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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
2 new from $203.40 1 used from $39.95 1 refurbished from $29.99

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Product Description

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Product Description

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.

Sennheiser HD 428

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.

Product Information

Product Packaging:Standard Packaging
Product Dimensions 8.1 x 3.7 x 9.3 inches
Item Weight 12.8 ounces
Shipping Weight 14.4 ounces
Manufacturer Sennheiser
Item model number HD428
Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars 338 customer reviews

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Best Sellers Rank #1,085 in Electronics > Headphones > Over-Ear Headphones
#17,804 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 & MP4 Player Accessories
#20,891 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater
Date first available at July 24, 2009

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I've been pretty displeased with the sounds coming out of my lower-range headphones and picked this up at the local big box store. Most people will recommend the Sennheiser 280's on Amazon, which are about the same price, and apparently do a better job.

Not having the other pair I can heartily recommend this set. Build quality seems quite good (all plastic construction), and it's extremely comfortable to wear for long periods of time. There's a nice foam padding for the ear cups and a nice foam padding where it rests on your head. The cord should be long enough for most activities, and it includes a stereo adapter as well.

For sound quality, these are 'closed cans' and don't really suffer from the tin can effect of some other similar headphones. Additionally, because it's basically sealing out the outside world, there's very little 'leakage' both in and out of the headphones. This has the positive effect of not annoying your neighbors at the library, and of making the sounds reproduced that much crisper. For lack of a better term, you can 'hear' the silence in a good way - no hiss or blending of sounds from other instruments or vocals. Now, sound quality and range are quite subjective to the listener. But for my part, sounds are generally well represented and well reproduced throughout the entire range, and it is slightly tuned to the bass end of things, but not overpoweringly so. Simply put you will hear sounds on this that you did not hear on your $50 headphones.

Additionally, for portable players, I've found that, due to the impedance and ability to block outside sounds, you can basically listen at the same level from less volume or 'output' from your ipod or such.
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I bought the used (refurbished at the factory) Sennheiser HD428 Around the Ear Headphones. It was my best buy of the year. For $19.00 I got what seems to be a new set of headphones. And they sound great. I put on a recording of an opera and almost started to cry, it sounded so good.

I am used to Audio Technica ATH-A700 headphones, which I like. But I have to say these sounded even better. They have a very smooth sound. The only thing I think they are a little weak in is comfort, as the Audio Technica cans are astoundingly comfortable. The Sennheiser HD428s are not quite as comfortable, so I don't wear them for countless hours like I do my other headphones.

If you are considering buying the used, refurbished model of Sennheisers which I found available on Amazon, don't hesitate.
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Knowing nothing about headphones at first but wanting to learn through experience, I picked up a set of HD-428's and set of Sony MDR-NC60's costing about 3x what the Senn's cost. Went on vacation for a week and alternated between both to get an idea how they were (the audition).

At first, I was more impressed with the Sony's - they had noise cancellation which I didn't bother to use, but their tonality was softer and more balanced then the Senn's (using an Ipod and a Nintendo DS). When I got home however and plugged both into a decent receiver, I was shocked at how limp the Sony's were compared to the Senn's which really started to perform. The Sony's went back to the big box store after that.

As far as these go -

1) They need some time to break in. Out of the box they sound shrill and bass heavy, but proper break in smooths out the high end (maybe 20-50 hours, I don't remember... but these sound better the more you use them).

2) The over the ear approach is good, but the foam does sit right on my ears and they're not the *most* comfortable set that I own.

3) The cord is short - not an issue when you've got the Ipod or DS right in front of you, but it's hard to use these in conjunction with a TV / receiver / game console.

4) These are closed cans (headphones with closed backs - puts a bit more pressure on the ear than open backed headphones) and makes music sound a little more forward. This also means they dampen a lot of external noise which open headphones wouldn't. This can be a perk or a drawback depending on the situation.

5) Even after a decent break in period, they sound bass heavy. Again - perk or drawback.

Those are the gotchas, but these sound good for cans in this price range.
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I started looking into Sennheisers after I heard about my friend's HD-212 Pros. I wanted something that sounded awesome and looked awesome at the same time--HD 428s made the cut. This is relatively cheap for headphones of this quality. I was actually very surprised.

I listen to a variety of genres ranging from jazz to dubstep. I wasn't worried about the sound quality of soft songs through these headphones, but I was definitely worried about the bass. After reading some reviews, I expected weak bass from this pair of headphones. Wrong! Now, let me tell you this before I start writing more: I'm picky about my sound quality, and these headphones satisfy my pickiness. It seems to balance everything out nicely and evenly. The bass isn't overwhelming, but you can still hear it deeply and feel the rumble. The sound isn't PERFECT, but it should still satisfy the pickiest of listeners. For comparison, and in my opinion, the bass is clearer and deeper than other headphones in the same price range (i.e., Skullcandy Agents or Skull Crushers). The 428's can pull off ANY genre you play through your sound card or your iPod.

Another good thing about these headphones is the looks. You can wear this pair on your way to a lecture or just a random stroll around the park and it won't look ridiculous like some headphones do. Plus, it should blend in very well with whatever clothes you wear, so you won't have to worry about coordinating your fashion everyday (well, not many people worry about this anyway).

A few not-so-perfect things about this pair of headphones is that it may not fit your ears very well. I usually have to shuffle it around my head for about a minute before I find the perfect fitting position.
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