HD497 8/10 - Date Posted 14/12/2002
are one of the leading makers of headphones. They are renowned for
producing some of the most expensive headphones that money can buy!
However, they are less well known in the cheaper end of the market.
This pair of headphones, the HD497, are not exactly cheap, at 50
pounds. But they are cheap for Sennheiser and are also available
in mainstream stores like Dixons (where I found this pair). In terms
of sound quality, I was not disappointed. Hooking them up into a
Bang-Olufsen Overture CD player, the output was excellent (unsurprisingly!)
All frequencies were reproduced clearly. This includes the bass
range, which often gets muddied by cheaper headphones. Acoustic
instruments like guitars were reproduced with good clarity, and
the differing elements of the stereo mix were clearly discernable.
In terms of comfort, I would rate the HD497s quite highly. Unlike
most other headphones, the part of the headphone that covers your
ear is oval. As a result it fits comfortably over your ears. This
is far more comfortable than the circular discs that usually come
with most headphones.
addition to using them in the B&O system, I also tried them
out in much cheaper audio sources! I also tried the headphones on
an Audigy soundcard, listening to MP3s. The audio quality was still
good. I tried them on an Apple iPod. Here again the audio quality
was good. However, the size of these headphones, make them impractical
to use with an MP3 player like the iPod.
this price it is possible to buy cordless headphones. However, if
sound quality is your number one priority I would much rather get
a wired pair of headphones like the HD497s. In addition the wire
length is over 1 metre, so you do not need to right next to your
hi-fi or computer to enjoy using them.