Sennheiser is a headphone brand most known as an industry leader in terms of sound quality and performance. Thus, we are more than happy to be taking a look at the Sennhesier HD 201, a low-budget, over-ear headphone offering by one of the biggest names in the game. The headphones are, over all, a pleasurable experience, bringing along quality construction, hardy materials, and a great end performance.
We can think of a few ways in which we wish the Sennhesier HD 201 were slightly better, but all things considered, it’s still a one-of-a-kind package by a brand name we know and love. For our full thoughts on these cheaper Sennheiser headphones, check out our full headphone review below.
Design and Comfort
Typically, we’re used to seeing larger, pricer models out of the German developer Sennheiser. These models are also usually quite plush and comfortable, offering stellar construction with just the right amount of comfort and durability. Thankfully, all of our previous expectations were met with the Sennhesier HD 201.
The over-ear pads were lavishly decked-out with a leatherette substance that was comfortable against our ears. The headband itself is lighter than normal for the brand, coming stock with a combination plastic and cushion material that felt snug on-top. All in all, we found the fit with the Sennhesier HD 201 quite comfortable, and we have no doubts the headphones would hold up well during a plethora of morning commutes.
We were slightly concerned about the cord, as it seems a tad too long for portability. Likewise, there’s no included carrying case for easy storage, which may come as a drag for some users. Otherwise, they’re a solid offering with a well-thought out, though somewhat subdued, design.
Sound Quality and Performance
All in all, we were pleased, though somewhat underwhelmed by the Sennhesier HD 201’s audio performance. The natural bass is somewhat lacking, though it did provide enough kick to at least make the tunes sound adequate. Likewise, the mid-range avoids any serious romance, merely producing a decent performance, and nothing more. The highs were somewhat better, though we did notice a slight emphasis on sibilance.
Thankfully, though, audio bleed is almost nonexistent with the MP3 players we tested, though ambient noise reduction is not here to be found, either. At the end of the day, the Sennhesier HD 201 produces a perfectly adequate performance, but don’t expect it to knock your musical socks off.
The real kicker with these cans, however, isn’t the audio performance, but the truly incredible price. A pair of Sennhesier HD 201s will set you back only somethig around $30. That’s an incredible value for a name brand, well-constructed and decent sounding pair of headphones. If you’re looking for a lower-end commuter model, we can hardly think of a better choice than the Sennhesier HD 201 headphones.