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Good - but missing an inline control,
This review is from: Sennheiser PCX95 Lightweight In-Ear Neckband Headphone (Electronics)
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Sennheiser are a name synonymous with quality headphones. Growing up as a young DJ and music producer, I remember owning a pair was like owning the Holy Grail. So how do these, their first foray into the world of 'exercise style' headphones stack up?
Well, first of all, what do I mean by exercise style headphones? I am, of course, referring to the neckband. If you're not familiar with this type of design it may need some explaining. Rather than a headband, some in ear headphones are designed like this as a way of preventing them from falling out when you go for a jog. Basically, the springy band gently pushes them back in your ear canal and keeps them from falling out while you run around. This feature works well and it's a revelation if you've never used them before when exercising - I thoroughly recommend getting a pair (even if its not these Sennheisers) if you listen to music while working out.
Looks wise - for me, the jury is out. I've always liked Sennheisers designs but these are a little over designed if you ask me. They're a little too bulky and gaudy for my taste, having much preferred Sennheisers more minimal designs in the past. That said, they're not horrid - they're just a bit 'teenager' for my tastes (like those huge JVC stack systems with flashing lights you see a lot of in CashConverters these days).
When it comes to sound though, as always, they excel. I find the sound warm and round, and very detailed; almost golden if that makes any sense? Sound is very subjective but to me they sound great.
The PCX95 are very lightweight and come with a tangle-free cable too but, great as that is, these days it's nothing new; and one feature missing which I'd have liked to have seen on them (especially as its included on similar headphones at a cheaper price) is the inclusion of an inline mic on that tangle free cable. For some people this might be a deal-breaker and I can certainly understand why.
I think, if you're going to spend this amount of money on some headphones for the gym - music and exercise are obviously a big part of your life, so I'd say either save up a little more and get the next model up with an inline remote or save yourself a few bucks for some protein shakes and get a slightly cheaper pair with all the features you need, such as the Philips SHQ4017/10 Sports Headphone Sports Neckband Headset for iPhone/iPod