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Sennheiser HD 497 Dynamic Hi-Fi Headphones (Silver) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Open-Aire dynamic hi-fi stereo headphones (open-ear design eliminates undesirable resonances)
  • Lightweight and comfortable, ergonomic design
  • Extended frequency response and warm, natural sound reproduction
  • High-efficiency drivers--great for use with portables
  • Detachable, 9-foot OFC copper cord
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sennheiser
  • Model: HD 497
  • Color Name: Black, Silver

Product Details

Data Sheet [310kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000065BPC
  • Item model number: HD 497
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 15, 2002

Product Description

Product Description

Sennheiser HD 497 Dynamic Hi-Fi Headphones (Silver)


The top model of Sennheiser's StreetWear range, the HD-497 delivers crystal-clear, well-defined highs and absolute precision across the audible frequency spectrum. Sennheiser's Open-Aire (open-ear) design eliminates unwanted resonances, ensuring warm, natural, detailed sound. The HD-497 not only gives a brilliant performance on hi-fi systems, but brings portable players to life as well. It's ideally suited to all types of music. The headphone's 9-foot cord is detachable, so if it wears out you have only to replace the cord, not the headphone itself. The cord is made of oxygen-free copper for pure, long-lasting audio transmission.

Customer Reviews

These headphones are well-made, comfortable, and have great sound.
If you are like me, buying the cheapest headphones you can find, your money is *much* better spend on this one.
Joshua M. Kuo
It's pretty comfortable... but it gets painful wheN i wear this with my glasses on.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

255 of 261 people found the following review helpful By Arman Harutyunyan on December 6, 2002
I've been shopping for a medium to high quality pair of headphones for a while now. There are many high-end audiophile grade headphones that sound better than most $5000 speakers, but most of these headphones are too expensive for my budget (most cost $200 or more). I was looking for something around $50. After doing lots of research on the internet, I've narrowed my choices down to 4 pairs of headphones: Sennheiser HD497, Koss Pro 4AA, Grado SR60 and Sony MDR-V300. All of these headphones are within the $$$ range.
The first pair I auditioned, Koss Pro 4AA produced excellent sound all around (they have an unbelievable frequency response of 10-25,000). However, their weight was as formidable as their sound - I couldn't wear them for more than 20 minutes at a time, my ears would begin sweating from the rubber ear pads and my neck would begin hurting from the weight.
The Sony MDR-V300 is a much more comfortable pair of headphones; they also look much cooler than the 70's-style Koss. However, their sound was no comparison to Koss - Sony had a very nice bass, but overemphasized treble and lacked any midrange.
The choices came down to Sennheiser and Grado. Both of these brands are well known for their excellent headphones, and both models I picked lived up to their reputation. Both headphones sounded very similar listening to rock and pop tracks. Grado handled classical music and jazz slightly better, while Sennheiser sounded better with techno and trance. In the end, Sennheiser's super-sexy futuristic look swayed me in.
The HD497 are one of the best headphones I've heard - much better than any "generic" headphones you may own, and even better than $$$ Sony MDR-V700DJ.
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92 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Shepherd VINE VOICE on November 19, 2002
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As I'd been using my Koss Pro4A's for almost thirty years, and the poor things were literally falling apart, I figured it was time to get a new set of decent headphones. I looked over the reviews of various ones here, tried out some down at the local electronics store, and finally found these.
The first item that distinguishes these headphones from the run-of-the-mill sets is their ability to block external noise, without being super-heavy, super-sized, or squashing my oversized dumbo-like ears flatter than pancakes. These work so well at this job that I found they work well as studio earphones, allowing me to really hear what I truly sound like. It's almost impossible to do this without first recording yourself and then playing it back, as your ears are normally subjected to multiple feedback paths, both external and internal. With these phones, the external influence is almost totally blocked, allowing me to perceive very close to the reality of my own voice in real time.
The second exceptional attribute is their light weight, important to me as I only have about three hairs left on top of my head to serve as a cushion. Compared to my old phones, I can wear these many hours longer without feeling like someone is holding a hot brick on top of my head. The earcups make a tight, firm clamp around my ears without causing either frictional or pressure irritation, something I could not say about my old phones. Some people may not like this tight feeling, though, especially those used to today's "open" style low quality phones.
Third is the full sound and exceptional frequency response of these phones.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A. Louie on December 17, 2002
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I was looking for a good set of headphones for my portable MiniDisc player. After doing some research, I decided to try the HD 497's. Overall, I found them to be a very good headphone for the money. They are very efficient and even with the low output from my Sony MiniDisc player, I found that turning the volume up half way was enough to produce sound at moderate levels. I listen to mostly jazz and vocals, so bass is not as critical for me- but I did try out some dance music with lots of bass, and found that these phone have quite a bit of bass. Overall, when compared to my HD600's (Sennheiser's most highly praised headphones), I'd say these give you about 75% of the performance at 30% of the price! Bass could be a little better controlled and a little deeper, and vocals don't have the pinpoint imaging of higher cost headphones, but the sound is still very enjoyable.
In terms of ergonomics, these headphones do hurt my ears a bit. Although the padded ears make it semi-comfortable for me, I have large ears and the left phone presses against the cartilage about a half inch above my earlobe. Not a sharp pain, but a dull pain more like a bruise and gets a bit irritating after a about 30-45 minutes of use. I think this may be an issue with me because open headphones(with the sponge type earpads that rest on your ears) irritate the same part of my ear as well. Also, since I use only for portable listening, the 9' cord is too long for a portable use and needs to be tied up.
So here is how I would rate:
Comfort- 6/10- comfortable except for the one sore spot for me
Sound- 8/10- decent bass and mids- not bright like some other headphones at this price
Weight- 10/10- very lightweight
Efficiency- 10/10- more efficient that any of the Sony or Koss headpones I've tried.
Quality- 10/10- seem to be well built and well designed
Value- 10/10- best sounding phones I've tried at this price point
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