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I bought my Sennheiser PX 200 headphones two years ago, and haven't looked back. After heavy use in tropical climates they are coming to the end of their life and I will be replacing them with....another pair of the same!
They cost me £35 online, which is quite a bargain considering they retail for up to £45. I chose the white version as they seemed more girly than the black. They look super and stylish when worn, and I've had plenty of positive comments about that. Perhaps the black ones would be more sensible if you want them to stay pristine, as white definitely shows up all the marks.
I specifically chose them for their folding action, as I do a lot of travelling and wanted something compact. They don't fold up particularly small but they are neat and easy to store once in their carry case. Getting them in there takes can be fiddly at first, but when you've mastered all the steps it only takes a second. The wire wraps around the edge of the case and as a result is only half protected. My best friend has the same headphones as me and managed to damage the exposed wire when it was stored in her rucksack, so take care with that.
They are fantastic for travelling because of the semi-closed ear pieces. I love them because I can have my music loud without the fear of annoyed looks from fellow passengers on planes, buses and trains. They really do keep the sound within. An added bonus of this is that the volume can be turned down lower than it would be with ear-bud earphones or open headphones, thus saving battery power on your MP3 player. Additionally they block out a lot of the ambient surrounding noise which is especially good for listening to chilled out music whilst trying to relax on long journeys in a noisy environment such as a plane or bus. They are also lightweight.
The quality of sound is fantastic, for such budget headphones. Not at all tinny and the bass is solid. A definite upgrade to the typical earphones supplied with most MP3 players. Personally I've always thought that if you're willing to spend over £100 on an Ipod or such, you should get some decent headphones to go with it, and these do the trick without breaking the bank.
The only downside is the plastic coating over the foam headpiece and ear pieces. After two years the plastic coating on mine has degraded completely and there is now just a few ragged bits covering the exposed foam. I think the reason for this however is due to their use in a very humid tropical climate. And perhaps also the fact that I wear them when running outdoors in the rain sometimes. So perhaps not a problem if you don't plan on using them or storing them in damp conditions.
This review also appears on Ciao under my username sbeach000
So there are headphones, and then there are Senheiser headphones. They are a leading name in audio/hi-fi sound-reproduction hardware and this is a perfect example of why they bear this reputation.
When I got my first iPod a few years ago, I thought I ought to get some decent headphones to accompany them. I had always used in-ear headphones, which can be great if you go with the right manufacturer (I advocate Creative earphones) but they just don't last. Also because they are relatively cheap, I don't tend to worry too much about takig care of them. I wanted a decent pair of 'phones I could prize.
A friend recommended Senheiser to me and I began to investigate their range. I found these, a number of years ago now, at the very reasonable price of £25 and, being as they had been well-reviewed, I decided to fork out. I do not regret that decision.
First of all they come in a cool little case to carry round with you. The speakers themselves twist and the whole unit folds around itself in a well-designed way to fit nicely in the case, and just to be as compact as possible. They are also easy to unfurl and adjust to a comfortable size (which is good for me, habing a particularly large head!).
The sounds they produce is excellent. Though the bass could be a little bit more meaty (even using the bass-booster EQ on my iPod), the general sound quality is very high. No hint of hiss, tinniness or, which is my next point, atmospheric noise. Compared to their cousin model, the PX100, this model has a leather covering on the ear-cup, which I must say is very effective at blocking out noise - perfect for using on a noisy bus. However, to ahieve this they are not so tight as to be uncomfortable, though I do find after a couple of hours wearing them my ears do start to ache. All-in-all though they are comfortable to wear and will let you escape into your own little musical world without interruption.
I also happen to think they are well designed and pretty cool-looking. The aesthetics are simple, but the finish on the casing is sleek and the build quality is great, they have not shown any sign of weakness or even susceptibility to scratching. They have lasted VERY well since I have owned them, no loss of sound quality or reduction in build integrity - they are just as good as the day I bought them, and that was a LONG time ago. Another important point is that they won't drain your battery dead quickly. Obviously smaller earphones use less power, but with most modern devices with good battery life-you can use the headphones for a long time without your device dying on you.
I would definitely recommend these headphones. Even though they are not top of the range price-wise (though they have strangely increased in price since I bought them), they produce great sound from a range of devices and are very well made. They are comfortable to wear over a reasonably long time-period and mine have not shown signs of degeneration in the years I have owned them. A perfect alternative to cheap and crappy earphones.
These Sennheiser headphones are not suitable for the elitist audiophile, however for someone wanting a (really) decent sound on their MP3 player they are, in my opinion, unbeatable. Having tried out the equivalent from Sony I can guarantee that the sound quality on these are superb. This model, rather than the PX 100, has a closed back which, according to the makers, provides a strong, hearty bass. I have to concur with this as the bass comes out with huge texture, never distorting the music however loud I seem to play it.
Furthermore, as an eclectic music listener, these headphones do not suffer in the least from any hissing sound, even when listening to soft or classical music. They are also great for plugging into your computer, providing quality sounds whether watching movies or gaming.
One further key feature is the nifty ability to fold up when not being used. There is almost an aesthetic joy to this as well as being a good feature to ensure no damage.
Sennheiser themselves provide immense quality care too. I have been using theses headphones for a few years now and their customer service was of great use when my pair broke in New Zealand! They immediately exchanged them on proof of purchase with a brand new pair as the damage fell within the 2 year guarantee.
Overall, for the quality and for the price, you can't beat these headphones!
Finally a pair of headphones that not only looks stylish to carry anywhere but compact enough to be packed in your handbag without having to worry about snapping it in two.
Reasonably priced, the Sennheiser PX 200 does pretty well for outdoor and indoor use. Patented duofoilTM diaphragms provides a sound pressure level of around 115 decibels. thats enough to drown out sounds if you're on the tube (which is around 100 dB). The sounds are refined and smooth in the highs with good body in the bass.
In addition to the ear pads which are covered in leather, there are two pads under the band which rest on your head, providing extra comfort. No discomfort was felt after a whole day's use, unlike some other headphones which can cup your ears too tightly. Extremely lightweight, great for bringin around.
Aesthetics and quality:
Extremely well built with stainless steel headband and hinges. the leather covers provide a touch of luxury, unlike cheap foam pads on other models. Appearance wise, this white version definately makes a great companion to an Ipod! (for those who are looking for something more discreet there's a black version)
Whilst the casing provides good protection, keeping the headphones in it can be abit fiddly when first using it. There are markings on the ends indicating which side to fold first but the overall motion still takes a while to get used to. Fitting it in the box requires some pushing and adjusting to get in, not a 2 second job (i've had mine for about a month now and it still takes a good minute to keep it).. not quite the smooth motion you'd expect.
Despite that, its a great chic, compact pair of headphones that sounds great on both hifi systems and portable players. With that Apple-ish design and colour.. one will have no qualms wearing it plugged into iphones on the tube or bus. beautiful and totally worth the money!