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After a couple of months of abuse my iPod earphones finally decided that would give me the impression I had Tinnitus, with the buzzing and ringing finally getting to levels where I couldn’t hear the music properly. Rather than buying a set of headphones that fitted into my ear, which I am sure is making me go deaf I elected to go with over the ear headphones. Paying £15.99 for a set of black Sennheiser PX100 headphones was quite reasonable considering proper Apple headphones can cost upwards of £20.
What can I say about the way the headphones look that can’t be gathered from the picture above? Not much really. As you can see, the adjustable head strap keeps them secure to your head, with the fit being rather snug. There are not plastic bits that stick out into your head which is nice. I recall my first Walkman headphones circa 1987 being as comfortable as wearing a crown of thorns.
The speakers are coated in a spongy foam that is styled so that you ear fits nicely inside, reducing the noise that escapes to annoy those sat around you and making sure that outside noise doesn’t filter in to affect the listening experience. Once the headphones are on, the strap adjusted and the music started it is like stepping into another world. The comfort and weight are instantly forgettable and I regularly forget that I have them on when I’m sat around.
The sound quality is crystal clear, with all tones from a low, mid to high range being picked up beautifully. Even songs with large amounts of bass sound fantastic and rather than a continual thudding sound, songs can be heard perfectly over the backing music.
As an alternative to expensive headphones for your MP3 player or home stereo, I would suggest you wander on over the Sennheiser website, Amazon or eBay and pick up a pair of the PX100s. They are built to last and will improve your listening experience without annoying people around you. A set of headphones then for the music lover with a conscience.