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Sennheiser HD 299 Review

The folks from Sennheisser Philippines gave away a number of headphones during last week’s launch event. We’ve been using it since then and we thought to share what we think of the new Sennheisser HD 299.

The HD 229 comes in fairly sized transparent box. There’s not much of a surprise inside the box other than the user manual. At its price, they should’ve thrown in a carrying pouch along with the headphones.

This closed back, supra-aural headphone is actually the hip version of the HD 228. Other than its color, the entire design and construction remains the same as its predecessor. This headphones comes in two color variant, black with pink accent and white with orange accent.

This single-side cabled headphone is almost entirely made of plastic which gives a very lightweight profile at only 92g. But it does give a bit of a fragile feel when held. Because of this, we suggest to be more cautious when using this headphone.

The material used in the headband is the same as the headphone’s stem. The headband has a half-inch thick pleather cushion that adds a bit of comfort while worn. It doesn’t have a firm grip on your head, which is good for extended use. However this presents a problem when I’m on the move as I have to adjust it every so often.

The over-the-ear cup’s shell is made of shiny plastic with the company’s brand inside a colored oval accent. The cups swivel up to 100-degrees for easy storage. The cups are padded with soft synthetic leather for a more comfortable listening experience even for hours on end.

The HD 229 or, as the box implies, Deep Bass Kick is advertised to be a bass-driven headphones. It does deliver an above average bass but not too much that it ruins the over-all sound quality which is common to most bass-centric headphones. On that note, it is also worth mentioning that this is one of the few bass-driven headphones that we’ve used that has a well-balanced sound reproduction.

After a couple of hours of burn-in the headphones sounded even better. The bass are deep, mids are crisper and the sibilance in the highs is less noticeable. And because it’s a low-impedance headphone, driving it isn’t that hard. Plug it in to your device and you’re good to go.

• Frequency Response: 18-22’000Hz
• Transducer Principle: Closed, Dynamic
• Impedance: 16Ω
• SNR: 100db
• Distortion: <0.5%
• Dimension: 1.7 x 9.5 x 10.35”
• Weight: 92g

This headphone is a pretty decent piece of audio equipment. It comes in eye-catching colors that are well-suited for teens and the young-at-heart. In addition to its hip color, it can also deliver a good sound quality.

It’s a bit pricey though — Senheisser sells this headphones for $79.95 (about Php3,400). Its street price is roughly the same as the store price so might as well get it through their store. In our humble opinion, there are other better sounding headphones at the same price range.

What we liked about it:

• Balanced sound reproduction
• Lightweight. Ideal for extended use
We did not like:
• Pricey
• Lack of accessory given the price tag.

This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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4 Responses

  1. Joe says:

    poor Sennheisser, hope they have good lawyers

  2. Jenny Tan says:

    Dear Ronnie,

    Thank you for the really nice review!

    I wish you can mentioned other brands for comparison that are within the price range ala gsmarena style.

    Can’t wait for your next review. :)

  3. psikick says:

    this is the 229 not 299.. :)

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