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Sennheiser HD 200 PRO Headphones Review

First Impressions and Packaging

After years of using a $40 Corsair headset, I was looking forward to upgrading to the Sennheiser Professional HD 200 headset. Unfortunately, my initial impressions were not as great. Upon unboxing, I noticed that, unlike my previous set, which boasted a durable frame and padding, the Sennheiser Professional HD 200 had what felt like a flimsy plastic frame. The stark difference in quality was quite disappointing. Moreover, it doesn’t provide options to adjust sound, something I find even in $20 pairs.

Build Quality

Keeping with the build, the headset feels lackluster, making my Sennheiser Professional HD 200 review a bit mixed regarding quality. The material feels cheap, particularly the plastic and cable. The earphone covering felt thin, and within a year, I noticed it falling apart, which was a letdown. Unfortunately, these headphones seem to be built to last a year or two, which is not a good selling point for someone looking for longevity and durability in their purchase.

Sound Quality

The most crucial aspect of any headphone review is assessing the sound quality—the Sennheiser Professional HD 200 headphones are delivered on this front. The sound produced by these headphones is top-notch, both crystal clear and vibrant, providing an excellent audio experience. The sound clarity is especially noticeable for critical desktop listening when the headphones are paired with a decent sound driver, such as a dragonfly black. This pairing significantly improved the listening experience, making it incomparable to the sound from my MacBook Pro’s direct output.

However, there was one recurring dissatisfaction: the bass was a bit overpowering, which made the overall sound somewhat muddy. This skewed sound profile may not be for everyone, and it didn’t work for me, given my preference for a more balanced profile.

Construction and Durability

The headphones, unfortunately, do not feel very high-quality in terms of build. The headphones’ plastic parts felt flimsy and were quite susceptible to damage. Also, the cable felt less than premium, and I seriously worried about long-term durability. I didn’t appreciate the lack of an adjustable sound option and a microphone on this headset, which is especially expected for the $100 price range. More concerningly, the foam covering the earcups has a fragile plastic shell that started disintegrating after a year of use. This was particularly disappointing and gave a visually unappealing look to the headphones.

Sennheiser HD 200 PRO Review

Comfort and Fit

In terms of comfort, this headset had its pros and cons. On the positive side, the headphones are light and very adjustable, with full ear coverage, which is a big plus. However, these might feel too small for those with more prominent ears. Additionally, I noticed that the ear part leans forward, causing some discomfort for people with smaller face frames. Nonetheless, they are still quite comfortable for extended use, notably in studio or office work environments, and they aren’t too tight, thereby reducing the potential for soreness or irritation.

Value for Money

Despite the setbacks, my Sennheiser Professional HD 200 review includes some definite perks. The headset offers good sound cancellation, and the cord length is commendable, allowing sufficient movement in a studio setup. As an entry-level headphone with good sound quality, it does offer a cost-effective solution for those looking to venture into production tracks. For its price point, it’s a worthy purchase for a home studio.

Pros and Cons


  • Glorious sound quality.
  • Value for money.
  • Fairly comfortable.


  • Lack of durability.
  • Overpowering bass.
  • There are no adjustable sound options or microphones.

Final Verdict

While this Sennheiser Professional HD 200 review showed that they have downsides, these are still worth considering if you’re looking for headphones at a lower price bracket. Although it may lack some refinements of more expensive alternatives, it still holds its own regarding some key features, particularly when tailored with proper sound drivers for enhancement. It’s a purchase to consider for new producers starting up with a limited budget or those needing a backup pair in the office.

Bass Response
Users have reported that the bass is quite pronounced yet somewhat unnatural. This could cause some issues for those who prefer more balanced or neutral headphones.
Treble Detail
The treble detail on the Sennheiser HD 200 PRO, although acceptable, could use some improvement. Some users wished for more crispness in the higher frequencies.
Midrange Clarity
The headphones offer satisfactory midrange clarity according to a majority of users. Its performance in reproducing clear and natural-sounding vocals and instruments is quite decent for its price range.
Sound Quality
The Sennheiser HD 200 PRO offers a decent sound performance overall. However, some reviewers mentioned that the sound can sometimes feel bit 'muddy', indicating a possible imbalance in the tuning. The headphones were, however, praised for their good performance, especially considering their low price point.
Comfort & Fit
Despite reports of an awkward fit for those with smaller faces, the headphones have been complimented for their generally comfortable feel and adjustability. The full ear coverage and lightness of the set were particularly commended.
Build Quality & Durability
Some users have expressed concerns about the build quality of the Sennheiser HD 200 PRO. They specifically mentioned issues with the plastic frame feeling flimsy and vulnerable to damage. There were concerns as well about the lifespan of the thin plastic covering the foam which started showing wear after a year for some users.
Soundstage Imaging
The headphones do a good job in providing a spacious and immersive soundstage, making them suitable for a more enveloping listening experience especially in a studio setup.
Noise Isolation
The Sennheiser HD 200 PRO manage to achieve effective sound cancellation, blocking out external noise reasonably well.
Value for Money
Many users expressed satisfaction with what the headphones offer relative to their price. It was described by some as a solid choice, especially for those on a budget or starting up a home studio.
Total Score
Rating Summary
The Sennheiser HD 200 PRO is a budget-friendly set of headphones that puts up a decent performance overall. It’s praised for a sound quality that's good considering its price range, effective noise isolation, and comfort-fit, despite a complaint from users with smaller faces. The soundstage and imaging provide a pleasing, immersive auditory experience, ideally suited for studio settings. However, the headphones have some room for improvement. The bass response has been described as unnatural, while the midrange clarity and treble detail could use a lift. Our main concerns are in their build quality, where the thin, flimsy plastic does raise questions about their durability. Still, if one can overlook these minor flaws, the Sennheiser HD 200 PRO presents itself as a very appealing choice for those venturing into the world of studio-grade headphones or anyone in the market for a budget-friendly set.