Sennheiser HD1 On-Ear Wireless Headphones with Active Noise Cancellation - Ivory (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Closed back, on-ear design featuring Bluetooth 4.0 technology and immediate pairing to smart devices using NFC connectivity for wireless freedom. Connectivity Technology: Wireless
- NoiseGard hybrid active noise cancellation blocks ambient noise using 4 microphones for ultimate isolation to dramatically improve sound quality in noisy environments
- 22 hour battery life with both Bluetooth and Noise Gard activated to insure performance during long commutes or plane flights. Recommended devices are iphone or ipad or ipod
- Technology uses 2 built-in microphones working seamlessly to improve voice quality and remove external noise during phone calls
- 2 year global warranty when purchased from an authorized Sennheiser dealer;Charging time : Approx. 1.5 hrs
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Sennheiser is shaping the Future of Audio – a vision built on a 70-year history of innovation and a continued drive for excellence that is woven into our company’s DNA and culture. Around the world, our employees share this passion in the pursuit of the perfect sound, creating products that exceed expectations and set new benchmarks in audio.
Meet the Sennheiser HD1 On-Ear Wireless
HD1 On-Ear Wireless is part of the all new, second generation Momentum headset family. Bluetooth technology frees you from wires while new NoiseGard hybrid active noise cancellation virtually eliminates unwanted ambient sound further enhancing the audio experience. Alcantara covered ear cushions and headband provide extreme comfort for long listening sessions. The new folding headband features hidden hinges providing improved portability. The HD1 On-Ear Wireless lets you experience crystal-clear sound without being attached to a cable.
- Did you know? HD1 On-Ear Wireless incorporates apt-X codec, delivering CD-quality audio when connected to an Bluetooth apt-X-enabled device.
- HD1 On-Ear Wireless works with all Bluetooth enabled mobile smartphone devices, tablets and computers.
Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, touch control, voice prompts, 3-way calling and multi-connectivity.
Near Field Communication (NFC) provides effortless 'at a touch' Bluetooth pairing with any NFC-enabled device.
Stainless steel headband and Alcantara covered ear cushions deliver style and durability to the iconic design.
Compact design is easy to collapse, store and take with you in the supplied soft case.
Hybrid active noise cancellation virtually eliminates unwanted ambient sound.
Dual built-in microphones dynamically cancel out external noise for perfect speech intelligibility.
Connect up to 2 devices simultaneously (phones and computers) and up to 8 devices in the pairing list.
Long Listening Sessions
22 hour battery life with Bluetooth and NoiseRad activate.
|HD1 On-Ear Wireless||HD1 Around-Ear Wireless||HD1 On-Ear||HD1 Around-Ear|
|Transducer Principle||Dynamic, Closed||Dynamic, Closed||Dynamic, Closed||Dynamic, Closed|
|Frequency Response||16Hz – 22kHz||16Hz – 22kHz||16Hz – 22kHz||16Hz – 22kHz|
|Sound Pressure Level (SPL)||111 dB (Passive: 1 kHz/1 Vrms)||113 dB (Passive: 1 kHz/1 Vrms)||113dB (1 kHz/1 Vrms)||112dB (1 kHz/1 Vrms)|
|Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)||<0.5% (1 kHz, 100 dB SPL)||<0.5% (1 kHz, 100 dB SPL)||<0.5% (1 kHz, 100 dB SPL)||<0.5% (1 kHz, 100 dB SPL)|
|Volume Control||Earcup Control When Bluetooth Connected||Earcup Control When Bluetooth Connected||Smart In-line Remote||Smart In-line Remote|
|Microphone Type||Dual Omni-directional Microphone (2 mic beam forming array)||Dual Omni-directional Microphone (2 mic beam forming array)||In-line Omni-directional||In-line Omni-directional|
|Cable / Connector||1.4m (Detachable) / 3.5mm Angled||1.4m (Detachable) / 3.5mm Angled||1.4m (Detachable) / 3.5mm Angled||1.4m (Detachable) / 3.5mm Angled|
|Weight||210g (7.4 oz)||260g (9.17 oz)||172g (6.06 oz)||220g (7.76 oz)|
