So you may be wondering why I only bought budget ones considering the amount of time I actually use headphones; well the answer to that is: My old ones broke and I intended on buying these as a temporary solution until I have the spare money to throw away on a decent set of headphones. On first impressions, the box may as well be selling £100 headphones. This bubble is burst when you open the box, Sennheiser didn't fuck around when it said budget: Inside is empty, bearing the headphones sitting loosely in there and a plastic tie wrapping the wire up; No user documentation or warranty information, although if you're spending 10 quid on headphones you're not exactly going to treat them like the crown jewels.
The headphones themselves look and feel sturdy; they could easily pass off as actual DJ'ing headphones. Props to Sennheiser for that. Now, down to the actual audio testing: I've been using them for almost two months and I can safely say they are very nice clear crisp sounding headphones, especially the midtone and treble. They only suffer from having a flimsy bass but assuming that you don't listen to heavy reggae or drum and bass I'm sure you'll be fine.
Now I myself do have a very open mind when it comes to music. I listen to all sorts from classical rock to hip-hop, blues, jazz, funk - anything that sounds good, and all of these I can happily listen to without any problems from the bass bottlenecking. I mean yeah the bass doesn't come through crystal clear on any demanding songs but for the price, you can't complain. Considering it's just the odd couple of songs out of my entire discography that is around 100 GB not including Spotify, that is pretty incredible.
Back onto the Treble and Midtone, these both come through very nicely on the 201's which genuinely surprised me considering the price, but Sennheiser do have a firmly established record of producing good quality hardware.
I really do want to rip on these being bad, but all the bad-points creeping up keep getting over-shadowed by how cheap they are; I almost feel like I'm bullying a weak child saying negative things about these headphones.
The only minor critiques aside from the Bass are:
- Unless you're Link these headphones won't fit 100%
- The cord is very long, too long for if you've just got it plugged into your computer at your desk
- There is no volume adjust
- They can't be worn for extended periods of time without re-adjustment/slight discomfort
Overall, I feel these are a fantastic set of headphones and would recommend them to anyone looking for a good quality set of headphones without paying excessive amounts for them. Although, if you can afford another 15 quid, I'd say go for the Fatal1ty headphones, especially for how comfortable they are and it's powerful bass.
Overall Rating: ****