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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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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.Read more ›
They are very comfortable to wear - I often find myself unknowningly wearing them after I've shut my music off.
I use these everyday.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The sound is okay but they leak so much sound, everyone in a three block radius will hear you.Published 2 months ago by Fernando Torres A.
I've had these for five years now. They're still in near perfect condition. I've stepped on them and yanked them off the table by tripping on the cords. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Will P
I have owned these for 7 years now. I used them 8 hours a day 5 days a week for office listening while I programmed. Read morePublished 13 months ago by steven combs
They have a great sound but the only thing i don't like about them is how much sound they let go out of the sides. Read morePublished 13 months ago by mike wolfgram
Now these are true audio quality. I bought them for quiet time in the office on the old Marantz but work great for travel.Published 14 months ago by ckiyup
I've used this pair until recently I've purchased a Senn HD280Pro. After hundreds of hours of listening I came to a conclusion that the 515s had a too bright of the upper and upper... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Pil C.
These are a great set of headphones.
I've had these for about four years now and they're still working. Read more