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Sennheiser HD 449 (HD449)

Premium Closed-Back Over-Ear Audiophile Headphones w/ Travel Pouch

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Audiophile, Premium, Best In-Class, Sennheiser

Sennheiser HD 449

Sennheiser is a name that is synonymous with audiophile products. They have been viewed as a premium, top-tier (dare we say "The" top-tier?) brand since the beginning of time. Laboratorium Wennebostel's time that is. In 1945, Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser founded Laboratorium Wennebostel's, or "Lab W" in a pleasant half-timbered house. Fritz Sennheiser was born with a gift. When he was 11 years old, he saw an early radio that inspired him to build a crystal radio. Again, he was 11 years old. There was no turning back from that day. The following year after founding "Lab W", Sennheiser produced his microphone. From that point on, it was one success story after the other. Sennheiser's technology continued to improve, and "The Bar" continued to rise. In the mid 60's, Sennheiser released the HD 414, the world's first "Open Headphones". That very day changed the future of headphones forever. That very same headphone, the HD 414, not only helped establish Sennheiser as a leading headphone manufacturer, but it sold over 10 million units. It is the best selling headphone of all time, and Sennheiser had just gotten started.

General Features:

  • Over-Ear Professional Open-Back Audiophile Headphones
  • Over-ear design
  • E.A.R. (Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement) for excellent accuracy and clarity
  • Neodymium magnet system for dynamic frequency response
  • Distinctive grille-like ear cup casing design
  • Lightweight aluminum voice coils
  • Duofol diaphragms for transparency and minimal distortion
  • Extremely Comfortable Ear-Pads with Generously Padded Headband
  • Surround reflector for extended spatial sound field
  • Tangle-free cable for convenient listening
  • Adjustable headband for comfortable listening sessions
  • Gold-plated, corrosion-resistant stereo jack
  • Sennheiser HH 10 Universal Holder (Mount) Available
  • Primary Color Tone: Black
  • Secondary Color Accent: Silver
  • Manufacturer Model Number: Sennheiser HD 449 (HD449)
  • Manufacturer Part Number: 504767
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 2 Year Manufacturer's Warranty

Product Specifications:

What's in the Box?

  1. Sennheiser HD 449
  2. 1.4 Meter Single-Sided Headphone Cable
  3. 1.6 Meter Cable Extension
  4. 1/4" Adapter Plug
  5. Carrying Pouch
  6. Owners Manual
  7. Authorized 2-Year Warranty

Sonic Electronix Insights (Scale from 1-5, 5 Being the Best)

Comfort & Ergonomics
Rates how comfortable the headphones are, taking into account build quality and materials used. Judged on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being uncomfortable and 5 being so comfortable you could sleep while wearing them.
3 out of 5 - Good for a Few Hours
Overall Audio Quality
Overall rating of how well the headphones perform with 1 being an unimpressive audio quality and 5 being the absolute best.
3 out of 5 - Not too Shabby
Hip-Hop, Rap, EDM, Dubstep & Pop Optimized
How well the headphones perform for hip-hop, rap, EDM, dubstep and pop music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
3 out of 5 - They'll Work
Rock & Alternative Optimized
How well the headphones perform for rock and alternative genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
3 out of 5 - They'll Work
Instrumental & Classical Optimized
How well the headphones perform for instrumental and classical music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
3 out of 5 - They'll Work
Optimized for All Genres
Rates how well the headphones perform for all music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 being top-of-the-line music reproduction.
3 out of 5 - They'll Work
Build Quality
Overall Construction quality of the headphones. This rates on a scale of 1 to 5 the overall construction quality of the headphones with 1 being the poorest quality and 5 being as close to indestructible as a pair of headphones can get.
2 out of 5 - Meh. We've Seen Better
Overall design of the headphones. This rates on a scale of 1 to 5 the overall design of the headphones, including construction, sound quality and accessories with 1 being the lowest and 5 being top-of-the-line.
3 out of 5 - Not too Shabby
Rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being no isolation and 5 being complete isolation, this gives you an idea of how well the headphones seal your ears from your surrounding environment.
3 out of 5 - Surrounding noise from time to time
Value refers to the quality of headphones (how they sound, how they're built, etc.) for the price.
5 out of 5 - You Can't Find a Better Pair of Headphones for Your Dollar

