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Sennheiser HD 518

$129.95
MSRP $129.95
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The Sennheiser HD518 is an affordable full-size 'audiophile' open-back headphone with an outstandingly Top Ten Under $500 well-balanced musical presentation that's amazing to hear at this price. Signature German audio ease, even-toned musical pace and transparent detail resolution in a headphone ready for home, campus or listening room. Cool looks keeps in style but its the sound quality that will keep these cans affixed to your head in pure acoustic pleasure. Huge HeadRoom favorite at the price!


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Product Features:

  • Huge "bang for the buck" headphone performance
  • Comfortable elliptical full-size, circumaural design
  • Features 'E.A.R' driver for maximized spaciousness and soundstage imaging depth
  • Airy, vented open-back earcup construction
  • Free Sennheiser 2-year manufacturer's premium warranty

What's In The Box:

  • 1/8" [3.5mm] mini-plug adapter

Applications:

A very sizeable audio step-up from the HD515 model it replaces, the open-back Sennheiser HD518 has some serious audio engineering lurking behind its wallet-friendly price. Patented 'DuoFol' diaphragms and fast-response, nearly-weightless neodymium magnet drivers deliver an accurate acoustic reproduction and an immersive depth of field like few cans we've heard anywhere near this price. The HD518's musical heft and sonic body offers excellent weight in the bottom-end along with soaring extension into the mids and upper highs, making it a remarkable maximized 'bang-for-the-buck' value in full-size [circumaural] headphones. The low-end punch is pleasingly plump but not uncontrolled so bass does not bleed into or obsure mids or highs. The HD518 sound strong direct from computers and also sonically synergize well with iPad / iPod or MP3 players given their natural tonal warmth and smooth timbral delivery. The HD518 rate a fairly efficient 50 Ohm impedance and work great sans a headphone amp, but employing a quality amp adds dynamic bloom, expands transient 'quickness' and delivers a tighter-textured low-end, along with clearer definition of subtle recording nuances. Music lovers wanting the best sound possible without climbing the steep side of the 'headphone price vs. diminishing audio returns' curve should have a close listen to the HD518.

Of course, nowadays it's not only just about killer audio engineering, so the modern louvered slat earcup design on the Sennheiser HD518 provides a cosmetic hint at the slick sonic performance underneath. Proprietary Sennheiser ' E.A.R.'  technology optimizes soundstaging elements through an angled acoustic baffle system within the earcups designed to focus audio waves in parallel to the human ear. The result is a wider depth of acoustic field and more correctly "layered" instruments and voices heard in the HD518's musical presentation. Fully open-back circumaural earcups with black velour ear cushions will settle comfortably around the outer part of the earlobes on most wearers. The high-quality OFC headphone cord is conveniently owner-detachable / replaceable via a locking mechnism into the headphones; the cord extends about 9 feet in length. The HD518 plug is a beefy 1/4" stereo jack and a handy adapter to the smaller 1/8" [3.5mm] 'mini' plug is included in the Sennheiser packaging. The 2-year manufacturer warranty is free with your "authorized" Sennheiser-dealer receipt, like the one you'll get here at HeadRoom, a trusted Sennheiser dealer since 1992.

Specifications:

  • Weight: 8.6 oz (255 g)
  • THD+N: <0.2% (1 kHz; 100dB SPL
  • Impedance @ 1kHz: 50 Ohms
  • Detachable Cable: Yes
  • Cord Length: 9ft
  • Cord Type: Straight Left-Side
  • Coupler Size: Large
  • Ear Coupler Type: Full-Size
  • Driver Type: Dynamic
  • Acoustic Seal: Open
  • Connector Type: 1/8
  • Headphone Type: Full Size
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years
  • Sensitivity: 108dB

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Great for the price
Posted by Alienator064 from Chicago on 2014-01-28

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Detail, Look, Treble, Price, Removable cable, Soundstage
Cons: Bass,

Great headphone for the price. Great for just about every genre, except the bass is a little muddy and overpowering. Other than that, I love them. Their soundstage is amazing. They are great for gaming because of this. They don't leak that much sound either, and they have a nice warm tone. I 100% recommend these.


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The best bang for your buck
Posted by alexpoli7 on 2012-12-24

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Comfortable, Good value, large soundstage, great looks, low impedance
Cons: none maybe that they are made mostly of plastic.

These headphones are the best bang for the buck you can get. I had Sony MDR-V6's and those are excellent headphones, and are incredibly balanced. The Sennheiser HD518's are a little bit more bassy out of the box, but after and 4 hour break in, the mids and highs really open up and shine. These headphones are insanely detailed, you can hear every note from every instrument. They are low impedance and therefore do not need an amp, especially If you running them from a macbook pro. These headphones are incredibly comfortable, not squeezing your head to tight but still holding on. The padding on the top band is incredibly soft, while the ear cups are a little harder in terms of padding. The padding is all covered by a nice soft fabric that does no irritate the skin. However, this fabric does attract hair and acts like a magnet. The sound though is impecable. These headphones are just so detailed. I must warn you though, these are open and you will get sound leak, so keep that in mind.

These headphones are great bang for the buck, especially as beginner to mid level audiophile headphones.


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My son's second good headphone
Posted by Tobias from Montreal, QC on 2012-05-05

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Comfort, value
Cons: Some may not care for so much upper bass

In a nutshell, these are great value phones with a distinct sonic signature you may love... or not quite.

I bought them for my son to replace his Grado SR-60s. The Grados had had the connection from the cable to the earcup repaired too often. (My son was not easy on his phones in his teens.)

He wanted headphones like my Sennheiser 580s, which are no longer available and IMHO a little too good for his MP3s and NAD amp. He's delighted with the 518s : the comfort, the smooth midrange and especially the bass.

Which is my personal problem with them. The frequency response chart (bravo to headRoom for publishing it!) tells the story. There is a lot more energy in the octave between 40 and 400 Hz than in the rest of the frequency range, and that means they impose their sonic signature on the music. To me, it works for some recordings but not all. If they were mine I would get tired of it.

Not my son, though. He declared them very sincerely "Awesome" when he first tried them out, and he uses them for hours at a time, when he's at his computer. Not sure I've ever been more successful with a gift.


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