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Sennheiser HD201 Lightweight Over-Ear Binaural Headphones

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  • Powerful stereo sound
  • Good attenuation of noise
  • High-quality leatherette ear pads
  • Lightweight and comfortable to wear

The HD 201 is the ideal entry pair of headphones to step into the world of powerful stereo sound.

The HD 201 have good attenuation of ambient noise that allows you to hear more of your music and less of the distractions from the outside world, and their rich bass response and dynamic audio reproduction mean you'll hear your music more clearly. They are lightweight, and comfortable to wear so you can listen longer.

The Sennheiser HD 201 is a lightweight stereo headphone designed specially for long studio or DJ sessions. The noise canceling function in these Sennheiser Over-the-Head headphones easily filters all unwanted ambient noises for the best audio output. The hypo-allergenic, comfortable, leatherette ear pad of these Sennheiser Over-the-Head headphones fit easily around the ears.

The frequency response range of 21-18,000Hz in the Sennheiser HD 201 stereo headset gives you clear and distortion-free sound. The Sennheiser HD 201 headphones feature a sensitivity of 108dB that ensures you will be able to hear every little thing clearly.


Extremely rugged
Powerful stereo sound
Good attenuation of noise
Rich, crisp bass response
High-quality leatherette ear pads
Lightweight and comfortable to wear
1/4" (6.3mm) jack adapter, gold plated


Brand: Sennheiser
Model: HD 201
Fit Design: Headband
Earpiece Design: Ear-Pad (On the Ear)
Sensitivity: 108 dB
Frequency Response: 21 Hz - 18 kHz
Impedance: 24 ohms
Color: Silver
Connectivity Type: Wired
Connector: 1 x 1/4" Stereo Phone Adapter
                   1 x 1/8" Stereo Mini Plug
Noise Canceling: Without Noise Cancellation
Noise Isolating: With Noise Isolating
Cable Length: 9.84 ft
Plug Type: 3.5 mm, 6.3 mm
Weight: 5.82 oz (165 g)


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Jun 15, 2013 12:10:46 PM
I was very impressed by the performance out of these very inexpensive phones. The phones seem to be very durable, well built. These headphones are very efficient so they work great for portables...iPod in my situation. I also purchased the HD580s at the same time and wooohooo I'm very pleased with them as well! I've owned them for 2 months and get quality sessions out of both. I work in a lab so the HD201s are great for their "closed", non-disturbing to others design. Bottom line, the 201s are amazing quality for what you pay.
Carlos L. Guevara "Carlos G."
Jun 15, 2013 12:10:15 PM
I've 3 headphones that cost $ 175, $250 and $ 325.

I bought this less than $ 20 Sennheiser HD201 for a gift and i'm trying just to know If i was doing a good gift, the result: I need to buy other pair for me. Since then I am not use anymore those expensive headphones. Iam thinking to sell it

The Sennheiser HD201 it a fantastic pair of headphones, the sound and isolation is perfect and very light too

Buy it, you're not going to dissapoint

It's the best pair of headphones I ever use incluiding those that cost $ 300 or more

Carlos GJ

Miami FL.
Duckey Wuckey "Duckey Wuckey" (
Jun 15, 2013 12:09:49 PM
hd 201 fit over the ear. hd 202 are smaller and cushion sits on the ear; my personal comfort would be slightly in favor of hd 201. hd 201 filters out a little less exterior noise but people watching the TV will not be able to hear your music on either in same room.hd 201 has volume, bass, & treble set much lower than hd 202, this can be almost equalized by changing your volume, bass, and treble settings with your soundcard in computer. When listening to computer for over an hour I prefer hd201 due to comfort and less moisture in ear retention. I do not know if the hd 201 would be appropriate for someone not using a sound card to adjust treble/bass. Cord is long on both which is good for computer listening.Both are fairly sturdy & will probably last, each is plugged into its computer in den to avoid TV problems for the family. A very good family purchase decision. probably really 4+ on sound quality but I don't have $100 sets to compare it too.
Amazon Noob
Jun 15, 2013 12:09:18 PM
I have now been the owner of both the HD201s and HD202s.

I tried to research as much as I could but I would never get a straight answer anywhere.

Well I am going to change that.

Plain and simple: the HD201s are greater than the HD202s.

The level of comfort and sound quality in the 201s outdo the sound quality and lack of comfort in the 202s.

Not to mention the 201's are cheaper.

The 201s are easily built tougher.

It is official the 201s are better. Message me if you have any questions.
Jun 15, 2013 12:08:39 PM
I just bought these headphones after looking at some noise canceling ones as well as a few others that were similar to this. I bought this pair because of good reviews from shenzhenaudio.com as well as from a headphones site.

These headphones sounds great! There is rich bass and the sound is full. It sounds just as good as a my speakers I have hooked up to my computer with a subwoofer. I plugged in these headphones and then put in the ipod speakers and these are a million times better. The only thing that I like about the ipod speakers is how small and convenient they are. Thus for short trips, working out at the gym or walking around campus, I probably will continue to use the white ipod earbuds. But when I go on longer trips, on flights, and even in my room when I can't have sound because of my roommate, I will use these headphones.

They are comfortable as well. I have a pretty normal sized-big head and they fit well. As far as the guy who says they didn't fit his head, I don't see how that is possible. This is because you can adjust the headphones by pulling them out. So unless he has a really small head, one on which the headphones wouldn't reach his ears, then I don't know how they couldn't fit him.

