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Sennheiser HD 205-II

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Sennheiser turns to the budget-conscious but hip music lover with the HD205-II. Don't be lured by headphones with bloated, dark 'one-note' bass response; the Sennheiser HD205-II sealed-back, mid-sized over-the-ear design delivers tight, deeply musical bass that smoothly transitions into a balanced midrange and clear upper treble extension, all delivered with Senn's world-class sense of high style and durable build quality. Rotating earcups allow easy one-ear DJ mixing and sa-weet black-on-aluminum looks complete the HD205's cool package.

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Product Features:

  • Lightweight high-definition neodymium drivers
  • Awesome rotating earcup for 'one-ear' mixing or DJ monitoring
  • Compatible with all players including iPod, iPad, computers and MP3 devices
  • Excellent 2-year Sennheiser manufacturer's warranty

What's In The Box:

  • 1/4" stereo plug adapter
  • Carrying / storage bag


The Sennheiser HD205-II headphone gets it sealed headphone DNA from the 'economy-line' HD201 and budget HD203 models but significantly beefs up the bass response and adds more vivid, transparent highs to the musical presentation. The midranges still remain slightly recessed in the overall mix, giving the HD205-II a mild accentuation in the lows & highs typical for headphones at this general pricepoint. The upper-most treble range extension remains reasonably well-controlled, so the HD205-II manages to avoid the deadly tonal sin of 'edge' or harshness, a big no-no when using portable/digital audio sources that may already tend towards a brittle sound in the high frequencies. The Sennheiser HD205-II is a recommended choice for the budget-concious portable listener or working DJ wanting good ambient noise isolation and solid bottom-end punch in a fairly priced, well-built, and rather cool-looking headphone.

The Sennheiser HD205-II rates an efficient 32 Ohm impedance and 112dB sensitivity specs, making it suitable for use with computers, DJ turntable decks, even iPod, iPad or mp3 players and portable CD/DVD devices without demanding a dedicated headphone amp. Of course, an amp maximizes the sound quality of the HD 205-II and makes a noticeable improvement on the overall clarity, dynamics, and musical detail resolution -- but it's certainly not required. The construction of these headphones is solid with a sliding headband for fit adjustments and a chrome/silver/black colorway that's pretty schweet. The HD 205-II mid-sized pleather-padded earcups swivel away for single-ear listening or "mono" DJ mixing applications. The clamping force of the headband does feel secure as needed for mobile listening or active club work, but it may perhaps be a bit tight for big noggins who just want to lounge on the couch and do some personal listening. [HeadRoom Tip 227: letting the headphones stretch while clamped on a basketball or over a stack of books for a few days helps alleviate that issue]. The HD205-II headphone cord exits from the left earcup and terminates to 1/8" [3.5mm] 'mini' plug. A full-size 1/4" stereo adapter plug is included in the package along with a nifty padded storage pouch to protect your headphones during transit. A free 2-year product warranty is standard with all Sennheiser headphones ONLY when proof-purchased from 'Sennheiser authorized' dealers -- like us here at HeadRoom since 1992!


  • Connector Type: 1/8
  • Headphone Type: Full Size
  • THD+N: <0.5% at 1kHz
  • Isolation: -8db ~ -12dB
  • Impedance @ 1kHz: 32 Ohms
  • Detachable Cable: No
  • Cord Length: 3 meters
  • Cord Type: Straight Left-Side
  • Ear Coupler Type: Earpad
  • Driver Type: Dynamic
  • Acoustic Seal: Closed
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 2 Years
  • Sensitivity: 112 dB

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Great for Monitors and Linguists
Posted by Saphah from Colorado on 2012-09-11

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Isolating, loud, cord length and swivel earcup
Cons: May be too tight for some users

I just purchased my third pair of Sennheiser HD 205-II from Headroom. As an 8-year Title III linguist, I spend (and have spent) hours listening to live voice audio from a computer. My work requires headphones that are high quality and durable. The HD-205s have delivered in quality and durability. The only reason why I've had to trash my previous pairs is because of the extreme use I gave them like rolling over the cord with my chair. The long cord (3 meters/10 ft.) allows me to stand up and walk to nearby workstations. The swivel ear cup is my fave feature. It allows me to flip the right ear cup and talk on the phone or listen to someone talking to me without having to take them off. Even with the ear cup swiveled up, the headset stays firm on my head and does not slide off. The one drawback that several users, myself included, have is that it can be tight on the ears on some users; especially those with big heads. Every now and then, usually because of long hours of use, they are tight on my ears, but I figure it's a sign that I need to take a break or readjust them. The plastic band has never cracked or broken on my previous pairs. I've seen Bose and Sony (low-end models) headsets go into the trash only because the user dropped them and the plastic above the ear cups broke rendering the headphones useless. The 1/4" stereo plug adapter came in handy when I had to plug into a cassette player. When I plug into a splitter, I always get good, loud audio. When I'm not using these for work, I use them for music or DVD viewing. The sound is super amazing. I was using a pair of Klipsch headsets my son lent me for the past month when my 205 gave out after 2 years. I just couldn't work with them. I kept getting wrapped up in the Y-cord and the short cord kept popping out of the PC speakers. Yup, I can't work (or live) without these.

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Great for dj'ing
Posted by Jon from Nashville, TN on 2011-07-01

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Very loud, isolating
Cons: Uncomfortable

I bought these purely to dj with, and they work extremely well for that use. I wouldn't ever use these for casual listening, though. They are insanely uncomfortable on the head for longer then 15 minutes (very tight). When I dj, though, I just have them around my neck and pull up one side for cueing the next track. Surprisingly, the bass remains clear and punchy even in high volume situations. They isolate the sound very well, so they're perfect for dj'ing.

Oh yeah, the long cord is pretty handy when I perform.

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