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Sennheiser HD 518

alaTest has collected and analyzed 706 reviews of Sennheiser HD 518. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Comments about the usability and bass quality are on the whole positive. The price and comfort also get good feedback, whereas reviews are divided on the portability. Many are critical about the noise isolation.

sound, comfort, price, bass quality, usability

noise isolation

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Sennheiser HD 518 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 706 reviews)

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sennheiser HD 518

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 99 user reviews of Sennheiser HD 518 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the usability and portability. The price and comfort are also appreciated, whereas many are critical about the reliability.

sound, comfort, price, portability, usability

reliability

95% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sennheiser HD 558 High-End Open Circumaural Headphones

Aug, 2015

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sennheiser HD 518

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 172 user reviews of Sennheiser HD 518 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on Amazon.com. Comments about the usability and bass quality are overall positive. The price and comfort are also appreciated. There are some mixed opinions about the portability. Some have doubts about the noise isolation and size.

sound, comfort, price, bass quality, usability

size, noise isolation

96% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sennheiser HD 518 Headphones (Black)Sennheiser HD 518 Around-The-Ear Audiophile Headphones (Black)

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: Rob Mead-Green (techradar.com)

Sennheiser HD 518 review

 

Want audiophile-quality sound for your Mac, iPad or iPod?

Comfortable, lightweight design ; Excellent sound quality

No inline mic for iPhone users ; Not great with low bit rate MP3s

May, 2011
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Expert review by: Sriram Gurunathan (tech.firstpost.com)

Sennheiser HD518 Headphones - Comfort Listening

 

Sennheiser launched three new HD headphone models in India a couple of months ago, of which the HD518 is the entry-level variant. These headphones hope to hold the door open for aspiring audiophiles to take a small step inside. Let's see if they are a...

The Sennheiser HD518s are priced at Rs. 6,490, which I would say is a little on the steep side considering they need burning in to be rid of the muddiness. A thousand or two lower and these would be an absolutely fantastic buy – but I’d still recommend...

Apr, 2011

Recommended!

Expert review by: Andrew Williams (trustedreviews.com)

Sennheiser HD 518

 

The cheapest Sennheiser circumaural HD-series model is a winner.

Great value ; Wonderful warm and detailed sound ; Detachable cable

Speaker grille an acquired taste

Boasting true high-end audio quality at a price that won't make your wife leave you or necessitate cancelling your kids' Christmas for a year, the Sennheiser HD 518 are an absolute bargain. They sound warm, detailed and easy-going, and should please...

Jul, 2011

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Great headphones under $100

 

My previous headphones were the JVC HA-RX900 (first "real" set), and then a pair of Beyerdynamics DT770 Pro which I soon traded out for the DT990 Pro 250-ohm for the better sound stage (used for gaming, music, and movies at the time). I wound up...

Sound great, good imaging, deep, punchy, and tight bass, comfortable, not too tight or too loose (for my head), cable NOT coiled, doesn't feel terribly cheap

Long and thin cable, large 3.5mm adapter, not very portable, pads could be a bit nicer, ears get a bit warm over time

Jun, 2015

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Would have been a great case!!!

 

My previous headphones were the JVC HA-RX900 (first "real" set), and then a pair of Beyerdynamics DT770 Pro which I soon traded out for the DT990 Pro 250-ohm for the better sound stage (used for gaming, music, and movies at the time). I wound up...

Sound great, good imaging, deep, punchy, and tight bass, comfortable, not too tight or too loose (for my head), cable NOT coiled, doesn't feel terribly cheap

Long and thin cable, large 3.5mm adapter, not very portable, pads could be a bit nicer, ears get a bit warm over time

Jun, 2015

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Freezes - Must be hard reset often.

 

My previous headphones were the JVC HA-RX900 (first "real" set), and then a pair of Beyerdynamics DT770 Pro which I soon traded out for the DT990 Pro 250-ohm for the better sound stage (used for gaming, music, and movies at the time). I wound up...

Sound great, good imaging, deep, punchy, and tight bass, comfortable, not too tight or too loose (for my head), cable NOT coiled, doesn't feel terribly cheap

Long and thin cable, large 3.5mm adapter, not very portable, pads could be a bit nicer, ears get a bit warm over time

Jun, 2015

Consumer review by: EmmJayDee. (newegg.com)

Sennheiser HD518

 

Surprising amount of bass for a Sennheiser product. Slight emphasis in the midrange reveals lots of detail

Plug will not fit my son's tablet or his I phone. At least he can't borrow these headphones

May, 2015

Consumer review by: Kyle (newegg.com)

Excellent combination of quality and features for the price. Aftermarket cable recommended for mobile use.

 

The 518, 558, and 598 all curiously have the same sound drivers, and the main difference between them is a gradual shift from bass to treble and with each succeeding headphone having a wider soundstage and more comfortable fit. But overall these are...

Impressive clarity and soundstage with a balanced and relaxed blend of bass, mid-range, and treble, the latter of which is not sibilant at all ; Requires no additional hardware, such as amplifiers or sound cards ; Very comfortable cloth padding which...

Doesn't seem like it would take very many drops ; Default 3.5mm adapter is bulky, as is the separate 3.5mm cable from Sennheiser, hindering mobile use ; Leaks more sound than other open-backed headphones ; CORD & MOBILE USE CONSIDERATIONS: These...

May, 2015

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Bought another

 

This review is supplemental to one below

Waited months for them to go on sale again and bought a second HD518

At this price ; NONE

Feb, 2015

Consumer review by: ssa-ed (newegg.com)

Mostly dissapointed

 

These are cheap construction, cheap sounding and feel cheap.

They are over the ear (large). The cable is long and thick

These are NOT comfortable, they don't sound right and the outside noise is amplified, not reduced. I have a $30 pair of on ear Sony's that are at much, much better. The "vented" design means 100% of outside noise bleeds through and can't imagine anyone...

Feb, 2015

Product Specifications

Configuration

Active Noise Cancellation: No
Dolby PL / AC3: No
Earclip: No
Neckband: No
Noise Cancellation: No

General Features

Ear Canal Headphone:Not Applicable
Indoor/Outdoor :Indoor
Product Type:Headphones
Signal Connection:Wired
Type:Traditional Headphone
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