February 15, 2017 1 Comment

On the radar are two headphones that offer the promise of good quality audio, without making you have to crack open your piggy back. The HD 180  from Sennheiser and the T250SI from JBL have been lauded for delivering so much in so little. 

Both the brands stand strong even through the changing waves of the Indian market and have now come up with cheap options for all the music lovers on a budget. Without further ado, here is a detailed comparison between the two, let's see who comes out strong. 



CUTTING THE LONG STORY SHORT

"If you are looking for something which is Over-Ears and comfortable for you to use at home, then the Sennheiser HD 180 should be your pick.

If you are a die-hard JBL fan and don't want to lay your hands on any other brand, only then you should get the JBL T250SI."

-Raghav Somani

Sennheiser HD 180


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SUBTLE AND CLASSIC SENNHEISER BUILD AND AUDIO

JBL - T250SI


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JBL'S AURA WITH A PUNCHY AUDIO DELIVERY 

 


DESIGN: SENNHEISER HD 180 vs JBL - T250SI

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It is no secret that audiophiles can be a hard lot to please, but Sennheiser has come out a winner in this game. The brand has successfully know's how to deliver quality headphones to even the pickiest of customers. 

The Sennheiser HD 180 is a budget option from the brand and we can't say a lot these in terms of design. The entire headphones have been made from plastic. The large ear cups have a sophisticated-looking silver finish with the Sennheiser logo imprinted, however, this does not do much to up its design game. 

Since the headphones are not foldable and have a large cord cable you might want to think twice before carrying them anywhere. There are no colour options either and you will have to settle with black.
POCKET-FRIENDLY MODELS WITH TWISTABLE EARCUPS

When it comes to car audio, professional and live event sound systems, JBL is the first name that comes to our mind. Will it fare well in cheap headphones too? We doubt. The JBL T250SI, an elementary model may be doing well, but we wonder if it actually deserves the limelight or is just surviving because of the brand name.

The JBL T250SI, like the Sennheiser HD 180, is made of plastic. However, the inner frame of the headset is metal. The headband also seems to have a decent padding along with an interesting stitched pattern along the edges. Overall, the T250SI feels sturdy and durable, all thanks to the brands extra effort in making the design.

Another, bug for some may be the colour as the JBL T250SI comes only in one shade i.e black. Also, the logo looks very boastful. While some users may be happy to flaunt the brand they're using, many may find this to be a bit ostentatious. 


USABILITY: SENNHEISER HD 180 vs JBL - T250SI

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Where most of the headphones in this price range or the ones lying one-notch higher have a standard 1.2m cable length, Sennheiser takes a different route. The cord length is sumptuously 3m long, hence can be used easily with your laptops while you leisure down watching Netflix.

The comfort factor with these is pretty satisfying. The headband length can be adjusted on both sides, and there is comfortable padding on the ear cups as well as on the headband. The Over-ear fit ensures that the HD180 is comfortable enough to wear for a few hours. Although the material used for padding is not very premium and may tear off easily if not handled with care.

Where we do appreciate Sennheiser's initiative to comfort us with their overlong cord, it does get tangled when not in use. Thus, you would direly need a Cord Wrap when you want to stash them away. Where everything is considerably good at this price-point, a mic and remote would have been the icing on the cake
3MM LONG CABLE CHORD WITH 2 YEARS WORTH OF WARRANTY IN HD 180 
In the case of JBL-T250SI, the fit is considerable but the cord is very thin and flimsy. It is advised to rather take a cord wrap along with it than being immersed in extreme tangles. The length of the cord is standard and works well with all the smartphones and laptops.  

The ear padding is not excellent but considering the price range in which it lies, they are pretty substantial. On the whole, it's about as comfortable as you'd expect from a pair of budget on-ear headphones. The earcups do feel warm after a while and you will want to give your ears a break after short durations. If you wear glasses, or a turban these are again not the right ones for you as they might feel a bit dolorous.The JBL T250SI too does not come with a mic and control button, a bit of a letdown.

When it comes to warranty, the Sennheiser HD 180 comes with a 2-year warranty whereas the JBL-T250SI is comes with 1-year of manufacture's warranty.


SOUND: SENNHEISER HD 180 vs JBL - T250SI

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In the case of the Sennheiser- HD 180, they sound just fine. The bass and treble is not overpowering and does not muddy other sound syllables either. Although you'll find that at times, the headphones are simply too soft. This is especially the case when it comes to watching TV and movies, where the immersion can occasionally be inadequate because of this.

The Sennheiser's sound signature is created with the help of their large drivers. Thus it kind of justifies the sound stage expectations but doesn't surely fulfill them. The large drivers allow for a slightly larger sound stage than what we've come to expect from similarly priced products, but imaging feels weak, just about sticking to basic stereo separation. 

SUBTLE MELODIOUS OUTPUT VS OVERPOWERING BASS?

In the case of  JBL T250SI on-ears, the headphones simply come with boomy bass. JBL has always been a bit inclined towards bass in all their products and does not step down with these too. While one may enjoy when the car hums along with the JBL's speakers, that overpowering bass is not welcome directly into the ears. Ain't judgin' ya if you like em'! 

Furthermore, the sonic problems do not end here. There are added problems of distortion where the audio sounds fragmented at high volume levels. The weakness in the vocals and a general lack of openness is a big turnoff and definitely not expected from JBL. 

The soundstage is decent but we would rather not venture there. 

If you are someone who enjoys good sound, then these are surely not the ones for you. Considering that you love JBL, we suggest you go a notch higher and get a better sounding set of JBL headphones than these. But if you are constrained by budget, by all means, these will work. 


 

Summary


Sennheiser HD 180

  • Over-Ear Design
  • 2 Years Warranty
  • Soft Sounding
  • 3 mm Long Cord Cable 
  • Tangle-Prone and Will Need a Cord Wrap 
JBL-T250SI
  • On-Ear Design
  • 1 Year Warranty
  • Overpowering Bass
  • 1.2 mm Long Cord Cable
  • Also Tangle-Prone 


Conclusion


If you are searching for a durable piece of headphones purely for listening to good music, then the Sennheiser HD 180 should be your pick.
 
On the other hand, JBL - T250SI is only for those who cannot give up on the Brand as a whole. 

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1 Response

Sam
Sam

March 02, 2017

Nice comparison
Seinheister is awesome……bought it.

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