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Listen to playlists or podcasts in crystal clarity with these Sennheiser HD 1 headphones. The high-definition aptX codec lets you hear every detail, and the VoiceMax microphone and inline controls let you take phone calls from a connected mobile device. These Sennheiser HD 1 headphones have noise-canceling technology to keep out unwanted interruptions.

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$399.98
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Overview

What's Included


  • Sennheiser HD1
  • Carrying case, USB charging cable, Inflight adapter

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (33 out of 34)

Features


Over-the-ear design

For a secure fit.

Bluetooth 4.0 EDR interface

Enables simple wireless pairing with your Bluetooth-enabled device. Supports HFP, HSP, A2DP and AVRCP Bluetooth profiles.

NoiseGard active noise cancellation

Provides clear, uninterrupted sound.

Rechargeable battery

Offers up to 22 hours of use on a charge.

3.5mm connector

Enables flexible connection options.

Built-in microphone

Enables simple hands-free chatting via a compatible device.

16Hz - 22kHz headphones frequency response

Along with a 100Hz - 8kHz microphone frequency response ensures faithful sound reproduction.

28 ohms impedance

To efficiently conduct power.

Dynamic transducer design

For reference-grade audio.

Stereo design

Delivers crisp tones.

Leather earpads

For stylish looks and durability.

Folding design

Along with an included carrying case enables easy portability.


Overall customer rating

4.7
98%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

4

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Overall, great. But wait for a cheaper price...

    Posted
    Namdnas
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    I've got Sport "around the neck" earbuds. I have AirPods, EarPods and several other high-quality in-ear earbuds. However, I've been wanting a nice pair of around-the-ear cans for a while now, but never got around to it. My friend LOVES Sennheiser and swears by them, so I figured I couldn't go wrong here. For the most part, I didn't. So, lets get started. Packaging: WOW. Talk about a great initial impression! The packaging for these is super high quality. It has a nice, thick cardboard box with a lift-up-and-off top. My only issue with this is that the plastic hanger is attached to the inside box and goes through the outer part of the box that lifts up. I didn't know this at first and wondered why the heck I couldn't get it to lift up from the bottom part of the packaging. Inside the box, not only do they provide a nice leather, velvet zip case, but inside that, the headphones are also enclosed inside a microfiber cloth "bag" with pull-ties. Very impressive. Fit: When I ordered these, I thought they were the on-ear kind. The wording "around-the-ear", I felt, was a bit misleading. They're kind of an in-between on-ear and over-the-ear. I totally didn't expect them to cover my ear, which is actually what I was looking for. Well, it's more like a partial coverage. The back part sits behind your ear, while the front part of the padding rests just around the Tragus of your ear (the cartilage that sits at your ear canal). I've worn these for about 4 hours straight with no discomfort and very minimal sweat. Since they don't fully enclose your ear, there's just enough space for ventilation. Sound: Overall, my biggest, complaint. For the Sennheiser brand and the quality of these headphones, I was really disappointed here. My AirPods and others I use, I listen to comfortably at about halfway volume on my iPhone X. However, these headphones have extremely low overall volume until you get about the halfway point. I have to listen to these at over 3/4 volume for the "comfort" level I'm used to. Even at the total max volume, I'm not "rocking it out" by any means. For the price and given the quality and build structure of these headphones, I really expected much more here. Perhaps it's a limitation due to the wireless functionality? I'm not sure. Phone-calls: Don't. Just...don't. I have to crank the volume on calls all the way to the max and even then, it's a struggle for the caller to understand what I'm saying. However, they say my voice and volume is clear as a bell and could not tell a difference between these and my AirPods. So, that's good. If you have to take a call with these, it'd be more of a "oh, I already have them on, I'll just answer" kind of convenience. I would not put these on to actually TAKE a call... Overall and conclusion: The wireless performance is fantastic. During my use over 4 days, I did not experience a single drop out, crackle or lag while listening to music, Twitch, phone-calls, etc. The build quality is solid. While not overly padded on the headrest part, the ear pads are super comfy. The sound-stage is great, as are all the other tones and such. But, it could have used a tad more bass and a "volume boost" feature/button would have been WONDERFUL. So, I'm giving these a solid 4 out of 5 for this review. If I had to put the price as a consideration, I'd give it a 3 out of 5 and recommend going with a different brand. However, if you can get these cheaper than the current release retail price, then yeah 4 out of 5 all the way. Also, just be careful when buying because there are two version of these - an "around-the-ear" (actually OVER the ear) and an "over-the-ear" (actually rests ON the ear) - which I feel are a little misleading compared to normal headphone naming standards. Make sure to get the one that fits your wearing style the best.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellence in sound quality and noise reduction