|In the Box||HD1 On-Ear Wireless Headphones / 1.4 m Audio Cable / 3.5 mm Low-profile Angled Plug / USB Charging Cable / In-flight Adapter / Carry Case / Manuals||HD1 Around-Ear Wireless Headphones / 1.4 m Audio Cable / 3.5 mm Low-profile Angled Plug / USB Charging Cable / In-flight Adapter / Carry Case / Manuals||HD1 On-Ear Headphones / RCA M2 Cable: 1.4m Cable with Integrated Smart Remote and Microphone / 3.5 mm Straight Plug / Carry Case / Manuals||HD1 Around-Ear Headphones / RCA M2 Cable: 1.4m Cable with Integrated Smart Remote and Microphone / 3.5 mm Straight Plug / Carry Case / Manuals|
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|Item Dimensions||7.50 x 4.00 x 9.90 inches||7.40 x 4.00 x 9.90 inches||7.80 x 6.70 x 1.78 inches||7.50 x 4.00 x 9.90 inches|
|Item Weight||1.20 lbs||2.00 lbs||0.67 lbs||0.58 lbs|
|Special Features||wireless||noise-cancellation||Noise Cancellation, Foldable, Microphone Feature, Universal Phone Control, Volume-Control||noise-cancellation|
The new HD1 On Ear Wireless lets you experience crystal-clear Sennheiser sound without being attached to a cable. This high-resolution headset sets the benchmark for performance, style and comfort in the wireless headphone category. Bluetooth technology is integrated with engineering expertise to ensure Sennheiser signature sound remains intact. Near Field Communication (NFC) is provided for effortless “at a touch” Bluetooth pairing with any NFC-enabled device. Further enhancing the audio experience is Noise Gard hybrid active noise cancellation that virtually eliminates unwanted ambient sound. Your voice will sound crystal clear during phone calls thanks to Voice Max; dual built-in microphones that dynamically cancel out external interference for perfect speech intelligibility. HD1 On Ear Wireless features an iconic design using a stainless steel headband and durable Alacantra covered ear cushions . The stainless steel headband is foldable for easy and compact storage in the supplied premium carry case. You can enjoy HD1 On Ear Wireless everywhere!
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So I'm writing this review based on my experience with them on two devices: the Verizon/Samsung Galaxy Note 4 running Android 5.0.1; and the Avantree Saturn Pro bluetooth adapter connected by 3.5mm to my Windows 8.1 desktop.
As of 5/13/15, there is currently a bug on Android where any bluetooth device will occasionally "click" and "pop" during playback if the screen is off. This is NOT the fault of these headphones, so don't return them if you experience this. Instead, look for workarounds or updates to your device. You will find that these headphones do not exhibit that behavior on iPhones, Windows desktops, or almost anything else besides an Android device running 4.4.x or 5.0.x. This is an Android problem, plain and simple. I will not be faulting these headphones in my review for an Android problem.
I will echo most other reviewers in saying that, physically, these are some awesome-feeling headphones. Very comfortable to wear, very sturdy, very portable. The battery life is fantastic. The tactile feedback on the controls is great.
Pairing them is simple and reliable, with all the devices I tested them with.
Now, for sound quality, the most controversial aspect. Personally, I think these headphones sound amazing, and I can't tell the difference between music played through these headphones and the music played back through my wired Sennheiser HD-25 II cans, which are high-end studio monitoring headphones.
The most important thing you need to know is that, if your Bluetooth device does not support *both* Bluetooth 4.0 *and* the apt-X codec, you are not going to receive the best experience. Unless you can positively determine that your Bluetooth device supports both of these, do not expect the top-end sound quality to be available. If your device connects via Bluetooth 2.1 or 3.0, or does not use the apt-X codec, do not expect good audio quality; it just won't happen. You will be disappointed. You will want to blame the headphones for it. It's not their fault.
