Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sennheiser HD 201 Review

The Sennheiser HD 201 is found at the lower end of the Sennheiser headphone spectrum. So is low, low budget any good? Is the Sennheiser HD 201 any good?

Sennheiser HD 201 Headphones
Sennheiser HD 201 Headphones
Right of the bat the HD201 headphones have a sturdy look and feel to them. Lets turn them on and have a "look" if the audio is any good as well.

I'm not going to go in to much detail about the highs, mids and lows, since this does not really apply for a headphone like this. What you should know is that the Sennheiser HD 201 is an ideal headphone for monitoring your live recording. Yes it is low budget and yes you will be missing some critical information you will have to deal with in post, however it's not anything you won't be able to fix.

Sennheiser HD 201 Headphones Example
When I was recording with the Zoom H4n in a 25 square meter room, I unwillingly recorded a humming noise from a heating system. I did not hear this through the HD201, however I was very clear in post that this sound was there. Simply adjust the filters on the sound and the hum goes away.

So quickly, if you are using this for registering live audio, YES!!! DO so. It's cheap if it breaks or gets wet or anything you can quickly get a new one and you won't be spending half your production budget.
When using these for anything other then recording live audio, be very careful, since you will be "BLIND" to many sounds.

Just like last time:

In end investing in good headphones will pay off since $150 will buy you very descent headphones while audio monitors ussually will cost you a lot more.

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