Updated 3 Aug 2017

Sennheiser

HD 461i

Snapshot: The Sennheiser HD 461i wired over-ear headphones have built-in cable player controls and works with virtual assistants (such as Siri). But how do they sound?

HD 461i
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$180

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Test results

Overall score
63
Comfort
?/10
Durability
?/10
Classical
?/10
Sound
?/10

Good points

  • OK sound.
  • OK comfort.
  • OK durability.
  • Has player controls.

But

No obvious bad points.

How we test

Noise-cancelling models

Overall score includes:

Sound (50%)
Comfort (30%)
Noise-cancelling (10%)
Durability (10%)

Other scores don’t count towards the overall score.

Non-noise-cancelling models

Overall score includes:
Sound (60%)
Comfort (30%)
Durability (10%)

Other scores don’t count towards the overall score.

For our test, we get 5 expert testers to wear each pair of headphones for an extended period while listening to a range of content from various audio sources. Each set’s sound quality was also tested using a reference ear, a device with an acoustic input impedance resembling that of an average human ear. This was also done for noise-cancelling if applicable. The scores from the testers and reference ear are then averaged into the final sound quality score.

The same 5 testers allocate the comfort score. Finding the headphone type that’s most comfortable for you can take time, because everyone’s ears are different. Earbuds often come with different-sized rubber nibs to help fit into your ear. Over-ear headphones tend to be bigger and heavier, so you may need to adjust the headband to get the fit right.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$180
Earcup type
Over-ear

More test results (/10)

Jazz
5.6
Rock/Pop
6.6
Voice
6.6
Sound leaking
6.1

Specifications

Weight (g)
198
Cable length (cm)
130
Wired
Wireless
No
Battery
×
Functions when battery runs out

Features

Noise cancelling
No
Supports mobile assistant (Siri, Google, etc.)
Controls on cable
Controls on earpiece
×
Foldable earphone
×
Remote for Apple
Remote for Android
×
Travel case
×
USB charging cable
×
Extra earbuds
×