Emotive Bass and Powerful Range— The HD 660S2’s from Sennheiser
Sennheiser’s new HD 660S2 is an upgrade for audiophiles seeking exceptional detail with engaging low-frequency performance
Old Lyme, CT, February 7, 2023 – Sennheiser’s updated HD 660S2 expands the capabilities of the 600-series family, the longstanding benchmark for high-performance audiophile headphones.Sennheiser responded to the hi-fi community’s feedback, crafting a headphone that skillfully balances reference-level detail with engaging frequency response. The headphone features a more dramatic listen with greater intensity from enhanced sub-bass tuning, extracting dynamic impact and emotion from audio enthusiasts’ favorite recordings. The updated acoustics offer a delightful new way to experience music all over again.
“Our new Sennheiser HD 660S2 offers listeners what they requested most from the headphones’ predecessor,” says Jermo Koehnke, Sennheiser Audiophile Product Manager. “With precision and power like no other and new sensitivity across all frequencies, listeners will hear details they’ve never heard before, especially at the lower end of the spectrum.”
The depth and drama audiophiles crave
Improving on a beloved classic while retaining its best traits was a challenging task, starting with the lowest end of the frequency plot. The HD 660S2’s warm bass characteristics pair perfectly with its silky-smooth treble performance and trademark vocal presence, allowing the timbre and uniqueness of any instrument part to stand out.
Across the entire frequency spectrum, the HD 660S2 delivers a refined listening experience thanks to improved transducer airflow and a refined voice coil. From thunderous timpani crescendos to pulsating EDM rises, even the most discerning audiophiles will notice the depth and nuance of low-frequency passages, adding dramatic flair to any type of music. Ultimately, listeners are treated to deeper, clearer bass without sacrificing the expansive detail the series is known for. By reducing the voice coil’s weight, impulse response improves, bringing hyper-realistic textures to the forefront of any performance reproduction. The overall experience is smoother and warmer than the original HD 660S, thanks to that reduces the distances between select peaks and troughs. The overall impedance matches that of the HD 600 and HD 650, at an audiophile-friendly 300 ohms, for punchy dynamics and impressively low distortion.
A fit for the long haul
Designed in Germany and manufactured at Sennheiser’s state-of-the-art Ireland production facility, the HD 660S2 continues the series’ emphasis on quality, functional design using materials that contribute to the hi-fi experience. Plush earpads and cushy headband padding place the revised 300-ohm transducers at the optimal distance from the ear resulting in a spacious soundstage with an abundance of detail — even for extended musical exploration. The transducer surround drops the resonant frequency from 110 Hz (original HD 660S) down to 70 Hz for hefty kick drums that move with ease. Even the outer mesh grilles are crafted to manage airflow at the ideal impedance for exquisite open-back listening sessions.
Versatile enough to connect to vintage classics and modern solutions alike, the HD 660S2 ships with two 1.8 meter (5.8 ft) user-detachable cables that terminate to 6.3 mm (1/4-inch) single-ended stereo and 4.4 mm balanced stereo jack plugs, respectively. A 6.3 mm to 3.5 mm (1/8-inch) adapter is also included, for use with popular hi-fi gear from DAC-amps, DAPs, and dedicated amplifiers such as the Sennheiser HDV 820. Distinguishing bronze accents complement the elegant jet-black finish, all of which is protected by a storage pouch.
Pricing and availability
The Sennheiser HD 660S2 will be available for pre-order globally from February 7, 2023, and will go on sale February 21, 2023, with an MSRP of $599.95 USD.
The new Sennheiser IE 200 – an ideal choice for audiophiles looking for clarity, detail, and impact at home or on the go.
The Sennheiser IE range continues its history of excellence with the all-new IE 200. The newest member of the IE family shares considerable DNA with its renowned siblings but seeks to bring pure listening pleasure to a broader audience. With exceptional detail, clarity, and impact, users can now expect quality and features that are usually reserved for top-of-the-line devices.
“The Sennheiser IE 200 represents an open invitation for everyone to enjoy high-end sound,” says Jermo Koehnke, Sennheiser Audiophile Product Manager. “With balanced, true-to-life audio reproduction, users will be able to hear the details that they’ve been missing in ordinary headphones.”
Quality fit for audiophiles
The IE 200 enables seasoned hi-fi enthusiasts and newcomers alike to experience new dimensions of sound quality. Based on 15 years of Sennheiser TrueResponse Transducer technology, the IE 200 features a 7-millimeter extra-wide band transducer for exceptional quality. A hallmark of the IE family, the latest addition to the in-ear lineup continues to bring superbly balanced and realistic audio to an ultra-compact form factor.
