Ever since the day we laid our eyes and acquired our first Sennheiser headphones, we fell in love with it instantly. We have carried our HD 205 since last year and we are very much satisfied with the performance it gives to the ears. It’s a supraaural headphones, meaning it does not completely cover over the ears which gives much about 10% allowable noise from the outside into the earcup.
A lot of our colleagues asks us about the our headphones because they always see us with it and they wonder if it really eliminates the sound from the outside. HD 205 is different from other models like the HD 700 which is a circumaural dynamic stereo headphones. Circumaural headphones completely enclose the ears which has a good external noise rejection.
For us, a supraaural headphones, like the HD 205 is a good choice because it puts safety to the wearer by becoming more aware of the noise that comes from the outside but without compromising the excellent and sweet Sennheiser audio clarity of music we listen to. Perfect quality is what Sennheiser’s signature sound expertise is all about.
We like to listen to beats of new wave and reggae, to electronic techno-house music such as SOMEDAYDREAM, to bass driven alternative pop and RNB like NEW RADICALS, and of course, rockin’ music from the likes of ERASERHEADS, P.O.T., SPONGECOLA, among others. These are the selections that are also included in our playlist.
HD 205 also gives a powerful impressions that onlookers don’t fail to notice. It’s not bold but the design is edgy and with a single-sided cable it makes them a professional companion even for DJs. That professional feel vibrates in our persona every time we wear the HD 205.
Yet, HD 205 is so 7 years ago. For 2013, Sennheiser is introducing two of its latest innovation in pursuit of perfect sound technology, the MOMENTUM and IE 800.
The MOMENTUM headphones makes the famous Sennheiser sound quality tangible. It is reflected in the material selection of these refined headphones – the use of supple, breathable leather for the headband and earcups, displays our commitment to style. Reflecting its technical excellence is the use of high-performance neodymium magnets for extraordinarily rich and detailed stereo sound. Also, the circumaural capsules ensures perfect listening enjoyment without ambient noise.
Also, a 3.5 mm stereo plug means the MOMENTUM can be connected to all current media players. For Apple products such as the iPad, iPhone and iPod there is an extra cable with integrated smart remote and microphone. Buttons set into the elegant metal casing allow you to adjust the volume, select music titles, take phone calls and activate voice control. This is what the HD 205 doesn’t have. And the circumaural ear cups mean you can relax and enjoy your favorite sounds wherever and when you like.
We tested its performance and it does have that premium sound. it may not have that edgy impressions like our HD 205 but it still stands out when it comes to perfection of quality audio. It’s a good buy for Php 19,000 (SRP).
Another one that made us drool is the IE 800 which on first glance is like a typical ear-canal phones. Wait until you listen from it. The IE 800 headphones are the ones with the most innovations per square millimeter. And for precisely that reason, these small in-ear earphones can certainly compete with much larger high-end headphones. They are brimming with groundbreaking ideas to make sure that audiophiles and music lovers can get as close as possible to perfect sound even when they’re on the move.
IE 800 is built with ergonomic, oval-shaped ear adapters for maximum comfort. With a diameter of just 7 mm, it is the smallest wide-band sound transducer now available in dynamic headphones. The IE 800 is another elegantly professionally looking earpiece we must say. And why is that? The revolutionary IE 800 headset retails at USD 1,000 and that is about around Php 40,000 here in the Philippines. We could not say anything more to that.
If we can be given the chance, we would like to own one of HD 700 or the MOMENTUM. But it doesn’t mean we will replace our HD 205 for it. As you can see, we are enjoying HD 205 and it makes a perfect companion wherever we go. We’ve even brought it on a long out-of-town trips and the great performance it gives to us while on the road is awesome. HD 205 might intimidate you but the truth is, it’s very much affordable. HD 205 sells at about Php 2,500 in the market today. Surprise? We bet you are.
And here’s a good news. Sennheiser Asia recently opens its flagship store here and it is located at the 3rd floor of V-Mall, Greenhills in San Juan. Operating since last year, the concept store offers a whole line-up of Sennheiser headphones. Sennheiser Concept Store in V-Mall, Greenhills opens daily from 10 am to 8 pm.
- New Sennheiser Headphones, Soaring Soundscape (socialpronline.wordpress.com)
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