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Fantastic for cycling!!,
This review is from: Sennheiser CX300-B High Quality Stereo Ear-Canal Headphones - Black (Electronics)
I have never been a fan of in-ear phones until now! I have always been a fan of Sennheiser headphones though.
Recently I bought a bike (cycle) and decided to look for headphones that you can wear with a cycle helmet. After extensive browsing I came accross the CX300. I was a bit wary about in-ear phones as all the ones I have tried in the past are uncomfortable and make my ears hurt after a while, but looking at the CX300 I decided to take a chance.
After they arrived I tried them with all 3 sizes of the rubber ear pads, but was unsure at first. I decided the middle size was best to try properly. For the first 5 minutes you can tell they are there, but stick some music on and after a few minutes you forget they are there. They are VERY comfortable, though I haven't tried them for long periods of time yet (max so far 1hr).
Physical points about the CX300 - Great solid build as with all Sennheiser headphones I have had. The rubber pads are a little thin but are very flexible for a proper fit. The cable strain relief where the wire goes into the phones is very flexible and quite long so it should stop the wire from breaking internally. They do come with a 2 year warranty so should the ear pad rip or cable break, it should'nt be a problem getting a replacement.
Audio points - The bass is amazing!! Its like having a sub-woofer in your ears, but not violent bass pressure. Very smooth bass response for such tiny units. The midrange is what you would expect from Sennheiser - Very clear, sharp sound that make vocals flourish. I do feel the top-end lacks a little though, but only a little. It may be that the balance of sound is geared more towards the mid-low or it may just be me that likes that little bit more top-end. Overall I am very impressed with the sound quality.
Overall opinion - They are great for when I am on my bike. They fit comfortably, and don't drop out when I am bouncing up and down on trails and on the road. The sound is fantastic though more attention could have been made to the top-end. I was a bit wary about fact that they are ear-canal phones and this type of earphone cuts out a lot of ambient noise, but these don't. They do attenuate the ambient noise, but not too much so when I am on my bike I can still hear cars etc.
If you want a full size Hi-Fi sound in your ears then get these.