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on 27 November 2012
~Sennheiser OCX 685i Sports In-Ear canal Headphones~
As an avid gym-goer and music connoiseur, I simply cannot rate these headphones highly enough.
Starting with the sound: any reviewers who claim that this piece of kit delivers mediocre sound quality is a sandwich short of a picnic (sorry guys - maybe it's time for you to go for a hearing test?) The rendering is exceptionally high fidelity for an earbud-type headphone, and delightfully balanced, with clear trebles, meaty midtones and substantial (though not overbearing) bass. Contrary to other reviews, the sound does not distort at high volumes. If you are listing to music at a volume high enough to cause these to distort, then it is DEFINITELY time for you to book a hearing test.
Moving on now to the sport element: the design of these headphones is simply exceptional. This is the only product - and I've tested my fair share - which does not budge despite an onslaught of veritable rivers of sweat. The design is so ingenious, from the positioning of the buds on their plastic mount to the shape of the earhook itself, that the noise cancelling in-ear effect is never compromised, and the fitting itself is weightless to the point of you forgetting it's there at all. The feature of the inline sponge sweat protector seems to be unique to the market, and it is frankly brilliant. It's washable, protects the integrity of the delicate sound-reproducing membrane of the headphone, and this product comes with a spare set of sponges for those of you who really effervesce copious amounts of salty juices.
Finally, the issue of phone compatability. Yes - the music features seem to be incompatible with some types of phone, but this should not come as a suprise to anyone... read the product marketing text before you buy a product; it's a useful rule of thumb in many areas of life! The main thing, i.e. the hands-free call functionality, seems to work with any phone. This means that you can pick up a call by pressing the 'play' button, and the remote microphone works flawlessly - so all's well that ends well on that front.
This, for me, is the epitome of sensitive product engineering to the nth degree. If you're looking for a decent pair of sports headphones, these tick all the boxes.