With IE 200, nothing stands between the user and discovering new sonic landscapes. Harmonic distortion is almost non-existent, with a natural frequency response curve typically found in earphones costing significantly more. Furthermore, the IE 200 can appeal to a variety of listening preferences thanks to its unique dual-tuning feature. Audiophiles can mount the included ear tips in one of two positions, giving them control over the balance of their audio experience – from deep and emotional bass response to texture-rich treble presence.
With an exceptionally comfortable fit, IE 200 is made for uninterrupted listening sessions. Able to accommodate ears of all sizes, their inconspicuous design boasts a proven ergonomic design that promotes a secure seal and lasting comfort. Viscoelastic foam and silicone ear adapters in multiple sizes block ambient distractions while maximizing low-end response. A revised, braided cable reduces handling noise, and terminates to widely a 3.5mm stereo plug and MMCX connectors for connection to countless audiophile devices.
Pricing and availability
The Sennheiser IE 200 has been available for pre-order globally on January 6, 2023, and will go on sale from January 31, 2023, with an MSRP of $149.99 USD.
Sennheiser’s new IE 600 breaks new ground for neutral sound reproduction
For sophisticated audiophiles, the tiniest details count. With the new Sennheiser IE 600, a lifetime of listening pleasure starts at an atomic level in the specific materials used to create its ultra-tough earphone housings, while meticulous craftsmanship and tuning ensure an exquisitely natural sound. Through a patented 3D printing process, the housings of the IE 600 have been crafted from ZR01 amorphous zirconium, a metal with a glass-like atomic structure that gives it triple the hardness and bend resistance of high-performance steel. One of the only other places ZR01 amorphous zirconium is used — besides ultra-high-end products like the IE 600 — is in the aerospace industry, such as in the drilling head of the NASA Mars Rover, where ultimate toughness in extreme conditions is required. Through multiple elaborate treatment processes, a beautiful surface finish is achieved that is extraordinarily resistant against corrosion and scratches. This exceptional resilience ensures the IE 600 can be enjoyed for many years while its distinctive great looks remain undiminished.
The IE 600 also benefits from the meticulous manufacturing process that is the hallmark of Sennheiser’s IE audiophile earphone family. Designed in Germany, they are manufactured at Sonova Consumer Hearing’s state-of-the-art transducer production facilities in Ireland to the very highest standards. One of the most advanced production lines of its type in the world, this manufacturing facility has a singular purpose: to exceed the expectations of audiophiles with the highest manufacturing standards, like industry-leading channel matching. With ultimate protection against corrosion and marks from wear, the IE 600 was designed to keep delivering flawless acoustic — and visual — joy for decades.
“At the audiophile development team, we intently listen to the feedback of our incredibly passionate customers. The IE 600 delivers a neutral reference tuning in combination with our industry-leading miniature transducer technology.” says Jermo Köhnke, Product Manager for Sennheiser Audiophile. “The paradigm-shifting acoustic performance is appropriately clad in highest-performance amorphous zirconium. The IE 600 will be a reference for the most demanding mobile audio enthusiasts.”
Bring your music closer
Just as distinctive is the IE 600’s exceptional sound performance, with an innovative acoustic back volume and precision-molded resonator chambers. This voicing lends a presence and intimacy that brings listeners closer to the music, allowing them to discover new accents and details. The nozzle houses dual resonator chambers that are the key to the earphones’ high-fidelity sound. Precisely formed to tight tolerances, these chambers make even the finest textures of a listener’s music audible by eliminating masking resonances that – in lesser headphones – can obscure higher frequencies.
The IE 600 achieves exceptional, virtually distortion-free reproduction of music thanks to Sennheiser’s TrueResponse transducer, a single 7 mm driver responsible for the extra-wide frequency range and ultra-low distortion of these earphones. Within the IE 600, this system and the acoustic back volume has been tuned for a tonally neutral, intimate and emotional sound. This ensures a true-to-life voicing that is especially expressive for vocal performances. The acoustic system has also been optimized to produce a steep bass slope resulting in a powerful yet fast and accurate low-end response.
A tailored fit
The IE 600 packs big sound into a small, ergonomic package. The gold-plated MMCX connectors are recessed in its housing for greater stability and guidance. They support cable diameters of 4.8 mm and smaller, allowing listeners to plug into a wide range of audio sources as well as hi-fi components with balanced outputs. To allow the choice between para-aramid reinforced unbalanced and balanced cables, both 3.5 mm and 4.4 mm sizes are included with the IE 600. Two different styles of earbud tips — silicone and memory foam — provided in three sizes will establish a comfortable seal in any ear, while flexible, adjustable ear hooks further enhance the long-lasting comfort for extended listening sessions. The Sennheiser IE 600 will be available this Spring/Summer for 699.95 USD (MSRP).
