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Sennheiser HD 215 headphones review




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  • HD215 Closed Back DJ Headphone


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For anyone interested in audio on their PC, a decent set of headphones is something of a necessity. While a surround set of speakers will give you the purest experience, there’s nothing quite like the sense of immersiveness you get from a pair of headphones.

Sennheiser is a name that’s very well known in the hi-fi arena with a range of professional headphones that includes a reference quality model that offers serious sound quality at a very serious price. However, it’s also a force in the PC space with a range of affordable headsets that are ideal for VOiP applications such as Skype or shouting insults at opponents in games such as Counter-Strike:Source.

The set that we are looking at here though is a conventional pair priced at the more affordable end of the market. The HD 215s are of the closed back variety, which means that they completely surround the ear. Closed back headphones aren't preferred by audiofiles as they typically don’t sound as good as the open back variety due to the effects of the sound resonating in the enclosure. However, closed back design have the advantage of keeping external sounds out, and your music in, ensuring that the outside world doesn’t disturb you and vice versa.

I can clearly recall listening to my Minidisc player on the train with a pair of beautiful sounding Grado headphones that set me back about £70. As these were open backed and the train was noisy I needed to have the volume up quite loud to be able to make out the music, which in turn disturbed the passengers. After one particularly withering look from one lady, I never went back to using them while out. So whether you're travelling, DJing, or wanting to zone out in the office, closed back headphones are the only way to go. That said, the Sennheisers are also quite big and bulky and as such aren't really suited for use when out and about. They are advertised as having ‘extreme DJ sound’ and this refers both to their look and the type of the sound they produce.

As for design, the outside of the 215s look striking but the finish is undeniably plastic looking. The headband sports the Sennheiser logo on top with the motif set in a circular button. On the right hand side this actually contains a hinge. This enables the whole earphone to be lifted up to the front or the back. This feature is aimed at DJs for monitoring, enabling them to hear one track live as another one plays in their headphones so that they can mix effectively.

Another neat feature is that the headphone cord can be unplugged from the body of the headphones. This ensures robustness as it means the cord can be replaced if it gets damaged avoiding having to throw out an otherwise perfectly good pair of headphones.

To help freedom of movement the cord only comes down one side. As with all full sized headphones the 3.5in connector can be removed revealing a minijack connection underneath. This enables it to be plugged into soundcards or portable audio players. Unlike many headphones the 3.5mm plug actually screws on to the minijack underneath. This ensure that it won’t simply pop off when tugged, which might happen in a ‘DJ’ type situation. The connectors are of course gold plated to optimise sound quality. Sennheiser has also thoughfully thrown in a well made carrying pouch.


February 17, 2013, 11:03 am

Confirmed. Very crisp and detailed sound. I expect that the cushions will probably wear off a bit fast in warm and humid conditions, but in normal everyday surroundings I'm quite sure that these will live to see at least 10 years of use.


August 6, 2013, 8:16 am

no-one will ever regret buying these headphones:
natural noise cancelling, plenty of bass, strong and clear midrange, crisp highs, amazing soundstage and built tough!. also Paul Kalkbrenner recorded his movie soundtrack using HD215's.

these will always be a classic set of cans, but ALWAYS use quality music source, as low quality mp3's etc will sound bad as the low quality will be distinctly heard now.
HD215 = 9.5/10


August 9, 2013, 7:19 am

Can we receive a phone call with this? i mean does it contain a microphone in case connected with a premium phone


August 24, 2013, 10:31 am

listening to crap music quality will just sound worse on these headphones as it is very accurate,it doesnt fail at highs or lows,with the 80$ price u get more than what u paid for, and overall u wont regret buying them at all


August 24, 2013, 7:58 pm

No mic, they are DJ cans...........


December 25, 2013, 9:44 pm

Was just given a pair of these to use and the range is fantastic, while there's a heavy sense of bass, the Mid to High is crisp. Also the classic feel of a pair of closed back headphones, and while these wouldn't be my first choice of Sennheiser's, their exceptionally good for the money.

happy buyer

February 8, 2014, 9:42 am

These headphones are freaking AWESOME! Also low quality music like that from spotify-free sounds as good as it gets on these earphones.

robjuhh17 .

November 25, 2014, 1:31 pm

no, but that isn't needed. these are dj headphones, and the phones lately know if headphones/earbuds have a mic. if it doesn't, the phone uses its own microphone on the same settings it will use when you put it on speaker.


June 12, 2015, 10:25 pm

Any headphones can be used for phone calls . Just plug them in and keep your phone close to you . Switch to headset and the phone will use it's own microphone while you here your conversation on headphones . It's not quite a handsfree set but it can be handy sometimes , when you need your both hands to work on something for example .

Lince Ibérico

January 4, 2016, 10:17 pm

I have these headphones and have to admit that I was disappointed with the sound for what I paid, the sound can be heard by thirds so its not so closed, and I find the sound so raw, it doesnt envolve nor surrounds you with the sound.

Lince Ibérico

January 4, 2016, 10:18 pm

i have it I dont find noise cancelling working as people can listen what im listening, pleanty of bass? I find the sound so raw with no bass at all, these headphones seems to remove the bass on any music, you can hardly hear it. I bought it and I will turn it back to the store still have 7 days for refund.


January 6, 2016, 9:19 pm

word ^^, a sound card (even a creative basic USB) will make them shine, if you're running onboard sound on PC then your HD215's are crippled. need decent sound source.


January 6, 2016, 9:21 pm

need a Sound Card, get a Creative anything and it will be good for any set of decent cans - onboard sound cripples HD215's. you don't realise as you're not hearing the comparison.


July 15, 2016, 7:36 am

your ears need to get used to the sound, this is normal.
you are used to warm big bass sounds, 215's are accurate and more revealing headphones.
it's your ears, not the headphones that need to be fixed.

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