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.
Sennheiser HD205 II DJ Style
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.
Sennheiser’s newest audiophile headphones will coddle your ears
The HD 660 S will look and sound familiar to Sennheiser enthusiasts, and that’s a good thing.
Sennheiser goes all out with closed-back version of high-end HD 800s
The Sennheiser HD 820 looks set to redefine luxury closed-back headphones at CES 2018 with its unique Gorilla Glass transducer cover and appropriately high price.
An audiophile-worthy Bluetooth portable headphone amp
The CEntrance BlueDAC has the Audiophiliac reconsidering his stance on Bluetooth.
Massdrop’s new $150 Sennheiser headphone is a slam dunk
The Audiophiliac has ears-on time with the Massdrop x Sennheiser HD58X Jubilee.
$99 gizmo kicks up your headphones' sound
Would you drop $99 on a Schiit Magni 3 if it could make your headphones sound better?
This budget earbud sounds (almost) too good to be true
The Final Audio Design E3000 in-ears sound like they cost more than double their very reasonable price.
Apple's Lightning to headphone adapter sucks, the FiiO i1 is much better
If you have a nice set of wired headphones, FiiO’s nifty Lightning headphone adapter is worth checking out.
Listening and loving the Meze 99 Neo headphones
Meze just dropped the 99 Neo headphone, so the Audiophiliac checked it out!
Wired headphones and iPhone 8 are a no go
Here’s why an iPhone 8 may not be right for you
Beats headphones are getting more frequent discounts
In the hypercompetitive headphone market, we're seeing Beats by Dre models often selling for less than their list prices. A lot less.
Get a special edition Sennheiser HD 650 headphone for $200
It's not even Black Friday yet but Massdrop is selling pairs of the Sennheiser HD 6xx for $200, and they sound really good.
Sennheiser is ready for the iPhone 7's wireless future (with a 3.5mm cable, just in case)
Headphone head honcho Daniel Sennheiser talks the Apple iPhone 7, immersive sound and how the future of sports TV will let you sit where you want.