Sennheiser CX 300 ear phones.
Great quality in sound at a reasonable price. I purchased these as an alternative to the big donut headphone that goes over your head, as my sons had a habit of disappearing with them whenever i wanted to listen to music or watch a film on my laptop. I did some research online first, as i wanted a high tech, great quality priced earphones. The Sennheiser CX 300 had great reviews and despite never having heard of the brand i decided to take a chance. It was more than i was expecting. Along with sturdy and strong cables that even the strength of my three year old daughter couldn't pull apart, it delivered great sound and quality with clarity. I also liked the fact that it came with extra ear buds as i have very small ear holes. I would definitely recommend these ear/headphones and will be purchasing another set, but with volume control.
I bought my Sennheiser CX 300 B earphones as a replacement for my iPhone and iPod earphones last year. I feel that the standard issue Apple 'phones are severely lacking when it comes to sound quality, with a very tinny and shallow feel, and are now little more than a fashion accessory. Personally, when I listen to my music I wanted a richer sound, where I can appreciate the artists' work more...
I have to say that the sound quality from this compact Sennheiser product really blew me away in comparison. They are advertised as having a 'bass-driven' sound, which is an area where I feel the Apple products were lacking, and their claims prove to be true. Not only are the deeper bass notes of my music more powerful and clear, but I can hear background melodies and small intricacies which I had never picked up before except when listening on a stereo.
The only downside I really can find is that I cant use these earphones for hands-free phone calls, as there is no built in microphone and remote, but I knew this when I bought them, so this is only a minor inconvenience.
One previous issue I have had with earphones is their durability. I constantly roll up the cables and try to store them neatly in my bag or pocket, but they always get tangled, and with some sets this can cause damage to the cables. Although the cables for these Sennheiser 'phones are very thin and flimsy feeling, they have not succumbed to this kind of damage so far. This may be because they are high quality and hard-wearing, but I think it has also helped that I use a small cable tie to roll them up neatly when I'm not using them.
The Sennheiser CX 300 B come with 3 different sizes of rubber fitting so that the buds can fit snugly in most people's ears. When you first open the pack, you will have to experiment with the various different fittings to see which is best. I found that although the smallest ones felt most comfortable at first, they fell out quite often, so I quickly switched to the medium ones which I have used for around 9 months now. It may take a few sessions to work out which ones are bets for you.
I found that the ergonomic design of the rubber fittings gives you 3 benefits (provided you choose the right size for your ear):
* Comfort - The soft rubber fits nicely and doesn't cause your ear to ache or become sore. The buds stay put in your ears and is unlikely to fall out even when jogging for example.
* Noise Cancelling - A good fit means background noise is reduced allowing you to hear more of your music.
* Sound Quality - The small buds can produce a powerful, rich, bass-driven sound, but to get the most out of this, you have to find the right fit.
Without going into too much explicit detail, these are 'in-ear' earphones which do fit snugly right into your ear, so for obvious reasons it's best to clean them regularly.
Yesterday a colleague at work asked if he could borrow mine to listen to a training video on his PC, and I stalled saying awkwardly "Well, they're in-ear ones, so they've been in my ears all morning, so that won't be nice for you - maybe someone else has some you could borrow". What I should have said was: "I don't want to put them in my ears after they've been in yours - I don't know where you've been, you could be filthy!" I wouldn't recommend sharing, unless you're happy to fumigate them every time you get them back!
Overall, these earphones were a great purchase - I got them online from Amazon for around £20 last year, and have been thoroughly pleased with their performance so far.
These earphones were superb when i first got them. The sound quality has proven phenomenal with every beat being as clear as day. I literally rediscovered my whole music library, as everything sounded so much more clearer and thumping than it had before on the standard apple ipod earphones that i had been making do with for so long.
I think the sound quality for this price is just great and better even than i had expected; it's difficult finding the right pair of earphones, and i can say that these do not dissapoint in terms of sound quality and aesthetics, however my only pocket to pick is that they lasted little over a year - if even that - and then the sound just went. This was after they were working perfectly fine and were in pristine condition as i had looked after them well like i do all my things. I've been left feeling dissapointed as what was a great product to begin with is a faulty piece of junk now. I'm not sure about Sennheiser as a brand anymore as i would of expected these to have lasted a bit longer. This calls in to question Sennheiser's durabilty. You may want to look elsewhere, as even though the sound quality of these earphones are truly top notch, it's no good if they're going to break before the year's out!
