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Let down by poor ergonomics,
This review is from: Sennheiser CX 95 - High End Noise Isolating Ear-Canal-Headphones (Electronics)
They sound amazing for the price. The bass is deep, but controlled, and the mid and highs are clear and precise. I've owned several other low to mid-level canal phones/IEMs but these are probably the best sounding buds I've found in the sub £100 price range.
They are also very stylish to look at.
The cable is a complete and utter pain.
It's rubbery and bouncy, so fairly resilient, but this causes a lot of iritating cable microphonics. If you're sitting still while you use them, they sound great, but if you're wearing them while walking you'll end up with monotonous loud thumping and scraping passing through the wires into your inner ear.
This isn't a problem unique to these particular buds, but it's one of the worst examples I've come across, and it's made worse by some of the ergonomic design decisions that Sennheiser have taken.
The main cable is far too short, so most people will have to use the cable extension. The extension cable makes the overall cable far too long, and the connector is far too bulky and heavy, so it swings around as you move and sends a riot of noise into your ears.
The usual way around any cable microphonics is to loop the cable over the top of your ears before inserting. However, the problem with this method is that the earbuds have been ergonomically designed to be placed in the ears with the cable pointing down. You can either wrap them over your ears, with the wires bending back abruptly on themselves or wear them upside down and the wrong way around (i.e. the left bud goes in your right ear and vice-versa).
This removes some, though not all, of the cable microphonics but you then end up with the rest of the cable slightly too tight under your chin for complete comfort, and it's annoying that the earphones end up the wrong way around.
I'd really love to be able to recommend these earphones to everybody, but I can't. The best I can say about them is that they sound fantastic as long as you keep still, but seeing as they are most likely going to be used with "portable" players that's unikely.
If you're going to use them while on the move you might end up tearing your hair out trying to work out ways of making the cables quiet and comfortable.
I'm now looking for an alternative, but I can't help thinking that although I might find something that has less cable microphonics, I'm unlikely to find anything in a similar price range that offers the same audio depth and clarity, which is a major shame.
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Initial post: 4 Nov 2008 13:46:47 GMT
F Jameson says:
Thank you for an excellent well thought out review.
Posted on 5 Mar 2009 11:03:20 GMT
Spot on assessment. The cable is a travesty. The main cable measures about 30 cm and is utterly useless. The extension connector is heavy and pendulous and is forever getting caught on buttons, bag straps or the emergency stop button on the treadmill in the gym (which I have discovered definitely works).
Sennheiser - what on earth were you thinking? What a let down.
Posted on 8 Mar 2010 14:36:42 GMT
Michael Cherry says:
extremely short cable is a huge plus, if like me one wants to use them with existing hands-free eq.
extension is superb for using with my laptop.
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