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Best Headphones 2016: 14 best headphones for any budget

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Sennheiser HD 201

Originally reviewed by Andrew Williams 22 January 2016

Over-ear and closed-back for less than £20

Key features:
  • Closed-back design
  • 21 - 18,000Hz frequency response
  • 3-metre cable
On a really tight budget? A while back we looked at a whole bunch of sub-£20 headphones, and the Sennheiser HD 201 came out comfortably on top in terms of sound quality.

These are full-size headphones, and have a nicely-balanced, detailed sound that a lot of more expensive pairs fail to match. It’s clear Sennheiser got a lot right with these ultra-long-standing headphones. Of course, being a very cheap pair they don’t feel anywhere near as ‘fancy’ as more expensive pairs, including Sennheiser’s own sets.

The frame is pretty light and a tiny bit creaky, and the pads’ fake leather is very basic stuff. Still, if money’s too tight to mention they’re a great pick.

Price: £16.99

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