Sennheiser HD-202 Review

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It all started a few months ago when I was at a CD shop. They were using the Sennheiser HD202 headphones, and I was surprised at how musically involving those headphones were. I know we are all into high-end, high fidelity, audiophile, exotic, expensive headphones, and a $30 cans is the last thing we’ll look at when building a system. However, once in a while, a good cheap headphone can be fun.

We all know how picky high end headphones can be. Reading the review on the HD650, K701, and DT880 confirms that. As the level of fidelity goes up, somehow those headphones get more picky on the song they like and not like. Not to mention that the higher resolution reveals how crappy your favorite band’s recordings are, and that you can no longer listen to the Top 40 because most of the recordings have compressed dynamic range and overly bright treble. Then comes the requirements with the amps, which we all know is something our wallets hate. Last but not least, is the necessity to babysit your headphone, perhaps even more than your own baby daughter (if you have one)! Crap, that sounds like a world I don’t want to live in!

This is where headphones like the HD202 comes in. So while listening to it at the CD shop, I noticed that it was really good, even playing different genres of music. It can tell it was a true Sennheiser in the sense that it has a relatively smooth and laid back sound, and with a good low end. It is not as “heavy” (as in slow-paced) as the HD650, but it was pretty nimble and it still works really well with the faster Rock stuff. Of course, it’s not as fast and PRaTty HD25-1, but again, the HD202 does have a wider genre bandwith than the $200 HD25-1. This headphone can take on a lot of different music, and come up with an 8/10 presentation for every one of them, including Rock, Pop, Top40, Jazz, or even Classical.

It actually looks good on a black, silhouetty picture. Had the lighting been brighter, you’d notice that the headphone looks really cheap and plasticky.


One day, I felt like wanting to buy a new headphone but I didn’t want to spend $300 on it, so I went out and got the HD202. I got home, listened to it, and everything was as good as I remembered it to be on the CD shop. Of course mine was better since the one on the CD shop had old tattered pads that felt uncomfortable to wear. I also owned the HD201, and think it’s better to spend a little bit extra to get the HD202, mainly due to the added low end and better acoustics from the different housing design (the HD201 had more reverb issues, so it sucks for classical and jazz). And while the HD201 has a more neutral tone, the added low end body on the HD202 puts just the proper amount of weight to the music, while still quite far from a bassy headphone definition.

The laid back stance didn’t feel as dark as a HD650 either, most probably because the HD202 didn’t have as much bottom end as the HD650. And within the laid back stance, you get a surprisingly good treble presence, but toned in such a way that they don’t become intrusive on mainstream recordings. The midrange area is quite full bodied and smooth (something you wouldn’t expect for a $30 headphone). Though the vocal, strangely, can be a little backward on some recordings. You would never find the bass presence to be lacking (if you do, then let me certify you a true basshead), although the punch is not as good as I would like it to be (aka, a little weak). The bass is also a tad boomy, though I certainly don’t mind given the price point.

 

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Sennheiser HD-202 Review
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212 Comments

  • Reply February 22, 2011

    Sinan

    Hello Mike, it is nice to see a relatively cheap headphones too, not just drooling this time.

    From the last words: Have you been able to listen the hd 448? Any short thoughts, I will appreciated if you even compare them to px 100-II or hd 650’s.

    Cheers,
    Sinan

    • Reply February 22, 2011

      audiofriend

      hey Sinan, haha i am not a professional like Mike!!~..

      but i tried all u have mentioned.. for 448 ..haha i can say ,it would be the next upgrade after 202, not go through it in detail, the sound quality got level up a bit, sound stage a little bit larger not like 202 that crammed.

      (p.s. the light-weighted of 448 dosen’t match its outlook, when you are holding it, it made me feel incoherent..haa)

      while px100-II..haha.. 202 is better this time, ambience , apperance can kill it in first shot..

      =.=..finally HD650, how can you put it into same leaque ..haha ..extra high inpedance, open design, heavy, over $400….

      HD650 sound quality is definitely better..ha 🙂

      cheers!! 🙂

      • Reply February 25, 2011

        Anonymous

        I think audiofriend pretty much wrote what I wanted to write.

        Some things I wanted to add:
        Although the HD448 has a better driver resolution (hence better detail, soundstage like what audiofriend said), I don’t think it was as smooth sounding as the HD202. But I should give it another listen as I haven’t had enough time with it.

        • Reply August 25, 2011

          Jabzilla750

          Hey, I just had a question. I’m pretty new to getting working on electronics, is there any way you could find me or write me some instructions on how to properly convert the dual entry on these into a single entry, I’m worried I’ll screw something up 

          • Reply August 27, 2011

            Anonymous

            Sorry haven’t yet made such a guide at the moment. You can try Youtube? Just be very careful with the soldering and make sure you’re proficient with it. When you are soldering the cable to the headphone drivers it must be done very fast otherwise the heat will spread to the voice coil and you will kill the driver.

      • Reply February 25, 2011

        Anonymous

        Thanks, Sinan.

        I listened to the 448s before, but it sounded plasticky and is not as smooth as the HD202. Have to listen to it again though.

        Cheers.

      • Reply February 25, 2011

        Anonymous

        Thanks, Sinan.

        I listened to the 448s before, but it sounded plasticky and is not as smooth as the HD202. Have to listen to it again though.

        Cheers.

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  • Reply February 22, 2011

    Emailuz

    Incredible Mike,
    I am very curious now and i would try one.

    By the way. I am building high end wintage setup.
    And bought philips cd650 and tube headphone amp.
    Some think that it is worthy to mod old philips cd player like 650, 960 series.
    Other wise it would sound muddy. – I am not professional audiophil and i would hear
    like to hear your opinion. Did have any expirience with it ?
    Thanks.

    • Reply February 25, 2011

      Anonymous

      I have had no experience with the CD650 Philips, but it does look like the kind of player that has the potential to sound good after some mods.

      There are many mods that you can do to a typical CD player, starting from the power supply section (better regulators, better caps) to the analog out (discrete opamps, better caps) and even get improved clock modules for the D/A section. I’ve never personally tried modding a CD Player, but without a doubt the sound should improve tremendously if you do the mod right.

    • Reply February 25, 2011

      Anonymous

      I personally have had zero experience with the CD players you mentioned. Are these cheap players or expensive ones? You can always mod them for better results. Popular mods include better regulators on the power supply, better capacitors, upgraded clock, and upgraded opamps on the analog out section.

      I suppose that if you change all of those parts, then the difference would be very significant.

      Cheers.

      • Reply February 26, 2011

        Emailuz

        thanks Mike, i have some ideas too. I want change caps in dac section, replace opamps and put new low jitter clock. Then I think it will sing better than many many audio rigs.

        • Reply February 27, 2011

          Anonymous

          Yea, don’t miss the power supply section as well. I think it will sing very well indeed!

          What D/A chip does the Philips 650 come with?

