Sennheiser Circumaural (Silver) review: Sennheiser Circumaural (Silver)

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.3
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 5.0
  • Performance: 7.0

Average User Rating

3.5 stars 1 user review
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The Good The Sennheiser HD 201 headphones are very comfortable to wear, and the tough construction will last over long-term use. Noise leakage is at a minimum, and the overall sound is balanced as well.

The Bad The HD 201 headphones' cable may be too long for portable use, and the set doesn't come with a protective pouch for storage. Natural bass is lacking, and the maximum volume output is lower than most aftermarket headphones in its category.

The Bottom Line Though the ultra-affordable Sennheiser HD 201 headphones provide natural sound and capable performance, commuters may find the low volume output an issue when listening to music in highly trafficked environments.

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The $30 Sennheiser HD 201 headphones are a great value aimed at the infrequent user who's simply looking to upgrade from poor-quality stock earphones without spending a ton. The HD 201s are far from audiophile quality and lack the low-end oomph of pricier headphones from the competition, but we do recommend them to casual listeners who will find satisfaction in their comfortable build, balanced sound, and affordability.

Design and features
The HD 201 headphones are a full-size pair that incorporates a circumaural (over-the-ear) design and includes a 1/4-inch gold-plated adapter that easily pops onto the 1/8-inch plug. A limited swivel design is implemented into the hinge of the frame, and each earcup pivots slightly back and forth allowing one side to stay in place while the other side is off.

The oblong pads are black, replaceable, and primarily made of a leatherette material and foam padding with a cloth interior sewn in. The right and left earcups tip 20 degrees forward and back to its original position, although we can find no desirable benefit to this feature aside from its ability to fit a range of head shapes and sizes. The outside of the earcups are accented with an oval-shaped silver and black design, and the rest of the frame is black.

The hard plastic adjustable headband is well-padded inside the crown, and lightweight materials add comfort so little pressure is put on the head; however, the headband tends to focus its weight onto a small patch that touches the skull. As a result, the headphones tend to slide back and forth quite often. The HD 201s feel lightweight albeit slightly flimsy, but they survived several of our drop tests to prove their durability.

The traditional dual-sided, nondetachable, 10-foot straight plastic cord exits from both ear cups and terminates at the 1/8-inch plug--not exactly ideal for travel, but roll it up and it's not a big deal. The cords inside the cups are snug and secure.

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Sennheiser HD 201 - headphones

Part Number: 500155
Low Price: $34.99 See all prices

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  • Colour silver
  • Weight 165 g
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Features gold-plated plug
  • Type headphones
  • Headphones Form Factor ear-cup
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm