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Sennheiser HD 518 Headphones (Black)

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  • State of the art Duofol diaphragms for transparency and minimal distortion
  • Distinctive grille-like ear cup casing design
  • Soft, crackle-free ear pads
  • Audiophile headphones prove that quality and affordability can go hand in hand
  • E.A.R. technology ensures accurate channeling of audio signals into your ears
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 9.4 x 8.1 inches ; 9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0042A68R8
  • Item model number: HD 518
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 15, 2010

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The Sennheiser HD 518 open, circumaural headphones prove that quality and affordability can go hand in hand. They are fitted with Sennheiser's innovative E.A.R. technology to ensure accurate channeling of audio signals into your ears while their sophisticated Duofol diaphragms reduce unwanted resonances to an absolute minimum. And to amplify your listening pleasure even further, their ear pads and headband cushion provide outstanding wearing comfort, even for long listening sessions.

Sennheiser HD 518
Amplify your listening pleasure
Eargonomic Acoustic Refinement (E.A.R.) for High Performance

These high-end open circumaural headphones use E.A.R. technology for outstanding sonic accuracy and clarity. Sennheiser's innovative "Eargonomic Acoustic Refinement" (E.A.R.) design channels audio signals directly into your ears. State-of-the-art, advanced Duofol diaphragms deliver transparency and minimal distortion, while highly optimised, field-strengthened neodymium ferrous magnet systems yield an excellent dynamic response. A surround reflector creates an extended spatial sound field for the lightweight aluminium voice coils chosen for high efficiency and excellent dynamics. The special diaphragm geometry reduces intermodulation distortion, while highly constant, compressed cellulose fleece reduces total harmonic distortion.

About Sennheiser

For more than 60 years the name Sennheiser has stood for the highest quality products and customised solutions across all areas of sound recording, transmission and reproduction. As one of the world's leading providers of integrated solutions for electro-acoustic products, systems and services, Sennheiser constantly meets the challenges of developing creative answers which satisfy the requests and requirements of customers.

What's in the Box?

Sennheiser HD 518 Audiophile Headphones, 3.5mm plug adapter, warranty.

Technical Specifications

  • Transducer type: Dynamic, open
  • Headphone type: Circumaural
  • Frequency response: 14 - 26,000 Hz
  • Total harmonic distortion: < 0.2% (1 kHz/100 dB SPL)
  • Sound pressure level (SPL): 108 dB
  • Impedance: 50 Ohms
  • Cable length: 3m
  • Jack plug: 6.3mm
  • Weight: 255g

Product Description

The Sennheiser HD 518 open, circumaural headphones prove that quality and affordability can go hand in hand. They are fitted with Sennheiser’s innovative E.A.R. technology to ensure accurate channeling of audio signals into your ears while their sophisticated Duofol diaphragms reduce unwanted resonances to an absolute minimum. And to amplify your listening pleasure even further, their ear pads and headband cushion provide outstanding wearing comfort, even for long listening sessions.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Very comfortable and great sound!
LoveandPeace
Overall they sound great with any genre of music, the highs are crisp, the mids are clear, and the bass is deep and rich.
J. Korth
I did some research on headphones, looking for the best bang for the buck.
Mary Ellen Reis

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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98 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Lumix Fan on August 11, 2011
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If the around your ear size with soft breathable material, very comfortable light weight and one of the best sounding open headphones is what you are looking for, here they are! Headphone selection can be complicated as some are more suited for recording or live band use, some mixing and many just enjoying music a most subjective aspect. So there are many models maybe way too many making it difficult, sort of picking shoes on the Internet - may or may not be the best fit or feeling.

Bass heads that want a music "blast" might find other models more to that design "taste".

I have recently tested many models and have just a few top pics at under the $300 price level and the HD518's are my best pic for all around listening. Low distortion with wide response using E.A.R. Senn's design science seems to work very well for wide choice of music. Sound quality is exceptional detailed stage with bass solid and clean as at all frequencies, complex thick dynamic music is recreated without a hint of limits. One of my favorites to grab to know just what the recording really sounds like and enjoy. No EQ required but if you want to bring up the low end some they will respond! Using a worthy headphone amp will bring out those qualities even more but not necessary unless your are an audio junkie like me.

