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Head­phone pric­ing has gone ba­nanas in re­cent years, so we’re de­lighted to find a high-qual­ity Sennheiser model ripe for rec­om­men­da­tion at just $179. There are two ver­sions, the HD 471i with an in­line re­mote+mic on the 1.4-me­tre ca­ble for Ap­ple de­vices, while a ‘G’ version caters to An­droid users (that’s G for Galaxy). Both are over-ear closed de­signs, so they keep their sound in, and de­liver a cer­tain amount of pas­sive iso­la­tion, though there’s no Blue­tooth or noise-can­cel­la­tion — in­stead Sennheiser sim­ply de­liv­ers the high­est pos­si­ble qual­ity sound at the price. We lit­er­ally sighed with re­lief as we spent our first hours un­der the earcups of the HD 471i. Their sound is in­stantly ‘right’ — no bonkers bass em­pha­sis to shake your skull, rather a solid lift of sup­port in the lower fre­quen­cies, a nat­u­ral midrange with no hint of peak­i­ness or dis­tor­tion, and a clean if not overly bright tre­ble which de­liv­ers plenty of high fre­quency de­tail. The ca­ble is de­tach­able, clev­erly sep­a­rated with a right-an­gled moulded plug at the earcup, and a longer three-me­tre ca­ble is also pro­vided (with­out the in­line re­mote), more suit­able for us­ing at home into a hi-fi head­phone socket. There’s no fold­ing for stor­age here, but they’re not mon­ster-size things, and we just shoved them in a pocket of our day bag with no ill ef­fects to show af­ter three weeks of daily grind.

Per­fect for of­fice and com­mute, here is a rea­son­ably-priced head­phone to which we can give our full rec­om­men­da­tion.

More info: www.sennheiser.com.au

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