Sennheiser HD 202 Dynamic Headphones (Old Version)

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  1. Susan Hinojoza "It's a full life." says:
    1,113 of 1,134 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    great deal, November 17, 2002
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    Susan Hinojoza “It’s a full life.” (Union City, CA USA) –
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    This review is from: Sennheiser HD 202 Dynamic Headphones (Old Version) (Electronics)

    I do not like small earphones that go into the ear. After a very short time I find them very uncomfortable. I also hate anything pressing on my head.

    I was looking for a set of over the ear phones which were light weight, comfortable, had excellent sound fidelity, a longish cord so I can be comfortably away from my stereo, and effectively blocked outside sounds. My primary motivation for buying these phones was so that I could listen to opera and really hear the phrases. I wanted all this for under $30.00

    These head phones delivered. As soon as they arrived, I tested them on a variety of music types at a variety of volumes. The phones are very comfortable and except for a bit of warming of my ears, which was rather pleasant, I barely noticed them. The cushion on the crosspiece is thick enough so that you don’t really feel it.

    Sound fidelity is excellent. I was actually able to hear parts of music and instruments that I had never noticed before. This was especially true with classical, opera and jazz. The balance between bass and treble was very good, although if you really like loud thumping base, you may be a bit dissappointed.

    I was not able to get the volume up loud enough to notice any distortion before it was too much for me, so I can’t really say that there will be no distortion if you like really loud music.

    If you are looking for headphones that are a good bargain for the money and have a limited budget, these are it.

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  2. lofey says:
    665 of 687 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Unbeatable Budget Headphone for Traveling with iPod, October 8, 2005
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    lofey (Hong Kong SAR, China) –

    This review is from: Sennheiser HD 202 Dynamic Headphones (Old Version) (Electronics)

    I own a couple of pairs of headphones for different purposes, the Sennheiser HD202 is for listening to my iPod. I’m living in a city where mobile-zombies are addicted to incessant cell phone chatting in the public. The headphones’ ability of providing isolation from outside annoyance is of utmost importance when I consider purchasing a pair of headphones for traveling use. The HD202, sealed in design, excels in that functionality. Most noises are decently blocked away from my listening pleasure. The HD202 is mid-sized, and I don’t find portability a burden. The headphones are circum-aural, for my average-sized ears, which contributes a lot to the good isolation. The pleather ear-pads and cushion under the head-band are comfy, no complaints for extended wearing for me.

    Sound-wise, I found the HD202 performing unexpectedly well for headphones in this price range. These cans could be driven by the iPod with ease. Judging by listening impressions, I found the HD202’s frequency response even and flat, with a little emphasis on the bottom and a bit roll-off on the high end. Bass-heads might found its lows less then head-bombing, but it’s just adequate for me, allowing mids and highs passing through to paint a balanced sound profile. Since the HD202 is a sealed-type design, notes above the mids are not as open and airy as its open counterparts. Details are of cuz not as good as the Sennheiser HD600, my reference phones, but it’s totally acceptable for a pair of traveling cans. The Grado SR-60 has more details, but its highs are, surprisingly, harsher than the HD202, and it just fails to block any noise from outside which defeat the very intention of evading the roaring of the zombies.

    My listening spectrum is broad, ranging from classical, operas, chansons francaises, jazz, old rock, psychedelic, indies, metal to trip hop. Although not perfect (what could be anyway?), the HD202 performs satisfactorily in every genre I have tried through it, and favors music with heavy beats, like Portishead and Morcheeba. It also sounds good with Doors, Cream, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath. It’s best for dance, pop and rock. For classical fans, the HD202 could also bring smile on your face. It’s not the smoothest phones in the world, but its shortcomings (a bit dry and inability to retrieve full details) are forgivable and it could let you forget hi-fi and dive into musical nirvana. Gieseking’s Debussy piano readings from his 78r/m era are just magical, and the pluckings of the double-bass in Munch’s “Symphonie Fantastique” (1954 version) are tangible and rich. The HD202 also “Rings”, pun not intended, well with Wagner. The Bayreuth acoustics are understated, yet remains beautiful, through the HD202. I enjoy every bow across the strings and the “Ho-jo-to-ho!” by the Walkures. For jazz, both vocals (Lady Day) and instrumentals (Monk and Coltrane) swing.

    For durability, the HD202 doesn’t score too high. The cord on the left can has developed bad contact after 2 years’ service. Since the cords are non-detachable, the ailment could not be remedied. I thought of buying a new set of HD202 but was bitten by the up-grade bug and bought a HD212pro instead. And boy what wrong I have done and feel regretted for my conversion. The HD212 might have deeper bass, but it doesn’t come close to the HD202 regarding naturalness which I place high regarding music listening. It has TOO MUCH bass for my taste. Sounds are richer but somewhat artificial in the 212. I much prefer the 202 to the bass-exaggerated, unnatural and over-rated 212pro.

    For listeners not obsessed with bass fetishism and hi-fi-similacrum who want to enjoy music on the road, Sennheiser HD202 is highly recommended.

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