Sennheiser HD428 Closed Circumaural Hi-Fi Headphone (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Closed back, sealed, around the ear headphone.
- High output neodymium magnets for powerful bass response.
- Rubberized outer shell for long-lasting durability
- Sealed ear cup provides aggressive noise reduction
- 2 Year warranty
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The HD 428 is part of a series of boldly designed headphones designed to be an extension of consumers lifestyles.
From the Manufacturer
Focusing more on the lower frequencies and offering a powerful bass response, the Sennheiser HD 428 on-ear headphones sound as good as they are styled, with a dark rubber coating providing a rugged, sporty design. The closed-back design blocks ambient noise for use on-the-go, or at your home studio. The rubberized outer shell features a unique crosshair design, which adds to the durability of the headphones.
You'll get powerful bass-driven stereo sound thanks to the headphone's neodymium magnets, and the single-sided cable stays tangle-free, making it easy to use and store. For perfect sound on a home hi-fi system, the HD 428 comes with a gold-plated 6.3 mm stereo adapter.
What's in the Box
- Frequency response: 18 - 22,000 Hz
- Sound pressure level (SPL): 110 dB
- Ear coupling: Around-the-ear
- Impedance: 32 ohms
- Total harmonic distortion (THD): <0.1 percent
- Connector: 1/8-inch (3.5mm)
- Adapter: 1/4-inch (6.3mm)
- Cable length: 4.5 feet
- Weight (including cable): 7.3 ounces
Optimized for MP3, iPod, iPhone (iPod and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries), and portable media players.
The Sennheiser HD 428 is covered by a 2-year warranty with the backing of Sennheiser's worldwide service network.
Top customer reviews
-Extremely comfortable. (even while wearing glasses)
-Decent audio quality for the casual listener.
-While being lightweight they have a quality feel that is more than acceptable for the price.
-Bass is lacking under 40-50hz.
-Cable has a small diameter and feels extremely flimsy and doesn't match the feel/quality of the other components.
-Cable is 4' long. May be fine for portable use with a phone in your pocket, but a little short if wearing them at a desk.
Few notes about these for those that feel they are lacking in the sound quality department.
If you carefully open the headphones up, there are 3 holes that have a fine mesh tape behind the driver. If you remove the tape from one hole at a time, the bass becomes much more fulfilling. I only opened one up and felt this was all that was needed. While the driver is open, apply some felt around the driver to help seal it against the outer case. The felt I used was adhesive backed and had a thin layer of neoprene foam as well.
With these changes I am much more satisfied with the audio quality of these headphones. Listening to a 20hz-20khz sweeping frequency test pattern, I find that when unmodified you really notice the bass at ~35hz, and it starts to become more notable up by 50hz. With a single hole exposed by removing the tape, I am able to hear 22hz and this becomes very notable around 25hz. The mid-range and treble isn't negatively effected by this modification. Worth trying if you are comfortable enough to open the headphones and are seeking a little more bass.
Out of the box these cans seemed compressed as if something was holding the music back. It was like hungry and enthusiastic dogs were being held back by chains they were trying feverishly to escape. Obviously the Nano's little digital amp isn't the best harbinger of power for these Sennheisers. I then tried them in my desktop's RealTek HD Sound card and the sound was A LOT better. The highs jumped out (I like by highs a little brighter than most folks), the lows were there but was still a little muddy and not as pronounced as I would like. Example, listening to Chris Botti and Yo-Yo Ma on the Live in Boston's Cinema Paradiso, I look to hear the resonance from Ma's cello and the woody pluck from the double bass... neither of which (especially from the double bass) that I normally hear with my house speakers and even from my cheap $14 Phillips in ear buds from CVS. I next tried the same songs coming out of my H/K AVR 1600 and I got even better highs, more warmth in the middle and more punch in the bass- still not what I was looking for, but better.
The 10" cord does not bother me as I bought them for commuting purposes and the short cable is welcome to me from that standpoint. I have extenders if I need more length at home.
These are not the best headphones I've encountered but at the $29 pricepoint. These would make pretty good home headphones for your receiver or desktop or dedicated headphone amp. I will continue to use these during my commute- I admit there is a cool factor to wearing a pair of Sennheiser cans over some cheap earbuds- especially the ubiquitous white things. While I wish they sounded better with my Nano, I can live with the sound-- using the "rock" EQ setting which gives me a little more bass and treble. These fit comfortably on my fat round head and the cups are featherweight lite on my ears and eyeglass temples. Being closed cups, they do cut out a lot of surrounding noise on the BART and on the noisy CNG powered employee shuttle bus I ride. For $29 not bad. Constructed well, sounds OK with my Nano, better with the desktop and even better with a powerful amp at home. I suspect if I let these play in the H/K for a few hours, the break in may loosen up the drivers. Like I said, they seem capable but seems like something is holding them back. Give em a try.
iPod Nano 6th generation
iTunes via RealTekHD soundcard
H/K AVR 1600
1) Cinema Paradiso- Chris Botti and Yo- Yo Ma (.mp3 256 kbps/44.1khz Nano and desktop via iTunes, BluRay- H/K)
2) Emmanuel- Chris Botti and Lucia Micarelli (.mp3 256 kbps/44.1khz Nano and desktop via iTunes, BluRay- H/K)
3) Batonga- Angelique Kidjo (.mp3 256 kbps/44.1khz Nano and desktop via iTunes, Google TV-via Plex server H/K)
4) A Song For You Herbie Hancock f/ Christina Aguilera (.mp3 256 kbps/44.1khz Nano and desktop via iTunes, Google TV-via Plex server H/K)
5) Lovin You- Mary J. Blige (.mp3 256 kbps/44.1khz Nano and desktop via iTunes, Google TV-via Plex server H/K)
6) Empire State of Mind- Jay Z (.mp3 256 kbps/44.1khz Nano and desktop via iTunes, Google TV- via Plex server H/K)
7) Holy Spirit Rain Down (Instrumental)- Hillsong (.mp3 256 kbps/44.1khz Nano and desktop via iTunes, Google TV- via Plex server- H/K)