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Comfortable, Decent sound, but bad noise leakage
on October 13, 2005
I recently lost a pair of excellent Sony wraparound *foldable* headphones that I dearly loved. Being unable to find them as Sony discontinued that pair, I settled on these Sennheisers. Unfortunately, as soon as I opened the box, I was dissapointed.
First off, as I soon realized, the little nubs shown on the photo aren't hinges. However, this shouldn't affect this review since nowhere does it say that they are foldable. Having a non-foldable pair of headphones is quite a disadvantage when going to gym, or stuffing them in a bookbag. They can quite easily get bent out of shape as I know from experience with the three pair of bent up Sonys that I have in my drawer.
To its credit, the fit is quite comfortable, but a little too open, compared to the previous Sony's I've owned. When you put these on, there is a good quarter of an inch between your ear and the speaker itself, leading to a pretty noticable sound leak. Now, I work in a pretty quiet office where the about the loudest sound you'll hear is faint typing, but with these headphones, I could hear sound leaking as far as 5 feet away, even with the volume at lower-than-normal level. Unfortunately for me, that is just unacceptable.
As far as sound quality, the low range is quite muted, to the point that many of the songs that I listen to have a noticeble loss in clarity. High and mid ranges are good, but nothing like the pair of Sonys that I used to own. It is especially noticeable when one turns on the Bass Boost equilizer on an iPod -- the headphones sound like they're transmitting sound through a muddy pond. Its pretty bad. However, I must admit that I'm quite a picky audiophile, so take my opinion with a grain of salt.
Comfort is excellent due to the speaker being so far away from my ear, so I've comfortably used these headphones all day without much trouble. Some difficulties arise from using these headphones with glasses, but not more than can be expected with the wraparound design.