Best Sennheiser Headphones 2021 – Buyers Guide

Sennheiser makes a lot of headphones for all prices and use cases. To help our readers, we have made this list of the best Sennheiser headphones you can buy in 2021.

It’s my intent that by using this list you can find yourself the perfect headphones most suited to your budget.

Sennheiser is one of the most popular headphone companies right now, and they have headphones for audiophiles, musicians, gamers, runners, and everyone in between. They have some of the most reputable sound engineers working for them and have decades of experience in the headphone industry.

So let’s get on with the list of the best models and you can see what we recommend buying in 2021.


Comparison Table

Best Sound Quality
SENNHEISER HD 820 Over-the-Ear Audiophile Reference Headphones - Ring Radiator Drivers with Glass Reflector Technology, Sound Isolating Closed Earcups, Includes Balanced Cable, 2-Year Warranty (Black)
Best Gaming Headset
EPOS I SENNHEISER GSP 670 Wireless Gaming Headset, Low-Latency Bluetooth, 7.1 Surround Sound, Noise-Cancelling Mic, Flip-to-Mute, Audio Presets, For Windows PC, PS4, and Smartphones , Black
Best Value for Money
SENNHEISER HD 660 S - HiRes Audiophile Open Back Headphone
Best Earbuds
SENNHEISER Momentum True Wireless 2 - Bluetooth in-Ear Buds with Active Noise Cancellation, Smart Pause, Customizable Touch Control and 28-Hour Battery Life - Black (M3IETW2 Black)
Model
Sennheiser HD820
Sennheiser GSP 670 Gaming Headset
Sennheiser HD660s
Sennheisre Momentum Wireless Earbuds
Audiophile
Wireless
Editors Notes
Sennheisers flagship closed back headphone with outstanding detail and soundstage. A true audiophile headphone.
Sennheisers flagship gamin headset. Excellent audio and comfort.
The best bang for buck in the Sennheiser Headphone lineup. Neutral sounding open back headphones.
Sennheisers flagship true wireless earbuds.
Best Sound Quality
SENNHEISER HD 820 Over-the-Ear Audiophile Reference Headphones - Ring Radiator Drivers with Glass Reflector Technology, Sound Isolating Closed Earcups, Includes Balanced Cable, 2-Year Warranty (Black)
Model
Sennheiser HD820
Audiophile
Wireless
Editors Notes
Sennheisers flagship closed back headphone with outstanding detail and soundstage. A true audiophile headphone.
Best Gaming Headset
EPOS I SENNHEISER GSP 670 Wireless Gaming Headset, Low-Latency Bluetooth, 7.1 Surround Sound, Noise-Cancelling Mic, Flip-to-Mute, Audio Presets, For Windows PC, PS4, and Smartphones , Black
Model
Sennheiser GSP 670 Gaming Headset
Audiophile
Wireless
Editors Notes
Sennheisers flagship gamin headset. Excellent audio and comfort.
Best Value for Money
SENNHEISER HD 660 S - HiRes Audiophile Open Back Headphone
Model
Sennheiser HD660s
Audiophile
Wireless
Editors Notes
The best bang for buck in the Sennheiser Headphone lineup. Neutral sounding open back headphones.
Best Earbuds
SENNHEISER Momentum True Wireless 2 - Bluetooth in-Ear Buds with Active Noise Cancellation, Smart Pause, Customizable Touch Control and 28-Hour Battery Life - Black (M3IETW2 Black)
Model
Sennheisre Momentum Wireless Earbuds
Audiophile
Wireless
Editors Notes
Sennheisers flagship true wireless earbuds.

The Best Sennheiser Headphones for Audiophiles

Sennheiser built its reputation in the music industry on the back of its professional equipment for music production. Still, the audiophile community obsessed with sound quality has also become obsessed with their models, and Sennheiser duly released many high-end headphones to cater to the market.

I want to list 2 of their best audiophile headphones in this section, but we should give a special mention to the incredible Sennheiser Orpheus. This legendary headphone is one of the best soundings on the planet and was released in 2019, impossible to buy. These are true collector’s items. Still, the good news is that a couple of years ago, Sennheiser made the next generation Orpheus and if you have a spare $50,000 burning a hole in your pocket, then why not have a look.

Now onto more affordable offerings in the Sennheiser Headphone lineup:


Sennheiser HD820 – One of the worlds most detailed headphones

Sennheiser HD820
The Sennheiser HD820 Flagship Headphones

The Sennheiser HD820 is an amazing headphone and was brought in as the new flagship over the outgoing yet still incredible HD800S.

The 800 were and still are, to this day, one of the best-sounding headphones on the planet. The new model takes everything to another level.

