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Sennheiser Hd203 Closed-back Dj Headphones by Review Summary ,  Jul 27, 2015

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Sennheiser Hd203 Closed-back Dj Headphones
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 287 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.2
Returned or considering to return: 5.2%

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Individual Feature Rating
Audio5.0   above average
Music4.6   above average
Range4.6   above average
Sound4.6   average
Quality4.5   average
Fit4.3   average
Noise4.3   above average
Weight4.2   below average
Comfortable4.1   below average
Price4.1   average
Design4.0   average
Listening3.9   average
Value3.8   below average
Cable3.5   average
Plastic2.2   below average


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Audio

Audio:
"So I was extremely surprised by how well these headphones work..Very good audio quality and just the right amount of bass...i have been using these headphone in years and they are by far my favorite..Cant go wrong with Sennheiser"
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"These are certainly good cans, needing something for editing audio and these work perfect for that."
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"I let my friend, who is very into audio, try them out and he was impressed at how well balanced the sound was."
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"These headphones are light, with excellent audio performance."
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"I really do love the improved audio though."
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Cable

Cable:
"Aside from not being able to replace it, the cable itself is not as flexible as I expected."
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"The unfortunate day came after about six months of use when the cable going into the earpiece frayed and broke."
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"Biggest problem for me -- the base of the cord is wimpy."
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"My only complaint is that the cord is really long and gets tangled up pretty easily."
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"The only negative part I would like to bring up is the cord, which is very thin and flimsy...Sennheiser, please make the cord thick and durable :)... have also received compliments on how sharp they look"
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"They are made well, my only gripe is that the cord is a little too long for my needs, but I've gotten used to it."
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"Teenager loves these headphones, really really long cord."
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"the sound is amazing and the headphones sit comfortably on her head, though the cord itself is a trifle long."
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"They sound good, aren't hot or itchy, and the cord is long enough that I don't have to worry about pulling the jack out of my laptop when I turn around to talk to someone."
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"Because they were relatively cheap, AND I liked the weight, fit and long cord, I decided to give them another try."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Ear cups are a little small for my physiology, they tend to rest on my ears a little and this compromises the comfort."
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"I think I have an average size head and ears, so if comfort is your main objective, I don't recommend these."
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"The padding is soft, not too firm but also not extraordinarily comfortable."
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"some people said that the headphones are uncomfortable, but i think that they are just fine in comfort."
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"If you want some better quality, and maybe a bit more comfort *not much more on the comfort*, go with the HD203s."
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"Although my HESH headphone were much less comfortable than these, I liked that when the cord broke, I was able to replace it for six dollars, as opposed to buying new headphones."
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"Good comfortable headset with good sound proofing."
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"They are incredibly comfortable and even look good."
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"I I master for major labels and have had numerous successful songs and the 380's are too good... comfortable, better that the 500 dollar ultras.. Take them off and they sound exactly like your linear studio speakers... so I gambled on this lesser expensive headphones for by Senn... just for overall studio use... they are toys with cords seemingly purposely hidden in Amazon advertising photos and cannot even see the cords in the hard to open packaging... you must tussle just to open and see... wow , such a disappointment... the cords are no more that large threads, the headphones do not fit any ear and hurt and look like a child's toy.. they may last a week in studio... could not fit right over any head... please spend the bit more for the 380's and enjoy many years of listening... Senn.. mikes are great also, the 421 A and others are a staple... that is why I took this wasted gamble... no offense to the great real pro things that are made by Senn.... blessings"
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"I want good sound in a headphone, then comfort, then looks (for my daughter anyway) Back to these HD203's."
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"The sound quality is good and they are comfortable to wear."
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Design

Design:
"The headbands design will squeeze your head and make it unbearable after 10 minutes."
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"The design is not as durable as you might expect, but really, I think that if they break, it's the user who needs to remember to handle a pair of headphones like these with care."
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"I hate you, bad design."
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"Surprisingly full bass sound, really comfortable and light design."
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"The closed design is great for blocking out the cackling hens noisy neighbors at work ;)"
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"The design of the headphones is good and I like the shape which reduces the need for the headphones to be on on top of your head, but you can rest them in front of your head."
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"Pros of HD203-Great highs mids and lows-Long cord-Sweet design and look, much more appealing than hd202'sConsRegardless of your earshape, this headphones will not deliver comfort-Could use more bassComparison between Hd202s and Hd203sHD203s deliver much better sound, much worth the extra moneyHD203s and Beats studioNo comparison here, beats studio has such nice punchy bass and clarity, and the comfort on the Beats is stellarWould i get the Beats over the the hd203s ever for that much more money?"
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"The design seemed smart, and the sound quality was good."
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Fit

