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post #16 of 36
I purchased a pair two weeks ago. They sound terrible. Hugely overblown bass and shrieky plasticky highs. No midrange to speak of.

However, by drastically eq´ing the sound with my MuVo, I managed to make them quite listenable.


Regards,

L.
post #17 of 36
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Originally Posted by Leporello View Post
I purchased a pair two weeks ago. They sound terrible. Hugely overblown bass and shrieky plasticky highs. No midrange to speak of.

However, by drastically eq´ing the sound with my MuVo, I managed to make them quite listenable.


Regards,

L.
it is unusual to have such extreme difference in opinion. i find people's reaction tends toward the extent of a particular headphone or earphone sound signature but that sound sig is, in general, agreed upon. i'm finding the opinions of the CX300s are so disparate that it makes me wonder if it is a combination of a bad batch from sennheiser and a large number of fakes. i'm really hoping that if i make the NYC meet this march that someone who had a similar experience to Leporello tries mine out and see if they hear the same thing as their own pair. if so then the difference in how each of us hear is bigger than i thought. if not, then it is either probably the proliferation of fakes or poor sennheiser QC. i am very curious about finding out.
post #18 of 36
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Originally Posted by warrior05 View Post
i'm really hoping that if i make the NYC meet this march that someone who had a similar experience to Leporello tries mine out and see if they hear the same thing as their own pair. if so then the difference in how each of us hear is bigger than i thought.
I hope mine are not fake. I bought them at a brick'n mortar store in Helsinki.

It is of course possible that I am just accustomed to the sound of my Shure E4s (sadly waiting for cable repair after just three months... ). Do a comparison at the Headroom measurements page. One would expect them to sound quite different!


Regards,

L.
post #19 of 36
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Originally Posted by Leporello View Post
I purchased a pair two weeks ago. They sound terrible. Hugely overblown bass and shrieky plasticky highs. No midrange to speak of.

However, by drastically eq´ing the sound with my MuVo, I managed to make them quite listenable.


Regards,

L.
Sounds like the ones I had. They look exactly like the real thing ( L-plug , soft rubber cable, high quality metal mesh and rim) on the outside, inside however is questionable. I wish I took it apart to see what's inside, but I don't have them anymore
post #20 of 36
for double the price of the creative ep630s they are in my opinion pureeeeee hype. paying for the brand name, both are probably made by the same factory in china.
post #21 of 36
These(CX300) are very good earphones with exc sound quality(warm and rich bass). To me they produce very good balance all over the frequency range. I use mine with SAMSUNG YP-K5 which shows rich details in mids, clear highs and great bass. I think some peoples had bad exp with fake CX300 which make them to write cons about these great earphones. BTW i own SF5pro and E4c but these(CX300) are awesome. So if somebody wants great sound quality earphones under $100 for active use then these are the best.
post #22 of 36
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Originally Posted by kite7 View Post
Sounds like the ones I had. They look exactly like the real thing ( L-plug , soft rubber cable, high quality metal mesh and rim) on the outside, inside however is questionable. I wish I took it apart to see what's inside, but I don't have them anymore
hey dont forget that you bought them over ebay...
it seems that if you go safe and buy from retail then you get "real" ones.
just from everyones input, it looks like if people got them over an AMAZON reseller, or from certain people over ebay will get crappy pairs
post #23 of 36
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Originally Posted by neilt View Post
I bought a set of CX300 earphones, based on the reviews I've read here and elsewhere. Having used Sony 71s for a couple of years, an alleged upgrade for a sensible price seemed in order.

What I experience with the Sennheisers is disppointing to say the least. Bass, as reported, is good and they are incredibly sensitive. However, vocals seem distant and muddy, and even at low levels I experience that "ringing" effect you get at a loud gig - as if my ears are shutting down for self protection. Overall the sound seems closed in, not at all open like the Sonys. I also ran pink noise through them all last night in an effort to burn them in - to no avail it seems. I am now at a loss to understand why everyone raves about these things.

Initially I wondered if I had been sold fakes, but everything seems to check out OK. They came in the correct sealed blister pack, the cable is the matt rubbery material, the protective grill appears to be correctly fitted, there is a silver plug, and the logo on the earphones looks genuine. They did come from an Amazon reseller, but I have little reason to think that means they are fakes. Is it possible that some very good looking fakes have hit the market or am I just not suited to these earphones?

