Sennheiser HD 200
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Sennheiser HD 200

HD 200, Studio headphone from Sennheiser in the HD series.

ericthegreat 10/25/2011

Sennheiser HD 200 : ericthegreat's user review

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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.