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Sennheiser CX300-S Earbuds (Silver)
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Sennheiser is the acknowledged world leader in headphone-transducer technology. These CX 300 headphones are its first consumer ear-canal model. The CX 300 model is ideal for use with portable MP3, CD, MD, DVD players and many other portable devices with 3.5mm headphone sockets. Soft Silicone-Rubber Ear adapters in three different sizes are included to ensure a perfect fit, high wearing comfort and an excellent attenuation of ambient noise.

The Sennheiser CX300-S Earbuds are the ideal ear buds for use with portable MP3, CD, MD, DVD players and many other portable devices with 3.5mm headphone sockets. Soft silicone-rubber ear adapters in three different sizes are included to ensure a perfect fit, high wearing comfort and an excellent attenuation of ambient noise. These ear buds, with their in-ear, sound-isolating design, offer powerful, bass-driven stereo performance. Extremely small and lightweight -- they weigh a bit more than an ounce -- the CX300-S will go wherever you take them. Designed in a stylish silver finish, the ear buds include a 3.5mm L-shaped plug and 21-inch asymmetrical cable. Sennheiser, an acknowledged world leader in headphone-transducer technology, offers a two-year manufacturer's warranty on the CX300-S.

Features:
  • In-ear, sound-isolating design ideal for use with all MP3, CD, DVD, MD players and portable game systems with 3.5mm headphone sockets
  • Includes three different sized ear adapters to ensure a perfect fit
  • Offers powerful, bass-driven stereo performance
  • Features 21-inch asymmetrical cable and 3.5mm L-shaped plug
  • Stylish silver finish design; comes with two-year manufacturer's warranty

Customer Reviews:

  • THE WORST!
    Absolutely awful sound! The earbuds have to be jammed deep into your ears (which hurts) to eliminate the tinny sound. And although there are three different size buds, none of them sit very well. This was a very unusual experience for me with a Sennheiser product. I have others and they're excellent. This particular item just happens to be a lemon. ...more info
  • Perfect
    These are the best ear buds I've ever had. They fit well and I can crank the volume all the way up with no distortion. They work well in the gym and when running. The noise from the cord that others have noted is only an issue if the volume is very low. Great earbuds!!...more info
  • Great earphones
    I've read some reviews and one person mentioned that when they walk they can hear their own footsteps loudly. I don't seem to have that problem. These earpones are fantastic at reducing the outside noise so that you hear the music you want to hear. The sound is awesome, I guess I like my music with a little bass. ...more info
  • Amazing sound
    Highly recommend these earphones. The sound is absolutely perfect. Compared them to others and even if more expensive they are worth the price. They are comfortable to wear even for long periods of time. ...more info
  • Very Good Sound
    Sennheiser CX300-B Earbuds (Black)Good fidelity for such a small headphone. Good quality and comfortable.
    Excellent value for the price...more info
  • Great Earbuds at a Great Price
    I'm no audiophile, but I seriously doubt that you'll find better earbuds in this price range. I see that some people have been critical of these when used during exercise/activity. I don't think this type of earbud is intended/marketed for use during exercise/activity, so it's not fair to rate them on that basis, since there are headphones out there that are specifically marketed to the active person. (Note that the asymmetrical cord is meant to go around the back of your neck, rather than the front, so that when you take the earbuds out, they don't fall to the ground.) That said, my husband & I gave each other an iPod Touch 2G for our anniversary. I gave him these earbuds with his iPod. He gave me a pair of Pioneer earbuds. I immediately compared the sound of the Pioneer earbuds to the Sennheisers. No comparison! The Pioneer earbuds were a huge disappointment! I needed to listen to the Pioneers on a louder volume, but they lacked base, and the music was full of static. My husband has some permanent hearing loss, and can't hear some wavelengths, but even he could hear the difference. The Sennheisers have nice base and clarity, although if you're a basehead, I suppose that it's possible to find earbuds with more base. I don't need the base to overwhelm all of my music like a teenager breaking the decibel ordinance driving down the main drag. The Sennheisers provide a richer, deeper, truer sound with nice highs and lows (though, I'm no sound techie). My only concern is that the earbud style (common to any brand of earbud) blocks out ambient sound TOO WELL. I wouldn't want to be wearing these in a public park, on the subway, or walking downtown in a metropolitan area, for example. Being insulated from the sounds around me would make me feel unsafe, not to mention that most of the time, I'm taking care of my 3-year-old, and even if I'm listening to music, I need to be able to hear her in order to keep her safe. I guess that's why they make speakers with iPod docking stations, but those aren't really portable. The sound quality of these are great, but I do wish I could find some good quality, drop-in style earbuds that come in a smaller size to fit my smaller ears, rather than the typical one-size-fits-all drop-ins like the Apple earbuds that come with the iPod, because in many situations, it's good to be able to hear ambient sounds, even while you're listening to music. If you're looking for economically-priced, compact earbuds with great sound, you can't go wrong with these. I immediately replaced my Pioneer earbuds with a pair of these. These would probably be great for watching movies on a portable DVD player during a long flight, too. ...more info
  • Not noise-cancelling, but do block sound
    I fly a lot and wanted something that blocked most of the sound of the airplanes. However, I did not want to spend the money required to get good noise cancelling headphones and did not want the bulk of over-ear headphones. The Sennheiser CX300-S Earbuds are a good compromise. Sound quality is good - much better than cheap earbuds - and they do block most sounds quite well....more info
  • Phenomenal!
    I have tried at least 4 different brands of earbud headphones and these are by far the best and an excellent value. They do an excellent job of sealing your ears so you can't hear outside sound. Additionally, I find them to be extremely comfortable and they don't fall out of your ears. Sennheiser includes 3 different earbud sizes. Sound quality 8/10, good bass. Great value as well; not over $100 like some other brands. Only downside is the cord is a bit short, but that doesn't bother me too much....more info
  • Great ear phones
    I've been using these for a few weeks now, and I have no complaints. They work very well, music sounds great, and they fit in my ears comfortably. I had considered getting the Bose in-ear headphones as well, but heard that their ear pieces always fell off. So far, the ear pieces on these Sennheisers have not budged, and I'm always stuffing it in, or pulling it out of, my pocket or bag. I am totally happy with them, and would recommend them....more info
  • ipod user
    good quality, nice sound, but not great. thought the price was a little high. shipping was way too much. ...more info
  • Very Good Buds
    OK... these were a good buy. I got them for $30 and they are most definitely worth that price. They fit very well into my ear canal which was a major requirement for me because the ear-pocket buds do not stay in my ears at all. And they ship with 3 pad sizes to fit perfectly into anyone's ear canal - I assume, anyway.

