Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Sennheiser PX 100

I love my Sennys! Sennheiser is perhaps the most respected and well regarded headset producer in the world. Their high end sets are awesome - but I can't afford the ridiculous money they charge for those things.

However, I wanted quality on the cheap when it came to purchasing some headphones for use 'on the road' - or in my case 'on the cycle track.' And 'on the plane.' And 'on the train.' OK, you get the idea.

It shocks me how many people stick with the lousy sets that come with their portable audio devices. Does one really think that anything more than a few pennies of that £200 you just shelled out on a shiny new mp3 player went towards the free headphones it was supplied with? I read in one review of the Gmini400 (my player) that the headphones supplied were good. Well, I gave them one try - and then promptly threw them in the bin.

And so my search began. Of course, in the world of Google, searching is pretty easy. Here are a few links: The Sennheiser Site, with the usual ad blurb. Or try reading this excellent review from some guy down under.

I think I paid £30 for mine. I now see them retailed for around £25. At that price, they are an absolute bargain. In gadget terms simply amazing value for money. I really enjoy the music I listen to on the go now, instead of feeling like I'm missing out on so much of what I should be hearing. This morning my playlist brought up a Jeff Buckley track that had almost constant mid-range bass - I guess from a bass guitar. With cheap junk headphones, half of that track would have completely passed me by.

So in conclusion, if you're looking for a cheap pair of headphones that will not let you down, and may even exceed your expecations, try the Sennheiser PX 100! (Alternatively, you could try some of Koss' similarly priced offerings. There's not a lot to choose between the Sennys and the Kosssss').

PS - If you watch the BBC, they are currently running a spot for Radio 3 that features these headphones.


At 1:53 pm, Blogger Paul said...

Noooo! Then you'll realise that 128kbps AAC music from iTMS is low def!! Stick to crud ear buds like mine that have even lost their insulation and you'll be able to enjoy low def in blissful ignorance!

At 1:57 pm, Blogger James said...

I have the Sennheiser Earbuds – love em!

I think the reason some many people stick with the standard iPod buds is that they produce a very warm (and fuzzy) sound. It’s a smooth chocolate sound when playing back almost any type of music.

The Senns on the other hand are eminently crisp and snappy, with the bass pushing and retreating in a nano second!

At 2:54 pm, Blogger James said...

Ah, now that brings me nicely to something else that I wanted to mention — I don’t think that 128kbps AAC IS low. There are some songs that highlight the limitations of 128 AAC, but then there are also Photos that highlight the limitations of JPEG compression, hence RAW.

I’ve settled on VBR 192 AAC now, and I can’t here the difference between that setting and the original material on my Senns.


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