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post #31 of 41

I own the HD-201. In my opinion, these are mediocre at best. The sound is really small and almost squaky and lacks clarity. They lack dynamic range. They clip really easily and you really have to crank the volume compared to the other headphones I own (see signature). They're uncomfortable as well. I don't get why people like them. 

 

I actually took my first set I bought back to the store because one cup sounded different than the other. My second pair was no better. I found out a year and a half later that it's actually the ear pads that are causing the uneven sound.  They currently sit in their original box collecting dust. I should've never bought them or got my money back after the first pair.triportsad.gif My sub 20 dollar JVC flats blow the HD-201 out of the water!


Edited by Trance88 - 3/14/13 at 10:22pm
post #32 of 41

I am really impressed at the sound these headphones can produce given the right Headphone amplifier and DAC. I am using the AudioLab M-Dac and Meier Corda Jazz to power them and they sound phenomenal. The vocals are not too forward, the treble is enough to bring out the detail. However the only thing lacking is the bass which seems a bit flat. But they can still be enjoyed and would be as good as the Koss Porta Pro. 

 

I find the soundstage to be good enough for a closed set of headphones and there is no lack of instrument separation. The is slight distortion with complex musical passages and you know that the headphone is being pushed to its limits. 

 

All in All big them a bit more bass and bring out the vocals a bit forward and we have a real winner. I would recommend these headphones for anyone who wants to just take a break from all the Hi-End stuff and enjoy the cheaper things in life.

 

Sometimes in life it get hards always going to Harrods and buying the expensive stuff. Sometimes you just want to go to £1 store and pick something up. Cant always drive a Ferrari sometimes you need a break and drive that Fiat punto or the Ford Kia or better yet the Lambretta Scooter.

post #33 of 41

They are good and for that very low price, just get one! Go buy one now! :)

post #34 of 41
There's a pair sitting in my lab left over from a PhD student who has now moved on to do post-doc work at another lab.

They're light, they're flimsy. They sound "ok" for $10.

They completely lack bass even when drive out of my Total Bithead. Lots of plasticky sounding resonances too, but you can't ask for too much at $10...
post #35 of 41
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Originally Posted by AzN1337c0d3r View Post

There's a pair sitting in my lab left over from a PhD student who has now moved on to do post-doc work at another lab.

They're light, they're flimsy. They sound "ok" for $10.

They completely lack bass even when drive out of my Total Bithead. Lots of plasticky sounding resonances too, but you can't ask for too much at $10...

Is it possible to fix the bass with an eq?

post #36 of 41
I will try this when I get back into the lab Tuesday and report back, if someone else hasn't already done so.
post #37 of 41

I've had them for a few years, came free with some other gizmo I bought. I think I remember they used to clamp my head, but now it's the opposite. I took to tying a bandana and sliding it down over the headpiece (and my head) to get the full sound coming through. But of course after a while it struck me as ridiculous, and I decided to get something in the $100 range. That's another thread, but anyone know a mod for getting these 201s tighter again? They'd still be usable, if only they didn't lose so much sound from their accumulated floppiness. Another tangent: I picked all the leatherette crap off, which was getting all over the place. I did it with tweezers, and it took forever.

post #38 of 41

I've had my hd201 headphones for about a month now and I am already considering buying another pair! One to keep stock and one for all the mods I am experimenting with! :) I love the sound that comes from these guys! Running out of my laptop or my Fiio E6 they sound very spacious for a 20 dollar headphone. I bought the hd428 pads from sennheiser after reading about it in another thread. I wasn't expecting too much of a difference as I thought they were pleasant sounding and comfortable to begin with but dang, these things have bass now! Good bass too! Deep and not overpowering. Soundstage seemed to open up a bit too and now my ears don't touch the drivers! 

 

Another big difference was they no longer distort for some reason. I have had some seriously bassy songs playing through these that sounded like gravel in a coffee can before that now sound beautiful. I don't know why the pads made a difference in that. Maybe it was just them burning in. Either way they keep getting better to me! Now I am working on making the cable detachable and making a shorter cable for portable use. 

post #39 of 41

Sold my hd598's ( :'( ) so I'm back to using my old hd201's for now. I really love these headphones, always have. If sennheiser made a version with better earpads and a shorter and or replaceable cable, I would be very happy as those are my only complaints! I can't seem to track down the velour earpads some people have used with their hd201's...

post #40 of 41
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Originally Posted by indieman View Post
 

Sold my hd598's ( :'( ) so I'm back to using my old hd201's for now. I really love these headphones, always have. If sennheiser made a version with better earpads and a shorter and or replaceable cable, I would be very happy as those are my only complaints! I can't seem to track down the velour earpads some people have used with their hd201's...

Have you tried the sennheiser website? i can't remember the exact part number but im sure if you searched for HD428 replacement pads that it would bring you right to them. I also shortened my cable to about 3 feet so I am loving these things so much more than i ever did when they were stock!

post #41 of 41

When I look for the part it shows pleather pads...

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