          • Reply February 27, 2011

            Emailuz

            You see, i am newbie and I learning schemas only now. It is very difficult whithout knowledge if you want “dig” it deeper. I will look at power supply too.

            DAC section has 1541 chip. One of the best!

            • Reply February 27, 2011

              Emailuz

              By the eay, cd player has first class cd laser mechanism CDM2, which was used in other high end vintage cd players. Like old marantz, grundig, rotel…

              • Reply February 28, 2011

                Anonymous

                Oh, that sounds very good. I am going to try to hunt down a CD650!

            • Reply February 28, 2011

              Anonymous

              You’ve got to be kidding me! The TDA1541? That is indeed one of the best!!!

              • Reply February 28, 2011

                Emailuz

                Yes Yes! D/A is Philips TDA1541. But not TDA1541A. Actually both are fast same. You can find also in other old cd players TDA1541A with single crown or double crown version( very rare). Again they are fast same versions (sound quality). (I think).
                Ye, that is why i bought it. I bought it for 55euro. A lot of people sell it, couse it sings after years muddy. Couse of old capacitators. In others cd mechanism will crash. But actually, after reparement it will work another 20 years, very robust. After modding it will put other cd players to shame…

                • Reply March 1, 2011

                  Anonymous

                  That sounds very good, but I’ve never see a used CD650 around. Probably pretty rare now?

                  • Reply March 1, 2011

                    Emailuz

                    Nope. If you google TDA1541 cd players, you can find in forums a lot of vintage cd players with 1541 listed. And i would recommend you to get with CDM1 or CDM2 “cd reader mechanism” version. (B&O, rotel, old arcams, grundig, nachamichi, mcIntosh, mission, acoustic research, cambrige audio, sherwood… all these old players used philips 1541 and philips PCB board, cdms etc) Then find them in ebay, you can find them sometimes in very reasonable prize!

                    • March 1, 2011

                      Anonymous

                      Ah, yes thanks. I dont really look for stuff on Ebay. Not a big fan of having to bid for stuff.

                    • March 1, 2011

                      Donunus

                      you can always sort the items there by “buy now” only so that you won’t get the ones you have to bid for. my hd202s are from ebay as well as at least ten other headphone purchases in the past that I didn’t have to bid for 🙂 Its just so easy to buy from there plus lots of the big stores like J&R link their items there too

                    • March 2, 2011

                      Anonymous

                      Thanks Donunus. I probably need to start using ebay more.

    • Reply February 25, 2011

      Anonymous

      I personally have had zero experience with the CD players you mentioned. Are these cheap players or expensive ones? You can always mod them for better results. Popular mods include better regulators on the power supply, better capacitors, upgraded clock, and upgraded opamps on the analog out section.

      I suppose that if you change all of those parts, then the difference would be very significant.

      Cheers.

  • Reply February 23, 2011

    He_who_is_amused

    “So while listening to it at the CD shop, I noticed that it was really good”

    the CD shop? or THAT CD SHOP xD! sorry I just had to do that xD

    • Reply February 25, 2011

      Anonymous

      Lol. Thanks for pointing that out. I will edit it.

    • Reply February 25, 2011

      Anonymous

      Ouch! Thanks, will fix it.

    • Reply February 25, 2011

      Anonymous

      Ouch! Thanks, will fix it.

  • Reply February 23, 2011

    Donunus

    Hi Mike, do you prefer this overall to the superlux 651?

    • Reply February 25, 2011

      Anonymous

      I prefer this one over the Superlux, but that’s just my music. For Prodigy, I prefer the 651 by a large margin. Cheers.

    • Reply February 25, 2011

      Anonymous

      Yes.

    • Reply February 25, 2011

      Anonymous

      Yes.

  • Reply February 23, 2011

    Shahrose

    Hey Mike. Do you feel this is better than the PX100 or KSC-75?

    • Reply February 25, 2011

      Anonymous

      Shahrose,
      I will add a section to the review commenting on how the 202 compares to the ultraportables.

    • Reply February 25, 2011

      Anonymous

      Hi Shahrose,
      Differences in sound signature aside, the bigger driver from the HD202 will give you a bigger and fuller sound than the ultra portables.

      The PX100 and KSC75 have less resolution on their drivers as well. The PX100-II and the V-Jays have better resolutions, but you still don’t get the bigger sound from the HD202’s bigger size, and the low bass as well.

      Cheers.

    • Reply February 25, 2011

      Anonymous

      Hi Shahrose,
      Differences in sound signature aside, the bigger driver from the HD202 will give you a bigger and fuller sound than the ultra portables.

      The PX100 and KSC75 have less resolution on their drivers as well. The PX100-II and the V-Jays have better resolutions, but you still don’t get the bigger sound from the HD202’s bigger size, and the low bass as well.

      Cheers.

  • Reply February 23, 2011

    Thunder21

    Since a few folks ask how the HD202 compares to the PX-100 (II), let me add two more to the list: Jays V-Jays, Beyerdynamic DT235. Both are decent all-rounders and since you mentionned that the HD202 is also well balanced throughout music genres, I thought it might be worth adding a few comments to compare all these. As always, great review and excellent pix (love the single-sided mod).

    • Reply February 23, 2011

      Thunder21

      Mike, a little update on the HD 202 pricing in the US. Amazon is currently out stock but they can still be ordered for $40 (that’s for the II version). Just thought it might be worth mentioning. It makes them a much better value. I also thought that coming from your earbud article, it might be worth comparing the HD 202 to the Yuin PK3 (I know, I know, you can’t compare every headphones under the sun but I’d be delighted if you can just had a few quick comments).

      • Reply February 23, 2011

        Donunus

        I used to remember these being on headphone.com for around $25. Why are these so expensive now? I just ordered a pair on ebay for $17.99 but this one doesn’t even come in a box hehehe. Its all good as long as its authentic though

        • Reply February 25, 2011

          Anonymous

          Damn~ $25 is what these headphones should be priced at!!! Give us the old price back, Sennheiser!

        • Reply February 25, 2011

          Anonymous

          $17 is a steal.

        • Reply February 25, 2011

          Anonymous

          $17 is a steal.

          • Reply February 25, 2011

            Donunus

            but the shipping was 30 bucks LOL I figured nevermind since it was a total of under 50 with express shipping

      • Reply February 25, 2011

        Anonymous

        Hi Thunder,
        Thanks for the update on the pricing.

        About the PK3, I don’t have one around, so I’ll compare it to the PK1. Here it goes:
        The PK1 will have an edge in refinement, treble and mid quality, separation, etc.
        The HD202 will sound bigger due to the bigger driver and housing (physical size is hard to beat in audio), and also a more complete bass section (though more boomy than the PK1).

        Cheers.

      • Reply February 25, 2011

        Anonymous

        Thanks for the update on the pricing!

