The Sennheiser HD 202’s seem to bill themselves as reasonable, inexpensive, over-the-ear headphones. After using them for a few days, I have to say that they really aren’t bad.
I should start up this review by saying that I am a rather particular person when it comes to headphones. I have been through enough crummy headphones to be fed up with things that break, things that sound bad, and things that are uncomfortable. Of course, my experience leads me to the group most of the headphones that I have experienced into one of these three categories. So, in looking for another pair of inexpensive headphones over-the-ear headphones, I was looking for something comfortable, not too tight, and good sounding for a reasonable amount of money. Honestly, I think I’ve done pretty well in finding the Sennheiser HD 202.
As initially somewhat put off by the Sennheiser HD 202’s slightly unusual design, but upon finding they fit well, all was forgiven. They weren’t too tight, they stayed on my head, and they fit comfortably over my ears. They seem to be comfortable for long term listening, too, neither crushing my ears nor making them get all hot and sweaty. Not bad for $30.00 pair of headphones.
Of course, the real test was their sound. For under 50 bucks, I really wasn’t expecting much, but the Sennheiser HD 202’s really did deliver a decent sound. Nothing spectacular when comparing them to headphones in the $200 price range, mind you, but really not anything bad, and something that I could definitely handle. The sound proved to be very accurate and balanced, and although not particularly heavy on the bass, generally well defined. There was none of the “squished” sound that you often see and cheap headphones, and not the sense that you are missing something major in music. Really not about accomplishment, considering the price.
Ordinarily, I’d close a review like this by encouraging that would be buyer to spend more money on a better pair of headphones, but realizing that the vast majority of headphone users are not willing to spend 300 bucks on a pair of nifty Bose headphones, I realized that the Sennheiser HD 202 is really not a bad option. Considering that there is a major market for basic, affordable headphones that won’t murder your music, I would have to admit that the Sennheiser HD 202’s are really not a bad option. Go for it, and enjoy.