    SOUND QUALITY. These are perfect for casual listening. They do a very good job at sound isolation. However, they seal so well against my ear canal that my own body movements are translated through the cord and sound like rustling in my ears. But that sound is 95% masked by moderate content volume so it's no big deal.

    Bass is adequate. Not boomy, pretty tight. Although one of my negatives is that I can tell there is a single driver in there because the punchy bass detracts from the midrange and treble. In other words, when a bass hit is strong, the driver can't handle the full spectrum of sound completely so you hear a moment after the bass where the driver is recovering from the bass extension. I assume most listeners won't notice this and I only notice it when I'm sitting and focusing solely on the music. These would sound better if they had a second driver to handle the upper range while the bass driver was hitting as hard as it does. But then again, there is no way I would be able to get an ear bud like that for $30. So, these are just fine.

    Treble is crisp and bright. Midrange is full and adequate and the buds respond well to changes in the EQ settings on my iPod.

    I compared them to my long-loved (since 1989) Sony MDR-V6 studio monitors. Of course they don't stack up and no one would expect them to. But the MDR-V6s are a very good reference point. Results are that they come as close as I would expect from an ear bud. They are more efficient than the 60mm driver Sonys which is good. They have similar sound qualities at low volume but the louder you go, the less they can compare - mainly due to the tiny driver in the Sennheisers trying to reproduce so much audio spectrum all at once. They only really have about half the overall presence of the Sonys, but again, I can't complain.

    I don't really care for the cable where one side is shorter than the other. It always seems that the wrong side is short. But can easily be worked around. The rubberized coating on the cable is nice and feels durable, but the combination of that rubbery stickiness and the tiny gauge results in many a tangled cord instances. But again, for $30 I really won't hold that against them.

    These earbuds are exactly what I expected and hoped for. They fit perfectly and sound good enough!

