The Sennheiser HD 202 II are average-at-best. They deliver a decent sound and won't be too distracting to the people around you because of their relatively low leakage. However, they feel cheaply made. They have no audio controls and do not block much noise, which is not ideal for commuting or traveling.
- Lightweight, stable design.
- Low leakage.
- Poor noise isolation.
- Uncomfortable fit.
- Plasticky build.
The Sennheiser HD 202 II are good-looking headphones. They are lightweight and stable enough on your head to not slip during casual listening sessions. Unfortunately, they are not very comfortable. The awkward size of the ear cups does not rest on the ears properly and may cause discomfort during long listening sessions. Their all-plastic design also does not feel durable and can break easily under moderate physical stress.
The Sennheiser HD 202 II look pretty good. They have a sleek, understated design and an all-black color scheme that will please some. The sliding mechanism is on the ear cup and not on the joints of the headband like typical headphone designs. They look a little cheap upon closer inspection but are stylish enough for everyday casual use.
The HD 202 II do not deliver a comfortable listening experience. Their design is a little stiff, and the ear cups have an odd size that's too big for a typical on-ear design and too small for an over-ear model. The ear cups therefore awkwardly rest on the ears, which causes discomfort after long listening sessions. On the upside, they're lightweight and don't apply too much pressure to the head.
These headphones like the HD 201 are quite stable on the head. However unlike the HD 201, the oddly sized earcups do not encompass the ear as securely and are therefore more likely to slip off during physical activities like running. They won't be ideal for the gym and may require frequent adjustment to keep them in place. However, they will not move much during casual listening sessions.
The Sennheiser 202 II are a little bulky for on-ear headphones. They're not as big as some other over-ear models, but they do not fold up to a more compact format or lay flat to take less space. This makes them a little cumbersome to carry around and would only fit in a bag or a moderately large purse. Furthermore, they also don't come with a case or pouch, which is disappointing.
These headphones feel very plasticky and cheaply made. They are lightweight and the plastic used is dense enough to withstand a couple of drops without getting damaged. Unfortunately, they don't feel as durable as som other on-ear design. Their all-plastic build feels susceptible to breaking under a moderate amount of physical stress, and the cable is not very thick and could get damaged by regular wear and tear.
The HD 202 II have a decent sound reproduction but struggle a little with the high frequencies. This affects the clarity of lead instruments, like guitars, and vocals. They also don't sound very open because of their closed-back on-ear design. On the upside, the bass is decent and packs enough punch to please fans of bass without being overwhelming. They also don't have much noticeable distortion.
Very good Bass Range performance. It is extended down to 23Hz which is quite good. The bump in bass centering around 90Hz adds extra punch to the bass and kick instruments.
Very good Mid Range performance. The response is flat for the most part. The very small overemphasis in mid could add a bit of a honky and forward quality to the sound. However, at 2dB, this effect very subtle.
The Treble Range response is inconsistent and poor. Low-treble is quite underemphasized, especially around 4KHz, where the notch negatively affects the presence and detail of vocals/leads. Treble is also relatively underemphasized, which negatively affects the sibilant sounds (S and T). The bump in high-treble adds extra airiness to the sound which could make it sound hissy with a noisy source.
Poor soundstage. Due to the on-ear design, these headphones don't properly activate the HRTF resonances of the outer ear, and therefore the soundstage may be perceived to be located inside the head rather and not in front. Also, this headphones are relatively isolating and don't sound very open.
Good distortion performance. The amount of harmonic distortion in Mid Range is quite good, both at 90 and 100 dB SPL. However, Bass and Treble Ranges shows elevated amounts of harmonic distortion, while remaining within acceptable limits.
These headphones only offer passive isolation. They don't fair well in loud environments and allow a lot of ambient noise to seep into the ear cups because of their poor seal. The noise of busy office or a regular commute could be distracting enough to lessen your listening experience. On the upside leakage is not too loud but will be audible at higher volumes if you're in a quiet, office-like environment.
Poor isolation. Due to the on-ear design, poor seal, and lack of active-noise cancellation, these headphones perform poorly in this category. There is virtually no isolation provided in the Bass Range. The overall amount of isolation achieved in the Mid Range is about 7dB, and about 24dB in the Treble Range, which are below average.
Decent leakage. The significant portion of the leakage is between 1KHz-4KHz which is relatively narrow. The overall level of the leakage is low too, making these headphones a decent performer in this area.
No active features.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Sennheiser HD 202 II Headphones
- 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter
- Cable winder
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Questions & Answers
Sound quality is not genre-dependent really, so it is better to think more in terms of instruments and tonal quality. The poor treble of the HD 202 II translates to lack of clarity and detail in vocals and lead instruments. If you prefer clear vocals/guitar to punchy bass, maybe you won't like the sound of these headphones (and vice versa). At the moment we are not able to provide audio examples of the sound of headphones for the visitors to listen to, but it is a feature that we are thinking about.
We have a lot of headphones to review before getting to the HD 203. So probably in a couple of months.
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