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Sennheiser HD 218

Sennheiser HD 218
alaScore 82

743 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 743 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the usability and bass quality. The comfort and value for money are also appreciated, but comments are divided on the reliability.

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

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Sennheiser HD 218 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 743 reviews)

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Sennheiser HD 218 Headphones


Great bass, great fit

This headphone set fits your head perfectly. The headphones are quite cheap when compared to other contemporary models. These headphones provide awesome bass sound

The mid and treble ranges of this headphone set is not as good as it could have been. The headband can be a bit too tight for the preferences of some users

This headphone set is a great device to use in a situation when you want a headphone that can be acquired for a low price. It is also designed to provide great sound quality while providing the utmost comfort for users. These headphones are designed...

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Amazon review summary for Sennheiser HD 218


alaTest has collected and analyzed 133 user reviews of Sennheiser HD 218 from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on

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

83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sennheiser HD218 Closed Back Headphone Optimized for iPod/iPhone/MP3/ and Music Players (Old Version)Sennheiser HD 218i Supra-Aural Headphones Compatible with iPod, iPhone, and iPadSennheiser HD218 Closed Back Headphone Optimized for iPod/iPhone/MP3/ and Music Players

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Sennheiser - Soundproof Closed Headphones (HD 218)


(My review was done after removing the foam from under the pleather padding, known as the "Asteroid Mod" on Head-fi) - Many reviewers either love or hate these, and I'm assuming this is a fit issue. Before I removed the foam, There were hardly any...

Light/portable ; Comfortable, they sit on your ears (can listen to these for hours) ; One-sided cable

Flimsy/cheap design ; A bit harder to power than average portable headphones ; Do not fold up


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Sennheiser - Soundproof Closed Headphones (HD 218)


I wasn't expecting a ton out of these, they happened to be on sale so I decided to pull the trigger. My immediate thoughts are, these are the lowest tier for a Sennheiser product. That being said, they're not awful the sound quality is decent, they...

Cheap, mediocre sound, somewhat fashionable and compact

The cord is extremely cheaply made, the entire product is kind of spotty but definitely usable

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cheap headphones


My pair was defective, but I am not surprised given the general low quality of this set. Even at $30, I expected more.

more bass than expected ; decent sound for the price ; ok at insulating against outside noise

very cheap plastic frame ; headphone jack was crooked and the plastic sheath seemed poorly made ; wire was too short for my purpose

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Flimsy for Sennheiser gear


The pair of HD-280 I have owned (and loved) for years was finally falling apart so I bought these as a lower-cost and more portable option. The sound quality is decent but the flimsy & sloppy construction doesn't look like it will hold up to much wear...

Decent sound quality for price ; Good bass response. I listen to music that has a fair amount of bass (hip-hop, drum n bass, house) and I got a good bass response ; comfort level = OK. Earcups are padded in leather/leatherette

Earcups are a bit small -- its hard to tell the earcup size from picture -- these are much smaller than HD280 or HD202 Earcups ; As such, they don't fully cover my ears and don't filter background noise as well as the better models ; cheaply...

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Sennheiser - Soundproof Closed Headphones (HD 218)


Good sound quality for the price. No connector damage on the headphone jack even after 2 months of use (which means its actually still usable)

Not much

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Best investment for my hard earned money


A great buy for the price. You will never go wrog. Just take care of the thin cable. You will never regret your purchase.

Clear Signal","Comfortable","Easy To Use","Good bass","Good Sound","Lightweight","Lives upto its name","Too good for price","Very very comfortable

Very filmsy cable

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Don't bother


The item's plastic packaging is quite annoying to have to cut open.


Cheap... and they sound like it. Overall the sound is very quiet, and there is zero bass. I'm amazed that Sennheiser even makes such a lousy product. Will be returning them immediately and looking to buy more expensive headphones

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Great sound but flimsy design


I wanted affordable headphones with good sound isolation to replace my iPod touch earphones, something I could stuff into my backpack without worrying about scratches or hits. Soundwise, these phones are fine. They deliver rich bass and balanced mids...

Comfortable","Effective noise blocking","Good bass","Good Sound","Lightweight

Cheap materials","Flimsy cable","Very low quality jack

Product Specifications

With the look you want and the sound quality you crave, the HD 218 are the headphones you'll be listening to - day in and day out. These versatile, sealed, on-the-ear headphones deliver plenty of bass and fit all the ways you work and play.

Audio Output

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Headphones Form Factor:Ear-cup
Headphones Type:Binaural
Product Type:Headphones
Response Bandwidth:19 - 21000Hz
Sound Output Mode:Stereo

Audio System

Recommended Use:Portable audio system


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sennheiser HD

Service & Support

Type:2 years warranty