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this review is about the Sennheiser MX 660 earbud earphones. These earphones are classical earphones that have the earbud design. This means that the earphones have classcial desing and are not put very deep into the ear but hang at the ear and cause less damage to the ear, at least that is what I think about them. They do not isolate that much from outside noise aswell, so they are more suitable for those riding a bike or just wanting to hear their friends, when they call them. Another benefit is that noise such as breathing or the noise of walking are not heart on those phones aswell.
General things about the earphones:
These earphones are delivered in a standart box with transparent plastic so you can see the earphones from outside. The box is coloured in light blue as far as I remeber and has detailed information about the earphones at the backside of the box. The information is specified in various languages.
When opening the Box the owner will find the earphones in the box, a plastic leather back for carrying the earphones, which is fairly big enough to carry small players inside them aswell. Another item in the box is a simple cable winder that may be used to wind the phones over it. I wont get into deteil and describe that item though. You will also find two soft foam earpads to install over the earphones. They should definatly be used to have best wearing confort and get the best sound and bass quality. Using earbuds without ear pads will make the bass much weaker, which is the reason why most people complain about earbuds not having bass at all, which simply is not true. Some enthusiast users will get optimal available foam pads from amazon or other pages, which are much thicker and softer, so the quality increases even more. The thicker the pads, the better the sound and bass quality. The sound review of this review is done using ear pads.
Looking at the earphones:
Looking at the earphones we can see the nice built quality of them, they look nice. the cover of the phones themselfes is shiny and "Sennheiser" is written on it. The cover will be in the choosen cover with a small silver line in the middle on it. The cord is nice aswell. It is not a cheap double cord like one can see with cheap sony earbuds but the extermal cable is only single. I like that. The phones include a volume control aswell, which is similar to the volume control of Sony earbuds. I wish there would be Sennheiser MX 660 without the volume control, the soundquality would be much better, since the volume control is an extra item that will decrease their quality to some extent.
Let's look at the soundquality: The soundquality of the phones is very good. It is impressive, how deep and clear the bass and sound is with good foam pads or even the stock foam pads. You will hear a lot of detail and clarity in your songs. Details are played differenciated and you can differenciate the individual instruments or synths used in the songs listened. That is great since the cheap Sony earbuds, like MDR E 829 v do not seperate the Details at all and you will hardly be able to differenciate the individual sounds in the heart tracks. The Sennheisers also sound very lifelike, so atmospheric music will sound atmospheric on them. Looking at the frequency responce i would say they deliver linear frequency responce, the midds are present at a fair level but could be preset a bit more. the heights are perfectly balaned and will not hear the ears, what i hate on some other phones. So at that point the Sennheisers score 5 points aswell. The bass responce of the Sennheisers is also very good. They deliver clear and deep Bass up to a high volume level. the bass is not very boomy, but absolutely detailed and like it was used at the production. It is not fake, like with cheap Sonys or Panasonic Earphones. At the beginning these earphones might have scratching sounds when loud bass appears in songs, which will last some weeks maybe and appear from time to time. To get rid of that the phones should be burn in at low volume and also burned in at higher volume so the drivers can expant better and move more freely then when they are used the first time.
The integrated volume control works well and reduces the sound at the same level of left and right, but I do not use it and I wished the same earphones were offered without this extra aswell.
My conclusion of this earphones is that they are very good earphones for the price they are offered for. They will play at the same level of many in ears up to 50 Euro and not hear the ears that much. I tried the CX 200 and they were not as good, they hurt the ear emidiatelly for me, so these are much better. Anyone who wants good quality phones but does not expect high end will have a lot of fun with these earphones and use them a long time. To protect the cord better I would use some peaces of adhsesive tape at the beginning of the cable so the cable will not move in the pcoket and will be less likely to break.
If the English used in this review is not the best, I am sorry for that, since I am not a native English speaker and am trying dooyoo co.uk out. I am a native German speaker. I am hoping for comments on this review.
For a man raised on the tattiness of white ipod headphones, these seinheisers where nothing short of ear-opening. I have now had them for over a year and yet their sound quality is the same as the day I bought them. Moreover, they are in ship shape - no earbud has been ripped off as apple's versions were so prone to do. Seinheiser is a famous and trusted brand and I must say they have lived up to their reputation.
The earphone design is sleek and stylish. The silver and black really compliment one another. Moreover, I remember white Apple earphones quickly becoming obviosuly dirty and dusty - these, conversely, still look new. Dirt doesn't show up on the colour.
The accesories included comfortable soft earbuds which, out of personal taste, I didn't use. However, it is laudable they include them.
Regarding actual sound quality, the bass is incredible. One can really feel its intensity, especially compared to Apple. Moreover the volume can be adjusted on the earphone lead itself, reaching very high levels, just the way I like it.
Fantastic product, worth the money.
Whenever I'm doing recording, playing my keyboard or just listening to music whilst researching and surfing the net I've been used to using my large Philips DJ headphones. The practicality of huge cups on my ears doesn't detract me from outside noise and the design of its comfortable ear pads made of felt as opposed to plastic means a comfort fit is possible every time. However the long 8 metre of cord - acres of it - is built around PVC and rubber, which means overtime and in constant use, the cord tangles up too easily and it's a bit of a nonsense having to unravel it all the time. Then the felt gets hot overtime and I'm left with glowing ears! Whilst passing John Lewis stores a couple of months ago I happened to come across Sennheiser branded in ear earphones in JL's reduction sales bin. Sennheiser have always been an expensive brand to my mind and I jumped at the chance of these in-ear headphones, reduced from £14-95 to £12-95 - because as far as I'm concerned, finding Sennheiser products at reduced cost is like gold dust and sometimes it's maybe worth researching a little more.