    Posted
    TECHBEENGOOD
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    Sennheiser - HD1 Wireless Over-the-Ear Noise Canceling Headphones. From the Sennheiser literature it seems that they make more expensive headphones. It’s hard to imagine how they could improve on the wonderful headphones on my head right now. I should point out right off that the advertising pictures don’t do these headphones justice. The quality of the materials aren’t captured by photos. These are premium materials: very soft leather, metal bands covered in more leather, and nice pillow cushions. The comfort on your head isn’t apparent from the brief descriptions. The Senneheisers just feel right. And the sound . . . ? You simply need to try these for yourself because these Sennheisers represent exceptional headphone engineering. I’ll share my observations below. COMFORT and FIT: I’ll concede these aren’t practical for every desired purpose. Running and energetic workouts? Not a great idea, and there are many smaller, in-ear, alternatives. However, for traveling on planes and trains, or surviving a noisy office, or just enjoying a movie or music while the world swirls around me? That makes perfect sense. These Sennheisers represent sound reproduction at the top of the class. And this over-the-ear form should fit most people without fuss or frustration. The luxurious earpads surround and seal off the world with only nominal pressure. The materials are soft and invite long listening periods. SOUND: After listening to a few music selections I realized that I was hearing these performances as intended by the artist, maybe for the first time. Bass, especially, is a revelation. Whether it’s a drum set or cellos or a piano, the tone is deep with authority, but rich with overtones that make it more real. This is not bloated, indistinct bass. I had no trouble identifying the instrument being used. Every other part of the musical spectrum is equally represented, exhibiting balance and detail that I know is more “right” than I have heard before. If there is a tilt to the frequency balance, it is slightly upwards in the bass and lower in the treble, making it easy to adjust as I want. These headphones don’t favor any music genre. I loved them on Gregory Porter as much as I did with Andra Day. These headphones seem especially well suited for movies. The Sennheiser challenges you to find something they can’t handle, perfectly. They will tolerate more volume than my ears can take all the while staying under complete control, without a hint of harshness. Be careful, please. FEATURES: The Sennheisers can be connected using an included twist-lock cable or using Bluetooth. Bluetooth connection was quick and easy. I used noise reduction in both modes, using the combination BT-Power button to turn it off when I was wired. It looks like Noise Reduction is always on when in BT mode. Coding utilizing aptX ensures that the Bluetooth quality is indistinguishable from wired performance. The VOLUME control uses a nifty spring loaded slide switch, that re-centers after each volume change, and is very easy to find on the right ear cup. This same switch is a press/release for multiple purposes. There is a lot of advanced technology in use here. Dual microphones for voice clarity and ambient noise control when using the phone. The Active Noise Cancellation uses 4 microphones, 2 inside, 2 outside to remove a broad range of background noise. It was impossible for me to detect any harmful effects on sound quality. Compared to other brands I’ve used, the Sennheisers let in a bit more ambient noise, but it reduces engine noise or other droning noises very effectively. For new owners, I’m going to suggest you ignore the Quick Guide in the box, and instead download the Instruction Manual from the Sennheiser site. It might save you some time. If longevity makes you feel better about the expense, it might help for you to know that ear cushion replacements and even battery replacement is available from Sennheiser. Other materials are likely to last a long time. SUMMARY: I love the Sennheiser HD1 wireless headphones. Their combination of comfort, excellent sound, noise reduction, useful features and upscale quality materials are awfully hard to beat.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Looks, Killer Sound

