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Sennheiser HD 518 Open Circumaural Headphones with E.A.R. Technology

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  • Outstanding audiophile headphones for music lovers wanting quality and affordability
  • State-of the-art double-layer diaphragms for absolute transparency and minimal distortion, for accurate reproduction of the original recording
  • Lightweight aluminium voice coils for high efficiency and excellent dynamics
  • Open-backed design for the most natural listening experience
  • “Eargonomic acoustic refinement” (E.A.R.) design channels the audio signal directly into your ears (simulating loudspeakers)
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  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 24 x 20.5 cm ; 254 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 621 g
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  • Item model number: HD 518
  • ASIN: B0042A68R8
  • Date first available at 14 Sept. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
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HD 518 Home Audio Headphone

The Sennheiser HD 518 open-backed, ‘around-the-ear’ headphones prove that quality and affordability can go hand in hand. Fitted with innovative angled driver technology for the accurate channelling of audio signals into your ears to provide a superb home listening experience. Advanced double-layer diaphragm technology reduces unwanted distortion for absolute accuracy and clarity. To amplify your listening pleasure even further, thickly cushioned ear pads, large oval cups and a wide padded headband provide outstanding wearing comfort, for long relaxed listening sessions.

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An open-backed design allows you to really hear music at its natural best with a light airy feel and a sense of spaciousness. Sennheiser’s innovative (E.A.R.) technology uses angled drivers to channel the sound to the front of the ear simulating a home stereo loudspeaker experience. Neodymium magnets exhibit tremendous strength for a given size effortlessly delivering a dynamic and detailed soundstage, whilst also ensuring that the headphone is very lightweight.

 HD 518 Home Audio Headphone
HD 518 Home Audio Headphone
  • High-end open ‘around-the-ear’ headphones which offer a ‘true-to-life’, well-balanced sound with deep rich bass that is not overpowering
  • Sennheiser's innovative “Eargonomic Acoustic Refinement” (E.A.R.) design simulates the effects of full-size speakers at home
  • State-of-the-art, advanced diaphragms for transparency and minimal distortion
  • Lightweight aluminum voice coils follow the highs and lows of your music effortlessly
  • Highly optimized neodymium magnet systems for clear trebles and punchy bass that is not overdone
  • Soft, crackle-free ear pads and headband cushion provide outstanding listening comfort using a breathable fabric
  • Distinctive grille-like ear cup casing design
  • Single-sided cable with ‘turn-to-lock’ cable mechanism so replacement is made easy; also eliminates tangle
  • Optimized for home Hi-Fi/AV systems, may be used with portable devices
  • Simple modular constructions with field replaceable parts for a long lifespan
  • 2-year warranty
Did you know?

This pair of headphones offers you an unrivalled entry-level audiophile music experience. Strong build quality, superb comfort and an extremely accurate sound to reveal hidden detail in your music that you have never heard before.

Sennheiser recommends this headphone for...

... home Hi-Fi use. The HD 518s will also bring audiophile sound quality to your PC or Mac, tablet or smartphone. Use for well recorded rock, pop and classical music styles. Remember to burn them in well. Using a headphone amplifier will improve the listening experience even further.


The HD 518 can be connected to any 6.3 mm headphone socket on home audio devices. Also supplied with a 3.5 mm adaptor for portable use.


The Sennheiser HD 518 is covered by a global warranty of 24 months. Sennheiser's worldwide service network will provide swift and smooth handling of any case of warranty claim that might occur. German design and build quality.

Why Sennheiser?

Sennheiser is the brand of choice for many high-profile recording artists and live sound engineers, delivering the ultimate audio experience to people who crave true-to-life sound. For over 65 years, Sennheiser has applied its in-depth audio research to the development of premium headphones, microphones and headsets. Every Sennheiser product endures rigorous quality control tests to ensure you receive durable, great-sounding headphones that will withstand daily use in a variety of environments.

