Sennheiser HD203 Closed Back Around Ear Studio Headphones
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The one thing that the HD 203's do have better than the HD 202's is the imaging (i.e. the 3D spatial sound). Instruments in the mids have a more 3D sound than that of the HD 202's. I still prefer the HD 202's especially for the price which is about $20 cheaper than the 203's!! I bought both of these models at the same time to compare. I gave the 202's as a gift to my brother (he thinks they are the most amazing headphones ever!) and the 203's I sold.
I honestly don't know why the HD 203's are labeled as studio monitor headphones as those type are usually very balanced, clear and don't alter the music. These sound like they are trying hard to accentuate the imaging but lack clarity! I own and love a pair of the famous HD 497's (which unfortunately are no longer available) which are better monitor headphones than these HD 203's!!
The HD 203's did not feel as tight around my head as the HD 202's, which I thought was interesting since its the same design but just a different color. If the tightness of the headband bothers you, they will loosen up as you break them in or you can loosen them by stretching them around a stack of books. Just carefully remove the ear pads (they snap off) before you place them around the books so the pads won't lose their cushioned feel while being smashed by the books! And you don't want to break the headband so use some common sense! Don't use too many books that the headband breaks!