Sennheiser HD 202 II Professional Over-Ear Headphones (Black)
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- Closed, supra-aural, dynamic hi-fi stereo headphones
- For DJs ,ideal for both mobile sources and home mini hi-fi systems
- Good attenuation of ambient noise
- Earcups can be removed from the headband
- Specially designed damping perforation ensures powerful bass response
- Lightweight diaphragm material with "turbine " embossing for extremely low bass
- Powerful neodymium magnets and lightweight diaphragms for high sound levels
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Sennheiser HD 202 II Professional Over-Ear Headphones Better sound quality, improved entertainment
The Sennheiser HD 202 II Professional Over-Ear Headphones is a stylish pair of headphones with a sleek design, effectively producing top quality sound and delivering a seamless audio experience. If you love listening to quality music, then this pair of headphones will become your best buddy. Its impressive design makes it convenient to use while the long chord allows you to use it with ease. The cutting edge sound technology of this device keeps the noise away, so you can listen to music in an uninterrupted manner.Closed-back design
The Sennheiser HD Over-Ear Headphones come with the closed-back design that enhances your audio experience by manifolds. The over-ear design ensures that the ear cups grip around your ears. This technique ensures that ambient sound is filtered out and you don’t get any disturbance. This feature keeps your music to your ears only and does not create any disturbance for others around you.Damping perforation for powerful bass
Feel the heat of music and the power of every tune with these Sennheiser Professional Over-Ear Headphones. It comes with the especially designed damping perforation feature which enhances the bass of your favourite sound tracks. With this feature, you get to experience powerful bass without any hassle. In the same manner, you have the option to reduce the bass as well. It comes with the lightweight diaphragm material with 'turbine' embossing which enables you to experience extremely low bass. Thus, the sound that you hear is soothing to your ears and you won't feel any discomfort even after extended usage.Easy to use features
Along with providing superior sound technology, these headphones come with useful features like the clips on the belt which help you to adjust the chord length according to your demands when you are on the go. It comes in an ultra-lightweight design that creates no pressure and makes it comfortable to wear. The rugged outdoor design along with extremely flexible headband of this appliance further enhance the durability and accessibility of its body. These headphones are highly optimized so that you get to connect to various music devices like iPod, iPhone and CD players with ease.
From the Manufacturer
The HD 202 MK II closed, dynamic hi-fi stereo headphones are the ideal partner for DJs and powerful modern music, providing great insulation against ambient noise and a vivid, crisp bass response. The rugged lightweight headphones have a secure fit and can be used for both mobile sources and home (mini) hi-fi systems. When out and about, a convenient cord take-up lets you adjust the headphone cable to the required length.
Please note that models HD202 and HD202 MK11 are the same headphones and only the packaging differs.
- Closed, supra-aural, dynamic hi-fi stereo headphones.
- Frequency Response 18Hz-18KHz.
- For DJs, ideal for both mobile sources and home mini hi-fi systems.
- Good attenuation of ambient noise.
- Earcups can be removed from the headband.
- Specially designed damping perforation ensures powerful bass response.
- Lightweight diaphragm material with “turbine” embossing for extremely low bass.
- Powerful neodymium magnets and lightweight diaphragms for high sound levels.
- Powerful bass and increased signal levels for modern rhythm-driven music.
- Clips to the belt: cord take-up for adjusting the cable length when listening on the move.
- Rugged outdoor design with durable and flexible headband.
- 3 m highly conductive OFC copper cable.
- Extremely comfortable to wear due to ultra-lightweight design, even for extended listening.
- Replaceable leatherette ear pads.
- 2-year warranty.
