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Sennheiser HD 201 - Circumaural Closed-Back Dynamic Stereo Headphones

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Sennheiser HD 201 - Circumaural Closed-Back Dynamic Stereo Headphones

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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
UPC: 615104100886
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)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.7 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.2 x 7.4 x 3.8"
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 100 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (63)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (27)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Comfortable (82)
    • Good value (71)
    • Lightweight (67)
    • Great sound (61)
    • Durable (35)

    Cons

    • Flimsy construction (7)
    • Unattractive design (5)
    • Too much ambient noise (4)
    • Uncomfortable (3)

    Best Uses

    • With my computer (61)
    • Music (60)
    • Home audio (56)
    • Portable devices (40)
    • Relaxing (32)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (43), Business (15)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Audiophile (26), Gear head (17), School (17), Traveler (12), Experienced (4)
      • Primary Use:
      • Listening to ipod (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (57), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Budget Classics

    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....Read complete review

    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.

    VS

    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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    4.0

    Good bang for the buck

    By John Doeson

    from NY

    About Me Gear Head

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Good Value
    • Great Sound
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Unattractive Design

    Best Uses

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

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

    Considering the price, these are great headphones. Comfortable, balanced, good closing. The ear pads look like they need replacement at some point, but for now they are just fine.

    If you need more sound quality, you will need to spend more. However, I think these are some of the best headphones in their price range.

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

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    4.0

    Budget-friendly for the workplace

    By Albert

    from New York, NY

    About Me College Student

    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:

      My co-workers in the adjacent room celebrate often, so it gets fairly loud while I try to focus on writing code. These headphones may not cancel out the noise completely but I can focus a lot better with music on.

      The bass is flat, and not "enhanced" but that's how I like it.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      3.0

      Comfortable to wear, low volume

      By DC

      from Asheville, NC

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Coating Flakes Off
      • Low volume

      Best Uses

      • Home Audio
      • Music
      • With My Computer

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

      I've been using a pair of these for a couple of years. I started out using them at my computer for listening to music and video editing. They are very comfortable to wear for long periods of time, and sound pretty good in a quiet environment. After a while, though, the material on the cans started to flake off, so every time I wore them, I would have lots of little black flecks left behind on my ears. I eventually covered the cans with a pair of earphone covers to keep the flaking material off my ears.

      I got a different pair for my computer, and started using these while out doing video shoots. That has not been the best idea. Plugged into my AG-AC130 video camera, there are many times that I simply can't get enough volume out of them, even with the headphone output turned to the max level. Many times, the ambient sound almost drowns out the sound from the headphones, so that I can't tell what is actually being recorded. So these are on their way out for any type of field work. These are fine for listening to music or working on the computer in a quiet room, but if you need more volume, better try something else.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Very nice compromise

      By Dave

      from Collingswood, NJ

      About Me Audiophile, Retired

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Great Sound
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Very long cord

      Best Uses

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

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

      I've needed a pair of decent sounding, inexpensive headphones for the gym. I tried the Sony MDR-ZX100 and thought they were awful, and wrote a review accordingly. Decided to try these Sennheisers for a little more money. Wow, what a difference. Although these are budget headphones, I could use them for all my listening if I were on an extremely tight budget. No, they're not audiophile quality, but they are very listenable. And that is really all I care about. They also happen to be lightweight and comfortable, not easy for a large head with glasses. They also block out all the weird gym noise. For the price, I can't recommend these Sennheisers any higher. And kudos to B&H for taking back the Sony's without a hitch.

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

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Comfortable to wear, balanced audio

      By Spencer

      from Springville, Utah

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Good Value

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Audio
        • Music
        • With My Computer
        • Working

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

        I've only used a handful of headphones, but for a small price, I like these the best. They never hurt my ears, like many headphones, and I feel like the audio is well balanced. It doesn't have a ton of bass, and I like that for working with audio.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great product!

        By Barb

        from New York, NY

        About Me Frequent Traveler

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Traveling

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

          We are currently using the product for a walking tour production. They are durable, comfortable to wear and easy to clean. The sound is clear and crisp.

          • Primary Use:
          • Traveling
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great product at a great bargain price !

          By DJ Joe

          from Brooklyn, NY

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

          These head phones are a phenomenal performer. Sound reproduction is top notch. Used everyday and is tough to break down.

          DJ Joe, Brooklyn , NY.

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          5.0

          Good Buy

          By Dustin Noypi

          from Jersey City, NJ

          About Me Gear Head

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Flimsy Construction
          • Unattractive Design

          Best Uses

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

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

          I use it when i watch movie thru my tablet at work and at home.

          good price and great quality.

          • Primary Use:
          • Traveling
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          hd201

          By luie

          from fortpierceflorida

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

          Excellen headphones for that price. Can't beat em.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • 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.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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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