How can these only cost $50??
May 24, 2007
Review by thegsrguy
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Ridiculously good sound quality, comfortable, clean & accurate sound
Cons:Cord is REALLY long for some reson
The Bottom Line: Only $50? I'd have paid $100. If you find better headphones for $50, please get in touch with me.
Seriously, how can Sennheiser charge only $50 for these? They sound like they're worth $100...maybe more.
Recommend this product?
On to the review....
First and foremost, the HD 205s are comfortable! All the reviews I see talk about how the headphones are too tight, press to hard on your head, and have weird earcups. Frankly, I have no idea how people can say that. It's not like you won't feel the headphones while wearing them, but I don't think they're uncomfortable or anything. I've worn them for two hours straight-through with no complaints. The earcups are adjustable with a fairly standard ratcheting mechanism, and the headband is wide enough and padded enough that it feels fine.
The headphones have a REALLY long cord, which is somewhat of a double-edged sword. I find it annoyingly long since my laptop or iPod is basically right in front of me, but if the cord were shorter people might complain that it doesn't reach far enough. Having owned several pairs of headphones in the past, I would say these are certainly longer than average. You also get a 1/4" plug adapter for amplifiers and other audio equipment.
The headphones feel really sturdy, which is hard to find these days. I hate headphones that feel fragile and cheap, as if they're going to break the instant I put them on. Fortunately, Sennheiser isn't in the business of making cheap products. The HD 205 headphones also look sharp. Although they use the standard silver/black color scheme, it's well executed and a clean look. They don't look enormous and awkward, and are actually much smaller in person than the pictures make them out to be.
But on to the important part: the sound quality. Like I said above -- they perform like they're worth $100 or more. You will not be able to find any headphones under $100 that can reproduce sound like the HD 205s. Bass is tight and deep, and definitely doesn't sound overboosted and boomy like cheaper stuff. The midrange and highs are actually very clean and well-controlled, and again don't sound over boosted. These headphones produce sound accurately enough that you can probably leave your EQ flat or very close to that. In my book, that's a good indicator of the quality of the headphones.
In terms of portability, they're pretty much like any other studio headphone -- not very. Sennheiser gives you a vinyl pouch to carry them, and they should fit in any backpack or briefcase. Like I said above, the cans are actually smaller in person than the pictures make them out to be. They do feel right at home around my neck, minus the strangely long cord.
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