Sennheiser CX 2.00i [review]

This is my review of the¬†Sennheiser CX 2.00i earbuds. Read on to find out why I wasn’t impressed with these noise cancelling earbuds when I used them on the move.

If you have young children, you might know what it’s like to have to reach into your pocket regularly.

You may also know what it’s like to have someone constantly pulling at your ears.

If you don’t have kids, you can recreate the feeling with the Sennheiser CX 2.00i earbuds.

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Let’s start at the beginning.

What with taking out the dog a couple of times a day and walking to and from the train station on my commute, I listen a lot to music, radio and podcasts on my iPhone and I make a lot of calls on the move.

Recently, I decided it was time to upgrade from the basic Apple earbuds that came with my iPhone to something better. I had a modest budget, so I plumped for the Sennheiser CX 2.00i earbuds (¬£37.06 from Amazon.co.uk). I wish I hadn’t.

Sennheiser CX 2.00 Earbuds

Like the headphones that come with an Apple phone, these have an integrated mic so you can make calls. They also have remote controls that sit under your chin so you can take calls and control your music without needing to reach into your pocket.

They’re available in black and white and are also available for Samsung Galaxy phones.

Advantages

So what’s good about the Sennheiser CX 2.00i earbuds?

The sound is pretty good when you’re on the move. They’ve got a deep bass and they cancel out noise from around you well. I find this particularly useful when travelling on a plane as I can hardly hear anything through my Apple earbuds on flights.

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The treble is OK but a little tinny on some audio tracks.

The remote controls are easy to find and use. There’s a satisfying click as you press the buttons. The functions are the same as the basic Apple earphones that come with your iPhone.

Disadvantages

Now for the downsides.

Firstly, the wiring is relatively heavy. So they feel like they’re constantly pulling at your ears. It’s an uncomfortable feeling.

To support the earbuds, you have to tuck them up under your clothing and the make sure the wiring has a lot of slack at the top. Unfortunately, this is just as annoying because the wiring usually ends up getting in your face. How about a clip to the hold everything in place, Sennheiser?

Secondly, the earbud jack is an L-shape. I’m sure there’s a good reason for this but it just means the headphones always pop out of the socket as I slip my phone into my trouser pocket.

Thirdly, the remote control has hard edges so it constantly gets caught on my shirt or coat collar as I walk, pulling at my ears even more and transferring the sound back up through the earbuds to interrupt what I’m listening to.

The fourth downside of the Sennheiser CX 2.00i earbuds is the removable rubber buds, which can come off easily when you’re taking the earbuds off or taking them out of a pocket. The earbuds do come with four pairs of buds (extra small, small, medium and large). But these aren’t much use when you lose one bud within a week as I did. Some more spare buds wouldn’t go amiss.

My final bugbear with these earbuds – and I’m getting a bit picky now – is that they don’t look that good. Nor do I most days though, so I’ll let them off that one.

It’s also worth saying that the earbuds amplify the sound of your footsteps as you walk. This sounds like a bad DJ mix unless you’re walking in time to the music. However, this is something I’ve experienced with all noise-cancelling earbuds. It’s a price you pay for this, I guess.

Final thoughts

Overall, I wasn’t much impressed with my first Sennheiser product. The Sennheiser CX 2.00i earbuds are fine when you’re not on the move. But they’re just plain annoying when using them while walking.

Info: If you’ve not been put off by this review, you can get the Sennheiser CX 2.00i earbuds from Amazon, John Lewis and Argos.

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