Wireless headphones | ₹5490“We didn’t underestimate them, they were just a lot better than we thought.” So said England manager Bobby Robson after the Three Lions laboured to a 3-2 victory in extra time against Cameroon at the 1990 World Cup. To see Sennheiser playing in the ultra-affordable wireless headphone league with an on-ear pair is no less of a surprise, but it would be just as wrong of us to dismiss the Sennheiser HD 250BT as no-hopers.
Still, this is Sennheiser, and you would be forgiven for thinking that the price quoted at the top of this review was missing a ‘1’, ‘2’ or even a ‘3’ on the front, given the firm’s selection of excellent true-wireless earbuds and over-ears alike sitting pretty at the top of more premium markets. So, can the audio giant’s Sennheiser HD 250BT cut it at a much more modest level?
The spec-sheet boasts strength in depth: Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX Low Latency, a 25-hour battery life, app support and Sennheiser’s beloved-of-DJs transducer tech. So, these cans have form. And, lest we forget, Cameroon had already beaten defending champions Argentina en route to the quarter-final, so evidence of greatness was there to see.
At this price, competition is scarce – especially as deals can already be found on the HD 250BT. We might point you towards the four-star Lindy BNX-80 as the nearest option, but these very decent wireless on-ears come with noise-cancellation (the Sennheiser HD 250BT do not). And they’re more expensive.
Sennheiser designs are rarely noted for lavish visual flourishes – even in their usual position much further up the food chain; and the HD 250BT are no different.
The build is a black-plastic affair, but it is functional and solid and features the firm’s traditional S-in-a-rectangle white branding on each earcup. Said earcups are nicely padded, and although the headband is not, the sensible clamping force and lightness of the design (at 125g, these headphones weigh about the same as an adult hamster) means we do not feel the need for extra cushioning.
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