Sennheiser HD 448 High Quality Closed Back Circumaural Headphones
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- Headphones with circumaural design - blocks outside noise for pure audio enjoyment
- Ergonomic design for a comfort fit and a superb listening experience
- Gold-plated plugs and 6.3 mm adapter
- Includes carrying pouch and extension cable
- Optimised for iPod, iPhone, MP3 and CD players
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You can wear a basic pair of headphones with no obvious redeeming qualities or you can wear Sennheiser's HD 448. These headphones deliver an excellent, lifelike stereo sound experience - both indoor and outdoor. What's more, their ergonomic design ensures a comfortable fit around your ears. Completing the package are an extension cable, a 6.3 mm stereo adapter as well as a carrying pouch for safekeeping.
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The padding around the cups is incredibly comfortable and feel like cushions surrounding your ears! The surround of the headphones feels a bit tacky but they do not feel like they are going to break. Also, they twist to a certain extent meaning that you can wear them over one ear if you wish.
My only criticism would be that they look slightly bulky. These headphones were designed to sound good and not to look good. Overall though, they are a great sounding pair of headphones and the best I have come across in the mid-range market.
1. Comfort - The first thing I noticed was just quite how comfortable these headphones are. My house mate got a set of Sennheiser HD 205's two days before me and the first thing I noticed was how tight they were (I have quite a small head too). These however do not "clamp" the head with much force at all, yet still have enough 'grab' to prevent them falling off. Although I wouldn't want to use them while exercising (then again who buys these kind of headphones for running with??).Read more ›
Considering Sennheiser states these are 'for mp3 players and iPods' on the packaging, I was very surprised (and disappointed) with the weak volume output. The PX100 are also rated at 32ohms with the same sensitivity rating as the 448 (114 dB),- and they reach the same level at 85% volume as the 448's do at 100% volume.
Possibly the 448's are even less isolating than the PX100's, which would explain the discrepancy in volume levels. So I decided to try a cheap amp with them, the tiny FiiO E5 - and that did help quite a bit as I was able to get decent volume at 25/30. It also helped to add some body to the sound. Without the amp, the sound is fairly thin and weak. So unless you plan to use a separate amp, or you listen at very low levels anyway, I can't see the 448's being loud enough for anyone!
As far as sound signature is concerned, well, straight out of the box, the mids and treble sounded quite harsh. I left them burning in for around sixteen hours before taking another listen, and the sound had smoothed out a little. They're less warm than other Senns I've owned and much less bass heavy, although the quantity was enough for someone like me who isn't a basshead :)
Vocals are nice and smooth (something I've always liked about Senns!Read more ›
Build quality is very good. Everything from padding to the plastic used for 'cans' is above an average. I think they could look nicer, but the whole design seems to be made for people, who value comfort over attractive look. They are tight but due to the soft earpads, they do not cause pain. What is more they feel very secure on the head (unlike HD595, which I have tested) and allow you to run wearing them so they are perfect for people, who like to listen to music while jogging.;) Also you can use them when traveling; however, bear in mind that some people might be suprised by your look - these are big 'phones. On the other hand they fir well for people with medium-sized head so you do not look like alien.
Sound is the reason why you should go for this product. These headphones sound very good for the price and offer extremely good bass. While these 'phones are not as bassy as HD438 or HD418, they are still very bassy indeed. If you do not like huge bass then you probably should be interested in something like HD555, but... HD555 are something for an audiophile and require proper high class AMP to sound at their best. Another important information on sound is that big bass does not mean other sounds are bad.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The sound quality of these headphones is pretty good. They are extremely comfy to wear, and they don't look all that bad. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Persian
Many months of service in.... still working fine. Love them.Published 21 months ago by MeMyselfAndI
I did an insane amount of research before I decided to buy these but ultimately it was a recommendation from someone else that convinced me. They were right. Read morePublished on 18 Mar. 2014 by Peet
First impression was well built but a little light on base tones. Very comfortable for long use and the extended lead helped no end. Read morePublished on 17 Jun. 2013 by Pete Bewley
Just the job for trips on the train. Comfortable and give seclusion. The only thing they are not comfortable to carry just round the neck - prob not designed to be carried like... Read morePublished on 15 May 2013 by Gary
I have always preferred over ear headphones and I bought this set for my wife to use with her ipod. Very comfortable with a nice full sound.Published on 28 Dec. 2012 by Alan Gates
I paid £52.90 for these in October 2011, it has got to be one of the best purchases I have ever made. Read morePublished on 17 Feb. 2012 by JG
OK I'm a bit geek, so when I'm saying its good I mean its very very good. They was awarded best headphones for less than a hundred dollars. Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2012 by onedog
I bought these awhile ago, when they seemed at the more 'reasonable' price of about £55.
To be perfectly honest, I really wasn't impressed. Read more