Sennheiser HD 201 Review | BETTER OPTIONS?

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I’ve been putting this Sennheiser HD 201 Review off for awhile, mostly because I absolutely despise these headphones. Lol. Find out why! Before we get started though..

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What I will bring you in this review

  1. Specifications
  2. Summary
  3. Pros
  4. Cons
  5. Video Review
  6. Amp/DAC requirements
  7. Who this headphone benefits?
  8. Consensus/Conclusion
  9. Final Word

Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!

Sennheiser HD 201

Sennheiser HD 201

Sennheiser HD 201


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type: closed back
fit: circumaural
impedance: 24 Ohm
frequency response: 21Hz – 18kHz
material: plastic, leatherette
headband: leatherette padding
color: black/silver


If I had to sum up these headphones in one word it would be, totally underwhelming. Okay that’s 2 words lol. But to put it quite simply, these are weak sauce. There’s hardly any bass, and they are some of the quietest headphones I’ve ever heard. They also feel cheap and flimsy, and overall are about as durable as a plastic spoon.

I didn’t have mine for too long because honestly I just gave them away. They’re that bad. I really can’t see why they would ever get more than a 3 star rating. The HD 202’s are a definite step up from these, and in this price range I would go with those. There’s really no redeeming qualities in the 201 other than the fact that they are around $20.


  • Flat, pretty neutral sound.
  • Decent isolation.


  • Weight. They feel cheap and light.
  • Chord feels cheap, like it may not survive a chair being rolled over it. It’s also too long.
  • Plastic feels like it could snap at any moment.
  • Sound doesn’t come through loud enough at all.
  • Bass is nonexistent.
  • Not comfortable at all.

Here’s a video review. He’s pretty positive about them, but I did leave a comment saying that I disagreed.

Amp/DAC requirements

At 24 Ohm, none.

Who these headphones benefit?

No one. And I apologize for being so blunt in this review, but I absolutely would never recommend these to anyone under any circumstance. Lol. They would make great headphones for a cardboard cut out of a man, and that’s being too nice.


Just stay away. Please.

Final Word

If you want a decent pair of headphones in this price range, I’d recommend the Sennheiser HD 202. It’s a huge step up from the 201 in every aspect. Better build, better sound, louder and deeper bass. Both do suffer from a somewhat cheap chord, but I didn’t have too many problems with the 202’s.


Well that’s about it for today friend! I hope you learned something today in this Sennheiser HD 201 review. Never ever EVER buy these. They’re a joke, in every sense of the word. I’d honestly rather hear nails on a chalkboard then put these on my head. Regardless,

Questions? Comments? Requests? Do you totally disagree? Let me know below or Contact me! I would love to hear from you.

All the best and God bless,

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Sennheiser HD 201

Sennheiser HD 201



    Build Quality









            • Decent Isolation
            • Flat/Neutral


            • Cheap cable
            • Cheap plastic
            • Too light
            • Uncomfortable
            • Quiet, almost non existent sound


            1. why this much negative review! i have them over 2 years next to my dt880 and other headphones.i enjoy their forward presentation and midrange texture more than dt880.btw hd201 is good cheap reference option and they need amp to shine

              • Hey there!

                Just my personal opinion really. I was very disappointed in the sound, as well as the volume. I don’t think the 201 is a good option in any circumstance, and wouldn’t even bother pairing them with an amp due to the extremely low impedance. There really is no need for an amp. The headphones in general were flimsy and didn’t feel like they would hold up for long. Reviews online echo the same sentiments about these. Glad to hear your experience was a little different though..

                Thanks for stopping by!


            2. I have been using the HD201s for years. They do hold up pretty well, but the cord does tend to fail. The headphones still last a number of years, but eventually they do fail.

              My problem is the most recent HD201s I purchased seem a lot less comfortable than the ones I’ve owned previously. It seems like they may have changed out the foam for something much more rigid and uncomfortable.

              HD201 vs HD202, the 202s definitely have more bass. However, I think the overall sound is more clear in the HD201s, so it’s a trade-off. HD202 seems like it has sort of exaggerated bass in my opinion. For playing games that may be a good thing, and for those who like a lot of bass.

              • Hey Asak!

                I agree. The ones I had earlier this year (before giving them away) were extremely uncomfortable. To the point that they actually made my ears hurt badly!

                I agree about the sound, to an extent. Yes it is clear, but it’s extremely quiet. In my opinion a flat/neutral sound isn’t worth it unless you can actually hear what’s going on. I was literally struggling to make out parts of the songs. I did appreciate the fact that it didn’t accentuate any particular frequency, but the build quality, comfort, and blandness left a bad taste in my mouth.

                As far as the 202’s, I agree; the bass is a bit hyped, but to me in a good way. For $20, I’m not really expecting much, and the fact that they deliver left me pleasantly surprised. I was shocked that they didn’t sound muddy hardly at all. The only time they struggled was with really low sub bass type frequencies. The 202’s are the type of headphone that you just kind of toss in your bag as a last resort. They do well in most circumstances, and provided enough excitement for me to keep around for a spell.

                Thanks for the thoughtful comment!


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