Summary: I used these cans direct from my MacBook Air 11.6" headphone jack. I played lossless songs using Amarra + iTunes. Very noticeable is the deep full bass and spaciousness. While obviously slightly veiled, the music was very pleasant. The tonal balance across the spectrum has good balance. Nothing really jumps at you in terms of presence. The bass slam and percussive attacks are a bit weak. Snare drums and cow bells tend to be drowned out.
Excerpt: These headphones have a great sound, and a very comfortable feel for hours of wear. The cord is long enough and single-sided (no twisted cords!). I carry them around in my bag for listening to my music when I am on the road.
Excerpt: I am not a techie so I can't tell you that the neodymium magnet thingies make them better than other headphones. What I can tell you is that they are: <br /><br />1. Comfortable<br />2. The sound is great<br />3. The plug isn't big, so it fits the iPhone even in a case<br />4. They are not HUGE so you don't feel like you have ear muffs on!
Summary: These headphones are very comfortable to wear and the sound quality is very good. The only disadvantage is that they leak sound a lot! I had the volume at its minimum and still other people could hear it. Apart from that, a good set of headphones.
Summary: I found these really comfortable to wear and I have used them on an hour's walk in city traffic and windy weather. They stayed 'put' during the walk, with an occasional tendency to slip slightly towards the back of the head, but nothing that would cause me an issue. An added bonus is that they keep your hairstyle in place without squashing it!! My 10 year old daughter adores these and finds them much more comfortable than ear buds.
Summary: I honestly wasn't sure what headphones to buy as I'm switching from my standard use of in-ear headphones to over head headphones. However I didn't want anything too large or bulky. I thought about Dr Dre's headphones, the cheaper ones at £115 or similar. However the reviews for that were terrible and when I tried them in John Lewis they were nothing special. So for me it came down to getting some nice sennheiser's as those are the best pair of in-ears I've ever owned.
Summary: These are on ear headphones. A style that I have come to enjoy since listening to the Sennheiser HD229 Closed Back On-Ear Headphones with Excellent Bass - WhiteHowever I wasn't too keen on the closed back design of the HD229's. Preferring to hear what is going on around me as well as the music. The HD239 are open backed and for me, apart from not feeling shut in, the music is somehow better spread. I only found out relatively recently that headphones need running in.
Summary: These are subtle in appearance, light in weight and comfortable to wear Testing They were burnt-in for several hours beforehand and the initial over-softness disappeared (piano chords lacked dynamics). I used an iPod Nano with a FiiO E5 and L3 cable, and tracks by ZZ Top, Samantha James (acoustic and dance electronica), Lady Gaga, Alison Kraus, Katherine Jenkins, and a recording of Tibetan singing bowls. Tracks were ripped at 256 or 320 kbps.
Summary: To start with, these headphones when broken in for a couple of hours have bags of clarity, great, but not overpowering bass and effective mids. They can cater from hard rock to metal, with the bass quality suiting house very well. I've always thought of and used open backed headphones inside the house, this mainly because to get the best from quality headphones like these I believe you must have them on a high volume to fully experience the clarity they can offer.
Impressively clear, accurate sound - but they are for very specific needs
21 May 2012
Summary: I was under the impression that these HD239s were just a cosmetic update of the Sennheiser HD238 On-Ear Stereo Headphones , but having got on the 'phone to the good folks at Sennheiser, they have informed me that these have a higher frequency response - in practise, the difference will be very hard to notice, and the 238s are a lot cheaper (at time of writing) being the old version, so you may want to consider them instead.