Summary: I'm just a junior head-fi'er, but I do love my music.
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They are decent $50 headphones, but they are barely decent. The only area that they excel in is portability. Everything else is just sufficient for the price you pay. My recommendation? Buy them on sale. I know looks are subjective but they seem pretty stylish.
Sufficient. I admit, one year of use is not very long, but they show no sign of damage.
Summary: Nice design. I agree with previous reviews that volume and answer controls could be easier to find and use as you cannot look at them when wearing the set. Bass is an issue. I have a similar pair of headphones (HD408) from the same manufacturer (which is the reason I chose them again) and they produce much better low end sound for a slightly smaller price tag..
Summary: Overall they are good headphones but compared to the HD 218 (exactly the same minus the remote) I find them a bit tighter on the ears. Also the cord is much much shorter than in HD218. My advice is to buy this model ONLY when there's a sale: otherwise the difference in price doesn't cover for only a play button with a mic and a volume..
Summary: These are OK, probably no better than my £9 philips in ears but if you want a more comfortable alternative these are pretty good. They leak a fair bit of noise but if you don't have the volume up beyond about half and you are into headphone comfort these are good enough for everyday use
Summary: A bit disappointed after reading the 5star reviews. Just feel that there's something missing and not a big enough improvement over present (closed) headset. Had to return them and now trying MM70s.
Sennheiser HD 219 phones: smart remote control feature, but pricey and overall just OK
The Guardian, Amazon
26 April 2013
Summary: These headphones are designed for use with a portable music player like an iPod. The sound quality is good - as you might expect from a strong brand like Sennheiser - but not great, the bass in particular being weak (a more expensive version of these headphones is available `with dynamic bass response'). Positives: lightweight, reasonably robust, and the excellent `remote control' moulded onto the cable which enables you to pause/play/skip/ etc.