its not a popular can but from the world leader in can making . there no new batch , but this cx 175 looks to me like it is in for the old good cx 270 . but this is not like the 270 at all . the 270 was balanced in sound . and was not god at sound stage . cx 175 is not like that at all . its more fun , more at bass , with out compromising the mids and highs that much .
now i have some time to write the comparison of this new can with cx 270 , cx 215 , cx 400 , ue 350 , image s3 .
here is the link for the cans .
here is my review of ue 350 .
the cx 400 with ue tips .
the old young and kid . ( i was unable to find my cx 200 , so cx 215 is doing the feat .
let me help you , the one with out any design ( at the middle ) is of cx 400 II , the one on top is cx 215 and the one at bottom is the cx 175 .
this is it , an odd looking but good sounding earphone .
no this is not to feat in review , sorry . its above the class of all . open back you can see .
so lets set the bench mark .
cx 400 precision II :-
its the most expensive of the lot , the good old cx 400 II is said to be bass hog , it is but not that much . its not above the ue 350 in this sinario . what comes under this is not any thing else then cx 270 in my list , who are to feat . it got bass , but dont go deep and the impact seems not big . the mids are good but not as good as klipsch s3 . highs are not bad , its like on par with the ue 350 . its short and dont go deep in ear . the sound signature is pleasant to hear . one thing rare in earphones is present here , volume controller . as you can see its not that bad , but can be not so good . one thumps up is you dont need to reach out your player to up or down the volume . some more eartips , a carry pouch , a cable winder and a shirt clip comes in box .
bass :- some of you may say its got nice specs to impress , its a more of controlled , the over all feel is nice but when you start comparing with a more bassy can the lack or should i say the depth and less impact can be felt easily , its like the xb21ex , you hear more and feel less , lack of air it is .
mids :- its where these things shines the most , the mids are nice , not over shadowed by low freqs , cant say the most detailed , but its good for what you pay for , clarity is not bad , but in a numerous instrument playing song you cant get hold of some . still its good .
highs :- not bad but not the best part , its not detailed like the cx 500 , but good enough to keep you hearing them now and then .
bass :- 6.5/10 , mids :- 7.0/10 , highs :- 6/10 , isolation :- 7/10 . its good if you get a good fit . pull your ears up and push the cans down . dont push it too hard , you may get hurt . the signature if sound is really nice , its like not best in particular things but the package is good .
cx 270 :-
i think this is being replaced by the new cx 175 , cuz they come in identical packs , and , and they both have a cable slider , which is missing in cx 400 and cx 215 and many , i think .
bass here is low , its present , not missing at all but needs more then a hint of bass to produce it . its the lowest bass earphones here . mids are better then bass , on par with klipsch s3 , highs are better , between the cx 400 and s3 . dont have that hiss like s3 , but it dont have that sound to entertain that much .
bass :- 5.5/10 , mids :- 7.0/10 , highs :- 6.5/10 , isolation :- 7/10 . the can length is nice and dont need much of a push .
bass :- its not that prominent , but its not missing , a bit over the philips 9700 , if you like bass , you may crave for bass at quiet a many tracks , cuz these need a small kick to go boom . still you will get some if not all . its like , sennheiser is fooling us with bass sound , which they market it with .
mids :- its not at all shadowed by bass , cuz theres no bass hump , but some times it feels like there are something missing in the mids , like between the ( bass and mid ) and ( mid and high ) , but you cant complain about the mids at all cuz they dont disappoint at all and tries to make up for the glitches it has .
highs :- its like the she 9700 and s3 , harsh at times and you way not enjoy it cuz this is in here with bass dogs and your here for that bass bass thing , not a hissing harsh can are you ? its not like badd , but its bad . but if you like highs , its got details for you if not the most but good enough .
wont say the signature of sound is good , cuz its a hit or miss thing , you will like or or you will hate it , cuz of those potholes in the spectrum .
cx 215 :-
its the lowest in the price range . cx 215 are the colored versions of the cx 200 . its got bass which is muddy , not that awesome mids neither the highs but the sound signature is pleasant , not harsh , not straining , you will hear the music and will enjoy the bass if not more . entry range is meant to do that only .
bass :- 7.5/10 , mids :- 6/10 , highs :- 5.5/10 , isolation :- 7/10 . the isolation seems same in all cuz they are made by same makers . and by same engineers too .
bass :- the amount of is driven by the vents you can see around the can , it moves good amount of air for the impact and it dose good at impact , goes deep and over dose the mids . bass is its soul and it dose it nicely . muddy it goes at many tracks . over all you may like it if your in love with bass and bass only sound .
mids :- its not the best part of this can , but even its like a u spectrum , you wont miss the mid badly cuz they are not absent , but a bit of recessed , its got more blurness , and for the price you pay , you should not ask for it .
highs :- who here wants highs ? have you seen those bass vents ? even if these can make high freqs , they will get lost by those vents . like cx 270 needs a kick for bass , these needs a big kick for highs . there are potholes , i agree . slightly harsh , you wont feel it .
