Headphone Zone Face Off: Comparing The Sennheiser HD 202 II And The Sony MDR-XB450

by Nausheen Shaikh April 15, 2016 10 Comments

Budget conscious audiophiles have long debated the benefits of buying the Sennheiser HD 202 II over the  Sony MDR-XB450 and vice versa. Although similar in price levels, these headphones differ greatly from each other in terms of design and sound. 

 Here it goes:


SENNHEISER HD 202 II 


MADE FOR OVER-EAR COMFORT 
MRP Rs. 1,799/- 

SONY MDR-XB450


MADE FOR BASS LOVERS
MRP Rs. 1,799/-

 


DESIGN: SENNHEISER HD 202 II VS SONY MDR-XB450

These lightweight headphones have a closed-back design and are an over-ear pair. The ear-cups are made of faux leather and some parts of the headband are also padded. The ear-cups are partially swiveling and adjustable for ease in wear. They're made of durable plastic and come with a 3m long cable. 

THE BATTLE BETWEEN OVER-EAR AND ON-EAR HEADPHONES, WHICH DO YOU PREFER?
These on-ear headphones are a well designed pair with a metallic finish available in 5 different colours. The earcups are well padded with ultra thick pressure relieving soft earpads. The headband is also cushioned and can be adjusted for a more secure fit. 
COMFORT: SENNHEISER HD 202 II VS SONY MDR-XB450

Compared to the Sony MDR XB 450, the  Sennheiser 202 II is not a particularly good looking headphone. However, the design is comfortable and functional. One minus point is that the headphones can't be folded up and carried, which makes it better for at-home use. Understanding that the 3m long cable may be a hassle, Sennheiser provides a cord take up that helps in adjusting its length.

CARRY YOUR SONY EVERYWHERE WITH THE FOLDABLE DESIGN FEATURE
A few plus points in terms of design are that the tangle free serrated cables and the earcups can be flattened and so, they're very portable.
SOUND: SENNHEISER HD 202 II VS SONY MDR-XB450

These headphones have a relatively neutral and balanced tone. The bass is crisp and low and there is a good balance between bass and treble. The soundstage is pleasantly spacious and airy, while also giving focusing on vocals and instrumental clarity. Because of the over-ear design, the sound isolation is also pretty good.

The only complaint is a little softness in the otherwise deep bass.

BALANCED SOUND VS BASS HEAVY SOUND?

XB stands for Xtra Bass. That’s pretty much the crux of the XB450’s sound. These headphones are designed for bassheads. The big 30mm driver unit help in packing a punch and delivering a strong bassy sound. However, there is a tendency for sound details to get lost in the bassy crowd. The mid sound hollow and highs are also recessed as compared to the Sennheiser HD 202 II. The noise attenuation is also lower than the latter.


Summary


SENNHEISER HD 202 II

  • Over-Ear Design
  • Comparatively Balanced Sound
  • Excellent Comfort & Isolation
  • 3mm Long Cable
  • Available in One Colour
SONY MDR-XB450

  • On-Ear Design
  • Extra Bass Sound
  • Poor Comfort & Isolation
  • Fold Flat Design
  • Available in Four Colours

Our Verdict

If you prefer on-ears that are fashionable, have a portable build with bass heavy sound, then go for the Sony MDR- XB450

The Sennheiser HD 202 II are circumaural for better isolation and suited to tuned ears that appreciate balanced sound in an elegant black headphone.

 


Consult an Expert Now
Still confused? Book a time of your preference and let us guide you through other options, discuss sound and help you make the right choice. Allow us to introduce you to the choicest of products at your leisure. 

 

 

MRP Rs. 1,799/- 

MRP Rs. 1,799/- 

 

Which headphones do you prefer?

 

 

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Nausheen Shaikh
Nausheen Shaikh


10 Responses

krish
krish

November 20, 2016

I decided to buy Sony mdr xb450 . Thanks

Atul
Atul

September 26, 2016

I ll go for Sony cuz m a bass lover

rohit
rohit

August 07, 2016

Scenario is clear, go for HD 202 II.

Ben
Ben

July 25, 2016

i have had the Sennheiser and the Sony one but not the Panasonic, the Sennheiser feels cheap with the Plastic doesn’t last long, about a year and i have done some research and the left speaker cord has worn out and after a year to many people, it sounded great and was loud but i will go with the Sony. Sony is great if you want to turn up the bass with out distortion and looks premium so i think the Sony is better and your can get a few different colours.

ASHWIN BHASI
ASHWIN BHASI

April 05, 2016

PLEASE include AKG K44 in this. it falls in the same price and sounds better and feels more comfortable. thank you headphonezone for shipping this acoustic beauty real quick.

arun vasudev
arun vasudev

March 04, 2016

senheiser better balance between bass and treble. not suitable for extreme bass lovers

Raveesh Agarwal
Raveesh Agarwal

February 25, 2016

50 rviews and the only neutral one i ever found. Good work nausheen! Going for sony :p

Indrashis biswas
Indrashis biswas

February 11, 2016

Sennheiser hd 202 ha very much perfect control of sound including bass,treble

Ajulbharath
Ajulbharath

September 27, 2015

Senhieser 202 hd is better to hear

manan joshi
manan joshi

September 01, 2015

hey
I M little confuse between Sennheiser HD 202 II professional or Sony MDR-XB 450.

which product should i buy?

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