That said, they do deliver great sound quality, are pleasing to the eye, reasonably cheap and are very comfortable with soft, silicon earbuds that are changeable, according to the size you want. Maybe Sennheiser is the way to go but perhaps I should of forked out just that little bit more for a more expensive model that you would hope would last!
One of my great loves are podcasts via my ipod, however, one of the problems with listening to podcasts are that they tend to be of the spoken word and if listening in a noisy environment they are hard to hear using the headphones supplied by Apple for the ipod. That's a different issue and I have written a review on my ipod headphones but this is a review on the alternate.
Sennheiser make a huge range of electronic equipment including headphones for your generic mp3 player of which the above are the type I currently use. They usually cost around £30 and are simply the best headphones for using whilst on the move.
So for your thirty pounds waht do you get? Well on the surface they look like a lot of other headphones, they have a long lead with a jack for inserting into your mp3 player and the headphone part is a small discrete unit is bulb shaped rather than circular like the ipod headphones.
They work in a very simple manner, the bulb of the headphones is the perfect size for the ear canal. So when you place the headphone in the ear, you are in truth blocking the ear canal and therefore there is little or no gap between the headphone and the ear. The headphone itself is a small metallic circle where the sound comes and this is surrounded by a felt covering which fits into the ear. The felt coverings come in three sizes and can be removed and refitted according to the size of the ear canal they are going in.
The use of these headphones has transformed my listening pleasure, now I can hear with crystal clear quality anything coming out of my ipod on the busiest road, the noisiest train or loudest bus. The headphones literally block out all other sounds so talking to other people whilst wearing them is impossible as you can't hear what the person says to you. The sound volume on my ipod is about a fifth of the volume I would need for ipod headphones especially when they start wearing out in terms of the rubber edge which helps keep the headphone in the ear.
The cord being black is also a nice thing because the ipod headphone starts white but pretty quickly turn into a grubby grey colour and become rather unpleasant to look at.
These headphones are the best, they improve your listening ability and make listening to podcasts so much easier. The only downside is that the rubber/felt covering does come off if you keep your ipod in your pocket and lose it when pulling the ipod out of your pocket. The other problem is that I'm on my second set because sequentially the headphones popped and the sound coming through almost disappeared. I could have been unlucky but it does seem strange that both headphones developed the same problem within a couple of months apart.
Without a shadow of a doubt the best earphones I have owned, especially given their price on the internet. I specifically bought my last two MP3 players based on the fact that their bundled earphones had a driver on them, which should relay the bass of the songs more faithfully. Whilst I was happy with both, after about 6months use, one of the earphones on both the Sony and Samsung earphones failed - so it became apparent to me that I would have to invest.
The CX300s came highly recommended - whilst they lack the features of some of the more expensive versions, such as active noise cancelling and an in-line volume control, what it does do is provide fantastic sound quality. I quickly realised that whilst the in-ear bundled sony and samsung earphones were a cut about the ipod earphones, the sennheisers were again a cut above those. The sound was represented even more faithfully, and I found that I could use the mp3 player at a lower volume saving very valuable battery life. The fit in the ear is very comfortable, althought it is essential that you find the best fitting ear-bud tips for your ear in order to ensure the highest fidelity.
Whilst the earbuds do occasionally fall out if used on a treadmill, I cannot fault the build of the earphones. What was particularly reassuring was the 90 degree bend in the jack, as in straight jacks, this is a particular point of weakness for people who like to keep their players in their jean pockets.
Ease of transport is one of the downsides - like most earphones, regardless of the amount of time spent wrapping around one's fingers, they always appear to end up in a tangled mess!
Overall, possibly the best £15 I have spent, although as has been mentioned on some of these reviews, check the packaging out carefully, and try and buy from a reputable seller, as there are some very similar looking fakes on the market at the moment.
Sennheiser CX 300 Headphones are one the best headphones that are there on the market, if you are looking for headphones with bass, then these headphones are for you. For a fairly low budget ones you can't go wrong with theses.