Fit:
"it doesn't fit comfortably into your head."
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"I was a little skeptical about buying this after reading all the complains about the tight fit."
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"I think the failed to notice the ability to adjust the headphones to fit your head A+- Bass?"
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"Luckily, the padding broke in, and the plastic stretched to fit my head size nicely."
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"But these do not fit so tight that it becomes unbearable though."
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"I I master for major labels and have had numerous successful songs and the 380's are too good... comfortable, better that the 500 dollar ultras.. Take them off and they sound exactly like your linear studio speakers... so I gambled on this lesser expensive headphones for by Senn... just for overall studio use... they are toys with cords seemingly purposely hidden in Amazon advertising photos and cannot even see the cords in the hard to open packaging... you must tussle just to open and see... wow , such a disappointment... the cords are no more that large threads, the headphones do not fit any ear and hurt and look like a child's toy.. they may last a week in studio... could not fit right over any head... please spend the bit more for the 380's and enjoy many years of listening... Senn.. mikes are great also, the 421 A and others are a staple... that is why I took this wasted gamble... no offense to the great real pro things that are made by Senn.... blessings"
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"Because they were relatively cheap, AND I liked the weight, fit and long cord, I decided to give them another try."
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"They fit over my head comfortably however my ears start to hurt after wearing them for a long period of time."
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"The 203s might not fit someone with a larger head as comfortably, nonetheless they are easily adjustable and the earpieces can be detached if desired."
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"These babies are a great upgrade of the HD 202s, no significant difference in sound, great bass and crisp mids go well together, but what makes these better then the HD 202s is that it fits perfect on almost any head and is not as irritating on long periods of use."
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Level

Level:
"They do not take high power levels like DJ phones, but plenty adequate for those not wanting to wear earplugs under them."
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"After wearing them for an hour, my ears are in a remarkable level of pain."
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"If you are fine with iTunes sound quality, you may not notice the difference in nuance between these headphones and a pair of SkullCandy headphones, but if you're paying attention, the level of detail is phenomenal."
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"203's are probably the best for the level im on-poor student-when i graduate ill drop 300+ for studio quality phones."
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"Same song 320KBPS on my Sony MP3 player Volume level on the HD201-18 HD203- 11Cord and Comfort: About the same as the HD201s."
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Listening

Listening:
"The top padding is a nice change since most headphones will have the plastic frame resting on top of your dome which gets uncomfortable after some listening."
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"It's so uncomfortable that it is really distracting from whatever you're listening too."
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"Probably the only con is they get uncomfortable after a good 3 hours of listening to music."
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"But, here is my story: When I got mine home for the store, i was A) highly impressed with the the detailed, crisp sound of these headphones, and B) rather irked to find them uncomfortable after listening to approximately one album."
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"These work great for listening to inspirational talks and meditations."
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"I would highly recommend them to anyone and everyone and after listening to them several of my coworkers have purchased the exact same model because they sound so good."
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"I I master for major labels and have had numerous successful songs and the 380's are too good... comfortable, better that the 500 dollar ultras.. Take them off and they sound exactly like your linear studio speakers... so I gambled on this lesser expensive headphones for by Senn... just for overall studio use... they are toys with cords seemingly purposely hidden in Amazon advertising photos and cannot even see the cords in the hard to open packaging... you must tussle just to open and see... wow , such a disappointment... the cords are no more that large threads, the headphones do not fit any ear and hurt and look like a child's toy.. they may last a week in studio... could not fit right over any head... please spend the bit more for the 380's and enjoy many years of listening... Senn.. mikes are great also, the 421 A and others are a staple... that is why I took this wasted gamble... no offense to the great real pro things that are made by Senn.... blessings"
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"These are not professional quality or anything but were decent for cutting out noise and listening to music while I worked and studied."
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"But very nice for listening to drum bass heavy jams while doing miscellaneous work."
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Music