Oh and if you are looking for a pair of headphones that blocks out background noise, these will do the trick. I asked my roommate to talk and make noises and I could barely here him if at all! So on an airplane, I would imagine these would be perfect.

All in all, these are a great pair of headphones and at a price of less than 20 dollars, they are a great deal!

E. Rivas "oceanlifter"
Jun 15, 2013 12:08:05 PM
Basically, I needed a new pair of headphones after I got tired of the Sony MDR-V150s that my roommate lent me. I did not like the idea of having the "cups" right ON my ear, and honestly, they did not sound all that great so I decided to do some searching. I looked at Koss(I did not like any of their models) AKG( I love them, but, for $100, I did not get involved with them.) So, I decided to search some more..

I totally forgot about Sennheiser headphones. I heard them once at an ultra high end home stereo shop in Tampa, Florida and they sounded damn good. So when I saw these for less than $20, I decided to buy them..

First of all, they arrived sooner than usual. I put them on and I noticed something...I could not hear any outside noise. These "cans" really kept outside sound out. They sat comfortably on my head and the "cups" covered my ears. Score!! Now, for the sound..

I listen to a lot of music that I have on my pc. I have a Dell Dimension E310 with the ORIGINAL sound card and I have the Mp3s on Musicmatch WITHOUT any equalization. First of all, I chose tracks at random, all kinds and I heard things that I never heard before. I noticed tiny "cracks" on Avenged Sevenfold's "Seciond Heartbeat." Something I did not notice with the Sony's. I listened to all types of music and found the sound TOTALLY clean. No hissing, no muddy or "sour" midrange. Female vocals sounded great. Even the low end sounded great, specially with house and trance music that have a lot of heavy bottom end to them.

BUT, I decided to try them on my Panasonic SA-XR55, which is a digital receiver, and I decided to "crank" it up. As I reached the higher volumes, the bass was lost, it sounded weak and muddy, but that WAS when I was pushing the receiver to its limits.

These "cans" are great for listening to music at REGULAR volumes. If you want a pair of headphones that you can crank them up loud so they can sound like a car audio bass challenge, go for something like the AKGs.

Great "cans" for the money, I TOTALLY recommend them.

So here we go:


They fit great, with even a leatherret piece on the top band of the headphones to keep things cushy.

Great sound isolation. I can't hear squat once I put them on WITHOUT music.

Gorgeous sound at "normal" levels. I do not care if you listen to Rap, Christian, House or Trance, you will get a great sound out of these.

Built very well. They look like they do not move or swivel in the picture, but they do, and are very comfortable.


NOT made for LOUD listening.

Not really digging the double cord that comes out of the headphones. Single sided would be better, but that is just me.

And to be honest, I cannot find anything else wrong with them.

So, if you just want to get some "cans" that are great sounding, without breaking your wallet, get these.

Trust me.

You will thank me later.
D. Edwards
Jun 15, 2013 12:07:28 PM
This product is one of the best bang for the buck items I have ever owned. They may end up costing me a bundle, however.

The HD201 came to my attention after reading a little debate on headphones on a bulletin board I frequent. Someone recommended the HD201s as being phenomenal for the money.

I'm not an audiophile, but I do enjoy music and computer games where sound is important, so I thought I'd give them a try. The only other "cans" I've used have been the cheapos that come with portable CD players and a pair of Coby CV-200s that I bought seeking something cheap that would be better than the poor quality phones I have had in the past. The Coby units were a minor improvement, but bass rumbled like crazy.

Enter the HD201s. These closed phones (they cover the ear with a foam pad instead of sitting on top of them) have a padded plastic headband, a long 10' cord that terminates in a mini jack (it comes with a 1/4" adapter). The earpieces have some swivel to them, and they fit my rather large head and ears just fine. Comfort level was as good as any headphone I was used to. I plugged them in to my computer (with a decidedly basic 5.1 soundcard) and began to listen.

The sound is jaw-dropping if you are used to the garbage that ships with portable music devices. I popped in some CDs, from classical to metal, and the lack of rumble in the bass and the clear highs were a treat. Remember, I'm no audiophile (yet) but even to my tin and uneducated ear, the difference was easy to hear. Violins in "Adagio for Strings" were strong and clear, gone was the low rumble in the deep bass of Zep, and I even began to truly note the shortcomings of the audio in some MP3 and "oldies" recordings. Sound in games was great, and I caught some nuances in first person shooters that improved my play.

I was now aware of the shortcomings of all the other cheapo headphones I had used, including the Coby unit, that until now I had considered "good enough". They just flat out sound better across the full range of sound, from low to high.

I was a bit surprised that I could max out the volume on my computer without making the HD201s too painful...perhaps they are designed with more power in mind than my system delivers. My portable CD player drives them to about the same volume levels, loud, but not ear shattering. They might not satisfy those looking for super booming bass or earsplitting volume, but perhaps an amplifier might change this.

I can't give your an expert review of the HD201s, nor translate what the tech specs on the box mean. I can tell you that for the price, I am deeply impressed with the quality of sound. I would be impressed if they cost a few times as much.

A true bargain, but I worry that this might be the launching point in to a world of audio gear that I can scarce afford. If these things sound this good, perhaps I really need headphones made by Grado or the high end Sennhieser stuff, a new soundcard, probably an amp, and about the system in the living room.....