Beautiful sound; great comfort.
With Sennheiser headphones, you know that if nothing else, good quality sound is assured. The new HD 239 stereo headphones come with the quintessential Sennheiser high quality audio, with a surprising amount of detail to aesthetics, but it also has its flaws.
From the outset, the Sennheiser HD 239 looks like a pair of really high quality headphones, with an elegant combination of shiny metal and chocolate brown plastic bits. The earpads and the top headrest are made of comfortable black cushion. I would have preferred leather cushioning rather than cloth, especially for the price, but I guess comfort was the foremost priority for Sennheiser with the HD 239.
And this is where I’d like to continue with the HD 239, that these are literally the most comfortable supra-aural (on-the-ear) headphones I have used to date. The fact that I wear glasses usually means that supra-aural headphones push so much on my ears that they eventually start aching because of all the pressure between the cushions and my glasses. Normally I can’t wear supra-aural headphones for more than 20 to 30 minutes, which is why I stick with circum-aural (over-the-ear) headphones, but the Sennheiser HD 239 are different.
It all comes down to a very simple and properly thought out design: the earpads have large cushions which are very flexible near the edges, while the center remains thicker so it is pressed alongside the ear canal properly. The second important factor is that each of the two earpieces can turn inwards at an angle of roughly 20° which makes the HD 239 even more adaptable to the size and shape of your ear. With these two design elements combined I can wear the Sennheiser HD 239 for hours at a time without feeling any discomfort.