Sennheiser HD438 Closed Circumaural Hi-Fi Headphone with Enhanced Bass (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- High quality closed back around the ear headphones
- Choice of two single sided cables for home/portable use.
- Plush cloth ear cushions are ultra-light for extended listening comfort.
- Includes 4.6' and 10' detachable cables.
- 2 Year warranty
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From the Manufacturer
Inspired by custom wheels on today's hottest cars, the Sennheiser HD 438 over-ear headphones grabs attention and flaunts power. The 438 uses a soft, fabric ear cushion that's comfortable on any ear, for as long as you want to wear them. The acoustics are warm and full, with emphasis on low-end thanks to the powerful neodymium magnets.
Whether you are on the move or staying at home, the dynamic top-of-the-range HD 438 offers a balanced stereo sound image with precise detail. The closed circumaural design blocks outside noise for pure audio enjoyment, and the ergonomic design provides a superb all-round listening experience. The two included detachable single-sided cables--4.6 feet and 10 feet--let you decide on your preferred cable length.
What's in the Box
HD 438, detachable cables (4.6 feet and 10 feet), 1/4-inch (6.3 mm) plug adapter
- Frequency response: 17 - 22,500 Hz
- Sound pressure level (SPL): 112 dB
- Ear coupling: Around-the-ear
- Transducer principle: Sealed, closed
- Impedance: 32 ohms
- Total harmonic distortion (THD): <0.1 percent
- Connector: 1/8-inch (3.5mm)
- Cable length: 4.6 and 10 feet (detachable)
- Weight (including cable): 6.8 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 438 is covered by a 2-year warranty with the backing of Sennheiser's worldwide service network.
Top Customer Reviews
If I could pick two words to describe these headphones, the words would be Natural & Immersive.
I own a couple other Sennheiser products: the EH350 and the HD560. Comparing the three, the HD438 is my favorite. They're easier to drive than the HD560 and they sound better & are more comfortable than the EH350.
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Detail is very important to me, and the HD438 does disappoint. I hear all the little nuances in music that other lesser headphones (like the EH350) tend to smooth over. The HD438 has a pretty wide soundstage for a sealed headphone as well. Instruments are well separated as well. They have good bass, better than both the EH350 and HD560. I'd say the bass is neutral, not too boosted. Highs are clean and crisp, but not harsh in any way. These are the headphones you want for long, non-fatiguing listening sessions. Before breaking the headphones in, the mids seemed a bit recessed, but as they've broken in that problem no longer exists. Just beautiful, immersive, detailed music.
I listen to a lot of electronic music, and I find them very immersive and clear. They sound great listening to jazz too, cymbals sound very crisp and clear, and the other instruments sound natural. I also listen to some rock and ska, and I've been happy with their performance there as well. Bass is crisp and tight and the other instruments sound as they should. Since they sound so natural, they're quite intimate as well with other styles, like folk and classical.Read more ›
1) Very light, all plastic construction. The only metal I can see are the screws holding the vertical hinge above the ear cup for slight swivel action
2) The pressure on the ears is just about right to give a good seal to the head, but not to make them uncomfortable over extended periods. The velour pad material though is warm to the feel. Perhaps good in the cool, but in this warm spring it's very noticeable (I believe leather effect replacements are available from Sennheiser). The ear cups fit perfectly around my ears, but with no spare room. It may be that being 'over the ear', not 'on the ear' 'phones, the encapsulation of the ears retains heat (Later, I shall try my Bose QCII headphones with their pad material and compare the feeling)
3) Don't like the "wheel trim" chrome design. Black and plain would be more aesthetically pleasing to me, but I can't see them when they are on, so not a major negative!
4) The bass is indeed accentuated, but not excessively. However, some songs seem too "bassy" and my preference would be to reduce the bass a little on those, but for rock music, like Queen and AC~DC, or songs with a strong drum beat, the bass is great, but not to the point of 'physically feeling' it on my ears, just a powerful sound, like it should be.
5) The mid range seems comparatively weaker. I've found a better compromise on my PC by selecting the "Live" equalizer setting which boosts the mids and the highs giving me a better overall sound. My iPod equalizer is on "Rock". Will have to see how these break-in with use.Read more ›
I'll start with the sound quality. In short, these are far and away the best closed headphones I've ever heard; they compete ably with my similarly-priced open headphones in clarity. (They don't have super-pumped bass like the box seems to indicate) My Sennheiser HD-555s cost about the same and sound a bit better, but only barely. The 438s are a bit low on the mids compared to the 555s, which also have slightly more defined bass. But these differences are barely noticeable and the 438s have only had about ten hours of burn-in so far, so they'll likely improve. It's hard for me to definitively say that the HD-555s sound better. I've heard the HD-428 and 448 are less heavy on the bass and better suited for classical, jazz, or country; the 438s, on the other hand, are amazing for rock, metal, or music styles with bass.
Comfort-wise, these rank just below my Audio-Technica ATH-AD700s, which feel like a cloud on my head. Despite what the pictures would have you believe, the 438s have velour pads. They feel a bit cheaper than those on the 555s, but are still very comfortable. They are considerably lighter than the 555s and have less caliper pressure; they're almost too loose, but not quite. I could definitely wear these for hours-long listening sessions with minimal discomfort.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've had these for 4 years and listen to them daily at work. The first thing I did was removed the ugly chrome covers from the sides. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Todd Kieffer
not the bass they said, fits to lose, you hear back ground noises in the room around you.Published 20 months ago by Linda P. Pursel
I own these headphones since October 2012. I must say that they are really great value for the paid money. 2 months ago I bought a FiiO E6 amplifier and things are even nicer now. Read morePublished on May 5, 2013 by Speedyx
I've had these on in the workplace for 2 months, and I have no complaints. Deep bass without the thumping, but accurate, immersive sound. Read morePublished on April 26, 2013 by USCsteveO
Warning: an AUDIOPHILE wrote this.
I hesitated because of the kid-looking wheelies on these. Those made me think that they were designed for metallica or rap. Read more
As many reviewers have said, the sound quality is decent, but definitely not good enough to warrant the price point. Read morePublished on June 23, 2012 by Alex Kiefer
These are by far the worse headphones I have heard in a very long time. They are on par with the ones you can find at a local dollar store. Read morePublished on April 7, 2012 by gerg