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Today I’ll be running full steam at you with my Sennheiser HD 202 headphone review! As I sit here writing this, I am currently breaking them in!
What I will bring you in this review
- Specifications and Summary
- Build Quality/Longevity
- Features & Downsides
- Amp/DAC Requirements
- Who this headphone benefits?/Who they do not benefit?
Let’s get started!
Sennheiser HD 202
The Sennheiser HD 202’s are a solid bang for your buck option that do well with most genres of music. They are loud, have a deep, tight bass response, and are very lightweight but at the same time durable.
The chord can be a pain at times because it is so long, but it does come in handy when you are watching netflix at the house. It also feels a bit cheap and throwback, but functions fine. The wires come out of both the right and left ear cup.
Overall, there are a lot of features that come with this model that make them a lot more valuable then their price tag would indicate. Read on to find out!
Rest assured you will be getting a good value with these. For around $20 you get a pretty remarkable upgrade from your standard factory ear buds, and any headphone similar that sounds terrible. Lol. The price vs. performance ratio is very solid. You are definitely getting more for less.
As mentioned in the open, the sound of these pretty big for such a small headphone. They are nice and loud, and the bass really pumps. It can get slightly distorted at very low frequencies, and certain tracks you will find become muddled and somewhat distorted. You will also find that at very high volumes the sound gets sort of confused. They don’t really know how to handle it all at once. 😉 They aren’t quite good enough to discern each individual sound and make it transparent. That’s the best way I can describe it.
Overall they are pretty clean and clear, just be aware of your sound source. These are really the type of headphones that a casual listener would be impressed by. Perhaps someone who hasn’t heard anything better than factory grade products.
They prove to be a great entry level set for someone looking to get their feet wet.
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They are pretty comfortable, but you get what you pay for. Being supraaural, the ear cups rest ON your ears rather than around (circumaural). They will need an adjustment from time to time. The headband padding is very nice, and I’ve never had an issue with comfort as far as that is concerned. They are also lightweight and won’t wear your down.
This is about as durable as it gets for this price range. The head band adjustment is a little bit awkward, but works and is unique from other cheap models. The adjustment IS the ear cup. You simply pull or push them up or down. What I really like about these is that there are minimal parts (really just the two ear cups and one piece of plastic as the entire headband). Meaning if you drop them they are less likely to break.
They can really take quite a bit of abuse as well. I’ve slept with them on, slept ON them, dropped them, and gotten them stuck in weird places around my bed. They also get thrown into my backpack daily. After all this they still look and sound good as new.
Ear cup removal
The ear cups can actually be removed from the headband. Note: If you can’t remember which cup goes with which side, there’s a R and L indicator on each wire going into the cup. Honestly I don’t know why you would even want to take the ear cups off. But today I did just so I could show my friends at work haha. To me it contributes to their minimalist design, preventing damage to the unit.
I also appreciate the fact that Sennheiser included a belt clip for the extra chord slack. I can now use these at work with no problem. The clip does tend to slip off if you’re moving around a lot, and the wire may come loose from the little grooves occasionally, but for the most part it’s really convenient and gets the job done.
It’s a bit odd that a headphone at this price range comes with a 1/4″ adapter. I honestly have never seen that before, and I’ve bought a lot of headphones. It’s convenient and smart, but we’ve come to expect that from Sennheiser no? 😛
The wire leaves a little to be desired. It honestly feels like a throwback to 1990 or something. It looks and feels cheap, is a bit long, and goes into both ears rather than just one. I suppose I have been spoiled by my M50’s chord 😛 That said, these do make great cans for those late night netflix sessions.
Even after so many great features, they didn’t include a case. Maybe they knew the headphones were so durable that they don’t need one. Lol. In any case (no pun intended), I suppose it would only serve as the cherry on top.
- Loud sound
- Deep bass
- Nice clarity overall
- Value through the roof
- Great features for such a low budget unit
- Build quality solid
- minimalist design/construction contributes to their overall longevity and durability
- no case
- cable can be a pain for on the go situations
- sound may get muddy at times
- some bass frequencies have trouble registering
- adjustment needed every so often
At 32 Ohm, none!
Who these headphones benefit?
- Those looking for great value
- Hip-hop heads on a budget
- Those looking for a loud sound, conducive to head banging 😛
- Netflix marathoners
- Those who want bang for their buck
Who these headphones do not benefit?
- Those looking to mix down a track, as the bass is a bit too heavy
- Those who value extreme comfort. These are comfortable, but only up to a certain degree. Occasional to frequent adjustments will have to be made.
- Those who are looking for a neutral sound signature. These are anything but
These end up coming in at a great value, despite their flaws. The sound is big and the bass is tight. They come with more features than a late night infomercial, and are worth more than their price tag for sure.
The comfort level is good, as long as you aren’t wearing them for hours at a time. A slight adjustment will be needed every so often.
Well that’s about it for today folks! Hope you enjoyed my Sennheiser HD 202 headphone review.
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Sennheiser HD 201 headphone review
- Loud, but with great clarity
- remarkable construction for such a low budget set
- great value
- some very low frequencies hard to register
- thin and cheap feeling wire
- no case