They are so good that I finally bit the bullet this year and bought a set for my own private use. These are the headphones that I use as reference points for measuring other headphones against.

The HD820 headphones are closed-back headphones even though many people will be fooled into thinking they are an open design due to the dynamic driver being visible through a viewing window on each ear cup.

They are one of the most transparent-sounding headphones I have ever tested, and when paired with a good source, they produce a wonderful listening experience. With these headphones, it’s as true as it gets to the original recording.

The soundstage is massive, and to be honest, these sound far closer to speakers than most of the other audiophile headphones I tested over the past year.

Styling-wise, the HD820 is amazing. A futuristic ear cup design swept with black and silver accents. They look good on the head, and they are equally comfortable with their spacious earcup design allowing the air to circulate freely.

These are amazing headphones and expect a review soon.

The only thing I would suggest is to get the most from the HD820. It would help if you had audiophile-grade source equipment.

You can see that the Sennheiser HD820 features highly on our current list of the best audiophile headphones.


Sennheiser HD660s – Audiophile grade headphones on a budget

Another Sennheiser headphone that I personally own and recommend is the new HD660s. It was the replacement for the ever-popular HD650.

Honestly, the 650 are still amazing headphones and didn’t really need upgrading, but I think the market felt that their aesthetic was a little long in the tooth. If you don’t have the funds for the 660s, then the Sennheiser HD650 should be your first port of call.

The HD660S is an open-back design of a headphone designed to be used at home or in the office (provided you have your own room).

They are again just beautiful headphones and one of the best value audiophile headphones on the market. Trust me when I say there are many $1000+ headphones that these can demolish.

They are incredibly comfortable thanks to the generous ear pads and headband padding, and they look the business. You can hook them up to your source device via a standard 3.5mm cable or balanced outputs, and the HD660s are extremely to drive due to their low impedance rating.


Sennheiser Headphones for Musicians

Sennheiser has several headphones that are designed to be used by musicians.

In fact, almost every music studio I have ever been in has a set of Sennheiser headphones lurking somewhere. Musicians trust Sennheiser headphones because of their impeccable track record for producing high-quality gear that lasts forever.

Seriously I have a set of HD25 that I bought in 1999 that is still going on today. The bonus is that Sennheiser provides many after-sales services for their professional headphones, with pads and other parts being readily available direct from the manufacturer.


Sennheiser HD-25 – Iconic DJ Headphones

The Sennheiser HD-25 are one of the most successful headphones of all time

It’s impossible to discuss Sennheiser Headphones without bringing up the legendary HD-25.

These things are the tanks of the headphone world, and no matter what you do to them, they just seem to work. If they don’t, just buy the broken part, swap it in, and keep ongoing.

The HD-25 is a staple of the professional music industry and at one point were (and in many cases still are) on the heads of all the world’s top DJs.

They are reliable and robust, but they have a clean and accurate sound that is fairly balanced right across the frequencies. Additionally, this headphone is also famous for their isolation properties, and you should know that they block out external noise extremely well.

Iconic looks and designs, the latest refresh of the original are great, and it still keeps the essence of everything we love about this iconic headphone.

Some advice for you looking at buying a set of the Sennheiser HD25. Sennheiser now has 3 versions, don’t be fooled by the pro labeling as the headphones are the same but have an RRP of double. The only difference between the HD25 and HD25 plus is the plus model comes with a coiled cable, spare pads, and carry case.

Review of the Sennheiser HD25 ii headphones.


Sennheiser HD200 PRO

After a set of no-frills cheap headphones for music production or monitoring, then the HD200 PRO is one of the most reliable and well-known models. The original HD200 was around forever, but the pro model adds a few much-needed touches to modernize them while still having great balanced sound.

Performance is solid as they remain transparent and neutral headphone that allows you to work without distractions. They are a closed-back design, so great for use in busy environments or to isolate yourself when working in the studio.

They are also widely available in electronics stores worldwide and have an RRP of under $100.

If it’s a workhorse studio headphone you are looking for, and you don’t want to break the bank, then these are the best on the market right now.


Best Sennheiser Headphones for Gamers

It took a while, but now Sennheiser has a complete range of high-end gaming headsets from cheap to expensive. Many of the world’s professional gamers are using these new headsets, and we are seeing them pop up more and more on twitch streams. What I will say is that The top-end Sennheiser gaming headsets are the ones to go for. Many other brands offer better value in the budget and mid-range categories, but the Sennheisers are very competitive in the top end.


Sennheiser GSP 670 – Sennheisers best wireless gaming headset

Again I might be a little bit biased because I actually own a set of GSP 670 however, I really love this design. This is a serious bit of kit and unlike other gaming headsets I have owned in the past it is rather understated.