    Overall, highly suggested for casual iPod listening and WAY better than the ear buds that Apple supplies with their iPods....more info
  • OVERPRICED - fair ear phones but not at $$$$
    These ear pieces are okay. They have decent bass tones, an acceptable mid range, and have the noise reduction ear channel guards in three sizes making for a pretty good unit, but not at the price charged. The same quality can be found at Best Buy or Circuit City for about the same price but they include a carrying case. Further, this particular set has that irritating "one ear line longer than the other" feature, limiting the flexability of use. Overall - overpriced, you would get a better package retail!...more info
  • Sennheiser CX300-S Earbuds
    I Love these earbuds!!! The sound is spectacular!!! I had a pair of Sony earbuds, they were a little heavy on the bass and they didn't have great clarity. The Sennheiser earbuds have it all. Clarity and balance. I hear things in songs that I have not heard before. The fit is great. I have small ear openings and the smallest pair of ends works great for me. They cut out almost all the outside noise they fit so well. I will use them all day without any discomfort. Great, Great, Great is all I can say. These are a must for anyone who listens to music that wears earbuds....more info
  • The sounds of heaven in my ear-holes!
    I never write reviews for products but was so impressed by the aural symphony these little blighters produced, that I was moved to put fingers to keyboard and express my recommendation to anyone interested. Yes, you do hear the cord rubbing when you move and it does feel a little like someone sticking their fingers in your ears, but these are mere quibbles compared to the sound stage and depth of music revealed, especially after running them in for a few hours. I much prefer having them embedded in my ear than continually fiddling and adjusting, as with other headphones, when running or even just walking. So, great quality sound, they don't fall out at the slightest head movement and you don't have to turn your music up to ear-ringingly loud volumes to block out irritatingly loud telephone conversations on public transportation. Also, beware of buying these at the cheapest prices, as I was taken in by the allure of saving a few bucks and ended up with some very cheap imitations (bad quality printing on the packaging was the give away) then ended up buying them from Amazon anyway, at a little extra cost, but they are definately worth it. Oh, and as some other reviewers seem confused, the right headphone cable goes round the back of the neck! ...more info
  • There are better ways to get more Bass for your buck
    I was very excited to try out what I consider to be pricey ear buds. The most I've ever spent on them before was less than $20.

    Unfortunately, I was disappointed for a couple reasons.

    1. First and foremost (and this is my fault for not looking closely enough) these earbuds have an asymmetrical cable. I hate those. If I'd noticed before I opened them, I would've handed the package back to the UPS guy while he was still in the parking lot. In fact, I cut these and tied them off to even up the earpieces before I even put them in my ears for the first time. I'm 27 years old, and I have struggled for the duration of my entire adult life to understand why you would want an asymmetric cable. All they do is put the weight of the entire cable on one earpiece, which causes it to pull out of your ear. In defense of these earbuds, they are very light, but I still didn't like the cable.

    2. For the price, frustratingly low bass. Everything sounds too tinny and telephone-esque. I was disappointed with the lack of bass.

    Other than those two points, they're excellent. Great sound (other than the bass), VERY comfortable to wear, and they do a decent job of muffling outside noise.

    Personally, I would suggest the following earbuds instead:

    Koss SPARKPLUG - Stereo In Ear Ear Plugs

    I've owned a pair of these for a year or so. The Sparkplug has bass...excellent bass. Seriously excellent bass, for an earbud, which even rivals some closed-style headphones I've worn. For the price difference, you can't beat them....more info
  • Good sound quality -- bad fit
    The earbuds are good. I bought them because my previous set was slowly falling apart from too much use. I tried these because of all of the great reviews and the fact that they had different sizes of the earbuds available - on my last set I used the largest size as they fit my ears the best. This set didn't fit my ears as well - even the largest size is too small to get the quality of noise reduction I'd expect. I noticed that with the last pair of headphones I bought, the earbuds were slightly oblong in shape, making for a better all around fit. These are circular and that is likely the difference I am seeing. Also, I didn't notice prior to purchasing that these are built to have the cord go behind the head - the cord to one bud is longer than the other. For me, these are more of a pain to use as they tend to get caught in my hair and the cord gets caught on the collar of my jacket while I'm walking. I'm sure the sound quality is great, but the other features leave me wishing I'd purchased a duplicate of the buds I'd previously been using....more info
  • I Love Them
    For the price they are very good. The bass is nice I'm using them with a Creative Zen. I think if you are looking for headphone get an idea of how much you are willing to spend and buy the best in that range. I think these are probably the best in the $50-$60 range....more info
  • Sennheiser CX300-S Earbuds
    I Love these earbuds!!! The sound is spectacular!!! I had a pair of Sony earbuds, they were a little heavy on the bass and they didn't have great clarity. The Sennheiser earbuds have it all. Clarity and balance. I hear things in songs that I have not heard before. The fit is great. I have small ear openings and the smallest pair of ends works great for me. They cut out almost all the outside noise they fit so well. I will use them all day without any discomfort. Great, Great, Great is all I can say. These are a must for anyone who listens to music that wears earbuds....more info
  • Good Buds for the Buck
    The highs could be a bit more clear and crisp for me, but other than that, Good Buds for the Buck......more info
  • Excellent sound but not very pleasant to use
    These earphones do what they are supposed to do: They produce high-quality sound and do a very good job of hiding ambient sounds. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy using them. Because they create a seal around the ear canal, they create a slight pressure in the ear. It's fairly minimal but I still found it to be annoying. The cord is of adequate length but it could afford to be a bit longer. The slightest movement or bumping of the cord is transmitted directly into the ear, so that sound becomes annoying as well. I'm going to buy a nice set of over the ear headphones instead....more info
  • Sennheiser CX300-S Earbuds (Silver)
    Well, I am happy with the sound quality of this product, however, I think it is way over prized. I can find similar quality products that are 5-10 times cheaper. I will not buy anything from this brand anymore.

    Sennheiser CX300-S Earbuds (Silver)...more info
  • Great fit
    I've tried numerous earbuds/headphones and they are always too big to fit in my ear canal. These fit perfect and the sound quality is great!...more info
  • Awesome gift!
    Bought these for a friend who was getting a brand new mp3 player for Christmas. Earbuds are still not that great in general as a medium for listening to audio, but she FLIPPED when she heard the superior sound quality of these compared to the ear buds she received with her mp3 player. Well done, Sennheiser, well done!...more info
  • Sweet sounding buds
    Pros: These are great, they sound excellent and fit beautifully. The well defined bass, balanced sound stage, low distortion and channel clarity made the phones especially sweet to listen to. Light and comfortable they are unobstrusive and good for long periods of use. Since these were the main criteria for my purchase I am giving it a high score.

    Although not a perfect score due some pracical issues below.

    Cons: Noise isolation is too much of a good thing. These in-canal buds cut off so much of the surrounding ambience that you could not use it safely on the road or in public places. Its not going to do your relationships any good either as you noticeably stop picking up conversations. This limits it use to the few times you are on your own and those times at the back of the car or on a long flight.

    Sennheiser should have provided a case with the phones. The thin rubbery cords invariably end up in a small tangle everytime they are put aside. Haven't figured out the best way to keep these other than to wind it round the iPOD.

    Lastly, a perpetual hiss is detectable in every source I tried, which is especially aggravated in iTunes and on the iPOD making the quiet passages somewhat annoying; I ended up using the media player on the PDA or laptop. The hiss is something you have to get used to since there is no such thing as dead silence because the ear has the amazing ability to automatically increase its sensitivity when ambient noise is low.

    A simple remedy is to crank it up! (at this point it would be prudent recall the disclaimer that you had to rip the packaging apart to read) ...more info
  • Perfect!!!
    I love them. I didn't like the earbuds that my ipod came with because they hurt my ears...just sat in my ears akward. These are great, the cushion forms to your ears. I got them on a gold box deal for $29.99...great deal. :)...more info
  • THEY SOUND CHEAP
    These earbuds sound great if you don't mind holding them snug in your ears with your fingers. That's the only way I was able to get decent sound out of them. And that's after using all three avalible bud attachments.I have since returned them at a loss of about 15.00 dollars on shipping to and from. I am going back to my over the ear boise, a little bulky but excellent sound and no cord problems.

    SHELLBACK
    SEMPER FI...more info
  • Great Earbuds at a Great Price
    I'm no audiophile, but I seriously doubt that you'll find better earbuds in this price range. I see that some people have been critical of these when used during exercise/activity. I don't think this type of earbud is intended/marketed for use during exercise/activity, so it's not fair to rate them on that basis, since there are headphones out there that are specifically marketed to the active person. (Note that the asymmetrical cord is meant to go around the back of your neck, rather than the front, so that when you take the earbuds out, they don't fall to the ground.) That said, my husband & I gave each other an iPod Touch 2G for our anniversary. I gave him these earbuds with his iPod. He gave me a pair of Pioneer earbuds. I immediately compared the sound of the Pioneer earbuds to the Sennheisers. No comparison! The Pioneer earbuds were a huge disappointment! I needed to listen to the Pioneers on a louder volume, but they lacked base, and the music was full of static. My husband has some permanent hearing loss, and can't hear some wavelengths, but even he could hear the difference. The Sennheisers have nice base and clarity, although if you're a basehead, I suppose that it's possible to find earbuds with more base. I don't need the base to overwhelm all of my music like a teenager breaking the decibel ordinance driving down the main drag. The Sennheisers provide a richer, deeper, truer sound with nice highs and lows (though, I'm no sound techie). My only concern is that the earbud style (common to any brand of earbud) blocks out ambient sound TOO WELL. I wouldn't want to be wearing these in a public park, on the subway, or walking downtown in a metropolitan area, for example. Being insulated from the sounds around me would make me feel unsafe, not to mention that most of the time, I'm taking care of my 3-year-old, and even if I'm listening to music, I need to be able to hear her in order to keep her safe. I guess that's why they make speakers with iPod docking stations, but those aren't really portable. The sound quality of these are great, but I do wish I could find some good quality, drop-in style earbuds that come in a smaller size to fit my smaller ears, rather than the typical one-size-fits-all drop-ins like the Apple earbuds that come with the iPod, because in many situations, it's good to be able to hear ambient sounds, even while you're listening to music. If you're looking for economically-priced, compact earbuds with great sound, you can't go wrong with these. I immediately replaced my Pioneer earbuds with a pair of these. These would probably be great for watching movies on a portable DVD player during a long flight, too. ...more info