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 is 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.
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.
The plastic feels like it could snap at any moment.
The sound doesn’t come through loud enough at all.
Bass is nonexistent.
Not comfortable at all.
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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.
This is a great entry-level set of cans for the enthusiast looking to see what gear is all about. A perfect upgrade from your trashy sub $10 earbuds, or a crappy set of headphones you’d find at CVS or something. I really do feel that Sennheiser was looking out for the little guy here. The sound is really good and loud, with plenty of bass (sometimes can get muddy at low frequencies). If you’re already accustomed to high end or even mid-level quality sound, these won’t impress you much.
A couple of really nice things about these headphones are their minimal design structure and the chord clip. Though plastic, it’s only one piece and you can detach the ear cups. This contributes greatly to their longevity and durability because there are fewer parts that can break.
The fact that they come with a clip for your excess chord slack is also a plus. I can wear these at work all day without having to worry about it. I simply wrap the extra in and clip it to my belt. The 3.5 mm end then plugs into my phone and I’m good to go.
I also like the fact that it comes with a 1/4″ adapter, which conveniently plugs into my audio interface…
People looking for an affordable headphone that will last them a long time
People who want to enjoy their music, rather than be too critical of it
Big Sound! Just be aware that they can get a bit uncomfortable after a while, and the bass can get a bit muddy with certain tracks. Overall the sound is amazing for an entry-level set, but there are certain tracks where it seems like all the components of the song are running together, making it slightly muddled.
You will like the hard-hitting bass and immediate satisfaction that these cans provide. The chord is a bit long and they can become uncomfortable after long listening sessions. Overall, they are a great set of entry-level headphones.
Build. The HD 201’s are lightweight and feel a lot cheaper than the HD 202’s plastic. The 202 is built very differently in that the headband basically adjusts from the ear-cups. It’s really one piece of plastic attached to 2 cups. To me, they are more durable because there are fewer parts that can break. I could toss these around without an issue. The HD 201’s utilize a traditional build but feel very cheap by contrast. They are light, but in a way that makes you worry just how long they will last.
Sound. The 201’s are ridiculously quiet, with almost zero bass impact. Yes, they are pretty flat and neutral but come across as boring and sleep-inducing. I never looked forward to putting them on. The only reason I kept them for so long was to see if the sound would open up, and it never did. The 202’s by contrast sport a pretty huge sound for such an entry-level set. They are a definite step up from earbuds and are a joy to listen to. The bass does have a tendency to get boomy with certain tracks/recordings, but for the most part, it’s pretty controlled and tight.
Features/Accessories. The 201’s have none. The 202’s ear-cups can be removed, and they come with a belt clip for your extra slack. Yes, the cable feels somewhat cheap and long, but it does come in handy watching movies at night from your TV.
Fit. The HD 201’s are circumaural, meaning they go around your ears. The HD 202’s are supra-aural and rest on your ears.
Comfort. I found that the HD 202’s were more comfortable over long listening sessions. The 201’s are some of the most uncomfortable headphones I’ve ever worn. They needed a lot more frequent adjustment.
Look/Aesthetic. Their visual styles are completely different.
Space. Because the 87C picks up a greater area, there is more room for ambient sound. Depending on your tastes, this could be a good or bad thing. The 87A’s field is much narrower. Again, depending on your preference, you may want additional reverb or delay to make the mic sound to your liking.
To me, it’s a no brainer, the HD 202 is the headphone to get in this price range if you’re looking for a good entry-level pair. They are a huge step up from the 201’s in virtually every way.
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