        I can compare it to the PK1, but not the PK3.
        PK1 still has an edge in resolution and refinement. But with an earbud, you don’t quite get the big sound that you get with the HD202. The earbuds are also very limited in bass performance.

      • Reply February 25, 2011

        Anonymous

        Thanks for the update on the pricing!

        I can compare it to the PK1, but not the PK3.
        PK1 still has an edge in resolution and refinement. But with an earbud, you don’t quite get the big sound that you get with the HD202. The earbuds are also very limited in bass performance.

    • Reply February 25, 2011

      Anonymous

      Thanks. I will update the article to address the comparisons.

    • Reply February 25, 2011

      Anonymous

      Thanks!
      The new ultra portables have very good driver resolutions. I am referring to the V jays, PX100-II and PX200-II. Compared to these, the HD202 is just a tad less refined. But in return you get a bigger and fuller sound, and a more proper soundstage and imaging (the ultra portables tend to be a bit cramped).

    • Reply February 25, 2011

      Anonymous

      Thanks!
      The new ultra portables have very good driver resolutions. I am referring to the V jays, PX100-II and PX200-II. Compared to these, the HD202 is just a tad less refined. But in return you get a bigger and fuller sound, and a more proper soundstage and imaging (the ultra portables tend to be a bit cramped).

  • Reply February 23, 2011

    balachandar

    Hey Mike, Thanks for the HD202 review – will the 202s best the Koss porta pros ? build wise these seem to be “sturdier” that the koss!(looking for a replacment to my recently deceased porta pros) Also would appreciate if you could add the HD448s to your “to review” list 😉 Thanks.

    • Reply February 25, 2011

      Anonymous

      Yes, balachandar,
      I will add a section in the article comparing it to the portapros.

    • Reply February 25, 2011

      Anonymous

      Hi,
      Would you mind reading my comments above as I wrote about how it compares to the ultra portables.

      Cheers.

      PS: I really need to do a head to head with the 448. Stay in tune!

    • Reply February 25, 2011

      Anonymous

      Hi,
      Would you mind reading my comments above as I wrote about how it compares to the ultra portables.

      Cheers.

      PS: I really need to do a head to head with the 448. Stay in tune!

  • Reply February 23, 2011

    KaliKot

    This was my first set of cans and I must say they were very good for the money. I bought them back in January which was when I started getting “poisoned” into headfi equipment.

    I just wasn’t satisfied with them after getting a couple of IEMs and Grado SR80i

    They are indeed a great choice for entry level headphones and they isolate quite well, but not as good as the K518 which I just got last week.

    They were harsh when it came to some recordings and they are quite easy to drive but it required a higher volume compared to the other cans that I had.

    I sold them after 3 weeks but yes for $30 they are indeed quite good for entry level phones. The bass is quite good but not that punchy but the highs are little bit recessed in my opinion. Also, they were quite uncomfortable after awhile but that’s common for closed cans. And that cable is REALLY really cumbersome if you don’t mod it.

    I would still prefer the KPP and PX100-ii over this, but then again they are open cans which won’t help on your daily commute.

    If you’re looking for your first set of closed cans these are great for the price. Would make for a good present to friends as well

    • Reply February 25, 2011

      Anonymous

      Thanks for your impressions KaliKot!

      I listened to an SR60i and a K518DJ yesterday and though they do their thing very well (like you said, the K518 has a more refined treble, though more attenuated), but I don’t think either cans have the multi-genre bandwith that the HD202 has. Moreover, both the SR60i and the K518DJ sounds a bit cramped in their presentation. The K518DJ really seriously lacked air, while the SR60i doesn’t have a proper soundstage imaging.

      It all goes back to your music, really. The K518DJ is really good for its punchy bass, which clearly beats the punch of the HD202. The SR60i is also very good in doing its typical Grado sound.

      Cheers.

  • Reply February 25, 2011

    Mate Mayer

    Hi Mike,
    Is it better than the Jays V-Jays?
    Matt

    • Reply February 25, 2011

      Donunus

      I am not Mike and I haven’t gotten my hd202s yet but I just wanted to say that the Vjays are not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. If you love the Vjays, there is a big chance you won’t like the hd202s as much as them but if you are like me and dislike the Vjays’ bright low treble, the senns might be better for you even though they are at a lower price level.

      I know I love my px100-IIs for example much more than the VJays which I sold pretty quickly. The PX100-II gets even better especially with the headband stretched to become a little looser on the grip. It makes them gain tighter bass and clearer mids and highs when the fit is looser also. As for the hd202, I will add a little px100-II comparison here when I get them and have made sure they aren’t changing with burn in anymore 🙂

      @Mike… I am also curious about your view on the Vjays vs the HD202. Not just on technical merit alone but on fun factor/musicality also

      • Reply February 25, 2011

        Anonymous

        Well, like what Donunus said, the V-Jays’ have a bright-er low treble (I won’t call it bright, though, LOL) than the PX100-II. Interestingly most people in my forum liked the V-Jays better than the PX100-II (you lose, Donunus!). But ultimately, it’s a matter of personal taste, music, recordings, stuff like that.

        Now V-Jays vs HD202, I’ll add a section on the article to answer that.

        Cheers.

        • Reply February 25, 2011

          Donunus

          yah i’m sensitive to brightness. Vjays, Grados or the senn hd25 among all sennheiser cans for example are not compatible with my ears. I tend to prefer a more laid back sound than what those cans give me

          • Reply February 25, 2011

            Anonymous

            You know, I think you should give the K518 AKG a try. The treble is less aggressive, and the bass punch can probably bests your DT150.

            • Reply February 25, 2011

              Donunus

              Ive also had the k81dj before which is supposedly similar to the k518 right? anyway I found the bass to be muddy and the mids echoey in a typical closed can way until the pads flaked off to become like velour pads. When that happened, the mids and highs improved but the bass was gone.

              As for the dt150s, the ones I had were paired with the uDac. The sound ended up smooth and slightly dark instead of bright. Even before the uDac pairing though, the dt100 velour pads just totally lifted the veil in the mids and took away the mud in the bass while smoothing out the highs too. Lots of people that have heard my old dt150s using the velour pads loved them and some bought a pair and got disappointed because the dt150s with the stock pads sound hollow and boomy.

              • Reply February 25, 2011

                Anonymous

                That sounds good! I doubt it will be easy to find a DT100 pads though.

      • Reply February 26, 2011

        Anonymous

        Well, like what Donunus said, the V-Jays’ have a bright-er low treble (I
        won’t call it bright, though, LOL) than the PX100-II. Interestingly most
        people in my forum liked the V-Jays better than the PX100-II (you lose,
        Donunus!). But ultimately, it’s a matter of personal taste, music,
        recordings, stuff like that.

        Now V-Jays vs HD202, I’ve answered that somewhere..

    • Reply February 26, 2011

      Anonymous

      Matt,
      It’s better in the sense that it’s bigger sounding and has a more proper
      soundstage presentation.

