Battle of the Behemoths: Skullcandy Hesh vs. Sennheiser HD 202

by paulb on March 23, 2012

Skullcandy Hesh vs. Sennheiser HD 202

Big and badass headphones have a certain appeal for those who want their music loud and crisp. Well, these two headphones, the Skullcandy Hesh and the Sennheiser HD 202 offer just that, with the added bonus of being affordable. If you’re trying to choose between these two over the ear headphones, then we suggest you read on to know more about them.


Let’s start with the Skullcandy earphones. The Hesh line has Neodymium iron boron (NdFeB) magnets in their 50 mm speakers, a fairly decent frequency response ranging from 20 to 20,000 Hz, impedance of 32 ohms, a 1.2 meter cable, and a gold-plated 3.5 mm plug. The Sennheisers, on the other hand, offer neodymium magnet speakers, with a frequency response of 18 to 18,000 Hz and 32 ohm impedance. It also has a plug adapter (3.5 mm to 6.35 mm) and an extra long 9.84 ft (3 m) cable.

Specs-wise, the Sennheiser HD 202 can offer better bass, but the Skullcandy Hesh gives more in terms of treble. Those who aren’t too particular with the technical specs can rest assured that these headphones are very similar to each other in terms of specs and both offer good sound quality.

Additional Notes

The Skullcandy brand is known (notorious, even) for making headphones that look and sound good. The Hesh line is one of their bigger and louder models, with soft leather touch ear pillows and a similarly padded headband. The Sennheiser brand, on the other hand, is well known as one of most reliable headphone makers around. The HD 202 has leatherette padding so they are comfortable to wear as well. Additionally, some Skull candy Hesh headphones feature in line volume control, but the Sennheiser model does not. Also the Skullcandy Hesh is known for its wide variety of designs and colours, so you can probably find something that suits your personal style.

The Sennheiser HD 202 comes with a 2 year warranty, while the Skullcandy Hesh comes with a limited lifetime warranty. All things considered, both of these headphones offer good value for your money – though we do note that the Skullcandy headphones are slightly more expensive.