I bought a pair of these last Christmas and they have been great, compared to my iPod headphones these really are much better. The sound quality is much better, as the speaker pops into the ear it means that you are able to hear the sounds much more clear and this also blocks out other unwanted sounds. The headphones are bass driven which make the sound so much better, also with the speaker being in the ear this also increase the bass.
Make sure that you don't get the fake ones, as this will really put you off buying another pair, as they are cheap knock offs.
Make sure you buy the real deal from a trusted shop.
I would buy these headphones again if they were to break.
Would definitely recommend for you to buy these headphones.
After my original iPod headphones broke, I thought it was joke that everywhere were charging £20+ for a new pair, when I knew I could get a pair with better sound quality for <£15 if I was lucky.
Now, I already knew about these Sennheiser CX-300's been a good pair of earphones, so I decided to do some more research into them. After looking at the review sections on many sites (Amazon, Play.com etc.) 75% of people said that these were good quality earphones and well worth the how many pounds they paid for them. But, of course, it was the other 25% I was worried about. Many were calling the bass on these 'tinny' and that the sound quality was poor. After reading a few more reviews from thos-oh-socynical, I found out that they were either in the music profession (DJing and what-not), or were just rich and forking out for the ultra expensive alternatives.
Anyway, I finally decided to take the plunge and oredered a pair through a trusted power-seller on eBay for £9.99 (inc. free p&p). As they were in some Royal Mail depott, hundreds of miles away from me, I was alerted to various videos on Youtube, warning about fake Sennheiser CX-300s from eBay. After worrying that I'd been scammed, even for the small price of a tenner, they arrived, and to my relief they were real.
So, I whacked them into my iPod, and listened to a bit of the Prodigy, but there was no noticeable difference in sound quality. This was because the standard ear bud size (medium) is to big for me, so I put in the small ones (after scrabbling around for a bit trying to find them) and noticed a difference straight off. The bass was 10 times more noticeable than that of the iPod headphone, infact, there was bass.
However, I then turned it up full volume, just for fun, I then started noticing crackling as I did so. Still, it was too loud for my ears, but it's annoying knowing that it's there. Also, the outside noise-blocker works a treat. Just yesterday, I was on an airplane back home, and the previous year, when using my iPod headphones, I could still hear the plane despite 100% volume, but with these Sennheiser CX-300s, even on the original volume I keep it on (50%) I couldn't hear the engines roar on the airplane.
I'd reccomend these headphones to anyone looknig for a new pair, much better and cheaper than the iPod headphones
If youve just got your new MP3 player, complete with those free included earphones and are thinking "These dont sound too bad", then wait untill you hear the Sennheiser cx-300s!!!! Ive had these for a year and was so impressed the first time I heard these, wasnt expecting the sound I got for the price I paid! Very good bass response which makes the song sound as good as it was mixed. You can mentally hear the seperate instruments well but at the same time they mix together to produce a complete and full sound.
The earphones are also very comfortable, unlike cheaper plastic ones, they fit snug in your ears so you can even feel them, but they stay in well and will not fall out. I can fall asleep listening to music and wake up with the earphones still in my ears. Also have a good amount of external noise cancelling, you can listen to podcasts at a quite level in a car, or on a plane without any problem!
I bought these headphones about 3 weeks ago, as my skullcandy headphones (which cost me £15) had broken (right earphone ceased to work) which I wasn't best pleased about. I decided, seeing as I listen to music for at least a good 4 - 8 hours per day, I'd go for a decent, well built pair that wouldn't just crack with time like my skullcandies did.
Of course, first I looked into the big names - Bose and Sennheiser. Bose, in my opinion, are rediculously expensive even for the cheaper models, so I did some research into Sennheiser in-ear phones. I set myself a price range from £20 - 50, so getting these for £30 was a bargain in my opinion.
Firstly, the ergonomics; the headphones are light - whereas other headphones may feel heavy around your neck or in your ears, the CX300s weigh near to nothing, a great improvement to the chunky headphones provided with iPods. The sound mufflers around the phones are also a lot softer than the ones provided with my skullcandies, which I appreciate as I sometimes got ear ache and headaches from the skullcandy earphones. The earpieces are soft and barely noticeable (I can wear them for hours at a time without any annoying ache).
