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The PX100's look like something out of the 1980's. Think of the video of Cliff Richard's Wired for Sound and these headphones come to mind. They look rather cheap and like a Poundland special.
However these headphones are truly magical. They are the most comfortable pair of phones I have ever owned. Build quality is also superb they look cheap but the plastics are very strong and as the cable.
They cost around £25.00 (but certain shops charge £40 for these) but sound is simply amazing for the price. The details levels are upto the best nor is the bass but these are not £200 headphones. They are open backed so they sound very natural. The vocals have a perfect balance and are too thick or too thin. The bass is solid, well timed and subtle but more expensive headphones can dig deeper. On an expensive HIFI system they do make you feel like something is missing - it is. However on a portable device such as my Nokia N97 Mini mobile phone they sound great. The treble is very refined and the detail is also subtle but also apart of the music. The music just flows with no distraction, I can easily listen to these headphones not think I am only getting half the experience. The great thing about these is the music is purely balanced. It just plays the music, yes some detail is missing, yes the bass can be a bit soft but they are so musical you don't notice any of that. Some headphones offer far more detail for the price but can't sing or hold a tune. Everything is all over the place. What these headphones do is put everything to together perfectly - for the price.
Pump up the volume and the headphones don't loose it so many rivals just loose the plot with loose bass, messy treble and shallow vocals when the volume is increased. I wear these all the time when I am on the train and they help pass the time. My Grados would look rather silly on the train, these do still look old fashioned but they sound so good who cares?
I mentioned how comfortable they are, this is because they are so light you don't even notice you are wearing them. As they are the traditional headband over ear type they don't keep falling out like many in the ear headphones do either.
If you have £30 to spend on headphones then these are the best you can get. When I lost my original pair I replaced them with exactly the same but I would be interested to get hold of a pair of I-Grados to compare them with.
The main problem with these headphones is the short lead, which is fine for portable MP3 players but not much use when used in the HIFI system. I am going to buy an extension lead so I can use these when watching TV as my Grados SR60s can get a bit heavy.
Senheiser have made some good and bad headphones, I remember HD495s were one of the worst pair of headphones I have ever had, and their in the ear range are purely average. Then there is the DJ range which again are purely average and the competition just offers better value for money. With the PX100s they have got it 100% perfect - apart from the small lead.
I am not saying these are the best sounding headphones ever, far from it but for £25 they offer a taste of audiophile for no more than a crappy pair of Sony's from Argos.
I just cannot understand why these so cheap considering how good they sound.
I'm generally a fan of in ear headphones, but decided to buy a set of these recently after hearing a set. I managed to pick them up in my local Currys store for under £40 which I thought wasn't bad value.
When I tried them out, I instantly noticed the sound was amazing and much better than I had ever heard from any in ear set. I wasn't disappointed with my purchase at all. The clarity of sound was really good for a set of headphones this size, also the depth of the bass was extremely impressive.
You wouldn't expect such good sound for headphones of this price but the PMX 100's really deliver. In addition they are also very comfortable to wear and settle in place quite well so you often forget that you are even wearing them.
So apart from all these positives there is one important drawback which you should be aware of when deciding to purchase these. This is the sound leakage, which unfortunately is quite high. So if you're going to be listening to music alot on the train or other public places and don't want to disturb those around you, you may want to consider another pair!
Sennheiser PMX 100 - Purchased Dec 07 - £16.99 Amazon.co.uk
The Sennheiser headphones are the most comfortable headphones I have ever worn in my life; I find the in-ear style hurt mine so have always favoured neckband style.
The headphones themselves are very lightweight and the neckband fits snugly around the back of the neck. Once in place they feel secure and firm. I have used these many times in the gym and they have not once slipped.
The ear clips help to keep them in place but are really very comfortable I don't feel them pinching my ears at all like previous ones have.
The important part, the sound quality, is fantastic. The quality of the bass in these headphones is second to none. It really does make the whole experience of listening to music 10 times better at a fraction of the cost of more professional headphones. I have listened to many different genres, heavy metal, dance, rap, trance, pop and it sounds equally brilliant across the board!
I have these headphones for just over a year now and have found them to be very robust, along with my MP3 player they have been thrown around in my bag a few times. I have lost the ear covers but replaced them quite easily with a generic pair brought cheaply in HMV.