Product Type: Sennheiser headphones
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Sennheiser MX 660
Member Name: Nar2
Sennheiser MX 660
Advantages: Good price; comes with holder and PVC wallet, Great sound quality & in-line vol. control.
Disadvantages: Slightly tacky finish, leaks sound, availability, only 1 set of felt pads, no bigger 3.5mm jack.
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! İNar2 2010
Summary: A surprisingly great set of in-ear headphones that should fit the needs of many!
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