Summary: These 'on-ear' headphones are compact and come with a 1.4m lead and 3.5mm jack. The design itself is good; cushioned headband and earpieces for comfort and the earpieces swivel so that the headphones are easily stored away when not in use. Whilst comfortable to wear I did find that the earpieces kept slipping off my ears when I moved my head - no other reviews mention this so it must be a problem with my ears as opposed to the earphones ;o) The sound quality is excellent...
Summary: These are a decent set of headphones that sit comfortably on your ears. As with all Sennheiser products the sound quality is good, however, they do leak sound which isn't a problem for the listener but may bother those around you. I tried these on the plane to Orlando to see if they were any better than my normal in ear type but they were not, you could still hear the drone of the plane engines. I don't think they particularly isolate sound.
Summary: Although a little plasticky in appearance the Sennheiser HD218 headphones look smart. They also seem to be well made and are comfortable even when worn for longer periods. The fact that the connecting lead only goes to the left side can means that there's one less wire to catch things in as you wear them, making them easier to use too.
Summary: Sennheiser's HD 218 headphones are the entry level in a new range of on-ear closed-back models designed for iPods, MP3 players and other portable audio equipment. There are also the HD 228 and the HD 238, all look fairly similar but performance varies with price. The HD 238s are quite a bit more expensive than the other two models but, at the time of writing, the HD 228s are only a couple of quid more than the HD 218s from Amazon.
Summary: I'm not normally a fan of headphones/earphones as I never normally find that they combine sound quality and comfort but these really surprised me. They have a padded head piece and really comfortable ear pieces, I also liked the fact that the ear pieces swivel so that you can angle them the way you want. The sound quality was really good (plugged into my laptop they sounded better than the laptop alone) and the sound levels were good as I like to play my music loudly.
Summary: Sennheiser headphones have always been known for two things - a very neutral sound, and tough-as-old-boots build quality. The HD 218 lives up to this at least in part. These are an on-ear headphone - the pads press directly onto your ears, much like the very first Walkman headphones. The clamping pressure isn't excessive, so they feel comfortable in use, albeit making your ears warm after a while.
Summary: These headphones perform at a level comparable to models costing twice as much, particularly when it comes to their clean bass sound. Although these are not billed as travel phones, the pads swivel so that they're flat in the plane of the headband, so they'll stow very easily in a backpack or briefcase. Unusually, they'll accommodate my very large head with some wiggle room, which is impressive.
Summary: I have tried these out with a couple of different MP3 players and they sound great, after a little tweaking. I normally listen with earbuds which need the 'bass boost' turned on, but I had to turn it off for the Sennheisers because they boost it enough for me. My music is mostly ripped at quite low bitrates, but still sounds fine on a variety of different styles including heavy metal, folk, electronic and reggae - even with spoken word podcasts.
Summary: I have been looking for a reasonable set of headphones for computer use and the occasional use with an MP3 player. I have quite niche tastes in music, listening mainly to extreme forms of heavy metal so my requirements are a little bit of bass and bottom end, good midrange and not too much upper range.
J. S. Hardman "Consultant software developer ..., Amazon
18 July 2009
Summary: These are really good value headphones. I've used them to listen to everything from bass rock music through to bird song to check the sound range. Both sound good. In particular, the rock from my MP3 player sounds better than through any set of in-ear buds that I have tried (and I have tried quite a few).