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Heaphones are gadgets that most of us, the extreme audiophiles excluded, probably don't pay all that much attention to when selecting. We might look for a particular brand, though, and for the most part Sennheiser is a reliable choice - if by no means the cheapest option among the big names. These PMX60 phones are a good choice for a personal music player - which I suppose is the generic name for those who don't want to have (or at least don't want to admit to having) an iPod! In my case they were tested with a Sony NWZ-B152 MP3 player. The PMX60s look quite restrained, which is a relief to those of us for whom the Skullcandy or Ribsherbet variety rather smacks of "trying too hard", in the way that we all had schoolmates who were so self-consciously achingly cool that they ended up being frozen out altogether. Sennheiser have taken the view that the performance of their headphones, together with the relatively discreet branding, will speak for themselves - and in the main I think they've got that one right. I can't imagine anyone looking actively bad in these headphones. These phones are of the variety whose headpiece rests on your neck rather than looping right over the top of your head. This isn't a style I've experienced all that often, and it did take a little bit of getting used to, but the lightness (not much more than 50 grams) and balance of these things is good enough that after a couple of minutes it ceased to bother me at all. Slightly more problematic were the ear-pieces: maybe I have funny-shaped ears, but I found I had to wiggle them around quite a bit (the headphones, not my ears!) before I got really comfortable, despite the fairly generous foam pads. A small niggle I do have is that the provided lead is only a round metre long, rather than the 1.2 metres or more some other models give you. That does mean that these phones are likely to be confined exclusively to media-player use, rather than being able to double as computer headphones, at least unless you're prepared to sit very still over the keyboard! The lead is black, like most of the rest of the unit; there are some chrome/silver highlights, but not too many. There's a standard 3.5 mm jack plug on the end, which I haven't had any problems fitting into things. As these headphones by no means keep sound in, I don't think I'd recommend them for use in a quiet environment such as a library, not that that's ever stopped thoughtless people... however, considering only the sound that you can hear the PMX60s do a sterling job. I listen to mostly classic (ie rather old-fashioned) rock and pop, and these phones seem to be absolutely ideal for that sort of work, with clear, crisp tones and excellent definition. There's a good, solid bass, but it's not overwhelming; perhaps fans of more bass-centric genres might consider it a little light in this department, and might want to look elsewhere. Sennheiser seem to have ceased production of the PMX60 now, at least for the UK, but you can still find them fairly easily on eBay and the like. An average asking price is around the £25 to £30 mark - certainly not the cheapest headphones you can buy, but a remarkably low price for ones of this type with the Sennheiser name attached. They may not last you a lifetime - I do wonder how durable that neckband actually is in the very long term - but while they're working they give better sound than you'd expect at this price point, and so have to be recommended.
The Sennheiser PMX 60 is a headphone for people who value the quality of music that they listen to, and prioritise it over portability, durability and compactness of their headphones. My previous headphones was the 80 MX Sport II - a headphone that's a good fit, very durable and easy to take care of. However, the sound quality, compared to the PMX 60, is extremely poor. The bass on the PMX 60 is booming and can be felt, but the mids and treble are also still bright enough that you feel as if you are listening to a large speaker with a subwoofer. If you are a true audiophile, there's not a better headphone that balances the quality of music and the comfort that the the PMX 60 offers. You are also getting a headphone that won't slip out of your ears, nor are they too big that they are a hassle to carry and make you look like a tit for using them. However, the headphone also suffers from its fragility. I have had to send it to the local audio shop for fixing twice because the wires stuck out and were almost torn before I fixed them. I do, however, travel and move around a lot and my carelessness may have exacerbated the problem. I'm still using it (after 18 months) and the sound quality is as good as it was when I first bought it so there's no problem regarding its durability. On the advice of a member here, I bought them for £22 about 18 months ago from a shop in an airport, so that may not reflect its true price nor its price today. It has a lengthy cord that makes it comfortable for you to keep your iPod at waste level and it doesn't tug the cords lose or pulls the headphones down, even when you're walking or running, as I have done. There is also a padding which means that even after long listens, your ears aren't in pain, as some other headphones have done horrible and terrible things to my ears. For comparison, I have tried the massive Sony and Sennheiser headphones, which although has slightly better sound quality, it's too cumbersome to carry around and requires you to make a bit of space in your bag - something that I struggle to do. I have also tried some smaller and ear-fit headphones but they lack the sound quality. I measure sound quality through how 'clear' its bass is, how the mids and treble are at normal volume and whether the sound breaks up at maximum volume. The PMX 60 passed all three tests.
I have always been a fan of Sennheiser, and have owned a couple of their larger headphones in the past for more 'serious' music listening and guitar playing. With their release of their 'first ever neckband headphone however,' I jumped at the chance at buying them for my Ipod. At first I was surprised at how flimsy they seemed, but don't let that put you off...they are bendy and supple but this is actually a massive advantage - it lets you stuff them in your pocket or in your bag along with your ipod without worrying that they are going to break. I feel that they are the best of their type on the market for thing kind of thing. Sound quality is true Sennheiser quality, and it doesn't take long to get accustomed to hearing such a full sound with such a small pair of headphones. Okay, so they are not as good as the bose equivalent, but for a fraction of the price (you can pick some up on Amazon for about £26) then they are a real worthwhile investment. If I had to pick one flaw, it is that their noise cancelling isn't fantastic...so you have to turn it up rather loud...everyone can also hear what you are listening to...this may bother some, it may not others. In all however, these headphones have lasted me for years and I don't intend on changing them for anything else!
The PMX 60 is Sennheiser's first ever neckband headphone, a product most of you have been eagerly waiting for. It combines great wearing comfort with excellent sound qualities and modern design. In particular during sports activities its lightweight design and comfortable fit ensure that it is perceived as being anything but annoying. Furthermore, its balanced sound characteristics outshine most other products in its class.