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I'm not the sportiest of girls, however, I love to hike, going on long walks, and the occasional run, too. When I go for runs I use music to power me through the tough times, and when I hike I like to make like Rocky and use a motivational track to push me to the top.
During these times, there is nothing worse than the feeling of your earphone progressively falling out of your ear. With every step you can feel it getting looser and looser. Or you turn your head to the side suddenly and whoosh it is whipped straight out. For these times, the Sennheiser MX 680 Adidas earphones are wonderful. They have a little knobbly bit at the top that holds them snuggly in your ear, so once they are in they actually stay in! It sounds like a small gain, but any runner/walker/exerciser in general will know what a difference eliminating distractions can make to your workout.
The Sennheiser MX 680 Adidas are also supposedly waterproof. While I have done no official testing of this, I have been on plenty of runs/hikes in the rain, and have even dropped them on my rainy front door step once or twice and they have survived.
As you would expect for such a low price headphone, the sound quality isn't incredible. But when I'm using them I'm not sat at home pondering over the acoustics, I'm singing along wildly in my head, and so they do just fine for me.
Lastly, my only bugbear...these headphones are hideous. Just because I'm being sporty does mean I want black and yellow coloured headphones. That being said, the last thing I worry about when I've reached the top of Walla Crag is 'oh God my earphones that I can't even see because they are in my ears are hideous!' ...so I suppose I can't complain!
Recently i decided to take the plunge and buy a pair of sports headphones and well yes it did pay off. These headphones are brilliant for everyday use and sport. I regularly use these headphones in the gym and they do a great job blocking out the noise of other people. The sound is outstanding and these fit snuggly into your ears. I have to recommend these to people who want a pair of affordable but great quality headphones, they're stylish a well known brand and won't disappoint you. These would be a great christmas present for any teenager or anyone who likes to have a pair of all in one headphones for whatever life throws at them. So pick these up from your local store today, i promise you won't regret it. Hope you have a great time with these headphones and hope they meet your needs of today and tomorrow
I'm generally not into big brands and I prefer to supporter smaller companies, but I seem to get through a lot of headphones and I really wanted a pair that wouldn't break within a few months of use. I mostly headphones them to listen to music on my MP3 player, but also occasionally to watch videos on my laptop, so when a friend of mine raved to me about the Sennheiser MX 660 in-ear headphones I thought I'd believe the hype and give them a go.
The Sennheiser MX 660 headphones are the most expensive headphones I have ever invested in. They cost me around the £15 mark but I believe you can occasionally find them for cheaper than that. They do work with various devices which is handy, as my previous iPod headphones were, in true Apple-style, incompatible with other people's MP3 players. The MX 660 also has a volume control feature which is useful for players that are compatible with it, as it saves fiddling around with the actual player when you need to reduce or increase the volume.
The headphones also have a long sound cable which I have found useful. The headphones come with a cable carrier which seemed like an unnecessary addition at first but actually it is very useful for winding the long cord to the length you want it, and when I use the headphones with my laptop the long cable is easy to extend from the cable winder and then wind back up, which saves me having to untangle cords every time I want to plug in and listen to something.
The felt pads that house the earphones are well made and comfortable and don't come off easily as I have found with other headphone felt pads, and I find that using them helps to keep the headphones snug in my ears. In the past I have found some earphones to be too slippery and to fall out of my ears easily, but I have not had this problem with the MX 660.
These headphones are certainly are of exceptional quality, and they look simple but stylish. They are well made and durable, and they have survived a few falls and also being stepped on once. They haven't come apart at the seams like some of the headphones I have used in the past, but then I would expect that much for the 50% price investment I made in buying them. The headphone leads are made of a soft and flexible rubber material that don't seem to tangle as easily as other cables do, although I do use the winder most of the time, ie when I'm not in a rush or being lazy. What I really like about these headphones though is the 'bass control' that they boast, ie that I can actually hear the bass in the music I listen to on my MP3 player. I have never found this with headphones before, only with proper high quality headsets, so this is impressive to me. It really does improve the quality of the music, as some bands I listen to like Muse and Massive Attack sound very different with the bass turned up, and this factor alone makes these headphones my favourite so far.
I do recommend Sennheiser's MX 660 headphones, especially if you like to hear some bass on your tracks instead of the tinny sound created by cheaper headphones. Just be sure to check that they are compatible with your music player, and if the volume control works for you too then that is also a great bonus.
5 stars from me.
