Sennheiser MX580 In-Ear Stereo Headphone with Intergrated Volume Control (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Ergonomic design for a comfortable fit
- Cable slider manages excess cable
- Intergrate volume control and storage pouch
- Ear sleeves for a snug fit
- Includes ear pads and cable clip
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This new collection of affordable a dn stylish headphones provides a wide variety to consumers, particularly young sound lovers. There are six models each for men and women.
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I enjoy the sound quality of these, very neutral and upfront sound. These are not basshead earbuds, thankfully, they are not very punchy, but doesn't overpower the other frequencies. It has surprisingly good midrange clarity which is important. Acoustic music should sound good with these. They do roll off and lose clarity as you reach higher frequencies, but this fit me since it prevent sibilance. These have decent soundstage too, as far as earbuds are worth. Some earbuds has fake soundstage that are just a lot of reverb which gives you a headache, not these.
I would use foam pads with them to keep dirt from getting into the 'speaker grills' and blocking them and to improve the sound.
I am giving it a 4 stars because the price could be lower.
PS. The 's' in Sennheiser are pronounced with a 'z' sound.
They come with three styles of ear cushion: the soft foam cushions that completely cover the buds, as well as two styles of rubber cushions that fit around the bud but do not enter the ear canal. They are comfortable to wear, even for extended periods of time. The built-in volume control is a little extraneous in my opinion, and adds extra weight to the cord, but the ear buds also come with a cord clip so you can clip the cord to your clothing, taking the weight of the the volume control off your ears. While the response range is good and the impedance is low, they don't provide much isolation, and since they don't enter the ear canal they require a little additional volume compared to in-ear buds that provide more isolation; you may also need to adjust your device's equalization if you want to boost certain frequency ranges. The sound is clear and full, with just the right amount of punch. The only time they've sounded thin is when worn outside on windy days. My only wish is that Koss made something similar. Overall I'm happy with the product.
Note they do not block outside sounds (good in some cases). If you want noise reduction you will need to buy IEMs or active noise reducing headphones.
Now a few points about some of the other reviews:
Near audiophile quality?
I have to agree. I think they sound amazing, but I haven't compared them to actual audiophile buds. I'm fairly new to portable audio, but I've always bought high quality stuff for home and I enjoy these buds as much as my home system.
Poor bass performance?
I couldn't disagree more. I love bass guitar and the beat of bass drums and tom-toms, but I like it to be clean and tight, and loud enough to be clearly heard, but I don't want it to be booming or overpowering. Listening to quieter bassy tunes from bands like Steely Dan, Dire Straits, & U2, I think the bass performance is excellent. You can clearly hear each note and they are not muffled or muddy and they don't boom and overpower the other instruments. And then on harder tunes, assuming the sound engineer wanted you to hear it, the bass is right there keeping the beat. Without getting personal, I have to wonder if people that complain about poor bass have hearing damage from too many concerts and listening to their music too loud?
Crappy inline volume control?
Sure, it could be better, but it's better than nothing. Just set it at maximum and use the volume control on your player to set the listening volume. Then use the slider to quickly cut the volume, without having to reach for your player, if you need to pay attention to something else. One problem is that it takes a couple of seconds to feel for the slider, as it's smooth and the same size as the switch itself. It might work better if it was a mute button with a locking feature, but with practice, you can use it to adjust the volume on extra loud songs, so it is nice having that control too. I think I'll file some serrations on it when I get a chance.
They don't block exterior noise.
No duh! These are not sealing in-ear monitors. If you prefer those, Sennheiser makes those too. I prefer the open sound stage you get with buds. I also like my ears to "breathe". I also like to be able to hum or sing along at times, which isn't a problem with buds. With my experience with IEMs, any noise you make, even just breathing, is amplified in your head. Humming or whispering is amplified so much it overpowers the music. Also, you can hear things like your shirt rubbing on the phone cords. So if you don't HAVE to seal out exterior noises, then I'd recommend buds; otherwise, look elsewhere.
Leather storage pouch.
Someone thought it was humorous these came with a leather storage pouch just for the ear buds. First, I think it's "pleather". Second, I think it's meant for both the ear buds and your player (I think most smaller players will fit). The same person complained that the foams are extremely prone to falling off. Yeah, if you just shove them in your pocket that is probably likely to happen. You may want to crazy glue them in place. Or maybe you can just stuff everything in the soft and scratch resistant storage pouch and then shove that in your pocket, along with your keys and change and etc.
***** Anyway, even though I think the volume control could be better, and I don't like the right angle audio plug, I'm still giving these 5-stars because I "love" them. I'm sure I would love some buds that cost 10 times as much better, but that doesn't mean that they would deserve more stars (and I'd rather have the cash). *****
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