Sound Signature

Sound Staging & Imaging
Sound Staging and Imaging refers to the ability of a pair of headphones to create the placement of instruments and vocalists in a recording. A small sound stage is very difficult to determine where the instruments are in relation to the vocalists, everything sounds like it's coming from the same place. An extra large sound stage separates the instruments and vocalists so that you can clearly tell where each is on the sound stage.
Refers to how clear the headphones audio reproduction is.
Refers to the quality of a music note that distinguishes different types of sound production (voices, musical instruments, etc.).
Refers to the bass performance of the headphones. Rated from Light bass to extreme bass.
Bass Detail
How accurately a headphone can reproduce bass notes; a culmination of attack, speed, decay and clarity. Attack is how precisely it can begin a bass note without delay. Speed is the ability to continue to attack an array of bass notes without lagging. Decay is the length of time after a bass note ends that the sound is still heard. Clarity is how easily all bass frequencies are heard. It gives perception of loose, tight, or muddy bass.

Headphone Design

Headphone Type

This is the design of the earpieces on the headphones. Some headphones go inside the ear, while others rest on the outside of the ear. This helps you know exactly what type of headphones you will be receiving.

In-Ear: The ear buds go into the ear. Most often, the right and left ear buds are two separate pieces.

Enclosed-Ear: Usually are found on the larger headphones. They rest on top of the ear and have padding for comfort, as well as enclosing the ear to the speaker. This type of headphone helps to filter out surrounding noise.

On-Ear: This type of headphone involves the speaker sitting gently on the ear without going in the ear or sealing it off.

Headband Type

Headphone type refers to the construction of the headphones.

Around the Ear means that the headphones wrap around the ear to provide a secure fit. This is most often seen in active and sports headphones.

Around the Neck means that the headphones wrap around the neck. This is also seen in active and sports headphones.

Earbuds means that the right and left sides of the headphones are separated and will fit securely into the ear. These are small, compact, and user friendly.

Over the Head headphones mean that the right and left speakers are connected with a support that goes over the head and rests on top. This is the typical headphone type.

Over the Head
Specifically For
Some headphones can use an IR Transmitter in your vehicle, while some can be plugged into your media device and be used on the go or at home.
Headphone Application

This is the application that the headphones are designed for. Each application has unique features that make it perfect for particular uses.

DJ: These headphones are durable, loud, and will often allow for one ear listening.

Gaming Delivers explosive sound and allows you to communicate with others.

Home Hi-Fi: These audiophile headphones are engineered to produce high fidelity and accurate audio.

Home/Office: These headphones are designed to produce rich, brilliant sounds that the artists would appreciate.

Sports: Designed for active use. These headphones are made to stay in (or on) the ear during workouts.

Kids: Feature noise limiting technology so that your little ones don't damage their ears listening to music too loud.

On-the-Go: On-the-go headphones are lightweight and often fold up for easy storage and portability.

Student: Compact and rugged enough to survive life in a backpack; inexpensive enough to not hurt the wallet of a student.

Studio: Reproduce music perfectly without any coloration. Look here for reference quality studio monitoring headphones.

Traveler/Airplane: These headphones are compact, lightweight, and have a portable design.

Acoustic Principle

The basic design of the headphones. There are 3 different types:

Open: Have ports that allow air through the back of the diaphragms, enabling the headphones to sound like the music is coming from an outside source.

Closed: Completely sealed and have no air passing through the diaphragms. Sounds like you are in a closed off room.

Semi-open: Have slots or ports in the back of the cup and are partially open. This allows for a mixed sound between an open and closed headphone.


General Features

Noise Reduction technology removes unwanted noise from a signal. Background or ambient noise can be removed to produce clearer speech and enhanced hearing. Typically these Active Noise Canceling (ANC) headphones are powered and use batteries to activate the noise canceling technology. Also referred to as Noise Reduction or Noise Cancellation.
Built-In Microphone
This means that the headphones or earbuds have a built-in microphone. This can be a microphone on the cord, built into the headphone, or even a boom microphone. These mics can be used for music devices like iPods, for Smartphones to make and receive calls, or for gaming purposes.
Headphone Connection
This is how the headphones connect to the audio source.

Corded means that the headphones use a cord to transfer the audio signal.

Bluetooth means that the audio signal is transmitted from your device to the headphones via a Bluetooth connection.

Corded or Bluetooth means that the headphones can be used as corded headphones or as Bluetooth headphones. They have an input in one or both earcups for use as a corded headphone while they also have a built-in battery for use as Bluetooth wireless headphones.

Wireless means that the audio signal is transmitted wirelessly to the headphones.

