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Reviews Categories | Headphones & Boom-microphone Headsets | Kenwood HS-5 Communications Headphones Help

Reviews Summary for Kenwood HS-5 Communications Headphones
Kenwood HS-5 Communications Headphones Reviews: 33 Average rating: 4.8/5 MSRP: $79.99
Description: 8 ohm 400-4000 HZ communications headphones
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K1FT Rating: 5/5 Oct 26, 2017 12:37 Send this review to a friend
Great with vintage gear  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I'm using my new HS-5 headphones with my vintage boatanchor gear. They sound good, wired correctly for mono, comfortable, and like mentioned earlier, have a solid appearance and cloth covered cable. I even use them on my 7300 since I have no dual receiver issues with that radio.
SWLCHRIS Rating: 5/5 Aug 11, 2017 07:27 Send this review to a friend
Fantastic audio  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Friend of mine in the hobby had these laying around around and gave them to a good home... mine...
Took them out of the box and was surprised by how they looked in person. These are some very well made headphones.
Plugging them into my Kenwood TS430 and tuning around the 20 meter band ,stations jumped out . I worked S51DX Slovenia right off the bat and didn't have any hard time at all hearing the audio .
I was able to give him a good RST because I had no problem picking him out of the noise .
The other thing I love about these headphones is I don't have to have the AF gain on the 430 turned up to 12 to hear anything. Anything past 8 o'clock on the knob and it's extremely loud.
I have Sennheisers for my mp3's now the HS 5 for my DX'ing.
G4DJC Rating: 4/5 May 2, 2016 03:42 Send this review to a friend
Nice Headphones, good audio  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I recently bought a pair of these boxed as new c/w spare leatherette ear pads off of E Bay to replace my Heil Proset. Failing to Master fitting the spare Ear pads, with nothing to lose, using double sided sticky pads I fitted a set of Heil EP PS ones, which carefully positioned are a perfect fit making the Headphones a nice snug fit. - possibly more comfy than the Kenwood ones? only gave a 4 due to awkwardness of ear pad fitting. 73 Dick g4djc
WR3V Rating: 5/5 Feb 7, 2016 15:14 Send this review to a friend
Get them before they are gone  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Yaesu and Icom have discontinued their traditional headphones for the new 'lightweight'(flimsy) phones. These HS-5's are old time goodness. They even have a cloth cable covering. By the markings on them, the batch was made a while back. I don't know how many Kenwood sells in the course of a year, but I can't believe it's many, So get a pair of these while you still can, they are that good.
NP4GW Rating: 5/5 May 3, 2015 14:47 Send this review to a friend
FAVORITE   Time owned: more than 12 months
Unlike stereo headphones which are often times used with HF rigs these Kenwood HS-5 headphones have the correct impedance (8 ohms) and frequency response (400-4000 hz)to really improve the intelligibility of communications audio. They come with foam earpieces installed and extra leather earpieces are included. Switching to the leather earpieces is easy and made all the difference. They totally block out outside sounds and really isolate your ears from anything but the audio from your rig. The phones are extremely comfortable. The 4K hz frequency cutoff is a great advantage over any of the stereo phones and gives great clarity to the received audio. I have tried many other phones and these are really the best I have ever listened to basically because they are tailored to the job at hand and are not 32 ohm 20Khz stereo phones. Worth every penny.
N7AG Rating: 4/5 Apr 17, 2015 22:35 Send this review to a friend
very good  Time owned: more than 12 months
Two things: comfortable; hears well. What more do you want?
WI0Q Rating: 5/5 Apr 17, 2015 13:41 Send this review to a friend
Unmatched for what they are  Time owned: more than 12 months
I should begin by mentioning that I have the HS-5 Deluxe model...I love these headphones! I am not just a ham, but also an audiophile, so I understand these things. You would not like music streaming through these headphones, but voices will be music to your ears! The frequency response is a perfect 150 Hz to 4 kHz...soooo perfect!

I have to admit, however, that my favorite design characteristic of these headphones is the ability to still hear everything else going on around me. To me, that is a very significant part of what makes these headphones both superb and superior (especially when the XYL is calling me!).

That is, in no way, meant to minimize the importance of the response and the extreme comfort they provide (unmatched, in my opinion), it's just another important detail that SOMEONE REMEMBERED NOT TO FORGET!!

Just my 2,

WI0Q...the radio station.
ON6SX Rating: 5/5 Jul 25, 2014 14:29 Send this review to a friend
The best there is  Time owned: more than 12 months
I use it on TS-850,TS-590,TS-790 and FT-897D and it gives a good sound.You can have it for hours on your head with no pain on the ears.
G7ENQ Rating: 5/5 Jul 25, 2014 09:16 Send this review to a friend
Very, very comfortable  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I bought these headphones to go with my new TS-590S. They are light on the head being well weighted, sound-tight without crushing your skull, and loud - you don't need a lot of volume to drive these headphones.

Even after a few hours of use, they remain comfortable. I've nothing but praise for these.

Highly recommended - try them yourself from a friend or at the dealer.
KC0W Rating: 5/5 Aug 11, 2013 07:27 Send this review to a friend
Cat's Meow  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This review deals with the brand new pair HS-5's being used for CW only. Not enough SSB listening has been done yet to make an honest opinion regarding their capability on voice.

The first thing I immediately noticed upon plugging these headphones into my rig was how LOUD everything now was. The main radio here is a K3. My primary CW headphones for many years had been Heil BM-10's & Heil Prosets. The volume knob on the K3 was always at the 12 o'clock setting when using the Heil's. As my ears fatigued in the heat of many hours of CW contest battle the volume knob had to be turned up to 2 o'clock or better on the Heil's.

With these new pair of HS-5's the volume knob now stays at the 8 o'clock setting. Upon ear fatigue it goes to 9 o'clock.

As others have done I gently bent the top of the headphones metal strap so they now fit my head better without any inward pressure pushing against my ears.

If it's one thing I can't stand it's when my ears sweat due to prolonged headphone usage. I just gave these 'phones their Maiden voyage regarding. I'm playing right now in the Worked all Europe CW contest & have been operating CW for the past 5 hours now. No "sweat" or uncomfortable feeling with the new 'phones as of yet. I decided not to attach the optional plastic ear covers to the headphones. I really don't need anymore sound isolation & I hate the feeling of plastic against my ears.

The headphones 4K roll off is a real plus versus the BM-10's which don't roll anything off. Why listen to high frequency hiss when you don't have to?

I have not yet performed the stereo mod to the 'phones...........It would be relatively easy to convert these headphones so they could be used for SSB voice transmission as well. I would use the mic element off of a pair of Heil BM-10's & secure everything off the earpiece of the Kenwoods.

Bottom line: I should have purchased these 'phones for CW many years ago.

Tom KC0W

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