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Sennheiser HD 218 review

For closed-back cans, the Sennheisers are very good – but not the best Tested at £40.00

Our Verdict

After some closed-back cans to use on the commute? These Sennheisers are well worth an audition


  • Leak minimal noise
  • weighty, clear delivery


  • Lack the spaciousness of open headphones
  • bit more detail and tighter bass would be nice

As far as affordable on-ear headphones go, it may seem iGrados are the de facto choice. Not so; their open-back design means they leak noise badly, making them an inconsiderate choice for commuters.

That's where closed-back headphones like the Sennheiser HD 218s come in. They may lack the spaciousness of open models, but at least you won't fall out with a stranger on the train.

What they offer is a weighty, clear and refined delivery that'll flatter heavily compressed music and tame a bright-sounding MP3 player.

We would like greater detail and attack, and bass – though deep – could be tighter, but they're good by the standards of affordable closed-back cans.

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