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Sennheiser HD 518 Open Circumaural Headphones with E.A.R. Technology
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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.
- 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
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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.
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.
Meet the Range
|Type||Full-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 Design||Open-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|
|Impedance||50 Ohms||50 Ohms||50 Ohms|
|Cable Length||3 m OFC Single-Sided, Exchangeable||3 m OFC Single-Sided, Exchangeable||3 m OFC Single-Sided, Exchangeable|
|Connector Plugs||6.3 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 Level||108 dB||112 dB||112 dB|
|Warranty||2 years||2 years||2 years|
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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
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.Read more ›
In their favour - solidly made, comfortable to wear, they feel like a quality product. The box declares their "deep rich bass sound" and, indeed, bass is what these headphones give you. I would describe the sound as warm, rich and smooth but on many tracks that "deep rich bass" takes over and smothers everything else. What is lacking is openness and separation - in particular drums and percussion seem almost muffled and there's an overall dullness which holds the music back from being really involving and exciting. I'm listening as I write to Jeff Buckley's 'Grace' which on my B & W speakers just explodes with emotion but now, on the HD 518's, it all seems a little dull.
Obviously this is a totally subjective judgement, and many might like the sound these headphones deliver. In a way they remind me of listening to my parents' huge old radiogram - solid, reassuring and a bit dull.
The 5m cable can pick up interference from some electronics. Otherwise they are an excellent choice for silent musical practice with realistic reproduction with no obvious constriction.
Primarily of course they are for the reproduction of music and they perform this task with a subtlety that belies their price. Listening over a long period it is difficult to be analytical as, with good quality source material, they successfully draw you into a realistic sound stage. Clarity and placement of individual instruments is wonderful, and nothing is lost of the bite and attack of spirited performance. In particular the reproduction of stringed instruments is as good as anything I have heard.
There is a price to be paid for this - poor quality recordings are ruthlessly exposed. It can be disconcerting to listen to music that has been ineptly manipulated or digitally 'enhanced'. When compared with lossless material mp3 sounds like a recording - the original remains a performance.
So why pay more? In comparison with Beyerdynamic DT 880 (not mine unfortunately and more than twice as expensive) there is a marginal loss of clarity in loud passages. And classical solo piano music simply lacks the presence of large floorstanding speakers. The HD 518s are very, very good at providing tightly controlled and extended bass but the very lowest frequencies are occasionally noticeably absent.
But these headphones comfortably pass the subjective test - musicality - soon you are lost in the music...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wearing them as a daily driver, everyone perceives sound differently, me being on the younger side I find flat headphones or ones with a little extra bright Treble to be a pain,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by motasm75
Sound quality and experience are hugely important to me, as someone who bough these to game with.
I had done extensive research into headphones at this price point, and... Read more
Excellent sound quality, construction and looks at a reasonable price.Published 3 months ago by tony hayes
Bought this when it costed 70£, I am very happy with this product, sound quality is amazing I never before had an open headphones but
I am amazed how good they look and... Read more
Great sound as with all Sennheiser headphones.
If you're looking for headphones for music then look no further. Read more
These were way to heavy for me (personally) and the sound was just ok. It lacked character & was over reliant on the bass. Read morePublished 5 months ago by (Andee4me:)
The headphones have done exactly what I needed them to do, which was replace my gaming headset and provide me with better audio when using the computer. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rob P
These are a very good well balanced pair of headphones, overall 9/10, bass is decent, mids are excellent and highs are very good,for a great price aswell.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer