Sennheiser HD 457 vs. HD 201

The Sennheiser HD 201 got a pretty rave review at the The Register. Not too long ago I bought the Sennheiser HD 457 in particular for listening to music in the company. This headphone is very comfortable to wear, but produces way to much bass.

Since the HD 201 is on offer for about 20 Euro in the local Media Markt, I decided to give the HD 201 a try and I concur with The Register. The sound of the HD 201 is really excellent. Much more balanced than the HD 457. However it is a notch less comfortable than HD 457 since the cushion around the ear of the 457 is clad with a kind of textile fabric while the the HD 201 uses a kind of smooth plastic with the tendency to let you sweat earlier. Sound wise the 201 is definitely better, although it is cheaper by a third compared to the 457.

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