Secondly, and perhaps most important, the sound quality; When I first got the earphones, I was worried I'd bought a pair of fakes, as the sound quality wasn't as high as I expected, however after careful examination of them I realised it was my 4 year old iPod which needed replacing (which has now been replaced by a 16gb nano). As soon as I got the new iPod, I tried the phones out - the bass is simply astonishing on them. You can almost feel the bass in your ears, it's that strong - overbearing occasionally (mostly on heavier songs with the volume right up) but mostly it's just right and sounds truely lush. More could be desired from the high end, but mid tones sound crisp and sharp so no complaints there. Also, these headphones mute outside noise so well you barely need your volume over half to hear your music clearly - Good for your ears too!
Third and finally, price - I have absolutely no complaints about spending £30 on these headphones, to be fair I've got high hopes for them lasting me a lot longer than my previous headphones (after reading about Sennheiser's dazzling reputation). HOWEVER - be extremely careful when buying headphones online (especially eBay) as there are no end of very realistic fakes out there... But as I was saying, fantastic buy, no complaints!
When I first started listening to music through headphones and an mp3 player, I wasn't really bothered about the sound, just pleased that I could have portable music at my fingertips. Then I received my 2GB iPod a few years ago and was thoroughly impressed with the headphones supplied by Apple. I remained satisfied for 2 more years, though in those 2 years I did have to acquire 3 or 4 pairs due to breakage. However, when I first received my 2GB iPod Nano I was recommended these headphones, but I didn't really see the point in spending nearly £50 on a pair of headphones, surely there wouldn't be that much difference?
Well in January of this year, I purchased the 160GB iPod Classic, which I recently reviewed and I decided to purchase the Sennheiser CX300 headphones as they were only £17.99 on Play.com and I had a voucher to use. So a few days after ordering, they arrived. It then took me another month to get through the packaging, Sennheiser obviously do not want you to return this item with its original packaging!
After wresting with the packaging, it was finally time to see what the hype was all about. Immediately I was impressed. They advertise that they're bass driven and they are. When listening to music through these headphones the bass is much more pounding and noticeable. In modern music, the bass isn't the most noticeable instrument in the piece. People recognise the vocals, obviously. People notice the drums driving the music along. People recognise the guitar riffs. People don't recognise the bass as much though. You can create a list of great singers, drummers and guitarists, but the bassists are the unsung heroes of many bands. The point I'm trying to make is that the Sennheiser CX300's make the bass stand out much more. Which is great. There are some fantastic basslines out there and we deserve to hear them.
They also make the music much clearer as a whole and the music is further enhanced by the noise-cancelling attributes of the headphones which cancel out around 95% of all background noise. This can be a bit dangerous when crossing the road, but it's the music that matters. The in-ear buds are also very comfortable and come with 3 different adapters, fit for anyone's ears. They also come with asymmetric cabling, which basically means that the wire for the right ear is longer than the left so that the cable goes around the back of your neck, designed for a comfortable fit and so that there is less strain on the wire itself. It is comfortable and the wires are thin and light on the body. My only concern would be that the wires may not be as durable as the slightly thicker cables on other headphones, only time will tell. They are great headphones and at whatever price you get them at, whether it's £17 or £50, it's well worth the money, I'd recommend these as opposed to the closest competitor from Bose, which are poorly designed and sound completely different. They make Apples headphones seem like a cheap brand made in a few minutes.
I bought these roughly a year ago and they only lasted a few months.
The sound quality is very, very good. Having been stuck using the basic iPod earphones prior to these, the CX 300 were a refreshing change. The bass on them is certainly more than adequate. Although some in-ear headphones don't block out background noise very well you won't have that problem with these. As long as you have the correct sized cover on the headphones the background noise will be blocked out completely meaning you can have your mp3 player on below half max volume and hear the music very clearly.
Prior to these I'd never used in-ear headphones before and was somewhat concerned as to whether they'd be too hard and rough on my ear. The Sennheiser however are very soft, not too large and quite easy to use.
