Wearing the HD 435s out in Shoreditch last night, I could have been an extra from the TV series Nathan Barley. But ironic fashion faux-pas are acceptable when you're getting thumping bass and detailed treble pumped right down your brain-hole. They're also practical in the biting winter climate -- little did the Hoxton set know but the cushioned pads were just as good as ear muffs at keeping me warm. Sennheiser for the win!
Enough gonzo: let's keep it factual, people. These new Sennheisers blow the normal iPod 'phones out the water with their 110dB sound pressure level and 18-19,500 Hz range. They also have on-cord volume control and a 1/4-inch screw-on jack for when you want to go all audiophile and plug into an old-school hi-fi system.
They're not as portable as a pair of in-ear headphones, but these £40 Sennheisers make a serious statement to the iPod-carrying masses. They say, quite simply: 'I'm better than you'. -GC