    Posted
    pillboy
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    First impression out of the box was very positive, padded leather headband with contrast stitching, exposed stainless steel headband where the ear cups slide to adjust the fit, nice, soft leather ear cup pads, nicely finished ear cups that could pass for metal even though they are plastic, switches and cables that are well designed and function great, and an overall design that still looks good even after being in the marketplace for a few years now as Sennheiser’s Momentum series. Once I put them on, my opinion started to change a little. These are marketed as an “over-the-ear” design, but I find the space inside the ear cups to be a little tight for my not unusually large ears. Not tight enough to hurt, but enough to be noticeable when compared to other headphones in my collection. I have worn the HD1s for a few hours straight and was not in a hurry to remove them, so I think the fit is something your ears get acclimated to. The headband doesn’t appear to be thickly padded, but it is very comfortable nonetheless…even on my bald head. Headphones are all about sound quality, and like the title of my review says…”Killer Sound”. I almost bought a wired Momentum a few years ago, but a back-to-back comparison led me to choose a slightly snooty, English competitor (it was a very close decision, however). Having the opportunity to revisit the Sennheiser sound signature again, I can truthfully say I appreciate the tonality and detailed sound of the HD1. These headphones present the musical signal as it is fed to it without causing unusual coloring or altering of that signal (I can tell by listening to music that I have heard over and over for decades - we all have those selections that are very intimately familiar to us). Clean, punchy, and detailed sound - a pleasure to listen to. Accurate sound reproduction without changing it into something else is what most reputable speaker and headphone manufacturers try to achieve and Sennheiser is one of those companies. I work in a noisy environment and the active noise cancelation works just as well as that on a couple of competitor’s products that I have, one wireless and one wired and renowned for their prowess in ANC. The HD1 gives up nothing in this regard, in my opinion. The only downside I can see is that the ANC cannot be switched off. The ability to do so serves two purposes, it conserves battery power and there may be some occasions where you want to be able to hear your surroundings. As far as battery life goes, mine ran for a little over 25 hours while playing at a moderate volume. Quality of phone calls on the headphone was average - no better or no worse than other headsets capable of phone conversations. Sennheiser provides accessories that are comparable to other manufacturers at this price point; a charging cable (neither end is proprietary thankfully), an audio cable for wired listening, an airplane adapter, a thin fabric draw-string carry bag, and a more substantial padded carry case. The provided “quick guide” is more of a now-fashionable pictogram showing usage with minimal words and you have to go to the web site for the full-on user manual that gives a detailed explanation. If you are looking for a good looking and great sounding headphone with a touch of class provided by the materials and construction, it would be hard to improve upon the Sennheiser HD1 in the moderately priced category.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Style and sound that are equally as great

    Posted
    EnglishD
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    The HD1 i essentially the Momentum 2.0 overseas. Its made from some pretty nice premium materials which make the HD1's very very comfortable to use. The extremely soft leather on the ear cups feels like no other headphone, its so soft and when wearing its hardly noticeable, it feels great. The stainless steel sliders are easy enough to move and slide with a smooth motion but they're also strong enough to hold the cups in the desired location with no movement, continuing up the headband you find more soft leather. Branding is also minimal with 2 small tabs on the band with 2 small tabs for branding, its discreet and looks great. On the inside of the bands, just above the cups it shows L+R to show the way you should be wearing these. The HD1 are pretty easy to travel with also, thanks to the folding mechanism on the band, this allows them to neatly close up and fit inside the provided carry case, it also comes with a nice drawstring bag for extra protection. Also included are a stereo headphone cable to allow listening with your conventional 3.5mm headphone jack that manufacturers are shamelessly removing on devices. a micro USB cable for charging and an in flight adapter. When it comes to controls you get a power button that doubles up as a pairing button, you jut hold down the power until the light starts to blink, this is now in pairing mode. You also have a slider which when pressed is a play and pause button and when slide from side to side it functions as your volume slider. All very easy to use and simple to find. When it comes to sound, the HD1's do not disappoint. Over all genres of music from simple pop tunes to complex orchestral pieces the HD1's sound great. The high have that crispness and clarity and the bass is a smooth bass that doesn't vibrate your cranium, its more of a deep low hum and with this it doesn't mussy the details in the tracks you're listening to. The balance for me is almost perfect, they also work well with the PS4, playing Fornite i could hear all sounds in all directions in great detail. These have always on active noise cancellation and i quite enjoy it. it works really well and blocks out most routine daily noises but also lets you hear things like sirens and such, i also don't get the feeling of pressure in my ears with the HD1's . These are quite simply the most comfortable headphones i have used. At $500 these are not cheap and thats ok as they're not supposed to be. You get sound thats as every bit as good as they look. If you can afford these and are in the market for something like this then i highly recommend giving them a try

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wireless high fidelity with luxurious comfort.

