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Good, but not without Drawbacks
on May 14, 2014
If there's one thing I've learned about earphones, it's that no one model does it all. Besides all-purpose (wearing around the house or in the yard) usage, I have three special uses for headphones -- running, bicycling, and motorcycling. I bought the Sennheisers in the hope that they would serve all three purposes well. And for the price, it was worth the gamble. Well, two out of three ain't bad.
Some general observations about the Senns - They're plenty loud compared to most headphones I've tried. They have a nice, wide frequency response with solid bass and sparkly trebles. And despite what some reviewers think, I find them pretty comfortable - more on that later. Now, as to my specific uses:
JOGGING - Above all, jogging headphones have to stay in place. Second, they have to be impervious to sweat. The Sennheisers work well in those respects. After some initial adjusting of the earpieces, I was able to get a tight fit, and one that lasts for 45 minutes of pavement-pounding and head-bobbing. And for the duration of a run, the Senns stay in place and sound great, with no plugging up from sweat. I give them 5 stars for jogging.
BICYCLING - Bicycling needs are similar to jogging needs, with one extra requirement: they have to offer enough blockage to prevent wind from whistling between my ears and the phones. These fulfill that requirement quite nicely. Again, I give them 5 stars in this department.
MOTORCYCLING - We're moving into a different world here. For MC riding, headphones have to be loud - really loud. They have to have lots of bass to compensate for the frequency loss resulting from all that wind finding its way through my helmet. They have to be designed such that it is possible to pull a helmet over my head, while keeping the phones in place during that act. I find earbuds totally impossible in this respect; some sort of ear-hanger phones are required. So far, so good - the Senns do well for all of these requirements. Additionally, they remained quite comfortable over a four-hour ride - no small feat, considering that the headphones are being literally squeezed into my ears by my Shoei helmet.
Here's where things unravel a bit. In order to push my MP3 player loud and bassy enough for 70-mph highway riding, I play my Sony player through a Fiio E6 EQ/amplifier. I was surprised, and disappointed, to find that that the Senns distorted and barked rather badly unless I backed the bass way down. Switching back to my venerable Sony AS20J earphones, I got the usual clear and distortion-free sound under the same conditions. So for motorcycling, I can only give the Sennheisers about 2.5 stars. My Sonys will remain my riding headset of choice.
Overall, I think they are very good headphones, especially given this low, low price. However, I believe these are an older model - the newer Senns that replace these run about $50. Not such a bargain.
SO, OVERALL CONCLUSION - Great for jogging, great for bicycling, great for general purpose usage. Not so great for motorcycling.