Senheiser HD218 Review

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
Cable length 1.4 m
Impedance 16 Ω
Sound pressure level (SPL) 108 dB
THD, total harmonic distortion <0.5% (1kHz/100dB)
Ear coupling Supraaural
Transducer principle Dynamic, closed
Jack plug 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.