So, why didn't they last me very long? The wire is unbelievably flimsy and after a few months it snapped. Certainly wasn't going to pay £17.50 again for another pair.
Overall the CX 300 do exactly what they say they'll do i.e. provide high quality sound with a powerful bass. Unfortunately they're too flimsy in my opinion to be worth £17.50. Perhaps if they came with a small case to keep them in that would make up for it but they don't.
I have posted this review on Ciao.
I have just recently purchased the CX 300 headphones and they are the best I have ever used by far. The way the sit in your ear totally blockes out any outside noise. You are guarenteed a snug fit by way of the small, medium and large bud covers which are very soft and sit nicely in your ear, they are easy to change around so you can get the best fit possible.
Because they sit inside your ear you get to hear your music the way it should be. The bass is very deep without being distorted the mid range is excellent and the treble is crisp and clear.
The CX 300 are great for the price, I found them in a sale, and I did not expect the sound to be so great. I have only experienced sound like this before on headpones that are at least double the cost of the CX300.
They are very stylish and functional so when you go to the gym you look cool and they won't fall out in the middle of your workout!
Listening to music... a great British pastime, and something I enjoy every day. It comes as no surprise, mainly because it has been said many times before, that the earphones bundled with the iPod, or any MP3 player, are not brilliant. The iPod earphones are better then most, but for a small investment you can get a lot more music for your money.
Sennheiser are well known for their high quality offerings, but this needn't break the bank. Their CX300 earphones weigh in at under £20 and are available in either black, white or silver. They come supplied nicely packaged with small, medium and large ring adaptors for a comfortable fit. Of the three colours I really like the black, which are accented with silver rings.
Being the in-ear type of headphone, comfort is very important. Out of all the earphones I have tried, these win on the comfort stakes. The material used is very soft, with a matt finish and the medium size for me was just right. They don't fit too deep inside the ear canal, just a little way in. Once fitted they really block out a a lot of outside noise, so are perfect if you listen in a noisy environment.
Of course, I used the CX300's with my trusty iPod (what else) and the clarity of sound delivered was superb. Bass was nice and deep, the mid-range was rich and the treble end was very good too. In comparison to others, it was only the higher end that was not as refined, nothing to worry about, but worth mentioning. Even at high volume they behaved impeccably, keeping things clean all the way.
So when you buy an iPod, yes the supplied earphones are OK, but invest a little and you will enjoy your music a whole lot more. The paltry asking price for a pair of CX300 earphones really do make this a no brainer... it is definitely money well spent.
Note: I am the original author of this review at www.geekanoids.co.uk
Sennheiser CX 300 headphones are in ear headphones featuring 3 different sizes of attachment in order to make the ideal fit with your ear. In general these headphones are amazing, their sound quality is simply staggering if like me you are only used to those cheap headphones that come with your mp3 player you've just bought!
The price itself is also quite reasonable, at £15 they are a complete bargain, and having had these for about 2 years I can say that the sound quality has remained, even though I do like the volume quite loud!
However there is one slight issue, the ear attachment sizes are just too generic, for me if I choose a small it is simply too small, and if I choose medium it's too big! This is a huge problem as if you are using the earphones during exercise then because of the movement the earphones have a tendency to fall out, which is quite annoying!
But all in all if you are just simply using these headphones for nothing hugely energetic then they are an absolute bargain, otherwise choose something else.....
The Sennheiser CX 300 headphones come from a very reputable brand which is well known for their good quality of sound and overall build quality. They are also very competitively priced with the recommended retail price for £40 but they are available from a wide range of stores for £20 which is a great deal (e.g. Amazon)
Upon receiving these headphones you find that you get all want you need within the box. The headphones itself are a very good choice if you do not what to use the standard headphones that you get with a standard audio player. Although the asymmetrical cable may not be to the liking of everybody, the sound quality that these headphones produce outweigh this minor query.
The sound is very rich and has a very good bass meaning that you are able to enjoy all dynamics while immersing yourself into the music
The headphones come with 3 different sized buds so they will fit comfortably inside most peoples ears and because of this tight fit it reduces the sound leakage.
Overall the Sennheiser CX-300 are a very good set of headphones for both the sound quality and the price and are an essential piece of kit for any musical enthusiast .