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Sennheiser HD 201 - Circumaural Closed-Back Dynamic Stereo Headphones

Price: $29.95

The Sennheiser HD 201 is a low-cost, lightweight set of stereo headphones for mini-Hi-Fi or PC music and gaming monitoring purposes. These headphones feature a circumaural, closed back design with extra ambient noise attenuation, comfortable, durable leatherette earpads, and an extended low frequency reproduction.

Lightweight, inexpensive stereo headphones with extended low end frequency reproduction
Closed-back design, high output, extra attenuation of ambient noise
Comfortable, durable leatherette ear pads, self-adjusting headband
Low-cost monitoring alternative for PC music and Gaming, mini hi-fi systems, and portable audio devices
Type Circumaural, Closed-Back Dynamic Stereo Headphones
Frequency Range 21 Hz - 18 kHz
Impedance 24 Ohms
Sensitivity 108dB SPL/mw
Maximum Input Power Not Specified by Manufacturer
Connectors 1 x 1/4" Stereo Phone Adapter
1 x 1/8" Stereo Mini Plug
Cable Length 10' (3 m)
Weight 5.8 oz (165 g)
Sennheiser HD 201 - Circumaural Closed-Back Dynamic Stereo Headphones
  • 1/4" Stereo Phone Adapter
  • 2 Year Warranty
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    SennheiserHD 201 - Circumaural Closed-Back Dynamic Stereo Headphones
     
    4.5

    (based on 91 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (57)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (25)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Comfortable (75)
    • Good value (66)
    • Lightweight (61)
    • Great sound (56)
    • Good bass (34)

    Cons

    • Flimsy construction (6)
    • Too much ambient noise (4)
    • Unattractive design (3)
    • Uncomfortable (3)

    Best Uses

    • With my computer (56)
    • Music (54)
    • Home audio (50)
    • Portable devices (37)
    • Relaxing (30)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (43), Business (15)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Audiophile (25), School (16), Gear head (15), Traveler (11), Experienced (4)
      • Primary Use:
      • Listening to ipod (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (50), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Very Good For The Cost, but not portable

    I use this with my ipod nano 2nd generation and gives very good sound quality for its price. I listen to Rap/Hip-Hop mainly. The only reason i give this 4/5 instead of...Read complete review

    I use this with my ipod nano 2nd generation and gives very good sound quality for its price. I listen to Rap/Hip-Hop mainly. The only reason i give this 4/5 instead of 5/5 is because there is no way i would consider wearing these outside my house. The earcups dont look too big but the plastic that goes over the head looks extremely big (mainly because of the thick leather padding on it but i guess with comfort they had to sacrifice style. The sound is amazing when you listen to it at above average to loud volume. At very loud volume the bass and sound starts to distort big time. (I have only used these headphones for under 5 hours at the moment.)

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    A Heady Experience

    Lights dim, curtain going up, the performance begins with whispers on stage. I hear them clearly. The music begins, wolf calls at first followed by percussion, the different sounds are clearly...Read complete review

    Lights dim, curtain going up, the performance begins with whispers on stage. I hear them clearly. The music begins, wolf calls at first followed by percussion, the different sounds are clearly defined. 75 minutes later, the performance ends and i start packing up the gear. Have to be careful where the headphones go, wear and tare does n't look to be very promising, but for the price am very satisfied with all the goods and willing to take care about the yikes.

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    5.0

    Budget Classics

    By Ketmeister

    from Los Angeles, CA

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Good Midrange
    • Good sound
    • Good Tonal Balance
    • Good Value
    • Lightweight
    • Low Leakage

    Cons

    • Limited Dynamic Range
    • Limited Soundstage
    • Rolled Off Highs And Lows

    Best Uses

    • Home Audio
    • Music
    • Portable Devices
    • Relaxing
    • Traveling
    • With My Computer
    • Working

    Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 - Circumaural Closed-Back Dynamic Stereo Headphones:

    Given the low cost, I'm not sure there is much to fault in relative terms. I'm rating it 5 stars factoring in value. I've come full circle in my appreciation for the HD201s. Having now own/owned countless headphones and related gear, including a few much costlier Grado, Sennheisers and Beyerdynamics cans, I've come to appreciate the entry level cans more. The HD201s are excellent for the intended market.... easy to drive, lightweight, smooth, revealing enough for the intended sources, and easy to listen to over extended sessions. Of course compromises are many. They are rolled off in the extremes frequencies by design allowing them to be used with lower quality source material and not sound harsh. Soundstaging is mostly two dimensional and flat. Dynamic range and drive is also limited probably because Sennheiser has selected drivers that are easy to drive. Most of the sound is in the midrange making vocals clear and pronounced. If you are searching for bass, look elsewhere like the KOSS Portapro. The Sennheiser HD201 offers better noise isolation and low leakage being closed back and over the ear design. Even with all of the compromises, I still think it competes with cans that cost more. No they aren't going to blow your socks off but then again you wouldn't expect that given its price. They are however solid Headphones and a good value.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Awesome sound

    By Sandeep

    from San Francisco

    About Me Frequent Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Good Bass
    • Good Value
    • Great Sound
    • Lightweight
    • Stylish

    Cons

    • None so far

    Best Uses

    • Music
    • With My Computer

    Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 - Circumaural Closed-Back Dynamic Stereo Headphones:

    I bought these headphone a week ago and I must say I am having a good listening experience. The sound is clear, the bass is perfect. For the price, I would definitely recommend this product to anyone.