It’s a beast of a headphone with so many cool features to enhance your gaming experience.

Wireless headsets have always had a bit of a stigma held against them due to their high latency. Sennheiser has worked very hard on this aspect and the Bluetooth chip inside produces next to zero delays in audio.

Comfort is the other big deal and I think where the GSP 670 really stands out. The super-wide and highly adjustable headband means that the weight of the headset is evenly dispersed across the top of your head leading to greater long-term comfort. They have also included their soft-touch material on the pads to ensure the best possible performance from the contact points.

The microphone is big and chunky and Sennheiser worked their magic to ensure it is one of the clearest sounding gaming headsets on the market with state-of-the-art noise cancelation.

Sennheiser GSP670 Webpage.


Best Sennheiser In-Ear Headphones

Sennheiser has a lot of in-ear headphones in the market. Some are aimed as monitors for musicians, others for runners, and a huge lineup for audiophiles. Here’s where the honestly comes in. Except for the two listed below, I don’t think their lineup represents value for what is currently available on the market in 2020. For the most part, you will find better-performing earphones on our list of the best earbuds.


Sennheiser IE60 – Alternatives for the Shure Aonic 3

Sennheiser knows they needed to be competitive with Shure’s Aonic 3 and Westone’s UM Pro 10 in-ear monitors. Both of these earphones are workhorse earphones that move a large number of units every year

These sorts of earphones are used by professional musicians worldwide who don’t want to spend big money on custom earphones. These buyers want a set of IEM’s that can be used on and off stage, in-studio, and in daily life that has neutral sound and excellent reliability.

The good news is IE60 is more than just for professionals as they have excellent sound for the money and, of course, excellent build quality.

The high-impact resin shell, single driver, and detachable cable are desirable traits when talking about earphones’ longevity. The sound is neutral with a slight low-end bias. They are natural in appearance and offer good clarity and detail retrieval.

The cables are detachable, and a 10mm transducer powers them with detailed rest slightly warmish sound.


Sennheiser IE900 – The Flagship

The IE900s are the latest flagship earphones from Sennheiser and are designed specifically for audiophiles. They give some stiff competition to Shure’s much-lauded SE846 and don’t disappoint in the slightest when it comes to sound.

The original flagship IE800s have been out for a few years, but this new model takes the excellent Extra Wide Band (XWB) drivers and refines them to a ridiculously high level.

Low distortion and zero bleeds between the frequencies are a real highlight of the IE900; there is the bass which is big and impactful yet at the same time detailed and fast. To achieve this amazing level of fidelity the company has taken great care with the internal channeling of the sound tubes inside the housing.

These earbuds sound amazing with any genre of music, and they are one of the most truly versatile earphones I have ever heard.

The only reason I don’t have them is that I have so many earphones within this price category, such as the Shure’s or Campfire Audio’s Andromeda. It’s hard to justify shelling out so much for another thousand-dollar set. Still, this is an excellent headphone, and if you find them anywhere under the RRP, they are well worth buying.


Best Wireless Sennheiser Headphones


Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless

The best consumer wireless headphone that Sennheiser makes is the Momentum 3 Wireless, and it is one of the most luxurious and tech-filled offerings the company has had to date.

Bose and Sony still own the noise-canceling headphone market, and for a good reason, but if you want something with a more premium build and excellent materials, then Momentum starts to make its case.

It is one of the best-looking noise-canceling headphones on the market right now and has a very classy aesthetic to it.

Metal earcups and a leather-clad headband really make them stand out, and the premium look isn’t just for show. These are seriously well made with some of the best build quality in our ANC headphone tests.

Feature-wise they are stacked with Bluetooth 5.0, touch controls, NFC for immediate pairing, and something we really love; they are foldable, so great to travel with.

Sennheiser Momentum Review

Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless headphone official website.


Sennheiser Momentum 2 True Wireless Earbuds

Again setting its sights on the premium end of the market, the Momentum 2 Wireless stands head and shoulder above its competition to build quality and material. A neckband set or earbuds, the HD1 is designed to have the connecting cable sit behind the neck, and to do this, Sennheiser wrapped it in black leather with red stitching. They just scream class.

There is lots of tech on the inside, as you would expect, such as NF for touch to pair, Bluetooth 4.1 with APTX support for higher resolution streaming, and support for pairing two 2 devices at once.

Battery life is the only let down at around 10 hours in our tests, but they do have the ability to quick charge, and it takes just 1.5 hours to reach full power from empty.

The sound is very similar to the momentum earbuds are slightly warm and tuned with an extra bump in the bass and smoothed out the treble. They make for a fun and easy to listen to in-ear headphone the goes well with most types of music.

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