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|Connectivity Technology||Wired 3.5mm Single Pin||Wired 3.5mm Single Pin||Wired 3.5mm Single Pin||Wired 3.5mm Single Pin||Wired 3.5mm Single Pin||Wired 3.5mm Single Pin|
|Fit Type||Over-ear||Over-ear||In-earEar canal||On-ear||In-earEar canal||On-ear|
|Impedance||32 Ohm||—||16 Ohm||24 Ohm||—||—|
|Item Dimensions (Length * Breadth * Height)||7.62 x 20.32 x 23.88 Centimetres||18.8 x 26.9 x 9.8 Centimetres||5 x 10 x 10 Centimetres||6 x 21 x 28 Centimetres||3.56 x 7.62 x 17.02 Centimetres||7.01 x 16 x 22.3 Centimetres|
|Item Weight||454 grams||480 grams||5 grams||—||14 grams||—|
|Model Number||504291||HD180||CX 180 Street II||MDR-XB450||CX 275 S||HD 2.20s|
|Special Feature||over-ear||over-ear||in-ear||On-Ear||in-ear||Microphone-Feature; foldable; lightweight|
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UNBOXING EXPERIENCE :
Sennheiser HD 202 II comes in a plastic case/covering which is kind of disappointing as even the 200Rs cheap headphone also comes in this kind of packaging. I was expecting a good unboxing experience. But unfortunately, there is no box to unbox.
Here Sony takes all the points with its awesome unboxing experience. It was such a delight as I was given a beautiful box in which XB450 comes. Even the insides of the box are so finished and premium looking. But this is something insignificant to performance.
Look wise the Sony MDR XB450 is more attractive than Sennheiser HD 202 II. Sony has more premium looks. But obviously, this depends on person to person and is not that important to many as they are more interested in performance than looks.
You get 3-meter-long wire in Sennheiser as compared to 1.2 meter in Sony headphones. For managing a long 3-meter wire Sennheiser provides a cable organizer. You can wrap your wire around it for wire management. But it is kind of a hassle and is not practical in everyday life if you go in metros, buses or trains. Here 1.2 meter easily manageable TANGLE-FREE cable of Sony MDR XB450 makes more sense. For mobility Sony is a better choice. But I think Sennheiser specially designed its headphone for home use. For example, its 3-meter wire can be used for late night TV watching. As a content creator, I preferred 3 meter long cable.
Sennheisers are OVER THE EAR headphones and Sonys are ON THE EAR headphones. I found Sennheisers give more isolation and successfully cuts externally sounds. Although the difference is very minute.
Padding material in both is good durable quality, super soft and comfortable and to pick the better one on this basis is almost impossible. But here Sennheiser win as it also provides EXTRA PADDING ON HEADBAND. At first I thought it is not that much of a deal but I understood its need when I used XB450 for long hours. I appreciated the extra padding and these small things also show seriousness of the brand. Also, I found out that I can comfortably put Sennheisers for more than 2-3 hrs. On the other hand Sonys are comfortable but I'll prefer Sennheisers for long time use. Again the difference is very MINUTE. The important thing to remember is that, with time the cups start to fit according to shape of your ear in both headphones.
Build quality of both the headphone speaks of durability. But I will give more points to XB450. Both headphones have used quality material for their builds, whether it is headband or padding. But Sennheiser is all plastic unlike Sony. Better build quality of Sony adds to its weight. 420 gms as compared to Sennheiser's 120 gms. But extra weight of Sony is something insignificant as we are talking about very light weights. Personally, I don't feel any difference in weights. It's more of a specification thing. Build wise I'll prefer Sony.
SOUND QUALITY :
Let's come to the main thing that is sound quality, which is AWESOME in Sennheiser.
Nowadays people are more into earbuds and earphones because of their mobility and easy manageable qualities. Or many don't even rise above the 500Rs budget. For them, both Sony and Sennheiser headphone will bring new experience like 'sound stage' etc.
Sound is so rich in Sennheiser HD 202 II that you can differentiate between different instruments playing in an orchestra. You can listen to smallest of small sounds. In music, you can hear fingers touching guitar string before they vibrate to give music. Just imagine, how low is the sound of fingers touching guitar string.
Similarly, I was able to hear echo in many videos which were shot in a big hall.
In movies, you will hear sounds as the audio director wants you to listen. Which in turn enhance the movie watching experience.
The bass is good but not extreme. Don't get me wrong, these are above 1500Rs headphone, so there is bass is lot better than its cheaper brothers. Also, it doesn't sacrifice quality for bass. I enjoyed its bass in all high bass genre songs. But it's definitely lower than Sony MDR-XB450. Which is obvious as the XB in name stands for Extra Bass. Which brings me to the sound quality of Sony headphones.
