If you were following us during our Internation CES 2011 coverage, you know that we had a great time working with Sennheiser and all of the cool products they had on display. From Adidas Original products to gaming headsets, they had it all. Recently, Sennheiser has started a "Headphone of the Month" campaign that displays a great pair of headphones at an awesome price. For the month of March, that headphone is the HD 515, an introduction to the Audiophile 500 series of headphones at a ridiculously low price.
I was able to get a pair of these at a price lower than their MSRP, and I for one, was blown away by the quality without having to shell out $600. To read about my thoughts, learn about a free offer you can get when you buy these and as well as see a picture of this set and our video from CES, hit the break.
The HD 515 headphone is really a remarkable product in a time where headphones are a hot commodity and there is a thin line between a clear, quality product and an overhyped mockery. Sennheiser's really brought out the big guns to make these stand out amongst their peers.
If you're a music lover or a gamer, you're going to love these things, but they are also made for anyone who wants a boost in their listening experience with any source.
First, let's talk about the comfortability. Sennheiser uses their patented Open-Aire technology on these full-cup headphones and they are very comfortable and can be worn for long periods of time without hurting your head. The top band of the headphone has a memory foam-like cushion that allows your head to rest in a pillow of bliss as you listen to your tunes or frag your enemy. The Open-Aire technology also lets you be able to listen to your music fully and clearly, but when there is no sound coming out of them, you're also able to hear the things going on around you. So in essence, you're able to immerse yourself in your audio when you want to and participate in the real world when you don't.
For sound quality, Sennheiser has introduced their high-performance Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement (E.A.R.) into these guys that brings the sound directly into your ears and allows for crisp highs without that weird echo or reverb you find in other headphones. They do this with unique Duofol diaphragms so not only to you hear exactly what you are supposed to, you hear it crystal clear.
Now, you'd think with all of those features would be enough for an introductory audiophile headset. Not so, my friends. Let's throw in the fact that these guys have the same exchangeable parts that you'd find in a high-end headphone. You can replace the headphone cable and the ear cups with ease and it also comes with a 2-year warranty to back it up. What really impressed me is that Sennheiser also included a native 1/4" connection for soundboards and mixers and threw in a 1/8" adapter for your Zunes and other MP3 players out there.
So with everything in a nice little package, the price would usually be somewhere in the $250-$350 range, but Sennheiser has launched these headphones at an MSRP of $129.95. However, if you mosey over to Sennheiser Authorized Dealer Amazon, you can pick these up for just under $50 like I did.
That's not all though! Because this headphone is the Headphone of the Month for March, Sennheiser is upping the ante even more. If you pick up this headphone before the end of March, you can receive a free set of their OMX 60 earbuds, usually a $40 value! So you can get two headphones for under the cost of one. If that's not reason to get these, then I don't know what is. The form can be found here (PDF). You can also check the Sennheiser HotM page (hit the source link) for their next promotion and more info.