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Sennheiser HD 438 High Quality Closed Back Stereo Headphones

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  • Powerful neodymium magnets for an enhanced bass experience
  • Closed circumaural design blocks outside noise for pure audio enjoyment
  • Ergonomic design for a comfort fit and a superb listening experience
  • Choice of two single-sided cables
  • Optimised for iPod, iPhone, MP3 and CD players
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  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 9.4 x 23.6 cm ; 408 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 422 g
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  • Item model number: HD438
  • Date first available at 15 Jun. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Product Description

Enjoy Your Music To The Max With These Hd 438 Closed-Type Headphones! These Hd 438 Headphones Include Neodymium Magnets For Bass-Drivenstereo Sound, A Frequency Response Range From 17 To 22,500 Hz Anda Sound Pressure Level Of 112 Db. Plus, The Hd-438 Headphones Havean Closed, Circumaural Design To Shut Out Background Noise.   That'S Not Allthough! The Sennheiser Hd438 Headphones Are Even Equippedwith A Dynamic Transducer For Accurate Sound Reproduction. The Ofc Cable Boasts A 3.5 Mm Gold-Plated Plug For No Loss In Detail. With Large Ear Cushions And A Flexible Headband, These Hd438 Headphones Guarantee Unbeatable Wearing Comfort.  Suitable For Use With Portable Music Players Compatible With Ipod, Iphone And Hifi Systems

Manufacturer's Description

Sennheiser HD 438 around-ear headphones with excellent bass performance

These headphones actually look like they sound: attractive, powerful, and state-of-the-art. The Sennheiser HD 438 headphones sure don’t hide their positive qualities.

  • Enjoy the feeling of wearing headphones with the power to turn heads
  • Experience how deep and dark bass can be when built on the power of neodymium magnets
  • Choose the cable length according to your liking and the occasion
Learn more about the HD 438

Style is fine, but it’s not enough. That's why Sennheiser HD 438 headphones deliver a rich and powerful sound that matches their dynamic appearance. Equipped with neodymium magnets and soft ear pads, they make even long listening sessions a pure delight. In addition to their advanced sound qualities, they also feature two single-sided cables of different lengths – which is as convenient as the comfortable fit provided by their ergonomic design.

  • Neodymium magnets for enhanced bass experience
  • Closed circumaural headphone design blocks outside noise
  • Ergonomic design provides a comfortable fit
  • Choice of two single-sided cables for flexible length and convenience
  • 2-year warranty
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Sennheiser recommends this headphone for...

...use with mobile audio sources. Sennheiser HD 438 headphones are made for those who want to experience the true power of music with their player.


Optimized for MP3, iPod, iPhone (iPod and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries) and portable media players.


The Sennheiser HD 438 is covered by a warranty of 24 months. Sennheiser‘s worldwide service network will provide swift and smooth handling of any case of warranty that might occur.

Box Contains

  • HD 438 headphones
  • 1.4 m and 3 m detachable cables

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    Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
    I have been a lifetime fan of Sennheiser headphones whether it's for my home hi-fi (HD650) or for my MP3 player (PX200).

    When I was given a pair of HD438's to review I was pretty keen to hear what they sounded like, the first thing to say about them is that they are closed-backed design which means if you don't know the sound of headphone goes into the wearers head and doesn't leak out like the open-backed type which can really annoy anyone around you while listen to music or video on your personal player (so none of the looks from your fellow passengers to say turn that din down) with that said I found that my MP3 player just didn't have the volume power to really stretch the headphones (must look into that it may be time to up-grade) but when using them in conjunction with my headphone amplifier they came into their own.

    I started playing the same tracks as I had on the MP3 player firstly with the PX200's (another closed-back design) which I think may be not so power hungry as the HD438's which just didn't go as loud as the PX200's and then I compared them to my reference HD650's which are of open-backed design, trying to make them go as loud as those just made the HD438's start to distort at higher volumes but half way up the volume dial of the headphone amp the HD438's gave a good account of themselves with the bass having a really nice warm deep sound that didn't drown out the other parts of the track.

    On the down-side the blister pack that the headphones come in can only be opened using a pair of scissors and the so called detachable leads, I couldn't change as I couldn't get the lead out to put on the longer length lead that comes supplied as well as the leads you also get a 6.3mm adaptor 1/4 inch) both the leads and the adaptor are gold plated.
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    Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
    Three aspects spring to mind when considering whether or not to purchase some headphones: (1) their sound quality; (2) their comfort; and (3) ease of use.

    (1) Sound Quality : is first class, I doubt that anyone would have a complaint in regards the sound quality from these Sennheiser HD 438 headphones. The bass is powerful and responsive, but not at the expense of treble performance. The foam pads that fit around the ears filter out all but the loudest external sounds so that the listening experience becomes as high fidelity as you can hope to get it.

    (2) Comfort: whilst first impressions are that the headphones are very comfortable, courtesy of the soft, padded cushioning on the ear-pieces, you may find, as I did, that if you do want to listen for a couple of hours or so that the pressure becomes a slight irritant. In fairness, I find this a common problem of these "around-the-ear" headphones, as opposed to "in-ear" ones, but at this price I would have liked to have been able to listen for longer before becoming uncomfortable - I don't think that two hours is a long time for the enjoyment of music !

    (3) Ease of Use: The headphones come with two lengths of cable; one clearly designed for "on the move" listening (from an iPod, say); the other, longer cable for in-home listening from a hi-fi (for which a separate connector is also provided). I found changing between the two cables to be quite a fiddly experience: in fact I thought I was breaking the connection at one point trying to remove it from the headphones. Of course, this is not a problem if you always use them for the same thing, in particular if the as-fitted length (the shorter) is the one you require. However, this was a niggle. All other aspects of use are straightforward and satisfactory.

    Conclusion: Excellent sound quality but a couple of operational niggles mean that a 5-star rating would be unfair.
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    Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
    First impressions are important when buying a product, particularly mail order. These headphones come in a hermetically sealed packaging that is destroyed in the process of opening, leaving nowhere to store them between use. Each earpad has a chromium-coated plastic covering which looks like a cheap wheel trim! However, things improve a little when you start to put the headphones on. The headphones are very comfortable to wear as the spring tension is just about right, the pads sensibly proportioned and the band easily adjustable to suit the user. I like the idea of including two different length leads to suit the demands of iPod and home hi-fi user.
    The key requirement for any audio product is that it should involve the listener in their favourite music and provide an enjoyable experience. In this respect the headphones work quite well. Over the past week, I have used them to listen to a wide variety of music including pop, rock, jazz and classical. They are a significant step up from the bundled ear-buds or replacement headphones at the £20 price point. The HD 438s are far better to handle deep, sudden bass notes such as a bass drum beat or twangy electric bass guitar notes. Unfortunately, they are significantly quieter than my other iPod headphones, requiring full volume to achieve a reasonable listening sound. This is doubtless due to my decreased acoustic sensitivity in middle age: my 9 and 12 year old sons had no complaints.
    To really get the best out of these headphones, you need to connect them to a hi-fi. I used a Sugden CD player with an Accuphase amplifier. The HD 438 provide a comfortable listening experience but unfortunately fell a long way short of being an audiophile hi-fi product, revealing a fraction of the detail and soundstage that I am used to.
    In summary, these are a middle of the range headphone that provide a comfortable listening experience which is quite involving but has its limitations.
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