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Sennheiser HD 238 Open Aire Stereo Headphones - (Discontinued by Manufacturer)


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  • Advanced acoustic system with powerful neodymium magnets and lightweight diaphrams for lifelike stereo sound experience.
  • Sleek black/metallic finish
  • Premium metallic compnents and exchangeable earpads for superior performance and durability
  • Carrying pouch included for easy storage and protection
  • Optimised for iPod, iPhone, MP3 and CD players
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Product Specifications

Brand NameSennheiser
Color NameBlack

Technical Details

  • DJ-Style

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 39.4 x 39.4 x 39.4 inches ; 1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001RNO92Y
  • Item model number: HD238
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 2, 2004
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Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Sennheiser HD 238

In addition to timeless design and classic style, the HD 238 headphones offer a high-quality, life-like, stereo sound experience courtesy of Sennheiser's advanced Open-Aire acoustic system. You will not believe that such a wide, expansive sound-stage can come out of such a compact headphone. After hearing one, you too will be a believer in true sound.

  • Superb detail and bass response
  • Open-Aire speakers for jaw dropping sound
  • Amazing audiophile quality sound in a portable format
Learn more about the HD 238 Precision

The HD 238's Open-Aire speaker design is used to achieve the highest sound quality, fidelity and representation of frequency response in close proximity to the ear. (does not block sound...for the serious audiophile)

 

Features
  • Advanced Open-Aire acoustic system
  • Carrying pouch included for easy storage and protection
  • Fold-flat design travels easily
  • Premium metallic components and exchangeable earpads for superior performance and durability
  • Optimised for iPod, iPhone, MP3 and CD players (iPhone and iPod are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.)
  • Built-tough with a 2 Year warranty
  • Compatible (listen only) with latest generation of tablets
Did you know?

These headphones feature premium metallic components and exchangeable earpads for superior performance and durability.

Sennheiser recommends these headphones for ...

... the serious audiophile that wants true sound in a compact, light-weight, portable solution.

Compatibility

Compatible (listen only) with latest generation of tablets and mobile devices with an 1/8"(3.5mm) jack.

Warranty

2-year international warranty. Sennheiser's worldwide service network will provides smooth handling of any case of warranty that might occur.

Meet the range

 
  HD 218 HD 238 HD Precision HD 238i
Frequency Response 19 - 21,000 Hz 16 - 23,000 Hz 16 - 23,000 Hz
Impedance 24 ohms 32 ohms 32 ohms
Sound pressure level (SPL) 108 dB 114 dB 114 dB
Speaker syetem Closed Open Open
Transducer principle Dynamic Dynamic Dynamic
Connector 1/8 (3.5mm) 1/8 (3.5mm) 1/8 (3.5mm) i series
Volume control N/A N/A In-line
Microphone mute N/A N/A In-line
Warranty 2 years 2 years 2 years
Why Sennheiser?

For over 60 years every Sennheiser mic or headphone comes with a built-in mission: to stay true to the sound and soul the music was given by its artist. From the fragile intimacy of a whispered word to the deep and dark punch of an attacking bassline. Sennheiser delivers pure emotion and excitement. A quality that has convinced a broad spectrum of artists and of course music lovers all over the world. Sennheiser offers a great experience for everyone who really wants to hear.

What's in the box?
  • HD 238 Precision
  • Carrying pouch

Product Description

Enjoy elegantly curved style and high-quality, lifelike stereo sound with the Sennheiser HD 238 headphones, which feature Sennheiser's advanced Open-Aire acoustic system with powerful neodymium magnets and lightweight diaphragms. Stylish with an elegant black over-ear design, the HD 238 fits all the ways you work and play.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

These headphones are light and sound great.
Sara
Best headphones ever the sound is something else and well worth the money.
Christopher Dietz
Bass is very deep and strong, mid/high ranges are very clear and crisp.
MKP

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By MKP on May 11, 2009
I bought these headphones to replace my close-type Sennheisers. HD 238 has a terrific life-like sound which surrounds you and provide a perfect range. Bass is very deep and strong, mid/high ranges are very clear and crisp. I am amazed with the sound, and truly satisfied.

The build quality is perfect, lots of nice touches like metal trims, high-quality cloth padding. HD 238 is one of the most comfortable headphones that I ever tried. It is lightweight and perfectly sized, sits on your head comfortably. Single side cable is a perfect touch to the design.

