Sennheiser HD485 Headphone Reviews

Manufacturer Sennheiser Model HD485
Headphone Type Open Circumaural Headband Type Single
Weight (g) 220 Driver Type Dynamic
Enclosure Material Plastic Isolation (dB) 0
Impedance (ohms) 32 Cable Length (cm) 300
Frequency Response (Hz) 16 - 24000  
Connector 3.5mm with 6.5mm adaptor Street Price US$64
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Average reviewer scores
Bass Extension 4.7 Bass Impact 5.7
Bass Quality 5.7 Mids Quality 4.3
Highs Quality 4.0 Soundstage 3.3
Detail 5.3 Portability 3.0
Isolation 0.0 Comfort 5.7
Durability 7.0 Improvement With Amplification 5.7
Value for Money 5.7    
Overall Score 5.0 Total Reviews 3

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Review by Senior Member qazwsx on 17 May 07  12:31
Individual review
Bass Extension5
Bass Impact5
Bass Quality5
Mids Quality2
Highs Quality5
Detail4
Comfort6
Durability7
Value6

These headphones are alright. Nothing special, pretty middle of the road. Bass is well extended and pretty punchy, not too boomy either. Mids are garbage. Highs are on the bright side but still nothing special. Soundstage is pretty blank. Not the most detailed cans but some noticeable effects. Huge and bulky. Isolation goes nowhere. Pretty comfortable but feel weird. (as below review mentions) There are better cans for the money, but there are also worse.

Review by Member Zombie250 on 14 Nov 15  15:00
Individual review
Bass Extension7
Bass Impact7
Bass Quality8
Mids Quality8
Highs Quality6
Detail8
Comfort8
Durability9
Value9

REVIEW:

Before I start I must point out that these are my own opinions and should be taken with a grain of salt. Also I did not preform any sort of burn in since I think burn-in does not exist... please don't flame me about this.

I have long enjoyed the sound of my HD595's. The Sennheiser sound is probably my fave sounding out of the dozen or so brands I tried. These cans are constructed very well and are incredibly sturdy. They could really take a beating! The cans themselves are circumaoral and are open-backed. Since they are open-backed, the entire sound signature is smoothed out and souds more natural. These cans do have a little bit of a clamp though, but that is easily fixable.

1) SQ:

The sound quality in these is actually quite surprising. I would have ever guessed that a $119 headphone could sound so good. Overal they are warm and a little bit forward soundting in spots. Clarity is also prety good and you can hear a lot of little things that just just culdn't hear with other cans.Some audiophiles may not like how they sound as most like very neutral presentation with tons more clarity. Though these are not audiophile grade, they do a great job at being hi-fi.

- The trebel is very smooth and a tad relaxed sounding. It isn't shrill or overwhelming, just pleasent and natural. Also the treble doesn't seem to be rolled off at all and seems to \"bleed out\" nicely into the entire sound spectrum. It seems to extend up to the right ammount for me, just enough so my ears don't become fatigued. Also cymbols don't sound like a sound artifact/distortion.

- The mids are the strongsuit of this can. They sound really smooth and lush. Mids are actually very pronounced and tend to be shouting \"I'm Here\" all the time. Female vocals sound smooth and extremely right, not flat thin. Higher mids are just awesome, they seems to be quite fluid Though maybe some listeners may not like it for other types of music. as it may make other muci sound bloated. My main type of music is Death Metal, so the very present midrange is great for guitars. It makes them sound more ferocious. Although with some music they seem to be overwhelming and seems to muddy the sound. Like if a guitar is recorded differently or has been EQ'ed, the quitar may sound overly present and the vocals then sound somewhat subdued.

- Bass response is also very good and extends pretty low in the lower frequencies. You can clearly hear it rumble and never seems to wobble in lower notes. It also blends nicely into the entire spectrum and is present. There is no pre-base hump with these cans at all, which I know people have complained about in the HD600. Bass is smooth and controlled well without being muddy or bloated. It also extends well into the lower mids providing more of a grunge sound on guitars. I also believe the bass responce is actually good enough to handle some rap/hip hop to a degree. I tried \"Swing\" by Savage and the lovwer notes did indeed rumble my noodle! So I find it good for rap.

2) SOUNDSTAGING:

The soundstage is also very good in the value headphone. It sounds like the sound is more exttended some what sorrounds the listener. It's not on par with higher priced Sennheiser cans, but you can still pick out where all the sounds are originating from. I know a lot of cheaper cans tend to sound very 2d at times, so much so that it just sounds like sound is coming from Left/Right chanels. These are totally the opposite and you can clearly tell where people are positioned.

3) CONCLUSION:

I would highly reccomend these for someone who wants a taste of high-end without haveing to spend a int to get it. If you mainly like Rock/Alternative/Metal/Rap, these headphones are definately for you.

Review by Member hemimotorz on 28 Dec 06  12:33
Individual review
Bass Extension2
Bass Impact5
Bass Quality4
Mids Quality3
Highs Quality1
Detail4
Comfort3
Durability5
Value2

When I picked these headphones they where to replace my Sony MDR-V6. They do not have the nearly the range and for the price your better off with a set of V6. They have mid range. No deep lows or high range The confort of these headphones are odd. They do not so much pinch, kinda feels like they compress your ears and head. If they where cheaper I would give them more leeway. For the money you can do alot worse. But you can also do better.

Sennheiser HD485