Thanks to its instantly recognisable brand name and superior distribution network in India, Sennheiser is among the country’s champions when it comes to audio gear. Countless audio beginners have begun their journey into personal audio and headphones with a Sennheiser pair, and the company has a product range that covers everything from the wallet-friendly CX180 to the $55,000 Orpheus.
One of Sennheiser’s top products in India is the HD180 budget around-ear headphones. At Rs. 990 (or less, depending on where you’re buying it from), the HD180 is the epitome of simplicity. The focus here is on comfort and ease of use, while keeping the price down to levels that are affordable for most. We go into the details of the Sennheiser HD180 in our review.
Design, specifications and comfort
From the ear cups to the headband, the Sennheiser HD180 is entirely plastic. The large ear cups have a sophisticated-looking silver finish with the Sennheiser logo, and they also twist and turn a little on pivots to make fitting a bit easier. Headband length can be adjusted on both sides, and there is comfortable padding on the ear cups as well as on the headband. The around-ear fit ensures that the HD180 is a pleasure to wear for hours at a time.
Apart from the design and comfort, there’s one another aspect of the HD180 that makes it ideal for use at home. While most headphones have cables that are around 1.2m in length, the HD180 has a luxuriously long 3m cable. This will allow you to move about a room with some degree of freedom when the headphones are plugged into a computer, and depending on your television set up, you could possibly use the HD180 with a TV as well.
The cable is an ordinary rubber-coated affair with two separate channels and no microphone, splitting into each ear cup at the Y-splitter. The cable length however makes it extremely tangle-prone, especially if you’re sitting right next to your computer and leaving it slack. We suggest you use a binder of some kind to keep the cable in control when you don’t need all of its length.
The HD180 is fairly ordinary when it comes to specifications, with a resistance of 24Ohms, sensitivity of 108dB and frequency response range of 21-18,000Hz. The whole thing weighs a comfortable 165g. The cable has a standard 3.5mm stereo plug, and a 6.3mm adapter has also been included in the sales package, which is useful.
We used the Sennheiser HD180 with an Android smartphone, Sony TV, Windows laptop and our reference Fiio X1 high-resolution audio player. Focus tracks for the review were Todd Terje’s Inspector Norse, Bonobo’s Days To Come and a live performance of Groove Armada’s Superstylin on YouTube.
We started with Inspector Norse, an upbeat progressive house track with great bass notes and rhythm. The Sennheiser HD180 handles the sound with simple poise, sticking to getting the basics right and adding very little more. The sound is clean and comfortable, without stressing too much on any specific elements or boosting any part of the range. Bass and treble responses can just about be felt, but aren’t powerful by any means.
Moving on to Days To Come, we examined the soundstage and imaging. The large drivers allow for a slightly larger soundstage than what we’ve come to expect from similarly priced products, but imaging felt weak, just about sticking to basic stereo separation. Additionally, we felt a lack of excitement in the sound, and the headphones do very little to add any flavour or attack, relying purely on the source device for its character.
Finally, with the live performance of Superstylin, we found that the headphones are, once again, only as good as the source device we use them with. The volume capability of the HD180 is weak, and even with it turned up to the maximum, it isn’t quite as loud as we would have liked. Devices such as the Fiio X1 did succeed in bumping up the volume thanks to better amplification, but computers and TVs won’t be able to do quite as much. You’ll find that at times, the headphones are simply too soft. This is especially the case when it comes to watching TV and movies, where the immersion can occasionally be inadequate because of this.
The Sennheiser HD180 headphones aren’t necessarily the best-sounding ones you can buy for the price, but they are extremely comfortable and easy to use anywhere. You probably won’t want to listen to a lot of music on this pair though, instead limiting it to computer use or to watch TV at night without disturbing anyone in the house.
There are problems with volume and we won’t hesitate to call the sonic signature boring, but the Sennheiser HD180 has its advantages. Simply put, this is a decent pair of headphones to keep plugged into your PC or TV at home even if you prefer a more suitable pair for music on the go. And above all, it’s incredibly affordable for what you’re getting.
Price (MRP): Rs. 990
- Good value for money
- Very comfortable
- Long 3m cable
- Easy-going sound
- Boring sonic signature
- Volume doesn’t go very high
Ratings (Out of 5)
- Design: 4
- Performance: 3
- Value for money: 4
- Overall: 3.5
Now, Own A Computer In Just $5
Want to buy a computer but don’t have much money?
We have something which suits your pocket. Though this PC has less powerful specifications, one can undertake routine tasks like blogging, and watching videos on it.
The Raspberry Pi Zero W.
It is a motherboard, which has a 1GHz single core processor and 1 GB of RAM. The processor is powerful enough to do light stuff like typing and watching movies.
Connect with TV.