Just note that HD 238 is an open air headphone and leaks sound both ways (but thanks to this design the sound is crisper and bass is deeper than closed types). If you are a commuter I suggest you to go for HD 218 or 228...
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A. Yen on December 20, 2009
If you're like me and lots of other people who are used to bargain-bin phones or those little white iEarBuds, I guarantee you've never worn headphones this comfortable and good-sounding at the $100 and under price-point. These are open supra-aural (on-ear), meaning a few things:

1. The earpads fit on the ear rather than around. These are nice cushy pads and are incredibly comfortable even for long listens.

2. The back of the phones aren't closed, so at high volumes you get outward sound leakage, and at low volumes you can hear a lot of what goes on around you.

If you want highly accurate listening at low-to-mid volume in quiet environments, where outside noise is unlikely to be an issue, then this is the right format phone for you! I find myself constantly wearing these while studying at a library, where there's no reason to be pumping my volume to leakage-level anyway. I've never been able to listen to these phones at a high enough volume to cause distortion so I am willing to bet this isn't an issue.

Now let's talk about sound quality. These phones will BLOW AWAY whatever came with your portable listening device. The sound may be a little "smaller" than a full-sized earphone. That being said, the open-air design means that the sound much more approaches listening to live instruments in a room than having a pair of tiny speakers posted by your ears. These headphones produce such realistic sound and are so comfortable it's easy to forget you're in your bedroom and not in Symphony Hall.

Compared to cheaper headphones, the HD 238s are surprisingly transparent, natural-sounding phones, with BIG bass response that doesn't boom too badly thanks to an open design, clarity in the mids, and crisp highs.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By sal on September 21, 2009
About a week ago I purchased the newest Ipod Touch 32 gb. The Touch is not noted for having the greatest sound (Sony Walkman, Zune w/ the Wolfson DAC chip are better), but the iTouch has so many great features. So, I wanted to get the best headphones possible to maximize the sound the iTouch could produce.

I wanted the most performance for a reasonable amount of money. With the Sennheiser HD-238, I got excellent sound for a reasonable amount of money.

It takes about 20 hours of burn-in before they start to open up. At around 30 hours they started to show what they could do. The iPod Touch can power them, at about 60% of its available volume range. The HD 238's are the slightest bit warm, but they are detailed and the low end is strong and not sloppy. I am a classical listener, could be called an audiophile, and was somewhat shy about making my music listening a portable experience. But, the iPod Touch, with the Sennheiser HD 238's, has created a very nice listening system.

Any headphones will sound better with a small/portable headphone amp. I don't feel the need to spend the additional money, but for those who want to get an amp, you can expect sound to improve even more. The HD 238's are an open headphone, which is why they sound so good, but they do bleed some sound. This is not a problem for me at home. I got a smaller pair of noise canceling headphones to use at work.

Very pleased with these. Treated with care, I am sure they will last a long time.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Kohler on December 1, 2009
When the ear buds packaged with my iPod classic broke (good headphones in their own right), I decided to find a nice pair of headphones. I'd never owned a "quality" set of headphones. I'd always bought what was cheapest and loudest and never cared much for sound quality. So I bought these, hoping to discover something new.

I was impressed immediately by the quality of the materials and the build of the headphones. They are extremely comfortable and seem to be very well made. I've only had them a few days but I think that durability wise, it's a safe bet that these things will last for a long time. They are very comfortable. It took me a while to find the sweet spot on my ears but once I did, they felt very cozy on my large ears.

I must say that at first I was very annoyed with the sound quality when listening to my iPod. I was listening to some rock and roll and some metal (All That Remains and AC/DC) and it just wasn't loud enough. The quality was great but I wanted noise! Where was the bass and the loudness that used to filling my ears? Then I put on some instrumental music (Sigur Ros) and I started to hear things I hadn't heard before with my old headphones. I listened to some jazzy/indie rock stuff (American Football and then Death Cab For Cutie) and things weren't as loud as they had been, but they were clearer and sounded better.

I became mildly impressed after a few hours of listening. I went to sleep and woke up the next day to go to the local coffee shop to write. So I plugged my new headphones into my computer and turned on the AC/DC and WOW did it sound good.
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