The Sennheiser HD 201 are below-average headphones that feel cheaply made and have an unexciting sound. They only passively isolate, which lets noise seep into your audio in loud environments and on noisy commutes. However, they will remain stable on your head even during physical activity.
- Stable fit.
- lightweight, decently comfortable design.
- Low leakage.
- Poor isolation.
- Flimsy, all-plastic build.
- Bass lacking sound reproduction.
- Noticeable harmonic distortion.
The Sennheiser HD 201 are very stable headphones that feel comfortable and do not apply much pressure to the head. Sadly, the all-plastic build quality and weak hinges may not last as long as other headphones. They have no control options for your audio, and the cable is non-detachable. They also look a little bland aesthetically.
The HD 201 are lightweight and do not apply much pressure to the head. The oval ear cups are large enough to fit well around the most listener's ears. Unfortunately, they do not have enough padding on the headband and the ear cups, which reduces their level of comfort.
The HD 201 are very stable headphones. Once on the head they barely move even during physical activities like jogging. They maintain their position extremely well during casual listening sessions, and although they are not designed for use while doing sports, they will not slide off your ears easily even after a violent shake. Unfortunately, the cord is not detachable, which may pull the headphones off your head if ever it gets hooked on something.
The Sennheiser are not the most portable headphones. They are mid-sized over-ear headphones but do not fold up into a smaller format for easy transport or lay flat to take up less space. They will fit in a backpack but are little too cumbersome for handbags and purses and will not fit into most pockets, even larger jacket pockets. They also don't come with a case or pouch which is disappointing.
The Sennheiser HD 201 have a poor audio reproduction that's severely lacking in bass. Instruments and vocals sound decent, but the overemphasized and inconsistent high frequencies could sound sharp for some. They have a boxy, unexciting sound that will disappoint fans of bass. They also have a noticeable amount of harmonic distortion, which muddies the audio you're listening to, especially at high volumes.
Poor performance. The low-end cutoff of 90Hz is quite poor for headphones. Additionally, the 10dB dip in low-bass and the 3dB dip in bass mean that these headphones lack thump and punch.
Average performance. The response is flat for the most part. However, it is consistently overemphasized throughout the mid-range. This, combined with the lacking bass, makes these headphones mid-rangy.
Average performance. The response in low-treble is inconsistent. The bump in treble overemphasizes the clarity and presence of vocals/cymbals, to the point of sounding sibilant and piercing to those with hypersensitive ears.
Poor harmonic distortion overall. The amount of distortion in the bass region is acceptable. However, in the mid and treble ranges, there are very significant spikes of harmonic distortion exceeding over 40% of the input. Also, there is also a general rise in distortion at higher volumes.
These headphones isolate passively, which means they do not actively cancel any ambient noise that seeps into the ear cups. Although the ear cups' seal around the ear is decent, it's not sufficient to block the level of ambient noise in loud environments like in a train or plane. They are not ideal for commuting or traveling but won't disturb people around you too much because of their relatively low leakage.
Poor isolation. These non-noise cancelling headphones don't isolate any sound below 1KHz. The passive isolation provided by the ear cups is also below average. It starts to kick-in around 1KHz, reaching the maximum of -30dB at 6KHz.
Decent leakage. The majority of the leakage is happening in the mid and treble regions, spanning from 500Hz-3KHz. Although this range is rather broad, the overall level of the leakage is not too loud.
No active features.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Sennheiser HD 201 Headphones
- 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter