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I purchased these in September of last year via my ex employer, the demised Comet, so have a years experience of the product & also the advantage of having tried so many others during my time with the company (2 years)
I'll start with the packaging, a 2 year guarantee sets you in good stead obviously packaging and receipt need to be retained for this, any issues you would need to contact them directly.
A little 'add pressure to open/close' holder is included to protect them from damage, this feels soft smooth & well made embossed with Sennheiser branding, an earbud holder - a far handier alternative to leaving them dangling and susceptible to damage or outer earbud loss etc not to mention far tidier & last but not least a wide range of bud sizes to adjust to your individual preferences. There is a little clip to keep them in place & an on board volume control.
Comparing these to my apple headphones (which i got rid of!) I'd go for these over sound clarity everytime. Well made for a sensible price. I feel they block out sound sufficiently and i would feel comfortable to use these in the gym or in a general workout situation. The cable length is good-very good.
They look REALLY attractive & cool in black & chrome great for male & female.
I'd love to receive these as a gift & i would absolutely give these as a gift for a youth/young adult or someone a little more mature.
On first look there is nothing about the Sennheiser CX 400 II's that stands out; they are a very unassuming item to own and do not look any better than a pair you can pick up in tesco for a quid. However, looks are very deceiving and these babies serve as a case in point.
I received these as a gift and so there was no gawking at the price of them but simply plugging them in and taking them for a test drive. At first I wasn't all that impressed; its amazing how quickly you can get used to the quality of a product. However, as soon as I listened to music through my normal speakers I realised just how good these are.
In terms of clarity, I have yet to find a pair of headphones that even come close to matching these. Sound quality is incredibly crisp and almost seems adaptable to the music that you listen to. I mostly listen to acoustic tracks and the quality listening through these is almost like you have never really heard the song before! Fans of bass might be a little disappointed as the sennheiser's don't feel as bassy as some of the headphones that I have used in the past but I believe this is part of what adds to the clarity of other elements of the track.
Anyone who owns an apple MP3 player will undoubtedly know about changing the output settings and I have found that these headphones adjust to all of these incredibly well. I particularly like putting mine on the "vocals" setting as it can lead to a very haunting and emotive listening which is nice once in a while.
The addition of a volume adjustment slider is really helpful if you listen to tracks recorded at different qualities as I like being able to easily change volume when listening to demos etc which are lower quality than fully produced music. It is worth mentioning also just how good the sound isolation is on these headphones. When plugged in at half volume, I am completely unaware of the world around me which can give a moment of serenity when walking down a busy street.
The only downside I have found with these is that they get tangled very easily but that is true of most headphones! I would love to see this quality of sound integrated with no tangle wires as that would produce my truly ideal headphones!
These headphones are great. I've bought many different in-ear headphones in my time and these are the best for me.
Sound Quality: Very very good considering these are not high-end BOSE headphones for example. The in-ear function allows for good bass reflex, and this is balanced by a crisp top-end and warm mid-section.
Functionality: This is where these headphones really shine, especially if you plan to travel with them alot. The quick-snap carry pouch provided allows you to store and transport the phones safely without damage. The phones have a clip which attaches them to your clothing in the style of the ipod shuffle, and will also pinch the two headphone wires together when you finish using them so that YOU NEVER HAVE TO DE-TANGLE YOUR HEADPHONES!! Also there is a volume slider on the single wire so you don't have to fumble around in your pocket to turn your mp3 device down.
The ear buds come in different sizes for different ears - nice touch. And components come in black OR white incase you want to match them to your white ipod/mac.
Value for money: You really can't beat the Sennheiser CX-400, especially if you buy them new from amazon for the hugely reduced price of £15 - just have a look!
If you're not after the high end, studio quality headphones but you appreciate music, want to hear some bass through your ears on the grumbling bus and hate the standard tinny ipod headphones, these are for you. You can get headphones with better sound quality but they'll be less compact or a lot more expensive.
I used to play in two bands, I love music, and I'm more than happy with these for day to day use. I've had them for quite a while now and can't think of a flaw. Happy Customer :)
I had previously owned a pair of Sennheiser CX-300 earbuds until I lent them to a friend who managed to mislay them. Fortunately he replaced them with the fabulous CX-400's. As with the usual Sennheiser offerings, they come with several different detachable earbuds to ensure the correct fit in your ear. It's worth taking a minute or two at this point to ensure you get the right size as it means the difference between hearing a song and 'feeling' a song.
The build quality is decent with smooth black rubber covering all the cables and a faux metal silver plastic covering the ear portion. They're quite subtle and definitely make a happy break from the luminous contraptions that Apple provide.
The noise cancellation surprised me in a big way, listening to Billy Joel on a crowded bus was a dream, I could hear every ebony and ivory note of Piano Man without deafening the guy beside me. Similarly, I could blast the juicy bass of George Clinton in my university library without so much as turning a head.
By my own admission I'm not an audiophile. The sound quality is not perfect. A pair of custom Shure buds will sound better, but for £40 online the only way you'll go wrong is to spend £60 on the highstreet!
My husband's previous job was as a sound engineer, and he's always praised Sennheiser products, so when I saw the Sennheiser CX 400 II Precision Noise Isolating Ear-canal Phones with Integrated Volume Control for the bargain price of £20 on Amazon I purchased them and put them away for Christmas. As they were for use with his ipod and iphone I bought them in white but they are also available in black. The usual RRP is £35 so £20 is a bargain.
In the packaging along with the earphones you get a cable clip, a cable winder and a soft carrying pouch. The length on the cable is nice and long which is good for my husband as he is tall and there needs to be enough cable to get from pocket to ear!
Apparently the phones are optimised for MP3 use, iPod, iPhone, CD players and portable gaming systems such as the PSP and DS. My husband has used his with an ipod and iphone as well as for listening to videos through his netbook and his feedback has been that the quality is excellent. You can really tell that they are quality earphones. The bud design cancels out any background noise and is very comfortable in the ear, too. There is an in-line volume control which is very effective and useful so you don't have to take your player out of your pocket.
There is a 2 year warranty with the earphones, which is good, however in the last 8 months there haven't been any problems whatsoever with the earphones. I would certainly buy them again if I needed a good pair, as they are far better than the ipod earphones that you get.
So to conclude, if you are looking for a superior pair of headphones at a bargain price, I highly recommend the Sennheiser CX-400 II. They make a great gift for the gadget or music lover (or both), and are a quality piece of kit. OK, you can get cheaper headphones for the untrained ear (and yep, I'd probably class myself in the cheap and cheerful league there!) but for £20 you can be sure you are getting a top quality ear bud set for everyday use.
I bought these headphones on the high street for about £55, my first bit of advice would be to get these online, as you can get them for a lot cheaper than what I paid! I think on Amazon you can get them for around £40
What you get:
The headphones come with a host of in ear adaptors so you can find the perfect fit for you, obviously this is very important so that you dont get any audio leaking in our out. You also get a cable clip, cable winder & carrying pouch, to be honest I have lost all of these somewhere, but very handy to have if you don't lose them :-)
What you hear:
Once you have got your headphones set up with the right in ear adaptors you get a really rich sound from these headphones, they can handle a wide range of music very well, although on some RnB tracks with very deep bass I did feel the sound distorted a little, but for the range the headphones had to cover they still did very well. For me I felt they were better with the treble range and the bass not quite deep and rich enough.
I was impressed by how loud I could put the volume to without having anyone giving me dirty looks on the tube :-) also they cut out the outside world very well, the tube can be a noisy place, but these headphones did a great job of noise canceling.
Having a volume control slider on the headphones is priceless, it works really well and doesn't really need much explanation, although one flaw is that the volume doesn't go completely silent when the volume slider is at the minimum level, this is kinda annoying.
How well its built:
The build quality is very good, the arm where the gold plated headphone jack is, is very strong, and encased with a strong sheaf, so none of that annoying wire bending which causes alot of headphones to cut out intermittently after long usage.
Also the wire to the headphones is thicker than your usual in-ear headphones, which gives greater strength, and audio quality. The ear buds are very well made.
I have been using these headphones for almost a year now and there has been no deterioration of the build quality.
I like these headphones and have continued to get good use out of them. I would recommend them if in-ear headphones are your choice.
A SENN-SIBLE INVESTMENT?
