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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.

 HD 518 Home Audio Headphone
HD 518 Home Audio Headphone
Features
  • 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.

Compatibility

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.

Warranty

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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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

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    Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
    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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    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.

    Comfort
    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.

    Sound-Bleeding
    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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    By Rolo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Nov. 2010
    Sennheiser make quality gear. I work In the broadcasting industry where their microphones are standard equipment for location sound recording, and their consumer products include a great range of quality headphones - I particular like the lightweight PX100 headphones, perfect for iPods. So I had great expectations for the HD 518.

    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.
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    Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
    Initially these seem darker in tone than some headphones with slight bass emphasis. This impression soon passes. They quickly become invisible with a wide range of music. This is assisted by light weight, and excellent long-term comfort from the large, spectacle-friendly ear-pieces. Some plastics look a little cheap but the overall construction is durable. These are open headphones and this is apparent in the natural and unwearying sound

    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...
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