The latest headphones from Sennheiser – The Perfect Gift for Loved OnesFinding a perfect gift for Valentine’s Day is so difficult. But here I want to recommend some ideas – the latest headphones and earbuds from Sennheiser are great gift choices for loved ones. Sennheiser has pioneered how we enjoy sound for the last 75 years, and more recently have been leading the charge in high-quality wireless technology across a variety of price ranges.MOMENTUM Wireless – $399.95These wireless headphones feature comfortable leather ear pads with three different noise cancellation settings using patented NoiseGard® technology, for the ultimate listening experience. When you factor in Bluetooth technology, a TILE integration so you never lose them, one-tap access to voice assistants, 17-hour battery life, and a collapsible frame for comfort and convenience, the MOMENTUM Wireless becomes the obvious choice for on-the-go listeners who want a comfortable, high-quality listening experience with seamless performance. More info here: https://en-us.
sennheiser.com/ momentumwirelessMOMENTUM True Wireless – Currently on sale for $229.95 (reg. $299.95)If you prefer earbuds to headphones, then MOMENTUM True Wireless brings you all the great features of MOMENTUM Wireless in a more compact format. These award-winning earbuds also come with a premium charging case for 12 hours of battery life. Transparent Hearing mode, auto on/off, and two-mic beam technology also ensure high-quality noise pickup in even the noisiest settings. They work with Bluetooth 5.0 and are voice assistant compatible. More info here: https://en-us. sennheiser.com/truewireless- detailsPXC 550-II – $349.95Sennheiser just launched a brand new pair of wireless, noise cancelling headphones built especially for travelers: the PXC 550-II. The PXC 550-II is compact and ergonomically designed for the person on the move, and has adaptive noise cancellation to automatically adjust to any set of surroundings. The PXC 550-II also has exceptional battery life, hitting 30-hours with a single charge, meaning that it is essential for the globe-trotter looking to enjoy high-quality, wireless audio in a sleek, comfortable package. More info here: https://en-us. sennheiser.com/pxc-550-iiSennheiser have also just launched a new line of more budget friendly wireless headphones and earbuds at CES this past month. These all come in black and white variants, and are fantastic for everyday use.The HD 450BT and 350BT are both wireless, and have 30 hours of battery life. The 450s also boast active noise cancellation. The HD 450BTs are $199.95, while the HD 350BTs are $119.95
Sennheiser Presents A Third Generation of Superior Sound
Sennheiser Introduces new MOMENTUM WirelessSennheiser’s premium MOMENTUM headphone range enters its third generation, with the launch of the new MOMENTUM Wireless at IFA 2019 (September 6-11). The headphones are the latest addition to the audio specialist’s iconic range that offers superior sound, a modern design aesthetic, cutting-edge technology, and a touch of handcrafted indulgence to every moment. Thanks to Auto On/Off and Smart Pause features, the new MOMENTUM Wireless headphones start up instantly when unfolded, and sense when put on or taken off to pause and resume playback, ensuring a world of uncompromised sound is just a heartbeat away. Designed to be supremely comfortable for all-day listening sessions, they feature genuine sheep leather and soft padding on the earpads and headband. Active Noise Cancellation and a Transparent Hearing function allow listeners to experience their audio on their terms, by either blocking out the world or staying aware of their environment. One-touch voice assistant access lets them stay connected on the move.
“Our MOMENTUM range has been synonymous with a unique blend of superior sound quality, progressive technology and remarkable craftsmanship, and with the third generation, we are bringing this contemporary classic into the always-on, connected age,” said Stephane Hareau, Global Head of Products Consumer at Sennheiser. “The new MOMENTUM Wireless is a smart headphone that gives you fast, effortless control: whether enjoying entertainment or making calls, escaping it all or staying connected – it anticipates your needs and lets you interact intuitively and instantly,” added Sebastian Rodens, Product Manager at Sennheiser.
Never Lose your Rhythm Again
With the new generation of MOMENTUM Wireless, interaction is supremely intuitive thanks to a unique combination of features that offer fast access to one’s music. Auto On/Off instantly turns on or off playback as the earcups are folded open or closed, while Smart Pause uses proximity sensors to pause audio when the headphones are removed and to resume playback when they are slipped back on. Just as effortless is a three-button interface that gives control of audio or calls – all without the need to consult a manual. Via a dedicated button, the MOMENTUM headphones feature one-touch access to voice assistants such as Siri and Google Assistant, while Amazon Alexa integration will be available soon with a firmware update via the Sennheiser Smart Control app. Pairing is effortless as well, thanks to NFC and an automatic pairing mode that makes setting up on initial activation a breeze.The new MOMENTUM Wireless headphones are the latest addition to Sennheiser’s iconic range that offers superior sound, a modern design aesthetic, cutting-edge technology, and a touch of handcrafted indulgence to every moment.
