Sennheiser HD 201

Over-Ear Lightweight Professional DJ Closed-Back Stereo Headphones


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Entering the World of Pro Audio

The Sennheiser HD 201 Headphones Offer an Incredible Listening Experience

Sennheiser's HD201 dynamic closed back professional DJ and Studio headphones are perfect for those who are just starting in the Pro Audio world. The sealed cup design will prevent any bleed into an adjacent microphone, giving you a clean and uninterrupted home recording. The headphones are able to produce a faithful and dynamic audio reproduction, with a rich and crisp bass response. Its lightweight design and hypo-allergenic earpads provide comfort all day no matter how long or short your listening or recording sessions end up being. The use of rugged materials provide a solid structure that is able to take a beating while on the road, giving these headphones sturdiness and longevity. The 3.5mm plug and 6.3mm adapter plug allow these headphones to be used in a professional setting as well as with personal audio listening devices. So if you are looking for inexpensive professional grade headphones, look no further than Sennheiser's HD201 professional DJ and Studio headphones.

Audiophile, Premium, Best In-Class, Sennheiser

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.

Product Features:

  • Wired lightweight construction specifically designed for long studio or DJ sessions
  • Around the ear sealed cup design to prevent bleed when home recording
  • Faithful dynamic audio reproduction with rich, and crisp bass response.
  • Good attenuation of ambient noise
  • Optimum impedance allows for great paring with audio interfaces and portable audio players
  • Are able to take a beating while on the road or in transport with the use of rugged-materials
  • Soft Hypo-allergenic earpads provide extreme comfort all day
  • 9.8ft cable with 1/8" (3.5mm) plug
  • 1/4" (6.3mm) adapter plug included
  • Can be used with latest generation of tables (listen only)
  • Sennheiser HH 10 Universal Holder (Mount) Available
  • Primary Color Tone: Black
  • Secondary Color Accent: Silver (Gray)
  • Manufacturer Part Number: 500155
  • Also Found As: Sennheiser HD201
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 2 Year Manufacturer's Warranty

Product Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 21-18,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 108dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 24 Ohm
  • Cord Length: 9.8 ft. (3 m)
  • Cable Type: Straight
  • Plug Size: 1/8" (3.5mm) and 1/4" (6.3mm) adapter
  • Weight (without cable): 5.8 oz (165g)
  • Total harmonic distortion (THD): <0.7%

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.
Connector Type
The type of connection the headphones use to connect to receive the audio signal from a music source. Traditional headphones use an analog 3.5mm headphone jack. Newer technology has allowed digital signals to be sent directly to the headphone using an Apple Lightning or USB-C cable.
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.
Protein Leather
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)
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.
24 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".
108 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).
21 - 18,000 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 201 DJ Headphones
Accessories included with the headphones
1/4" Adapter
Paperwork included with the product.
User manual
Warranty/Registration card

Warranty and Return Policy

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

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

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Average Attribution Rating


Seattle, Washington

Great Value

August 6, 2014

This product is perfect for listening to music, hooking it up to your computer, and whatever else you may need it for. I bought these for my husband. He loves them. They do come with an extremely long cord!

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Ms gee

St. Louis Mo

Great deal

March 3, 2014

Pros-great sound for listening to music or /and audio books.

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brown bird


Great Product!

April 22, 2014

After doing a ton of research I decided to go with these headphones. Best headphones for under $30 you will EVER find, these even put some $100+ headphones to shame! Bought them here, cheapest price online.

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Elvi Dillard

Pittsburgh, PA 15215

great product

April 25, 2014

I love these head phones. Great sound for an affordable price.

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Allen, TX

Value, Value, Value

April 1, 2014

Over the ear and light. Above average sound reproduction. Fulfilled a need for a value sound reproduction.

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Auburn, CA

Awesome Product!

July 6, 2014

I got these for my dad for father's day and he loved them. They're a good quality, great sounding, and reliable. Thank you.

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Good stuff

July 7, 2014

THey look nice, feel good, and sound nice. They are bass heavey could use more highs but still good overall.

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Nice headphones for the price.

October 12, 2014

Purchased for my father in law. He said, they are nice and clear. He also likes the long cord. He also said, they are the best he has ever owned. He is 76 years old. Thank you. We made him happy.

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Colorado Springs, CO.


December 21, 2013

This is actually my second set of Sennheiser HD 201 headphones. I wear them literally probably about 20+ hours a week while working out, doing yard work, cleaning house, etc. First pair lasted 3 years- and actually they still worked but where the wire went into the jack, it was starting to wear and so from time to time there would be a little static- but this was after 3 years of heavy use. Before these, I would go through headphones every few months. They are very well built and provide excellent sound. Obviously for under $30, they aren't Bose or Beats... but they are the best pair of under $30 headphones I have ever used and I am nearing 40 years of age.

I have only one complaint.... the cord is extremely long. I fix that by winding a couple feet of it up and throwing a couple twisty-ties around it. Of course, depending on your use, the extra long cord could be a good thing.

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Naperville, Illinois


April 17, 2014

Wonderful! - bought it for my dad as a gift and he loved it!

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Rockport, IN


May 3, 2015

I have owned more than one pair of these and must say THEY ARE AMAZING... The sound quality on these is like no other. They might even be better than beats when it comes to quality

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Premium Quality

September 4, 2015

This is a quite good headphone cuz sound cancelling works really good and quality of the sound you receive is excellent. I recommend it.

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Kingsport, TN

For the price, you can't do better....

November 7, 2016

Very happy with these headphones. Sennheiser is a great brand....

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Good reivews and great price!
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Look's like a good deal
jeff f on Oct 4, 2015
brand name and value for the cost
Randy F on Oct 20, 2015
We had these headphones previously for use with an electric drum kit. They worked great and are reasonably priced. I vacuumed up the cord on the old ones and broke them and so am now replacing them
Julie G on Oct 17, 2014

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