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Sennheiser HD 215 Headphones

Released on 02 July 2007

Manufacturer: Sennheiser

4.0 out of 5 (16 customer reviews) | Write a review

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The HD 215 has both outstanding sound characteristics and excellent attenuation of ambient noise. The rotatable ear cup for one-ear listening and the single-sided coiled cable make them ideal for DJ monitoring. The HD 215 comes with a convenient protective pouch for storage and transportation.
  • Jack plug: 3,5/6,3 mm stereo
  • Nominal impedance: 32
  • Weight: (w/o cable) 280g
  • Transducer principle: Dynamic, closed
  • Ear coupling: Circum-aural
  • Cable length: 3 m
  • Frequency response (headphones): 12.-22000 Hz
  • Sound pressure level (SPL): 112 dB(SPL)
  • THD: <0,2 %

customer Reviews

 Average rating (16 reviews)

 Excellent monitoring 'phones home users proceed with caution

| | See all GoldenishEars's reviews (1)

The HD215's are monitoring headphones, a tool of the music trade and at their price point there is no competition, they offer incredible clarity and sound when fed from a quality source. However they are not aimed at the casual headphone user and will ruthlessly reveal a poor quality signal. These 'phones tell it like it is, and if your source isn't up to much these babies won't hide the fact. A common complaint leveled at PRO type phones is that they have no bass. Only an inexperienced listener would say this, and you have to wonder what kind of front end their 'phones are hooked up to. Possibly part of their appeal is that they look the 'business' designed to withstand rougher treatment than a 'domestic' pair has any right to expect, but they are not toys. Feed them a decent signal from an instrument or high quality source and they sound fabulous, there is proper bass aplenty tuneful and articulate, if it's mid bass bloat you are after, try umpteen alternatives elsewhere, there's none to be found here. Warning, feed them crap and they will reward you accordingly. To significantly improve upon the HD215's you might wish to consider the Beyer Dynamic DT240-80 ohm Pro 'phones. These are superb, but at three times the price of the Senn's so they should be. For £35 approx' the HD215's are superb value for money and are as tough as old boots. Like most PRO phones they offer good isolation from external noises, and being a closed back design won't annoy any body in your immediate vicinity. I hope this review helps you to make the right decision for your needs. For the same money £35 approx' consider Sennheiser's Eh350's these are an open backed design and also offer truly exceptional sound quality, for the money, open, dynamic and well balanced, no mid bass bloat, but more user friendly when it comes to partnering equipment. Like all 'phones they respond well to a good signal and will sound their best when driven by a dedicated headphone amplifier. The EH350's should persuade you to ditch those in ear jobbies, these will prove to be a substantial upgrade, good instrument tonality, clean and tuneful bass, an impressive mid range and nice clear highs. Like all headphones they need a 'burn-in' period before they give of their best, but once run in these beauties are worth the wait. To substantially improve on the EH350's make sure you've £100 or so to spare. The only negative concerns their appearance, A silver headband with black earphones looks tacky, all black or all silver would be so much easier on the eye! Happy listening.

 Shadow

| | See all WisdomShadow's reviews (5)

I have used these since approximately a year ago, as I bought them after damaging my previous Sennheiser portable PX range headphones by accident.

I would have to agree with bass distortion, but if you are playing your music that loudly, I think you are either hard of hearing or a expecting a little bit much for the price (I paid £50 at the time).

I used them until I got a pair of PC166 Sennheiser USB 'Pro-Gaming' headphones, as they obviously lack a Microphone.

The spatial awareness that these provide (the 215's) in games such as CS:S (a game in which I used to run a clan for two years until heading to Uni) has been excellent.

There are obviously better headphones around for gaming, but these bring a real level of spatial awareness to your gaming whilst looking aesthetically sound.

I have used these at regular Uni LAN parties, and the result has been most rewarding.

Great headphones for the price, and the fact they block out the sound around you means you dont damage your hearing through having to turn up your headset's volume to block out unwanted noise, e.g. I used to use them on the ground floor in Uni housing.

Also nice and comfortable for reasonably long times, with a nice coiled 3m cable which also comes with a spare Jack and nice carrying case.

No real complaints, great quality headphones overall, its what one comes to expect from Sennheiser.

Don't let too many biased reviews put you off, these are worth a look at £50. Especially if you have a soundcard which isn't on-board.

 Crackin Headphones!

| | See all Satanicsod's reviews (2)

I'm a live sound engineer.
I purchased these as they we're affordable and spec'ed quite highly.

The headphones are very portable and easy to store.

Two great features of the cans are
- The swivel ear cup so they can easily rest on your neck without strain!
- The removable minijack from the cans. I find this very handy as i don't have tpo wind up the cabel!

Only bad comment about them....
They do distort under very high bass SPL levels.
But besides that. NO ARGUMENT.

Very stylish! Very affordable! GREAT NAME!!!

If your a DJ andjust need a nice pair of cans these are well worthy of it. Very dynamic!

 Superb headphones!

| | See all uberanderson's reviews (1)

I tried these headphones out at a well known high street store that had a Sennheiser demonstration station. The demo pieces of music were very impressive and I was fully prepared to buy them on the spot for GBP 64.99! Good job I checked on Play and got them for GBP 27.99 instead!

This is the first pair of serious headphones I have bought, up until now I have been using Creative earbud style headphones which are very good but these are in a different league. It feels like I have had new ears installed!

The headphones are quite large but very comfortable and not too heavy, I regularly wear them for several hours at a time. The cord only on one side (left) is a good feature.

But what you really want to hear about is the sound quality, in short they are fantastic. They really deliver across the whole range, I don't know how people can say they have no bass, mine certainly have and lots of it. If you are coming from a cheaper pair of headphones you can look forward to hearing things in your music you probably never heard before. Even at low volumes they deliver great bass and clear treble.

To sum up I am very impressed and would recommend these to anyone, you really can not go wrong at under GBP 30, your ears will thank you, mine certainly have!

 Amazing

| | See all dandoc2's reviews (4)

WOW what a step up from my old Sony MDR-XD100

PROS
- Comfortable as you can get
- Excellent sound
- Bass is fine unless you have recorded off a cassette
- Loo stylish
- cant head anything outside of the headphones when wearing

Cons
- The cable is too coiled up so you will have to stretch it to reach more than a metre
- Airplane effect when listening in that it can feel like your ears are popping after you take them off

Overall a nice pair of headphones and well worth £35

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