Sennheiser HD-497 Headphones

HD-497

  • Open-Aire® dynamic Hi-Fi stereo headphones
  • Completely new ergonomic design
  • Extremely lightweight and comfortable
  • Extended frequency response and warm, natural sound reproduction
  • High-efficiency drivers - great for use with portables
  • Detachable OFC copper cable

User Reviews (6)

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tjohnusa   Audio Enthusiast [May 13, 2006]
Strength:

Sound, comfort,& price

Weakness:

Not easy to wear glasses with them on (of course that is mostly true with any earphone accept in the ear headphones)

I have about 40 hrs on these cans and they are breaking in nicely. A pleasent suprise on the detail of everything I have played on them. I mostly listen to them with a Dell 1st gen MP3 player and a Cmoy altoid mint can amp. Some may think they sound bass shy but the bass I hear is detailed and not boomy. They are more comfortable than they look, and the pictures don't do the style of them any justice. All in all I am VERY happy with these headphones.

Similar Products Used: Sony MDR v150, Phontopia earbuds
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
dave_is_asian   Casual Listener [Apr 21, 2006]
Strength:

Nice highs [Crisp]

Mediums ok

Bass doesn't have much punch.

I guess it wasn't THAT much to pay considering how much a normal set of earphones is.

Weakness:

Bad Price. They should create a model for the students.

Flimsy cord. Lasts about half a year then doesn't work.

Looks stupid when you're walking down the street. Now that we have stylish mp3 players like iPods there is no need for the excessively long cord. Not that It works anyway.

I was quite happy to purchse a pair of Sennheisers after I read an interesting review. I am glad I bought them, my ears have never been as excited to hear music.

That was until I lent it to my friends.

I got them back. They are ok now. Not super good. The sound is crackly probably because the diaphragm is scrunched. Perhaps even ripped.

I am mad and I can't be bothered buying another pair. I guess it's just back to the old pair or bad iPod earphones.

Also, They need to offer places to purchase replacement cords. Because the cord is messed up, sound only comes out of the right earpiece, and the left if i adjust the left side cord, like i'm listening to the radio. Obviously the cords are not wireless, so it seems somewhere within the continuity of the MASSIVE cord, there is a place where it is.."Wire-less"

Similar Products Used: Sennheiser HD 485
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
audiophian   AudioPhile [Oct 25, 2004]
Strength:

Highs are very crips. Mids and lows are well balanced volume wise. Bass is very tight and gives a nice balance to the mids.

Weakness:

The highs are somewhat weak in comparision to the mids and lows

Great headphones. Very comfortable and well padded. They fit great on my head, as well as all of my friends. The have a nice sound to them that works very well.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
MPSchaf   Audio Enthusiast [Sep 26, 2003]
Strength:

Not very source dependent Very efficient Largely uncolored sound Quite detailed at this price point

Weakness:

Pleather ear pads can get sweaty after long use

These cans were my first higher quality set of headphones. They are quite comfortable and they sound somewhat neutral. The sound is largely uncolored and is quite detailed for the price. They are also not very source dependent so they will sound pretty decent out of most sources. Their high efficiency allows them to be used directly out of portables. I would definately recommend these to anyone new to the world of high end headphones. I would also recommend them to those looking for good portable sound although they are slightly large for outdoor use. However, I didn't mind their size when I used them on the go. Currently they have been retired to computer use for the most part since they were replaced by higher end headphones. They served their purpose quite well for me and I would not hesitate to recommend them.

Similar Products Used: Grado SR80 Etymotic Research ER-4P Koss KSC35 AKG K271S
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
PSilvestre   Audio Enthusiast [Sep 18, 2003]
Strength:

Ultra-lightweight and comfortable; Good mid-range and bass; Good detail; Great design.

Weakness:

At this price, none.

Being a new audio enthusiast, this is my first good headphones. I can't be more happy with my choice. They have good detail across all audio frequencies. they are a pleaser to listen.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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