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HD 518
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HD 558
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HD 598
TypeFull-Size Circumaural, ‘Around-the-ear’ Headphone Full-Size Circumaural, ‘Around-the-ear’ Headphone Full-Size Circumaural, ‘Around-the-ear’ Headphone
Frequency Response 14 - 26,000 Hz 15 - 28,000 Hz 12 - 38,500 Hz
Acoustic DesignOpen-Backed For Excellent, Natural And True-To-Life Sound Reproduction Open-Backed For Excellent, Natural And True-To-Life Sound Reproduction Open-Backed For Excellent, Natural And True-To-Life Sound Reproduction
Impedance50 Ohms50 Ohms50 Ohms
Cable Length3 m OFC Single-Sided, Exchangeable 3 m OFC Single-Sided, Exchangeable 3 m OFC Single-Sided, Exchangeable
Connector Plugs6.3 mm Plug, With 3.5 mm Adaptor 6.3 mm Plug, With 3.5 mm Adaptor 6.3 mm Plug, With 3.5 mm Adaptor
Sound Pressure Level108 dB112 dB112 dB
Warranty2 years2 years 2 years

Box Contains

  • 1 HD 518 headphones
  • 1 3.5 mm adapter

  • Customer Reviews

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    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kryton Surfer on 14 Feb. 2012
    Where do I begin.

    I have had 4 sets of Sennheiser In-Ears over the past 3 years, none of the pairs were replaced due to breaking but because I started wanting more from my audio experience and so I went up the price range and started to notice subtle differences as I did so. I went for the HD 518's after needing a set of Over-Ears for late nights coding/photo editing and for use with my Guitar Amp. I have also purchased the FiiO E5 Headphone Amplifier - Black for use with these headphones. I have now owned them for 2 weeks and have had them playing a burn-in cd for 40+ Hours when I haven't been using them.

    At first when I put these headphones on I thought that the padding around the ears was a little too stiff, I persevered with the notion that they would soften up with use and low and behold they have done just that. I am now able to wear these for 6-7 hours and long into early hours of the morning without the slightest bit of discomfort.

    These headphones are open back and yes they do bleed sound but then that is the negative point of Open-Back Headphones. You can hear these headphones from roughly 20 feet away at full volume on an iPod if there is no background noise present. I also have the ability to be able to hear people if they are talking to me while wearing the headphones and listening to music, this is either a positive or negative point, it just depends how you see it.
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    31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Eyers VINE VOICE on 22 Nov. 2010
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    As befitting the brand (and the price), the sound quality you get from these headphones is near perfect. But it's not an all-rounder. The box promotes the bass sound you get from these headphones, and you certainly get it. A bit too much at times, in fact. It depends on what you're listening to. Whilst it never sounds like a large truck going past, as can happen with cheapo headphones, the bass can somewhat overwhelm the other levels in particularly bass-heavy music. It's better for bringing out the bass in music that's already balanced. If you can try before you buy, do.

    Apart from that, I don't have any major complaints. They are comfortable to wear, don't make your ears get hot after a long time listening, and twist in all sorts of directions for those of us with oddly shaped heads. It's a minor thing, I know, but I've had headphones where the jack just flies out of the socket at the slightest turn of the head, so I was pleased the one attached to the lead here had some resistance.

    My wife also wants me to point out that these aren't very suitable for using on a train unless you want an ASBO. It's not their bulky size that's the issue (because they're lightweight with it), but the fact that whilst they're very good at keeping other sounds out, they're not quite so good at keeping the sound of what you're listening to in, even at reasonably low volumes. So mainly for home use, then.

    On a sidenote, I plugged these into my Marshall practice amp to see how they fared, and they are by far the best headphones I've ever tried. They pick up levels just lost in the background when using the amp's own speaker. So guitarists who play hard rock or metal should add an extra star to my rating above.

    Includes: 3m cable, 3.5mm adapter for the jack
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cam96 on 2 Jan. 2014
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    I chose these headphones for 2 main reasons; sound quality and comfort. I am very pleased to say I am not disappointed!

    The overall sound quality are amazing with rich bass and crystal clear highs. They took around 50 hours of breaking in before they really shined. By this time I was blown away by the quality. Even at extremely loud settings they are completely clear. Very impressed indeed!

    The headphones rest around your ears, not on them. This is brilliant as they do not cause a ache on your ears. However, the headphones were a bit of a strain on my head at first due to them being too tight (I do have a big head mind). The padding was also tougher than I expected and would cause discomfort after an hour or so of use. Because of this I decided to stretch the headphones around the box they came in over a few nights. Once I had done that they were completely comfortable. Also, once I had worn them for around 15 hours in total the felt became much softer and much more comfortable. Now, after having them for a few months and wearing them for hours daily I almost forget i'm wearing them! 5/5 for comfort.

    The headphones themselves are open ear. This means that people around you can hear what you're hearing if they're loud enough and you can hear them. This means that they are not designed for public use. They are much more suited for home use. Also, outside sound can easily be drowned out by increasing the volume slightly. Very useful indeed.

    Overall, I couldn't have asked for a better pair of headphones! They are perfect in my opinion.
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