Thought I would keep the Senn bud impressions together instead of starting another thread. I got a pair of the MX471 since they are $19.99 w/free shipping at J&R.
Figured I'd try them and see what the new ones bring. Maybe help me decide if I want to try out the pricier MX880. I think these will tide me over till the 880's price drops.
The cool things about these are no volume control, cord slider, very attractive looks, and shaping for smaller ears. They are very nice for $20 shipped. Build is very solid. Cord slider is a welcome addition. Case is vinyl and fairly sturdy. Very handsome as well. The cord is great; plastic coated instead of rubber and quite solid. Different bronze coloring sets it apart.
The speakers are 15mm across total which will fit in smaller ears. You have a pair of rubber rings to increase the diameter and 2 pair of foams. I use the rings and foams. The shape is different than most earbuds which are either even or place more of the speaker ahead of the stem. These, as in the 2nd pic of the left side bud, place the stem toward the front edge of the speaker. I always find that pushing the rear of most buds in angles the driver towards my ear canal and gives better sound/soundstage. These allow a slight bit of that naturally with their shape. They fit well and have a nice size soundstage more like the 660/760 than previous lower models such as the 460/560.
The sound is still only out of the box but right now good for the price.
"Feel the Beat" an "enhanced bass" give the impress of more bass. At this point no. They are clear and balanced but not thin sounding. The live bass is an improvement in the tone and realism of the bass. Better than my last Senn bud(the MX65-II) and there is some visceral impact in the lowest notes.
Being 16 Ohm, they seem more cohesive/less peaky than the older phones of 32/64Ohm. A fairly even response with no flaws in the presentation worth mentioning. Still need to burn in to be fair, so far the detail and extension are solid but not remarkable. Soundstage is pretty good and the separation is well done. Depth is a bit low but expected from a 4XX series. Overall a clean, cohesive sounding bud with a nice natural sound.
For the $20, I think they fit excellent, look slick, sound a bit better than most of the older models outside of the 660/760, are well built, and well accessorized.
I say they will hold me over and when the MX880 drops $20, I will buy them w/o reservation.