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Sennheiser HD 201 Pro Closed Back Headphones

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Stereo headphones with good sound isolation.

The Sennheiser HD201 Pro closed-back headphones offer robust stereo sound with rich, crisp bass response. Featuring durable and comfortable design the lightweight HD201 offers quality and value at an affordable price.

FEATURES
  • Powerful stereo sound
  • Rich, crisp bass response
  • Lightweight and comfortable to wear
  • Good attenuation of noise
  • Extremely rugged
  • High-quality leatherette ear pads
  • 1/4" (6.3mm) jack adapter, gold plated
  • 2-year warranty
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Transducer Principle: Dynamic
  • Frequency Response: 21”18,000 Hz
  • Nominal Impedance: 24 Ohm
  • Weight Without Cable: 165 g
  • Ear Coupling: Circumaural
  • Max Spl External Noise: (1 kHz, 1 Vrms) 108 dB
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SennheiserHD 201 Pro Closed Back Headphones
 
4.2

(based on 140 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (73)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (79)
  • Good value (71)
  • Lightweight (63)
  • Great sound (57)
  • Good bass (39)

Cons

  • Poor sound (11)
  • Flimsy construction (7)
  • Unattractive design (5)
  • Poor value (4)
  • Too much ambient noise (4)

Best Uses

  • Music (62)
  • Home audio (59)
  • With my computer (55)
  • Relaxing (39)
  • Portable devices (31)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Gear head (29), Audiophile (23), School (8), Musician (7), Traveler (4)
    • Primary Use:
    • Listening to ipod (38), Travel (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (76), Yes (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Set of Cheap Headphones

Buy them, use them. When they break, go out and buy another pair and repeat!
Not even certain what sort of features to look for. Has two drivers and framing to hold...Read complete review

Buy them, use them. When they break, go out and buy another pair and repeat!
Not even certain what sort of features to look for. Has two drivers and framing to hold everything on your head. Comfortable enough with nothing you don't need.
I bought this to replace a cheap pair of AKG headphones that got broke. I have learned that headphones break regardless of how much you pay for them. I really do not want to have a heart attack when I sit on a $500+ headset!

Sound quality is really good for the price. I use them for recording and have been told that you do not want to have a headset that is "Too Good" anyway as it clouds your overall judgment of the mix. If you can make everything sound really good with an average set of headphones, it will sound really good playing back with your top-tier audio equipment!
For what you pay, it is a great pair of headphones!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good overall sound...except for lows.

I purchased these headphones about 2 weeks ago, and have thoroughly tested them with an array of music, as well as a couple of tone generators.

The re-create music quite...Read complete review

I purchased these headphones about 2 weeks ago, and have thoroughly tested them with an array of music, as well as a couple of tone generators.

The re-create music quite well. However, the sub-bass lows are a little rough, and at higher volumes, are often crackled. I've found them to be quite superb, overall, in sound at low to mid-volume levels. Mids and Highs are simply spectacular for the money, and at lower volumes, the bass has good sound.

Perhaps the most recognizable flaw, is that these headphones simply have no real "punch" to them. It is almost as though someone has inserted a filter in order to reduce delivery of the overall "feel" of the music that can be obtained with a higher-cost headphone.

I would certainly recommend them for average listening, and low to mid-level playback of recording, but would avoid trying to use them for anything that would require high volume listening (e.g. bass guitar, drums, etc.). They are good for the average listener, but not for someone who wants a lot of bass reproduction.

The design is very comfortable, and I could wear them for hours at a time. Well-padded, and cover the ears for optimum sound isolation. The cord is a bit thin and flimsy, and requires a bit of extra care.

Overall, they are nice headphones, but they really lack when it comes to any significant bass reproduction. I would not suggest them for kids, or people who like to "crank it up." They are excellent for just average listening, but that's about all.

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(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good overall sound...except for lows.

By Seanzilla42

from Granbury, TX

About Me Audiophile, Gear Head

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Clean sound
  • Comfortable
  • Crisp highs
  • Excellent Mids
  • Good Value
  • Isolating
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Bass Breakup
  • Cord Thin And Flimsy
  • Lows Crackle
  • Volume Intolerance

Best Uses

  • Average Music Playback
  • Low Level Listening
  • Portable Devices
  • Relaxing

Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 Pro Closed Back Headphones:

I purchased these headphones about 2 weeks ago, and have thoroughly tested them with an array of music, as well as a couple of tone generators.

The re-create music quite well. However, the sub-bass lows are a little rough, and at higher volumes, are often crackled. I've found them to be quite superb, overall, in sound at low to mid-volume levels. Mids and Highs are simply spectacular for the money, and at lower volumes, the bass has good sound.

Perhaps the most recognizable flaw, is that these headphones simply have no real "punch" to them. It is almost as though someone has inserted a filter in order to reduce delivery of the overall "feel" of the music that can be obtained with a higher-cost headphone.

I would certainly recommend them for average listening, and low to mid-level playback of recording, but would avoid trying to use them for anything that would require high volume listening (e.g. bass guitar, drums, etc.). They are good for the average listener, but not for someone who wants a lot of bass reproduction.

