HD 200 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Sennheiser
  • Model:HD 200
  • Series:HD
  • Category:Studio headphones
  • Added in our database on: 05/01/2002

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