Review: Sennheiser HD 201 Headphones


This HD 201 model Sennheiser headset is a great value, ideal for music listeners who are looking for an affordable upgrade. They are not audiophile quality but they are great for the casual music listener. These headphones offer a balanced sound and a comfortable design for an affordable price.

If you are looking to overhaul your headphones but don’t want to break the bank, this headset could be a great buy for you. This article will review the features, design and sound quality of the Sennheiser HD 201 headset.

The HD 201 Features

Your HD 201 Sennheiser model headset comes with a gold plated ¼ inch adapter, which fits easily in a 1/8 inch plug. Plus, it contains a two year guarantee for your peace of mind.

Users can tip the ear cups forward and back about 20 degrees, however this does not seem to have much benefit for the user. But, this headset does have the ability to fit heads of multiple shapes and sizes.

The cord that comes with this headset is a traditional two-sided, 10 foot plastic cord. It is not detachable, like the higher models of Sennheiser’s but it still connects to both ear cups. The cord ends with a 1/8 plug.

Ten feet is a long cord and can be somewhat cumbersome for travel, but just roll up the excess cord and it won’t become an issue. This is a closed headset but ambient noise is not blocked well, plus the sensitivity is low so the volume needs to be cranked high.

Sennheiser 201 Design


This model offers users a full size, circumaural, over the ear, headset design. The design has a limited swivel that has been implemented with the frame hinge. This allows the ear cups to move back and forth slightly, so users can have one side in place and the other side off your ear.

Intact ear pads, have an oblong shape that are replaceable and have a black color. A foam padding with an interior that has been sewn in cloth and covered in a leatherette material, completes the ear cup design.

The frame of these headphones is black, but user can also enjoy the appearance of the silver and black oval shaped design on the back of the ear cups. This model is light weight and durable at only 165 grams.

An adjustable headband made from hard plastic sits at the top of this headset, it is well padded and lightweight. These headphones have a good fit but they can slide off your head. They may feel flimsy but these headphones have survived our durability tests.

Sennheiser Sound Quality

These headphones come with a 24 ohm impedance level, this means that it doesn’t take a lot of power to use this headset, making it easy on your batteries and compatible with devices like; iPods, MP3 Players, cell phones and other devices.

To achieve the best sound be sure to plug into a strong amp or headphone jack, especially to get a strong bass sound. Achieve a frequency response range of 21 – 18,000 Hz, a sound pressure level of 108 dB, and a less than 0.7% harmonic distortion.

Mid-range sounds tend to come through the best. However, guitars can either get lost or become too bright, while vocals can become uneven. High level sounds have a slight sibilance (hissing), especially with lyrics that begin with or include the letter “s”.

However, even though this headset has its flaws, for the price it performs better than can be expected at this price level. Noise doesn’t leak when used with an AV receiver or an MP3 player, so others do have to listen to what you are.

In Conclusion

This headset isn’t the most spectacular headset every created, however that is not how they are advertised either. They are affordable and make great upgrade for the casual music listener. The sound may not compare to high priced models, however the price can certainly attract the right buy. This is a great purchase buy-now-1 if you have an amp or looking for a headset for listening to music at home. They are by no means a professional or high performance grade model.

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