the signature is pleasant cuz of the low highs , which dont stress much , but its got troubles too . at times the speed seems slow .
the ue 350 :-
its one of my fav , cuz the signature is the most pleasant , i have heard in long long time . the bass is nice , dont hit hard , it feels smooth and controlled , not muddy . mids are really nice , its one of the best at mids , highs are a bit blunt unlike the s3 . once again im gona say the same , its the most forgiving bass earphone . it can stay in your ears for hours and it wont hurt . good thing is its water resistant , and i tested it .
bass :- 7/10 ( you dont hear but feel much , not like cx 400 ) , mids :- 7.5/10 , highs :- 6/10 , isolation :- 7.5/10 .
bass :- its pleasent , not mad at all . impact is what it is all about , it dont make a fake bass sound like the xb21ex , its exact at bass production . goes not slow . but some times loses in too fast tracks . like trance and techno . the bass goes deep and the bass detail is really nice . you wont crave for bass at all , but the amount is not huge like the meelec m9 .
mids :- its not bad at all , finally it dont have potholes in it , at least dont feel like they have any , these are good and makes a flat and constant volume for the mids , dosent matter what the bass is doing . bass goes on to out do the some initial freqs cuz afterall its a bass earphone . but the mids are really nice to talk about , deatils are good and instruments are heard clearly .
highs :- not the best but you wont miss them cuz even if a blunt knife wont cut awesomely but it will cut never the less . its there but not heard that much unless ther is some more to it .
the best signature earphone here .
the klipsch image s3 :-
it is one of the best budget earphones . the bass is good , better then the cx 400 II , the mids are really nice , this is what the klipsch are known for , highs are harsh at times , but not unpleasant . it dont feel awesome at time due to the oval tips .
bass :- 7/10 , mids 7.5/10 , highs :- 6.5/10 , isolation :- 7/10 . the highs are hiss , but not bad at all .
bass :- its the leader in this price range , bass is good , goes deep and the impact is rally nice , dont roll off to the mids at all . dosent have a huge impact but its good enough .
mids :- its awesome at this ( in its price of course ) the detail is really nice , but you may feel a hole between the bass and the mid , i dont know if its my ear only but it feels like there is some thing missing at that point .
highs :- hisssss . no not all the time but it never misses it in tracks where the highs rises over . not bad , but the hiss could have been controlled .
its not bad at the signature , but the hiss if been omitted , the thing would have been different . lags 5-7 % compared to ue350 .
this is what this review is all about .
first thing first , at the first look , it is different , it has a depression which gives it a different look . and a gloss back unhiding the depression .
as i said before its got better spec then cx 400 II , and it feels right away like that too . the bass is a combination of the cx 400 and ue 350 , it feels and hears good but not fatiguing at all . it good and dont go boom right away , but when it dose it goes deep and nice , its the case with s3 too . the mids are a bit on low when you compare it to s3 and ue 350 , it dont have that much of life , its good but the volume of bass is more . the highs are like mids , low on volume but its better then ue 350 and like the image s3 . dont have that harsh hiss in it .
the cable is not the best in class , got mirocphonics , but less then the cx 215 . it is supposed to replace the cx 270 , i think .
the signature is bass minded but dosent forget other spectrum too . its better then the cx 400 II , but dont come with pouch or extra tips or cable winder nor shirt clip .
so bass :- 7.5/10 ( not muddy ) , mids :- 7/10 , highs :- 7/10 , isolation :- 7.5/10 .
one thing i observed that it has some frame lagging in fast paced music .
the cx 175 is a nice option if you want a good budget earphone , try it at a store , and i belief you will love it , the bass and the whole signature is fun and entertaining .
cx 175 is a mix of cx215 and she9800 , i cant say you will not find some thing better but these are not bad for $45 . i will recommend it over all of the earphones described above . buy this you will get a bass heavy nice sound signature earphones . you should not ask for much at this price . if you want some lower bass and good clarity just take the sound magic e30 , it will do it .
hope you will find one soon and write back . and sorry for the delay .
its the cx270 .
this is a lower end iem and dont give awesome sound quality . the one with best quality of sound for me is ue350 , cx175 2nd cuz of that lagging frames in trance or house music which needs speed .
best buy i will say is s3 , cuz it comes with a nice carry pouch and is a nice all rounder . 2nd is ue350 cuz it comes with more tips and a carry case too , 3rd is cx175 . dont buy a cx 400 cuz its oldddd . 4 years old nor the cx270 , inspite of cx 270 do the image s3 .
now there is a suggestion , why dont you guys try some ep-600 a $10 earphone which got nice bass and i feel has a good signature too , just $10 for a try will not hurt you guys , try if you can hear it at store before buy , but with out that too i will say if you like bass you will like this too . im hearing it now leaving my ue 700 at my work desk . cheap and wont hurt if lost or breaks .
cheers . have a nice day . have a nice read .
i think i should add the e10 , e30 , xb30ex , meelec m6 and the benchmark for this range cc51 , all under $60 or 3k , should we ?
Edited by suman134 - 1/22/13 at 3:12am