Sennheiser HD500 Headphone Reviews

Manufacturer Sennheiser Model HD500
Headphone Type Open Circumaural Headband Type Single
Weight (g) 210 Driver Type Dynamic
Enclosure Material Plastic Isolation (dB) 0
Impedance (ohms) 32 Cable Length (cm) 300
Frequency Response (Hz) 14 - 21000  
Connector 3.5mm with 6.5mm adaptor Street Price US$50
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Average reviewer scores
Bass Extension 3.0 Bass Impact 2.0
Bass Quality 2.0 Mids Quality 3.0
Highs Quality 1.0 Soundstage 2.0
Detail 1.0 Portability 4.0
Isolation 0.0 Comfort 8.0
Durability 6.0 Improvement With Amplification 3.0
Value for Money 2.0    
Overall Score 3.6 Total Reviews 1

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Review by Senior Member audiomagnate on 18 Oct 06  19:37
Individual review
Bass Extension3
Bass Impact2
Bass Quality2
Mids Quality3
Highs Quality1

I bought these a few years ago on impulse without listening to them first. I had owned several pairs of Sennheiser phones in the past, and I figured if I didn't like the way they sounded I would give them to my twelve year old as "gaming" headphones.

When they arrived, I was pleasantly surprized. They looked great, not as high quality looking as my buddy's 650s but for what I paid - about $30 - I thought had gotten a real "steal". They felt great when I put them on - surprisingly light for full sized cans - and snug but not at all uncomfortable. Then I plugged them in. I couldn't have been more surprized; they sounded absolutely terrible! Not just mediocre, I'm talking really, really bad. No detail whatsoever, resonant mids and bass, no deep bass, just bad.

I noticed one channel would go out if I moved the cord a certain way, so I ordered a new cord from Sennheiser in New Jersey. The new cord fixed the cutting out problem but they still sounded the same - horrible. I tried removing the foam that covers the drivers, but that didn't help much at all. I found a web site that had instructions for modding the HD-500's. The mod was to remove a 1.5 inch by 1.5 inch piece from the earcup with a Dremel tool, which was supposed to eliminate the nasty resonant quality of the mids and bass. In desperation, I tried it but it did almost nothing to change the sound. There must be something fundamentally wrong with design of the actual drivers in these phones.

To sum up, I felt bad about giving them to my son, so I glued the plastic pieces back in place and sold them on Ebay for a few dollars. Learn from my mistake and AVOID THESE CANS AT ANY COST! Ten dollars would be too much.