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Sennheiser CX 980 Metal Crafted High Fidelity Earbuds (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Unique swiveling straight/right-angled metal plug
  • In-flight adapter with swiveling coupling
  • Volume control intergrated into the cable
  • Clothing clip and carrying case that doubles as a cable winder
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Product Description

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Product Description

Features sophisticted curves, modern stainless stell accents and the finest sound quality. Complements devices like Apple iPhone and iPod.

From the Manufacturer

Combining top-quality sound with a stylish modern finish, the Sennheiser CX 980 ear canal headphones provide detailed, lifelike sound reproduction with a wide frequency response. Featuring exquisite metal-crafted stainless steel design elements, the CX 980 also offers a variety of finely tuned ergonomic design elements, including a rotating headphone plug that lets you choose a straight pin or 90 degree angle.

Sennheiser CX 980
Sennheiser CX 980

The large selection of seven adapters not only allows the earphones to be adapted perfectly to every ear size, it also enables you to change the sound image according to their preferences--depending on whether you prefer a bass-focused, bass-intensive, or fully balanced sound. They also block ambient noise so you can hear the intricacies of your music.

The included in-flight adapter allows you to tap into the latest movie with the same headphone, and switch back to your MP3 player or mobile with ease. When your MP3 player is out of reach, the in-line volume adjuster provides you with the control you demand.

What's in the Box

Headphones, ear adapter set, foam ear adapter set, ear adapter pouch, cable clip, ear debris guards, storage pouch, cleaning tool, in-flight adapter (dual 1/8-inch/3.5mm mono)


  • Frequency response: 16-24,000 Hz
  • Sound pressure level (SPL): 115 dB
  • Ear coupling: In-the-ear
  • Impedance: 32 ohms
  • Total harmonic distortion (THD): <0.1 percent
  • Connector: 1/8-inch (3.5mm) rotating plug
  • Cable length: 3.9 feet
  • Weight (without cable): 0.71 ounces

Optimized for MP3, iPod, iPhone (iPod and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries), and portable media players.


The Sennheiser CX 980 is covered by a 2-year warranty with the backing of Sennheiser's worldwide service network.

Product Details

Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 2.8 x 5.3 inches ; 14.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0035JKJ68
  • Item model number: CX 980
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at January 10, 2010

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brady Loveland on March 6, 2012
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I have a pair of Bose OE, Sennheiser HD 380 Pro's, and Klipsch X10 earbuds. I had several sets for several different purposes and then read about these and figured I would try them and still end up thinking I'd need to keep a few different sets, but I was wrong. The Sennheiser CX980's are amazing. They sound amazingly clear, have an excellent range, and build quality is top notch. I do wish the cord had a fabric wrap, or something similar to protect it a little better like some other earbuds and headphones I have seen, but even with the rubber cord, it seems a lot better than most and will hold up well. Compared to the Bose and Klipsch, it was very sad. I thought they sounded good before, but the CX980's made them sound dull, and distorted. The only set that came close to comparison were the HD 380 Pro's which sound amazing still, but are bulky, and don't seem to have quite the range as the earbuds do. It feels that after a few minutes of wear, I don't feel them anymore, and completely forget I am wearing them. They actually make an environment which is a strange feeling from a set of earbuds. The Klipsch piped the sound into your ear canal, where the CX980's create more of an environment like the HD 380 Pro's do.

Short story - I will be selling my Bose OE, Sennheiser HD 380 Pro's, and Klipsch X10's for these Sennheiser CX980's. I am very impressed.


Pros: Comfort, clarity, range, volume control, high quality build, well built and nice carrying case, airline adapter.

Cons: It seems the earbuds like most others can fall out or become loose a bit as you turn your head.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lildannyh on August 16, 2012
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Recently (as in last month), bought a pair of HifimAn RE-0's and they were awesome headphones, extremely well built and extremely clear. Unfortunately, they lack any kind of oomph when it comes to bass. Gave them to my daughter and went searching for a new pair. So lo and behold these things went on sale for a flash deal and I got them for $125. Here is my review:

Lots of stuff- Comes with all kinds of extra stuff, a box for traveling, a pouch full of buds, airplane adapter.

Stylish-Pretty nice looking headphones

Sound- Not quite as clear on the high end, as the hifiman's, but holy moly that low end is crazy. I am not sure how technically correct it is to have bass like this (might not be tight enough for some), but it is nice and deep and has a nice "punchy" feel to it.

Nice touches in construction- Read a reviewer who said they fall out of his ears, I have freakishly small ear canals and these things fit just fine and don't fall out of my ears ever. Very comfortable, not saying he is wrong just saying his experience isn't universal.. I dig the volume slider and the swivel headphone jack as well.


Bass might be too much for some, highs are very clear but not as clear as I think they should be at this price point.

Overall they are the best sounding headphones I have ever owned, and if I hadn't known how clear highs could be (from just having those extremely clear hifiman RE-0s) I would have given these 5 stars. As it is I feel that the bass makes up for the slightly muted high end, and would heartily recommend these to anyone who likes some kickin bass in their music.

EDIT: The right ear bud blew out, so now the sound is distorted really bad and this is less than a year old. Never went higher than max volume on a iphone 4s. Really dissapointed. Going to see if I can get a replacement, wish me luck
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JMMZH on August 2, 2011
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I have been a loyal Sennheiser user ever since I bought the PX100's back in 2005 based on a favorable magazine review at the time. I found their products to have a good balance of high fidelity yet reasonable prices. I later added the CX 400 earbuds in 2009 as I wanted more sound isolation on plane rides than what the PX100 headphones could provide. The CX400's were indispensable for listening to music. I brought them whenever I travelled and also used them frequently while at work. They are extremely comfortable to wear and had impressive sound quality for the price. On a whim I recently looked at what other earbuds Sennheiser had since released since my last purchase, wanting to see what their top products were. I read about the CX980 and decided to go for it, although admittedly of course after initially balking at the price. I am of the rationalization mindset that it is fine to pay more for a high quality product as long as it is used frequently enough.

These earbuds come in some pretty fancy packaging. Sennheiser gives you a travelling case along with a small clip to attach the cord to your shirt, along with an adaptor to convert the standard headphone jack to the double jack seen in airplanes. You also get seven sets of headphone covers: a foamy molding one that reminds me of earplugs that you roll tight and allow to expand in your ear canal, as well as six sets of the standard rubber covers, consisting of a small, medium, and large set of either standard bass settings or increased bass. I imagine most people will find one of the 7 to your liking in terms of fit and sound. For me it's the large standard bass set. You will also get tweezers and a set of replacement speaker filters which are rather tiny.
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