Sennheiser HD 497 Dynamic Hi-Fi Headphones (Silver) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Open-Aire dynamic hi-fi stereo headphones (open-ear design eliminates undesirable resonances)
- Lightweight and comfortable, ergonomic design
- Extended frequency response and warm, natural sound reproduction
- High-efficiency drivers--great for use with portables
- Detachable, 9-foot OFC copper cord
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Sennheiser HD 497 Dynamic Hi-Fi Headphones (Silver)
The top model of Sennheiser's StreetWear range, the HD-497 delivers crystal-clear, well-defined highs and absolute precision across the audible frequency spectrum. Sennheiser's Open-Aire (open-ear) design eliminates unwanted resonances, ensuring warm, natural, detailed sound. The HD-497 not only gives a brilliant performance on hi-fi systems, but brings portable players to life as well. It's ideally suited to all types of music. The headphone's 9-foot cord is detachable, so if it wears out you have only to replace the cord, not the headphone itself. The cord is made of oxygen-free copper for pure, long-lasting audio transmission.
Top Customer Reviews
The first pair I auditioned, Koss Pro 4AA produced excellent sound all around (they have an unbelievable frequency response of 10-25,000). However, their weight was as formidable as their sound - I couldn't wear them for more than 20 minutes at a time, my ears would begin sweating from the rubber ear pads and my neck would begin hurting from the weight.
The Sony MDR-V300 is a much more comfortable pair of headphones; they also look much cooler than the 70's-style Koss. However, their sound was no comparison to Koss - Sony had a very nice bass, but overemphasized treble and lacked any midrange.
The choices came down to Sennheiser and Grado. Both of these brands are well known for their excellent headphones, and both models I picked lived up to their reputation. Both headphones sounded very similar listening to rock and pop tracks. Grado handled classical music and jazz slightly better, while Sennheiser sounded better with techno and trance. In the end, Sennheiser's super-sexy futuristic look swayed me in.
The HD497 are one of the best headphones I've heard - much better than any "generic" headphones you may own, and even better than $$$ Sony MDR-V700DJ.Read more ›
The first item that distinguishes these headphones from the run-of-the-mill sets is their ability to block external noise, without being super-heavy, super-sized, or squashing my oversized dumbo-like ears flatter than pancakes. These work so well at this job that I found they work well as studio earphones, allowing me to really hear what I truly sound like. It's almost impossible to do this without first recording yourself and then playing it back, as your ears are normally subjected to multiple feedback paths, both external and internal. With these phones, the external influence is almost totally blocked, allowing me to perceive very close to the reality of my own voice in real time.
The second exceptional attribute is their light weight, important to me as I only have about three hairs left on top of my head to serve as a cushion. Compared to my old phones, I can wear these many hours longer without feeling like someone is holding a hot brick on top of my head. The earcups make a tight, firm clamp around my ears without causing either frictional or pressure irritation, something I could not say about my old phones. Some people may not like this tight feeling, though, especially those used to today's "open" style low quality phones.
Third is the full sound and exceptional frequency response of these phones.Read more ›
In terms of ergonomics, these headphones do hurt my ears a bit. Although the padded ears make it semi-comfortable for me, I have large ears and the left phone presses against the cartilage about a half inch above my earlobe. Not a sharp pain, but a dull pain more like a bruise and gets a bit irritating after a about 30-45 minutes of use. I think this may be an issue with me because open headphones(with the sponge type earpads that rest on your ears) irritate the same part of my ear as well. Also, since I use only for portable listening, the 9' cord is too long for a portable use and needs to be tied up.
So here is how I would rate:
Comfort- 6/10- comfortable except for the one sore spot for me
Sound- 8/10- decent bass and mids- not bright like some other headphones at this price
Weight- 10/10- very lightweight
Efficiency- 10/10- more efficient that any of the Sony or Koss headpones I've tried.
Quality- 10/10- seem to be well built and well designed
Value- 10/10- best sounding phones I've tried at this price point
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sound is good, ear get hot though and the ear piece begins to breakdown after awhile so need to replace them.Published 15 months ago by Tim
I've had these for over a decade, and I absolutely love them. I've had to replace the cord twice (though only once due to wear; the other was due to a hungry child), and the pads... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Adam McCarter
sound quality very good for the price. vendor could pack better. the headphones came in a mailing bag. the one can had popped off but is ok.Published 23 months ago by DANA J GILMORE
These are great headphones.
Sound is very crisp, clear and good bass as well.
I had it for over 5 years I think and it just failed recently. Read more
I've had these headphones now for four years and they still work great.
Of course I switch these out with my Sony Recording Studio HD headphones. Read more
I bought these because I wanted to something a bit better than the half dozen headphones I had laying around. Read morePublished on December 18, 2012 by Brock Henderson
I bought a pair of these headphones back in 2003 and only just now at the end of 2012 am I considering replacing them.
They are very durable! Read more
When I purchased these quite a few moons ago, I was just getting acquainted with audio formats and players that were more robust than your average mp3. Read morePublished on October 6, 2012 by Zvidam Gibson
I've been using these headphones for 8 years and they are still solid. I use it both at home and out on the street. The cord is really long so I wrap it up often. Read morePublished on July 7, 2012 by knucklestar