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Sennheiser HD 515 Headphones

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Posted

Pros: Laid back, Completely Non Fatiguing (for me)

Cons: A bit too polite. Small sound-stage

These are not the value they once were, but if you can find them for $50 they are un-beatable. For the price they go for these days the 518 is generally seen as better in every way than these. I use these for mostly rock, some jazz, techno and metal. Those genre descriptions are almost vague enough to describe my music library.

 

Comfort:

Very Good, I prefer the Velor material used on pricier HP's but the cloth used is very comfortable. After about 3 hour they start to get slightly uncomfortable because of the fairly tight clamping pressure. I remember thinking they were tight when I bought them but I put them on my 4" monitor speakers overnight and it fixed them for me. 

4/5

 

Build:

Durability is very good, I have used these for years and they seem to be holding up quite admirably. The cushioning appears to be nearly as good as when I bought them. The plastic design may feel flimsy in hand but no cracks or noticeable stress has occurred. I thought I blew out the right driver because I accidentally cranked them to unbelievable volume one morning trying to figure out why my desk speakers sounded so weird, turns out the 515's were just screaming away, fully audible to me and the other person watching the video but have come out unscathed. 

4/5 for plastics used.

 

Sound:

This is going to be difficult. They are polite. Bass is reasonably tight has a bit of punch. To me it could go down just a bit farther, they roll of at about 50Hz. The highs are recessed but present though not spectacular. Mids and vocals are very clear, not the most brilliant sounding but in the $50 range they are unreal. Timber in the mid bass to  mid range is very good, these. If you want to jam to a Cello these phones are for you.  Sound stage is good, it can get slightly confused in some rock tracks, especially very fast ones. They aren't boring, but are warm and a maybe a bit slow.

I find them to be fairly accurate and will not forgive a bad recording of anything. They sort of tip-toe around the sound as if they might offend you if they are too exciting. 

3.5/5

 

Value, This is the can of worms. Once available for $50 before discontinued. If you can get a used set for $50 do it. If you can't, I would skip these and pick up the 518 for about the same price as these currently sell for.

?/5

 

Not a "must have" headphone but next to the HD 580 they are probably the most under rated Sennheiser ever. I find they even sound like a cheaper HD 580 but without a hard of punching bass.

Posted

Pros: Cheap, moderately good

Cons: Headband pealage out of the box, plastic cracking

Moderately good sound quality. (First 'good' headphone, so my opinion may be flawed)
Good headphones to start with. No need for an amp or DAC. They'll do just fine for anything you want! My sound knowledge isn't amazing yet, I apologize.
Sennheiser HD 515 Headphones
Description:

The HD 515 is a classic headphone and an affordable entry into the audiophile 500 series. It's perfect for listening with virtually any source. It is fitted with Sennheiser's innovative E.A.R. technology, plus special Duofol diaphragms that reduce unwanted resonances to an absolute minimum. Overall listening pleasure is combined with outstanding comfort.

Details:
DetailValue
BindingElectronics
BrandSennheiser
EAN8517855180365
FeatureOutstanding comfort for long listening sessions
Height0.39 inches
Length0.39 inches
Weight0.56 pounds
Width0.39 inches
LabelSennheiser
List Price$129.95
ManufacturerSennheiser
ModelHD515
MPNHD515
Package Quantity1
Product GroupCE
Product Type NameHEADPHONES
PublisherSennheiser
StudioSennheiser
TitleSennheiser HD-515 Audiophile 500 Series Headphones
UPC615104053410
Batteries Included0
FormatCD
Is Autographed0
Is Memorabilia0
Legal DisclaimerWe do not in any way represent that any part we sell is legal to possess in your jurisdiction. Check with you local authorities to ensure it is legal for you to possess before buying!
Operating SystemN/A
LanguagesEnglish
Number Of Items1
Special Featuresnv: Model^HD515 | Design^Headphones in black with silver earcup caps | Frequency Response^14 26,000 Hz | Frequency Characteristics^Diffuse field equalized | Transducer Principle^Dynamic, open | Impedance^120 Ohms | THD^ 0.2 | Ear Coupling^Circumaural | Cable^10 ft cable, OFC, single-sided, changeable | Weight^9 oz | Packaging-Design^Unique packaging with blistered product on display inside | Packaging Dimensions W x H x D^8.25 x 9.65 x 3.95 inches
Product Type Subcategory2300799
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