The blister pack that these in-ear earphones are packaged in is beautifully (and for once) so easy to open, simply by opening up the cardboard flap at the back and tearing the pieces open. Inside the packaging you'll find a rubber rectangle with two integral holes and two slits; this acts as a "earphone cable winder," for the earphones when not in use and I was further delighted to find a branded PVC purse in which the earphones can be put in for safe keeping, not in use or travelling. Such attention to detail made me wonder just how bad these earphones might be given that they were in the reduced sale...
Designed to be used with MP3 players and other music devices, the MX 660 by Sennheiser come with a handy in-line volume control and approximately 40 cm of trailing cord from the volume control to the small 3.2 mm headphone jack; a pity here that Sennheiser don't supply an extra larger 3.5mm jack for versatile use in other devices that use the bigger jack size. It is perhaps the very reason that Sennheiser's MX 660 has been reduced in price; the very mention of 3.5mm jacks on the blister pack equates to the thicker jack head as opposed to the global standard of 3.2 mm small jacks on in-ear headphones and the info is a definite misprint since my blister pack had not been opened or tampered with. Total length of the cord is 1.1 metres when fully stretched out and the 3.2mm jack is Gold coated for better sound quality.
Visibly the only downside to the whole product in my opinion are the earphones themselves; dressed in silver (the pads themselves are black and perforated) with a tacky chrome line down the middle, the MX 660 headphones are certainly not understated but distinctive at best. At least they have a smooth and organic appearance with some edges built in for their purpose. I'm not picky when it comes to colours but I'd have appreciated the black colour of in-ear headphones; I've read many a horror story of where iPods and headphones are stolen from people and it all comes down to the premium bright colours and build of the headphones used at the time that determine or tell the thief what the owner has. The brand name for example is written clearly down the chrome strips in very small writing and L/R has been added on the back of each headphone cup.
In terms of sound quality, I needn't have bothered about worrying about bad sound quality. Infact, it is very much the case of being the opposite. I'm very impressed with Sennheiser's quality; vibration free helped by the in-line volume control and a very strong bass thanks to its built in "bass wind," design means that although there is strong bass always present, tone and balance are perfectly achieved here without being too tinny. Sadly even with the volume set in the middle, compared to Sony headphones I'm using with my iPod which don't leak sound as much, the MX 660's do leak sound if the device's volume you're using is set at half way. They are however wind proof and have been a bonus over my usual Sony in-ear headphones as a comparison. Stereo imaging is additionally crystal clear which is another advantage of the MX 660 and the product has a total of 114 decibels total sound power. If you insert the phones in your ears to an angle, the volume and sound from the cups aren't as close - the cords have to be dangling straight down from their downward holders that are part of the in-ear phones for maximum fit and sound.
In terms of comfort however, the MX 660 has optional thin felt pads that can easily be stretched to fit around the standard flat and perforated ear pads. I don't use felt for the reason that my ears get quite hot overtime and I don't like the feeling. Without the pads, the MX 660 still gives a perfect sound which is good because some in-ear types fail at this standard when felt pads are not fitted for a closer sound. In terms of its flat design, the MX 660 earphones don't fall out either which is a good sign that the company have paid attention to pliable comfort and fit; a factor that seems to have gone missing from my usual Sony product.
All in all I recommend Sennheiser's MX 660 in-ear earphones. Comfortable, easy to use and with a great sound quality, they should definitely appeal to buyers for use with all sound devices and associated systems. Even if they weren't in the sale, at £15 the MX 660 in-ear headphones are definitely worth considering or seeking out. I'm very impressed; well done Sennheiser! Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2010
After getting extremely sick and tired of my standard Ipod earphones breaking time and time again I opted for earphones with hopefully more quality about them. It was Christmas when I was given Sennheiser MX 600 headphones which retail at around £20 and I love everything about them! Sennheiser are a German audio electronics company with a sound reputation for top quality headphones. (Excuse the pun). The name comes from the Sennheiser family who privately own the company. I must admit when I got these headphones I was apprehensive, as although I was aware of the brand, I did not know much about them. I was of the impression that standard Ipod earphones were as good as it gets in terms of sound quality. Oh how I was wrong.
When I opened the box for these headphones I thought I was being treated like a King. They have a sleek silver design, part of it reflecting, with the left and right earphones marked clearly. The earphones are your usual style earphones thankfully as I personally have never been a fan of those in ear ones. They are wired earphones of average length which work well no matter how tall you are. I can have my Ipod in my trouser pocket and use these earphones without any strain. The wire is black and is initially one wire until it branches off into two seperate wires for each ear at a suitable place.
When I said I thought I was being treated like a King when I opened the box it was not just because of the earphones. It was because of the unexpected additions to the earphones which really add value to the product. You are given a little thing with a rubber like texture to put each earphone in securely. You can then put this in a lovely black, silky case and the combination of the two helps protect the earphones from damage and becoming dirty. I am thankful for this as I can put my earphones in the pockets of my jeans, in the small case without risking damage as that was how I broke a pair of my Ipod earphones. This also makes the ease of transporting the earphones very easy and leaves you with no excuse if you damage them.
As I mentioned earlier, I was not aware of how good earphone sound quality could get. The product description says that Sennheiser's 'Basswind' system helps create a superior, bass driven stereo sound experience. Now that all sounds well and good in a marketing brochure for Sennheiser but it truly is something you can really feel. I noticed how much louder I could get my songs to play with these earphones compared to my old standard Ipod earphones. The bass and overall sound quality also seems a lot crisper and due to this and everything else I have said I am definately making sure I look after these earphones better.
Sennheiser has a fantastic reputation in the headphones industry and these earphones definately live up to that.