Now that you've gone out and bought a phone or mp3 player that supports apt-X and Bluetooth 4.0, you may now rejoice in the fantastic sound quality that these 'phones provide. The bass isn't overdriven; the treble is well-defined and nuanced; the dynamic range is excellent. I've listened to genres from pop to classical to electronica to guitar-and-vocal solos, and everything sounds absolutely great to my ears.
As far as value, I am sure I will get my money's worth by using these headphones over the course of several years, but at the same time, the price is VERY steep compared to some other headphones that deliver close to, but not quite the same level of quality as these. If you want to save a few hundred bucks, you can easily pick up a very good pair of Bluetooth headphones from a company like Meelectronics. That said, since these cans are a high-end product, you are simply not getting as good of a "value proposition" out of them: the extra features, physical stability and sound quality you get from them is not "worth" the $250 or so extra you're paying for them over and above an already very good pair of headphones. Only get them if you really feel you need that top-end sound and excellent noise cancellation quality.
In conclusion, here are the "sub-ratings" that my 5-star overall is based on:
1. Physical ruggedness: 5/5
2. Physical "feel" and appearance: 5/5
3. Portability: 5/5
4. Ease of use of the controls: 5/5
5. Noise cancellation quality: 5/5
6. Battery life: 4.5/5 (there are headphones out there that last longer, but these last more than long enough to go a whole day on a full charge.)
7. Sound quality: 4.5/5 with a device supporting Bluetooth 4.0 and apt-X (and NOT Android 4.4/5.0 devices unless you keep the screen on to prevent the "clicks and pops" bug in Android itself)
8. Comfort on ears: 5/5
9. Compatibility: 3/5 (you will NOT enjoy the quality of the sound if your playback device does not support apt-X and Bluetooth 4.0, and the wired jack doesn't directly support 3.5mm TRRS plugs like I expected it to)
10. Sound volume range: 5/5 (you can adjust the volume to be very quiet and still listenable and high quality, or blast your eardrums out if you so please)
P.S. I've had the headphones and have been using them daily for five weeks at the time of posting this review.
Comfort - if these are hurting your ears after long periods of listening particularly the upper part of your ears or if you wear glasses, try adjusting them so the cups are a bit lower on your ears. The drivers should be fairly in line with your ear canals. The noise cancelling version is a bit pickier because you also want the best possible isolation for best results, so don't be afraid to play with it. Also, after a few months of wear, the pads soften which improves comfort and reduces pressure a fair bit. They still may not be for everyone, but I see a lot of people wearing headphones way too high on their ears, and it's no surprise in some cases why they would have discomfort.
Noise cancelling - These are not as effective at noise cancellation as the around-ear model, but they are surprisingly effective. The cancellation is most effective for mid-range white noise such as fans, engine noise, humming noises, etc. Some people seem to think the cancellation is minor but when you A/B it in a noisy environment, you should notice a significant difference in how clear and understandable your audio is It's hard to describe but the difference is even more noticeable when audio is playing. Be careful as a pedestrian, you might not hear cars sneaking up behind you, even when just listening to podcasts. Like any noise cancelling headphones, it will not kill the human voice, but it does muffle it somewhat. Because of other background noise being cancelled out you may notice that you can actually make out some voices clearer when nothing is playing, but they drift off into the background when something is. This is normal.
Now for the audio quality. I absolutely love these headphones on the go. Having had a chance to compare them with the more expensive around-ear model, I actually like the sound of these better. The around-ear is closer to what people consider classic Sennheiser sound - more laid back, pronounced mid-bass that is a bit loose at times. The on-ears are brighter, have tighter bass, and I think are better all around for travel. Bass can be a bit heavy if you like "neutral" sound, depending on your source (cabled, more on that in a second), but this I have always found works out for the best when in properly noisy environments like mass transit or on a plane. Even with the noise cancellation, the bass helps overcome the lower frequency background noises and equals out to your ears.