The raspberry pi zero has a HDMI outport. So, you can cast anything on to your casting devices like TV, computer. The raspberry pi zero needs an external power supply, which can be supplied from a normal android USB charger.
The raspberry pi zero doesn’t have internal storage. Therefore, there is need to insert a micro sd card. The pi zero has a 40-pin slot with which you can connect a 40-pin supported device to extend its usage. There is a micro USB slot to connect pen drive, hard disk etc. The pi zero can give an output of 1080p video.
The pi zero is super compact. You can fit in 20 pi zero in your pocket at a time.
The look when all is set up
You can connect the keyboard and mouse for navigating via micro USB slot. There are many Raspberry PCs in the market. The one mentioned here doesn’t support WI-FI and Bluetooth.
As Raspberry pi zero is a motherboard, you will not want its circuit to get damaged. You can buy case for its protection. The cases are also cheap and fit well.
This comCosts as low as $5.
Top 8 Most Expensive Watches in the World
If you love wearing a watch, even though, the new millennium doesn’t need it, thanks to the cell phones which are in their hands all the damn time, the style statement a watch reflects is what nothing else can do. It shows a lot about your personality. And, you might be aware about the intricate details every watch entails. Million dollar watches have expensive stones and diamonds encrusted in them and if you want to make your man happy, and you are also very rich you could gift him one.
Brequet Pocket Watch 1970 BA/12 – $734,000.
It is a pocket watch which in which 18-karat gold is hand engraved. Along with a silver face, it exhibits a brilliant workmanship.
Blancpain 1735 Grande Complication – $800,000
It is one of the most complex watches in the world as its case is made with platinum, and the watch strap is made out of crocodile skin. Not only that, the engine parts are made of 740 pieces of handmade parts and components.
Louis Moinet Magistralis – $860,000.
This is for the stylish men and this watch contains a genuine piece of meteorite that was found on the moon. Oh My God! Did I just stop breathing!
Hublot Black Caviar Bang – $1 million.
It was a draw dropper when it came out in 2009 but this wristwatch is covered in 501 baguette-cut black diamonds and 18-carat white gold which gives it a classic statement and its regaining is status.
Chopard Super Ice Cube . $1.1 million
This Swiss-made watch would look perfect on an elegant woman’s hand as it has 60-karats of diamonds which are cut into perfect cubes. This luxury watch and bracelet is also water resistant to 100 feet and cannot develop scratches.
Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon . $1.3 million.
A piece of modern art, it is the most complex wrist watch ever made by Patek Phillipe. With night sky on one side that has precision and being more complex with date and the moon phases, on the front, it is an amazing watch.
Patek Philippe Platinum World Time . $4 million.
Another masterpiece created by Patek Philippe was sold at auction for over $4 million USD in 2002. At the time, it was the most expensive wristwatch in the world and you could know the time anywhere in the world. It sustains a variety of finishes to choose from, yellow, white and rose gold and platinum as well.
Chopard 210 karat . $26 million.
Raise the bar high my friends, as here is the winner. It is so expensive that there is no listing. It has 201 karats of colored diamonds and it looks more like a bracelet. It is a spectacular piece of jewellery first and the time piece looks like its surrounded by flowers.
4 Fun and Creative Smartphone Hacks Photographers Will Appreciate
Need a little creative boost this week? Here’s a short video that shares 4 fun smartphone hacks that might just inspire you to create something different using the little computer in your pocket as either the camera or a prop.
The video was created by Salzburg, Austria-based filmmaker Matthew Rycroft, and it covers two digital and two physical hacks you can perform with your smartphone. Let’s take them two at a timeDigital Hacks
The first two hacks are digital, featuring the hidden menus found in the Instagram apps Hyperlapse and Boomerang.
In case you’re not familiar, Hyperlapse creates timelapses by speeding up and smoothing out video footage you capture with your phone, while Boomerang creates animated snippets that “boomerang” forward and backwards in time. They’re fun, gimmicky apps, both of which feature hidden menus that can really turn up the fun.
Four-finger tap four times on your screen when you have either of these apps open, and a menu that lets you control framerates, max speeds, and more pops up, letting you capture longer, better, and more unique creations.Physical Hacks
The last two hacks are physical. First, Rycroft shows you how you can create a pseudo-UV effect by covering your smartphone flash with three layers of tape, and coloring over each layer with blue, blue, and then purple.
Combine that with some highlighter art and you a pretty neat UV-like effect:Then, last but certainly not least, Rycroft shows you how a few triangular pieces of transparency can be taped together to create a done for displaying holographic videos on YouTube.
This isn’t specific to photography per se, but you can certainly use it as a neat prop for your next creative macro photography project. Barring that, it’ll distract and amazing the kids long enough for you to maybe get some edits done:
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