Sennheiser HD 215 headphones - Sennheiser HD 215

By Benny Har-Even



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Sennheiser HD 215 headphones


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The 'phones weigh in a reasonably lightweight 280g, and though they grip quite firmly there's a fair amount of padding and they do feel comfortable to wear for extended periods. I had no problems listening to a couple of albums in succession with them on, though I wouldn’t want to go beyond that.

In terms of specs the Sennheisers offer a frequency response of 12 – 22,000Hz, and a sound pressure level (SPL) of 112db. This is actually lower than the SPL figure claimed by these small funky in-ear iPod headphones. However, the far larger drivers in the Sennheisers means that they don’t have to do so much work to achieve a louder sound, which is clearly reflected in the sound quality.

As for how they sound, I was expecting the larger headphones to produce a much larger noise compared to my own Koss Porta Pros. This was true but not in the way I imagined. Rather than just being louder and bassier for the sake of it the Sennheiser’s gave music a much more three dimensional feel than I am used to with headphones. With smaller models the quality issue is simply whether there is too much bass or too little treble. With these though, it was more about discovering instruments, effects and vocals that I barely noticed before. From the delicate tones of Michael Bublé and Bic Runga, to the powerful beats of the Chemical Brother’s Galvanize, the layers inside the track were effectively revealed.

The sound was bassy without being overextended and when listening to my iPod I found that music sounded best without any EQ settings applied. EQ is normally used to artificially boost parts of the music to make it sound more direct, but on the HD 215s the overblown nature of these effects was all too easily revealed.

In fact, the Sennheiser’s could be accused of being too accurate. While this makes them a good choice for the musician they’re perhaps not the perfect choice for the casual listener, who might enjoy a bit more warmth to the sound. However, listening to them was enjoyable and there’s no doubt that you’re getting a lot of speaker for the money. On that basis they’re undoubtedly worth a listen.


The Sennheiser HD 215s are a well designed and robust set of headphones with some neat design features such as the turnable ear cup and removable cable. The sound is highly detailed and accurate, almost to a fault while the asking price is very reasonable. If you want to listen in private, without being disturbed or disturbing others, these headphones are a good choice.

Overall Score



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.

Lince Ibérico

January 6, 2017, 12:21 am

hello replying now after all this time and yes you were right, im used to it, and the sound is the most clearer sound i get from a headphone then I can adjust the bass treble etc on my computer.


January 6, 2017, 8:44 pm

Thanks for replying, i had bass heavy HF's but they broke - i was forced to use the 215's for 3 weeks until i bought another pair of my favourite HF's.
When i put my old favourite HF's on i hated them, i could not believe my ears.
i straight away put back the 215's and realised my ears had adjusted to higher clearer sound, and this adjustment is required.
hence my comment to many..

but everyone MUST get a good creative or similar quality sound card or USB.
onboard sound is even worse than poor headphones,
as you will find out the same way as above ^^ :)

a used one is fine, as the old pci x-fi's are extremely well built (to last) but the used sound blasters and audigy's will be getting a little old by now (15 years old..)


January 6, 2017, 8:47 pm


DJ headphones do not include low low sub bass.
as this is annoying and not required for DJ's to perform.

so 215's do not have that low low sub bass on purpose,
but a soundcard provides a LOT more bass and there is no lack of bass with 215's this way.

hope this advice helps :)

Lince Ibérico

January 7, 2017, 5:55 pm

the thing is I use the headphones to compose music, not to be a DJ, and when Im listening I have to increase the bass so I can feel it while I play but then after recorded other people might hear a heavy bass.

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