  • Reply February 25, 2011

    Mate Mayer

    Hi Mike,
    Is it better than the Jays V-Jays?
    Matt

  • Reply February 25, 2011

    Anonymous

  • Reply February 28, 2011

    David(Enthusia@HeadFi

    Hi Mike, not sure if this was asked already but what version are these headphones? HD202 MKII?

    • Reply March 1, 2011

      Anonymous

      Hi David, this is the non Mk II. But I think the consensus is that the Mk II only differs in packaging and nothing else.

  • Reply March 1, 2011

    Donunus

    Just got my hd202s. These are really a great value. They remind me of my old Audio Technica A900s with less boomy bass and a slight sennheiser touch to the sound. These have good isolation too. Wow, finally a good cheap closed headphone I can keep.

    • Reply March 1, 2011

      Anonymous

      Good to hear that. You’ll be surprised what sort of comments I get from people who bought the HD202 after I write this article.

  • Reply March 2, 2011

    Donunus

    Hi Mike, I also shared the enthusiasm here on our local site
    http://www.headphiles.org/index.php/topic,2019.msg92965.html#new

    • Reply March 3, 2011

      Anonymous

      Nice!
      How’s the response? 🙂

      • Reply March 3, 2011

        Donunus

        Not many responses so far. I guess its just not the current FOTM. I’m really happy with what it does for its price but I still prefer the px100-II with the headband stretched and a with a small hole in the middle of the pads

        • Reply March 3, 2011

          Anonymous

          Nice. The hype is really big now in our local forum 🙂

  • Reply March 5, 2011

    macktheknife

    ,, Hi!, I’m about to re-cable this HD202, but i’m curious about how the cable entries if I’m gonna use the single entry type . . should I make a new holes for the righ driver? since its hole is downward. thanks . . .

    confused now, single entry or dual entry? hahaha

    • Reply March 5, 2011

      Anonymous

      I made a small hole on the left side for the cable to go over. Single sided is the way to go man!

  • Reply March 25, 2011

    Juman231

    At a school library. See someone wearing HD202 right in front of me. He probably thinks I’m weird since I keep looking at him =]

    • Reply March 25, 2011

      Anonymous

      Ask him if you can have a listen!

  • Reply March 30, 2011

    Hifiduino

    I just got a new one from ebay. Being accustomed to an HD580, this thing is NOT comfortable because it presses against the ear. Any tips on making it more comfortable?

    • Reply March 30, 2011

      Anonymous

      Hi. Ummm yes it is a supra aural design and it does press against the ears. Have you tried the usual methods like bending the headbands?

  • Reply April 4, 2011

    Anonymous

    […] well balanced sound and robust design. The plastic headband is not to everyone's liking. Read a review of the HD202. Shure SRH-240 closed back headphones – a little over budget, but you get a lot for your money. In […]

  • Reply May 6, 2011

    Ignas

    Hello!
    Great review. Thank you very much!
    I’m buying those cans for my friend right now. 🙂

    Anyway, I didnt really know where to post this. But I was wondering can u give any advice on my sennheiser hd205. I love this headphone, but I would like to rewire it. I’ve been searching on google, but most of them are about changing the jack. I, on the other hand, would like to change the whole cable. Is it possible to do that?

    I did not get a cable yet either. Do you have any recomendations?
    would appreciate any kind of help!

    Thank You!

    • Reply May 6, 2011

      Anonymous

      Yes it’s possible to change the whole cable. Should not be too hard if
      you are good with soldering. Otherwise don’t attempt to do that because
      you risk damaging the drivers.

      We discussed recabling guides briefly here, but I haven’t had the time
      to come up with a proper article to do a recable.

      http://www.headfonia.com/sennheiser-hd-cables-comparison/#comment-193828758

  • Reply May 19, 2011

    Donunus

     Hi Mike,
    I was wondering If you’ve tried the akg k44? I just sold my px100-II and the hd202 because I cant listen to them anymore after listening for a while to the k44. The only problem with the akg is that the earpads become supraaural if you have big ears. Its circumaural to me and it sounds great! I was just listening to some magnepan speakers earlier and they reminded me of a more refined k44 LOL 

  • Reply May 21, 2011

    Kingice10

    Hi Mike,

    It sounds like the new Shure 215 iem  as you describe it…even better because of the headphone soundstage. I have this can for a very long time and it seems a very good entry-level headphone. I’m not sure how it is compared to the famous M50 or the Sen HD555 sonically as I haven’t heard them, but I have the Sen HD558. And what I hear is that these cans has more on a bass level authority and a good imaging for it’s price, it’s just that HD558 is tad more for a serious audiophile.

    • Reply May 21, 2011

      Anonymous

      Yes, although the Shure is thicker sounding and is not as laid back as
      the HD202. The HD202 is not a good headphone to discuss technicalities,
      as both the M-50 and the HD555/558 beat it fairly easily. But it just
      happens to be very musical and quite an all rounder.

      The HD203, for instance, is better technically (tighter, punchier bass),
      but overall the musicality is not as good as the HD202.

  • Reply May 24, 2011

    neo

    Alo Mike!

    What do you think about the Senn HD 202 vs 218? 

    • Reply May 25, 2011

      Anonymous

      I think the HD202 is more the traditional Senn sound, laid back and
      relaxed, slightly dark and relaxed treble, like a cool Miles Davis song.
      The HD218 is more lively, more forward, more treble — sounds more
      engaging but also more like Pop music.

      • Reply May 25, 2011

        neo

        Thanks for reply.

        I need cans for the PC music/movies/anime/games/etc, do you think the HD202 is the best option ? I´m from Argentina and the only good cans I can get with my budget are the HD202 (50usd), HD218 (65usd), and the AKG K77 (75usd). There´s no place where i can try the cans, so the only option is read reviews.

        ps I love your reviews, is a fun read.

        ps2 My english isn´t very good. 

        • Reply May 25, 2011

          Anonymous

          Hmmm…. Neo, I don’t think I’m qualified to give that advice as I
          mostly listen to music on my headphones.

          But if I have to choose one cans for all of those, I think it’s going to
          be the HD218.

  • Reply May 25, 2011

    Naty

    Hello Mike.

    I´m looking for my first cans, I listen all music genres , I don´t care about the size, or portability, I only want the best option cost-benefit.

    1- Senn HD 202 

    2- Senn HD 218

    3- Senn PX 200 II

    4- ATH M-30

    5- AKG K-512

    thx

    • Reply May 25, 2011

      Anonymous

      Naty,
      You should give the SJ-55 a try:
      http://www.headfonia.com/audio-technicas-entry-level-trio-sj11-sj33-and-sj55/

      I think it’s the best all rounder at the moment.

      • Reply May 25, 2011

        Naty

        The SJ-55 is not available where I live. 🙁

        • Reply May 25, 2011

          Anonymous

          Okay, in that case I think you’re welcome to go with the choices you listed. Except perhaps the PX200-II which sounds more hi-fi and may not go too well with different genres.

