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4.0 out of 5 stars Sennheiser HD229, March 24, 2012
My main set of headphones are a pair of around-ear Bose and I am extremely happy with the sound quality of those, but I wanted a pair of relatively inexpensive headphones for holidays, business trips or other times when I wouldn't want to take a more expensive pair away with me. It was with this in mind and taking into account Sennheiser's reputation that I ordered these.

The build quality of these seem sturdy enough and the swivel ear pieces are good to reduce size for easy storage. The padded earpieces are comfortable and the headband sits well on the head, even with prolonged use.

I like the one sided wire that headphones of good quality opt for and it makes it so much easier when wearing these and preventing tangles.

The sound quality is pretty decent and the bass in warm and rich. The trebles are pretty good as well, although the mids can get a bit lost at times. You hear this most with jazz and orchestral music, but I have tried these with a range of music, from metal to blues, jazz to classical, spoken word and electronica and more besides and it coped very well with all I threw at it.

The sound leakage from these is minimal, but if this is a big concern of yours then I would consider around-ear headphones, rather than on-ear. You may notice some excessive noise on flights for example, but for home or day to day use these should be fine. They cope well with high or low music volumes and the closed back design means you shouldn't annoy fellow travellers or your spouse too much.

All in all these are a decent set of headphones, which aren't too bulky and which had a solid sound quality for most musical styles. They're not studio quality, but they don't try to be and they would make a respectable purchase for most music fans.

Feel free to check out my music blog where I have discussed headphones in more depth, which can be found on my profile page.
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