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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed results... ignore the 5 star reviews., 6 Nov 2007
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When you first open the packaging you can't help but be disappointed by these head phones: the wires feel cheap & nasty and they're not even symmetrical for goodness sake! It's not until you walk down a busy street listening to music at a reasonably low volume with cars rushing past that you start to see the value in the Sennheiser CX300s. The noise reduction works a treat. Of course if you want absolute silence you're not going to get in at this price. But I did notice significant improvements over ipod and sony head phones and it means that I am able to look after my hearing better by listening to music at much lower levels.
But there is a downside: You hear every little noise coming through the wires. Even on a still day you can hear the effect of wind on the cables coming through the headphones. Also there are clear audible noises every time the wires knock against your clothes. On a windy day noises like this could cancel out the benefit of reduced environmental sounds.
The sound quality is good but not that incredible compared with most bundled headphones. If you are expecting a vast improvement over ipod headphones you will be disappointed.
Also, the Sennheiser CX300 is no good for Sony Ericsson users as for some reason they amplify background hiss from the phone's music player. I've tried this with 2 different models of SE Walkman phones and found that the bundled headphones gave quieter sounds but eliminated most of the hiss.

Finally a couple of words on price: On Sunday I saw these head phones retail at 30 from the Sennheizer stand at the Stuff & What Hi Fi show. There is no way that the CX300's are good enough to warrant that kind of price tag. Even at 18 (current amazon uk price) they feel over priced because of the nasty wire. They are marginally better then standard ipod or Walkman head phones but not worth a lot of extra cash. I paid 14 and I think that price is a good reflection of the performance value of these headphones.

In conclusion: the CX300 are good sounding headphones with noise reduction that works. But the overall value is let down by the nasty feel of the wires and excessive interference noises. They make a good replacement for broken or warn out ipod headphones but aren't worth buying as an `upgrade'. Sony Ericsson users should avoid them altogether.
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Initial post: 10 Jan 2008 14:26:56 GMT
Ministry says:
The wires are supposed to be asymmetrical - one goes around the back of the neck.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2008 19:43:22 GMT
i wrote this says:
I know. But it's not a design that I find practical at all.
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