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I have had these earphones for around two years and when I first bought them found them to sit rather uncomfortably 'deep' in the ear. It almost felt like the band across the back of the head was forcing the earphones into the ear canal. I got used to the feeling though and the sound clarity that these earphones generate is first-rate. I was impressed by the build quality and there is very little that can actually 'come off' the earphones and they are remarkably well built compared to rival products.
I used the headphones at the gym twice/three times a week and they survived sweat, splashes of water from my water bottle and being dropped repeatedly. I would not hesitate in recommending these headphones to anyone. I am replacing mine now as, over time, the plastic just beneath the writing that says 'PMX80' has split from the over-ear piece and actually split the wire beneath. Having said that the earphones have survived several half-marathons and numerous gym sessions so this kind of wear and tear is to be expected!
Overall I would say they are a great product for anyone serious about their exercise who do not want to replace their headphones every couple of months.
I've gone through about 4 or 5 pairs of these during the past 2 years. They have excellent sound and all frequencies are faithfully reproduced, particularly bass. The band on the back helps hold them neatly in place while jogging. The cable has plenty of length and it comes with a clip and a spare pair of foam covers.
The wire enters on one side only.
Unfortunately, if like me you sweat a lot during exercise, one of the phones will die at some point. At least I think it's the sweat; it could be that the moving around weakens the cable over time. Either way, they do break. I only kept replacing them because no other product seemed to do the job as well, despite the short life. I have since resorted back to my iphone headphones, which seem to have lasted rather better, despite not sounding as good as these.
I have had these earphones for a few months now and I must say they are excellent for what I need them for. I use these only for running and gym sessions. They have never fallen out and sweat has never affected sound quality. If I was picking at straws I would mention that the lead is rather large and jumps about a bit while running but they do provide a clip that is recommended to use and this minimises that problem.
It is worth noting that these are designed mainly for active use and sound quality is good for its prime purpose however much better earphones will be out there if sound quality is what you are after. Also from a fashion point I would not advice purchasing these earphones if you were just using for general use (i.e I always revert back to the apple ear phones that came with the ipod when travelling on the bus to work!!!)
The Sennheiser PMX 80 Eco II headphones are, in a word, perfect. If you like a quick run after work or are a serious athlete then you'll know that the most annoying thing about in ear headphones is that they fall out 10 feet up the road! The PMX 80's fit snuggly into your ears and has a sprung band which clamps them (firmly but gently!) into place. The band sits on the base of your neck. Its an altogether comfortable setup which never falls out. The position of the band on your neck with take all of 2 minutes to get used to.
The headphones come with plenty of cable. I run with an arm strap for my ipod and like to thread the cable through my running top so that it doesnt flap around annoyingly while running. There is more than enough to do this and have freedom of movement. There is a clip included which allows the cable to be attatched to clothing to secure the cable.
The Eco II packaging is all cardboard, and more importantly, totally recyclable. Its easier to open than plastic packaging and is sufficiently protective of the headphones to ship through the post.
The only drawback to these headphones is if you dont like bright orange! But they are useful for running in the dark! Oh, the sound quality is excellent too! Highly recommended.
After a few weeks of using Apple headphones whilst doing exercise I realised that the Apple headphones are simply no good - Why? As soon as sweat comes into contact with the headphones they begin crackling and skipping.
I set out looking for some headphones which I could take out running.
The criteria I had in mind was:
1) They must be robust
2) They must be sweat resistant
3) Produce high quality sound
4) Not fall out of my ears on a run
After taking these headphones out on their first test "run" - Excuse the pun! I was really impressed at how these headphones meet all these requirements. Furthermore they stand out from the crowd with their bright colours as well.
But surely their must be some disadvantages I hear you ask? - Well unfortunately yes:
Firstly, I would not recommend these headphones to anyone that likes to listen to music whilst doing weights. The band at the back makes bench-pressing impossible as it sticks out at the back slightly meaning you cannot lie back on the bench correctly.
Secondly, they seem to hurt my ears just behind the tragus and I have to keep adjusting them during a run to regain a bit of comfort. I can confirm that this is not just a problem with my ears as my girlfriend has used them on occasions and has also complained about discomfort.
One word of advice - See if you can try some of these first just to check that they are not uncomfortable for you as well.
It's a shame as all in all these are some superb headphones!
Owned these headphone for 6 months now and they are absolutely perfect at what they do. They are designed as a budget pair of sports headphones so as long as you don't expect life changing sound quality or comfort, you will be especially pleased. For the price, they are fantastic. Mine have been covered in sweat and bashed around and still work which is great.
Most people will buy these as an alternative for in ear split headphones which can be a nightmare when you're active, simply falling out at the first sign of physical activity. The Sennheiser PMX 80's will stay in your ears no matter what you do, mine have never ever fallen out and have probably covered around 300miles of running and countless gym sessions. I have never had a major issue with comfort either, and, once in place, they do not need to be adjusted. I will admit, however, that after about 2hrs they do become a little uncomfortable but few people will wear them for such a prolonged period.
Sound quality is good for the price and style of headphones, again I must stress that these are designed for the gym or other activities and not purely for sound quality. If you want a pair of headphones for home or commuting, on ear or earbud headphones for the same money will sound better. As sports headphones go, though, these are brilliant.
