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Sennheiser HD228 Closed Back Headphone Optimized for iPod/iPhone/MP3/and Music Players (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Powerful neodymium magnets fo
  • Closed supraaural design blocks out outside noise, creates a controlled envoirment for better sound
  • Individually adjustable earcups with extra soft ear pads for secure fit.
  • Optimised for iPod, iPhone, MP3 and CD players
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Technical Details

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 18.7 x 13.8 inches ; 3.7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001UE6HZM
  • Item model number: HD228
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at September 14, 2004

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Enjoy elegantly curved style and dynamic bass reproduction with the Sennheiser HD 228 closed back headphones, which provide a simple, comfortable fit that helps screen out non-musical sounds--the clatter of the underground train, the chatter of the people sitting next to you, street noise outside, and more. Stylish with an elegant black over-ear design, the HD 228 fits all the ways you work and play.

You'll get powerful bass-driven stereo sound thanks to the headphone's neodymium magnets, and you'll enjoy long listening sessions with extra-soft ear pads. The HD 228's fold-flat design also stores and travels easily.

What's in the Box



  • Frequency response: 18 - 22,000 Hz
  • Sound pressure level (SPL): 110 dB
  • Transducer principle: Dynamic, closed
  • Ear coupling: On-the-ear
  • Impedance: 24 ohms
  • Total harmonic distortion (THD): <0.5 percent
  • Connector: 1/8-inch (3.5mm)
  • Cable length: 4.5 feet

Optimized for MP3, iPod, iPhone (iPod and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries), and portable media players.


The Sennheiser HD 228 is covered by a 2-year warranty with the backing of Sennheiser's worldwide service network.

Product Description

Hi-performance closed back headphones

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

If your looking for some cheap headphones with great sound, this is the one for you.
I would say these are a great pair of bargain headphones, I don't know where you can find a better pair for less than forty dollars.
Nicole H
After less than and hour of wearing them, you might start feeling them uncomfortable in the top edge of your ear.
Alexander Murdoch

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

54 of 61 people found the following review helpful By M. Kumarasamy on June 17, 2009
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I'm a college student who listens to a lot of hip hop and rap music so I'm one who really appreciates a lot of deep, punchy bass. Over the few months I have purchased arguably three of the most "bass heavy" Sennheiser headphones including the HD 288, HD 212, and PX 100.

HD 228:
Unfortunately, the HD 288 did not live up to the "excellent" bass as advertised. The only time that the bass was really prominent was when I pushed both the ear pads and held them against my ears. The headphones also seemed fragile and the ear pads felt like a cheap imitation of the Bose QC3 memory foam.

HD 212:
The HD 212 seemed to produce more bass, only because the ear pads were extremely tight around the ears and could only be worn for a short period of time, until causing pain. Also, the headphone cord was extremely long and bulky which was quite annoying when using with mp3 players.

PX 100:
Instead of buying any of the aforementioned headphones, I would highly recommend buying the similarly priced Sennheiser PX 100 which I believe pack the same amount of punchy bass, but with a lot more clarity in sound. In addition, the PX 100 are very portable and hands-down the most comfortable and stylish headphones. However, there is one caveat- because these headphones are "open headphones" they do leak a good amount of sound. But, the trade off for such sound leakage is the increased clarity in sound which makes all genres of music sound flawless.

Good Luck!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Ray Brown on August 25, 2009
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I bought these headphones after breaking my ear buds, and I am very happy with the decision. I like the closed headphone design because it keeps people from hearing what you are listening to, and keeps you from hearing outside noises. The over-the-ear design is comfortable and easy to wear for an extended period of time.

As far as construction goes, they live up to Sennheiser's standards for headphones in this price range. The strap is plastic with swiveling ear pieces and a cable that comes out of the bottom of the left side. The cable length is shorter, but reaches from the bottom of my pockets to my head with some slack still left over. The piece that goes into your music player is a straight piece, which means it will stick out more, but I can get over that. I do prefer the 'L' shaped connectors though. The padding on the top and on the ear pieces is covered in a leather-ish covering that is comfortable and seems durable.

Overall the sound quality is great for this price range. Many 'audiophiles' will complain about lack of bass or rough high tones, but truthfully you cannot find a set of audiophile-grade headphones in this price range. The bass is weaker than some other headphones, but still pronounced as advertised. My favorite feature is the noise-blocking capabilities of these headphones. I commute to classes via public transportation, and they keep most of the outside noises from interfering. The cable is a little bit microphonic, so if you don't have music on, you will hear noise from the cable moving around in the headphones. This problem is easily drowned out by soft music though.

Overall: I think that this a good set of mid-priced headphones that are perfect for commuters. They are comfortable to wear and sound great.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Kedar Y. Joshi on June 7, 2009
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I recently bought HD228, I had Senn HD 202 earlier, and so the comparison is based on my earlier experience of HD202.

Build : Plastic and looks fragile, But Comfortable to wear for hours.
HD 202 has sturdy build and robust, but is highly uncomfortable to wear for more than 1 hour.

The cord length of HD 228 is smaller and hence its not a mess to carry around. HD 202 was mess to commute, as the cord is very long. It does have a stick to wind the cord but it doesnt hold the wind for long.

Adaptor is not included in HD 228 so you need to buy one for Bigger system socket.

HD 202 had a better bass than HD228, dont go by HD 228 name as the Bass doesnt "explode", its fair bass which get distorted at higher volumes.

Midrange and treble are sufficient to enjoy for daily commute. I would say the treble and midrange are similar as on HD202.

Isolation: HD202 provided better passive noise isolation, but the drawback is uncomfort caused to ears.

HD 228 doesnt have isolation and you can easily hear the external noise.

Not recommended for Serious listeners who cannot compromise on Deep Bass.
However Sennheiser has paid attention to comfort aspect of this product.

For people who love enjoying a "Balanced" music, this headphone are excellent.

Price: The price range for the quality should be somewhere between 30-40 bucks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joanna K. Steele on July 2, 2011
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I bought these to replace a pair of mid-range Bose that finally died on me after six years. Maybe I shouldn't have gone with a less expensive pair of headphones, but I was hoping these would do the trick. Many reviewers have noted that they aren't very loud, which is absolutely true, but I was willing to overlook that particular aspect since I'm not really keen on getting hearing damage.

The biggest issue I have is with the noise bleed that comes out of the headphones. I don't want people around me to hear my music (I work in an office and it's library quiet) and these let every sound out. You would think that by being a closed design, they wouldn't let much sound out, but it's just not the case. I guess I should have taken into consideration that these are an "on-ear" design rather than an over the ear. A person sitting a few feet away knew exactly what I was listening to, which unfortunately means they won't work for me.

As for the sound, I'm no audiophile, but I would rate it as fine. The bass was fine, the treble was fine, sounds were relatively crisp, but I guess nothing spectacular. Worth the $44 that I paid for them, but not much more. If you find them on sale and you're not too worried about the noise bleed, then they'll serve you just fine. For me, unfortunately, they'll be going back.
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