Sennheiser launches HD 490 PRO Studio Headphones

Sennheiser unveiled the HD 490 PRO studio headphones at NAMM 2024, catering to music production professionals. The headphones, available in two versions starting at $399, come with two types of ear pads to suit different sound preferences. Additionally, buyers receive a complimentary lifetime license for the dearVR MIX-SE plugin.

At the NAMM Show 2024, Sennheiser showcased the HD 490 PRO reference studio headphones, designed for tasks like producing, mixing, and mastering. These headphones feature an open-back design for accurate sound reproduction and offer two ear pad options: velour for a warmer sound and fabric for a neutral response, allowing users to tailor their experience based on stage production preferences.

Sennheiser HD 490 PRO frequency response charts for different ear pads material.

Practicality meets innovation with machine-washable ear pads, simplifying maintenance. The headphones boast a patented cable coil structure to minimize unwanted noise transmission on accidental contact with desks or clothing. Additionally, a braille texture on the headband fork aids in distinguishing left and right sides, especially useful in low-light conditions.

To enhance the package, Sennheiser includes a free lifetime license for the dearVR MIX-SE plugin by Dear Reality. This audio software provides a virtual mixing environment, simulating various listening environments, making it valuable for professionals in need of reliable reference monitoring without access to multiple studio setups. Existing owners of Sennheiser’s open-back studio headphones can benefit from tuned presets included in the program.

The HD 490 PRO series is now available in two variants: the standard HD 490 PRO at $399 and the HD 490 PRO Plus at $479, offering additional accessories like a 3 m cable, a transport case, and an extra fabric headband pad.

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