          If you can audition than that’s great, but otherwise, the ATH M-30, the HD202 or the HD218 are good cans. 

          • Reply May 25, 2011

            Naty

            thx for your help Mike

            After read a lot of reviews and information, I´ve picked the
            PX200-II, I liked the  design and good quality build (from pictures and
            videos),  in-line volume control is a good plus for me, single entry +1
            (I hate dual entry like 202), the portability +1, the cans are for home
            use, but if I need to travel I can use the same cans.

            I don´k
            know what do you mean with “hi-fi” ,  but I´ve
            always used earbuds or a cheap generic Genius headset, so I think the PX200 is  BIG upgrade to my music.

            • Reply May 25, 2011

              Anonymous

              That’s good Naty. The PX200-II is a nice cans. I just thought the sound is a little polite sometime, and I wanted to recommend you something that sounds more engaging and livelier.

  • Reply May 25, 2011

    Naty

    I got an answer about the SJ-55, but are too expensive 140usd and 14 day wait, the PX200-II only 85usd.

    I really apreciate your help. tyvm

    • Reply May 25, 2011

      Anonymous

      Yeah, that’s expensive. Btw I think the PX100-II is better than the PX200-II

      • Reply May 25, 2011

        Naty

        The PX100-II are open (like the PX100) right? I´m scared about the sound isolation, like my sister watching TV at high volume. The PX-200-II are closed, is not perfect, but better sound isolation, right?

        About the price, the PX100-II is imposible for me, 160usd because is the version with mic, the PX200-II with mic 190usd, and the PX100 50usd. I don´t know why so expensive only for the mic…

        I can get the HD238 for 100usd, you think is a better option? I´ve never tried open cans, and the PX100-II is not an option for the price.

        • Reply May 26, 2011

          Anonymous

          Ah, just go with the HD238 then. It’s better than the PX200-II and it’s
          closed.

          • Reply May 26, 2011

            Naty

            but the HD238 is open, the 218 and 228 are closed. ^_^

            Hd238>PX100-ii>Px200-ii

            in your opinion, right? or the PX100-ii>HD238.

            I´ve read the review about the HD238, but again, I´m worried about the sound isolation and leak of open cans.

            again, tyvm

            • Reply May 26, 2011

              Anonymous

              I dont think you should worry too much about open or closed for headphones this size. They are too small to isolate sound, and the supra aural fit always means that they leak sound a little.

  • Reply June 10, 2011

    gigablitz

    I had this can for like…6 months ago, but unfortunately the cable’s off recently, lol, so I might wanna buy / try another brand, and ATH sj11 caught my eyes.

    I’m kinda new in audiophile-things like this, but compared to sj11, which one’s better?

    answer will really appreciated, thx

    ps: sorry about my engrish lol

    • Reply June 10, 2011

      Anonymous

      Tonally and soundstage wise, the HD202 is better than the SJ11 to even
      the SJ55. But the laid back and darkish presentation of the HD202 is a
      big issue to a lot of people, while the SJ11-SJ55’s more forward and
      engaging presentation is more in tune with the current pop and top40
      stuff. If you listen to classic rock and/or jazz stuff, then the HD202
      is going to be better than the SJ11-SJ55.

  • Reply June 19, 2011

    Eskimoo

    How HD202 compared to more expensive offering from sennheiser?
    is there any ‘more expensive’ type that worth upgrade from HD202 (Near HD202 characteristic but with better sound quality, staging, ambeience, smoothness & also bass).

    HD2xx portables
    HD4xx
    HD5xx

    thanks!

    • Reply June 20, 2011

      Anonymous

      HD558
      HD650

      They should give you the HD202 sound with better refinement.

      • Reply June 26, 2011

        Eskimoo

        thanks for the input. 
        558 
        650 

        that’s quite huge price gap between 202 and those mentioned above. longterm upgrade perhaps??

        actually a bit boomness can be ‘cured’ a bit by EQ on soundcard for audiophile song listening. for clubber / electronica music i think fun enough. bass speed can keep up with the music.
        overal the ambeience, sound quality of 202 really had sennheiser’s reputation on it.

        wondering if HD205 or AKG 518DJ can be considered as medium upgrade over 202 under 100USD?

        • Reply June 28, 2011

          Anonymous

          I know, a long upgrade path.

          The HD205 and AKG K518DJ are quite different than the 202 though. But if
          you are listening to primarily club and electronica, the K518DJ would be
          a better headphone than the 202.

          • Reply June 30, 2011

            Eskimoo

            o, yeah i forgot to ask for medium upgrade section-
            how do you compare XB500, HD205 and K518DJ mainly for club and electronica and a bit comment on general music ?

            thanks

          • Reply June 30, 2011

            Anonymous

            Eskimoo:
            I think the K518DJ has the tightest and punchiest bass and least treble quantity of that crowd hence my recommendation. 

        • Reply July 5, 2011

          David Masson

          I have both the HD202 and the HD595, they are somewhat similar, but the HD595s are completely different beasts.  The HD595 is a HUGE improvement over the HD202.

          • Reply July 5, 2011

            Anonymous

            Thanks, David.

          • Reply October 4, 2011

            Anonymous

            Hi David

            whooaaaa, really missed your comment.i hope disqus dashboard will make everything monitored quickly.

            as i knew, HD595 got “different sound characteristics” than HD202?
            maybe 555 is the refined 202?
            thanks

            • Reply October 4, 2011

              Anonymous

              The HD202 is really more alike to the HD650. Without the refinement, obviously.

  • Reply June 27, 2011

    Karan

    hey can can you suggest what would be better out of of the following:-

    1. Sennheiser HD 202 II2. Sennheiser HD 205 II3. Sennheiser HD 2014. Denon AH-C2605. Denon AH-D310

    • Reply June 28, 2011

      Anonymous

      Not familiar with the Denons and the HD2014.

  • Reply July 5, 2011

    Eskimoo

    how do you analyze sound quality between HD202 and bass-driven HD418?

    • Reply July 5, 2011

      Anonymous

      Hi Eskimoo, 
      Sorry I am not too familiar with the HD418 so I can’t comment on it. 

  • Reply July 8, 2011

    Knocknock

    How does the HD 202 compare with the Sennheiser EH 150?
    Both are around the same price and look quite similar too.

  • Reply July 12, 2011

    EmZvr

    Everything I wanted to know is in this article even the comparison between hd202 and px100-2. Thanks a lot !

    • Reply July 13, 2011

      Anonymous

      Awesome!

  • Reply August 25, 2011

    Rx

    Just bought a HD 202 (not 202-II), thank you for your recommendation. It fits me well, sounds good too. I think for $30, it’s hard not to choose HD 202.

    • Reply August 27, 2011

      Anonymous

      Thanks, glad you like it.