I would consider sound character to be half way between ATH-M50s and ATH-AD700s which I believe is a very nice headphone neighborhood. The fit and long term listening comfort is about the best I have used making them a top choice. Amazon's price range $75 - $130 for entry level audiophile phones that can perform as well as many more expensive units makes it an easy choice.
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March 19, 2012
Hello LF"B" - we appreciate your in-depth review and business. Thanks and enjoy your cans!
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Deal Stealer on November 23, 2011
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Recently, I became headphonantic and bought Turtle Beach PX5, HD280 Pro, HD598, and now HD518! Which headphone is the best? HD 598 hands down. However, that headphone leaks so much sound it can only be used at my man cave. It can be heard from 30 ft away w/ "decent" volume. Anyways, HD518 was kind of between HD280 PRO and HD 598. For HD280, I use it at work and it leaks litterally zero sound! I love it. However, the open stage experience is very short and it's not so comfortable. You'll always be aware that you're wearing a headset which kind of gets annoying after a while. With HD598, it feels so comfortable... I forget I'm wearing it in less than 5 seconds and massive open stage sound. So, that's where HD518 comes in... right in the middle. Most of the time, I'll be using this headset and love the extra kick of bass. So, if you're looking for headphone that gives open stage sound that's less than $100 then this is it. If you have a man cave where no one can hear you scream then I would recommend HD598. You will definitely know noticeable difference between HD518 and HD598. HD598 feels like you're at a live concert and HD518 is more at a night club.
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Hello Deal Stealer - thank you for the awesome, in-depth review. We sincerely appreciate your brand-loyalty!! Enjoy your 'cans :)
33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Eric Rose on June 1, 2012
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I have a pair of HD 555 also, which are no longer available (replaced with more expensive HD 558). So instead of paying almost 2 bills for the 558, I gave the HD 518 a chance. I used a splitter cable so I could swap between the 555 and 518 to compare. They are constructed the same way, which is to say, extremely comfortable. I have a zillion different headphones, and this style is my favorite for sound quality and comfort.

The biggest difference between the two is the 518 has much more bass. Some people like that, but I don't. I think it sounds fake. I personally think the 555 is a cleaner, more natural sound. BUT, if you didn't have the 555 to compare, you'd probably like the 518 if you are looking for an open headphone (where you can hear sounds around you).

Before I did the comparison, I wore the 518s at work all day and loved them. It was only when I did the side by side comparison that it was obvious they put out much more bass than the 555s. But if you don't want to spend $180 on headphones (the HD 558), these are a good compromise.

So, if I had to rank them: HD 558 top end (that's my assumption, I haven't tried a HD 558 yet), HD555 just below, followed by HD 518.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By C. Lopez on January 22, 2012
*** Update 2/5 - Two weeks worth of use has brought out the full capacity of the Sennheiser HD 518s, and I'm still very pleased. I've compared them to my other headphones with different sound sources, and have found these perform well with or without an amp (due to their 50 ohm impedance). I would describe these as lush, adept at recreating depth and wide soundstage, and slighty veiled compared to other headphones I own. When I say veiled, I simply mean they're not as harsh or aggressive as other headphones, but rather attempt to balance clarity with fuller presence. The bass response is more than adequate for rock music and heard rather than felt, while the highs and mids are very complimentary. Mids are full and give the music some body, and highs are smooth but not fatiguing. Due to their vivid audio image these have become my "go to" headphones and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them for the excellent value/performance ratio. A great pair for anyone looking to enter the world of audiophile phones.***

Just received my Sennheiser HD 518s from an authorized dealer and hurried to plug them into my laptop. At this point I dont have an amp, nor have I performed a proper burn in. I just pulled them out of the box and started listening to 256 or better mp3s on my pc. These are initial impressions, which will be updated as time passes. Note: Please keep in mind that these are my first 'audiophile' phones, and thats the perspective I'm coming from. I purchased these on recommendation from several reputable audio websites, which gave the impression of excellent performance for the price. We will see...

Upon opening: These things are huge with a very large 1/4" adapter. Despite that, theyre actually somewhat light.
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Hi C. Lopez and thank you for your detailed review. We do appreciate your purchase and brand support! Enjoy.

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