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SenalSMH-500 Professional Studio Headphones
 
4.2

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (17)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • Lightweight (13)
  • Durable (7)
  • Compact (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (10)
  • Professional recording (9)
  • Home studio (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

EQ Curve designed for sound engineers

Could not beat the price, plus the discounted add-on leather ear cushions. I plugged these into my laptop and reduced volume control from 20 (internal speakers) down to 5. Clamping pressure will...Read complete review

Could not beat the price, plus the discounted add-on leather ear cushions. I plugged these into my laptop and reduced volume control from 20 (internal speakers) down to 5. Clamping pressure will likely ease with use, I expect. These will be used in engineering live sound for concert recording and church services, and in converting old LPs to CD at home. The 1/4" gold-plated adapter screws on the mini plug; very secure. The EQ curve is designed to enhance the low frequencies, for reducing wind noise and other bass sources to improve the balance in recording and live sound reinforcement. Watch the demo video for the SMH-1000 and read the product description. Looks like a great value for the price!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good Sound - logo popped off

Decent set of headphones for monitoring audio. Mainly used for interviews on a documentary we are working on. Recommended by my B&H guy and they did the job for me recently in...Read complete review

Decent set of headphones for monitoring audio. Mainly used for interviews on a documentary we are working on. Recommended by my B&H guy and they did the job for me recently in London & NY. I suppose build quality not so good as the metal logo popped off while I was shooting. Not a big deal and can't be bothered sending it back, but perhaps the manufacturer might fix that so we can all do free advertising for them. For a few bucks more he did recommend the one with detachable cord so you could use a smaller or longer cord depending on your needs but this worked fine for me. So far.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Right side of headphone broke and no longer plays sound

By Christopher

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Senal SMH-500 Professional Studio Headphones:

After almost a year, the right side of the headphone stopped playing sound and only the left side works and still plays sound.  I requested warranty from senal as per the three year limited warranty but they required me to pay for shipping back to their RMA center that costs almost as much as purchasing a new headset and refused to provide a shipping label.  If I have to pay 16-20 bucks USPS priority mail just to get warranty service, I might as well buy a new headphone and take my business elsewhere.  I am sorely disappointed with senal's product which has proven to be rather flimsy compared to other more reliable competitors like the sony mdr7506. I am also dissatisfied with Senal's customer service and warranty.

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3.0

Good, Sub $100 Option for Run-n-Gun

By Christian

from Los Angeles

Verified Buyer

Comments about Senal SMH-500 Professional Studio Headphones:

An audio professional may have a different opinion. I'm a camera owner-operator and I purchased these for run-n-gun field work. My former pair was damaged in transit to NYC and I walked in to B&H and got these on the spot. They are light, inexpensive and comfortable. Sound quality is acceptable. I don't use expensive studio monitors for field work, because the higher likelihood of them getting damaged. These fit the bill perfectly.

There is a difference in sound quality when compared to the Sony MDR-7506's. That's fine with me, they are completely acceptable for monitoring audio from a field recorder or out of camera.

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5.0

Great headphones!

By Snotty

from Chesterfield, Mi

Verified Buyer

Comments about Senal SMH-500 Professional Studio Headphones:

Really good phones...especially for the price. I use them for some general listening, but mostly I'm using them while tracking acoustic instruments in my studio. Fairly long cable and a nice screw on 1/4" adaptor. These things are very efficient compared to the Audio Technia phones I've been using...much louder at the same volume. Comfortable too!

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4.0

Great buy

By Burt

from Farmington, ME

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mobile DJ

    Comments about Senal SMH-500 Professional Studio Headphones:

    Just used on JetBlue - able to connect to their sound system. Nice music as played from my computer. Quality as good as I want. See no need to spend the extra $$ for Bose

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    5.0

    Love These Headphones

    By Mr. Hippo

    from San Marcos, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Senal SMH-500 Professional Studio Headphones:

      Great for studio and for field monitor use. Over the ear design eliminates most of the surrounding noise. Comfortable to wear for a couple of hours at a time. Excellent sound quality. Excellent headphones for the money.

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      5.0

      Loud and clear

      By Poochiiep

      from Miami, FL

      Comments about Senal SMH-500 Professional Studio Headphones:

      Headphones are loud and clear all the right eq to it, use it more than my beats solo hd, they are comfy over the ears.. And better yet they were Free with my purchase over $

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      4.0

      Senal Headphone

      By Walter Dukes

      from Brooklyn New York

      Comments about Senal SMH-500 Professional Studio Headphones:

      Senal Headphones should come in different shades, like white,red, blue. Also Headphone should have glossy Plastic finish.l

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Long lasting quality

      By mrhappyface

      from Pittsburgh, PA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Senal SMH-500 Professional Studio Headphones:

        After almost three years of daily use, these headphones are still bringing me clear, high quality sound.

