Strangely enough—I should the word be unfortunate?—the iPad does not ship with ear-buds. The 3.5mm ear plug is there, but the ear-buds are missing! So, soon after purchase my iPad I started casting about for a decent set of head phones. Standard sized headphones just would not do; too big and bulky and certainly not portable enough. Ear-buds were the most viable alternative. I of course wanted Bose, but the entry point into anything Bose is steep, too steep as it turns out; who wants to pay close to $100.00 for a set of ear-buds?
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During my search I ran across the Sennheiser CX-300 Ear-Bud Headphones for a reasonable price ($24.95 at Amazon.com). They received reasonably good reviews on the site—and here at Epinions—so I decided to purchase them. The CX-300 Ear-Bud Headphones are designed for use with Hi-Fi audio, portable MP3 players, or laptop computer.
The black Sennheiser CX300 are non-ported in-ear German-mad ear-bud type headphones. They ship a handy case and (3) sets of removable silicone ear pads: small, medium—installed on the ear-buds—and large to of course fit different ear canal sizes.
The Sennheiser CX300 have a frequency response of 18Hz-21,000Hz (human hearing is 20Hz – 20,000Hz), with some 16 Ohms of impedance. The ear-buds use a stand 3.5mm plug with a 2.79 ft. Y-type black cord. Note: the right hand (Y connection) cord is longer that the left as is standard practice.
I have used other ear-buds in the past and none have delivered the sound quality and comfort the Sennheiser CX300 deliver. I was pleasantly surprised by the bass, mid-range, and treble (high end) sound reproduction from these small headphones.
I listen to a lot of contemporary jazz and classical music and so far the Sennheiser CX300 Ear-Bud Headphones have been able to faithfully render the various instruments with starling clarity. In other words, these babies deliver the sound quality, range, and clarity one would normally associate with much pricier and over-the-ear headphones.
The base response is deep, thick and enjoyable, while vocal reproduction is high, crisp and enjoyable without being too tinny.
The only downside to the ear-buds that I can see is getting them in the small case they shipped with the cords, like all ear-buds, as unwieldy and difficult to fold and or wrap, but this is minor concern. The good thing is, once in the small case the CX300 Ear-Bud Headphones are ready for travel.
I like my new Sennheiser CX300 Ear-Bud Headphones, so much so that I thinking about purchasing a set for my laptop—the ear-buds that shipped with are horrible! I was looking for a decent pair of reasonably priced ear-buds, what I got was above-par reasonably-priced pair of ear-buds I am very pleased with. You can’t go wrong with the Sennheiser CX300 Ear-Bud Headphones.