The Sennheiser HD 630VB headphones are at the expensive end of the portable audio spectrum, especially for a device that doesn't advertise noise-cancelling capabilities or Bluetooth connectivity. Unlike the comparably expensive Avegant Glyph, it doesn't even offer the ability to watch movies in the comfort of your headspace. According to the manufacturer, the main value of these over-the-ear sound cups is in the transducer, which is geek-speak for a device that converts energy from one form to another. In this case, the conversion is from the electrical energy generated by your audio player into the sound energy that makes your eardrums vibrate. The Sennheiser transducers give you a frequency response of 10 to 42,000 Hz (the number of individual sound waves that enter your ear per second), which covers almost the entire range that human hearing is capable of appreciating. The company also claims amazing fidelity, a rotary dial on the ear to adjust the bass, and lightweight design so your head won't get tired when you use these on the go.
Sennheiser is a heavy hitter in the headphone and microphone markets -- specifically, with headphones for ordinary consumers. Their microphones are mostly for the movie and TV industries. In fact, they've won both an Oscar and an Emmy for their work with Hollywood. Now if only they'd make microphones for the recording industry and for Broadway, they could go for the full EGOT -- the four-part hat trick of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards. Their reputation is sound enough -- no pun intended -- that they can be trusted when they claim that this set of headphones is worth the large price tag that hangs on it. Still, if your ears aren't good enough to notice what a spectacular job that transducer is doing, you could get a pair of lower-quality name-brand headphones for a lot less. There are, for instance, the Beats Solo2 or the Beats Studio Wireless, both from Apple. And for something completely different, you should give some thought to the Koar Kbone, which sends music directly through your skull. Those with finely tuned inner ears, though, might prefer to stick with Sennheiser.
This is a refined sound realized, both elegant and beautiful and wide. German engineering created sonic magic when they created this affordable audiophile gear.
The music itself is okay, but the volume controls did not work and the bass control was not linear. Returned it to Amazon.
An interesting experiment in variable bass portable headphones, but they don’t have the wide-ranging appeal of the Momentum series.
Delivers amazing performance and a host of features not normally found on audiophile headphones. Build quality... Badass sound quality bass control...
They sound refined and beautiful. I think these are some of the best no-amp-required-can-play-straight-from-your-phone-closed-back headphones available today.
Great sound, bass is strong but not overwhelming, mids are perfect. They are really, really heavy. They hurt my head after even just an hour...If you can, get 'em.
Certainly quite versatile, but this is not always to his advantage. Thus, carries an imposing helmet, quite heavy, not always comfortable with a non-detachable cable...
The build quality on these headphones is extremely sturdy and the sound is great. Don't expect ear bleeding bass coming from these headphones... Amazing quality!
I returned them because I did not like the sound they produced. Plus they were rather bulky for commuter use on the 'Tube'.
These are exactly what I wanted them to be. They're a portable version of an audiophile headphone, exactly as Sennheiser advertised. Great sound!