Sennheiser HD 239 Headphones Black Reviews

Sennheiser HD 239 Headphones Black

Sennheiser HD 239 Headphones Black

  • Advanced acoustic system with powerful neodymium magnets and lightweight diaphragms for a lifelike stereo sound experience
  • Premium metallic components and exchangeable earpads for superior performance and durability with carrying pouch included for easy storage and protection
  • Optimized for portable audio includingMP3, CD players, iPad, iPod and iPhone

Expect a timeless design and a touch of class with the HD 239 headphones. Sennheiser’s advanced acoustic system with powerful neodymium magnets ensures maximum performance and high-fidelity audio. Offering a top-notch and smooth stereo sound experience, the finest details can be heard with distinct clarity. These headphones also houses premium metallic components and exchangeable earpads for superior performance and durability.

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    Aerocraft67 October 2, 2016 at 23:44
    66 of 70 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Versatile headphones for grown-ups, November 5, 2012

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    I haven’t been this excited about an electronics purchase in a long time. I’m a realistic audiophile, keen to spend just enough on a component to suit the task to a high standard of satisfaction, but no more than that. I’ve never been a portable music aficionado, but I do enough mobile listening now that I wanted to upgrade the experience. I also wanted to expand my listening opportunities limited by family life at home. Entry level earbuds, among other ergonomic hassles, became fatiguing and shrill even at modest levels, not to mention loud. So I shopped for headphones that sound as good as possible while remaining portable and affordable. The Sennheiser HD 239 fit the bill.

    Turns out there are scads of headphones available for every performance level and application. I found a credible headphone enthusiast site, innerfidelity.com, that recommended this model among the best-sounding portable headphones, which is also how Sennheiser markets the model within its line. Cnet also recommends the discontinued model that the HD 239 replaces, the HD 238. I was wary of the conspicuous proportion of five-star “Amazon Vine” reviews of the product, but nevertheless found nothing objectionable in the non-“Vine” reviews that were less than glowing but otherwise informed and forthright. That Sennheiser is a venerable manufacturer of a full line of headphones from budget to high end and professional models was also reassuring.

    The HD 239s are not as portable as earbuds, but the gain in audio experience and comfort is well worth the sacrifice in compactness; and these are by no means full-size headphones. Although full-size headphones would no doubt deliver superior performance, the audio quality of the HD 239 is also suitable for office and home use. Pricier than entry-level models, but substantially better-performing, and nowhere near top end pricing. Not disposable, but not a major liability, either. Headphones for grown-ups, if you will–with comfortable fit, refined finish, and free of gratuitous celebrity branding.

    Categorically, the “open” rather than “closed” ear cover design employed by the HD 239 affords the best sound and atmospherics, with the trade-offs of not blocking outside noise and leaking sound. I consider the openness a plus for remaining aware of surroundings and maintaining a more favorable soundstage than the cocooning effect of ear-encapsulating cans. I did some testing of audible sound adjacent to the user, and although the sound is indeed audible and even discernible, it’s not terribly out of line with the volume the user requires to overcome the ambient noise. That is, playing loud enough to overcome ambient noise does not result in objectionable contribution to that noise heard by others. So, I don’t anticipate being “that guy” with the blaring headphones, but rather contributing modestly to the ambient noise of the train or plane, which are noisy places to begin with. Even with the open design, the headphones overcome external noise at reasonable volume levels.

    The HD 239 has transformed my listening. In addition to a MOG streaming service of 320 kbps music, I have a collection of 256 kbps and 320 kbps bit rate songs (mostly classic and indie rock) that I play at my desk, on portables, and stream to a decent home theater system (powered by a Denon AVR-1712) with AirPlay. I have to admit that it’s a rare occasion that I bust out a CD for serious listening, and I can’t be bothered to rip and store them in lossless format, but I’m conscious of what I’m missing. The headphones get the most out of portable players, without performance overkill or looking conspicuous on the commute, and they do justice to the living room rig playing high-quality sources as well. I do notice better performance from the HD 239 with the AVR than with computers and portables, so a portable or desktop amp and/or DAC would likely augment performance from computers and portables discernibly, but I personally wouldn’t spend much budget there before stepping up to full-sized headphones. On the other end of the spectrum, I suppose it goes without saying that these also do wonders for voice calling, even without a microphone.

    I also bought the Maxell HP-20 headphone cord and adapters for home listening. I used a tailor’s measuring tape to determine the length of the cord path between my receiver and listening position, which is 13 feet (corresponding to a common 10-foot TV viewing distance). The Maxell cord is coiled, and stretches to 20 feet under tension, plus the headphone cord is four feet long. The combo works, but it will slide down the side of my ottoman under its own weight and put tension on the headphones, so I run it along the floor instead.

