Sennheiser HD205 II DJ Style review: Sennheiser HD205 II DJ Style

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.3
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 6.0

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The Good The Sennheiser HD 205 II DJ Headphones are comfortable to wear, even for long-term use, and their bass is exceptional for budget headphones. Noise leakage is minimal, and they shield ambient noise very effectively. The price is affordable, and a protective pouch is included.

The Bad Midrange response is weak. The hard plastic design creaks after moderate use and the headset doesn't fold for storage. The attached single-sided cable may be too long for portable use, and there is no way of replacing the cable.

The Bottom Line While the affordable Sennheiser HD 205 II DJ Headphones provide good bass, natural sound, and capable performance, critical listeners may find them lacking acoustic flair.

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Sennheiser is usually associated with words such as "elite" and "expensive," but you can now add "budget-conscious" to that list as well. The Sennheiser HD 205 II DJ Headphones ($80 list price, $49 to $59 online) are part of the company's HD 200 series budget line and designed for use by DJs and recording artists.

The HD 205 II is a midsize pair of headphones that incorporates a semienclosed circumaural design and is backed by Sennheiser's two-year warranty. Included is a large, thick vinyl carrying bag and a 1/4-inch gold-plated adapter that screws onto a 1/8-inch plug. The construction is decent, but it does flex a bit. Longevity may be an issue, but how much wear and tear is inflicted ultimately depends on the user. After moderate use, however, we did a notice a distinct creaking sound coming from the left side frame of the headphones when adjusting the band.

The company's logo is modestly displayed in silver on top of the headband, while its emblem is embossed in silver and prominently displayed at the left and right hinges. The replaceable pads are black, circular, and primarily made of vinyl, with a cloth interior sewn in. The right earcup rotates slightly upward at a 40-degree angle, in both directions, for monitoring with one ear, and helps keep the frame of the headphones in place. The outside of the cups is accented with a circular silver design, while the rest of the frame is black.

The hard plastic adjustable headband is a snug fit, but is adequately padded on the inside of the crown, providing exceptional comfort for long-term use while limiting ear fatigue. (Note that comfort level may vary based on head size, as the tight fit may be an issue for some and not for others.)

The single-sided, non-detachable, 10-foot-long straight cord exits from the left earcup 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 swiveling cord inside the cup raises questions about how securely the cord is attached and how long the unit will last over time.

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Weight 7.3 oz
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Additional Features Rotatable ear cup
    1/8-inch jack
  • Type headphones
  • Headphones Form Factor ear-cup
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
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