The design is very comfortable, and I could wear them for hours at a time. Well-padded, and cover the ears for optimum sound isolation. The cord is a bit thin and flimsy, and requires a bit of extra care.

Overall, they are nice headphones, but they really lack when it comes to any significant bass reproduction. I would not suggest them for kids, or people who like to "crank it up." They are excellent for just average listening, but that's about all.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Set of Headphones!!

By arturo espinoza

from Texas

Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 Pro Closed Back Headphones:

Just got these in. I usually have to buy a set of headphones about once a year, with 4 kids is a wonder they even last that long. I usually buy the cheaper ones because of that.

For the price, they are fantastic. They offer a well balanced output. I didn't find them weak on the low end side. They fit over the ear comfortably, and have a plenty long enough cord. Overall sound is great! I can't wait till these break to buy another set.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good for the $$

By Bill

from Pensacola Beach, FL

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Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 Pro Closed Back Headphones:

If you need several pairs and want to do it cheaply but with some quality, or if you need a set for yourself and just can't justify more, then get these, but remember the quality level at which you are buying, and do not expect more than that to which you have a right. Key phrase here is "for the money".
These are very inexpensive, so you get what you pay for. We use them for simple monitor/play work. They work fine.
For very inexpensive headphones, they're just fine. Sennheiser makes some very good and very expensive headphones. For anything other than above, get a better set.
For the $$ you spend, it's hard to beat. But, again, you generally get what you pay for.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Set of Cheap Headphones

By Ray Sauter

from Houston, TX

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Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 Pro Closed Back Headphones:

Buy them, use them. When they break, go out and buy another pair and repeat!
Not even certain what sort of features to look for. Has two drivers and framing to hold everything on your head. Comfortable enough with nothing you don't need.
I bought this to replace a cheap pair of AKG headphones that got broke. I have learned that headphones break regardless of how much you pay for them. I really do not want to have a heart attack when I sit on a $500+ headset!

Sound quality is really good for the price. I use them for recording and have been told that you do not want to have a headset that is "Too Good" anyway as it clouds your overall judgment of the mix. If you can make everything sound really good with an average set of headphones, it will sound really good playing back with your top-tier audio equipment!
For what you pay, it is a great pair of headphones!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

can't go wrong with sennheiser

By Sat

from Lynchburg, Va

About Me Audiophile, Gear Head

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Good Bass
  • Good Value
  • Great Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 Pro Closed Back Headphones:

    i am a recording musician for twenty something years and have used plenty of different kinds of headphones. you just can't go wrong with sennheiser. the cord is plenty long enough for any set-up i do, even by myself. the sound is great. nice full and natural sound. not thin at all. highly recomend. musician's friend rocks. best service and prices.

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    • No

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great general use headphones

    By sun above

    from mcallen tx

    About Me Recording Engineer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Audio
      • Music
      • With My Computer

      Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 Pro Closed Back Headphones:

      I use these headphones with my hearback system during recording sessions. they are a great value, sound great, and I don't mind when players sweat in them, drop, or break them. Well, better these than a pair of 200 buck headphones. For monitoring play back and general use, these cans can't be beat For the cash.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Way Too Quiet

      By CrawdadStew

      from York,PA

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      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Good Value

      Cons

      • Poor Sound
      • Too Much Ambient Noise

      Best Uses

      • Home Audio
      • Portable Devices
      • Traveling

      Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 Pro Closed Back Headphones:

      Since this a musician's site I imagine most people buying these will be using them for either recording or live mixing. They do not block outside noise enough for either and they are also do not produce enough volume for either. They are fine for listening to music, but not for things musicians might use them for.

      • Primary Use:
      • Listening to iPod

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best headphones for the price

      By SchectorDiamond006_SDLiveWire_Metal

      from Vancouver, WA

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      Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 Pro Closed Back Headphones:

      Best fo da mo nay. Great for mixing, but they do not portray bass appropriately. But you may not find another pair of headphones for this price that sounds as clean, clear, and beautiful as these.
      Feel very comfortable.
      They don't have "crisp" bass response. The bass is actually quite weak, but the headphones are pretty flat sounding so they're good for recording/mixing. They're not the loudest, though (too high ohms, maybe?)
      Best for the price you can buy, I believe.

      (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      No good for stage or studio

      By steven jugo

      from NY

      Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 Pro Closed Back Headphones:

      When I first bought them I tried them with my MP3 player and they are ok for that task. I then brought them to a gig and tried to use them as monitors for myself as I set up the bands in ear monitor mix. They have no low end at all very tinny sounding. Trying to EQ a kick drum with a set of these headphones is a joke. I A-B them with my HD280s and there is just no comparison the HD280s blow them out of the water. No musician or recording engineer or live engineer should even consider these headphones for stage or studio
      The cable is a y going to each ear peice separately
      Weak and flimsey
      You get what you pay for

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing value.