Quality wise they are a little bit lower than Sennheisers. You will feel this in many places like while watching movies and youtube videos. But don't get me wrong again, these are also above 1500Rs headphone and have much better sound quality than their cheaper brothers. In music, they get some extra points for their bass. But at many places I noticed that it sacrificed quality for bass. But this can also depend from person to person. Some want quality, some want bass.
WHO SHOULD BUY WHAT :
The question comes down to, who should buy what. The answer is very simple, if you know what you want.
But firstly, I will like to say that, everyone will benefit who is rising above the 1000Rs mark, from both of these headphones. You will definitely feel good upgrading your sound quality buying both of them. The question is about choosing between them.
Anyone who is in content creation (music, youtube videos, voice-overs), instrumental music, vocals, movie watching and night-time TV watching must seriously consider Sennheiser HD 202 II.
Anyone who is in music listening with high bass and puts mobility as must have feature, with casual movie watching and youtube viewing and doesn't mind a little dip in quality must choose Sony MDR-XB450. Specially with its tangle-free wire and foldable cups, which enhances its mobile capabilities. And here Sennheisers fails miserably with their 3-meter cable and cable organizer.
Sennheiser has quality and Sony has bass.
Sennheisers are not that good for mobility and Sony are not that good in quality.
I enjoyed both of them and will not regret buying them. But I will still choose Sennheisers as my everyday use headphone.
Sony headphones will go, where all my extra stuff goes. To my brother :)
I will try to explain the sound signature :
The sound is balanced. Not flat. Not boosted.
So the songs with bass, would have bass and the songs which doesn't won't. The treble is not harsh.
For example Project T by Dimitri Vegas(Martin Garrix Remix)- amazing bass. Clear, deep and punchy.
The sound is slightly V-ish(on equalizer terms), very slightly. There is a 'musicality' to the sound signature in general. So if you have been listening to Audio Technica all this while, you know that flat signature is not there.
This is not necessarily a bad thing. It provides you a fun enjoyable listening experience and perfect for movies too. The dialogues and the background score would be a treat.
If you haven't bought a headset around or above 1500 rupees, chances are you've been listening to a bass heavy distorted treble(more like trouble) sounding headphones. And you try to boost the bass to the max on the equalizer. I wouldn't say this headset is not for you. Because this headset can change the way you listen to music. Just leave the equalizer on the default flat profile and listen. You can hear more instruments with balance- the right way the producer wants this song to be heard.
Rock n Metal : I'll list some songs :
Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
Psychosocial - Slipknot
Rosenrot - Rammstein
These songs do not have EDM like bass. But the sound has nice depth and quality that you wouldn't feel like touching the equalizer.
To check the clarity and sound stage : Sketches of Spain by Buckethead. Its crystal and soothing.
Bubbles - Yosi Horikawa - the sound stage is perfect. Not as wide as an open back headphone. But still impressive.
Pop and Bollywood sounds brilliant.
Zero distortion at highest volumes. That means if there is a slight crack in the voice, its because your file is bad. FLACS and 320 Kbps files are a must. Although the 128kbps youtube files sounds great too. All those music covers with great reverb effect are excellent sounding.
Above this price range, its just not about the sound. COMFORT MATTERS. And these are comfortable. Just not in the first week. They're so painful in the first week but stretch 'em out.
They are built tough. The cables are of good quality. And i love that extra length and extra cable spool they provide. These are more laptop and desktop friendly. Not your travel-buddy kind. Your mobile can power these up just fine.
They are around the ears and the pads are of good quality(although they look really cheap on the picture)
Sony XB 450 - Muddy and Bassy
Panasonic HT 480 - Just heavy and not balanced
JBL and Skullcandy - Tight and painful on ears.
There are others like Monoprice and Superlux. They're not available in India for the right original price.
The only serious contender to this headphone at this price range is the Phillips DJ SHL3300. They've got flatter sound signature. So slightly better clarity.(the Sennheiser got great clarity). And the bass would be tighter. The Phillips comes with coiled cable and no spool mechanism. But the biggest let down to Phillips is the ear pads. They are uncomfortable, sweaty and painful even though they sound better. Plus you're looking at 400-600 rupees extra compared to HD 202. But if you own something like the HM5 earpads, I would get the Phillips for this price range.
If you're a young DJ or a musician with an instrument or a producer, save up the money and get the M20x. Nothing can beat its flat sound profile, ultimate clarity and robust built.