Our pet cat, Missy the Kitten, was trapped in my office for a short while late this afternoon. During that time she managed to mangle and cut the cable on my Sennheiser HD200Pro radio-presenter headphones.
She must have been asleep and trapped in there when I went out shopping for a blender and came home with a NutriInfusion1200 – but that story is for a future article.
I need to replace them ASAP. Whilst I have already given you great suggestions for decent radio-presenter headphones, and even purchased one of my suggestions, I wanted to see all the headphones provided by Sennheiser.
Until today I enjoyed the Sennheiser HD200Pro studio headphones, and they were very good. I highly recommend them as somewhere between professional and disco-jockey worthy. They are probably not what the young kids of today would wear whilst traveling on public transport; They are more into wearing wireless ear-plugs. But someone wanting to block out the incessant doof-doof bass from those earplugs would wear these. I wore them to hear music better whilst on radio and in my office – and they were perfect for the role.
Here are 10 Sennheiser Headphones I like for six simple reasons:
- They are reasonably priced.
- The reviews say more pros than cons.
- They appear to actually cover the ears.
- They appear comfortable.
- They look modern.
- They have the necessary attachments to plug in at a radio station AND in my home computer AND into my Samsung smartphone.
Let me know your thoughts on any of these.
One of them will be my new headphones early in 2021:
Sennheiser HD 200 PRO (AUS $150)
Mentioning these first to get them out of the way. Interesting that Sennheiser themselves sell them for $50 more than DJCity. Very odd.
Sennheiser HD599 (AUS $299-$399)
Yes, expensive, yet not completely out of my price range. I love the woodgrain leather look, so might actually consider these.
HD 280 PRO (AUS $180)
Back down to a decent price and model, this model has a feature that radio-presenter’s like myself will like: They fold down to fit in a pouch for easy carrying. These may be my choice headphones, but I have seen many more that also quite appealing!
Sennheiser HD 518 (AUS $100)
A sleek looking headphone, and with amazing features. But the pricing makes me wonder. Are they too good to be true and under-priced? Or are bad reviews around the corner from an over-hyped product? I’m tempted to buy a pair to find out! [EDIT: More research determined ‘This product has been discontinued’. ]
Sennheiser HD 300 (AUS $79)
Another pair of very very inexpensive headphones. Yet because they are Sennheiser, the question remains: Who are Sennheiser aiming this model at? At that price, they must be really just an appetizer, a literal teaser for the better models at higher prices. I’m guessing Sennheiser is trying to entice the Apple, Youtube and Spotify users to get a taste for better sounding music – then email them well-versed scripts describing how much better sound can be with a higher priced and improved model.
Sennheiser HD 400S (AUS $150)
These look great and are well priced. But its extra feature is unnecessary to me: I don’t plug headphones into devices that will interrupt my music with ring-tones.
Sennheiser HD 569 (AUS $300)
Whilst well and truly over my budget, I’d be tempted to spend the extra dollars for this model. Based on its description, it would be ideal for many station-based radio-presenter. They say ‘it provides a rich and clear bass, adding further flexibility by making it possible to enjoy the full personal experience without disturbing others.’ Damn, that’s everything I want and need!
Sennheiser HD 559 (AUS $250)
Whilst the Sennheiser HD 569 was too expensive yet provided rich bass, the HD 280 PRO was well priced and folded down, this model meets every requirement PLUS one extra that I need right now: A detachable three metre long 6.3 mm straight plug. This is everything I need and more. It means that if our lovely kitten chews the wire again (OK, she won’t!), I can replace it easily. I might buy a few for each location I utilise them! The price is actually what I expect to pay.
But wait, there’s more?!
Two more that will blow your minds yet make your ears want more…
Sennheiser HD 560 S ($320 AUS)
Providing defined bass and brilliant treble, this is for the audiophile who spends a lot of time producing music, not just listening. I’d love to gift to a friend who produces the 5KIxFM90.7 presenter on-air adverts at no cost.
Sennheiser HD 600 ($600 AUS)
I have worn headphones like these, so I know they will be as good as they advertise. If I could afford them, I’d gift them to my father: Our family was the ‘Murray Sludge Bush Band‘ back in the 1980’s, and I remember Dad wearing headphones very similar. Plus they would enable him to watch TV and play PlayStation without bothering Mum!
OK, that’s all I am showing.
I bet you can guess which ones I am going to purchase early in 2021. Which pair would you like?
Massive disclaimer: NO, I do not profit from Sennheiser for flogging their goods. I just like to give advertising for worthy brands.
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