If you like Jagjit Singh and ghazals, the Sennheiser HD 449 is just the headphone for you. But if you are the sort who prefers Van Halen and heavy metal, you better look somewhere else.
The HD 449 is all about being personal with your music. Don’t be deceived by the size of the earcups and all the chrome on it, this is all about soul and clarity not about bass and spunk. In other words, if you like your music loud, the HD 449 is sure to disappoint you. But there are those who might think this is the biggest plus point of this headphone, the fact that is focuses more on clarity and acoustics.
We tried it on a Blackberry phone, ipod, ipad and even the regular PC. The sound was best via the desktop, especially when we played 320kbps files. In the other devices, we were left wondering if there was some way to get more volume out of the headphone.
The ear cups are very comfortable and have enough flexibility to fit most ear types. While they are good enough to keep out most external sounds, after 15 minutes or so you start wishing for a pair of small fans inside to keep your ear from frying. Like in the old days, the headphone comes with a 6.3mm gold adaptor plug for the 3.5mm jack in case you want to plug it into a large home theatre or music system.
SENNHEISER Price: HD 449
BAG IT OR JUNK IT?
Clear sound, but a bit too soft.