Sennheiser is a name known to every audiophile and there is no way you wouldn’t have heard this name if you are interested in audio equipment. The company designs some of the best headphones in the world and their products are known for sheer comfort and sound quality. Moreover, the company offers headphones in a wide range of prices, ranging from tens to thousands of dollars.
There are a lot of categories for the headphones and we will be listing some of the best Sennheiser headphones for each category. Sennheiser offers top of the line audiophile-grade headphones for both the open-back and closed-back design, provides some of the best studio headphones, gaming headphones, noise-cancelling headphones, and whatnot. Let’s look at the details of the products of this magnificent company.
Sennheiser HD 800 S is the improved version of the original Sennheiser HD 800 and feels quite the same. The headphones feature an open-back over-ear design and are one of the most popular headphones among the enthusiast community. It features a very comfortable design, with soft padding on the headband and extremely large ear cups. The weight of the headphones is also much lower than most of the other high-end audiophile-grade headphones, which means that you can use these headphones for long sessions easily.
The sound signature of the headphones is quite balanced, with a slight curve towards the brightness. The major difference between these and the HD 800 was that those were somewhat brighter and these ones control that shrilling somewhat. It is still personal preference and most of the people still consider the previous version instead of this one. One of the biggest pros of these headphones is their huge soundstage. Do note that you will require a powerful amplifier to drive them and a warm-sounding amplifier would probably balance-out the slight brightness. As for the mids are concerned, HD 800 S feels absolutely gorgeous and you will love the instrument sounds.
Overall, if you are a fan of open-back headphones, you cannot go wrong with these headphones and you should definitely take a look at them if you can afford them.
Sennheiser HD 820 is the company’s recently released headphones which look quite similar to the HD 800 / HD 800 S but in fact, feature a closed-back design. This characteristic makes them completely different from the HD 800 despite the fact that their appearance is similar. Due to this similarity, however, the headphones are just as much comfortable as the HD 800 and feel very premium on the head. Their ear cups are somewhat different from the HD 800, as these headphones must provide some kind of sound isolation which is expected from them. The headband is quite the same though and one cannot identify any kind of difference between them. The overall design of the headphones is really attractive, especially the look of the drivers through the glass is an unforgettable scene.
When it comes to the sound signature of the HD 820, they are fairly neutral except that the low-mids are slightly recessed. This results in some of the instruments and vocals not as strong as they are with the HD 800. The speciality of the headphones is the bass and these headphones just won’t disappoint you. The detail level is excellent and one cannot just demand more clarity. The imaging of the headphones is fantastic as well. If you are overwhelmed by the huge soundstage of headphones like HD 800, these headphones might feel a bit weak, however, their soundstage is considered one of the best among the closed-back headphones. One problem you might feel with these headphones is that despite having a closed-back design, these headphones are not so good for sound isolation and suffer from considerable sound leakage as well, which is why you won’t be able to enjoy them in a crowd so well.
All-in-all, HD 820 is one of the most powerful closed-back headsets you can buy right now and if you are a fan of deep and punchy bass, you should consider buying them, although these headphones cost even more than the HD 800, not to mention the cost of amplifier you would require to drive them.
Sennheiser HD 650 is a king when it comes to price/performance ratio. The looks of these headphones are much better than the HD 600 and are considered among the most comfortable headphones, thanks to the ultra-lightweight design and super-soft ear cups. These are open-back headphones and are targeted towards mid-range audiophiles and for those in the studios. The headband of the headphones is quite thick but it is so plushy that one can barely feel the headphones. The ear cups are large enough that even those people who have obnoxiously large ears will easily be able to use the headphones.
The frequency response of the headphones is fairly neutral and this is the reason that a lot of people use these headphones for critical listening. It easily shows all those dark spots in the recordings for which the music producers look for and it is loved for that. However, due to this particular reason, these headphones feel quite dull for regular music-listening unless you couple them with the amplifiers of your choice. The detail level of the headphones is quite better than the HD 5xx series, however, the soundstage of the high-end HD 5xx series is somewhat wider.
These headphones are no doubt one of the best choices for music producers and for those people who cannot afford the aforementioned Sennheiser headphones.
Sennheiser Momentum 3 is one of those headphones which you can use for commuting, as it provides active noise cancellation. These are the latest headphones by Sennheiser which provide this feature and are greatly known among the community. First of all, these are wireless closed-back over-ear headphones, which makes them very easy to use and they provide as much as 17 hours of battery timing. Compared to the previous generation, these headphones provide a more comfortable design at the expense of a larger footprint. The headphones can easily be folded, in case you want to use them for commuting. Since these are closed-back headphones, the breathability of these headphones is subpar.
The sound quality of these headphones is much better than most of the ANC headphones in the market whether you talk about Bose or Beats. They are very consistent and overall provide quite neutral sounding results. The mids seem the most neutral while the bass is slightly emphasized. The soundstage of the headphones is their weakest spot but that can be expected from a closed-back headset providing active noise cancellation. The sound isolation of the headphones is quite amazing thanks to ANC, however, the sound leakage is not the best and other people might be able to hear what you are listening to.
If you want to get peaceful sessions during work or during travelling/commuting, Sennheiser Momentum 3 is definitely worth buying for you.
5. Sennheiser Game One
Best Gaming Headphones
- Great for both gaming and regular music listening
- Provides lots of controls
- Comes with a noise-cancelling microphone
- Plastic design
- Volume wheel cannot be turned to zero
Design: Over-Ear / Open-Back | Frequency Response: 15Hz - 28kHz | Impedance: 50 Ohms | Weight: 300 g
Sennheiser was not much interested in gaming headsets before but now the company offers many great headsets for gamers. Sennheiser Game One is one of the best gaming headsets in the market, providing a comfortable design, as expected from Sennheiser while securing a decent amount of detail level apart from the gaming features. The headphones provide an open-back design unlike most of the gaming headsets in the market and that is one of the biggest reasons for the comfort of these headphones. You can easily wear them all night and still not feel any kind of headache.
As for the sound quality is concerned, the drivers of these headphones are quite the same as the Sennheiser HD 598, which is a popular headset among the community for its huge value. The soundstage of the headphones is very impressive for the price and the included noise-cancelling microphone should be more than enough for handling chats during gaming sessions. The headphones, unfortunately, do not feel very premium, as most of the material is plastic. Moreover, the microphone is not detachable, although it can be muted easily. There are many controls available on the headphones, although we found it quite strange that the volume knob cannot be used to mute the headphones fully.
Primarily, these headphones will serve you more than any of the gaming headphones in the market these days and you can take advantage of their powerful drivers for regular music-listening as well.