1,115 of 1,136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great deal
I do not like small earphones that go into the ear. After a very short time I find them very uncomfortable. I also hate anything pressing on my head.
I was looking for a set of over the ear phones which were light weight, comfortable, had excellent sound fidelity, a longish cord so I can be comfortably away from my stereo, and effectively blocked outside sounds. My...
Published on November 17, 2002 by Susan Hinojoza
241 of 261 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for people with big heads
The sound quality is excellent for the price, however if you have a big head, you might want to look elsewhere, because the headphonse put a lot of pressure on your head.
I've got an above average-sized head (7 3/4 male hat size, for reference) and get headaches/pains from the pressure put on my head by the headphones. They just cannot be expanded far enough...
Published on August 31, 2006 by Jeremy Chartrand
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1,115 of 1,136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great deal,
This review is from: Sennheiser HD 202 Dynamic Headphones (Old Version) (Electronics)I do not like small earphones that go into the ear. After a very short time I find them very uncomfortable. I also hate anything pressing on my head.
I was looking for a set of over the ear phones which were light weight, comfortable, had excellent sound fidelity, a longish cord so I can be comfortably away from my stereo, and effectively blocked outside sounds. My primary motivation for buying these phones was so that I could listen to opera and really hear the phrases. I wanted all this for under $30.00
These head phones delivered. As soon as they arrived, I tested them on a variety of music types at a variety of volumes. The phones are very comfortable and except for a bit of warming of my ears, which was rather pleasant, I barely noticed them. The cushion on the crosspiece is thick enough so that you don't really feel it.
Sound fidelity is excellent. I was actually able to hear parts of music and instruments that I had never noticed before. This was especially true with classical, opera and jazz. The balance between bass and treble was very good, although if you really like loud thumping base, you may be a bit dissappointed.
I was not able to get the volume up loud enough to notice any distortion before it was too much for me, so I can't really say that there will be no distortion if you like really loud music.
If you are looking for headphones that are a good bargain for the money and have a limited budget, these are it.
667 of 689 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbeatable Budget Headphone for Traveling with iPod,
This review is from: Sennheiser HD 202 Dynamic Headphones (Old Version) (Electronics)I own a couple of pairs of headphones for different purposes, the Sennheiser HD202 is for listening to my iPod. I'm living in a city where mobile-zombies are addicted to incessant cell phone chatting in the public. The headphones' ability of providing isolation from outside annoyance is of utmost importance when I consider purchasing a pair of headphones for traveling use. The HD202, sealed in design, excels in that functionality. Most noises are decently blocked away from my listening pleasure. The HD202 is mid-sized, and I don't find portability a burden. The headphones are circum-aural, for my average-sized ears, which contributes a lot to the good isolation. The pleather ear-pads and cushion under the head-band are comfy, no complaints for extended wearing for me.
Sound-wise, I found the HD202 performing unexpectedly well for headphones in this price range. These cans could be driven by the iPod with ease. Judging by listening impressions, I found the HD202's frequency response even and flat, with a little emphasis on the bottom and a bit roll-off on the high end. Bass-heads might found its lows less then head-bombing, but it's just adequate for me, allowing mids and highs passing through to paint a balanced sound profile. Since the HD202 is a sealed-type design, notes above the mids are not as open and airy as its open counterparts. Details are of cuz not as good as the Sennheiser HD600, my reference phones, but it's totally acceptable for a pair of traveling cans. The Grado SR-60 has more details, but its highs are, surprisingly, harsher than the HD202, and it just fails to block any noise from outside which defeat the very intention of evading the roaring of the zombies.
My listening spectrum is broad, ranging from classical, operas, chansons francaises, jazz, old rock, psychedelic, indies, metal to trip hop. Although not perfect (what could be anyway?), the HD202 performs satisfactorily in every genre I have tried through it, and favors music with heavy beats, like Portishead and Morcheeba. It also sounds good with Doors, Cream, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath. It's best for dance, pop and rock. For classical fans, the HD202 could also bring smile on your face. It's not the smoothest phones in the world, but its shortcomings (a bit dry and inability to retrieve full details) are forgivable and it could let you forget hi-fi and dive into musical nirvana. Gieseking's Debussy piano readings from his 78r/m era are just magical, and the pluckings of the double-bass in Munch's "Symphonie Fantastique" (1954 version) are tangible and rich. The HD202 also "Rings", pun not intended, well with Wagner. The Bayreuth acoustics are understated, yet remains beautiful, through the HD202. I enjoy every bow across the strings and the "Ho-jo-to-ho!" by the Walkures. For jazz, both vocals (Lady Day) and instrumentals (Monk and Coltrane) swing.