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        (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Exelente sonido

        By Mashiquito

        from Union city

        Comments about Senal SMH-500 Professional Studio Headphones:

        Confortables y excelente sonido en bajos y altos

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        4.0

        Great value, blocks out outside audio

        By Luke F

        from Huntindon, Pa

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances

          Comments about Senal SMH-500 Professional Studio Headphones:

          Great set of headphones. I use them in my studio at work, and love that they block out any outside noise. The only feature I wish it had was the ability to take the headphone cord out of headphones incase it would ever break.

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          4.0

          Excellent headphones

          By MS

          from Philadelphia, PA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Senal SMH-500 Professional Studio Headphones:

            These headphones exceeded my expectations. I use them for editing and the sound is excellent. They are a little bit tight on the head, but I have gotten used to that. I haven't used them for recording yet, but I am hoping that they will be just as good for that purpose.

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            4.0

            They work

            By Menckenlite

            from Cambridge MA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Senal SMH-500 Professional Studio Headphones:

              Great upgrade for me. Wear them opposite to how they are labeled to fit my head. Block sounds from outside phones. May be good for construction sites too. Makes you feel loved.

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              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              MUY BUENOS AUDIFONOS.. AISLAN MUY BIEN EL AMBIENTE

              By JUAN

              from INDIANA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio

                Comments about Senal SMH-500 Professional Studio Headphones:

                AUDIO & VIDEO EDICION

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                5.0

                Nice clear sound!

                By Grigphoto

                from Westfield, MA

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Senal SMH-500 Professional Studio Headphones:

                    Very nice super light headphones! Nice accurate sound!

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                    3.0

                    Good Sound - logo popped off

                    By Scoular Image

                    from Naples Fl

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Breaks Easily

                    Best Uses

                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Senal SMH-500 Professional Studio Headphones:

                    Decent set of headphones for monitoring audio. Mainly used for interviews on a documentary we are working on. Recommended by my B&H guy and they did the job for me recently in London & NY. I suppose build quality not so good as the metal logo popped off while I was shooting. Not a big deal and can't be bothered sending it back, but perhaps the manufacturer might fix that so we can all do free advertising for them. For a few bucks more he did recommend the one with detachable cord so you could use a smaller or longer cord depending on your needs but this worked fine for me. So far.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great Product

                    By Chappy

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Senal SMH-500 Professional Studio Headphones:

                      Bought this as a present for my husband, he loves it.. no complain

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                      5.0

                      Sounds great, music sounds natural.

                      By Santi

                      from Columbia, MD

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio

                        Comments about Senal SMH-500 Professional Studio Headphones:

                        Hook this up to a Roland digital piano. The coiled cable is very useful. I don't have to take it off if I switch piano pieces.

                        I noticed the difference in sound from the old Sony headphone I used before. Senal sound is even, does not hear lots of bass. At first I said that I missed my Sony, but then I started to get the hang of it. I began to notice that I am hearing somewhat close to the sound that the piano actually is producing.

                        Compared this again with Beats, that headphone has too much bass - does not sound natural to me.

                        This Senal headphone is comfortable and construction seems solid. My son uses this when he creates his own music.

                        Listened Pandora on a Mac - I like the sound and no complaints there. I hear all the instrument used in the accompaniment. For the price, you can never go wrong. I will try the SMH-1000 once it goes on sale. I will give it 5 stars.

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                        5.0

                        excellent for the price when on sale

                        By C

                        from Saratoga, CA

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Cable Is Too Long

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Senal SMH-500 Professional Studio Headphones:

                        For [$] this is a good pick. sounds pretty similar to a sony mdr 7506

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                        5.0

                        Got a lot more than I expected.

                        By cwolff

                        from Tucson, AZ

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Comfortable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Senal SMH-500 Professional Studio Headphones:

                          I bought a pair of these on the B&H deal of the day and wasn't expecting much but I believe I just bought the best headphones I've ever owned. I use these for field monitoring of a zoom H6 and get great isolation from ambient noise, they are extremely comfortable and have a fantastic sound.

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                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Very comparable to Sony MDR-V6

                          By BradfordBunch

                          from Washington State

                          About Me Experienced

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Comfort

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • High-fidelity Listening

                            Comments about Senal SMH-500 Professional Studio Headphones:

                            I have a pair of Sony MDR-V6 headphones, and the SMH-500 has a very similar fit and sound. They are very comfortable on the head. With the SMH-500 being available in the mid $30 range on sale, I'd grab a pair over the more expensive Sonys.

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