Sennheiser HD 4.30g – Looks, Sounds and Value!

Sennheiser needs no introduction and is known for their high-quality personal audio headsets. I have personally seen and used several pairs from their line-up, but the HD 4.30g target a very specific need, and one that interests me quite a lot!

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It is a 100$ pair of headphones! If it is still not clear, that puts these in the entry level range of quality headphones, but is it worth a 100$? And, could it get people off headphones of a higher price? Let’s find out!

Introduction

Let’s face it, high-end headphones are primarily for people who want to hear the deepest, clearest and most channeled pieces of audio. But for when you’re walking down the street, on the metro, taking calls or just blocking out noise around you, you need a good pair of everyday wired headphones to get the job done.

Another cool thing about headphones, like the HD 4.30, is that they are a gateway into headphones. A lot of people ask me what would be a good pair of headphones, but they just want to use it casually and want a cheap option.

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The HD4.30 comes in two versions, a 4.30g and a 4.30i – one being for iOS devices and the other for Android devices. I believe this main difference would relate to how the in-line remote operates.

They also come in two colors, white and black. While the black is just plain matte black with white logos, the white one are actually gorgeous because it has this copper/rose gold accenting. The headphones are completely plastic, which is fine as long as they are rock solid.

Technical Spec:
Impedance – 18Ω
Frequency response – 18-22,000 Hz
Sound pressure level – 120dB (1kHz/1Vrms)
Total Harmonic Distortion – <0.5% (1kHz/100dB)

The box

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Do not expect anything high-end here. The last thing I would logically want is Sennheiser taking any more than 2-4% of my 100$ for packaging, and yes, the entire packaging shouldn’t cost them more than 3$.

The box is nice, basic and has a little plastic security tab to ensure no one has opened the packaging before, but on the inside sits a clear plastic tray like you would find in toys. Again, not wowed but can’t complain.

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Aside from the headphones, you get some paperwork, a small soft cloth pouch, and the cable. It would have been nice to see a hardshell case.

First Impressions

I believe one of the most important things about buying a new piece of tech is being blown away when your fingers first touch it, and your eyes pop from how beautiful it looks – nobody loves ugly tech.

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At first glance, the 4.30g is a beautiful looking pair of headphones, dare I say it, one of the nicest looking headphones. This is mainly due to its sheer simplicity. No fuss, no overdone elements, no real cut-outs or curves.

The whole chassis is plastic, with a thin soft leather cushion around the inside of the headband. I would prefer a little more cushion, but being a full plastic construction, it is fairly light at little over 425 grams.

The earcups are always the “Make it or break it” of headphones, and the 4.30g has oval-shaped earcups. They do not fit correctly as on-ear, nor over-ears but being that the cushions are incredibly soft, the leather is super smooth, they end up fitting quite nicely.

Overall construction is solid, smooth and looks like it is built to live. It may be all plastic, but not flimsy in any way. The headband can be extended, and the overall clamping of the headphones is not too firm. Just enough to keep it in place while going on a jog.

Looking deeper

They are actually quite practical as they can be folded and being as light as they are, an easy travel companion.

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Considering long-term use, I would be concerned that the while color might get dirty, but if you can keep them pouched and clean, these look premium.

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The 3.5mm cable is about 1.5m long, which is suitable for most uses with the source device being in your pocket or backpack, and have a little built-in locking mechanism so they cannot be yanked off. The cable isn’t of the highest quality, and the in-line remote feels a bit too plasticy and cheap – almost generic, not branded.

The sound

It is important to know what you’re getting into, and what your needs are from a good pair of headphones before buying any, and I would definitely suggest giving them a try.

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These are entry-level, and it is good to match one’s expectations to those words. The audio that the 4.30g is capable of is focused around the low to mid-range. When watching movies, music or taking calls, the sound is clear, crisp

When watching movies, music or making calls, the sound is clear, crisp and has a focus on bass, this is particularly enjoyable listening to music. It does not provide the strong bass levels you’d get from Sony’s Super Bass or Beats by Dre, which may be a bit too intrusive when watching movies or on calls.

The higher up the volume band goes, the clearer the distortion, the drop of clarity and details becomes, but not to the extent that the headphones are unusable, it just not built for high-end and highly detailed audio.

The audio setup in the headphones also gives a good sense of sound placement. It does capture the sound direction quite well and places the listener exactly spot on, it just does not have all the channels of higher end headphones.

Overall

Deciding on headphones is quite hard, as there is way too much choice, but if you require a pair of headphones for everyday use to watch movies, make calls and listen to bassy music, nothing quite beats (get it?) the Sennheiser 4.30g or 4.30i. Particularly for the 100$ price point.

I would highly recommend the Sennheiser 4.30g because it has hit the soft spot between looking, feeling and sounding fairly premium with a focus on bass and at an entry level price point.

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