on 2 January 2011
I did some extensive research before buying this headphone and looked among others in this price range and in the end this is one really cheap compared to the other 20 more expensive which would not offer the same product.
The sound is exquisite and is quite good in the midtones. Where it shines, in my opinion, is the bass. Some might find it too much or not enough however I find it to be perfectly balanced to ensure an optimal sound experience.
Another bonus point is due to the fact that the cable doesn't keep tangling itself up eventhough the wire has a certain 'grip' whereas a lot of other headphone cables (in a backpack) tangled with barely any movement.
The only negative remark I can make is that it is incredibly tight on your head in the beginning. After a week or so, and bending it a bit each day I find it to fit good and opposed to other headphones it doesn't fall off with any headmovement!
I don't use the rotatable ear cup as I don't need it and find it quite stupid as the ear cup doesn't even sit good on your head when rotated and doesn't feel comfortable when rotated either.
Basically it's a near perfect product in this price range. I doubt you will find better product that offers this high price/quality factor.
It has mainly been used on music and movies.
I have used for over 3 months now and no remarks whatsoever.
on 24 January 2012
I've had a pair of these for a couple of years now, and despite loving the sound on them, I have almost always opted to use my falling-to-pieces Roland RH-50's instead (which the Sennheisers were intended to replace). They are just excruciatingly tight for anyone with a large skull, and I could barely go half an hour without serious headaches. The reason is no doubt for reducing noise leakage (which they do very well), but it is very frustrating as otherwise they are really quite comfortable.
Google found a good quick fix however- dipping the headband in (nearly) boiling water and then gently stretching them -worked much better than stretching over books overnight, which I have tried and achieved nothing!- anyone who owns these will know the pads squash against each other when there is no head in the way, and they are considerably more headphone-shaped now. I have been wearing them all day, in the hope they may accustom to my enormous cranium, and although I seriously doubt they are 'custom fit' they are far looser and more comfortable. (Be careful if you do do this however- I got boiling water leaking out of the padding and burning my hands, which wasn't great fun)
The price is excellent for their abilities, and as they block sound very well also they are a nice budget alternative to noise cancelers if you're looking for something for traveling. The level of detail I can pick up now I can actually wear them is really very good. Having forgotten how much they cost initially, I must say I'm shocked at how cheap they are now- so there you go!
In conclusion- if you're the kind of person who has a hard time buying a hat, be cautious about getting these. If you're willing to go through the effort of semi-melting them, they are more than worth the price.
I am sorry to say that the general comments about these headphones appear to be true.
I was after some circum-aural, closed back, reasonably priced and reasonably balanced headphones and these ticked all the boxes. The sound was great, the cable was long enough for my needs, it comes with a pouch to store them in when you're not wearing them and they look pretty great too.
The major flaw with this product is that these headphones are so tight that they soon become unbearable to wear. The band is very small and tightly sprung and by the time half hour has passed and I've had these pressing against the side of my head I had a headache and felt slightly nauseous. Not ideal conditions to say the least. I wear glasses and having the arms of them pressed against my skull was unbearable, but even when I tried these with my glasses off it was still too uncomfortable. I even tried a few days with these stretched over a box whenever I wasn't wearing them and whilst this helped very slightly, it was never comfortable enough to wear these to enjoy my music. The packaging, as others have noted is atrocious as well, it is a mission to get into these and you need a sharp knife and much care so as not to damage the headphones as you open them.
I am disappointed with these, as apart from the one major flaw these are exactly what I was after and after considerable time researching different types of headphone for my requirements these fell short of the mark in the comfort stakes. I sent mine back for a refund, but I'd still suggest they are worth a try as the other features are so good, just be aware they may be too tight for you.
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on 7 December 2010
After being advised by Amazon it would take 3 weeks to deliver, they turn up 2 days after ordering. Good start!
I've always been a firm believer that if you want to listen to top quality music, you need a top quality way to listen to them. This is (so far) THE best quality output I've ever used! It captures the highest note to the lowest and thats without even having to turn them up loud! The sound quality is still outstanding when listening to music quietly.
Also, as someone who gets the train to work everyday, I am always concerned about how loud my music. No problem with these, as long as they are firmly on (not uncomfortable) you get no sound leakage (they also keep your ears warm in the winter!).
Only negative is the packaging which was a struggle, but 20 minutes, a pair of scissors and a cut finger later, I have the best headphones I have ever brought, and at £24 a very reasonable price!
Sennheiser are definitely the best brand in the market!
on 5 August 2013
The sound quality is fantastic but this is the second pair of Sennheiser headphones that have broken within 12 months for me. Both pairs have had the same fault, a lose connection in the cable at the point where the wire enters the earphone. The cables are far too long and get twisted up easily, this is probably the cause.
Shame really because I really liked everything else about them.
on 30 October 2010
Over many years, I've been a fan of finding the right headphones. A product that was comfortable for a long period of time, incredibly clear sound, great design, deep base, single corded (just more convenient) and most importantly a reasonable price.
These headphones fit this description perfectly.