    • Reply October 4, 2011

      Anonymous

      You’re welcome. It is quite a headphone for only $30.

      And the HD202 is the same headphone as the HD202-II.

  • Reply September 27, 2011

    Anonymous

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  • Reply October 4, 2011

    Anonymous

    Yes, Mike.  I agreed with you. But for note, the HD202 is a closed-back, hence won’t give you the ‘open’ & vibrance as the big brother.

    All my friend tested HD202 and give two thumbs. At 30$ price definitely unbeatable.
    King of 30$ closed cans, perhaps.

    The HD558 also like HD650 than HD600.
    Perhaps HD5x5 series more like to HD600 sound signature, since HD650 launched later.

    I just curious about HD518, almost no respectable review about it.Have you tried it?

    • Reply October 5, 2011

      Anonymous

      Yes, agree with everything you say.

      And yes, the 558 is like the HD650, though the 555 is a bit different. The 518 sounds identical to the 558 but with less bass body.

      • Reply October 5, 2011

        Anonymous

        uhm, just read another (perhaps the only) HD518 review from trusted reviews here http://goo.gl/plEla

        isn’t HD558 sacrifice bass area a bit for more mids & trebles (including clarity & separations)?
        which make 558 sounds more ‘hifi’ than bass-oriented 518.

        historically sennheiser low-end series tend to be less ‘hifi’

        cross-check, please?

        • Reply October 5, 2011

          Anonymous

          I listened to the HD518 and I thought it has no strong point in comparison to the 558 and 598 as it was simply a bass-less 558 (I had all three 518-558-598 with me then). 

          I also don’t think that it does midrange and treble better. Hence I didn’t think it was worth doing a review on. But I don’t know, I may be wrong. It was just a short listening time. 

          • Reply October 5, 2011

            Anonymous

            in here, mentioned that 558 trade some of the bass thickness for more superior separation and dynamics, and more robust mids.  which is true?

            >from my sight, 558 should be the one for more serious listening, simply more comfy, more refined and a bit classy (dull grill) black appearance. 

            taken from http://goo.gl/E4ooV

            “As an at-home pair though, they’re utterly brilliant. With a detailed, smooth and balanced sound, they can take on all genres of music and delight the ear. They trade away some of the bass thickness of the cheaper HD 518 set, but in return provide superior separation and dynamics, and a more robust mid-range. Complicated musical arrangements remain coherent, and this stepping-away from a more low-end focused approach makes even better use of the airiness offered by an open-back design. The treble is detailed and refined, only the bass could do with a bit of a tightening-up.”

            >but, (perhaps) we shall not underweight all-arounder 518 with ‘unique grill’ for an entry level audiophiler that cost ~65$ less, they said it even beat Monster Beat.
            bad name, Monster Beaten? LoL

            “Rich, detailed and balanced, the Sennheiser HD 518 make for an excellent all-round home headphone. They’re more measured and less bassy than the popular Monster Beats range, but still provide a full-bodied and warm sound that’s remarkably versatile – suiting music and movies alike. If you need an all-purpose headphone to take on duties once the sun goes down and housemates/parents/partners start to nod off to sleep, you can’t go wrong here. ”

            gosh! so much temptation from sennheiser

            • Reply October 6, 2011

              Anonymous

              I don’t get it, so that review says that the HD518 has more bass thickness? It should be the opposite.

              • Reply October 6, 2011

                Anonymous

                if not ‘thickness’ maybe more boomy, bloated , less controlled bass. people use varies words to describe things.

                is it correct to say that to ‘thickness’and controlled bass usually referred to thinness?

                similar to comparison between HD218 vs 238? whre 218 had ‘bass thickness’ ?

                just my thought

    • Reply October 5, 2011

      Anonymous

      So it looks like you’re becoming a big Sennheiser fan? 😉

      • Reply October 5, 2011

        Anonymous

        how to say? 

        mostly sennheiser pleases me. with its dark presentation. most friends also agreed with me.

        another time, when bright presentation needed some AKG pleases me.

        its a long journey to go…

  • Reply October 13, 2011

    Dkov70

    Thank you for your review! Could you compare the HD202 to same price range
    Sony MDR-ZX300? TIA

    • Reply October 13, 2011

      Anonymous

      Sorry, no experience with the ZX300.

    • Reply November 29, 2011

      Damage

      Avoid the MDR-ZX300.  Actually, avoid the ZX line until you hit the ZX700.

      I can tell you right out that the HD202’s are superior to the ZX300.  I don’t know what it is, but the HD202’s are more balanced compared to the ZXs, though I don’t quite recall them as being grainy in the mids and trebles as the HDs are sounding right out of the box.

      • Reply November 29, 2011

        Mike

        Thanks for sharing!

      • Reply December 1, 2011

        Mike

        Thanks for sharing that.

  • Reply October 22, 2011

    Ben S-r

    So. HD 201 or 202?

    • Reply October 22, 2011

      Anonymous

      HD201 is more linear, HD202 has more bass.

  • Reply October 26, 2011

    Spirit of 76

    How much do I like the HD 202? I own three pairs. One I leave at the office, one at home and on the go and a spare pair. I’ve tried the K 518 DJ. Nice, shorter cord, but the sound really doesn’t do anything for me and it was nowhere near as comfortable. Sony XB500 has roughly comparable bass and good comfort, but 202 seems tougher. Replaceable ear cushions are a big plus, although sometimes 202s go on sale for such a low price ($20 at Newegg or Musician’s Friend) that it’s worth it to pay a few extra bucks and get a whole new set instead of just $15 cushions.

    If only Sennheiser would stop putting such a long cord on it and stop being stuck on straight plugs rather than right angle, I’d buy a few more pairs.

    • Reply October 26, 2011

      Anonymous

      Three pairs of HD202s! Amazing!

      They are really fun headphones, aren’t they? And I agree, the cord is waay too long, Sennheiser should update them with shorter cords.

      • Reply October 28, 2011

        Spirit of 76

        Shorter and with right-angle plugs. Especially with portable equipment, long Sennheiser straight plugs can put too much stress on the jack if there’s any lateral force at all. Sony, AKG and Koss put right-angle plugs on their models for portable use. I don’t know why Sennheiser finds them so repugnant. Actually, if I had the skill, I’d love to re-cable a set of 202 with the short, right-angle, tangle-resistant flat cable from some Sony XB300 donor phones and get the best of both worlds. Those would definitely be my favorite portable cans.

        • Reply October 28, 2011

          Anonymous

          I agree that there are many less ideal designs/components with the HD202. However, I think at the moment the HD202 is just another low-model headphone that the guys at Sennheiser probably don’t bother tinkering too much with. I mean they have a new line up with the HD2x8 and HD4x8 models and those are the models that they are pushing to the consumers.

