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Sennheiser HD 490

alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 reviews of Sennheiser HD 490. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Opinions about the treble quality and price are overall positive. The bass quality and comfort also get good comments. Some have doubts about the reliability and portability.

sound, comfort, bass quality, price, treble quality

portability, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Sennheiser HD 490 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 70/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 user reviews of Sennheiser HD 490 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 Comments about the treble quality and bass quality are on the whole positive. The price and comfort are also appreciated, but there are some negative comments about the reliability and portability.

sound, comfort, price, bass quality, treble quality

portability, reliability

76% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sennheiser HD490 Full Size Duofol Headphone

Feb, 2016

Consumer review by: Cec (

Sennheiser HD 490 Headphones


Used them in home recording studio as a second pair. For the money it's hard to find a better pair headphones. The open back doesn't trap the bass while using them to mix and they give you a different comparable sound of what you are recording. My...

Jan, 2015

Consumer review by: Archaea (

Sennheiser HD 490 Headphones


Don't buy these over similar priced retail models, for 30 bucks they are a deal, but I would reccomend the hd497 over the 490's, or a pair of sony cans, or a pair of Denon can's in the same range. These hd490's have wonderful clarity and highs, but...

Jan, 2003

Consumer review by: Eric (

Sennheiser HD 490 Headphones


I guess previous reviews have established that these phones should not be used on discmans/walkmans. I had bought a pair of Sony CD380s which I used for about 6 months. They impressed me at first but their semi-closed design tended to give

Dec, 2002

Consumer review by: T L a Casual Listener (

Sennheiser HD 490 Headphones


Just pick it up today.

Nov, 2002

Consumer review by: Archaea (

Sennheiser HD 490 Headphones


Don't buy...simply...there are better headphones...For 30 bucks they are OK, but not spectacular, highs sound clear to me, and vocals are good, but they don't like hitting decent volumes without distortion. My friend has the Sennheiser 535's and they...

Oct, 2002

Product Specifications

The HD490 Live's acoustic properties create superb sound reproduction with powerful bass. With its ultra-light BioNetic design and a new dampening technique, the HD490 Live is an ideal choice for the most discerning music lover. Very comfortable, ultra-light BioNetic design allows these headphones to adapt to the shape of your head. New Sennheiser patented dampening element is included for controlling diaphragm oscillation. The HD490 Live provide detailed sound reproduction with powerful bass and are suitable for all types of hi-fi equipment, especially digital sound sources.

Audio Input

Type: None

Audio Output

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Headphones Form Factor:Ear-cup/Semi-open
Headphones Type:Binaural
Product Type:Headphones
Response Bandwidth:17 - 22000Hz
Sound Output Mode:Stereo

Audio System

Recommended Use:Home audio system / Portable audio system

Dimensions & Weight



Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sennheiser HD

Remote Control

Type: None

Service & Support

Type:2 years warranty