NewEgg.com - $29.99 ($14.99 after $15 MIR through 9/30/08)
I got these to have some nice, hi-fi earbuds to wear in public. My DJ cans don’t fly that well, plus they don’t fit under my bike helmet (no safety comments, please - I can still hear traffic better than you can with your radio on). I previously owned a pair of simple Sennheiser around-the-neck PMX60 headphones, and I really liked them, but they were appropriated by my sister, who used them for working out, and I don’t really want them back anymore. Yuck. But I know Senn’s are good, so it was an easy decision when I found these.
The CX300s look great, and they sound great. Many people say the bass is monotone with no real sonic variation at the low frequencies. I disagree. I listen to electronic music mainly, but with enough rock and even classical music to test the full range. I think these perform really well. They sound very good, especially for the price.
That said, I don’t like these buds very much beyond that. They’re quite difficult to wear. The cord is a “J-style,” meaning the right earbud basically branches off from the main line that goes straight to the left earbud - imagine the cord hanging straight down from your left ear, and then a J-shaped cord (hence the designation) running from about your left scapula under your head and up to your right ear. It makes it really easy to pull out the left earbud in many situations. Then there’s the issue of the silicone ear pieces. There are lots of people who complain that the sound is terrible unless you get that perfect fit, sealing off your ear canal with the right sized tips (three sizes included with the buds). Again, I disagree, but I still have issues with my fit. The sound is fine even in my left ear, where none of the tips fit quite right. The right side fits great with the medium tip, and the sound is a bit better and more isolated from outside noise. The left sounds fine, though - hardly off-balance. But that little bit of difference, along with the fact that I just can’t get a tight, secure fit, bugs me. I have no problem with rubber ear tips, because I use them on stage with my in-ear monitors, but those ones fit better somehow (and no, they don’t fit on these buds). But I’d rather have foam tips on these than the silicone tips that don’t seal in both ears correctly. Granted, my ear canals are a bit asymmetrical, but so are many other peoples’.
Final word: I’d rather have some Etymotics or Shure buds, but these are at least 1/4th the price, and they sound pretty dang good. Depending on the application, they might be great for you, or they might be terrible, just because of the fit.
And one last warning: If you buy these off Ebay, or anywhere else for that matter, watch out for fakes. They abound. Google is your friend on that one. Mine are authentic.
Message Edited by SilverZero on 09-14-2008 10:39 AM