Music:
"Needed some closed ear headphones for music production on a very tight budget, this dead is just ridiculous."
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"Wonderful sound, buy it, this product is perfect if you like music and don't want to spend ridiculous amounts of money"
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"Probably the only con is they get uncomfortable after a good 3 hours of listening to music."
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"Music is clear and easy to hear."
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"these are great for keeping your music in, and your noisy coworkers out."
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"It works really well and it play the music clear."
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"I'm just a normal dude who listens to a very wide variety of music and I cannot complain about them in the least."
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"These are not professional quality or anything but were decent for cutting out noise and listening to music while I worked and studied."
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Noise

Noise:
"The noise isolation isn't perfect, which is probably not a bad thing in terms of safety and being able to hear the phone ring, but it's not too bad."
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"I had previously tried some on-ear headphones from Sennheiser and was quite disappointed in the comfort and the noise cancelling and ended up going with Bose QC2 headphones instead."
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"PROS: 2 year sennheiser warranty great noise cancellation (>50% volume = 90% canceled noise) great range of sounds that weren't previously noticeable COMFORTABLE and adjustable for ALL Versatile (cable can adjust, jack adapter included)Cons: WEAK (plastic) construction with flimsy cable surprisingly tiny noise 9ft long cable (WTF?"
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"I use them at my work desk to drown out the background noise and the weird guy next to me."
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"these are great for keeping your music in, and your noisy coworkers out."
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"These are not professional quality or anything but were decent for cutting out noise and listening to music while I worked and studied."
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"I purchased these in Sep, 2011.+The sound quality was solid+ slight noise reduction and they were very comfortable to wear."
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"Best of all they completely cancel out ambient noise and don't bother others because the sound stays in the earpieces."
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"The sound quality and noise exclusion is excellent on these headphones."
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Plastic

Plastic:
"The entire shell is pretty thin and flimsy plastic."
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"However, The bose headphones are built with flimsy plastic that is almost childish to the touch."
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"The only other potential problem I can see is the plastic connection between the cups and the headband."
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"An improvement from the 201 (which sound muddy and plastic broke fairly quickly), but still I'm not feeling these."
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"when i first saw them i saw that they are mainly plastic and i was a little scared about that at first however then i put them on and it was incredible."
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"I was disappointed to note the plastic headband (and no metal reinforcement)on these headphones."
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"The entire shell is pretty thin and flimsy plastic."
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"Plastic with almost excellent sound."
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"Sometimes they get detached from the band if you aren't careful with the cord, but the cord hasn't broken and no plastic pieces have come broken or loose."
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"The plastic frame has some flexibility to it because well, otherwise it wouldn't fit around anyone's head!"
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"The top padding is a nice change since most headphones will have the plastic frame resting on top of your dome which gets uncomfortable after some listening."
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Price

Price:
"The bass is ample but not ridiculously exaggerated, which is not easy to find in this style at this price."
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"Doesn't look that good, but the price is worth it."
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"Wonderful sound, buy it, this product is perfect if you like music and don't want to spend ridiculous amounts of money"
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"It is a little hard to rate these, but I would say for the price they are at least a 4 star."
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"Overall, you are not getting an amazing mind-blowing pair of headphones, but for the price, you might say, Hmm, pretty good! "
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"Given the price, I was worried I might be disappointed, but I was more than happy with the purchase."
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"Nice headphones at a reasonable price."
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"Now the problem is these are quite obviously made to get a decent pair of headphones out at a cheaper price."
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"So while these sound great, and have a great price point, they aren't going to last forever, because the build quality has a shelf life."
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"Very Reasonable Price."
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"I listen to them all day everyday and I can honestly say for the money they are the best headphones you can buy."
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Quality

Quality:
"They are a little bassy, so not sure how *accurate* the sound is in comparison to a higher quality pair of studio headphones."
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"I've owned 4 pairs of skullcandy over ear headphones and they have all broken, but Sennheiser has superior build quality."
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"Within 20 minutes of unpacking the HD203s I was packing them up for return shipping - here's why:* Build Quality *The headphones are EXTREMELY flimsy, and they look it."
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"The clarity and quality isn't as great as those of bose, but it comes really close."
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"as for sound quality, i guess i'm not the best judge."
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"JUST GOT THIS HEADPHONE AND I MUST SAY ITS THE BEST HEADPHONE I'VE GOTTEN THE SOUND QUALITY IS AWESOME THE ONLY NEGATIVE IS THE WIRE IS TAD BIT LONG BUT OTHER THAN THAT THIS IS A GREAT QUALITY PRODUCT FOR THE PRICE I PAID I RECOMMEND THIS HEADPHONE"
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"Excellent Quality."
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"I am very satisfied with the sound and quality"
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"The sound quality is crystal clear wonderful clean highs and mids, great base."
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"Probably the best pair of over ear headphones (sound quality wise) you can get for this price."
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"I debated on several headphones for my daughter and decided on these based on other reviews on sound quality and they looked decent (which I knew would be important to her) Of course she wanted Beats but I refuse to get a super expensive headphone just because of the name."
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Range

