17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Best compromise, ideal for active use,
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This review is from: Sennheiser PMX60 Open Dynamic Neckband On-Ear Headphones (latest version) (Electronics)
Buying headphones is all about compromise. Of course, you can spend hundreds of pounds on audiophile quality gear, but would you regularly wear these out and about? Would you really want to go about sweating into your prized Grados?
On the other hand, most of us carry portable devices that are capable of delivering fantastic quality sound, if the output permits. If you are still using the earphones that came with your iDevice - do yourself a favor and get an upgrade.
I have been a fan of 'neckband' style headphones for years - usually opting for Sony. The advantage of the neckband design is that they won't fall off your head - like large headphones - or out of your ears - like earphones. They are also just about small enough to fit under most warm hats. When you are not using them, they can rest around your neck. They are very light, and you won't notice you have them on.
One downside is that they do put some pressure on the top of your ear. This has never been a problem for me, but some people may find them slightly uncomfortable if wearing them for extended periods of time. I'm surprised this style of headphone isn't more popular. Perhaps an endorsement by a famous rapper would help?
These Sennheisers really have a great sound for the price - the bass is warm without 'boomy'. Highs come through nicely without being too tinny. Mids are great for speech. Of course, a sound review is always going to be somewhat subjective. I listen to a wide variety of music and speech (talk radio/comedy) - I haven't found these headphones lacking yet.
These headphones are great for cycling - they won't fall off, and they will fit under most cycle helmets. Of course, it is dangerous to cycle on the road with headphones on, these will allow enough ambient sound in for use on a cycle path.
I haven't tried them for running yet, but I see no reason why they wouldn't be great for some motivation there too.
A great choice for daily active use. Good sound for the price, and they seem robust enough. My only real criticism would be of the jack - I believe that this will wear out particularly quickly on these headphones. However, it is a relatively easy fix if it does.