HD 490 PRO

HD 490 PRO

Built to handle the complexities of today's music production

Overview

The perfect mix of clarity, comfort, and reliability.

Harnessing decades of Sennheiser engineering expertise, HD 490 PRO headphones are equipped to handle all the complexities of today’s music production, mixing, and mastering. Featuring an open-back design that delivers an extremely wide, dimensional sound stage and ultra-precise sound reproduction, HD 490 PRO gives you the clarity needed for your most critical decisions. 

Full spectrum audio accuracy

Full spectrum audio accuracy

You will achieve enhanced clarity and balance in your masters with Sennheiser's innovative Open-frame Architecture, which delivers a comprehensive, precise, and intelligibly defined audio experience. This advancement significantly aids in the identification and resolution of issues related to panning placement and conflicting frequencies, ensuring a more refined final master. 

Eliminate the blind spots in your productions

Eliminate the blind spots in your productions

At the core of each HD 490 PRO earcup is a state-of-the-art neodymium magnet and an innovative low-frequency cylinder. These components synchronize and work together to deliver full, accurate, and clearly defined bass, helping you pinpoint and resolve troublesome low-end frequencies that can hinder the achievement of meticulously clear mixes and masters.

HD 490 PRO

The most comfortable headphones in Pro Audio

The most comfortable headphones in Pro Audio

HD 490 PRO lets you feel the music and forget about the headphones. With a lightweight, flexible yet sturdy design, HD 490 PRO’s precision-engineered ergonomics eliminate pressure points while the open-back design provides natural ventilation, making hours in the music feel like minutes.  

Game changing innovation with switchable, washable ear pads

Game changing innovation with switchable, washable ear pads

HD 490 PRO headphones come with two sets of switchable ear pads, each with a unique sound signature for long hours of mixing and producing. Sennheiser’s proprietary ear pad technology also helps eliminate ear fatigue while keeping sustainability and durability in mind — they’re both washable and replaceable.

Handcrafted and German-engineered with built-to-last components

Handcrafted and German-engineered with built-to-last components

Includes dearVR MIX-SE Virtual Mixing Plugin

Includes dearVR MIX-SE Virtual Mixing Plugin

HD 490 PRO also includes 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 ideal mixing studios, helping you ensure a balanced, consistent translation of your mix on different systems.

Experience the Sennheiser Difference

Experience the Sennheiser Difference

Your mixing decisions are the backbone to your music productions. Sennheiser’s trusted heritage of delivering audio excellence, quality design, innovation, and rigorous manufacturing protocols are all behind the HD 490 PRO headphones, helping you to achieve your full creative vision. From state-of-the-art components to first-to-market headphone innovations, HD 490 PRO are the perfect mix of clarity, comfort, and reliability. 
 

Bob Moses (Tom Howie & Jimmy Vallance)

“We were blown away when we first put them on, and they have quickly become an essential part of our workflow. The depth of sound, tightness of the low end, and clarity in the whole mix is really astonishing for a pair of headphones.”

Mark Needham

“These HD 490 headphones are really comfortable to wear, and I love the overall response. Great low end and very detailed in the mids and highs!”

Subtronics

“These are preposterously accurate—my new favorite studio-oriented headphones. A phenomenal sound stage, sharp transients that retain their punch and no over-exaggeration on any frequency. And shockingly light and comfortable.”

Justin Cortelyou

“I’m blown away by the comfort, clarity, and translation of the new HD 490 PRO. They’re the only headphones I trust for mixing now.”

Features at a glance... 

  • 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 

 

Also, check out HD 490 PRO PLUS which includes:  

  • 1.8 m cable,  
  • 3 m cable, case,  
  • Mixing ear pads,  
  • Producing ear pads,  
  • Extra headband pad
  • Premium case