Ian Blyth – It's Just a Thought

My thoughts and opinions

Headphones

Posted by Ian Blyth on 17 April 2008

In my cupboard I have stacks of old headphones. My ears must be really sensitive as I am fussy about the type of headphones I use. The ones that are comfortable for me are the ones with headbands. I have tried the ear buds and the ones with “loops” over your ears and have found them uncomfortable.

I few years ago my colleagues mentioned Sennheiser and later at the airport I saw them in a shop. I bought the PXC 250 model. They have been brilliant. Light and comfortable to wear, noise compensation (great for planes) and they fold away to fit in a nice pouch. My brother in law has Bose and while they are definitely better I did not think that they were worth three times the price better.

I was away skiing at Easter and in the airport I was looking at headphones and saw that the bud style came with comfort guarantees and different sized moldings etc for fitting. The looked much better than the old style ones covered in foam. The PXC 250’s are great but when skiing look a bit out of place and hard to use when wearing headbands, hats or hoods. The buds are certainly less cumbersome to wear. Among the range was some Sennheiser models. As I was impressed by them I went for the CX 300 model. I was not disappointed. I could wear them all day which was a revelation. There were light, unobtrusive and very good sound quality.While I still love my PXC 250’s the CX  300s are now my preferred headphones for skiing and travelling small journeys like trains, I would still use the PXCs for plane journeys. It is wonderful how technology has moved on. And even better is the fact that they are black so it does not look like I have a stupid iPod.

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