    Posted
    gadgeTT
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    Pros: * Awesome sound. * Comfortable fit. * All-day battery life. * Noise cancelling works great. * Simple controls. * Lightweight. Cons: * Buttons could be a bit easier to use. * Cannot turn off noise cancelling when in Bluetooth mode. * Max volume is mostly loud enough but could be louder. * Missing some convenience-focused features. If you’re looking for luxurious wireless headphones that are comfortable and sound great for all-day listening, you found them! Starting with the soothing British voice announcements (battery life, connection status, etc.) all the way through to the smooth and accurate audio; these headphones will envelop you in the music. I’m no audiophile but I could readily notice the subtle improvements in sound clarity with these headphones versus others I have used; especially Bluetooth headphones. There are just two very simple controls on the right ear; a power/pairing button and a 3-way rocker switch (slide up/down for volume and press for multi-function). Simplicity is a double-edged sword, though. Hold the power/pairing button just long enough and the headphones turn on or off. Hold it just a bit too long and the headphones switch into Bluetooth pairing mode. The 3-way rocker switch works well enough, but things like checking battery status require you to pause the music and then triple-press that button. I would have preferred a pair of dedicated volume buttons on the left earpiece and a pair of track button on the right, but this is a nit and NOT a dealbreaker. A little texture on the top of that rocker button would have been nice, too. I’m a fan of discrete buttons rather than repurposing them depending on context. I would say my biggest complaint is that the admittedly great noise cancelling feature cannot be deactivated when using these headphones in Bluetooth wireless mode. The obvious reason to turn off the noise cancelling feature would be to conserve battery power if listening in an already-quiet environment. These headphones are rated at 22 hours of wireless playback with the noise cancelling feature on. If that feature could be turned off, these could potentially last a lot longer on a charge. While cheaper headphones have convenience features like auto-pause when taking them off your ears, these are just great cans; pure and simple. I have no complaints about the sound (awesome), the comfort (luxurious) or the connectivity (rock-solid). In fact, I had to dig to find anything to mention as cons. These really are incredible headphones that blur the distinction between wired and wireless fidelity.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great product

    Posted
    Andyj
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    These headphones sound exceptionally well. I am always on the quest to find a product that are both durable and have sound quality that is literally music to my ears. These have a stainless-steel headband, with a stitched leather cushion at the top, as well as leather wrapped cushioned earpads for ultimate comfort. When I first received the Sennheiser HD1s, I paired them to my Galaxy S8 and listened to a variety of music, Miles Davis to orchestral soundtracks to Tupac albums. I was incredibly impressed by the clarity and detail of Sennheiser HD1s when listening to music, especially over a Bluetooth connection. These headphones support a technology called aptX, which results in better sound quality over Bluetooth, in products that support it, including my S8. For more info on aptX, please use your favorite search engine to find the technical details behind it. I have also used these headphones with Bluetooth connected to my desktop computer for gaming, connected to my Nvidia Shield for watching streaming content (using an A2P2 profile) and too one of my Sony 4K televisions (also using an A2P2 profile). I have found that the best sound quality over Bluetooth for the discerning audio listener was through my Galaxy S8. This was seconded by using the supplied “earphone cable” which allows you to connect these via a “wired connection”. They do not recommend trying to watch video with Bluetooth for the audio as the audio may not be completely in sync with what you are watching. I found this to be the case with my Nvidia Shield. Even though the Shield has a setting for A/V sync, I found speech and sound to be slightly off from whatever I was watching, noticeable enough to me, but perhaps not to everybody. Did I forget to mention that these also have Active Noise Cancelling capabilities? They do in fact, and it works either in wireless of wired mode. The noise cancelling works incredibly well, using a proprietary method called Noisegard. This is accomplished by using 4 external microphones to reduce most of the noise around you. While other products with ANC set out to completely isolate external noise such as products by Bose and Sony, the Sennheiser HD1s do not do this. I do not find this detract from this feature. I still need to hear some of the environment around me. Sennheiser finds a great compromise between Active Noise Cancelling and still being able to hear around you just enough to be safe and avoid acting as if you are wearing earplugs with audio passing through them. The battery claims to have a 22-hour life between charges with Bluetooth and Active Noise Cancelling on. I have not tested them in this way to confirm this. They are also capable of being paired to multiple Bluetooth devices, up to 8 I believe. This can be a bit frustrating if these multiple devices are all in the same place, i.e. using them with my computer while having my phone nearby. It tends to cut off the audio from my PC to play a notification sound from my phone, then after several seconds, it reverts to audio from my PC. Sennheiser prides itself on offering “Reference” quality sound for Headphones in this price range. The intent is to provide sound as close as possible to how it was originally recorded. While the Sennheiser HD1s do not tend to “brighten” any particular frequency range, they reproduce them exceptionally well. If you are looking for headphones that will rattle your teeth with overwhelming bass, or only sound well with certain types of music, the Sennheiser HD1s are not for you. If you are looking for headphones that sound exceptionally clean, natural, sturdy, and well made, then you these should be at the top of your list. In this case, you do get what you pay for

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great looking and sounding Headphonea

