- Sennheiser MX 880 Headphones
Sennheiser MX 880 High-Performance Sound Earbuds with Integrated Rotary Volume Control (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Ergonomic earbud design
- Intergrated volume control and storage pouch for enhanced convience
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Delivery Includes: MX 880 earphones, ear pads, cable clip, 2 year warranty
Top Customer Reviews
After some research, I found that Sennheiser (among a few other companies) makes earbuds that are worthy of an audiophile's attention and I purchased their MX-660 in December 2009 which were top-o'-the-line at the time. I did a review on them here stating how wonderful they sounded but I didn't expect Sennheiser to up the ante with the MX-880. Are these better than the MX-660? Yes, in a word.
Unlike their other bud offerings, Sennheiser chose to use a dynamic speaker with a transducer that gives the beautifully-designed 880's a clean and vibrant sound with very little midrange/upper bass blare. In fact, these buds are darn near as balanced as my Grado SR-325i which is saying a lot. However, beware that having balanced 'phones will reveal how great or poor your recordings are. No bass-from-hell design here to cover up any musical shortcomings! If your hardware (MP3's player, Smartphone, PC, portable CD player, DAC, etc.) is good or bad, and the source (MP3, WAV, 24/96 file, CD, etc.) is good or bad, your results will be, as you would guess, good or bad. While I mainly use these with my NuForce uDAC/headphone amp unit USB'd to my laptop, their sound is simply spectacular.Read more ›
between 40 and 200 dollars. These MX 880's are the best so far. Great ear well fit-very low distortion, wide range sound-high sensitivity. They're impedance matched well with the 6 devices I
used them with. I'm no engineer, but have been an audiophile since the late 60's. I'd say most people would enjoy them as much as I do. Transducers are subjective but I think these are exceptional. Very
good bass by the way.
So, I looked for high quality, semi-open buds, which is what the Sennheiser MX880s are. These type of phones sit at the opening of the ear canal, not plugged into it like the Shure. Sennheiser also makes earphones which wrap around behind the ear, but they were out of my price range. They also make earphones which plug into the ear canal, but do not wrap around behind the ear. But for practical use, I wanted to be able to be alerted of family issues without listening with one ear unplugged. Of course, if you crank your volume loud enough, semi-open design won't help this either. I trust Sennheiser because I have used other Sennheiser products and believe they are a good value.
One advantage to having semi-open buds is that they have a wider sounds stage and the music sounds like it spans across in front of you, OUTSIDE your head, rather than trapped INSIDE your head. Music usually sounds a little more natural with this design also. The MX880's have an awesome sound stage and incredible stereo separation! You can hear individual instruments, and the sound is very detailed. It's like watching a high definition movie which has much higher resolution.Read more ›
The basic sound quality is quite good for in-ear headphones. Treble and spoken words sound clear and the bass is detailed enough to avoid sounding like the repetitive thudding you get from cheaper audio without being so overpowering that it's uncomfortable. Unfortunately, it's very difficult to maintain that quality. First, and most problematic, is that they just don't fit right. I never thought of myself as having small ears, but these are definitely designed for someone larger than me. The sound is great when I push in on the headphones, but they never stay there. If I'm running (or even walking quickly) I have to push them back in every ten minutes or so as they gradually start to fall out. Even if I'm completely still they never feel like they're sitting quite where they're intended to be.
Second, the in-line volume control is useless. Set to its highest level the volume is evenly distributed to both ears, but as you start to turn it down the volume decreases unevenly, so that there are only a couple "sweet spots" where you're actually getting sound out of both sides. I can see where this feature might be nice if you need to quickly turn it down to hear someone talk to you, but for all practical purposes you're going to leave it turned all the way up, which means this feature is not only obsolete, but just becomes an extra thing to slap you in the arm as you walk around unless you pin it down. I haven't used them long enough to be sure, but it looks as though after prolonged use this area could become easily worn or damaged.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I brought this in October; however it didn't work one week ago. I can not touch the plug, if i do so, no sound will come out! Anyway, it's not the quality of Sennheiser. I hate it!Published on January 21, 2013 by wang
I bought this item after a lot of looking here and there. I wanted to have something that I could keep and enjoy for a long time. Unfortunately i am disappointed. Read morePublished on October 27, 2012 by jehandad
First thing I have to claim is that this ear bud has solid built quality. Once I forgot to get them out of my pocket before put my clothes into washing machine. Read morePublished on September 12, 2012 by 张朔
The Sennheiser MX980 are hailed as one of the best earbuds. I did have a chance to use them for a weekend, but they were too big for my ears. I settled for the MX 880. Read morePublished on May 8, 2012 by J.Cruz
These earbuds are outstanding! I have not fully completed the burn-in yet, but the highs and mids are absolutely terrific (there are parts of songs that I am discovering for the... Read morePublished on February 17, 2012 by Jim
First off, I really like Sennheiser products and I never had this experience in the past. The only reason I bought these was because my old pair went through the wash and died 4... Read morePublished on September 6, 2011 by j4nitor
Just got this earbud for a couple of hours. The sound is quite clear and well-balanced. The appearance of the earbud is also awesome. Read morePublished on June 8, 2011 by Hao
These earbud's fitment are a bit on the large side. For me they were a great fit and the foams they come with are thicker than most other earbud's foams. Read morePublished on April 26, 2011 by Remmy