Highly recommended for the active individual, but seek alternatives for home or general use.
Although I am relatively new to the world of running, I knew before I started that my iPod headphones would not be sufficient for the rigours of sport -- they would just fall out. I needed sport headphones, and after a recommendation I took a gamble on the Sennheiser PMX80 Sport II.
First and foremost, I went for the environmentally-friendly packaged ones, and the cardboard box it was supplied in was quite a feat of design. I was very impressed with Sennheiser for doing this, I hate throwing away those horrible to get into plastic-sealed boxes. I hope more companies follow suit with this idea.
Anyway, to the headphones. They only come in one size and are not adjustable, so I'm not sure how they fit on everybody, but for me they are a perfect fit. They comfortably latch on around your ears for support and bend around the back of your head. The ear-buds sit close into your ear, but don't make their way too deep like some other inner-ear models (a feature which I really don't like, and also think could be dangerous). These earphones are not going to filter out all external sound, which is a good thing if you're running outside, but it's enough to hear all of your tracks while on the road or in the gym without needing the volume cranked up to 11.
Here's the good part: they never fall off. I've done more than 50 runs in these now, and not once have they even moved out of place. Writing this review has made me realise how much I now take them for granted. Fantastic design! If I could describe the PMX80's in one word, I would say: solid.
I don't think many people would expect crystal clear audio from a pair of sports headphones, and I certainly wasn't, but I was very nicely surprised by the quality coming out of these. They are certainly superior to the default earphones supplied with iPods/iPhones.
These Sennheiser headphones are an excellent mid-range sports headphone choice. At first glance, they are stylish, like most of the Sennheiser range and the bright colours are vivid and attractive. I bought these headphones to use at the gym and while out running and have found that they are perfect for both roles.
The headphones stay securely in position during any normal exercise (I have tried running, cycling and rowing) and fit much more comfortably in the ear than I was expecting. A word of warning is that they are not adjustable so if you have a particularly small or large head then they may not be suitable. The sound quality is the best that I have experienced with this type of headphone and it definitely provides good value for money.
The only downfall I have found with the "behind-the-neck" style is that when you are performing exercises which involve lying down (such as bench press or sit ups) it is not very comfortable and on rare occasions the ear-pieces can fall out. Nevertheless, it is still an excellent product.
These headphones are a good option for those people who want a more durable pair of headphones with staying power and a great design. The sound quality and range was far superior to any of the other headphones I have tried, although as with most in ear headphones the bass level is less clear. The neck strap (for want of a better word) is quite secure and i have found it suitable for skiing and cycling. However when I wore them for a jog they felt less secure and the strap bounced around behind my head - although they did stay on far better than standard in ear headphones.
The line was sufficiently long to have in a pocket whilst in use but is not long enough to put in a leg pocket comfortably. The earpieces are comfortable and secure, although by boyfriend thought that they rubbed his ear after a couple of hours of use. The earpieces and curve of the band are suitable to use underneath a helmet - although they are hard to take off under a helmet. The rubber earpiece covers did eventually fall off after a couple of months, however the headphones came with a spare pare which have stayed on better with a bit of superglue!
Overall a good product - these have taken a fair bit of use since i bought them in december and they are still looking and sounding great.
I bought a pair of these headphones a couple of years ago for £29.99. Visually they looked very nice with their smooth curves and bright colours; in fact many of my friends passed comment on them. They also did the trick when I was out running or in the gym as due to the headband they stayed in place, unlike my normal ear buds / in ear phones that were always coming loose or falling out. I couldn't really complain about the sound quality, but didn't really rate it either. I would simply describe it as average. The main thing that annoyed me about these headphones is that they weren't very comfy at all, and I'd even go as far to say that at times they sometimes hurt my inner ears. Some might think that this is a price that you'd pay for sports headphones, but personally I don't think that this is a compromise you should have to make as I think you could get another pair of "sports" headphones at a cheaper price. Also, the wire came loose from the headband unit after about six months and I had to tape it back on. Personally I expected more from sennheiser and don't think i'd buy these again. They look very nice, but when it comes down to it they just don't cut it.
The Sennheiser PMX 80 Sport II earphones are excellent. I bought a pair about a month ago to use with my ipod while out running. They fit very comfortably and do not budge during my runs. This is from someone who has never been able to find a comfortable set of in the ear earphones in his life. I must have somewhat funny shaped ears!
The earphones are kept firmly in the ear by a neckband that goes over the back of the ears and round the back of the neck. This system works fantastically and is very comfortable. Before buying the product one worry was how the design may have been uncomfortable or impractical if wearing a wooly hat or hoody. I can confirm that the neckband is designed to fit close enough to your neck not to interfere with these items of clothing.
The sound is good (while not blocking out all the noise so you can still here those cars when crossing the road). The yellow colour of the PMX 80 is a vast improvement on the previous model PMX 70's horrible green in my opinion. They also have a reflective strip on the back of the neck band to add visibility to you when out running.
The one downside to this product if I was pressed to find one, is that due to the back of the neck design these earphones are not so comfortable if you are listening to stuff lying down as the neckband pushes against the pillow/cushion your head is against. But then again the clue is in the name The Sennheiser PMX 80 Sport II. You are buying these for sport aren't you so what are you doing lying down!