Hear the Difference
Sennheiser’s new MOMENTUM Wireless headphones offer outstanding sonic performance. The high-quality speaker system is powered by 42mm transducers to reproduce the balanced depth and precision of a studio recording. This flawless audio performance is ensured by Bluetooth 5 compatibility and support for codecs including aptXTM, AAC, and SBC, as well as aptXTM Low Latency for perfectly synchronising audio with onscreen visuals. Whether listeners are enjoying music, movies or podcasts or simply want to fine-tune the audio experience to their taste, it is possible to tailor the audio experience with the built-in equalizer via Sennheiser’s Smart Control app.
Perfectly in Tune, Wherever, Whenever
No matter where the MOMENTUM Wireless headphones are being enjoyed, they are able to adapt to every environment. When on the go, Active Noise Cancellation with three different modes blocks out the outside world. Alternatively, the Transparent Hearing function lets listeners enjoy their music and still be aware of ambient sounds in their surroundings – perfect for environments that require greater situational awareness.Featuring three ANC modes and a Transparent Hearing function, the new MOMENTUM Wireless headphones are able to adapt to every environment.
A Sophisticated Harmony of Form and Function
Like all MOMENTUM headphones, the new generation model offers a sophisticated harmony of form and function. While the genuine sheepskin leather of the earpads and pearl-blasted stainless steel sliders express a subtle luxury, they also functionally enhance every interaction. The leather on the padded ear pads and headband is ultra soft for improved wearing comfort, even for longer listening sessions made possible by the 17-hour battery life. Meanwhile, the strong yet lightweight stainless steel sliders and hinges maintain a purity of design while also ensuring the headphones remain robust enough for a lifetime of listening on the move. The folding headband design allows the headphones to fold away in their fashionable fabric carry case.
Hard to Put Down, Difficult to Lose with Tile
With the new MOMENTUM Wireless, it is easy to lose oneself in the music, but thanks to smart Tile technology, the headphones are almost impossible to misplace. The integrated Bluetooth tracker ensures users can find their headphones via the Tile app.
The new MOMENTUM Wireless is available in black as of now for $399.95 (MSRP). A sandy white color variant will be available from November.
Crystal Clear Calls with Deskmate from @headsetscom
If you asked me what I cannot live without… somewhere in the top 5 has to be my phone/computer! I love my phone and I am on it constantly. Back in high school, I remember talking on the phone with friends for hours and hours until the cordless phones would beep low batts. And what seems like a century ago; when I had to get off the phone so my sister could get on the ‘dial up’ internet.
I love the phone so much that I even did telemarketing jobs in University and for Bank of Montreal briefly!
I don’t mind being on the phone at all and I found the perfect accessory for my home office.
I Skype a lot with this kiddo – My nephew in Calgary!
Now two decades later, I am still very attached to my phone! So here is a ‘telephone’ themed post!
I had a chance to review the DeskMate HSC 230 recently and since I Skype and use Google Voice to talk with family and business overseas, having a great headset is important.
This can be used for gaming, video editing and general computer use as well in a shared office space or at home.
Set up for the DeskMate headset was a breeze – Just literally plug and play. The controls connect to the headset and plugs into the USB. Go to the settings and click OUTPUT and select the headset.
You can use it to listen to music and more importantly SKYPE! The controls make the volume and answering calls easy. I was able to listen to Songza (like Pandora) while dialing someone on Skype. Then I was able to click the phone to answer the call. The headset is noise cancelling as well so there shouldn’t be any issues if you have good internet connection.
It is lightweight and adjustable and does not squeeze your head like some cheaper brands available.
Check out the HSC 230 and other headsets by Sennheiser HERE
The DeskMate HSC 230 is a great solution if you’re looking for a PC headset to fill your VoIP, gaming or even voice dication software needs. Its comfortable, monaural over-the-head design provides a snug and secure fit for long-term use. Backed by Sennheiser’s world-renowned sound quality as well as a noise-canceling microphone, you can feel safe knowing that you’re getting crystal-clear sound quality no matter what.
Its plug-and-play installation makes it as simple as a USB connection to get going.
Wearing Style Over-the-Head
Max Range / Cord Length 9 ft
Connector Type (view connectors) USB
Weight 5 oz.