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Sennheiser HD 238 Precision

alaTest has collected and analyzed 737 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the portability and bass quality are on the whole positive. The value for money and comfort also get good comments, but some have doubts about the reliability.

sound, comfort, value for money, bass quality, portability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Sennheiser HD 238 Precision is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Sennheiser HD 238


Recently, I reviewed Sennheiser's HD 238i headphones and thought they were a great deal because they sounded very good and were selling online for $60 online. Well, as soon as I said they were a great deal, a bunch of people went out and bought them on...

The Sennheiser HD 238 on-ear headphones are comfortable and affordable, and sound good for the money.

The headphones fold flat but lack a compact design like the Bose OE2 headphones; there's no integrated microphone for cell phones (like the step-up 238i); this is a discontinued model that will disappear from stores quickly.

Priced less than the Bose OE2s, the comparable Sennheiser 238 headphones deliver good bang for your buck.

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Sennheiser HD238


Sony and Monster have recently released headphones and earphonesthe Sony MDR-XB300 and the Monster Beats by Dr. Dre Tour High Resolution In-Ear Headphonesthat enhance low-end frequencies to levels that not everyone will love. Sennheiser, however,...

Strong, balanced frequency response. Comfortable supra-aural design. Doesn't distort at high volumes

Projects sound outward. Can be overly sibilant on some vocals

Sennheiser's HD238 headphones sound excellent for the price, with rich bass response and crisp highs housed in a comfortable design.

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Sennheiser HD 238 Headphones


High-quality headphones for audiophiles

These headphones provide good sound quality through all the ranges of sound. The supra-aural nature of the earpieces ensures a measure of noise-cancellation

The supra-aural earpieces will cause sound to leak out of the headphones at high volumes. The fit of the headphone is a bit too light for some users

The Sennheiser HD 238 provides users with that which no other headphone has provided so well: great sound quality, all across the board. All the ranges are perfectly balanced and clearly delivered to your ears for a truly amazing listening experience....


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Sennheiser HD-238 Headphones


Sennheiser is a brand name that needs no introduction to audiophiles and mass-market audio consumers alike – their high-end products are well regarded by audiophiles and their low-end products are generally well received by everyday consumers. Their...

Plenty of punchy bass; good amount of detail; extremely comfortable; lightweight

Very little isolation; uninspired high frequencies; not the most travel-friendly

A few bothersome issues keep the HD238's from scoring higher. Lack of isolation and sound leakage are the biggest concerns, along with a few nitpicky details on their portability. They are certainly a competent set of portable headphones, but these...

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"Awesome at home headphones"


I love them and use them often, but I have a another set for rock n roll that is more closed.

Treat audio very evenly. Jazz, classical sound as good as one could want on these. If you prefer rap, pop, dance, these will struggle to deliver the lower end you desire---even muddle it somewhat. Extremely comfortable--could wear all day and not tire.

S:N ratio is not the highest, so they are not the most efficient phones I've used. They are not for the plane. Open air style doesn't cut out external noises at all. Also that means if someone else is in the room and you're jammin' out, it may bug them

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"Fantastic light headphones"


After wearing out the foam earcups on my last Sennheisers I was looking for a non-foam option. These fit the bill. They are not the cheapest Sennheisers that are made for portables but they are the best sounding and have a nice fabric and leatherette...

Great accurate sound, comfortable fabric/leatherette over foam earcups.

Over the head style like full sized headphones, so they're not made for running

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"Great headphones that look great and sound better."


I went to Best Buy last month and sampled several headphones to go with my Archos 5 IMT because I wanted a good wired headset. I normally use Bluetooth Stereo. After 30 minutes of test-tuning various models I settled on the HD238s.

Frequency range, Clean highs, Great bass response, Build quality, Very comfortable, Single cord design.

[Nit-Pick ALERT] Cheesy storage pouch.

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"Great High-quality sounding, comfortable headphones"


For around $100, these headphones both look cool and deliver high quality sound at the cost of bass and possible durability of the headphones themselves. Hearing surrounding noise is usually not an issue because of the rich sound produced from the...

Crisp clean sound. Emphasizes on treble. Lightweight and comfortable to wear. Cheaper alternative to similar on-ear headphones.

Lacking in bass power. Feel almost fragile. Comes with cheap bag. Should feel like $100 worth on more than sound quality.

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Amazon review summary for Sennheiser HD 238 Precision


alaTest has collected and analyzed 258 user reviews of Sennheiser HD 238 Precision from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on

sound, comfort, value for money, bass quality, portability

89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sennheiser HD 238 Open Aire Stereo Headphones - (Discontinued by Manufacturer)Sennheiser HD 238 Open Aire Stereo Headphones - Old Version (Old Version)Sennheiser HD238 Open Aire Stereo Headphone Optimized for iPod/iPhone/MP3/and Music Players

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Great sound, solid headphones


I liked using them with my phone (HTC Incredible) and for just casual music listening, they were fantastic. Wen using them to play video games, I was unable to tell any directionality on gunfire and the mic wouldnt get recognized on any PC I tried it...

Great for use with iPhone/Android ; Nice full sound ; Lightweight

Mic has 0 functionality with PCs that I could achieve ; Surround sound (if it was supposed to be there) didnt seem to work. Even the left/right channels seemed hazy ; Sending to Sennheiser--After about a month the right headphone died

Product Specifications

In addition to their timeless design and classic style, the HD 238 headphones offer a high-quality lifelike stereo sound experience. This is the result of combining Sennheiser's advanced acoustic system with powerful neodymium magnets and lightweight diaphragms. These headphones also feature premium metallic components and exchangeable earpads for superior performance and durability. A carrying pouch for safekeeping is included in the delivery.

Audio Output

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Headphones Form Factor:Ear-cup
Headphones Type:Binaural
Product Type:Headphones
Response Bandwidth:16 - 23000Hz
Sound Output Mode:Stereo

Audio System

Recommended Use:Cellular phone / Portable audio system


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sennheiser HD

Remote Control

Type: None

Service & Support

Type:2 years warranty