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Excellent Running Headphones,
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This review is from: Sennheiser CX 685 Sports In-Ear canal Headphones (Electronics)
I am not a Olympic athlete, but I am fit and I have trialled and broken sports headphones in just about every environment on the planet so when I give this product 5 stars its because I mean it.
The headphones are well built, they are as rugged as can be expected for the size. They hold the ear extremely well (I have no idea how they thought up the in ear mechanism or how it works so well, but bravo). Whilst talking about build, the inside ear component is made of rubber which effectively adds a sweat shield from the speaker part itself from your horrible sweaty head as you pound the asphalt, the downfall of many of my old headphones. Big tick VG for the sweatproof system. There are two different sizes of rubber ear pieces so if you have ears like Hilary Swank then they should still be as good a fit as for people with more conventionally sized ears.
The sound quality is about as good as you can expect for the price, the bass is deep enough, treble is full and not tinny and the mids are balanced well, all in all quite capable of clearly belting Ministry of Sounds latest shameless rehash of classic house anthems.
If you have the ear fidelity of a vampire bat and want crystal clear sound while you are working out then you are probably better off with the over head things that people seem to use in gyms, probably not so good for running though (and those people look pretty humorous too) or get some space age tech from Bose if such things exist, and pay the premium that comes with it. Remember sound quality is pretty much a function of price and £40 or so will not give you the same quality of sound that £300 will, but who wants to spend that much money on a set of grubby headphones that are going to get covered in rain mud and sweat.
The only problem, and it is a double edged thing that comes with making such a good product, is that the headphones hold your ear so well and the rubber in ear piece is so effective that you are very isolated from outside noise which could be dangerous if you are running or cycling in town. I have not found this to be a problem running around parks and forests though.
If like me you have found wrap around back of head designs uncomfortable especially when doing sit ups, wrap around ear headphones rubbish in terms of strength and sound quality, think that over head headphones belong in the study with your hi-fi and the George Michael Careless Whisper LP that you guiltily treasure, and you simply want good robust headphones to use whilst working out then these fit the bill perfectly.
Thanks for taking the time to read this review. Happy working out!