I saw the Sennheiser CX985 product page today...
It seems that the tweaked the sound for the better. The housing is now metal alloy. The plug is re-designed. They are including more tips. All this plus a $100 price drop!!! $159.95 List price!!
It does seem the CX980 did not sell very well at least here in the US. A very light buzz on Head-fi, very few used ones popping up here or elsewhere, and I never saw any refurb CX 980's listed. Hard to see a Senn improve a product and give a heavy price drop if this was not the case.
So, it seems all is well and this could be a product to watch. Good price now, two way plug to please both straight and L fans, sound tuning eartips, good build and warranty etc. But...I still think they may have not thought of everything. This leads to my question.
I'm interested in what people think of the volume control. Is this also a reason the previous incarnation might not have sold as well? It would seem the reasons against it outnumber the positives. The reasons some may pose...
Aesthetics; some may find it big, bulky, or otherwise unattractive.
Durability; it may get caught on things due to it's shape. Get dirt or moisture in it. An extra moving part that may fail.
Sound quality; "My IE8, B2, W3, CK10 etc. doesn't have one and that's the way I like it." Some feel they can degrade SQ or will over time. Some fear channel imbalance as well. Seems there has always seemed to be a stigma attached to volume controls.
So, even after the improvements, are you still less likely to pick one of these up because of the built in volume control???
Edited by jant71 - 7/25/12 at 3:18pm