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Excellent and affordable...but they have a fatal flaw
on November 16, 2011
I basically just want to echo the review from "DeafInOneEar," who was writing about the HD203s. I owned two pairs of those headphones and have had four pairs of these HD 202s. As far as I can tell they are almost identical...especially in that all of them have eventually lost sound in one ear.
I keep buying them because the sound is really great, as many reviews have explained. And they are cheap. And the extra long cord is wonderful for my purposes. I have earbuds for walking around and a pair of the HD 428s for when I don't need a long cord and/or want more oomph in the bass.
But to reiterate....all SIX pairs of this style Sennheiser headphones have died on me in one ear, sometimes left and sometimes right. I don't yank them or mistreat them. There is no inciting event...one time a pair died while I was sitting at my desk, I just moved to grab the remote and it cut out. Two or three pairs have died while I was walking around outside in the winter...I live in Maine, and I'm guessing the cold makes the copper very brittle.
The point is that the cords are thin and cheap, so don't expect these to last longer than six months.
There are two excellent things about these headphones...they sound great for the money, and they have a TWO YEAR WARRANTY.
I just figured this out last week, and I feel like an idiot. I could have saved like $100, though the inconvenience of warranty returns is considerable.
So buy them, by all means, but print out your receipt and print out the Sennheiser service request form, staple them together and tuck them away. You're going to need them.