I have tried many different pairs of ear buds while working out; most of them seem to fall out of my ears during the more intense parts of my workout. The Sennheiser MX 680 Adidas ear buds sit perfectly in my ears and do not fall out during my workout - whether I am running, jumping squatting etc., these ear buds are locked in place. As far as the sound quality is concerned, these ear buds are mediocre. I would definitely not recommend them purely for listening purposes; the bass is lacking and the treble is quite harsh. Although it is possible to do most adjustments from whatever you are listening from (iPod, cell phone etc.) I'm not very pleased with the fact that I even have to do that when wearing these headphones. Still, I use them on a fairly regular basis because they fit in my ears so well.
So, like the other reviewer, I bought these for the gym, as the Apple Headphones simply kept falling out of my ears, and I didn't fancy wrecking my Bose or AKG headphones with sweat.
These are supposedly waterproof to the point that they will survive a cycle through the washing machine. I'm not brave enough to test the theory, but in the grand scheme of things, it's nice to know that they won't be bothered by me sweating during exercise.
The fitting I can only describe as OK. It's better than the woeful fit of the old Apple headphones, and there are all sorts of different bits to adjust the fitting to your ears. They have the rubber fins on them which are meant to stop them falling out during running, and yes they do work; however they are very uncomfortable to wear, no matter what you do with the rubber bits. To ease the pain slightly, I'd definitely recommend using the foam covers, as it's far better than simply sticking some plastic in your ear.
Now the sound quality. If you read a lot of my reviews, you will know that this is my most important factor when it comes to headphones. A pair of sports headphones like these will generally sacrifice some of the sound quality, but for good reason. They are designed to be semi open, so you can still be aware of what's going on around you. This is very handy when, for example, running outside, as you can hear traffic and people much more clearly, but when indoors at the gym, it's not so good. I prefer to listen to my own music while exercising and shouldn't be able to hear the generic rubbish that they put on over the speaker system at the gym over my iPod. I believe there is an in ear canal version of these headphones available, and at an educated guess, I'd say for indoor use they would be better.
Sound quality in general isn't too bad, but as most people like to listen to dance music while working out, I would have expected a tad more bass. They seem to focus more on the treble, and the bass seems somewhat lacking.
Still, they're not too bad, certainly an improvement over the bundled Apple 'buds, and at £25 they're pretty good. But personally, I'd like to see more bass, and would rather spend a little more to get this. Sennheiser have released a new version (MX685 I believe) and I'll review them when I get hold of a pair, but for now, these will do for the gym.
I bought these from Amazon about a year ago for just under £25, which at the time, was quite a lot for headphones for me. I read their reviews for these, they should have been enough of a hint to avoid these . The reviews were so-so. Some really good, some really bad.
I had originially chosen these because they claimed to be 'sports headphones' as I wanted some quality ones for the gym as I detest in-ear headphones, especially for the gym! A lot of new phones tend to come with these and the ones that had come with my iPod had broke so was desperate for something to take to the gym that wouldn't constantly be falling out my ears whilst exercising. I believe I chose them because I thought if Adidas are willing to put their name to them they can't be that bad at all!
How wrong I was. Even though they come with different size ear pieces to suit everyone, they still didn't stay in very well. Although they did stay in my ears, they didn't stay in properly so the sound quality was very poor and was hardly worth having them in at all and was constantly pushing them back into the right place. The small black rubber bits made to suit 'all ears' if they ever came loose from the headphone, thats it, they weren't going back on again! so every time I pulled them out my pocket or bag it would either be half hanging off or had come off somewhere in transit, and with it being such a tiny piece, looking for it in a gym bag was not an easy task!
The wire came with a detachable part which sounds like a bonus so if you have an arm band for your iPod/MP3 it was a reasonable length for you. But I never got round to purchasing one of these so the wire for everyone else in world without an armband was either far too long, or far too short.
When the headphones were delivered it came with a very lengthy manual and lots of excessive packaging for just a small set of head phones. It all seemed quite unnecessary to be honest. I bought a big pair of retro headphones after these which came with probably less packaging than these did!
I think one of the only good things I can tell you about these headphones is that when they did stay in my ears properly, the sound quality was.. reasonable. and they look.. average. So there isn't really anything good that stands out about this product.
I've never come across a good set of headphones suitable for sport, the only I could recommend are the Sony Gumy or Apple headphones. But just because they say Adidas on them, doesn't mean they are really any better than any other headphones designed for a sporty person!
Not sure about any other Sennheiser products, I was never really tempted to buy from them again after this pair.