      By OriginalThrasher892

      from San Francisco, CA

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      Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 Pro Closed Back Headphones:

      I've owned a pair of these headphones for over 2 years now. They've never given me any problems at all. They're comfortable to wear for hours on end without crushing your skull or compressing your neck. Good low end for the price. Incredibly clear for all types of music from technical death metal to IDM. A great buy for anyone low on cash.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Simply astounding

      By Robert Le

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 Pro Closed Back Headphones:

      These headphones are great, not amazing, but for the price they are simply awesome considering how clear, comfortable, and versatile the headphones are. Grab a pair and be astounded as the price is certainly not reflected in the quality of these headphones.
      These headphones have an amazingly lengthy cord, at least 6 feet in length and the headphones fit perfectly around my ears. The design is simple and yet it still maintains an authentic style.

      Does not have a volume control but nonetheless it is an amazing piece of work.
      The build itself is of a hard plastic like many other headphones, but the structure of these headphones are quite sturdy and are capable of withstanding tosses here and there and obviously not a hard intentional throw into a wall.

      The sound is amazing. When I first received the headphones I quickly unpacked it and hooked the headphones in and was astounded. The sound is so clear and the bass is not so abhorrent that it overthrows the treble.
      For the price, these headphones are a STEAL. I recommend any beginner or listener to grab a pair of these headphones and try them out, there will be no disappointment.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good for the price

      Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 Pro Closed Back Headphones:

      I'm getting a variety of low cost headsets for musicians to wear when I'm recording them. For this purpose, these are very good for the price. Not too much spill and a nice long cable, though I wish it was a bit thicker, and comes with a 1/4" adapter.
      True to Sennheiser standards, the bass is not at all muddy and extends down pretty low, though it is generally weak in the whole low range. Midrange is just a bit harsh and will emphasize vocals, but I need this for some musicians that want to hear mosly vocals. The high is well defined for this price range. Have to turn the gain up a bit further than normal to hear these over instruments, but they bring out vocals, which some musicians prefer, especially when harmonizing. I've only used them a few hours, but I think they will be plenty comfortable for musicians and they stay on well if they want to move around.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome product!

      By weorthscipe

      from PA

      Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 Pro Closed Back Headphones:

      I love these headphones. They are more comfortable to wear than more expensive pairs I have worn. I loved them so much I bought a second pair.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      hd 201 headphones

      By santana

      from yuma az

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Lightweight
      • Stylish

      Cons

      • Not enough volume
      • Poor Sound

      Best Uses

      • Relaxing

      Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 Pro Closed Back Headphones:

      headphones are comfortable but the sound is not what I was expecting.

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

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great deal for the price.

      By Sound master

      from woodland Hills, Ca

      About Me Gear Head

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 Pro Closed Back Headphones:

        Great item for the price. Closes out all surround sounds and lets you hear the true colors of the music.

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

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very good! Even Sound.

        By J Mas

        from West Chester, PA

        About Me Musician

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        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Good Value
        • Great Sound
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • None so far

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 Pro Closed Back Headphones:

        I have a decent pair of Bose headphones in my home studio but needed a pair for work. These fit the bill perfectly without the expense. I may buy a second pair! They do not over accentuate the bass as the Bose do but overall I find the frequencies even (flat) and pleasing. I think Sennheiser's ploy must be, "If you think these are great, try our higher end models." I've worn these for a few continuous hours with no discomfort. I am very impressed with them.

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        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good headphones!

        By Mr. Saxophone - keys

        from Farmington, NM

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Good Bass
        • Good Value
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Music
          • Portable Devices
          • Relaxing
          • Traveling
          • With My Computer

          Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 Pro Closed Back Headphones:

          I bought these as a prize for a Music talent show. They look good and are comfortable. For pro sound monitoring, I would prefer phones with 20-20 hz frequency response - these only go up to 17, but sound quite rich.

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

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Does What They're Supposed To

          By Konijo

          from Atlanta, GA

          About Me College Student

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Good Value

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Audio
            • Music
            • With My Computer

            Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 Pro Closed Back Headphones:

            Solid set of cheap headphones. I needed a pair to plug into my amp to practice without disturbing everyone around me, and these do the trick. Don't expect great sound, though. For the price you pay, you shouldn't expect a fantastic sound. Otherwise, they do the trick. Exactly what I needed.

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

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Cost Effective, at price point!

            By Wildmann

            from Titusville Fl./ Kennedy Space Center

            About Me Former Road Musician, Gear Head

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            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Good Value
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Separate Cord To Each Ear

            Best Uses

            • Music
            • Recording

            Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 Pro Closed Back Headphones:

            I use these primarily with a Tascam DP 008 recorder, and a GNX4 guitar work station. recording/mixing- guitar, bass, and vocals. The separate speaker cords/wires to each earpiece will make you Crazy while playing/ recording with a guitar,bass, That said, I have 5 sets of 'cans' including a KRK 6400 set. These HD 201 Sennheiser aren't bad, pretty good sound, for the price point.

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

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great

            By Kailash soundz

            from Ljubljana. Slovenia

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Audio
              • Music

              Comments about Sennheiser HD 201 Pro Closed Back Headphones:

              Great unbeatable sound for the price ! Clear, strong bass and very good for recording music as well as just listening, pro sound for low price ! Get em !

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