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Sennheiser HD429 over-ear - any good?
#2497911 01/07/16 04:48 AM
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I realise that the sound of headphones can be as personal as the sound of DPs, but I'm looking for some comfortable, light, over-ear, budget headphones for my HP605, and am wondering if anyone can offer any impressions of the Sennheiser HD429 at around £50, please.

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Re: Sennheiser HD429 over-ear - any good?
roytheboy #2503279 01/23/16 06:20 PM
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I've got a few Sennheisers, but never heard the HD429. Did you get them? Which DP do you use them with, how did did they sound?

They are closed back, so will keep some of the noise around you out, and stop the sound of your practice leaking out. In my house I prefer to practice with open back headphones so that I can hear what's happening around me a bit better, and because open back 'phones often sound a little more natural.

I used the HD600s with my Roland RP401R and although they sound great for music (I'm listening to them right now!), they sound too loud in the bottom 1 or 2 octaves (relative to the speakers). I now use some Beyerdynamic DT880 headphones which didn't sound so good for music listening but I love for piano playing.

The DT880s come in 3 versions: 600 Ohm, 250 Ohm, 32 Ohm. My 600 Ohm ones are a little too quiet with the piano. I might buy a headphone amp to make them louder, or just be happy that I'm protecting my hearing smile The specs say that the other models go louder, so I'd guess that the 250 Ohm ones should be fine, but it will blow your budget.

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Re: Sennheiser HD429 over-ear - any good?
roytheboy #2503287 01/23/16 06:52 PM
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Yes, I bought them, for our Roland HP605. They are fine for what they are i.e. under £50, but not as nice as listening to the Roland through its speakers IMHO. The volume is very low listening to music through my iPhone, but fine with the Roland DP. I too prefer open-backs, but my girlfriend wanted headphones that are light, comfortable and over-ear. She is very happy with them as they tick all the boxes. Before I bought them, I compared them to *lots* of other headphones, of all types, in our massive local Currys. When you spend more than about £150 you get a noticable improvement of tonal range and separation (I listened to a good piece of piano music on my iPhone), but for anything less than £150, the HD429s were among the best of the bunch, so although not a fantastic sound, they are definitely good value. Headphones are subjective, of course, so one man's good bass is another's nightmare. Did I also say that they are light and comfortable? One final plus is that you get a plug adaptor, so you can use them with mobile devices *and* musical instruments without further expense.

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roytheboy #2503376 01/24/16 04:51 AM
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Were you able to try them out at Currys? Never knew you could do that. . . Im in N Wales often enough, which banch?


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Yes, in the Wrexham branch of Currys + PC World, which is just off the A483 near Sainsburys and Homebase. They had the HD429s on the testing bench, but then didn't have any in stock so I ended up buying them online! They have about 20+ headphones for testing - just take your smartphone or iPod with you. You can even record yourself playing your DP and play that back. The Bose headphones sounded superb, but were way outside my budget.


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