After lots of deciding on which headphones to go for finally I decided to go for HD218. I have tested it with iPod Touch and HP DV5 notebook.
The specifications go as below:
|Frequency response (headphones)
||19 – 21000 Hz
|Sound pressure level (SPL)
|THD, total harmonic distortion
||3.5 mm straight plug
Below are some of the advantages:
1) Comfort: The ear caps are really comfortable. The design is similar to high-end Bose headphones. I tried wearing these for like hours and it didn’t hurt my ears, the fit was perfect.
2) Bass: The bass is soft. I didn’t get to try HD228 but the 218 offers a very natural bass.
3) Foldable Construction: The ear caps rotate making it easier to stuff it in your bag while travelling.
4) Noise Cancellation: Yes, these do a bit of noise cancellation too. Once you start music you will hear very less (almost no) noise.
5) Cable Length (1.4m): Most of them say that the length is small, but the primary purpose of the headphones is for portable media players. Considering this I think the length is appropriate.
6) Overall Sound Quality: The soft bass and treble make up for a good sound. Also the volume level is pretty high.
Some of the things that could have been better are:
1) Treble: Its way high. Even though this helps in giving crisp clear sound, I wished that the treble would have been a bit low. Anyways I think this is a trademark sound for Senheiser. If you don’t like much treble consider Sony or Bose.
2) Bass: It’s a bit low. Anyways I think for the bass freaks Senheiser has taken care of by giving an option HD228.
HD218 provide a very descent sound at a very low cost. If you are looking for the same, you can go ahead and grab these. If you need a higher bass go for HD228. The most important thing, if you don’t like much treble in the music, will recommend going for Sony, Skullcandy or Bose.
Few other options which I considered before buying these go as below:
1) Senheiser HD228: Higher cost version of HD218, offering powerful bass with same design. High cost kept me away from these.
2) Senheiser HD222: The reviews were really good for these, but being fully closed and considering portability I rejected this.
3) SkullCancy Uprock/Lowrider: Didn’t get to try this, so avoided to take the risk. Also the reviews said that the bass was not that good.
4) Sony MDR-XD200: If you don’t mind the size, these provide a good sound at reasonable price.
5) Bose: If you don’t mind spending lots of money and your aim is for the best sound, nothing beats the Bose quality.