Sennheiser HD 429s

Around-the-ear headphones with universal remote and microphone

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Item #: 143HD429S

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by David Brown

The right headphones for almost any smartphone

When you're looking for headphones with a built-in remote and microphone, you want to be sure they'll work with your smartphone. That's why Sennheiser developed the HD 429s headphones. The universal remote and mic will work with most smartphones, not just an iPhone®. So whether you use an Apple®, Android™, Blackberry®, or Windows® phone, you can take calls and control music playback while your phone stays in your pocket or bag. The HD 429s headphones come with an adapter cable, which is required for remote compatibility with some smartphone models.

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Serious sound, relaxing comfort

Soak up the details of your music, as delivered with high-frequency precision and low-frequency power by the HD 429s. Once you slip them over your ears, you'll want to keep them there thanks to the softly cushioned earcups and headband. The closed-back design helps keep your music in and external noise out, making these headphones great for listening inside or outside your home. Lose those stock earbuds and get more out of your smartphone's music capabilities thanks to Sennheiser's decades of headphone know-how.

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  • closed-back, around-the-ear design offers isolation from external noise
  • universal in-line remote and microphone let you take calls and control music playback with most smartphones
    • includes Android™, Apple®, Blackberry®, and Windows® phones
  • dynamic drivers with powerful neodymium magnets provide high efficiency and strong bass response
  • padded adjustable headband for a comfortable, custom fit
  • 49" single-sided cable with 3.5mm miniplug
  • includes adapter cable (required for compatibility with select smartphones)
  • frequency response: 18-22,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 110 dB
  • impedance: 32 ohms
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Fit Style Around-the-Ear
Earcup Type Closed
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Frequency Response 18-22k Hz
Sensitivity 110 dB
Impedance 32 Ohms
Weight 7.3 ounces
Cord Length 49"
Airline Adapter Included No
iPod Control Yes
Volume Control No
Built-in Microphone Yes
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years
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  • Black around-the-ear headphones with 49" cord and in-line remote/microphone (3.5mm plug)
  • Right-angled 3.5mm plug (on 3" extension cord)
  • Safety Guide

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Overview: The Sennheiser HD 429s headphones are designed for music, videos, and communications. Not only can you enjoy your favorite music from your smartphone or portable music player, you can use the headphones with most smartphone for making and receiving phone calls. It has an in-line 1-button remote with controls for answering and ending phone calls and controlling your music.

Universal Compatibility: The 3.5mm miniplug, and the supplied adapter for select phones, will fit virtually any smartphone in the market, including Android, Windows, Blackberry, and iOS devices. Click here to search compatibility for your phone.

One-button Control: The HD 429s features an in-line remote that allows you to answer or end phone calls with the press of the single button. The remote contains an integrated omni-directional microphone for clear conversations. The microphone has a frequency response of 100 Hz -10 kHz. The same remote button gives you playback control over your music, with play/pause, and change track commands.

Circum-aural Design: The HD 429s headphones feature a closed circum-aural (around-the-ear) design to isolate ambient noise. The innovative, ergonomic design, and soft, pliable ear pads create a seal around your ears to block unwanted external sounds.

Quality Sound: The HD 429s is equipped with high-output neodymium magnets for smooth, powerful bass response.



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Quick impressions from the Lab

Comment by Ralph Graves Staff Writer - Creative,

Great sound -- even when you're just listening to music

Written by Ralph Graves, Staff Writer - Creative, on 8/15/2013 12:08:00 PM

I have to admit I have certain expectations from Sennheiser headphones — and the HD 429s didn't disappoint. In the Labs, I didn't have the opportunity to test the call functionality of the headphones — just their performance listening to music.

Most of the test tracks I used were lossless files, and I was impressed by the amount of detail I could hear. The headphones reproduced the sound accurately, with a nice — if not overly spacious — sound field. Overall, the 429s delivered a clean, natural sound.

I tried out Pandora® Internet radio and some stored low-rez audio files with the 429s headphones. The sound (not surprisingly) was a little closed in, but the bass hit with sufficient punch to keep me happy. For just straight up listening, I have no problem recommending the HD 429s headphones.

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4 out of 5

Fits my needs to a 'T'

Written By Jonathan, Colorado on Thursday, January 30, 2014
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I work in an open space office. Therefore, I wanted a pair of overhear headphones to 1) show people I'm listening to music because some people don't see the earbuds 2) something to help block some of the noise 3) a pair of headphones I can also use to take phone calls with. This fits the bill perfectly. The padding on the headphones muffles some background noise and I can listen to my music relatively disturbance free. The sound quality is amazing.
Sound quality, phone cabability
limited control options with inline remote.
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Sennheiser HD 429s-Great Product

Written By Karissa, Jacksonville, Florida on Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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Great overall product, especially for the price. They feel a bit flimsy but have help up great so far. I would recommend these to anyone looking for a great pair of traveling headphones.
Light. Great sound.
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