Volume Adjustment
Volume Adjustment means that the headphone (independent of the source) can adjust the playback volume. Many headphones and ear buds have in-line volume control, which allows adjusting the audible volume from a switch on the headphones cord. Other headphones have a volume knob on the headphone can.
Jack Size
Refers to whether the headphones use a 3.5mm or 1/4" headphone jack connection.
Jack Angle

The Jack Angle refers to the angle of the input jack on the headphone cable.

Straight Jack: Straight plug with no angle.

Angled Jack: Angled plug, usually a 90 degree angle.

Swivel Jack: A swivel jack is able to swivel between a straight plug and an angled plug.

Straight Jack
Included Adapters
Refers to the connection adapters included with the headphones like 3.5mm or 1/4" input adapter as well as airplane adapters that let you use your headphones with airplane specific headphone jacks.
1/4" Adapter
Detachable Cable
Refers to whether the cable can detach from the headphones. If a pair of headphones has a detachable cable, the cable can be replaced with a longer cable, one with (or without) a microphone or if you accidentally damage the cable.
Color Shades
Primary color shades of the headphones.
Refers to materials used to build the headphones. Most headphones are built from some combination of plastic and metal to give you a durable pair of headphones.
Ear Cushion/Earbud Material
Refers to the material that the ear cushions/earbuds are made from. Ear cushions and earbuds are available in a variety of materials, ranging from basic rubber eartips to plush leather ear cushions intended for maximum comfort.
Memory Foam
Replaceable Ear Cushions
Refers to whether the ear cushions can be removed and replaced. Often times on heavily used headphones, the ear pads can wear out long before the actual headphones. Headphones with replaceable earpads often last much longer than headphones without replaceable earpads.
Yes (Accessory Recommended & Sold Separately)
Protective Case
Refers to whether a pair of headphones come with a protective case.
Water Resistant
This refers to the level of water resistance of the fitness tracker. Some fitness trackers are water resistant and can be used while swimming, while others are only splash proof or should not be used near the water.
Refers to whether a pair of headphones can be folded up. These headphones feature hinges in the frame above the earcups that allow the headphones to neatly fold into a much more manageable size. Folding headphones are perfect for anyone who spends a lot of time traveling and needs a compact pair of headphones that can fit in their bags.

Audio Features

Driver Type

The physical design of the driver in the headphones.

Balanced Armature:
A balanced armature driver uses a coil wrapped around an armature which is held in between two magnets until it is stimulated by an electrical current. When stimulated, this armature is magnetized which causes it to rotate one way or the other around a pivot point which moves the diaphragm to create sound. Balanced armature driver headphones are generally earbuds and can have multiple drivers in each earbud.

Dynamic drivers are the most common driver type. They feature a permanent magnet, usually neodymium, a voice coil and a conical diaphragm to drive your music. A dynamic headphone driver looks pretty much identical to any typical home theater speaker.

Electrostatic drivers are made up of an extremely thin membrane, usually a coated PET film, stretched between two metal plates. An electrical signal is applied to the metal plates to create an electrical field which, depending on its polarity, draws the speaker diaphragm toward one of the plates which forces air through the perforations in the diaphragm which generates the sound wave.

Planar Magnetic:
A planar magnetic driver is made up of a large membrane suspended between two sets of oppositely aligned magnets. An electric charge is applied to the membrane to induce movement and produce sound waves.

The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
32 ohms
An efficiency or sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the number, the more efficient the speaker and the louder it will play with the same input power. An efficient speaker helps you maximize your available power. Most sensitivity ratings measure the speaker's output with 1 watt of input, 1 meter from the speaker. Some speakers' sensitivity is measured with 2.83 volts of input, instead of 1 watt.
Efficiency (1w/1m) is not an accurate indicator of a subwoofer's output capability and should not be used as a comparison to other speakers or subwoofers to determine which one is "louder".
114 dB
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
26 - 24000 Hz
Audiophile headphones represent some of the finest headphones available. Audiophile headphones produce genuinely outstanding sound quality as well as extraordinary build quality, components and comfort. They are truly the finest headphones available.
Built-in Amplifier
This refers to whether the headphones have an amplifier built-in.

What is in the Box?

