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post #16 of 554
Yea, i always had a problem with high voices in the EX71s. Def Leppard especially would get fuzzy when their lead singers voice (can't remember his name :P) hit a high note. Definitely going to replace the EX71s with these CX300s now.
post #17 of 554
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post #18 of 554
Hey ! Thats what i call a review, great job man

but:

CX 300 = EP630
or not ?
because it wouldn't be logical to spend 30$ more for a earphone that sounds same and looks same (exept the ''J'' Style Cord and the Sennheiser Logo)
post #19 of 554
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Originally Posted by Melik
CX 300 = EP630
or not ?
because it wouldn't be logical to spend 30$ more for a earphone that sounds same and looks same (exept the ''J'' Style Cord and the Sennheiser Logo)
Good question: the Senn CX300, the Creative EP630, and the Sharp MD33 look almost identical, but I don't believe they use the same drivers. I remember reading somewhere in these boards a few weeks ago that the Sharp MD33 sounded quite different from the CX300, like brighter highs and less bass.

My theory is that all these earphones are all manufactured in Chinese factories with the same parts and components, built "on demand" or "a la carte" for various brands. It's the same process with camcorders, if you check various models out there. Now the actual drivers residing in each one of the IEMS of brands may be specific for each brand. I can see Sennheiser wanting to have their signature sound in their own IEM as compared to the others.

Again, I haven't had a chance to check the Sharp or Creative models, but for what I read before, no, they don't sound the same. (If someone knows more about this, please share your experience).

Hope it helps.
post #20 of 554
Umm... wouldn't it be better to use your Sony EX71s for working out. Rather than your PX-200s? I know this has nothing to do with anything.
post #21 of 554
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Umm... wouldn't it be better to use your Sony EX71s for working out. Rather than your PX-200s? I know this has nothing to do with anything.
No, not really. As I said, anything inside the ear canal feels awful when working out (in my personal experience). The sweat makes it uncomfortable, and then the "phonendoscope effect" multiplies by a factor of 10 because of your body and cable movement. Not a good experience.

For working out in the gym I use the PX100 (I don't have a PX200). I would guess any open-design headphone is more pleasant for working out than an IEM.
post #22 of 554
good review. hmm, i DON'T have a pair of decent earbuds... methinks my wallet will be lighter in the next few months, you bastard lol.

$50USD is kinda steep though. are the creative/sharp versions cheaper (if it turns out they are the same?)
post #23 of 554
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Originally Posted by Visigodo
Yes, it is as strong, but better, more defined and cleaner. Both IEMs do bass well, but the CX300 adds a level of detail I can't find in the EX71. With the Senn model I can tell very well the high, middle, and low ends of the bass frequencies. Thuds and bangs are differentiated, and snares are clean.

The area where the CX300 blows the EX71 away is in the high frequencies. EX71 muddles a bit the middles, and the high frequencies can be a bit strident and sibilant (not a good effect when you have audio plugged inside your head). I'm yet to get any screeching highs in the CX300. Where the EX71 produces sibilance, the CX300 produces none of the sort. It's quite impressive to notice the difference.
Hmm.....I think the CX300 will be similar to a EP630. Might even sound the same but i expect Senn to at least include a carrying case at this price. EP630 also has strong bass as well and its cord is thin and rubbery.
post #24 of 554
Great review! I have the same complaints with the Sony ex81 as you do with the ex71, so it sounds like Sennheiser's really scored here. Seems to be a winner "starter" IEM.

BTW, is there any actual evidence or reference that this is the same as the Creative or Sharp? Are we just going on looks?
post #25 of 554
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BTW, is there any actual evidence or reference that this is the same as the Creative or Sharp? Are we just going on looks?
There isn't actual evidence. Just speculation on my part based on his description of the sound and looks.
post #26 of 554
I actually ordered these yesterday from Amazon.com for $39.99 with free shipping. This is not too much more than I'd pay for OEM Creative EP-630's from eBay ($35 shipped) or waiting for more stores to carry them and possibly purchasing them for about the same price for the retail package. Besides, even in the unlikely case they are the exactly same pair, having them be Sennheisers is a plus over being Creatives (though I do have respect for the Creative brand).

What's interesting is that if these do end up having the same drivers as the Sharp HP-MD33S, then that means that the Sennheiser IE4 (not available in the US) would be the same as the CX300, except for the different cord and slight cosmetic differences. Marketing, anyone?
post #27 of 554
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Originally Posted by afbug
Hmm.....I think the CX300 will be similar to a EP630. Might even sound the same but i expect Senn to at least include a carrying case at this price. EP630 also has strong bass as well and its cord is thin and rubbery.
How easy will IEMs such as these break? I'm trying to think whether I should get a carrying case of some sort.
post #28 of 554
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I'm trying to think whether I should get a carrying case of some sort.
Check out this cute little jewel case for earphones. I'm tempted:

http://us.gizmodo.com/gadgets/portab...ddy-153284.php

Nice, huh?
post #29 of 554
yea but the EarBuddy is for the iPod Earbuds, i don't think that IEM's would fit...


Hey i just looked at ilounge and a guy says his 71's fit, does that mean the CX-300/EP630/MD33 would fit too ?
post #30 of 554
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Originally Posted by PeterDLai
How easy will IEMs such as these break? I'm trying to think whether I should get a carrying case of some sort.
I don't think they're that flimsy. It depends on how you use it.

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Originally Posted by Visigodo
Check out this cute little jewel case for earphones. I'm tempted:

http://us.gizmodo.com/gadgets/portab...ddy-153284.php

Nice, huh?
I think it fits only apple's buds. You'll be better off with a Shure case. Personally, i prefer the E5 case without the spool. Actually any small pouch will do the job but less protection.

http://store.earphonesolutions.com/shzipcafore5.html
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