          • Reply October 28, 2011

            Duna21

            Since u mentioned hd2x8, how do they compare with the 202 ? ( I also own 202)

            • Reply October 28, 2011

              Anonymous

              Well aside from the fit issues, you have the usual differences between small supra aural and bigger circumaural headphones. The HD202 has a bigger sound chamber and will give you a bigger soundstage and a bigger sound. The HD238 on the contrast smaller and also sound smaller. Frequency response wise I think the HD238 is less dark, while still remain generally good and smooth throughout the frequencies. The HD202 is darker, more relaxed and more laid back. I think the HD202 is simply a case of the classic HD650 sound put into an entry level version, where the HD238 is a more “pop”, more lively, more engaging headphone. While I think the HD238 is a fine headphone, it lacks a little personality that makes the HD202 so unique (and somehow has a larger enthusiast base compared to the HD238).

          • Reply October 29, 2011

            Spirit of 76

            Even those newer ones don’t have right-angle plugs. Why does Sennheiser hate them? I’ve never seen one on any Sennheiser product. It makes no sense. 3.5mm jacks are small and fragile and can’t take much stress, unlike the old 1/4″ jacks. Look at all the iPods on eBay with broken jacks. And once a jack is broken, you basically have to throw the device away. Having a plug housing stick out an inch or more on a portable device is just too much of a risk. Oh, well.

  • Reply November 14, 2011

    Anonymous

    hi, how do you do?

    what do you think of HD408? since its OPEN and also BASS DRIVEN beast. maybe also more fun with trance things.
    for ultraportables perhaps HD228 closer to the HD202 than the “pop” HD238 that focus heavily on trebles and details?

    • Reply November 14, 2011

      Anonymous

      Wow, unfortunately I absolutely have no experience with the HD408.

      As for the HD228, if you’re looking for an ultraportable, I think the PX100-II also has that laid back HD650 sound.

      • Reply November 14, 2011

        Anonymous

        yes, its a pity that some type kinda abandoned in marketing & review department by sennheiser.  btw, the 200 and 400 series got new refresh. namely 219 229 239 and 429 439 449. 

        • Reply November 14, 2011

          Anonymous

          Yes, I wanted to do a review on them. May be a good time to do it since they just go updated.

          • Reply November 14, 2011

            Anonymous

            it’s interesting to see if their model update also bring sound refinement update on them. back on this page, wondering when will HD202 got minor or major overhaul…?

            • Reply November 15, 2011

              Anonymous

              The HD202, I don’t know if they will ever overhaul that. I think it’s a fine headphone for what it is. Cheap entry level headphone that happens to be enjoyable. I’ve tried the HD203 which is a higher up model, and although the technicalities are a little better (the bass is less loose), overall the sound is not as fun as the HD202. So, personally I would just leave the HD202 as it is.
              But back on the HD2xx and HD4xx models. Very interesting. Will try to review them.

  • Reply November 15, 2011

    Anonymous

    the meaning of overhaul much like refresh of PX100 to PX100-II, more refinement.

    on HD203 cases, what the meaning of ‘altough technicalities wins but not so fun’? 
    is it much like HD215 vs HD205?
    as i knew, HD215 less fun than HD205, though the HD215 more superior in everything (less bass, but deeper & tighter). 
       

    • Reply November 16, 2011

      Anonymous

      Oh yes, a PX100-II style upgrade would be a very good thing for the HD202. But if they do that (which will improve the resolution of the drivers) then I really think that the HD202 would threaten the higher up Sennheiser line.
      The HD203 had a more forward sound and less loose bass. By superior technicalities I was just referring to the bass which is more controlled. As a whole though the sound is not so fun.

      • Reply November 16, 2011

        Anonymous

        isnt more forward (perhaps, engaging) and more controlled bass , just like HD598 which is more fun headphone compared to veiled 558?

        sometimes cosmetics upgrade also will do, depends on competitor though, if no competitor , these cans wont be as advanced as today’s products

  • Reply November 16, 2011

    crazypolar

    Hello Mike, Where do you live now?
    Actually, i want to make my HD 202 single cabeled like yours.
    Now i live in Surabaya, did you know a place for modify my cans??
    thanks for the helps.

    • Reply December 15, 2011

      Teun

      You can click out one of the speakers and mount it upside-down. USing some tape and/or tie-wrap, route the cable across your headphone. Done

  • Reply January 9, 2012

    Ignatius Kristian

    Hi Mike. 

    Which one is better for Jazz, Classical, Pop; HD 202 or ATH SJ55? 
    On the higher end, ESW9 or ATH M50?

    Thanks.

    • Reply January 9, 2012

      Mike

      Ignatius,
      Jazz and Classical: HD202. Pop, HD202 and SJ55 both are pretty good. The ESW9 is generally a more musical headphone than the M50.

      • Reply January 10, 2012

        Ignatius Kristian

        So, if I get ESW-9 instead of HD202 or V-Jays, will the improvement be significant? 

        How about Superlux HD660 compared to those three?

        • Reply January 11, 2012

          Mike

          Well the ESW9 is like $300, obviously the improvement would be significant.

          • Reply January 11, 2012

            Ignatius Kristian

            Actually I’m more drawn into the design and build quality of ESW9. 😀

            Thanks, Mike..

            • Reply January 11, 2012

              Mike

              Yes it’s better built too, but the hinge area is a little fragile so be careful with it.

          • Reply January 11, 2012

            Ignatius Kristian

            One last question,

            Which has the least sibilance? HD202, Superlux HD660, or V-Jays?

  • Reply January 12, 2012

    Kevin

    Hello Mike!

    First, great site!

    Second, hoping I can get a nudge in one way or the other.  I’m struggling with my new headphone purchase.  I’ve been using the HD202 for a few months since my trusty HD485 stopped working.  I really liked the sound of the HD485.  Bass was pretty thick but not overbearing and the overall sound was pretty ‘warm.’  Would I get a similar sound with the HD518, HD558, HD598?  I’m hesitant to switch away from Sennheiser as I think my ears are so used to that sound.

    Thanks!
    Kevin

  • Reply January 15, 2012

    David Tharp

    I switch from my TV to my computer as connections for both are easy with my set up.  I’m a late-nigher that enjoys music with some volume.   I find these quite comfortable and enjoy my opera as well as movies or TV programs.  My son tried them out today and was quite satisfied and his acoustic demands are quite similar.  I just purchased a set for him.  Surprise Steven…

  • Reply January 23, 2012

    raz

    Surprised there’s no mention of how these compare to their close relation the HD212 Pro? Do you have any experience with these Mike? I think theyre a bit of a basshead version of the 202’s

    • Reply January 23, 2012

      Mike

      Hi Raz,
      Sorry but the HD212 is not available anywhere around here. Senn surely made a lot of variants of this headphone.

  • Reply February 2, 2012

    ishank gulati

    Hey mike,
    can you tell me which headphone will be better b/w hd 201 and sony mdr xd-200.I am really confused.

    • Reply February 2, 2012

      Mike

      Sorry I have no experience with the XD-200. 

