for the price they are a very good buy and the sound is to my mind more than acceptable. the only strange thing i found with both pairs i bought is that the left and right channels were marked wrongly but this is obviously not aproblem,just reverse them
the bass on these headphones is apalling, it sounds like a moon hopper being chucked against a wall. ive just got some 5 quid "sum vision" ones that my dad has never used and they are amazing compared to these things! dont know if its a shafted batch but they are off straight back to amazon for a refund
Short answer: no. The Sennheiser 201s are NOT worth buying when the 202s are available for only a few pence more on Amazon.
As to the reviews for both models: it's pretty obvious wishful thinking -- or audiophonic insensitivity -- hallmarks every comment about the 201's allegedly acceptable bass.
Go to Sennheiser's excellent UK site and the reality is there for all to see in the tech specs for each model. Thus, for example, the truly excellent, yet not overly expensive, Sennheiser HD 212 PRO offers a frequency range of 12. . . 19000 Hz. (The lower the first figure, the greater the unit's ability to handle bass; the higher the second figure, the greater the ability to render treble.)
Now go to the Sennheiser 201's frequency range. It's 21. . . 18000 Hz. Candidly, if any bass were detectable at all, I'd be amazed. It's virtually absent just from looking at the frequency range stats alone. never mind actually wearing the things.
By contrast, the 202's range at 18. . . 18000 Hz is significantly better (that may not seem so, but even small differences in the F/R make for big differences in listening experience.)
Can the bass on the 201s be improved? No. Of course it can't. The F/R is like a car's engine: no good expecting something with a maximum speed of 100mph to be able to cruise at 120mph. In this instance, the 201 is an 850cc 2-stroke; the 202 a 1600cc 4-cylinder; the 212PRO a V6.
Quite why headphone buyers fail to check manufacturer websites and simple tech stats before purchasing escapes me. And quite why Sennheiser is continuing on with the 201s is a mystery when the 202s were clearly developed by Sennheiser to compensate for the 201s' manifest bass handling deficiency. Simply put: the 201s shouldn't be on sale; they're rendered worthless by the 202s.
A good tip, therefore, is to check and benchmark a medium-price model (like the above mentioned 212PRO) and attempt to get as near to that "ideal" as possible before purchasing any headphones.
Sadly though, the fallacy that budget priced headphones out-perform expensive ones becomes all too apparent: compared to the 212PRO's frequency range, the 202s' is still compressed and unable to reach either the heights -- or the depths. Unfortunately, those who buy headphones of compressed range have never done an ear-by-ear comparison with those whose range isn't so squashed. If they had, they wouldn't be spouting such rubbish as appears so frequently in Amazon product reviews.
I'm a bass teacher so that must count for somethin- go upmarket to the HD418s - you won't regret the extra £25 quid. Great for long sessions of practice because they handle bass very well and they are cloth covered not plastic - so no sweaty ears. Here is the link Sennheiser HD 418 Closed-Back Stereo Headphones with Dynamic Bass The cable is a bit light - but as a player you should be competent enough that when this may eventually fail (mine are three years old and still going ok) just open them up and solder a heavier cable into the phones - no big deal as by then they'll be out of warantee anyway.
The tech review is interesting for all the wrong reasons! Firstly people who like these headphones cannot be universally dismissed as being party to some kind of collective delusion,and it is insulting to suggest that they are. I have listened to these headphones against maybe 30 or 40 others over the last few years, including some much higher-end ones. The key word here is listened, it isn't at all clear whether Howard R has actually listened to the HD201s or just read some numbers off a tech spec. I like them precisely because they don't artificially boost the bass, like so many other headphones do, especially toward the budget end of the market. Add an inexpensive headphone amp and these phones sound very good, with bass that is acurate rather than overcooked and boomy. I am listening to them now because I find the HD202s tiring after a few minutes use due to the boomy bass. My advice is not too pay too much attention to tech specs and base you decision on what sounds best for you.