Range:
"But I've had these for a year and use them CONSTANTLY, and I haven't been able to put them down or switch to any other headphones in the price range, after listening to tons of other headphones in the price range."
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"This is my third pair, they last a long time and have great dynamic range."
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"I'd recommend it for it's low price and good frequency range."
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"I like to test on some of these songs, which I find decently mastered and good for sampling in different genres and ranges:[...][...][...]and then find the original version of Walk Alone from the Roots How I Got OverIf you are looking at spending $20 or so on headphones, I would recommend spending the extra $5-10 and getting these."
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"There is a pretty good range on these that you don't get on many headphones in this price range."
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"I debated Phillips and SkullCandy, (the only other two BestBuy had available in this price range), but am very skeptical."
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Size

Size:
"One small issue is that they are a bit uncomfortable for long periods of time due to not quite enough padding around the center of the headphones."
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"Luckily, the padding broke in, and the plastic stretched to fit my head size nicely."
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"What happens is that the ear makes contact with the front of the speaker, and after a few hours this can become a bit painful...however, it's a small price to pay for the sound."
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"Considering the small difference in price between the 203s and the 202s, I would more likely recommend the latter, and will probably buy them as a replacement eventually."
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"it's fine if u have a fun size head, but if u have a jumbo one, get something else."
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"The only con is earcups are pretty small."
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"Again, this is a great product, it has sleek design & the fit is perfect (I have small ears and am female so had no fit problems what-so-ever)."
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"Am I having huge ears or it is just that the space in them is so small that I cannot feel really comfortable after some hours, cause they press my ears... you will have to remove them and take a break."
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Sound

Sound:
"Sound was OK, but not dramatically good or bad."
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"Great sound, some people may complaint about ergonomics but I get used to."
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"They are a little bassy, so not sure how *accurate* the sound is in comparison to a higher quality pair of studio headphones."
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"The price is very well worth it compared to consumer brands like Beats by Dre and Skull Candy which are overpriced and don't give an accurate depiction of the sound (example boosting the bass)."
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"Most of them didnt have great sound."
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"Tried the 201s first and they were terrible, weak sound and s***ty feel, returned in 20minutes."
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"Nice crisp clean sound!"
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"Not an audiophile so won't give you much more than: they sound good to me."
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"So while these sound great, and have a great price point, they aren't going to last forever, because the build quality has a shelf life."
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"These headphones sound amazing but are poorly constructed."
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"Excellent Sound."
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Value

Value:
"Value seemed good if you don't mind the comfort issue."
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"They aren't that comfortable but worth the value..."
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"Value - Even at $35 these are not a good value."
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"I think Sennheiser's high-end ($400-700) headphones are really amazing, so I was happy that their budget line were a good value."
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"They are a great value."
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"Great value."
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"They are reasonably priced and provided a good value."
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"Next time around I'm likely to go with something premium and durable, or try out another real value deal, like the famous Koss Porta Pros."
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Video

Video:
"Item arrived ahead of schedule by a day, and I broke them in watching a Blu-Ray movie."
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"The only thing that keeps these a full 5 star, is they do become a little uncomfortable after a long period, like a movie etc."
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"Fairly comfortable, but once you finish a movie or go through a few albums, there is a obvious strain on the ears."
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": Sound quality is good for TV and movies."
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"I bought these from Best Buy last summer of 2013 for an video gig I was on."
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"I use them with my Dell laptop at work to listen to good music and watch videos."
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"I've tried it with so many different types of music, rap, rock, heavy metal, classical, pop, video game music... everything sounds great! "
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Weight

Weight:
"But due to problems with my neck I really needed a lightweight headphone."
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"Also, seeing as how these are labeled lightweight I was expecting them to be a bit flimsy, which they are."
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"Because they were relatively cheap, AND I liked the weight, fit and long cord, I decided to give them another try."
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"They're lightweight, they have held up well to a good amount of use."
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"Really great sound, lightweight."
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"They sound very good and are relatively light weight."
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"But these headphones fit so well and are so lightweight, that I don't even feel like I've used them for hours straight."
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