    During long listening sessions, the headphones inevitably cause some discomfort, but it doesn’t accumulate much faster than the appetite for listening wanes. That is, by the time the headphones start to induce…

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    Amazon Customer October 3, 2016 at 00:00
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Sennheiser Again Proves It’s a Master of Headphone Audio Design, March 18, 2016

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    Sennheiser has once again proven they are masters of headphone audio design.

    While not as refined and accurate as open-back headphones costing much more, the inexpensive HD 239 gets about 85% of the way there, reproducing well recorded and mastered high fidelity music very well for a headphone of this type/price-point.

    These headphones are built for those who know how to, or would like to learn how to, appreciate all that real high fidelity music has to offer:
    * The lows are clear and extended; slightly emphasized without the bloat, boom, bloom, or unnatural exaggeration found in so many of the consumer-type headphones (like Beats, V-Moda, etc.).

    * The mids and highs are well balanced, accurate, and clear; and the sound stage is quite good when the source is well recorded in stereo (binaural recordings best demonstrate this).

    I don’t need to repeat what others have said regarding the ergonomics, build quality, etc. that are typical of headphones in this price range.

    The audio cable, while thin, appears to be durable, there are no cable microphonics.

    The HD 239 interfaces well with all my portable devices, and carries a 2 year warranty in the US.

    In my opinion, the HD 239 could be one of the, if not *the*, best sounding open-back on-ear high fidelity headphone currently on the market at this price point, and so I recommend it highly.

    It has definitely earned a place in my personal “best-of breed” collection.

    About “Burn-in” / “Break-in”:

    Enjoy the Senn HD 239 headphones right out of the box. Playing music or pink noise through them continuously for dozens of hours on end before using them is silly. Why? Because the need to break-in/burn-in headphones is nothing more than uninformed urban legend.

    I’m a retired recording engineer and studio owner, and I don’t know of any professional audio people who give “burn-in” any credence. The subjective perception of “burn-in” is the user’s hearing being re-trained and adjusted to the frequency response curve of the headphone. For example, a listener coming from a headphone whose response curve boosts the lows and dips the mids will hear a headphone with a natural, flat and uncolored signature (like theSenn HD 239) as having a shallow bass and a strident upper mid range. As the listener’s hearing adapts over time to the uncolored accuracy of the neutral/flat headphones, the headphones miraculously “improve” after having been “burned-in”, when in fact it’s the listener’s hearing being “burned-in” by the headphones.

    The only formal study on this subject of which I’m aware was inconclusive, finding that if there is any such effect at all, it is at best very subtle. It can be found on the InnerFidelity web site by searching on “On the Measurement and Audibility of Headphone Break-in”. Read it and decide for yourself.

    Primary sources for assessing the HD 239:
    * iBasso DX 50 DAP with 24bit/192kHz DAC;
    * Samsung Galaxy S4;
    * iPad Mini;
    * My own original lossless digital studio masters converted to 24/48 FLAC (multiple music genres);
    * Chesky Records’ “Ultimate Demonstration Disk-Guide to Critical Listening” CD converted to 16/44 FLAC (multiple music genres);
    * Chesky Records “Binaural Sound Show” audiophile CD converted to 16/44 FLAC (multiple music genres);
    * HDTracks’ 2013 and 2014 “Hi Definition Sampler” free music files 24/96 WAV (multiple music genres); and
    * 2L Records Hi-Def free music files 24/192 FLAC (multiple music genres).

    Headphones used to help form an opinion about the HD 239’s audio performance:
    * AKG K701 open-back over-ear studio reference headphones.
    * AudioTechnica M50x closed-back over-ear studio monitor headphones.
    * Beyerdynamic DT 1350-80 closed-back on-ear DJ monitor headphones.

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    Valentina October 3, 2016 at 00:07
    23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent & big improvement to my previous daily pair at work, June 8, 2012
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    For the past 5 years, I’ve been using another Sennheiser set of headphones: Sennheiser PX 100-II On Ear Miniheadphone (Black). I really loved my old pair [with original hard case, which is discontinued], hence I didn’t replace them until I got HD239. PX rested pretty perfectly on my head and ears. I always find my ears to be very sensitive, and PX100 were light with decent sound.

    As other reviewer who also went from PX100 to this pair, I was blown away by sound quality.

    From now forward, this will be my new pair at work. yes, they do not fold flat for storage as the PX pair, but I have good storage space at work, so that’s not a problem. the PX pair will come back home with me for other trips, like doc’s office, etc.

    I’d definitely recommend.

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