When it comes to headphones, Sennheiser is the most trusted brand among them. Most of the time you can just close your eyes and choose the Sennheiser headphones over any other branded headphones. This is the review of Sennheiser HD-218/219 headphones but, can you really trust the brand and choose them over others? Read the Sennheiser HD-218 review to find out.
Sennheiser HD-218 review
First of I want to make clear that HD-219 is just the old HD-218 with a new(not much different) name and a new price tag(almost twice as expensive, that’s explains the change in the name). I have tried and tested HD-219 in order to replace my HD-218 but found out that it’s exactly similar, both in terms of design and sound to the older HD-218. The HD-218 may not be available now but HD-219 are the exactly same headphones. But, other headphones with same design like HD-228, HD-238, HD-229 offer different performance(HD-228 is bass heavy but surprisingly not as good as HD-218 even when they are more expensive).
Build Quality and Design
The HD-218/219 have a fairly simple on-the-ear design. I have the black and gray version and it looks pretty neat. The only styling element on the are the chrome ring and the Sennheiser logo on the back of each can. The cans can be rotated approximately 110 degrees for easy transport and comfortable fitting. The ear cushions are covered with faux leather which feels durable but sadly isn’t. After using the headphones for a couple of years the faux leather has started to wear out from the edges where the cloth mesh(for the sound output) and the leather meet. But, I bought them more than 2 years ago… So, I’d say that they did an excellent job.
The headphones look weak and feel flimsy but, believe me, they are not! They have been tossed around, stepped on, sat on, brutally folded and bent but they survived everything and still work perfectly.
The wire is fairly thick and durable but the 3.5mm jack is the weakest link of the chain. The jack usually bends at an angle when you put in the pocket when a phone is attached to it but it doesn’t break. The bent jack looks weird but you won’t be showing off the jack to the people anyway so the flexible(one way) jack isn’t a big problem.
The Sennheiser HD-218/219 have a standard 3.5mm connector and do not have dedicated mic and controls for smartphones. They can be attached with any device and won’t give compatibility issues.
The headphones have a closed circumaural design. They should offer good noise isolation but we’ll read about that later in the review.
The impedance of the headphones is 16 ohms, therefore driving them is not an issue for portable devices. Moreover, low impedance theoretically means better performance when it comes to portable players with no extra amplification. So, they are better than other standard headphones which usually have an impedance of 32 ohms. The cable is 1.4 meters long which is good enough for indoor usage but too long for outdoors.
This is the part where these headphones really shine. The headphones have a nearly flat frequency response and the sound is natural. “Nearly flat” because the headphones are a bit bright. The bass is good but I’d have liked it be a bit more tight. The bass is present and it never overpowers other frequencies. The bass is sufficient for most genres of music but rap, dub-step, techno, electronic, hip-hop don’t sound great, but fair. The sound-stage is good but not as wide as on-the-year headphones like the SONY MDR-ZX300 we reviewed earlier.And the mids are excellent! The voice sounds natural and
The sound isolation is descent, and they don’t leak sound. So, these headphones won’t disturb the people around you.
Listening to music on these headphones is a relaxing experience. Listening to them for long hours will never give you headache however, sometimes when the humidity and the temperature is high, they may make your ears sweat and feel uncomfortable.
The Sennheiser HD-218/219 have a balanced sound, their response to equalizer is really good. Flat frequency response means that you can customize their sound according to your needs and they will give you the desired results.
There are lots of headphones in the market today but only a few offer good performance. At the price of around INR 2K it’s really difficult to find good headphones but, in case of HD-219(INR. 3990)the competition is tough. If you are looking for bass heavy headphones, the Sennheiser HD-218/219 are not made for you. But, for those who seek natural sounding headphones with flat frequency response, crisp and clear sound and good durability, Sennheiser HD-218/219 may be the only choice.
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