Here's the weird part though - I HIGHLY recommend using these headphones with a cable. It comes with one, though I use my older android-compatible cable from the previous generation with the cable mic and controls. If your phone/laptop has a decent headphone output, the quality is significantly better than Bluetooth. But there is an added benefit - while plugging in disables the wireless, turning on noise cancelling still works *and* turns on the headphones' built in amplifier. This sounds like a minor thing, but it makes these headphones a worthy upgrade over their normal wired counterparts. It tightens up the bass significantly and just sounds better all-around. I wasn't expecting that and it was a very pleasant surprise. I wouldn't go back to the old model after using these.
I know, many people would think it's silly to buy a wireless pair of headphones and use them wired, but trust me, these are still worth it. If you disregard the wireless, it's like having a portable, rechargeable amplifier like a FiiO built into your headphones, plus the great noise cancellation. Also, cabled you get better battery life for both devices, and can still use the headphones if the battery dies. And with a wire, there is less concern of someone snatching them off your head or crashing to the ground if you have the cable secure in your jacket. Regardless, these are heavy enough I would not recommend them as exercise headphones.
All around, a great pair of travel headphones, just be sure to buy them at the discounted price - Sennheiser MSRP is a joke. ;) And remember the HD1 is identical to the Momentum 2.0, don't buy that model until the price is adjusted accordingly.
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Here are the few negatives: The sound cancelling is always on when you turn the power on. I wish they would have made this controllable for times I wanted to hear a bit more of what's around me. There's no mode where you can press a button and hear everything going on either. The case that comes with them is a bit bulky, and not hard-sided. The cord has no controls, and no microphone, so when the battery is dead you have to keep your phone out or pull it out of your pocket every time you want to change something. The cord is a custom one, so it'll be more expensive to replace than a standard one. The final thing is that you don't have dedicated controls for previous and next track, you have to press the multi-function button 2 or 3 times.
Overall I am very pleased with these. I wanted V-Moda to make a bluetooth version of the XS headphones, I pretty much got it with the Momentums. Nothing is perfect, but these come as close to it as I think it'll get in an on-ear set of headphones.
Battery charges quickly and lasts a long time
Headphones fold up and fit well into purse
Headphones come with a convenient pouch for carrying them around
Physical design could be better
Noise cancelling not quite as effective as Bose QC
Buttons a bit awkward to use
First of all, I am utterly in love with the sound of these headphones. I've never had headphones that produced such clear sound. I listen to a very wide variety of music, and everything sounds better. I especially notice the improved sound quality with classical instrumental music, particularly piano. For me, the glorious sound by far outweighs all the negative points.
Nevertheless, here are the problems that I have with these headphones.
1. They don't feel very comfortable on my head. I used to have Bose Quiet Comfort 25 headphones, and I hardly felt them when I had them on. I definitely feel these ones. They pinch my ears, enough that my ears start to get sore after a couple of hours. At the same time, the headphones don't feel very secure. Occasionally they start slipping off. I have the feeling that if I shook my head really hard, they'd go flying. Also, the attachment points are really bad for trapping and ripping out long hair. I've lost a lot of hair to these things in the first couple of weeks of using them. I've since found a way to slip the headphones on and off without my hair getting stuck in them most of the time, but it definitely took some getting used to. I also think that these headphones look ridiculous (or as my roommate put it, "They look like they were designed by Germans," but that's a matter of taste.
2. The noise cancelling is less effective than in the Bose Quiet Comfort that I used to have (though the sound is vastly superior to the Bose). There is also no way to turn the noise cancelling off while using the headphones over Bluetooth. (When using with a cord, you actually can turn the noise cancelling off while maintaining the high sound quality. That mode also does not use any battery power.) I don't take the bus as often as I used to, so I don't see the less effective noise cancelling as a problem. But it might be for some people, depending on the amount of noise in your environment.
3. Pausing and skipping songs, adjusting volume, answering calls, and checking battery charge status are all accomplished with the same button. The button needs to be either pressed or rocked a specified number of times for each action. It's a bit awkward to use. I don't always end up with the action I had meant to ask for.
