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:
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.
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 FEATUREA 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.
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.
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.
Which headphones do you prefer?
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