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Among the realm of studio headphones, Sennheiser’s is a name nearly revered by consumers. Known throughout for their unmatchable sound quality, Sennheiser headphones are considered by many audiophiles to have an irreproducible warmth and breadth. The Orpheus, the pinnacle of Sennheiser design and form, boasts “utterly transparent sound reproduction” for a mere fifteen thousand dollars. With such a legacy to the Sennheiser brand name, I was more than eager to give their much less expensive consumer-level headphones a try.
The PC 150 is Sennheiser’s most expensive model among their entry-level consumer headphones. At a retail price around $60, the PC 150 hovers over most consumer headsets in cost. However, the added price gets you a noise-canceling microphone and the Sennheiser name printed over the headband. I set out to determine if the brand name really made a difference in the comparatively inexpensive PC 150’s.
From the Outside The Sennheiser PC 150 headset is a black and gray enclosure of moderate size. The plush pads are not large enough to enclose the ear, but certainly larger than most consumer-level pads. Across the headband is a foam pad for added comfort. Sprouting from the left headphone is a long, thin microphone making the entire set reminiscent of an aviation headset.
The microphone rests comfortably a few inches to the left of the mouth. The mic lacks any sort of wind protection, but has a second pickup on the reverse side to cancel noise from around the room. The primary pickup is unidirectional, making it ideal for voice recording.
Both microphone and headphone audio signals are carried by a single wire to an inline volume control (with microphone on/off switch), which splits the signal into a stereo headphone input jack and monaural microphone output jack. The volume control can be clipped to the belt for laptop or other mobile use.