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Sennheiser HD 201

MSRP $29.95
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Just. Simply. Amazing! We have no idea how they did it, but the Sennheiser HD201 has blown the lid off all price-to-performance barriers at the extreme bargain end of the scale in the category of 'full-sized' sealed headphones. With a jaw-droppingly well-balanced, excellent sound at this nice price, you'll find the HD201 perfect for all sorts of great listening uses. Want smiles from the back of the minivan or quality sound for patients in the dental chair, students in multi-media classrooms, patrons in the museum or just for some superb music listening? Here's a fantastic all-around headphone.

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Product Features:

  • Terrifically well balanced sound at this price
  • Sealed-back earcup design isolates from outside noise
  • Durable construction quality. Great choice for business/educational OR personal listening
  • 2-year Sennheiser manufacturer's warranty

What's In The Box:

  • 1/4" stereo plug adaptor


Our HeadRoom jaws smacked the ground when we first heard this headphone. You have to understand just how terrible most 'cheap' sealed-earcup, full-size cans normally sound but (somehow) Sennheiser got it amazingly right with the sonics of the very inexpensive HD201 headphones. Sure, they're perhaps slightly uneven in spots, but that's really a quibble since they still sparkle and sing in an unusually clean way for a product at this very low pricepoint. The Sennheiser HD201 are excellent gift headphones because the recipient will always be amazed at how darn good they sound with any music style. They are also a strong choice for commercial applications like computer labs, audio tours, museums, office cubicles, scholastic A/V applications, multi-media installations, doctors offices & dental chairs: first, because they're inexpensive; second, because of their durability and, third, because your clients will appreciate the soothing, pleasant experience of very high-quality sound. The HD201 are also sized just about right for DVD-playin' kids hanging out in the back of the mini-van too!

Although the Sennheiser HD201 are a reasonably efficient low-impedance design, they are not particularly sensitive headphones. So those seeking to plug these directly into an iPod, iPad, DVD player, laptop computer, MP3 player or other portable audio device might find they have to set the player's volume near maximum to get decent listening levels into the HD201; this trait may be considered perhaps a good thing if using with younger folks who need to save their hearing! Of course, any headphone amp easily overcomes the volume issue while also dramatically upping the detail clarity, musical punch, and dynamic extension of this inexpensive can. The plastic polymer HD201 headphone construction is slightly plain, but beneath its black/grey utilitarian exterior you'll find highly durable build quality to withstand the rigors of being knocked around the home/office/dorm room/ minivan for a long time to come. The black/matte-silver earcups have mid-sized  -- not quite "full-size" -- circular pleather earpads that will surround the ears on most wearers. These mid-sized circumaural ("around the ear") earcups attach via a simple system that tilts/swivels slightly and also slides up & down into the connecting headband in order to adjust for sizing and overall fit. The HD201 has a fairly long 9ft [non-detachable] cable that connects in a "Y" to both earcups and terminates in a 1/8" (3.5mm) 'mini' plug jack. An adapter to a full-size 1/4" inch stereo plug is handily included in the Sennheiser package. Free 2 year manufacturer's 'repair or replace' premium warranty included with your HeadRoom 'authorized dealer' purchase receipt!


  • Weight: 165 grams w/o cable
  • Isolation: -10dB ~ -15dB
  • Impedance @ 1kHz: 24 Ohms
  • Detachable Cable: No
  • Cord Length: 10 ft. (3 m)
  • Cord Type: Straight Y
  • Coupler Size: Medium
  • Ear Coupler Type: Full-Size
  • Driver Type: Dynamic
  • Acoustic Seal: Closed
  • Connector Type: 1/8
  • Headphone Type: Full Size
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 2 Years
  • Sensitivity: 108 dB

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Awesome deal
Posted by SSteve from Sierra Foothills, CA on 2013-05-29

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Amazing sound for price
Cons: Hard to de-twist cable

My old Sennheiser HD 580 at home gave up the ghost and Sennheiser no longer repairs it. I've been using the Sennheiser HD 650 at work. I decided I'd bring the HD 650 home and get something less expensive and with a sealed back for work. I came to HeadRoom and saw their review of the HD 201 and figured I'd see if it was worth a shot. Yes, it was definitely worth a shot.

These compare favorably to the HD 650 through my vintage HeadRoom "The Little Version" amp. I think they might be just a little brighter. They are definitely louder than the HD 650 so it's a little hard to do a casual A/B test. But I am completely happy with these.

Be advised that I don't have a golden ear, I can't hear a whole lot above 14-15kHz, and I have some minor tinnitus so my opinion is particularly subjective. But for a set of cans at work I think you can't go wrong with these.

My only complaint is that because the cable is permanently connected, it is hard (if not impossible) to de-twist the cable. As a result the cable tends to brush against my chin which is a little annoying.

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Sorry! Actually sound is pretty bad!
Posted by Bozhidar from Europe on 2013-02-28

Recommend Product: No
Pros: good build, price
Cons: sound

this is the 4th set i bought after receiving high star results from the HeadRoom reviewers. I 've had the Grado R60, sennheiser px 100 1st gen, Etymoptic MC5, Koss PortaPro which all have been perfect in terms of sound very well as described. Note this one though! I wanted to buy my Mom some entry level headphones with resonable sound quality and price. I thought let's try them before i give it to her just out of pure curiosity of a modest audiophile. Now I must admit the sound may seem 'clear' for classic music lovers but anything else would just sound dull, with no bass as if you were listening good headphones through your winter cap.. i am a bit reluctant to give them to her now. And let me be streight - i am not a passionate audiophile but i know what should i expect from a good reviewer, good headphone brand and resonable price. I had no problems paying the extra $20-30 to get a better headphones but i thought "they gave it a full 5 star rating-sound can't be bad" but the truth is- it is pretty bad! You can't just give 5 stars because of the low price, after all this website is for showing the headphones with the best sound quality right!? or it is a website that shows us the cheapest headphones?? well we all know the prices, they are written at the products. Price is an undeniable factor over $100. You CANNOT give 4.5 or 5 stars to a product that sounds 10 times worse than a 2 times more expensive counterpart!

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Can't go wrong for the price
Posted by YTCrazyTieGuy from Israel on 2012-07-22

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Amazing value, Feel rugged, Great sound, Fairly comfortable
Cons: Slightly annoying cable

I'm about 90% sure the FR measurement went wrong somewhare cause the headphones sound great the way they are and horrible when I equalize them to match the response of the Beyer T1 or Audeze LCD 2. If anything, they are slightly dark/warm/treble shy rather than band limited and thin (as the graph suggests). To my ears they extend down to at least 40 Hz if not lower, which I think is enough (the lowest note on a bass is about 40 Hz, even if there are lower notes we rely on the harmonics to hear them anyway), and up to the limits of hearing. Highly recommended.

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