Sennheiser CX300-W Earbuds (White) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- High-quality dynamic speaker systems for powerful, bass-driven stereo sound
- Convenient carrying pouch included
- Optimised for MP3, iPod, iPhone, CD players and portable gaming systems
- Asymmetrical cable
- 2-year warranty
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Offering a powerful, bass-driven stereo sound with greater clarity and improved dynamics are the CX 300-II Precision Black ear-canal phones. The various sizes of ear adapters (S/M/L sizes) provided in the package allow for a personalised fit as well as a high passive attenuation of ambient noise. Also, the asymmetrical cable design ensures a high wearing comfort as you listen on the go.
Top Customer Reviews
I would recommend these earphones to anyone, and at $20 a pop, you cant go wrong.
(A quick note: The 595 mod involves removing the stick on foam pads that are on the inner grid of the 555. This foam cripples the headphones by decreasing the lower bass and causing a nasal midrange and treble.)
The HD555s are triple the cost, so this is a rather fair comparison. ;-)The Earbuds are well built although considerably smaller. The sit inyour earsinstead of on your head. The lonnger right cable is nice and I pass it around the back sode of my head. This keeps the cord from getting in the way. The silicone padsare softer than most and really do seal off the outside.
My first impressions of the audio were not good. The bass is a bit heavy and the top end was quite hard sounding. Iplugged them in and let them play for a few hours while I did other things. After breaking in a bit, the hardness subsided. These are not neutral like my bigger 555s but then again, these are tiny earbuds. The 555s tell it like it is. They are fast, accurate and comfortable. The 300 IIs are comfortable as well. The bass is more prominent than in the bigger phones but the 555s go down lower as well have a greater resolution in the bass. Its quantity vs quality and in this regard, the 555s win. The 555s get it right, especially with the 595 mod. Others will disagree, since they will not want phones that are not "bass shy."
At the other extreme, the 555's advantage is greater. The 300 IIs do not go up quite as high. They also add a bit of brightness before they start rolling off. The added hardness also hurts the 300 IIs. Remember, this is a comparison with phones that are triple the cost.
The midrange is another story. In fact, from the upper bass to lower treble, The 300 IIs can hold their own against the modded 555s. Things like guitars, piano, and especially voices are very clear and articulate. The resolution is incredibly surprising.
Imaging is another strong point. The 555s are great and the 300 IIs are at least as good.
These really do isolate you and if that is what you want, you will like it. It even works better than the noise cancelling phones I have tried. Sound quality is better as well.
As far as sound quality, the bloated bass is the only "issue." Many will prefer this. The top end hardness is going away and I speculate this will become a non issue as these phones continue to break in.
I can not say these are bad for classical music. Orchestral music is hurt because of the moderately bloated bass. Above that, they can hold their own against much more expensive phones.
I do find I keep the volume down. The isolation, heavy bass and great resolution make lower volume listening preferable. IMHO. Earbuds tend to have a heavy bass so it is hard to get way from that. However, the better performance above that plus the escellent imaging do make the C300 IIs a contender.
I recommend you stay away from the resellers and make sure your purchase is directly from Sennheiser.
Here is a list of non-authorized dealers.