      The HD201 is a more neutral headphone, while the HD202 is bassier though not extremely bassy. 

  • Reply February 2, 2012

    ishank gulati

    Hey mike,
    can you tell me which headphone will be better b/w hd 201 and sony mdr xd-200.I am really confused.

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  • Reply February 29, 2012

    Cieran Brown

    Hi Mike,

    I’m torn between getting these or Golding DR150’s. Which would you recommend?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    • Reply February 29, 2012

      Mike

      Technically the DR150 is a more technically competent headphone, but both are fun sounding.
      I don’t understand why you’re comparing the HD202 to the DR150 though. Isn’t the price difference quite big?

      • Reply February 29, 2012

        Cieran Brown

        I have the option to buy some Golding DR150’s from a friend for the same price as the HD 202’s, which is why i am undecided….

        I previously bought some Grado SR80’s which although I could appreciate for being very detailed I just found them a little harsh for my ears. My only other experience of decent headphones before that was Senn PX100-ii’s which sounded lovely and smooth!

        • Reply February 29, 2012

          Mike

          Based on that comment I think you should get the HD202. 

          See what the hype is all about. 🙂 

  • Reply April 22, 2012

    BryanD

    Hey Mike, I’m about to order these headphones, but I really want to know the difference between the HD 202’s, and the HD 202 II’s. I’ve been told the only real difference in the packaging. Is this true?? Please respond ASAP, as I want to order these in the next few hours, so I can have these babies by Thursday or so.

    • Reply April 22, 2012

      L.

       Mike’s busy building cracks and won’t be online today. That being said, have you read the review? Your question would have been answered

      • Reply April 23, 2012

        BryanD

        Yes, I read the review. He said he didn’t know much about the new 202 II’s, but maybe now that its been a while he’s found out a bit more information that may be helpful.

        • Reply April 23, 2012

          L.

          Sorry if I was a bit harsh, I googled it for you and it seems they are the same only the II doesn’t play as loud, output was restricted a bit apparently

          • Reply April 23, 2012

            Mike

            I asked the guys at Jaben about this before, and they say it’s only a matter of packaging. Same headphone and everything.

  • Reply July 2, 2012

    Liam de Mérovée

    After much deliberation on which headset to buy that comes cheap and highly functional, I must add that the Sennheiser HD 202’s are the closest thing to my very antique HD 414’s (if you’re old enough to remember them?) AND, yes, the 3m cable is just great for diverse usage. This model comes with a belt clipped winder to tow-in the extra cable for those on the move, so, no problem there. Obviously the sound is above average, considering that it’s a Sennheiser…even at this price!

    • Reply July 3, 2012

      Mike

      Yes I still remember the 414s! Was offered one for sale the other day, BNIB!

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  • Reply October 20, 2012

    Huy Nguyễn

    Thank you for the review. It is very informative.
    Well, I am a little confused between this one (Sennheiser HD202 II) and Sony MDR-MA100. Which one would you recommend?

    • Reply October 20, 2012

      Mike

      Sorry Huy, but I have no idea how the MA100 sounds.

  • Reply April 3, 2013

    Arjit

    good quality headphones but as others said realyyyyyy long cord,mine got tangled that it kind of tore and now it’s partially damaged ,also they are not really comfortable..i mean they aren’t bad but at times i feel discomfort…overall they are a really nice pair of headphones 🙂

    • Reply April 3, 2013

      Mike

      Agree. 😉

      • Reply April 4, 2013

        Arjit

        yeah…im thinking of buying a new one ..i want ath m30’s but it’s not available in my country :/

  • Reply June 21, 2013

    Patricio Granelli

    Hi! I am looking to get my first “big” head phones, and until now this is my first choice, but between this one and the 203? I don’t entirely understand the difference in the Bass that you told to someone before. And around this budget, you have any other preference? As newbie as I am I think I won’t realize the difference between both but I would like for you to help me.
    Thank you.

    • Reply June 21, 2013

      Mike

      I think the 202 is easier to enjoy, without getting too much into the sound discussion.

      • Reply June 21, 2013

        Patricio Granelli

        Thank you, for some reason the 203 are cheaper (50) than the 202 (70) thank you again for your day answer.

        • Reply June 22, 2013

          Mike

          You’re welcome Patricio

          • Reply June 28, 2013

            Patricio Granelli

            Hi! Sorry to bother you again, there is an offer today for a monster diesel vektr, do you know something about this ones? They are near the price of the 202 today. Thank you.

            • Reply June 29, 2013

              Mike

              Sorry Patricio, I can’t help you with that one.

      • Reply June 22, 2013

        Patricio Granelli

        Mike, sorry to bother you again, I just found a AKG K 142 HD at almost the same price of the 202´s, do you know anything about this ones? I´m trying to find reviews about this

  • Reply June 23, 2013

    mike

    Hi yes these are great headphones, sound and build is quality as you would expect but i prefer the sony zx300 which look more modern and sleek http://addnow.co.uk/sony-zx300

  • Reply July 29, 2013

    Rawr

    These are indeed great headphones and actually very durable. I simply just throw them in the couch or bed (just watch out for the long wires). The sound is great given the price and sounds better than the much more expensive ath-xs5. I would recommend this as a headphone to those who want to explore the world of headphones. Thanks for the great review.

    • Reply July 29, 2013

      Mike

      Thank you too, Rawr.

      The HD202 are quite special indeed.

  • Reply September 21, 2013

    Seth

    Hey Mike,

    Could you detail how you shortened the cable for the dumb ones? I have a pair of these, and the cable is by far the biggest problem.

    • Reply September 21, 2013

      Mike

      Seth,
      1. Cut the cable
      2. Desolder the old cable from the driver.
      3. Solder the new short cable to the driver.

      Beware of frying your driver on step 2, 3. If you can, do the solder/desoldering part in 1 second max to avoid frying the driver. If you fail to make a solid connection, wait a few minutes so everything cools down, then try again.

  • Reply February 14, 2014

    BurgerKingDiamond

    After reading this review, I bought a pair of these for myself, as I wanted a smallish pair of closed cans I could use on the bus ride to school. For only 25 bucks I am very impressed with how great they sound. I compared them to my hd 280 pros and though not as detailed and clear in the highs and upper mids, the hd 202s have a warmth and smoothness that makes them more enjoyable to listen to overall. Also the bass response really lets the kick drums come through, which is great for all the rock and metal I listen to. Thanks for the recommendation!

    • Reply February 15, 2014

      Mike

      You’re welcome! Glad to hear you’re enjoying it.

  • Reply March 28, 2014

    Julian Schädler

    I’ve owned and enjoyed these for over a decade. A couple of days ago, I ripped out the cable accidentally. Since then, I’ve tried to find a successor. I’m somewhat fixed on the Focal Spirit Classic now, but after your review, I’m tempted to simply get the 202s again. Or even fix mine, why don’t I. 🙂

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