For durability, the HD202 doesn't score too high. The cord on the left can has developed bad contact after 2 years' service. Since the cords are non-detachable, the ailment could not be remedied. I thought of buying a new set of HD202 but was bitten by the up-grade bug and bought a HD212pro instead. And boy what wrong I have done and feel regretted for my conversion. The HD212 might have deeper bass, but it doesn't come close to the HD202 regarding naturalness which I place high regarding music listening. It has TOO MUCH bass for my taste. Sounds are richer but somewhat artificial in the 212. I much prefer the 202 to the bass-exaggerated, unnatural and over-rated 212pro.
For listeners not obsessed with bass fetishism and hi-fi-similacrum who want to enjoy music on the road, Sennheiser HD202 is highly recommended.
169 of 175 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine earphones,
This review is from: Sennheiser HD 202 Dynamic Headphones (Old Version) (Electronics)I bought a set of Sennheiser HD-202 headphones through Amazon a few days ago, paid the $5.00 for 3 day shipping (couldn't find anything else to boost the total past $25.00) and the phones arrived today--well packed. I'm not an audiophile and can't say but that the headphones sound simply splendid, whether listening to CD's, tapes or radio, including FM transmitted XM radio reception. The bass is there, but not overwhelming. The overall experience of listening through these phones is remarkably different and richer than hearing the same music through radio or small boombox speakers. The balance and enhancement of the frequency range is just unique--though this is probably a quality of most any good headphone.
I plugged the smaller jack into a variety of radios, a stero system and a boom box--all with fine, sound altering effect. The radios included a Tecsun PPL-550 and Grundig Satellit 800. It worked beatufully in a second-hand Sony CFD-S38 boombox and a new Panasonic stereo system. And it sure enhanced the TV audio.
They fit comfortably, fit well over my ears and do not completely mask even subtle outside sounds--unless you turn them way up, which I'm inclined to avoid doing. The HD-202 headphones also enhance stray sound artifacts from less-than-ideal recordings or poor radio reception--but that's not the fault of earphones that seem to allow you to hear everything more clearly. All in all, a good product, so far, for a little over $20.00.
87 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are these $20 headphones?,
This review is from: Sennheiser HD 202 Dynamic Headphones (Old Version) (Electronics)After reading several reviews, I did something I usually don't do - I ordered a pair of these headphones without listening to them first. I have ordered earphones (the expensive in your ear kind) and was disappointed in both cases. I returned each of them. But these babies are just what I was looking for. I use them with my iPod. I also have a pair of the very expensive Sennheiser HD600 headphones, and while they are more open and more accurate (for 22 times the price they should be!!); I was very surprised how great these sound. When I got these, I thought the earpiece seemed a bit small, but they covered the ear fully, and after using them for a while, I didn't even notice that. I have a very large head, and I have not felt that these are tight at all; in fact I have worn them for several hours, with no discomfort at all. They are very light-weight too!! I have trusted the Sennheiser name for years, and these continue to enforce with me that the trust I have in the Sennheiser name is not unfounded. If you want a pair of headphones that has strong, clean bass, and great sounding mids and highs - get these babies!! You will not be disappointed!!
241 of 261 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for people with big heads,
This review is from: Sennheiser HD 202 Dynamic Headphones (Old Version) (Electronics)The sound quality is excellent for the price, however if you have a big head, you might want to look elsewhere, because the headphonse put a lot of pressure on your head.
I've got an above average-sized head (7 3/4 male hat size, for reference) and get headaches/pains from the pressure put on my head by the headphones. They just cannot be expanded far enough to prevent this. The headphones should be great for average-sized heads though.
58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value!!!,
This review is from: Sennheiser HD 202 Dynamic Headphones (Old Version) (Electronics)While I'm not an audiophile by any means, with age, I'm beginning to appreciate higher quality sound. Compared to my previous experiences with mediocre headphones (run-of-the-mill $20-ish Wal-Mart variety) these 202's completely blow away anything I've ever used before but, incredibly, only cost a few bucks more.
As others have noted, these have very good bass response. So much in fact that I had to turn down the bass on my receiver while watching television. I could see how one might become annoyed with the routine of fiddling with settings but so far I don't mind. If it makes any difference, I didn't might the extra bass while listening to music. I just didn't care for big booming newscasts and sitcoms.
