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Sennheiser HD 218, HD 228, PX 200-II

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I'm a college student looking to buy a pair of closed, supra-aural Sennheiser headphones for my laptop and MP3 player. I don't need strong isolation, weak enough to hear my mum yelling at me, but strong enough to listen to my music in the noisy bus.

 

I have narrowed my list down to these three pair. I live in Malaysia, and the price difference amongst them is... different here.

 

HD 218 is MYR 200, HD 228 is MYR 275, and PX 200-II is MYR 350. That PX 200-II is really over my budget, but I'd take it if the other two is crap.

 

I am a drummer, and a self taught electric bassist, so I need strong and clear bass. I always pay attention to the bass, so the lack of bass in headphones do piss me off. I listen to all kinds of music except for those 'clubbing' music, they're bass heavy but they do suck, no offence. :P

 

I have done my research but I couldn't find one that compares these 3 headphones, so I hope I can get some advise from you expert audiophiles. I'm sure you know more about these headphones than I do.

 

Oh and I'm really, really sorry to start a new thread.

post #2 of 8

Can't talk about the others, but the HD218 sounded really bad to me, quite muffled sound. No treble, poor mids and high bass roll-off.

post #3 of 8

how much is 350 myr in $?

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Originally Posted by MrBapti View Post

how much is 350 myr in $?


Its around $114 bucks. 

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Can't talk about the others, but the HD218 sounded really bad to me, quite muffled sound. No treble, poor mids and high bass roll-off.

 

Well it's the cheapest among the three of them, and hey, I'm a newb, so I'm comparing everything with the Apple headphones that came with my iPod Touch. ;)

 

Plus, it's most likely the one I'm going to get. It's the only one that's actually within the budget, so unless the others are worth busting the wallet for...

 

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Originally Posted by MrBapti View Post

how much is 350 myr in $?

 

Basically, divide it by 3. Sometimes slightly more, but meh it's always more expensive here, as usual.
 

 


Edited by SKisaGooner - 3/18/11 at 11:52am
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graphCompare.php?graphType=0&graphID[]=1653&graphID[]=1843&graphID[]=1813

 

http://graphs.headphone.com/graphCompare.php?graphType=0&graphID[]=1653&graphID[]=1843&graphID[]=1813

 

So this is the graph I got from the website above, what does this really mean? I understand frequency means pitch, amplitude probably means volume... So?

 

I'm only musically inclined enough to tell you that the lowest key in the piano (A0) has a frequency of 27.50 Hz, and the highest key (C8) has 4186.01 Hz. :)

post #7 of 8

The website explains it. It is subjective, but according to them the ideal response should be flat line, with a hump of 3 or 4 dB between 40 and 500 Hz, and a gentle downward slope between 1 kHz and 20 kHz to -8 or -10 dB. The closer to this, the better. It is also better to have "gentler" curves rather than jagged peaks and valleys.

 

From that graph one can infer that the HD218 and 228 have slightly recessed mids, a bit of treble brightness, but little extension, and the 218 has rolled-off bass. The PX200 on the other hand, is bass light, but with good extension, good midrange, but poor treble quantity, although the peak at 10k might give it decent treble extension.

 

This should be taken with a huge grain of salt, there's no knowing how much of it actually correlates to real listening. Also be advised that graphs for closed 'phones in that site always seem a bit off to me.

post #8 of 8
Have u considered the koss portapros or the ksc 75 or the px100

Those are all nice choices in ur price range
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