January 20, 2018

The Behringer - HPM1000  and the Sennheiser - HD 180 are two very popular headphones, especially among frugal music enthusiasts. Both these brands have been very popular in the Indian market, and continue to make their way to the ears of music enthusiasts on a budget

Although these headphones will never be able to deliver the melody you deserve, they do a fair job in this price range. Moreover, these are definitely worth the replacing the stock earphones you get along with your smartphones.


CUTTING THE LONG STORY SHORT

"The HPM1000 from the house of Behringer is an over ear studio monitoring headphone in a budget, with a wide frequency response and high dynamic range, we couldn't help but wonder how Behringer has packed it all up in  so less. 

The Sennheiser HD 180 too is an Over-ear headphone that is great to be used at home, but won't accompany you for studio monitoring purposes like the HPM1000."

-Raghav Somani

Behringer HPM 1000


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High-Quality sound in metallic colors

Sennheiser - HD 180


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High-Quality sound in metallic colors

 


DESIGN: Behringer HPM 1000 vs Sennheiser - HD 180

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Named after its owner, Uli Behringer and hailing all the way from Germany, Behringer is the newest addition to the Headphone Zone family. Whether you’re a budding music enthusiast who wants a pair of headphones for mixing a recording or monitoring a bass line or just like sitting back enjoying your favorite MP3, the HPM1000 is your go-to headphone.

Built entirely from plastic, the HPM1000 doesn't come across as a budget headphone at all. They provide everything you need for comfortable listening. Its circum-aural design is very comfortable and sit perfectly over your head for a long listening session. The headband is well padded and gives you a nice cushioning experience, thereby reducing your listening fatigue.

Behringer has taken a very subtle route when it comes to branding. 'Behringer' in the tiny font has been imprinted on top of each earcup. It is not likely to be noticed from a quick glance but does come to notice when viewed up and closer
HEAVY CUSHIONING CIRCUMAURAL DESIGN VS OVERLONG CABLE FOR LEISURE LISTENNING?

Audiophiles are undoubtedly a hard lot to please, but Sennheiser does all the pleasing with much ease. The brand caters to the needs and the wants of music enthusiasts with different needs and wants. Proud of a product range that covers everything from the wallet-friendly CX180 to the $55,000 Orpheus, Sennheiser does have a solution for all. 

Targeted towards the pocket-friendly end of the spectrum, the Sennheiser HD 180 does no have a lot to talk about. From the ear cups to the headband, the Sennheiser HD 180, just like the Panasonic RP-HBD250, is entirely plastic. The large ear cups feature sophisticated-looking silver finished plate that does make the headphones stand out in a crowd. Sennheiser has gone out loud and about with its branding. Its logo has been imprinted on the earcups, whille 'Sennheiser' has been printed in large letters on the top of the headband.

The Over-ear fit ensures that the HD180 is comfortable enough to be worn for a few hours. Although the material used for padding is not very premium and may tear off easily if not handled with care.

The Sennhieser HD 180, does not come with a colour option and you are left with no option but to choose from black. 

Both these Over-ears are not foldable, a big disappointment if you are looking to carry them along where ever you go.


USABILITY: Behringer HPM 1000 vs Sennheiser - HD 180

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When it comes to usability, the Behringer HPM1000 is created with studio monitoring in mind. Featuring a single-sided cord that resists tangling; an ultra-comfortable headband; and a ¼ " adapter for the 1⁄8" connector, HPM1000 headphones are compatible with everything from your smartphone – to your mixing console. Which again is an amazing feature at this price-point. 

The cable employed is tangle free and seems durable. The coil has been covered in a rubber-like material and looks very durable. However, you will want to take care of the cable in order to keep them going for a long while. 

Since the HPM1000 is an Over-ear headphone, it very effectively blocks out external noise. It does attenuate noise even at low volumes. 
SNAP-ON ADAPTOR FOR STUDIO GRADE USE AND A WHOOPING 3 YEARS WARRANTY 
Where most of the headphones come with a standard 1.2 m cable length, Sennheiser HD 180 employs a cord that is sumptuously 3m long. This makes it easier it easier to be used with your laptops while you leisure down watching Netflix. Coming to the cables quality, it is decent and nothing to write home about.

Unlike the HPM1000, the HD 180's cable isn't tangle resistant and does pose as a nuisance at time. Where we do appreciate Sennheiser's initiative to comfort us with their overlong cord, it does get tangled. Thus, you would direly need a Chord Wrap when you want to stash them away.

The HD 180's headband and earpads are generously padded, making it perfect to be used for long hours. However, do note that the leatherette does to tend to heat up after continous playback. 

When it comes to warranty, The HD 180 comes with a standard warranty of two years whereas the HPM1000 comes with a whooping warranty of three years.


SOUND: Behringer HPM 1000 vs Sennheiser - HD 180

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When it comes to sound, the HPM1000 features large 40 mm driver and an impedance of 32 ohms, that should be clear enough to explain its sound capacities. Put the HPM1000 on and you will know in an instant these headphones are biased towards bass. Which may come to as a drawback if you were looking for studio monitoring. 

It is quickly evident that the sonic tuning is excessive and lacks finesse. The mids and highs drown deep down, while the lower end is extensively boomy. 

The soundstage is just average. The sound is emanated only from one direction, while the imaging is more than ordinary. 

The Behringer HPM1000 is too simple in terms of tuning and lacks characteristics. Very little attention has been paid to the overall reproduction of sound. These headphones are not at all bad, but will not suit your preference if you don't like sound that is particularly boomy. 

BASS HEAVY AUDIO REPRODUCTION VS MORE SUBTLE AUDIO WITH A WIDE SOUNDSTAGE

In the case of 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 soundstage than what we've come to expect from similarly priced products, but imaging felt weak, just about sticking to basic stereo separation. 


 

Summary


Behringer HPM 1000
  • Aggressive Punchy Audio
  • 3-Years Warranty
  • No Remote and Mic
  • Tangle Resistant Cables
  • Snap On Adaptor Available
Sennheiser - HD 180
  • Warm audio with Decent Sound Stage
  • 2 Year Warranty
  • No Remote & Mic
  • 3 mm Long Cord Cable
  • No Connector Option

Conclusion


If you want a pair of studio-grade headphones in this price category, then the Behringer HPM1000 should do you wonders.
 
On the other hand, if you like your audio to be more balanced, and to be used at home with leisure, the Sennheiser HD 180 should be your pick.

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