Sennheiser HD 201 Review – Not for Outdoor Use

The Sennheiser HD 201 arrived into the market as part of the German company’s redesigning package. Gone is the awful transparent plastic we’ve seen from some of their older models as it has been gladly replaced by a more stylish pursuit. However, the package includes nothing more than the headphones themselves and a 3.5 to 6.35-millimeter jack converter. For its size and build, it is clear that the unit is primarily made for indoor use.

Sennheiser HD 201 Review - Not for Outdoor Use

The Sennheiser HD 201 is Hot, Specifically Speaking

Whenever you’re wearing the Sennheiser HD 201, it doesn’t feel too heavy on the head. Despite being made entirely of plastic, it does leave impressive marks in terms of the finish. However, herein lies one of its greater caveats – the ear pads. The pads themselves are also made of plastic which can send soaring temperatures, especially since they cover your ears entirely.

As such, this is not a pair that you would want to wear over long periods of time. Even though at the start of your music listening experience they will provide some comfort, over time your ears will become hot and you will find yourself removing them for some time because of the discomfort.

But what about its sound performance? To get things straight, the HD 201 is not the best headphone in Sennheiser’s line of products, nor is it even the best within its price class. The reason behind this fact is that the mid-range is not there when you listen to it. If you’re expecting a “kick” in the lower-end spectrum, then you won’t find it here either. Because of these realities, it will only leave the trebles to come through that will be loud and clear.

The resulting audio experience comes off as too aggressive. This quickly becomes a tiring effort and a response that ultimately lacks any kind of depth. Add that to the fact that details in tracks get lost somewhere in the void, and the end-result is your pretty basic headset. However, its performance levels might even be lower than that of a basic headset can offer.

Even though the Sennheiser HD 201 is primarily made to be used indoors, you might not even want it to use, at all. Perhaps the only redeeming qualities of the headphone are its lightweight and slightly stylish design, as well as its above average build quality. But when it comes to performance levels, this unit is one that you should stay away from.


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