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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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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.

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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
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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.

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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


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  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 9.4 x 8.1 inches ; 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0042A68R8
  • Item model number: HD 518
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (349 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 15, 2010

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153 of 161 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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Hello LF"B" - we appreciate your in-depth review and business. Thanks and enjoy your cans!
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102 of 113 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 :)
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Juan Sebastian Acosta on September 2, 2013
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Im not that kind of guy who knows everything about headphones and music, but I can tell that this are the best choice for the price.
Between the well known features Sennheiser provides, I can refer to the excellent and accurate sound, with strong lows and very well leveled mids and highs. The cushioning is excellent , just as soft as needed and strong enough to keep its form.

On the other hand, what I've been able to accept about this headphones during the short time I have used them, is that they leak sound, not as much as some other users have reviewed, and not as loud and disturbing as it seems, but it can be perceived in very quiet places. Other thing that is important to talk about is the 6.5 to 3.5 adapter wich is somehow bulky.

Summing up this short review, all I can say is this headphones sound great and are incredibly comfortable. I would recommend this for everyone who loves music.
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46 of 54 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Korth on May 23, 2014
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Got these for $79.99 this year around January. I had previously owned a pair of Sennheiser HD 428s which I had acquired for $30 from a pricing error, but decided to try these to test out to hear what a decent pair of Sennheiser headphones sound like.

First off, these are open headphones, sound will leak, that's kind of the point, but it also gives the headphones a much greater sound, akin to actually being in the room with the band/DJ/whatever.

Now that that is out of the way, the first thing I'd like to note is the design. The build quality is quite solid, it is plastic, but not rickety and it definitely does not feel cheap. The actual cups feel heavy and solid and are a pleasure to touch. The padding is quite comfy, it's not a "pillow" cushion, in fact, the foam is rather firm, but it fit my head very well and I can wear them for hours without having any issues. You will not be able to wear these around your neck (and not look awkward) the cups are fairly large as you may have guessed and make this act uncomfortable. The only issue I have with the design so far is the adjustable band seems to be fairly loose and may pop up or down a few notches quite easily, although that's not a big deal at all. The cable is a 1/4" by default and it is also detachable from the headphones. Because of this, you will need to use the 1/4" --> 3.5mm converter that comes with the headphones in order to use it with an iPad or a typical computer. The converter is a bit bulky (no real way to solve that problem since 1/4" jacks are so large) so if you want, you can purchase a 3.5mm cable from Sennheiser for around $15, although I have yet to run into an issue with it.

Now for the sound.

These things sound incredible.
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