    • Primary Use:
    • Listening to iPod
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    1.0

    Buy the Sennheiser HD 202 instead

    By Dusty

    from Sun City Center, FL

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable

    Cons

    • Poor Sound

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 - Circumaural Closed-Back Dynamic Stereo Headphones:

      I had the Sennheiser HD 202 headphones and thought that these would be close to the sound of them... wrong! These are no better than some cheap earbuds that don't reproduce bass sounds very well. Highly recommend that you try to find the HD 202's on sale and get them.
      I use the headphones to listen to TV and CD's. Good headphones can make a world of difference.

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      • No

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      5.0

      I took the salesmans advice.

      By Skipper

      from NH.

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Good Bass
      • Good Value
      • Great Sound
      • Lightweight
      • Stylish

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Audio
        • Portable Devices
        • Relaxing
        • With My Computer
        • Working

        Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 - Circumaural Closed-Back Dynamic Stereo Headphones:

        Good value.

        • Primary Use:
        • Listening to iPod
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Better than live

        By Doctor P

        from Los Angeles, CA.

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Good Bass
        • Good Value
        • Great Sound
        • Lightweight
        • Stylish

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 - Circumaural Closed-Back Dynamic Stereo Headphones:

            These Headphones are the best I've found for use in production. They are light, fit well, work like a dream. I use them exclusively with my BMCC Cine Camera. They are the best product at a price you can't beat.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great Headphones

            By IreneC

            from Matawan, NJ

            About Me Hobbyist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Good Bass
            • Good Value
            • Great Sound
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Home Audio
            • Music
            • Portable Devices
            • With My Computer

            Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 - Circumaural Closed-Back Dynamic Stereo Headphones:

            These are great. Lightweight and extremely comfortable, you can wear these for hours. I use these with my electronic drum set when I don't want to disturb anyone. The sound from these headphones is great and I would not hesitate to buy these again from B&H. You can also trust all the positive reviews about these too since that is what I based my purchase on.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Pretty darn good for the price

            By Tobrew

            from Austin, TX

            About Me Gear Head

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Value

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Audio

              Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 - Circumaural Closed-Back Dynamic Stereo Headphones:

              For the price these phones have a decent build quality and sound pretty good. The cord is very long so not great for portable listening but perfect for home.

              • Primary Use:
              • Listening to iPod
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              Good Enough

              By emmagpc

              from DC

              About Me College Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Good Value
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Uncomfortable

              Best Uses

              • With My Computer

              Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 - Circumaural Closed-Back Dynamic Stereo Headphones:

              Great for the price- not super cushy and might be painful for long use but if all you want to do is listen to your computer while playing games or monitor sound during an interview they'll do.

              • Primary Use:
              • Listening to iPod
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              General usage

              By spacetraveller

              from Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil.

              About Me Frequent Traveler

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Durable
              • Good Value
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • With My Computer

                Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 - Circumaural Closed-Back Dynamic Stereo Headphones:

                Designed for general usage. Very good for direct sound card reproduction.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Sound better than expected for only $

                By Mindglider

                from Weaverville, ca

                About Me Gear Head

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Good Value
                • Great Sound
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Too Much Ambient Noise

                Best Uses

                • Music
                • Portable Devices
                • With My Computer

                Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 - Circumaural Closed-Back Dynamic Stereo Headphones:

                I use these headphones to do quick and rough checks on audio recording at events to make sure there are no hisses or buzzes or other interferences. I also check sound levels. These phones work just fine for that. I also use them at home to listen to audio on my laptop. Music sounds fine, though I'm not looking for ultra hi-fidelity. I like them for only $ .I've used BOSE noise cancelling headphones so I know what it is like to experience silence inside phones. These $ phones are not that way. I can hear sounds in the room, people talking and so forth, but that does not distract me from using these headphones to hear what is coming out of a sound system for quality assurance. Does not interfere with my enjoyment of music at all.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Headphones HD 201

                By Lvis

                from dayton, ohio

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Good Value
                • Great Sound
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Audio
                  • Music
                  • Portable Devices

                  Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 - Circumaural Closed-Back Dynamic Stereo Headphones:

                  The headphones sound great. They sound very good and i recommend them. I use the headphones with my new Tascam Studio that i got from B & H, the Tascam DP-03 which also is fantastic. They work great and there is no problem with the headphones at all. I like that the chord has great length to it so you can plug it in and sit quite a long ways away from where it is plugged in.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great Quality, Great Price

                  By LB

                  from MD

                  About Me College Student, Frequent Traveler, Teenager

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Good Bass
                  • Good Value

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Audio
                    • Music
                    • Portable Devices
                    • Traveling
                    • With My Computer
                    • Working

                    Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 - Circumaural Closed-Back Dynamic Stereo Headphones:

                    Bought these for my son as a Christmas present. He says that the quality is great and it blocks outside noise.

