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1.0 out of 5 stars Great except if you sweat!, August 1, 2013
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This has been reported by others. I have had previous versions of these without the in-line controller. These, like the others, sound awesome, are super light and comfortable, and will not budge when you run. However, because of the in-line controller on this version, when I start sweating, my iPod starts freaking out - I start hearing track names announced, music pauses, plays, and skips songs randomly, and the controller stops responding. Obviously sweat is getting into the controller and shorting it out. Sennheiser is letting me send them back for "repair". Maybe they have figured out how to fix/retrofit the problem? Once I get them back I'll try them some more and report back here. If the problem isn't fixed, I'll have to return them for refund and try to find one of the previous models without the controller.

Update Sept 24 - I sent the first pair back to Sennheiser and described the problem. I figured they would retrofit them or send me a better designed model. Instead, I got a new set of headphones that were no different than the others, and within a few weeks they started doing exactly the same thing! So, I want my money back - and some loudmouth around here says we shouldn't complain about defective products because it's so easy to get your money back, right? Well, Amazon won't let me return them because my original order was more than 30 days ago, and Sennheiser won't give me a refund because I didn't buy them directly from them. So, I'm out almost $80 for something I'm throwing in the trash after just a few runs.

DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT!!!
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Initial post: Feb 23, 2014 11:49:35 PM PST
Kevin Mathew says:
Its the remote. As a sweaty runner, I have stopped buying headphones with buttons to control your phone/music device or even a mic. The headphones and cables are designed to handle sweat/water but apparently they just strap on the remote from their other headphones. This has happened to me with at least two different pairs of Sennheiser Sport headphones and some other brands as well. Keep this in mind when purchasing your next set of headphones, if you get another pair with a remote you will see that I am right.

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 9:37:15 AM PST
But you can use them without the controller, right? I have an ArmPocket armband, where I carry my Droid phone. And because it is on your arm, you do not need all the extra line...right?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2014 7:16:25 PM PST
M. Bryant says:
How are you using these with a Droid?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2014 9:08:10 PM PST
Not sure if you are talking to me, Bryant...but I am a runner. I run about 3 to 5 miles every morning. I do about a 9:40 min/mile, so you can guess how long I am actually running. I am using a Droid with the RunKeeper app, and usually only listen to Audible books. I am curious to know why there are no Droid-specific headsets around. Long story short, I went with the Polk Audio UltraFit 2000a headsets. (For Android phones). They work fantastic, have a silicone cover over the headsets, and are NOT "in-ear canal" headsets. The latter was very important to me for safety reasons...as I can now hear everything around me, as I run on the streets.

I would like so see runners headsets come with different sized cords, as some (like me) use ArmPocket type holders that fasten to the bicep. Normal wires, sans controllers, would also be a nice option. JMHO

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2014 10:31:43 AM PDT
I'm having the exat same problem. If you don't mind me asking, what headphones did you ultimately go with for running? I ran a half today and had to deal with the crazy skipping for about 4 miles until they finally just died. Fantastic.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2014 11:04:08 AM PDT
T. Bartman says:
I tracked down an earlier model of Sennheisers that didn't have a controller in the wire (like my two previous pairs). Because they stopped making them I found them new on eBay from some place that sells clearance stuff. I think there might be a new model out that also doesn't have the controller. I still love the sound of them and how they don't come out of the ears (although I noticed with my latest pair it took a while for the bass to sound good - this happens sometimes - speakers need "breaking in" for the bass). But just hunt around for any that are just like this but with nothing on the cord.

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 12:15:51 PM PDT
Flett9 says:
Thanks for the feedback and warning! I have the older yellow version of these headphones and the same thing happened to me. Sweat got inside the volume adjuster and corroded everything.
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