With Sony leaving Brazil, Sennheiser is seeing a great opportunity to grow in the country with its products. With the promise of delivering a ballad sound experience, advanced features and great value for money, the Sennheiser HD 250BT is the new bet of the German company for the local market. The model also delivers battery for up to 25 hours of playback, features Qualcomm technologies and lightweight design.
The HD 250BT was launched in other markets at the end of 2020 and has now arrived in Brazil with a suggested price of R $ 499. Is it really all of that? Is it worth paying a little more for this headphone? O Tecnoblog had the opportunity to test the Sennheiser HD 250BT before launch and I share my impressions in this review.
Sennheiser HD 250BT video review
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Design and comfort
With the HD 250BT in hand, I was able to analyze that Sennheiser cut all the sophistication of the product, most likely, to reduce the final price. Compared to other models in the same price range, such as the AKG K92 and Edifier W820BT, the HD 250BT proves to be much simpler. This strategy can be a double-edged sword: first, because the plastic of the structure makes the phone lighter – the brand even emphasizes its 125 grams – but it can also convey a feeling of fragility to some consumers.
The HD 250BT, however, is not large and fits perfectly in a purse or backpack. Would it be better if it was flexible to bend it? Certainly, even so, it remains a good headphone for you to carry on a daily basis, during a trip or on the way to work. Sennheiser is precisely targeting this audience.
If in design it can share opinions, it is in comfort that the HD 250BT stands out. Headphones from Beats and other popular brands tend to press on my head and sometimes hurt. However, the lightness of this product made me have a very pleasant experience during everyday activities. And, for a better fit, the user can adjust the height directly on the shell.
By the way, all commands are made through the right shell. There are three buttons: the volume buttons and the power button, also used for pairing. Next to it is a USB-C input and a microphone for connections and video calls. The charging connection without a cap soon made me realize that the headphone does not carry any certification against water and sweat; the HD 250BT is an indoor headset.
Features and connectivity
For a better experience and meet different profiles, Sennheiser offers the Smart Control application, to equalize and adjust the frequencies to your liking. The feature is very intuitive and easy to navigate; I even created a preset to emphasize the bass a little more, which suits me more. But I missed pre-defined modes created by the brand itself or by DJs and experts, as found in the JBL Club 950NC and Jaybird headphones.
A positive point of this Sennheiser is the multipoint connection, which makes the headphone communicate with several devices and quickly switch between them. I, for example, was able to watch a movie on the iPad and listen to audio on WhatsApp from my cell phone without changing the connection manually – it’s a smart balcony that makes everything integrated and helps in everyday life. Once paired, the HD 250BT will instantly work that way with your devices.
Speaking of connection, the German gadget is very stable due to Bluetooth 5.0. The music didn’t stop when I walked around the apartment with several walls on the way – I used an iPhone 11 for this assessment and the cell phone was distant all the time. Latency, as far as he is concerned, is low and he did well in my tests on YouTube, thanks to Qualcomm aptX Low Latency, which reduces the delay and offers synchronized audio and video.
Sound and microphone quality
Let’s get to it: the Sennheiser HD 250BT’s sound is neither too closed nor too open. We are talking about a balanced subscription, which values each frequency, and should please most people. The sound configuration tends to efficiently reproduce the main musical styles: rock, pop, electronics, hip hop, jazz.
This is a great phone for those who like to listen to classic songs from the 70s, 80s and 90s. I Want Your Love, from the CHIC group, sounds with pleasant nuances. The highs are balanced, while the beats are felt without bursting. The midrange also resonates well and it is surprising to hear clearly the bass drum, the piano, the violin and the bass, even with the vocal backing on top and more active in this track.
In Redbone, by Childish Gambino, another more complex track, the mid-highs take care of the HD 250BT and are pleasant, without tangling. The most present instruments and the vocal mix and remain stable. So it was with High Life, by Daft Puck, which, even with the dancing effects, sounded alive and without embolization. Level and harmonious. So I can define the sound quality of this Sennheiser phone.
The microphone is not bad. Whoever is on the other end of the line can hear me and that metallic audio is not present, but the company could pay more attention to this issue. My voice is far away during the conversation and, depending on the environment, I have to speak louder for the other person to understand me.
Noise and battery cancellation
For those who are used to active noise cancellation on other headphones, then you may miss the technology here. The model has only passive noise cancellation that does its job well. The headphone structure was able to isolate the noise of a pressure washer, cars and motorbikes. It is clear that it does not exclude as efficiently as other more expensive headphones, but for a product that does not bring any embedded technology, until the HD 250BT does not disappoint.
My compliment can still be extended to autonomy. The brand promises up to 25 hours of playback on just one full charge. The truth is that I managed to leave the device on playing music via Spotify for 24h30min, therefore, a little below what was promised, but it is still a satisfactory result. At other times, with a charge, I managed to use the phone for several days.
Sennheiser HD 250BT: is it worth it?
The Sennheiser HD 250BT is a balanced headphone. One of the most balanced I’ve ever tested. The company knew how to dose the project very well: it bet on comfort, brought important technologies and did not give up a quality sound. The design, however, came simpler and the brand had to remove the active noise cancellation in order not to make the product more expensive.
Sennheiser says that the model was designed “to meet all the multidisciplinarity of contemporary life”. I really feel that philosophy using the HD 250BT, but it would be interesting to have an audio input so as not to stop the music when the battery runs out. In addition, I would like to see that flexibility of the HD 350BT here and fold the 250BT to better store it in the suitcase during a trip.
If it’s worth it? It’s worth it, but it’s not for everyone. I recommend this phone to anyone looking for something superior in sound quality, from a specialized company, and with a reasonable price. It is an excellent model for those who spend more time at home or in other closed places. The Sennheiser HD 250BT is a headset for those looking for the essentials.
Sennheiser HD 250BT Bluetooth Headset
- Admirable sound (balanced treble, mid and bass)
- Battery for several days
- Low latency for movies and games
- Has an equalizer
- Simple design may not please some consumers
- Microphone could be better
- Drums: up to 25 hours;
- Recharge time: about 3 h;
- Connections: USB-C;
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0;
- Frequency response: 20 Hz to 22,000 Hz;
- Microphones: Yes, one;
- Application: Sennheiser Smart Control for iOS and Android;
- Weight: approximately 125g;
- Colors: black.