    Posted
    OmieOne
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    The HD1 Wireless are some of best looking Wireless Headphones I've had. They seem to eschew the standard black plastic look of others and go for a more warmer and old school aesthetic and I appreciate it. It’s nice to have a pair of headphones that will stand out. Of course one doesn't get the headphone for looks, its performance that matter and let’s get into that. Overall on looks 5/5 for being distinctive compared to other headphones. I find the HD1 even with glasses on to be comfortable to wear, but even with the comfort, my ears still get a bit hot. Though even wearing these for long periods in the office, the heat of my ears are a bit less than other pairs I've worn. I do appreciate they stay on the head and once you get it set you don't really feel it, except for warmer than normal ears. Overall I'd give comfort a 4.5/5 Sound - Now this is the hard part. The Active Noise Cancelling works and works well. Seems to be on par with my QC35II headphones. However, unlike other headphones, this doesn't have an App to adjust "how" much ANC, so you have to depend on headphones adjusting to wind and other things. That said, while its nice not having an App to manage these (I have too many of those on my phones), I worry how will the firmware get updated. However this is far from the sound. The ANC works well, but seems to really shine when you have sound coming from the headphone. The sound is fairly rich and warm. I enjoy it and when I tested playing some games on my PC, I was able to pick up some sounds I've missed with other headphones. I like the sound. Are these the best sounding. Can't say. They seem warmer and I like the sound of music and voice. Seems clear and all encompassing. I enjoy it and they don't sound bad. 5/5. However, I'd recommend going to the store and trying them to best determine if the default sound profile is ideal for you. For me it is, but without an App to adjust the profile you either will like it or depend on 3rd party apps to get the profile you want. Misc. As I stated earlier there is no app that say you should install. Every pair from Sony and Bose depend on the app. To control the sound, ANC profile and to update firmware. While it is nice not to have another app, I do worry how the firmware will be updated if either a problem or improvement. That is a ding compared to others. Maybe they have an app or a way to update firmware but the directions didn't cover it, either in the packaging or from the website. This most likely isn't a concern, but I thought I'd mention it. I did also like the case the headphones came in. It’s a soft/hard case seems sturdy enough to be placed in my bag, but then they give an additional bag to put the headphones in to keep them getting tangled with the cables. It is nice to see these headphones come with a 3.5mm cable if you don't have a Bluetooth device. It’s a nice touch and I appreciate. Charging is the standard micro-usb. Again be nice if USB-C only because I don't have to look at the cable and figure which way to insert the cable. Last question is battery life. It is impressive. From a full charge even after 4 hours of usage I still have 90% charge. I'm sure various things will change such as distance and volume etc. But I believe it will get the full rated life, and if nothing can be used over the course of a few days unless you are going 24/7. So it should cover a long flight, or a few days in the office. I'm happy with that. Overall I find these to be a great pair of headphones. They look different and sound good for me. Battery life is good and pairs easily with devices either via Bluetooth or NFC. If you need some Bluetooth headphones I'd give these a listen I think you'd be happy with the result.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best bluetooth headphones to date

    Posted
    BostonBru
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    Pros: Looks, its gorgeous! Connects Quickly Best sound fidelity I've had from a bluetooth device Decent Noise Cancelling Cons Pressure from ANC Start to feel tight after 3 hours Would like to be able to un/mute calls from headphones Extended Review: I've owned a fair amount of mid range (think Bose, expensive Sony's) headphones, ear buds and what-not over the years. Thus far, whenever I've spent more than $100 on a pair, I've been disappointed. What I've learned is that if I accept the inferior sound quality of the lesser brands I'm rewarded with the product meeting or exceeding my expectations. This is the first time I've owned a premium pair that has met my expectations -- their great, the most faithful reproduction of sound that I've gotten from Bluetooth headphones. I've also hooked them up for conference calls and that's great, the noise cancelling really helps you tune in to whatever you auditory focus is. The craftsmanship and quality that is apparent in the build is evident everywhere in the design and detail. A couple of minor drawbacks: You will feel the pressure on your ears as soon as you turn these on, you get that with every Noise-Cancelling pair I've owned. The noise cancelling is really good at picking up the drone from airplanes, cars, furnaces, fridges, etc. and tuning that out, but any sharp noises will still come through pretty clear. I actually like this as if my wife needs to get my attention she still can. One note: ANC is on whenever the device is on. I found that the spring starts to feel a little tight after 3 hours -- but come'on -- three hours! Last complaint, and this probably doesn't affect 95% of the population that's going to buy these so no stars off -- I would really like the ability to mute and unmute calls directly on the headphones. Besides that I really likes how intuitive the combination of the rocker/button and power button were for operation. This gets the 5 stars as there is nothing better in the market segment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

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The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about bass quality, soundstage and noise isolation. Editors are less positive about portability.
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