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Excellent headphones but make sure you use the right ear pads!,
This review is from: Sennheiser Eco Ear Canal Headphones - Black (Electronics)I have avoided the ear canal type headphones for a long time but after my latest headphones broke I looked around and found that most companies are concentrating on the ear canal types so decided to give them a go.
After being a happy Sennheiser customer for years I decided to go with the CX300's after reading other customer reviews. I made sure that I bought from Amazon's main store rather than the cheap marketplace versions as I have tried some fake CX300's off Ebay and they are awful.
The best tip I could give is to find the best fitting of the three supplied ear pads and to ensure that the headphones are securely in your ears. I went for the medium ones at first but found they were coming out of my ears with the slightest pull on the cable. The larger ones were fine, making the phones stay in my ears and also making sure of no sound escaping. It's important to push the headphones right into your ears as the bass tends to be the thing that suffers when the phones are not pushed in well.
If you are not used to these style of headphones then beware that as they are right in your ears you can hear things that you might not normally hear with headphones If you are walking and listening you can hear every footstep reverberating through your body! Furthermore, if you are eating you can hear every sound from inside your mouth very clearly! It's weird but part and parcel of using these sort of headphones I'm afraid!
Once the headphones are fitted well the sound quality is very rewarding with great bass, excellent bright treble and the biggest bonus for me was hearing midrange sounds of things like guitars and keyboards which is where you truly hear parts of the music you will have never heard before. Some people might say that the sound is bordering on harsh but I think it's exciting and involving.
I have also tried some Sony MDR-EX71SLB headphones that a friend owned, which were great but gave a more warm and subtle sound and that might be more to some people's taste. One way in which the CX300's are better than the Sonys are with regards to the volume levels as the output is much higher. As a result you don't need to pump up your volume control so much and use more battery power.
Lastly the cable length of 1.2 metres is ideal for me after owning Sennheisers with 1.0 metre lengths which is too short
Bottom line - Highly recommended!