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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|Item Dimensions||2.8 x 1.3 x 7.9 in||—||—||3.25 x 3.6 x 6.75 in|
|Additional Features||Sennheiser MX 880 Headphones||lightweight||Hifi Sound||lightweight|
In the MX 880 earphones, you have a classic wearing style updated with coveted details: chrome plated parts for extra appeal and metallic hairlines for a subtle glittering effect. Of course, Sennheiser's sound heritage is not forgotten - you will be delighted to know that the high performance MX 880 earphones produce a powerful bass-driven stereo sound. And for your convenience, a newly-designed volume control with a horizontal rotary knob, has been integrated on the cable.
Delivery Includes: MX 880 earphones, ear pads, cable clip, 2 year warranty
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I read a Amazon review about how someone was unlucky enough to have uneven distribution of sound when using the volume control. I thought that maybe the reviewer just got very unlucky. However, I also seemed to have received a pair earbuds that can not distribute the sound evenly when using the volume control. Specifically, when I start to adjust the volume, the sound in the left side goes out. It goes absolutely silent. If I continue to play with the volume control, the sound comes back
I am a huge user of the volume control. It is just easier to adjust the volume while biking, working, watching a movie, or playing a game if there is a volume control.
Other than this one major flaw, I liked EVERYTHING else about these earbuds. Many have commented on the awkward volume control, but I've found that I can operate the volume control with one hand.
Thankfully, amazon.com allowed me to return them. So just hope you get a good volume control and pair of earbuds. If you do, I envy you :)
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.
The mids are smooth and detailed, and the highs sparkle. I really loved the sound of these buds, which is why I agonized for several days before returning them. So why did I? Both my Sennheiser over-the-ear headphones and my Shure in-ear phones died about the same time (I had the Senns for 8 years and the Shure for nearly 4)and I was thinking I could replace both with one product. The Sennheiser website states these have good bass response. But I was foolish to think such tiny speakers which sit outside your ears could put out the same bass as over-the-ear phones or in-ear phones. My mistake. I was disappointed because I had to boost the bass using EQ settings on my computer and iPod, and still felt I was getting mostly weak mid-bass. I don't think I am what audiophiles call a "basshead", but maybe I am. Bottom line: I was not satisfied with the bass output and returned them. They do have quality bass, but it seems overpowered and drowned by the gorgeous mids and highs. So maybe these would be much better suited to jazz and classical, whereas I like rock 'n' roll and blues.
One other feature I didn't care for: The cable is so thin, it seems any stress could damage it. I am careful with my gear, but I like thicker cables, and these were like thin wires that were barely insulated at all.
I must stress again, these have incredible sound quality and I think they are worth $70. I just wanted deeper, stronger bass. Yesterday, I went to a local HiFi sound dealer and listened to some Grado SR80i. I fell in love and plan to purchase them when I get my next paycheck. In the meantime, I am "headphoneless".
These fones have great mids and crisp trebles, even when hooked up to a regular mp3 player. The bass may be a bit lacking for peeps into hip-hop...but if your worried more about clarity then you might want to give these a try; to me they have ample bass.
There are people that are claiming that a pair of $26 S0ny earbuds have better quality than these. LOL i've listened to various cheap sony buds and have not been impressed with s0ny's sound quality. People also have to realize that the driver's found on audiophile buds are better suited for amping or driving through a highquality sound card. I play mine through Creative's SB X-Fi Fatality Pro soundcard and the bass is loud and tight, the trebles are simply amazing, and the mids get even more impressive.
Overall the soundstage for these earbuds (a listener's placement of all the instruments "surrounding" them) is above-average. On some songs i can hear the air off the guitar notes they're that clear. Also, always remember to use the highest quality bitrate songs available.
SOrry that I can't relate these earbuds to other quality fones, I just havent purchased that many earbuds in my past.
These are great for working out cuz they have a quality clip. The attenuator on the cord is not all that bad. It tones down sound on both buds fairly equal enough.