Sennheiser HD-470 HeadMax Headphones

3.19/5 (26 Reviews)


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tojohndillonesq a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: January 25, 2011

Bottom Line:   
Great price performance on a comfortable full-range headphone. Nice solid bass, musical and airy mids, just a tad light on the highs... which I actually like because it makes for easier long-term listening and saves the ears from wear and tear.

Comfort is very good, though because they directly rest on your ears they will get a bit "warm" after an hour or so. The headstrap design is a botch job. Mine are broken on BOTH sides. Damn irritating from a make who really should know better. But let's get real; these have a great musical response without costing $200. That makes them something special.

Lousy source music gets lousy results; you play a crappy 128mps MPS and these headphones will expose how thin the source is. You play them from an underpowered device (Ipod) and that could be a problem as well. But if you are listening to 128mps MPS on an IPod you are not exactly seeking the ultimate aural experience anyhow. Stick to something smaller, cheaper, and more rugged than this.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2005



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by null a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: November 12, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Wow, I am surprised at how some people can claim that they are true audiophiles but in fact they know nothing about audio. I think the bottom line is that they like to listen to music as a hobby... but that's about it.

First of all, these headphones are not "inefficient." The reason the sound isn't loud on your portable music device (in which case you have to crank up the volume) is because those devices draw very little current... say 150mA for 16 hours of playback. That's the reason why headphone amps exist. You just can't plug in any headphone to a device and say that just because the sound isn't loud enough the headphones aren't very good. If one device is running at 1.8V and the other at 5V, most of the time the sound is going to be much better on the 5V, with the same headphones. Also, the earbuds that come with your portable devices sound loud because they have low resistance... but their frequency response sucks. Loud does not necessarily mean good.

Secondly, the HD 470 is rated at 32 ohms. Inefficient? Many good headphones are rated at 32 or 64 ohms. Studio headphones can be rated at 300 ohms, but they sound pristine. It actually doesn't matter what resistance the headphones are rated if you have a good amp. I suspect most of you don't have a good amp. Do you expect the headphones to sound good from your laptop computer jack?

Frequency response is also important as well! The HD 470 it has a very good frequency response... 22Hz to 22KHz, which means it is capable of playing deep bass and high treble. My only gripe about this headphone is that there is an emphasis on the bass, and you can really tell. I haven't checked out the frequency response of this headphone, but I suspect it isn't totally flat. The treble is good, but could be better.

Overall, these headphones are definitely a step up from your $10/$20 phones. If you think these headphones suck, get a good amplifier or get a better sound card for your computer. You can't expect the headphones to be good if you're equipment isn't good.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001



Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Banger10 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 8, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Well, I just got them today so I'll try not to be too hard on them......They stink. No, I guess it depends what you're used to. They ARE inefficient as another reviewer wrote. I'm using an Ipod which has enough power for a portable. At this price, many people may be looking to use this with a portable and you may be disappointed. I've bought & sold many hard drive based mp3 players and most of the phones that come with them like the Rio Riot, Ipod, RCA Lyra, etc. seem to blow these away. They might be okay if they were more efficient. They sound underpowered. They're also a little high. (too much treble) which can make your teeth grind. I still like my Sony MDR300's best, although they are a little too low end. They still sound great. Got them on Clearance for $30 at BestBuy so I guess you get what you pay for

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Price Paid:    $12.00

Purchased At:   Ebay



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by palsgraff a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 7, 2002

Bottom Line:   
This is not the headphone to use with audiophile quality gear, and anyone reviewing it on that basis misses the point of how these phones should be used. I have employed them with portable devices - MP3 and CD players. They are perfect for that application. Primarily, they are light weight and comfortable. Slide on and need no adjustment. Next they provide a decent bass response that is usually lacking in the phones that are supplied with the units. I have a set of Sennheiser 580s, which are great cans, but I prefer the 470s for use with portables. Plus they are plentiful and really cheap at the various auction sites.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   Ubid



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Adam Miller a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 1, 2002

Bottom Line:   
For the price, these are the best earphones. Someone said earlier that if you hook them up to a component (AMP, CD Player, etc...) you will hear their limits, but thats not what these are for. I totally agree. If you want to buy earphones to listen to your stereo, or movies...then there are other earphones out there for the same price that will sound much better. But these are amazing for portable audio devices. You can keep them on for hours and still feel comfortable. The sound is very clear, nice high's and rich bass. They can handle classical music to dance just as easily. Once again, for the price...there is nothing better.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   Bay Bloor Radio




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