                    • Primary Use:
                    • Listening to iPod
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    3.0

                    What you expect for the price

                    By AcousticDan

                    from Cambridge, MA

                    About Me Acoustic Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Good Value
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy Construction

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Audio
                    • Music
                    • Portable Devices
                    • With My Computer

                    Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 - Circumaural Closed-Back Dynamic Stereo Headphones:

                    You really just can't beat the price on these. They are by no means the best in any category, and cannot be compared to more expensive models, but if you need a cheap, descent set of over-ear headphones that you don't want to worry about when they break, then why not. At this price they are practicaly disposable. I use them with my computer, iPhone, when recording music with my Apogee mic. Someday I will spring for an expensive pair, but I'm good with these for now.

                    • Primary Use:
                    • Listening to iPod
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great quaility

                    By Spencer

                    from Graham,WA

                    About Me Audiophile, Teenager

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Good Bass
                    • Good Value
                    • Great Sound
                    • Lightweight
                    • Stylish

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Audio
                      • Music
                      • Relaxing
                      • With My Computer

                      Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 - Circumaural Closed-Back Dynamic Stereo Headphones:

                      I got this in a kit with my portable keyboard and the sound quality is great,and the keyboard already had great sound quality,so this improves it even more. They are great for private quiet practicing sessions and also work great with computers. I highly recommend them

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                      4.0

                      Good for documentary filmmaker

                      By Cruce the documentary filmmaker

                      from Rural Michigan

                      About Me Documentary filmmaker

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable
                      • Durable
                      • Great Sound
                      • Lightweight
                      • Stylish

                      Cons

                      • Falls Off/Out Of Ear
                      • Flimsy Construction

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Audio
                      • Music
                      • Working

                      Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 - Circumaural Closed-Back Dynamic Stereo Headphones:

                      I've had these babies for years and they just recently broke, but man did I work them. The cables get tangles really easily. The design looks pro. They sound good and are comfortable to wear. Great for shooting and editing video.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      recommended

                      By photographerjane

                      from Albany, OR

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable
                      • Good Value
                      • Great Sound
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Audio
                        • Music
                        • With My Computer
                        • Working

                        Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 - Circumaural Closed-Back Dynamic Stereo Headphones:

                        great for nline learning when I have to concentrate.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        HD 201 - Circumaural Closed-Back Dynamic

                        By jp

                        from chicago

                        About Me Media training center

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable
                        • Good Value

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Audio mixing class
                          • Working

                          Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 - Circumaural Closed-Back Dynamic Stereo Headphones:

                          arrived quickly and work well. Good price.

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                          • No

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                          2.0

                          Save Your Money

                          By Hardcore Harley

                          from Central Arkansas

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Flimsy Construction
                          • Poor Sound
                          • Poor Value
                          • Too Much Ambient Noise

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 - Circumaural Closed-Back Dynamic Stereo Headphones:

                            I purchased the Sennheiser HD 201 headphones for one purpose: so directors could listen to audio takes on location. I didn't want to spend a lot of money on a set of headphones knowing that some directors are pretty careless in handling other people's gear. Based on all the positive reviews for the HD 201 I thought I had found a happy medium between good sound at a "disposable" price point. Save your money! They're not that great. I wasn't expecting them to match the quality of my HD 25-1 IIs, but I sure expected better than what I got. Poor audio. Cheap thin cable out of each can. In hindsight I wish I had directed this money towards the purchase of a set of Sennheiser HD 280's or a set of Sony MDR-7506's. The axiom "you get what you pay for" certainly applies here. Pass on this model and spend a little more. You'll be glad you did.

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                            • No

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                            3.0

                            decent

                            By music Mike

                            from Greensboro, NC

                            About Me Gear Head

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable
                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Great Sound

                            Cons

                            • Cord too long

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Audio
                            • Music
                            • Portable Devices
                            • Relaxing
                            • Working
                            • Working Out

                            Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 - Circumaural Closed-Back Dynamic Stereo Headphones:

                            Great clarity, would like more intensity.

                            • Primary Use:
                            • Working out
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Great sound and looks at a great price!

                            By A regular guy JMJ

                            from East Texas

                            About Me Regular guy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable
                            • Good Value
                            • Great Sound
                            • Lightweight
                            • Stylish

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Audio
                              • Music
                              • Portable Devices
                              • Relaxing

                              Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 - Circumaural Closed-Back Dynamic Stereo Headphones:

                              I really like the HD 201 headphones because of the balanced sound. I also like the headphones rather than ear buds because surrounding noises, traffic, vacuum cleaners,and noisy family members are blocked by the over the ear design.

                              • Primary Use:
                              • Listening to iPod
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • Yes

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