Occasionally, when using over Bluetooth, I get what seems to be a connectivity glitch. The sound quality drops, and I start hearing clicking and scratching sounds. I don't know what causes this, but turning the headphones off and back on makes it go away.
Also, the cord that is required should one wish to use the headphones with a cord is not a standard one, but proprietary to Sennheiser. I've never owned any other Sennheiser products, so I'm not sure if the same cord would work with all Sennheiser headphones or if it varies between models. They did come with a cord, but it did not have a play/pause switch on it, and the buttons on the headphones don't work when using with a cord. I contacted Sennheiser about purchasing an additional cord with a play/pause switch. They recommended getting "506225 RCG M2 CABLE W. REMOTE CONTR. ANDROID" for $50. Instead, I bought an off-brand cord for Sennheiser on Ebay for much less than $50. It seems to work so far.
I primarily use them as bluetooth headphones. The wired connection is great but the unique model of the connector makes me worried about losing or damaging it. They also function as a bluetooth hands-free headset but whenever I've used them on a phone call, the person on the other end says I'm hard to hear over the background noise (I suspect the same mics that monitor the environment for noise are the ones used for the phone calls.)
The noise cancellation is quite good, but doesn't seem exceptional compared to other types. I'd guess it's as good as most quality noise-cancelling headphones.
After 2 years they are still going strong, the battery life is superb, I can use them for several days between charges. Reception and sound quality is great.
The inside of the velvety headband that sits on my head got a bit worn down rather early in the life of the headset, just from whatever product or oil is in my hair. Doesn't seem like the most logical material to use on the inside, but maybe if I were bald it would be softer.
The rubberized trim on the headband is starting to come loose, I'm not sure what to do to fix that yet, I have a feeling it will get worse if not attended to, but that won't affect wearability or comfort.
I find that I do remove them after an hour or so to give my ears a little air, they can be a bit warm sometimes.
If these ever die on me I'll likely buy another pair to replace them. I love these headphones.
Su sonido es espectacular, aún y sin ecualizarlo, detalle que me impresionó, el volumen es un poco más alto que los HD 4.40, pero estos son "on ear", lo único que extrañaré de los otros es que son exrremadamente cómodos, y en ese rubro estos dejan algo que desear. No he podido utilizarlos al menos por una hora seguida, a ver como me va, pero las almohadillas no alcanzan a amortiguar la tensión que hace la diadema.
Otro detalle son los acabados, de primera, la "cancelación de ruido" funciona bien, sin ser espectacular, aisla un 70% el sonido exterior, pero también hayq eue tomar en cuenta que son "on ear", eso tiene mucho que ver.
La duración de la batería, aunque no lo alcancé a probar, está por encima de la competencia, otro gran detalle a tomar en cuenta.
La conexión es rapidísima, y no hay interferencias de ningún tipo.
Sin duda una muy buena compra y aunque son caros valen lo que cuestan, salvo el detalle de que son un poco incómodos, aun así valen mucho la pena.
No necesita amplificador de auriculares en absoluto. Por su baja impedancia tienen un volumen bastante potente.
El bluetooth se conecta muy fácilmente y tiene un sonido casi parecido a como conectados con cable si bien hay una sutil diferencia a favor de la conexión alámbrica.
Se reciben los avisos de encendido, apagado, conectado, en inglés por los auriculares y opticamente. También se pueden dar ordenes habladas como rellamada, marcación por voz . . .
La supresión de ruido me gusta, no es exsecesiva pero si suficiente. Cuidado con el tráfico si vas con ellos por la calle, te metes en la música y no oyes si se acerca un coche, bus . . . (Parece una tonteria pero es asi)
Pairs and sync with every devices I own including apple devices.
The sound is amazing and I use it for gaming and music at times. I started to appreciate the games I play because I never know my games had so much sound effects until I start using these headphones (I can't use my bigger speakers at night times too much complaining). Also, the noise cancellation is top-notch.
adicionalmente incluye el cable 3.5mm lo que te permite seguir escuchando aun si se te termina la batería.