It's been a while since I bought these headphones, but i'm sure they were slightly cheaper (around £35 I think). It doesn't surprise me though that a perfectly good pair of headphones will raise there price if they are well received. Personally I would be reluctant in buying these headphones for the price they are at now, but that's only because I didn't know what to expect. If I knew then what I do now, I wouldn't hesitate purchasing these brilliant headphones.
These headphones have a crystal clear sound that suits any type of music and movie, especially with deep base songs. The often problem of having headphones that cover your ears, to me, can be that they move around too much if you're running or just in general feel a bit loose. These headphones really clamp onto your ears with a great amount of comfort, and when I say clamp I mean it's really hard to shake them off. They come with a nice 3m cord, which is always useful for home entertainment use and occasionally a bit awkward if walking around with them, but rapping it up with an elastic band makes it much more portable. A big part of the sale for me was and usually is the design of whatever I'm buying, and these look slick, cool and very different from a lot of other headphones. Again, these are suitable for hours of use, without your head or ears getting soar.
A truly highly recommended set of headphones.
on 27 March 2011
Good quality headphones. Before buying these I was debating Skullcandy but after reading reviews on how they can die after a short period of time I realised I didn't want to fork out more money than I needed. Yes, Skullcandy have the flash element but I have heard good things about Sennheiser so I thought I would try them.
I browsed for a while looking for good looking, good quality and, to be honest, cheaper headphones. Eventually, I found these.
The HD 205-II are good headphones. Comfy fit, can go loud (which is good), and a long cable which allows me to leave my laptop on my bed and walk around my room, still indulged in my music.
If I'm being picky, I will have to say that they are a little tight. I have to wear glasses for close up work, and laptop, and with them on and these headphones on it can put a bit of pressure onto the sides of your head, but a little time spent adjusting them will stop this from happening; obviously until you move them and can't be arsed moving them again. Also, if i'm being reeeaaallly picky, I will say that I'm ever so slightly disappointed at how much bass there isn't. Ok, that's me complaining about the tiniest things but I know of some Sennheiser headphones which have good bass on them. These do have good bass, don't get me wrong, but I like to hear the boom in my ears and I feel as if my old Skullcandy In Ear headphones may have filled that need better. but like i said, don't get me wrong these are good quality headphones which I would recommend buying.
on 26 December 2010
I've spent ages, with a budget of up to £75, for a decent headphone for use with my iPod. Problem is, I wouldn't spend that much money without listening to them first, with my own Ipod, but most headphones in the shops are in sealed packaging. I managed to listen to these on a special display in a very large well known PC retailer, where they were £48, but decided to shop around and found them on Amazon for half the price. They compared well for sound quality with some DR Dre 'phones that I'd tested in another store - except they were £227! - and sound far better than some costing far more than I'd be prepared to pay.
Build quality seems good too, although the only gripe I have with them is that they can be a little tight, but I've taken to storing them stretched in the open position to try and slacken them off a bit. (4/1/2011 update - stretching not working and they are annoyingly tight, can't wear them for more than an hour or less. For that reason I've downgraded them to 3 stars)
The cord is one sided and 3m long. A little too long for ipod use but I've wound more than half of it up and secured it with tie wraps. Can easily undo it for home hifi use with the jack plug adapter supplied.
Nice quality storage bag supplied too.
I would definitely recommend these 'phones - my son has just ordered a pair.....(he bought the RS120 cordless version, more expensive but far more comfortable to wear and excellent sound)
on 17 January 2012
There are a lot of positive reviews on here which talk about the high quality of the sound, which is what persuaded me to buy this product. I had previously owned a pair of Sennheiser headphones for several years and they were the best I'd ever used. Unfortunately not many of the reviews on here discuss the main problem with this particular model: they are extremely uncomfortable. Unlike my last set, which naturally forms a U-shape when sitting on my table unused, this set curls round to the point that the two ear cups are almost touching one another, and at an awkward V-shaped angle. When you put them on you feel as if your head is being squeezed together. At the same time, the cups are far smaller than the average adult ear size, and combined with the aforementioned squeezing, this results in your earlobes being squashed back against your head.
I wanted to like these, but I often wear headphones for several hours at a time, and I am used to not noticing any decline in comfort level even after prolonged usage, with my last set of Sennheisers. With this set even short usage is noticably uncomfortable, and I can only imagine what it must feel like after a few hours.
on 3 March 2014
Firstly, to what matters to most people most of all - these do sound very good, and lack the distinct bass edge that many other cheaper headphones will have. These has been very good for some of my classical and baroque recordings, and some prog that I do listen to. There is still some boost to the bass there, but I don't find it to be too much of a distraction - but some likely still will. At this price, I don't think you'll do much better for sound quality, which at the time was £35.
There is though one problem with them which must be said. The size. I am a woman with a very large head, and these headphones do press against me and it makes the sides of my head hurt due to pressure. I can bear it, but any larger and it might be painful. I'll admit this is the fault of my own size - the headphones press against my bone and I can feel them easily, so do be warned if you are similarly large. It may be worth going for other headphones if you don't think you'll enjoy them too much for that factor.
5/5 for sound, but 3/5 for size.