Comments and suggestions welcome.
I bought a pair of them a few weeks back, thinking wow, thats a lot for ear buds (as I'm not an earbud/IEM type person). I did not like them very much, the provided sleeves did very little to help seal off my ear. So...I took them back. I exchanged them for some credit toward a pair of E3c's, and I haven't looked back. I must have some funky ear canals, as I still had to experiment for a while to get them to fit my ears, but they have awesome sound quality. I recommend them over the CX-300's Even though they're like 180 bucks at Circuit City. (I got 'em for 117 with the employee discount! woot)
post #24 of 36
Wow, I have extremely sensitive ears and I'm not picking up any of the ringing you're talking about. I do find them a tad sibilant in the upper ranges and because of this they are fatiguing after 2-3 hours, but Nothing like what you're describing.

I find the lows to be bassy and the mids to be right there. I actually felt the top end could be rolled off a bit more and the isolation is pretty great.

It sounds to me like some of you aren't getting a good seal.
post #25 of 36
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Originally Posted by Jokieman View Post
Wow, I have extremely sensitive ears and I'm not picking up any of the ringing you're talking about. I do find them a tad sibilant in the upper ranges and because of this they are fatiguing after 2-3 hours, but Nothing like what you're describing.

I find the lows to be bassy and the mids to be right there. I actually felt the top end could be rolled off a bit more and the isolation is pretty great.

It sounds to me like some of you aren't getting a good seal.
Well I certainly know how to get a good fit with IEMs - I've been very happy using my Sony 71s for a couple of years. Apart from a little harshness in the top end they are pretty good. The alleged smoothness of the Sennheisers was what led me to try them.

Another problem I have noticed is that because of the incredibly high sensitivity of the Sennheisers, I can hear a constant background hiss from my Sony NW-HD3 player. This is a known problem with some headphones. I think I might be wise to try some of the recent Sony headphones as an upgrade.

The seller hasn't yet replied to my email - I'm getting slightly suspicious now!
post #26 of 36
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Originally Posted by neilt View Post
Well I certainly know how to get a good fit with IEMs - I've been very happy using my Sony 71s for a couple of years. Apart from a little harshness in the top end they are pretty good. The alleged smoothness of the Sennheisers was what led me to try them.

Another problem I have noticed is that because of the incredibly high sensitivity of the Sennheisers, I can hear a constant background hiss from my Sony NW-HD3 player. This is a known problem with some headphones. I think I might be wise to try some of the recent Sony headphones as an upgrade.

The seller hasn't yet replied to my email - I'm getting slightly suspicious now!

The background noise can be reduced some via MP3Gain. If you're music is in the MP3 Format that is, but yes I pick some of it up with the Senn's as well.
post #27 of 36
I got a pair of CX300's off of eBay a while ago. The seller claimed to be in the UK. Later it became clear that they were being shipped from China and was faking his UK status. I have been to China recently and seen with my own eyes that virtually the entire retail sector in China proudly offer counterfeit merchandise. Needless to say, I would never have ordered them had I known the seller was Chinese.

That said, the ones I got were either really good fakes, or the real thing. Of course I don't actually have a way of knowing, as I am sure good quality fakes do exist. I am also sure that different fakes exists, so that looking for a particular physical attribute that will give the fakes away is pointless.

As for the sound quality of my (real or fake) CX-300's, I found them adequate for use in the gym. They're bassy, real bassy, without too much detail. They're definitely a step up from the ones that came with your mp3 player, but not that great either. At the price (it seems about $70 will buy you a pair from an authorized dealer), you can do much better. Eighty bux at Staples (!) for a pair of JBL 220 is a bargain by comparison.
post #28 of 36
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Originally Posted by DJGeorgeT View Post
at least they are better than the EX71, but not much better.
Could you be more detailed in your comparison?

I have the HPM-70s, which are Sony Ericsson's version of the EX71s. I want to upgrade possibly to the CX300s.
post #29 of 36
If you think yours are fake, here is a good site to check them

http://iaudiophile.net/forums/showthread.php?p=101698

I bought a pair online from Ebay from a Asian dealer. I learned from Sennhesier themselves that 90% of the ones sold on ebay are fakes.
post #30 of 36
I got mine today from an Amazon reseller - came in all the proper packagig and I would never have suspected them to be anything but genuine - but having read this thread I am now worried. Nothing on that link suggest they are dodgey but they were quite cheap - I only paid £15 plus shipping ($30)
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