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5.0 out of 5 stars Aural steroids!, 27 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: Sennheiser OCX 685i Sports In-Ear Canal Headphones - White (Electronics)
~Sennheiser OCX 685i Sports In-Ear canal Headphones~

As a gym and music connoisseur, I 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 well 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 exceptional. This is the only product - and I've tested my fair share - which does not budge despite 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 in-ear effect of reducing external noise is never compromised. 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 - it's washable and protects the integrity of the sound-reproducing membrane of the headphone. Comes with a spare set of sponges.

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 surprise to anyone (read the product marketing text before you buy a product). 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 fine.

This, for me, is an example of product engineering to the nth degree. Looking for a decent pair of sports headphones? These tick all the boxes.
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Initial post: 28 Nov 2012, 10:12:44 GMT
F. Long says:
Thank you so much for being the first to comment on cross phone compatability!

With 8 million SGS3's sold let alone all the other Android handsets, it amazes me that Sennheiser only brand their products for the smaller iPhone market still.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2012, 10:11:49 GMT
CGN says:
I agree it's odd. iPhones still seem to be perceived as the market leaders by the big tech brands... Perhaps due to Apple's ubiquitous presence when you factor in the iPad too (personally, I wouldn't touch one with a barge pole).

Posted on 30 Nov 2012, 08:59:53 GMT
Herder4444 says:
Are these truly noise cancelling? I didn't think Sennheisers sports headphones where. Anyway I was thinking of grabbing these but I need to hear whats going on around me while I run.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Dec 2012, 12:36:44 GMT
CGN says:
They're pretty standard in comparison to all other types of ear-bud earphones. They seal the ear canal to trap bass frequencies, but you can still hear the outside world (albeit strongly muffled).

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Apr 2013, 15:28:07 BST
bomble says:
Good review CGN. Just a clarification - that's not noise cancelling (a term for an active electronic means of reducing noise) but noise attenuation (a passive means of blocking out outside sound). I actually favour the latter in most cases as it's much more economic and often results in a less over-processed sound output. I'll be adding my review shortly.
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