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Sennheiser HD 4.50 SE (BT, ANC) $99.95

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Dec 5, 2004
486 posts
581 upvotes
Are people nowadays not worried about the durability of plastic?

Rotating earcups, foldable headbands, plastic joints. As cheap as some of the headphones currently being sold are, I want them to last longer than a year or two.

I never found it so difficult to purchase decent, quality headphones for less than $100 and thats without Bluetooth.
Newbie
Sep 23, 2020
21 posts
29 upvotes
I bought a pair a couple years ago. Used them once and put them in storage.

They sound like shit, honestly. For me, they are unusable. MUCH better options available at the $100-120 pricepoint, though probably limited options for bluetooth. I didn't mess around with them too much, but maybe you can fix the quality with an app. They sounded hollow, tinny, and had no dynamic range or warmth.

Plus the earcups are slightly smaller than normal, so I can always kinda feel the earcups against the edges of my ear, and I even have small ears.

Usually I love Sennheiser products, but this one ain't it.
Newbie
Feb 27, 2018
7 posts
4 upvotes
Not the best headphones I own, but they are my go-to at the office where I listen to news and talk radio most of the day and needed affordable and decent ANC.
Jr. Member
Apr 29, 2020
183 posts
730 upvotes
I have these, decent headphones. ANC is 8/10. They're no bose qc35s. Battery life is pretty great. You have to download the sennheiser app to get the sound level to your preference. Worth it at $100. Microphone isn't that great as you can hear yourself during a call.
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Mar 17, 2015
305 posts
220 upvotes
Winnipeg
I tried these out and didn't like them at all. Super uncomfortable even after just a few minutes of demo'ing them. I think they may work with some head shapes and not others and the band just doesn't have any forgiveness in it if it's not the right shape for you.

The bass was amazing, punchy, resonant but not overdriven/boomy. But, the highs are so bad, muted and undetailed, and I usually lean more towards detail than I do big bass.

For $100, and if bluetooth & NC is a requirement, I am not sure there is anything better though.
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Dec 8, 2009
264 posts
152 upvotes
London
I've had these for a few years and have been using them daily since working from home. For Teams/Zoom calls and listening to some music they sound fine. Can't hear myself like mentioned above. Colleagues say the mic sounds good. Overall I'd say they're worth it for the price.
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Aug 3, 2005
1395 posts
188 upvotes
Markham
These sit on ear so have some clamping effect. After awhile my ears were a bit sore wearing them.
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Jan 12, 2017
109 posts
122 upvotes
Vancouver
Measurements and recommended EQ filters:

Rtings (look at RAW frequency response):
https://www.rtings.com/headphones/revie ... -4-50-btnc
Rtings (look at recommended parametric EQ filters):
https://github.com/jaakkopasanen/AutoEq ... 0HD%204.50

Different (previous?) model, HD 4.4, reviewed by DIY-Audio-Heaven:
https://diyaudioheaven.wordpress.com/he ... d-4-40-bt/
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Apr 21, 2003
1329 posts
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Ontario
I bought these back in July 2018, and I'm using them daily right now for Zoom calls, listening to music/youtube/spotify.

They're good quality, I've been using them almost daily for 4-6 hours a day since covid started, but the ears do get a bit sore after a long day of Zoom Meetings.
Newbie
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Oct 31, 2013
72 posts
64 upvotes
Toronto
Had these for 2 years (black friday ~$130).
-good closed headphones, most of the time i don't even need the ANC around the office (pre-corona)
-clean bass/mids, definitely matching the frequency charts above.
-great battery life.
-uncomfortable after a few hours as it clamps a bit (Avoid if you have a large head). Look for other BT/ANC options if you plan on wearing it all day.
-doesn't breathe really well (since it's closed and faux leather) so consider it if you sweat easily.

Definitely a good price point for these BT cans, but if comfort is priority, you might want to spend more on the other cans on sale.
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Aug 19, 2011
3466 posts
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Don't need these, but never seen em under 100.

Good find OP
Please don't ask or beg for "thanks". Don't act like this is Facebook. If someone found your post helpful, let them decide if they want to make that click. The more you beg, the less you'll get. Cheers
Jr. Member
Nov 23, 2020
147 posts
182 upvotes
TO
On the fence about these, but the price is VERY tempting
Jr. Member
Jan 8, 2019
169 posts
540 upvotes
Just saw these on sale this morning. Usually go on sale for around $120 - $130 but this is all time low according to CCC:

https://ca. camel camel camel .com/product/B07BMQXVLB

I don't own them personally but know a few that do. They're no Sony or Bose but still great quality for the price. If I was in the market for headphones these are the ones I'd get!

https://www.amazon.ca/Sennheiser-HD-4-5 ... 995&sr=8-5

EDIT: Edited for links.
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Mar 24, 2009
415 posts
120 upvotes
Toronto
I got these from Best Buy in February at the same price and really enjoy them. I basically use them for all of my online meetings and to try and cancel out some noise while WFH. Can't really comment on microphone quality as I end up using my laptop mic as an input instead (for no real reason).
Sr. Member
Jun 1, 2007
573 posts
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Toronto
The mic is the one issue I have with the 4.40 version I've got. Or at least the way it picks up every little thing, as if it's hyper sensitive.
As a listening set on the go it's not bad at all, but for calls it isn't doing great for me.
Hopefully the 4.50 is better for that.

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