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  4. Conclusion
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Sennheiser 2017 Headphones
Reviews

We have currently published 25 Sennheiser headphones reviews. They're a good, well-trusted brand, with a wide variety of headphones for different use cases. They also focus on high-end, reference quality models for more critical listeners and audiophiles. We have quite a few Sennheiser headphones reviews scheduled throughout the year and we will continue to update you on any new headphones that we test.

Compared to other brands

  • Great Open-Back models. Sennheiser is one of the few companies to offer such a wide variety of open headphones at all price ranges. 
  • Above-Average Sound Quality. Sennheiser's line up typically focuses on quality audio reproduction. They provide more critical listening headphones than all-purpose headsets.
  • Diverse Headphone Lineup. One of the best advantages of such a long standing company is the multitude of headphone series, which gives you more options to find headphones that suit your tastes and habits.
  • Mediocre Noise Isolation. There are a couple headphones from Sennheiser that block or cancel noise effectively. However, compared to some other brands, they don't have the best isolation for similar headphones. 
  • Expensive. Although there are a lot of cheap models offered by Sennheiser, the better sounding headphones tend to be more expensive than the competition.
  • Overlapping Models. Some models in the vast Sennheiser lineup are very similar, only having slight aesthetic changes and minute differences in sound.

Overall, Sennheiser has a varied line-up of headphones but seems more focused on quality audio reproduction than versatility and an all-purpose design. They're a bit on the pricey end for headphones, although their cheaper models also perform admirably. However, they're easily one of the best when it comes to high-end open headphones, with a stellar sound quality for critical listeners. 

Best Sennheiser Headphones

Sennheiser has a wide variety of headphones that range in price and use cases. They do especially well for critical listening headphones with the HD series but below are the typical use cases for the different model names.

  • HD = Open or closed headphones designed to deliver great and balanced audio quality.
  • Momentum = Versatile and durable headphones for everyday casual use.
  • MM = The travel series. Compact and noise isolating headphones to easily carry around on a flight.
  • PXC = Also a travel and commuting series but with more full-size over-ear headphones.
  • CXC = The in-ear and earbud variation of the travel series. Typically very portable and noise isolating.

Best for audio quality

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Test Benches:

  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2017
  • 0.9: Winter 2016
6.1Mixed Usage
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What it is This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
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8.5Critical Listening
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What it is The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
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5.0Commute/Travel
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What it is How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
5.4Sports/Fitness
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What it is How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
5.1Office
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What it is How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
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The best Sennheiser headphones for audio quality are the HD 800 S. They are Sennheiser's flagship headphones for high-end audio. They're a good choice if you want a pair of headphones that has an excellent sound quality and can reproduce the ambiance of listening to speakers in a room rather than headphones on your head. They're made with premium materials, are sturdy and have a comfortable fit that you can wear for hours. However, they're quite expensive and are only meant for critical listening so they won't be your everyday headphones.

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Best for mixed usage

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Test Benches:

  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2017
  • 0.9: Winter 2016
7.5Mixed Usage
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What it is This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
Score components:
7.2Critical Listening
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What it is The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
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7.6Commute/Travel
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What it is How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
7.5Sports/Fitness
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What it is How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
7.8Office
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What it is How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
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The best Sennheiser wireless headphones for mixed usage are the PXC 550 Wireless. They are the most versatile option from Sennheiser and they're well designed, comfortable and noise canceling. They also have a customizable sound profile and a great battery life. If you need a well-rounded headset that you're going to use every day then the PXC 550 are the best choice that Sennheiser has to offer.

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Best for home theater

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Test Benches:

  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2017
  • 0.9: Winter 2016
6.5Mixed Usage
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What it is This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
Score components:
7.4Critical Listening
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What it is The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
Score components:
6.2Commute/Travel
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What it is How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
5.4Sports/Fitness
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What it is How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
6.9Office
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What it is How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
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The best Sennheiser headphones for home theater are the RS 165. They're not at all versatile for other use cases since they require their RF transmitter stand to work. However, they have an excellent latency performance for watching movies. They also have a decently well-balanced sound quality for listening to music. If you need a pair of headphones strictly to use with your tv for watching videos or gaming and don't wont to distract the people around you, then they are the best option that we've reviewed so far.

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Conclusion

Sennheiser is a big brand. Therefore they have a wide variety of headphones that are either specific to a use case or well rounded enough for everyday casual use. However, in general, they tend to focus more on a better sound quality than a versatile design, offering more models that cater to critical listening and home theater entertainment than sports or traveling.

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Hi, are you planning on reviewing the HD-700? Its the little brother of the HD-800 S at $500.
It is on our radar, but not very high priority because of their price and their reputation.
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I'd love to see the HD 700 reviwed
We have a new tool for suggesting products to be reviewed! You can vote for the HD 700 here.
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