We've currently tested over 40 pairs of Sennheiser headphones. They're a well-trusted brand that makes a wide variety of models for different uses, with a particular focus on open-back, reference-quality headphones. We generally test quite a few Sennheiser headphones each year, so we'll continue to update this article as we release new reviews.
The best Sennheiser headphones for audiophiles that we've tested are the Sennheiser HD 800 S. These open-back over-ears are Sennheiser's flagship reference-class headphones for high-end audio and have a very natural soundstage that will be perceived as large and spacious. Their sound profile is remarkably well-balanced and accurate, making them great if you want to hear your favorite music the way it was meant to be heard. They're very comfortable, so you can enjoy your music for hours without any soreness or fatigue.
Unfortunately, their high price tag means these likely aren't the best choice for casual listeners trying to dip their toes in the audiophile waters. They also require an amp to power them and leak a lot of audio, so they'll be best suited for a dedicated listening room, though this is expected from open-back headphones. If you want something similar that's much more affordable, check out the Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee, though they don't sound quite as immersive.
The best Sennheiser headphones for casual use that we've tested are the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless. These Bluetooth over-ears feature distinctive looks and premium build quality, with a solid metal frame and memory foam padding lined with genuine leather. They deliver audio quite consistently and have a well-balanced sound profile with just an added touch of bass, which should give your favorite EDM and hip-hop tracks extra kick without muddying vocals or lead instruments. You can also customize your listening experience via audio presets or with a parametric EQ in their companion app. Their three-level ANC system helps them block out an impressive amount of background noise. They also last almost 18 hours on a single charge and offer excellent Bluetooth connectivity, with support for multi-device pairing and compatibility with aptX and aptX-LL codecs for low latency audio.
Unfortunately, they're quite pricey. They also leak quite a bit of audio, so you may disrupt your coworkers if you listen to your music at high volumes in a quiet office. Their bass-heavy sound profile may not be ideal for everyone, and fans of a more neutral sound may prefer the Sennheiser PXC 550-II Wireless, although they aren't as well-built or as customizable. Minor issues aside, these are a solid choice if you're looking for a pair of wireless headphones that can easily deal with everyday use.
The best Sennheiser headphones for home theater that we’ve tested are the Sennheiser RS 195 RF Wireless. These dedicated home theater headphones are well-built and comfortable, so you can enjoy long listening sessions without feeling a lot of fatigue. They come with a specialized receiver dock that plugs directly into most TV sets, and their low latency ensures that the audio you hear matches with the images you see. Thanks to their bass-heavy sound profile, you can really feel the deep thump and rumble in action-packed scenes in your favorite movies, and dialogue is still clear and present. Also, with 24-hour continuous battery life, they can last through multiple movies without needing a recharge.
Unfortunately, they're powered by rechargeable AAA batteries, and they can take more than eight hours to charge up depending on the age and wear of the rechargeable batteries. Also, they struggle to block out a lot of background noise, which may be distracting if you're watching TV in a lively environment. They leak a bit of noise, too, which can be annoying for those around you. However, they ultimately rank among the best headphones for watching TV that we've tested, and they're a solid addition to your home theater setup.
The best Sennheiser headphones for gaming that we’ve tested are the Sennheiser Game One Gaming Headset. These open-back over-ear gaming headphones are comfortable and well-built. Thanks to their wired design, they don't require a battery, so you don't have to worry about taking any breaks in your gaming to charge them up. They'll also work with either PS4 or Xbox One, as you simply plug them into the controller of your console. Their sound profile is very well-balanced and accurate, and thanks to their open-back design, they have a good open soundstage. Their boom microphone is excellent, and your voice will sound clear, full-bodied, and will be very easy to hear, even in noisy environments.
Unfortunately, due to their open-back design, they struggle to block out background noises, which may be distracting if you're gaming in a loud setting. Also, they leak a bit of noise, so you may bother those around you if you have the volume turned up. Like many open-back headphones, they struggle to reproduce low-bass, so you don't feel the deep thump and rumble in action-packed video games. However, if you're looking for wired gaming headphones with an immersive sound, they're a solid choice.
Overall, Sennheiser has a varied lineup of headphones but seem more focused on quality audio reproduction than more versatile or casual designs. A lot of their higher-quality models are also a bit on the pricey end; however, many of their cheaper models also perform admirably. That said, they're easily one of the best when it comes to high-end open-back headphones, with some models offering stellar sound quality for critical listeners.
Sennheiser has a wide variety of headphones that range in price and intended use. They do especially well for critical listening headphones with the HD series. Below are the typical uses for the different model names.
Sennheiser is a big brand. Therefore, they have a wide variety of headphones that are either specific to a certain use or well-rounded enough for everyday casual use. However, in general, they tend to focus more on better sound quality than versatility, offering more models that cater to critical listening or home theater entertainment than sports or travel.