I have been happily and contentedly using a pair of Sennheiser CX300 headphones for the best part of two years now, so when I recently acquired a Samsung Netbook, I decided to relegate them to my laptop bag and invest in some new, upgraded headphones for my iPod. I toyed with the idea of getting a like for like replacement (the CX300 has been upgraded to the CX300 II) but when I found that the next pair up on the product ladder were available for just a few pounds more, I opted for the CX400 II instead.
WHAT'S IN THE BOX
The CX400 II comes in the sort of heat sealed plastic packaging that requires steely determination, surgical implements, sheer bloody-mindedness - or a combination of all three - to get into. Once you do manage to get it open, you will find the headphones themselves, a "cable winder", six pairs of soft rubber inserts of varying size and style, a discreet Sennheiser-badged cable clip and a small leather-effect pouch for storing the headphones.
FORM & STYLE
These in-ear headphones isolate noise and deliver their sound by creating a soft rubber seal in your inner ear. As such, to work at their best, you will need to ensure that you insert the right size rubber insert onto the headphones. This will, of course, vary from person to person, but with six different choices, you are bound to find a decent fit. It's all a matter of trial and error, but fortunately, the inserts push onto and off the small ear buds quite easily.
The matt black cable is approximately three feet long from the L-shaped 3.5mm jack to the ear buds. The buds themselves are small, glossy black numbers with a chrome effect trim and Sennheiser branding. There is a discreet "L" and "R" on each of the ear buds, although in reality, there seems little practical difference which ear you plug them into.
Unlike their antecedents (my CX300's) the CX400 has the added bonus of an in-line volume slider which sits a couple of inches below the V-splitter for the individual right and left ear buds. When I read the product description on Amazon, I was intrigued by the promise of a cable winder. However the widget provided was not at all what I expected. It's a rectangular piece of soft, foamy rubber with two deep dimples at one end, set in series which hold the ear buds - and a notch at the other end that holds the wires taut. You then wrap the remainder of the wire around it. The idea is that the cable doesn't get tangled, and although it works surprisingly well, I find it too much of a hassle and end up winding the cord around my iPod instead.
Provided you have chosen your ear bud inserts wisely, you will be rewarded with a rich aural experience. The rubber seal blocks out a surprising amount of extraneous noise, which means your music (or spoken word) does not have to compete with outside sounds. The bass is deep and resonant, adding real depth to music and reproducing the booming SFX in shows like 24 and The Pacific quite realistically. The treble tones are pronounced without being shrill or tinny, but distinct enough not to be swallowed up by the bass. In short, these are excellent all round performers from a technical standpoint.
There are, however, one or two caveats. Firstly, blocking the ear canal means that sounds you do not normally hear - like swallowing, chewing, and even walking are greatly amplified and become noticeable with these earphones plugged in. Secondly, the cable itself will conduct noise as it rubs against clothing, which again, reproduced an audible rustling.
As such, these buds are patently unsuitable for sustained physical activity, not least because as they have a habit of slowly popping out if your ears get too sweaty. That said, I regularly use them during my daily commute to work, during which I spend at least forty minutes walking.
The rustling becomes less of an issue if you shorten the cable and make sure it doesn't swing back and forth (the adjustable cable clip which is provided makes a significant difference) and a slightly higher volume makes footfall much less audible. To be frank, just like any kind of background noise, your ears tend to tune them out as you get used to it.
One of the reasons I opted for these CX400's instead of the improved CX300 II was the in-line volume control. If you download MP3's from online sources and upload CD's to iTunes, you will know that the default volume settings of tracks can vary greatly (I find stuff from the Eighties is generally lower in volume). It can be irritating to pull out your iPod to adjust sound levels, so having a quickly accessible slider is a bonus.
However, whilst the idea of having it is welcome, it is let down somewhat in the execution. The slider is quite stiff, making it very difficult to adjust in small increments. When it does slide, it's too easy to push it to maximum volume. I have also noticed that there is little variance in volume from minimum to about 90% of the way up the slider, then all of a sudden, it gets quite loud. Given the size of the slider, this represents not much more than the thickness of a thumbnail.
I bought my pair from Amazon for £18 (its currently fluctuating around the £20 mark) and was astonished that the advertised RRP is £59.99. Although these earphones are very good replacements for standard white iPod headphones, they certainly do not justify the full asking price. The price paid represents much fairer value and I could only happily recommend them if you manage to get hold of them at under £20.
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