How to buy the best Sennheiser headphones
Sennheiser makes a huge range of headphones in all shapes, sizes and prices. If you’re looking for a cheap pair of earbuds or over-the-ear headphones for around $2500, there are Sennheiser models that should suit you.
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in-ear headphones, earphones and earplugs
Earbud headphones sit on the outside of your ear and generally hang from the ear itself to project sound into your ear canal. They’re the kind of headphones that are usually thrown in for free with a new phone or MP3 player. In-ear headphones sit deeper in your ear canal — this allows them to block out more outside noise and generally offer superior sound quality, but some users find the intrusion uncomfortable.
Designed for use with MP3 players, portable DVD players or netbooks, at the lower end of the price range you’ll find products like the Sennheiser CX 271 and CX 310, while more expensive models like the CX 400 Precision II and CX 980 promise better sound quality, smaller size or increased comfort for an additional charge.
Sennheiser in-ear and earbud headphones that we tested include the MX 581, MX 471, CX 300-II, and OMX 181.
On-the-ear and clip-on headphones
On-the-ear headphones sit on top of your ears and clamp against them to keep them stable. Clip-on headphones do a similar job, but instead of using a headband, they use sunglass-style hooks that sit on top of your ears. Not as big as over-the-ear headphones but offer richer sound than earbuds – on-the-ear and clip-on headphones strike a compromise between portability, comfort, and sound quality.
Portable headphones and travel models like the PXC 150 are usually based on this type of design, and Sennheiser also makes many wireless models based on Bluetooth technology like the PXC 210 BT. Cheap on-ear headphones include the popular HD 218 and HD 238 Precision models, but you can also buy more expensive on-ear headphones that sound better or are more comfortable.
The Sennheiser clip-on and on-ear headphones we tested include the OMX 680i Sports, the HD 238 Precision, the PXC 210 BT, and the MM 450 Travel.
Full-size headphones sit over the rims of your ears and rest on the side of your head. You can buy closed-back headphones, which clamp tightly to block out ambient noise, or open-back headphones, which are more comfortable but allow some outside noise through.
Full-size over-the-ear headphones make up the majority of Sennheiser’s headphone range – there are many budget, mid-range and expensive models with sound quality, design and comfort to match. You can pick up a pair of full-size Sennheiser headphones for less than $50 street price if you opt for a model like the HD 202 or HD 418, but if you’re looking to spend a little more, buy a pair of HD 448 headphones with superior specifications and better construction. You can also shop for extremely high-quality models from Sennheiser’s high-end line of over-ear headphones – models include the HD 595, HD 650, and limited-edition Sennheiser HD 800 headphones for $2500.
Sennheiser over-ear headphones we’ve tested include the HD 438, HD 418, HD 428, and HD 800.
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Sennheiser makes some on-the-ear and over-the-ear headsets for use with desktop PCs and notebooks. With a headset, you can video chat with your friends, conference calls with your business associates, or voice chat while playing a video game with your friends. Like its other line of headphones, Sennheiser makes a wide range of headset models – from more affordable on-the-ear models like the PC 151 to hardcore gaming models like the PC 360. Internet voice chatters will be satisfied with one Earphones like the PC 100, an earphone like the PC 121 and full on-ear models like the PC 36 USB.
Sennheiser headsets that we have tested include the MM 100, PC 163D G4ME, PC 360 G4ME and Sennheiser PC 161.
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