Several reviewers also noted that the 202's were very tight fitting. I'm not calling them liars, as the topic is very subjective, but I have a fairly large head (7 3/4" hat size) and felt very comfortable wearing the Sennheiser's.
I especially appreciated the extra care Sennheiser took in designing the packaging. Very easy to open. No scissors, knives, drills or chainsaws were necessary. Just popped open with my fingers.
All said and done I'm VERY happy with my purchase. In fact I'm considering the purchase of second pair.
BTW, despite the description not mentioning a 1/4" adapter being included, Sennheiser wisely include one as well as a belt clip to take up the slack on the generous cord. Unfortunately I wasted $5 and purchased an extra adapter from Amazon. Please correct the description Amazon!
60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sound great, but comfort is lacking.,
This review is from: Sennheiser HD 202 Dynamic Headphones (Old Version) (Electronics)First the good: These headphones sound wonderful. I've used them to watch TV and play games on the computer. Sound quality is excellent, no complaints. The chord is also pretty long, around eight feet I'd guess...long enough to get from my TV to my bed. The overall construction is very high quality and they should last for a very long time. Sennheiser is a great company, and the quality of these headphones is excellent.
Now the bad: Like some others have mentioned, they aren't the most comfortable headphones after an extended period of time. Here is why: The headphones are big enough to cover your ears...but they are not deep at all. What happens is the hard inside of the headphone (not the cushy padding surrounding it) ends up pressing on your ears. This is fine at first...but after about an hour it really starts to hurt.
I can think of two situations that might make this better. If you have very small ears they might fit inside and not hit the hard inside. If you have very large ears, the cushy padding might rest on your ears instead of around them...keeping the hard inside away from your ears. I'd consider my ears of normal size, and my above "ideas" are probably wishful thinking.
The only solution I've found is to wear a beanie during use. This provides a nice padding between my ear and the hard inside. Luckily it's cold right now, but during the summer this doesn't help much. :) Again, they sound great, but be wary of the comfort.
41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable, clear, and really cool,
This review is from: Sennheiser HD 202 Dynamic Headphones (Old Version) (Electronics)I've been listening to a wide variety of music with my Sennheiser HD 202s for a few hours now, and I definitely have no complaints with the quality of these headphones. For the price range, I would put it at the top of the list.
First of all, they're from a company I can trust. The headphones were designed specifically for DJs, so I knew they wouldn't be (poor quality). And even when you compare the HD 202s with name brand headphones like the inexpensive Sony closed studio monitor headphones, you'll notice that the HD 202 is much more worth the 10 more bucks or so. The ear cups are bigger, so that means your ears won't get sore. These Sennheisers are also really light-weight, by the way, and there's a good combination of trebble and bass.
Get them, they're good
40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Close to Being Absolutely Perfect!,
This review is from: Sennheiser HD 202 Dynamic Headphones (Old Version) (Electronics)I recently bought these headphones after searching through all the Amazon.com reviews of every major brand and model. My top four choices for closed-ear headphones were the Sennheiser HD-212, Sennheiser HD-497, Koss TD-80, and these (Sennheiser HD-202).
After much careful deliberation, I chose the HD-202 because it was under $... and the reviews sounded good. The only thing I was concerned about was comfort --- which most of the negative reviews reflected.
However, after testing out these headphones, I am very glad I bought them. I plugged the headphones into my computer speakers (Logitech Z-340), and they sounded awesome. The bass and treble were perfect, illuminating just about every mp3 I was playing.
As for the comfort, I can see why there is criticism. The size of the cups are small; for people with small to regular ears, there will be no problem. But for people with big ears, these headphones might not fit properly (that or they'll likely be uncomfortable). (* Note, if you can try these on before buying, do it. The cup size is about the same as the Koss TD-60.)
I'm giving these headphones a very high 4 for sound quality and price. I definitely think the cups should be larger though, but for most people it should suffice.
48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars PRODUCT HAS DEFECTS - SHOULD BE RECALLED,
This review is from: Sennheiser HD 202 Dynamic Headphones (Old Version) (Electronics)Our company bought 8 HD 202 headsets in Sept 2008. After 3 months of use four of the headsets quit working at a rate of one per week. The company is good at honoring replacements but one must pay for the shipment there. If you buy these through Amazon the company will NOT refund the purchase price no matter what. They will just continue sending replacements. For us that means A LOT of down time as we have to wait for the replaced headsets to be shipped back. The problem with all of the headsets is that one side abruptly quits working. It appears to be a defect in the product and probably should be recalled (in my opinion).
So...purchase at your own risk. You might not be using them after the one year warranty is up.
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