Sennheiser CX300-B Earbuds (Black) - Old Version (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Powerful bass-driven stereo sound
- Perfect fit in the ear canal due to ear adapters in different sizes
- Excellent attenuation of ambient noise,Extremely small and lightweight
- Ideal for use with all MP3, CD, DVD, MD players and portable game systems
- Asymmetrical cable
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They are both much better than average earbuds (ex: apple earbuds)
Bass: CX300 is much stronger than E2C (if you like bass, you'll love CX300)
Clarity: E2C produce more clear and clean sound than CX300, because the bass on CX300 is so strong, it overshadows midrange and highrange sound a little bit.
Comfort: CX300 is much more comfortable to wear than E2C, I can wear CX300 all day and not being sore. With the E2C, it is hard to choose the right earbuds and I have to wear it right (I have to push them deeper into the ear canals) to receive a clear sound and a decent bass.
Cable quality: E2C have the best cable quality, much longer and thicker than CX300. That being said, CX300 cable is not too bad, but it can be a little short for a tall person.
In conclusion: I am happy with both earbuds, I used CX300 for outdoor and at work because it is comfortable to wear, and easy to put away. But I enjoy the E2C in my home when I just want to enjoy the quality of the music.
Sennheiser CX300 is good buy at $20 to $30 price range. And E2C is good at $40 to $50 price range. If you pay more than that, you pay too much.
Last word, if you want to enjoy richer sound of a better earbuds, you should rip your CD a least 260 bit-rate or higher. Believe me, it make a different, you will hear sound you thought it wasn't there.
Exactly how good is the noise attenuation?
Sennheiser says 'excellent', but surely you would want a more unbiased opinion. The noise attenuation is certainly good enough. I have tried them in the Athens Underground Railway (Metro). It is so noisy when the train moves, that with common closed headphones, it is impossible to hear the music at a volume that won't impair your hearing. With the CX-300 a lot of the noise is shut out, so you can enjoy your music at a reasonable volume. Another measure of comparison is that you can't hear a person that is near you speak, unless they shout. That is what these headphones were meant to do.
If you don't want or simply don't need noise reduction, you can buy just as good or even better headphones at a cheaper price. For example Sennheiser's PX and HD series, and AKG's K24 and K26.
Obviously for this price you can't buy high fidelity. The sound quality is up to Sennheiser's standards of course. I am using these with my Sony HD-5 mp3 player and haven't got any complaints. When I am not in the subway I usually go with Sennheiser's PX-200. I haven't made a real head to head comparison, but I think they are more or less a match on sound quality. So obviously, you can get better sound at home with quality speakers or quality bulky headphones.
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The sound is much better than the Sonys, as other reviewers have reported, the Sonys emphasize bass, and are weak in mids and high frequency. The soundstage opened up quite a bit with the CX300's, vocals are much more pronounced, and real cymbal sounds at the high end.
1. the cord on these is not an even Y shape, it long on the right ear short on the left, to drape across your neck. It's fine with me, but some people don't like that shape.
2. cord noise. Dude, these cords make a racket in the wind or against clothing, tranmitting to you ear a dull thud sound and or rustling sound. You can't move with the cord on clothing or you are going to hear it. Use during exercise would have to be in such a way the cord is not moving (like on a stationary bike they would probably be okay).
3. I couldn't get them to fit and seal quite right with any of the 3 size silicone ear pieces. The Sony's silicone ear tips fit right on the CX300's so I swapped for a slightly larger "medium" size from the Sony's and they sound great (get a good seal) and feel fine.
Huge upgrade over any standard earbud (i.e. Ipod white buds) and probably competitive with much higher-end buds.
I listened with: Iaudio U2 1gb, using Lame encoded 192k CBR mp3's and ogg encoded q4 files.
Using the Sennheiser CX300's, I was able to disable BBE, and MP3 enhancements, that previous I used with the Sony Bud's (to get decent sound). Listening to the CX300's set to flat equalization sounds great.
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I bought these from a third-party vendor, and what I was shipped was a counterfeit product. The sound was absolutely dreadful - no bass, no treble. Just tinny sound. Read morePublished 7 months ago by M. Elek
Fragile. Cord frayed and the earbuds broke within 18 months. Look elsewhere for a sturdier pair of earbuds --possibly the sports models.Published 16 months ago by William Mann