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Sennheiser 2016 Headphones
Reviews

We have currently reviewed 16 headphones from Sennheiser. 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 headphones from Sennheiser to be reviewed throughout the year and we will continue to update you on any new headphones that we test.

Updates

  • 12/05/2016 Sennheiser PXC 550 reviewed
  • 10/03/2016 Sennheiser HD 518 reviewed
  • 06/15/2016 Sennheiser HD 650 reviewed
  • 06/13/2016 Sennheiser HD 600 reviewed
  • 06/03/2016 Sennheiser HD 202 II reviewed
  • 05/04/2016 Sennheiser HD 800 S reviewed
  • 04/29/2016 Sennheiser HD 598 reviewed
  • 04/28/2016 Sennheiser HD 280 Pro reviewed
  • 04/27/2016 Sennheiser HD 201 reviewed
  • 04/07/2016 Sennheiser PXC 250 II reviewed
  • 03/30/2016 Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 On-Ear reviewed
  • 03/29/2016 Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 reviewed
  • 03/28/2016 Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless reviewed
  • 03/23/2016 Sennheiser MM 450-X reviewed
  • 03/22/2016 Sennheiser MM 550-X reviewed
  • 03/02/2016 Sennheiser CXC-700 reviewed
  • 02/26/2016 Sennheiser PXC 450 reviewed

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 seem 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. 

Sennheiser's Lineup – Series Description

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.

For example:

  • HD 800 S = Excellent critical listening headphones but not very versatile.
  • Momentum 2.0 Wireless = Good sound and a sturdy build quality with decent active features and isolation performance.

Reviewed Models

These are all the Sennheiser headphones we've tested and some that we plan on reviewing soon. Below is a brief summary of how the models, within each series, stack up against each other. 

HD Series

HD 800 S
Sennheiser HD 800 S Design

One of the best open-back headphones we've reviewed so far. They're a bit expensive but deliver an excellent sound in a comfortable and durable design.

HD 650
Sennheiser HD 650 Design

A staple in the headphone community for their crisp open sound. But they're not as well built as the pricier HD 800 S

HD 600
Sennheiser HD 600 Design

Very similar HD 650 but with a slightly worse headband. 

HD 598
Sennheiser HD 598 Design
Black Ivory

An affordable yet amazing sounding open headphone. They're not as finely tuned as the HD 650 and HD 600, but they're a bit more comfortable.

HD 558

Very similar to the HD 598. They should be as comfortable and they're a bit cheaper. However, we haven't yet tested the sound quality.

HD 518
Sennheiser HD 518 Design

Also comparable to the HD 598. They're a lot cheaper but look less premium, sound slightly worse and feel a bit tighter on your head. 

HD 439

A closed back variation of the HD 5XX series. They should have more bass by design but lose the wider soundstage.

HD 380 Pro

This is the newer model of the HD 280 Pro. It resembles the PXC 450 and should deliver a decent bass. However, we have yet to test this model.

HD 280 Pro
Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Design

This closed-back model is most frequently used for studio recording for their affordable and durable design. However, their sound quality is a bit unbalanced.

HD 202 II
Sennheiser HD 202 II Design

A popular low-budget model for their price to sound quality ratio. They sound good but they're not the most durable, versatile or comfortable headphones. 

HD 201
Sennheiser HD 201 Design

Another low-budget but decent sounding model. They're a bit plasticky but are more comfortable than the HD 202's on-ear design.

Momentum Series

Momentum 2.0 Wireless
Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless Design
Black Ivory

A well-rounded, versatile wireless headphone with a sturdy durable build. They sound great but they're a bit pricey for what they have to offer.

Momentum 2.0
Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Design
Android, Black Android, Ivory iOS, Black iOS, Brown iOS, Ivory

The wired version of the Momentum 2.0. They share the same sturdy build quality and great sound. But no noise canceling.

Momentum 2.0 On-Ear
Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 On-Ear Design
Android, Black Android, Ivory Android, Silver iOS, Black iOS, Brown iOS, Ivory

Like the rest of the Momentum series, these are well-built and durable on-ear headphones with a good sound. Also, no noise canceling.

Momentum In-Ear
Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Design
Android, Black Android, Red iOS, Black iOS, Red

The In-Ear model of the momentum series. They're ultra-portable and have a decent bass-rich sound. However, they're not as durable and do not sound as good as the rest of the series. 

MM Series

MM 550-X
Sennheiser MM 550-X Design

A compact noise-cancelling headphone for traveling. They don't sound as good as the momentum series but they're easier to carry around. However, they're quite expensive for their performance.

MM 450-X
Sennheiser MM 450-X Design

Similar to the MM 550-X but in an even more compact format and also a slightly more balanced sound. However, like the bigger model, they're surprisingly expensive for what they deliver.

PXC series

PXC 450
Sennheiser PXC 450 Design

A full-size, over-ear travel headphone with noise canceling. They're somewhat comfortable but a bit plasticky and poorly balanced for their price.

PXC 550 Wireless
Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Design

A stylish and comfortable, over-ear, travel headphone packed with active features like; noise canceling, variable sound profiles and an adjustable EQ.

CXC series

CXC-700
Sennheiser CXC-700 Design

An in-ear travel model with great noise isolation. They're a bit hard to find online but they deliver a good sound, they don't leak much, and they block a lot of noise

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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