Sennheiser alternatives for every budget

The market is flooded with high-quality headphones, and the brand that has always lead the way in quality has been Sennheiser. The Sennheiser HD 1 has constantly been rated the best set of headphones available today. Here is a quick guide to why the HD 1 is Sennheiser’s best set of headphones and a list of a few Sennheiser alternatives.

Sennheiser HD 1

The HD 1 headphones deliver a V-shape sound. This means that the treble and bass are boosted, and the mid-range is not as pronounced. It delivers deep and powerful bass and gives you good listening experience. Your listening pleasure is further enhanced due to the treble boost which means all audio is clear and crisp.
The headphones give you a wide and more natural soundstage. This is due to the semi-open design of the headphones, and it means that the sound is not completely contained in the ear cup.
The HD 1 set is lightweight and only weighs approximately 220g. The use of most plastic components and material has resulted in a lightweight set of headphones that will not strain your neck or head when using the set.
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Sennheiser alternatives

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

This set of headphones delivers a good range of the vocals, and the bass sound is amazing. The bass has a good reproduction of depth and power. People that love the heavy bass sound are impressed by this signature of the ATH-M50x
The ATH M50x is made from high quality matte plastics which are quite resistant to damage without being too heavy. The hinges move smoothly and do not have unnecessary creaks.
You get a lot from what you pay for with these headphones. Aside from the great sound, they are also well built and come with a lot of accessories.
The ear cups on the M50x are smaller than those on something like the 380HD or the DT 770 Pro. Your ears could end up touching the the inside of the headphones which can be uncomfortable for some.
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Bose QuietComfort 35 II


Bose’s QuietComfort 35 II wireless noise-cancelling headphone looks, sounds and performs just like the original except for one key feature: There’s a new “Action” button on the left ear cup that allows you to connect to your Google Assistant without having to touch your phone. And that makes the QC35 II — available in black or silver — the first headphone to integrate Google Assistant.

Similar to Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, Google Assistant is available for Android and iOS devices. Instead of talking to your phone to access Google Assistant (you have to download the free app), you just press and hold the Action button on the QC35 II and issue commands such as “Tell me the latest news,” “call Mom” and “What are some good Indian restaurants nearby?” You can also use your voice to control your music playback and compatible smart devices in your home.
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Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro


These headphones are very comfortable to wear for long periods of listening to music. The ear pads feature velour material on the surface and soft foam inside. The headband has a leather outer layer with soft padding underneath. You can wear these headphones for hours without pain.

The bass is not overpowering. Instead, it is clean and controlled. The overall sound signature is focused on the bass but the mids and highs are in no way lacking either.

While the Sennheisers have headbands which can be adjusted to easily fit a ‘hatsize 62/63’ head, the DT770 Pro and DT990 Pro headbands may need tweaking to make them work for larger head sizes.
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These three Sennheiser alternatives are great value for money and offer some unique features that are not often found with budget headphones.

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