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  • Sennheiser HD515 Dynamic Stereo Sound Audiophile 500 Series Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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Sennheiser HD515 Dynamic Stereo Sound Audiophile 500 Series Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)


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  • Open-Aire, circumaural, dynamic, stereo headphones
  • Eargonomic Acoustic Refinement (EAR) enables ideal sound channelling for a new kind of listening experience
  • Stats of the Art Duolfol diaphragms
  • Highly optimized, field-strengthened neodymium ferrous magnet systems
  • Outstanding comfort for long listening sessions
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  • Noise-Cancelling-Feature

Product Description

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Product Description

The HD 515 is a classic headphone and an affordable entry into the audiophile 500 series. It's perfect for listening with virtually any source. It is fitted with Sennheiser's innovative E.A.R. technology, plus special Duofol diaphragms that reduce unwanted resonances to an absolute minimum. Overall listening pleasure is combined with outstanding comfort.

From the Manufacturer

The HD 515 is a classic headphone and an affordable entry into the audiophile 500 series. It's perfect for listening with virtually any source. It is fitted with Sennheiser's innovative E.A.R. technology, plus special Duofol diaphragms that reduce unwanted resonances to an absolute minimum. Overall listening pleasure is combined with outstanding comfort.

Product Details

Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 0.4 x 0.4 inches ; 9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0001FTVDG
  • Item model number: HD515
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

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Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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103 of 113 people found the following review helpful By Jerome Pleasance on March 28, 2007
Package Type: Standard Packaging
Let me say right off the bat that I am very picky about sound when it comes to using my computer for most of my audio visual needs. I have a fast computer with a Soundblaster X-Fi platinum card, and Klipsch ProMedia THX surround sound system - a combination that almost got me evicted on several occassions before getting a home of my own to indulge myself in.

I did a lot of humming and hawing over headphones and ended up getting both the Sennheiser HD 515 and the more upscale 555. I have always been spoiled by the bold yet warm, balanced yet punchy sound that the Klipsch speakers and subwoofer deliver - literally everything sounds great from music to movies to games. It wasn't until I got these headphones that I realized how good Klipsch is at making up for variances in source recording quality.

Everyone says it, so I will echo this here as well - you hear details you never knew existed in just about anything you play. This is not always a good thing, when you notice that some of your favourite songs have some annoying, yet previously-undetected touches in the background that can really spoil things.

Like a lot of people, I mostly listen to MP3s off my hard drive which will never be as good as the originals, but the convenience outweighs the slight loss in quality. From the moment I plugged in these headphones, the difference between inferior rips and great ones was painfully evident.

After the first few tracks, I was pretty disappointed and thought the headphones were just not that great, or perhaps they needed more time to "burn in". But then I put on some of my favourties and WOW what an instant difference!

I put on Sting's "Thousand Years" captured at 256 bitrate and it was like I was right there in the studio.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By M. Dow on February 14, 2006
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I have had these for about a year now. I love them. They were $70 at the time and provide great quality audio. I use them in an office environement setup to a standard PC audio card. The sound is clean and crisp, while also providing good bass.

They are very comfortable to wear - I often find myself unknowningly wearing them after I've shut my music off.

I use these everyday.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By M. Mccurry on January 13, 2005
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I've read some different opinions of these 'phones and people have said they don't fit your head (this is ridiculous since they're adjustable) or that they are very easy to break, which in my experience it has been the exact opposite. I've caught the cord on things numerous times, had somebody knock them off of my desk, somebody even sat on them and they still remain the same as when I first purchased them. No scratches, cracks, disconnections or breaks of any kind. I would actually inform people that these are quite sturdy and durable instead of making it seem as though they will snap with the first wrong move.

The sound quality is just amazing for the price and as others have noted, they're much better all-around headphones than the Sony brand in the same price range. I tested both for long periods of time and gave them each a fair amount of burn-in. In the end the Sennheisers are a much bigger bang for your buck. As for them sounding like tin cans or even more laughable: sounding better when they're cupped by your hands, those statements are just entirely false as another reviewer has already pointed out. The sound becomes much worse when this is done because it takes away from the sonic accuracy and spatial experience. Maybe the reviewer who said this needs some new equipment or a better understanding of the way these headphones are supposed to work. When you buy open headphones (which, by the way, reproduce better sound than a closed pair) you should know what you're getting and the fact that people will be able to hear what you're listening to if they're close enough. The quality is much better, that's the difference and it's the reason they are made this way. If you're looking for privacy, grab the Sony V6.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Jason Bourne on July 7, 2007
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First off, I'd like to mention what I was comparing these to. I own a pair of Sennheiser HD 280 Pro's, and I tried out the HD 555's as well.

Build Quality: Not too bad. The pads weren't quite as nice as I might have expected, but comfortable none the less. For the price the quality is on par, if not maybe a little less.

Sound:
Highs: The highs were quite nice. There is plenty of detail to enjoy and keep you listening carefully to hear the nuances of the music.

Mids: This is the real problem with these headphones. The mids are faded, and grey. It sounds as though they are far off, and you can't make out the details of the sound. Ultimately I returned them because of this.

Bass: The bass is good, but not great. It is full, and balanced. However it is slightly slow, and lacks a bit of punch.

Conclusion: Due to the poor mid-range I can't recommend these. I bought the HD555's after these and was much happier. They are a much more rounded headphone. Just a note that these are an open headphone and don't block sound coming in or going out. You can hear people, and people can hear your music. If you want sealed headphones I would look to the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro's which are quite nice.
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