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The perfect mix of clarity, comfort, and reliability, HD 490 PRO studio headphones are built to handle all the complexities of today’s music production. The open-back design delivers an extremely wide, dimensional sound stage and ultra-precise sound reproduction, eliminating audio blind spots and ensuring you’re in full control of every detail.

Handcrafted and German-engineered with built-to-last components and a lightweight, comfortable design, HD 490 PRO lets you feel the music and forget about the headphones. Meticulously engineered ergonomics eliminate pressure points while the open-back design provides natural ventilation, making hours in the music feel like minutes. Two sets of switchable ear pads, each with a unique sound signature for long hours of mixing and producing, eliminate ear fatigue and are designed with sustainability and durability in mind — they’re both washable and replaceable. HD 490 PRO mixing headphones also include the innovative dearVR MIX-SE plugin from Dear Reality, placing you in the “sweet spot” and turning your DAW into an ultimate virtual mixing environment. DearVR MIX-SE simulates the carefully designed acoustics of mixing studios, helping you ensure a balanced, consistent translation of your mix on different systems. HD 490 PRO helps you achieve your full creative vision, eliminating audio blind spots, putting you in full control of every detail, and ensuring accurate playback beyond the studio.


  • Backed by decades of Sennheiser engineering, technology, research and development
  • Open-back design with an extremely wide, dimensional sound stage and ultra-precise localization
  • Uncolored frequency response for honest, dynamic sound reproduction across the full spectrum
  • Innovative low-frequency cylinder system for full, accurate, and clearly defined low end
  • Precision-engineered ergonomics eliminate pressure points and deliver supreme, flexible, lightweight comfort
  • Sennheiser Open-frame Architecture reduces total harmonic distortion (THD) and minimizes resonance,improving audio accuracy
  • Includes Dear Reality dearVR MIX-SE plugin, turning your DAW into an ultimate virtual mixing environment via advanced spatial audio technology
  • Two unique sets of ear pads for producing or mixing help eliminate ear fatigue and pinpoint frequencies
  • Sustainability-inspired with washable, replaceable pads and FSC-certified, forest-friendly packaging
  • Geometrically angled earcup design optimizes transducer placement for a consistent listening experience
  • State-of-the-art neodymium magnets for superior driver performance and efficiency
  • Patented cable coil structure blocks cable-borne noise, ensuring the clearest signal
  • Ultralight voice coil for remarkably authentic and dynamic audio reproduction
  • Right and left ear jacks with detachable cable easily adapts to any studio configuration
  • Patented accessibility features: braille-guided L/R earcups and grooved ear pads for eyeglasses
  • Open-mesh metal earpiece covers provide natural ventilation
  • Durable design meticulously engineered in Germany and hand-assembled in Romania


Studio recording | 3.5mm | 6.3mm | Over ear

Top Specs

  • Weight (g)                                    260 gr. (w/o cable)

  • Max. sound pressure level        128 dBSPL (1 kHz @ 5% THD) 

  • Sensitivity                                    105 dBSPL (1 kHz/ 1 Vrms), 96 dBSPL (1 kHz/ 1 mW)

  • Transducer principle                 Dynamic, open

  • Wearing style                              Circumaural


Tech Specs

  • Total harmonic distortion (THD)         <0.2 % (1 kHz, 100 dB SPL)

  • Transducer principle                                Dynamic, open

  • Wearing style                                             Circumaural

Acoustic Properties
  • Max. sound pressure level                      128 dBSPL (1 kHz @ 5% THD)


  • Connector                                                   3.5mm / 6.3mm

Ambient Conditions

  • Operating relative humidity (≤ %)       10 to 80 %, not condensing

  • Operating temperature (C)                     +0°C to +50°C

Electrical Properties
  • Sensitivity                                                  105 dBSPL (1 kHz/ 1 Vrms), 96 dBSPL (1 kHz/ 1 mW)

  • Impedance                                                130 ohms (1 kHz)


  • Weight (g)                                                 260 gr. (w/o cable)

  • Cable length (m)                                     1.8m (HD 490 PRO Plus: 1.8m & 3m)

  • Downloads06

  • EU Declaration of Conformity HD 490 PRO
    1.55 MB


HD 490 PRO_HD 490 PRO Plus_Product_Specification_v1.0_EN

177.33 KB


  • UK Declaration of Conformity HD 490 PRO
    648.01 KB


  • HD 490 PRO / HD 490 PRO Plus Compliance Sheet
    527.78 KB


  • HD 490 PRO / HD 490 PRO Plus Quick Guide
    1.02 MB


What’s in the box05

HD 490 PRO

1.8 Cable

3.5mm -6.3 mm jack adaptor

Mixing ear pads

Producing ear pads