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Good, but frustrating
on March 12, 2014
I'm a cyclist that can't keep ear buds in my ears, so I pretty much have to go with the over-ear wrap-around style. Unfortunately, these are no longer the vogue. I had a pair of SONYs that were awesome and lasted a long time (MDR-45s?). When they finally died, I went through several models that were either uncomfortable or sounded terrible (Motorola, Koss, etc.). When I got my first pair of these, my reaction was . . . FINALLY. Comfortable, good sound quality (albeit not studio quality), lightweight but well-constructed, etc. Unfortunately, my pleasure turned to disappointment several months later when one of the drivers started to distort low frequencies. It's kind of odd that it wasn't totally "blown". It would play mid-range and higher frequencies OK, but the low end was obviously and noticeably garbled. I confirmed that it was my .mp3 player by using the headphones in another device with same results.
I thought that maybe I just got a "lemon" set and bought another pair. Again, good start. Again, some months later, one of the drivers did the same thing. I decided to take off the ear pads and see if I could find anything obvious that might be amiss. I noticed that the drivers are protected by a chrome dome piece that showed obvious signs of corrosion (from perspiration). I wonder if that corrosion, or its byproducts, is impacting the drivers. I couldn't take this any further since the driver unit is encased inside this chrome and plastic compartment.
I shopped around for a suitable replacement brand and didn't have much luck, so I thought I'd try a couple more pairs. My luck ran out with one of the two sets - same problem. One of the two sets is still working OK, but I'm guessing they'll fail pretty soon.
If these were $20/pair, I may just keep buying them when they fail. But at the price they're running, I'm going to have to keep trying to find an alternative. It seems that there are a lot of people looking for good headphones like these for sports. I wish Sennheiser would troubleshoot this issue and modify its design.