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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

I just got some Sennheiser HD 448 headphones from a friend, and I'm worried they might be fake. I can't really tell from online photos, but if I describe mine in detail, maybe someone can help.

 

I did notice on photos that the horizontal stripe of metal looked like brushed aluminum, but mine is almost a perfect mirror. A newer model maybe?

 

The padding on the ear parts are not very comfortable, they feel like regular foam, not that soft.

 

Very little noise isolation.

 

The speaker grill has a glossy plastic behind it. (They are closed-back headphones, the grill is just for looks)

 

The body is completely black (matte).

 

It has a fairly low build quality, but doesn't seem like it will break.

 

I think the sound quality is great, but I could be wrong.

 

 

 

So, does anyone have Sennheisers with there characteristics?


Edited by stuffses - 10/29/11 at 11:06am
post #2 of 13
Thread Starter 

Also, is the horizontal stripe on each side supposed to be all metal? The paint is metallic, giving it a metal look (Its even conductive; I tested with a multimeter), but after I scrape off a little, there is plastic underneath the paint. 

post #3 of 13

Call up Sennheiser, give them the model #, and they will tell you.

post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by stuffses View Post

I just got some Sennheiser HD 448 headphones from a friend, and I'm worried they might be fake. I can't really tell from online photos, but if I describe mine in detail, maybe someone can help.

 

I did notice on photos that the horizontal stripe of metal looked like brushed aluminum, but mine is almost a perfect mirror. A newer model maybe?

 

The padding on the ear parts are not very comfortable, they feel like regular foam, not that soft.

 

Very little noise isolation.

 

The speaker grill has a glossy plastic behind it. (They are closed-back headphones, the grill is just for looks)

 

The body is completely black (matte).

 

It has a fairly low build quality, but doesn't seem like it will break.

 

I think the sound quality is great, but I could be wrong.

 

 

 

So, does anyone have Sennheisers with there characteristics?




The real hd448s I had always felt somewhat flimsy to me. The plastic felt thin but flexible. The grills are definitely supposed to be closed like that, I never really understood the point of it myself. I'm pretty sure a metallic coating on the stripe is indicative of a real pair; if they were fakes the makers would probably use silver paint to cut costs. On my pair the material of the earpads  felt somewhat thin, unlike most fake leather pads on other headphones, and had holes near the cups for venting. If this sounds like what you have then theyre probably genuine.

post #5 of 13

And the other dead giveaway...

 

Fake M50's, fake ESW9's, fake Beats, etc

 

They all have shocking, horrid sound quality,

the drivers are literally made of recycled

dishwashing gloves and tin foil.

 

You can't miss it. 

post #6 of 13

True, though in the beats case its actually an improvement. wink.gif

post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 

Ok, so they seem to be real, based on your information, but does anyone have HD 448's with a non brushed aluminum stripe? Mine's shiny.

post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 

I just contacted sennheiser via email form on their website. I'll post the results here.

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Ok, so they seem to be real, based on your information, but does anyone have HD 448's with a non brushed aluminum stripe? Mine's shiny.



I have them and they're shiny, I bought them from headroom, supposed to be a reputable dealer for Sennheiser stuff in particular.

post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 

One last thing to confirm mine (or if I get a reply from sennheiser), can you weigh your? Mine are 167 g (5.9 oz), for just the headphones themselves, and the attached cable.

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One last thing to confirm mine (or if I get a reply from sennheiser), can you weigh your? Mine are 167 g (5.9 oz), for just the headphones themselves, and the attached cable.



LOL, no, they're light though.

post #12 of 13

I don't think they have fake HD448s mainly because they are not popular enough. But there is always a chance. The HD448 isn't the most awesome looking or the sturdiest headphones around.

post #13 of 13
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I don't think they have fake HD448s mainly because they are not popular enough. But there is always a chance. The HD448 isn't the most awesome looking or the sturdiest headphones around.



Although HD448 is not popular, there are fake ones.

Check this Chinese website, HD448, $25; link

More fake Sennheirser from same website, IE8, $8; link

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