Reviewed on Jun 03, 2016

Sennheiser HD 202 II HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
5.8
Mixed Usage
6.8
Critical Listening
5.2
Commute/Travel
5.7
Sports/Fitness
5.7
Office
6.5
Home Theater
Type : On-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : No
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : No
Transducer : Dynamic

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.

Test Results
Design 5.6
Sound 6.8
Isolation 5.8
Active Features 2.7
Pros
  • Lightweight, stable design.
  • Low leakage.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Uncomfortable fit.
  • Plasticky build.
  1. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.0. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.

Check Price

5.6

Design

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. 

Style

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.

6.0 Comfort
Weight : 0.34 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0.64 lbs

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.

0 Controls
Ease of use : N/A
Feedback : N/A
Call/Music Control : No
Volume Control : No
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through : N/A
Additional Buttons : N/A

7.0 Stability

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.

5.7 Portability
L : 7.68 "
W : 6.69 "
H : 2.76 "
Volume : 141.67 Cu. Inches
Stand required : N/A

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.

0 Case
Type : No case

5.5 Build Quality

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.

7.9 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 2.3 C

Cable
Detachable : No
Length : 10.1 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRS

Front
Angled
Side
Rear
Top
6.8

Sound

7.9 Bass
Std. Err.
:
3.12 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
20.29 Hz
Low-Bass
:
0.96 dB
Bass
:
4.93 dB
High-Bass
:
2.41 dB

8.1 Mid
Std. Err.
:
2.57 dB
Low-Mid
:
-1.13 dB
Mid
:
1.78 dB
High-Mid
:
3.8 dB

5.1 Treble
Std. Err.
:
5.81 dB
Low-Treble
:
-4.29 dB
Treble
:
-4.54 dB
High-Treble
:
-3.18 dB

6.5 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.77 dB

5.8 Soundstage
PRTF Error
:
6.37 dB
Openness
:
6.0
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
2.9
Correlated Crosstalk
:
-0.07 dB

7.3 Imaging
Phase Error
:
40.67 °
Driver Mismatch (Amplitude)
:
0.83 dB
Driver Mismatch (Frequency)
:
2.37 dB
Driver Mismatch (Phase)
:
54.07 °

7.1 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
1.405
Weighted THD @ 100
:
11.727

5.8

Isolation

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.

5.2 Noise Isolation
Overall Attenuation
:
-10.25 dB
Bass
:
0.35 dB
Mid
:
-6.71 dB
Treble
:
-26.86 dB
Self-Noise
:
0 dB

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.

7.1 Leakage
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
39.48 dB

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.

2.7

Active Features

No active features.

0 Wireless
Type
:
N/A
Obstructed Range
:
N/A
Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
NFC
:
No

10 Latency
Base Latency
:
0 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

N/A Battery
Battery Type
:
N/A
Battery Life
:
N/A
Charge Time
:
N/A
Auto-off
:
N/A
Audio while charging
:
N/A
Passive Playback
:
N/A

0 App Support

No compatible app.

In the box

  • Sennheiser HD 202 II Headphones
  • 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter
  • Cable winder

5.8 Mixed Usage

The HD 202 II are low-budget, closed-back, critical listening headphones that are not well-rounded enough to be good everyday headphones. They lack a few features, which makes them cumbersome to use on the go, and they also struggle in loud environments.

6.8 Critical Listening

The HD 202 II have an above-average sound and produce a decent soundstage. They're not ideal for critical listening because of their closed-back design, but sound sufficiently good to not disappoint the pure critical listener.

5.2 Commute/Travel

Not made for commuting. They only isolate passively, and it's not enough for the ambient noise of train or plane.

5.7 Sports/Fitness

Below-average for sports. They're lightweight but too cumbersome to use while running or exercising. Additionally, the long non-detachable cable can get frustrating

5.7 Office

Subpar for office use. They won't isolate you from the noise of a busy office but do not leak too much and won't be audible to the people near you except at high volumes.

6.5 Home Theater

Average for home theater use. Since they're wired, they have no latency, but the cable won't be long enough unless you're watching your movie on a PC or tablet. They're also not the most comfortable headphones to wear for long periods of time.

Recommended Articles

LOG IN

JOIN RTINGS.com

Be part of the most informed community and take advantage of our advanced tools to find the best product for your needs.
Join our mailing list:
Become an insider

Unlimited access to full product reviews, test measurements and scores

test table UI

Product prices across the site on reviews, tables and tools

product prices UI

Additional votes for our
next reviews

Additional votes UI

Early Access
to our reviews and test measurements

Early Access UI

Create Discussion