Sennheiser HD 202 headphones review

I needed some good quality closed headphones to listen to music and audio books on the train because I tried bud earphones and they let in too much of the surrounding noise of other passengers, wind, passing trains etc forcing me to turn up the volume really high

Sennheiser HD 202

After some research I decided to buy the Sennheiser HD 202 closed, dynamic hi-fi stereo headphones because Sennheiser is a reputable manufacturer of audio products, it had a 2 year warranty, and very good features for the price (AUS$50 cash JB Hi-Fi Sydney) . View high resolution photo of the Sennheiser HD 202 headphones



  • High efficiency drivers for maximum performance
  • Good insulation against ambient noise
  • Closed,dynamic, semi-circumuaural stereo headphones
  • Earcups can be removed from the headband
  • Specially designed damping material ensures powerful bass response
  • Lightweight turbine diaphragms for low bass
  • High levels and crisp bass for modern rhythm-driven music
  • Extremely comfortable to wear due to ultra-lightweight design, even for extended listening
  • Replaceable leatherette ear cushions
  • 2 -year guarantee
  • Powerful neodymium magnets and lightweight diaphragms for high sound levels
  • Convenient belt clip for adjusting the cable length when listening on the go.


  • Frequency response: 18 – 18,000 Hz
  • Transducer: dynamic
  • Impedance: 32
  • Max. sound pressure level (1 kHz, 1 Vrms): 115 dB
  • THD: < 0.5%
  • Ear coupling: supra-aural ring ear pads
  • Weight approx. 130 grams
  • Connector 3.5 / 6.3 mm (1/4�) stereo jack plug
  • Cable: 3 m Oxygen free Copper cable

Some Reviews

Finding a good sounding sealed headphone is difficult, finding a cheap sealed headphone that sounds tolerable is almost impossible. Almost, because the Sennheiser HD 202 is quite tolerable compared to others near this price. Though they do exhibit the typical (for inexpensive headphones) honkiness in the mids, this flaw is quite modest. Like other sealed headphones in this price range, these headphones are great for keeping the kids� video game music out of the way or for keeping the dormmate noise at bay –

It’s tough to find a decent pair of full-size, closed headphones for under US$50. they’re generally pretty painful, in terms of both their fit and the sound they produce. The HD 202 are clearly an exception to that rule. Not only do they sound good, but with good padding on the headband and earpieces, they’re also fairly comfortable (if a bit bulky for portable use).

Thee HD 202 won�t beat out more expensive, higher quality headphones, but if you don’t mind a bit of emphasis in the bass, for US$25 you get a solid pair of closed headphones –

6 Replies to “Sennheiser HD 202 headphones review”

  1. Hey Mate

    I’ve been sporting a set of sennheiser HD 495’s at work for about the past 4 years. They are open ear (because I don’t like being startled by people trying to talk to me in the office and the background noise in here isn’t that bad anyway), but for your use closed ear sound like the go.

    Overall A++ : good sound, very comfortable, not too dear.

    The connection to the right side has just started to go (cuts in and out unless there is some strategically placed blu tak), but they have gone the distance pretty well considering I use them almost all day everyday.

  2. I’ve been a happy owner of the same model for an year or two and am fully and one hundred percent satisfied. I can’t really tell what one should expect of really good headphones but these suit me down to the ground (I usually listen to 192kbps ogg files and wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between digitilized music and audio one so don’t make me a judge here); they completely block external sounds and from time to time co-workers have to wave or poke me even for I can’t hear what they say. If you want to feel yourself separated from the surroundings and pay no too much, it’s the choice, I’d say.

  3. Good choice! I’ve owned a pair of noise cancelling Sennheiser’s for a couple of years now and couldn’t be happier. I mostly use them on flights when traveling. I think you’ll be pleased with your choice. -Tim

  4. I bought some HD 202s a few months back after getting tired of a cheapo pair and yearning for a bit of bass. I tried out the HD 202s at JB. Actually, I had my minidisc on my belt and I was able to try them on that and they were great. I’m over 40 and my hearing is not as precise as a young person but these phones were ideal for me. When I got home, my showed them to my son and he immediately decided he wanted a pair and he got some for his birthday. My daughter is now asking for a pair for Christmas.

  5. I have a keyboard/piano in my living room but recently my family started to watch excess amounts of tv. I’ve found it extremely difficult to learn new songs so i bought the hd 202. They are great; the clarity of the sound from my piano is much better with the headphones and they cancel out all other noise. I especially love to listen to music with them.

    p.s, it says $50 AUD but i bought it for 70 and it’s 2009… At jb in blacktown sydney…

  6. I got a pair myself, and when I bought them I was listening to some other models and they were outstanding! And at my age (13) I know I need to block other noise out while doing homework and such 10/10 easy

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