We have currently reviewed over 30 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 we've tested so far for audiophiles are the Sennheiser HD 800 S. They're the company's flagship reference-class headphones for high-end audio. They have a remarkably well-balanced sound and a natural soundstage that helps create the ambiance of listening to speakers in a room. Thanks to their comfortable open-back design, they're a great choice if you want open-back headphones that you can enjoy for hours on end in a dedicated listening room. They come at a very steep cost and can't be used outdoors, so they're not for the uninitiated or those looking for casual headphones, but for seasoned critical listeners, they're worth the investment. If you want something a bit more affordable that still has great audio fidelity, then get the Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee, but they don't sound quite as immersive.
The best Sennheiser headphones for casual use we’ve tested so far are the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless. They’re one of Sennheiser’s most versatile headsets, along with the Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless, but have with an even better-built design with improved noise cancelling. They're comfortable, have a fairly well-balanced sound with lots of bass, and have a good battery life. They're a bit expensive for casual headphones, so you might want to consider the Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC if you're looking for something more affordable, but they’re less comfortable and don’t feel as well-built. Overall, if you need a well-rounded headset that you're going to use every day, then the Momentum 3 Wireless are one of the best options that Sennheiser has to offer.
The best Sennheiser headphones for home theater that we’ve reviewed so far are the Sennheiser RS 195 RF Wireless. They're comfortable open-back headphones that come with a dedicated low-latency wireless transmitter so you can enjoy your favorite movies and TV shows from the comfort of your couch without audio latency. The transmitter also acts as a charging stand and provides a nice spot for you to rest the headphones when not in use. These headphones have an excited sound profile that can help bring out the rumble of action movies and dialogue of your favorite TV show, but some people might find they sound too bright and bass-heavy. The Sennheiser RS 185 RF Wireless have an open-back design with a more balanced, neutral sound, but they're a lot harder to find.
The best Sennheiser headphones for gaming that we’ve tested so far are the Sennheiser Game One. They're very comfortable and have great audio fidelity. Since they're wired, you won't have any issues with latency, and they have an excellent boom microphone for online multiplayer games. They're also more breathable and have a more spacious soundstage than most gaming headsets we've reviewed, thanks to their open-back design. They don't isolate very well, though, so although they'll be fine if you game alone in a quiet room, they're not the ideal headphones to bring to a gaming competition or convention.
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.