The Sennheiser HD449 takes over from the HD448 as one of the top sealed-back headphones found right smack in the middle of the fiercely competitive $100-to-$150 price strata. Sporting similar sonics and impedance ratings and looking almost the same as its very popular brethren of yore, the HD449 provides a nifty cord extension and manages to sound basically indistinguishable from the (now discontinued) HD448 model. Still, some good stuff from the friendly giant of German headphone powerhouses.
What We Think:
A fresh re-upping of the now-discontinued HD448 model, the Sennheiser HD449 remains the best-sounding headphone Sennheiser has released at this price. Sure, the HD449 are bedecked with a bit of the cool styling increasingly popular in headphone land. But don't let the hip cosmetics fool you. The HD 449 remain serious headphones suitable even for demanding ears. Excellent musical definition, transparent timbral textures and quick dynamics belie this can's within-reach price. The HD 449's nearly weightless neodymium drivers and proprietary Sennheiser Duo-Fol diaphragms produce an airy yet rich tone full of correct musical detail and open soundstage imaging with seamless integration of the music at all frequencies. Full-size closed-back construction offers mild ambient noise attenuation and listening privacy anywhere you want your tunes. Efficient 32 Ohm impedance means the HD449 does not require an amp for great sound quality when used directly from iPod, iPad, iPhone, MP3 players or computers. So another two thumbs-up HeadRoom recommendation of these long-time German headphone gurus!
The Sennheiser HD 449 has circular earpad cushions that will typically gently rest on the outer part of the earlobes on most wearers. It's a highly comfortable full-size design given the ergonomically well-balanced, lightweight feel and 'no-pressure' clamping force of the headband. Expect great long-term wearing comfort from the HD 449 full-size circumaural ('around the ear') soft fabric earpad cushions. The single-sided cord (no 'Y-cord' tangles!) exits at the left earcup and extends about 4ft. Adding the provided [detachable] extension cord brings the maximum cord length to about 9ft. The headphone cords terminate to 3.5mm (1/8') 'mini' plug jacks ideal for nearly all mobile and portable audio sources. A full-size 1/4' gold-plated stereo plug adapter is also handily provided in the package, along with that useful 5ft headphone cable extension cord when needing a longer reach to your audio source. Neat Sennheiser storage/travel pouch included. A free 2-year manufacturer's 'repair or replace' product warranty remains in effect with all Sennheiser headphones ONLY when proof-purchased via true 'Sennheiser authorized dealers'-- like us here at HeadRoom since 1992!
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