Main Product
The main product in the box.
Sennheiser HD 449 Over-Ear Headphones
Accessories included with the headphones
1/4" Adapter
Carrying Case
Extension Cable
Paperwork included with the product.
User Guide
Warranty Card

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
2 years
Labor Warranty Duration
2 years
Warranty Provider

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

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Average Attribution Rating


Tustin, CA

Great set of over-ear headphones for the price

February 12, 2015

Quite balanced, not bass-heavy, very clear and pretty immersive soundstage. Plastic is pretty durable, but feels as if it could break easily after some use. Pads seal well, but wrapping is thin and may break after some use. Really good set of over-ear headphones that I recommend for new audiophiles to start with. Is actually pretty good as a starter for comparing headphones with similar frequency responses.

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Huron, SD

Great product

July 9, 2015

great price for a great value. I really like this product.

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Arlington, TX

Verified Purchase
Sounds Great!

May 8, 2015

They sound great and are very affordable. I will order more headphones from this brand in the future.

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North Hollywood

best by

June 2, 2015

sound quality is not the best , spend few more dollars and you get better sound

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Denver, CO

they sound great!

May 2, 2015

The headphones sound great. The over the ear design is nice, but could be a little bit more comfortable, but is not a complaint. These are worth your time.

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DeKalb, IL

Excellent sound and great value

May 1, 2015

These replaced the very good HD219's. Listening to classical music and jazz is a pleasure. There's an impressive depth to the sound and a detail.
Considering the price, these are superb. They are light and very comfortable as well and provide pretty good isolation. I wear them at the YMCA while walking on a treadmill and lifting weights and am not bothered by the noise around me.

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Durham, NC


March 22, 2015

Purchased headphones in a package with amp and carry case
The head have good sound but cannot handle the amp to well
Any music with deep base will distort the headphone to the point where
I fear they will break
Thank you

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Audio man

Reisterstown, Maryland

Surprising sound of the Sennheiser HD 449

May 25, 2015

I saw this head phone advertised on E-Bay and decided to give it a try to replace my old Sony head phone, i was pleasantly surprised by the well balanced, non fatiguing sound of this head phone, it does not have an exaggerated base response, it has a very clear and well detailed sound, a great value considering the price, i am very glad i purchased it,anybody who is considering a more expensive head phone should give this one a listen first.

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DeKalb, IL

Great sound

April 11, 2015

Before buying these, I had 219's for several years and thought that they were very good; but, the 449's are even better. I listen to classical and jazz; and can hear bette depth and detail. They are light and comfortable, even when worn for light exercise at the YMCA. I recommend them without hesitation.

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Korea, Republic Of

Great headphones!

June 7, 2015

I was looking for a replacement for my Sony MDR headphones and chose this pair of Sennheisers. I must say, these are great headphones! Because of some of the cartilage piercings I have in my ears, I have to wear over-the-ear cups. These are super comfortable and don't bother my piercings at all!!! They deliver great sound with just enough bass (perhaps not enough for super bass lovers though).
The price point is great and my pair came in a pouch bag with an extension cable and an adapter.
Excellent pair of headphones for the price!

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Los Angeles, CA

Great value!

May 5, 2015

Some of the best headphones I've ever bought. Definitely worth the money. They feel great and sound even better than I hoped. This was my first pair of over the ear headphones and I am very happy with my purchase.

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March 26, 2015

Exactly what I was looking for. Very comfortable and great sound!

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North Central Washington


June 29, 2015

For the price these have clear concise sound. Over the ear design is comfortable and lightweight. These are our 2nd pair of Stennheiser headphones and both models are more than adequate.

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Chicago, IL

Great Value

February 2, 2015

A headphone with high quality and low price. Very valuable!

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Portland, OR

Verified Purchase
A bargain

April 14, 2015

The packing is straightforward. Headphones to use more comfortable, sound quality is balanced.

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WELL, I hope someone is actually reading this because I am mildly drunk. First, I have been wanting some Sennheiser headphones for a while but didn't want to shell the money for them. Have been checking Newegg and Amazon ever couple weeks for deals. Then I remembered you folks sell headhones. I have bought product from you in the past for cheap and upon checking, they are on sale. HOLY HELL! So now I am ordering them. Thank you al for your awesome site and good customer service.
Kyle F on Jul 27, 2015
I really love the HD 429s which I bought exactly 1 year ago and are still going strong after constant daily use. They have great sound quality and proved to be very reliable so I decided to try out the HD 449.
Garen B on May 9, 2015
Great reviews. Own other products from the same company.
Ayush K on Jul 17, 2015
Recognize the brand name and know this is a good product.
Cathie R on Apr 23, 2015
what is difference between sony mdr-v6 and sennheizer449 ?
A shopper on Jul 16, 2015
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