I listen to quite a bit of music, and other audio like PodCasts, both on my laptop and my iPod. Because the sound from my laptop speakers is really really bad (they are really fantastic laptops, but simply arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t designed to be a hifi system), IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been using headphones to listen to the music. I had some Sony earbud headphones that come in a little case that allows you to wind up the cord, which was great because I got sick of untangling the cable every time I went to use them. The Sony headphones are okay quality,
not quite up to the standard of the iPod headphones, but they both suffer from the problem of becoming quite uncomfortable after extended use.
One of my colleagues at work showed me his headphones, an over-the-head style from Sennheiser, which were very comfortable and had great sound. I went down to my local hifi store but they didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have the model that my colleague had. However, they did have the next model up, the Sennheiser PX 200 Headphones, which are a closed-can version of the PX 100Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s. The great thing about these headphones is that they fold up into a neat little plastic case, about the same size as a sunglasses case. This is ideal for me,
since I travel so much and want to be able to throw them in the bottom of my backpack and not worry about the headphones getting broken or tangled up.
As you can see from the photos – they are quite compact and very easy to carry.
Because of the closed can design, they also do a reasonable job of keeping out external noise such as the drone of the engines on a plane – quite good when on long trips.
The thing I like best about the PX200 headphones though, is that they are very very comfortable to wear for extended periods (especially compared to the in-ear style headphones I have been using). IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been wearing these things for literally hours at a time without any soreness of the ears that other styles of headphones cause. It does take a bit of practice to get the placement right though – since they are quite small cans, they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t surround your ears, but rather, sit on top. For the best sound, you need
to position them right over the ear canal so that the drivers fire directly into your ear. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s quite easy now, but took a while to get it consitently right.
The only real thing to note about these headphones is that when you first start using them, the bass takes a while to start really showing – indeed for a while, it seemed the little iPod earbud headphones had better bass (the iPod headphones are very good) – but now after a couple of weeks of use, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m very happy with the PX 200Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s – the bass is a bit deeper and clearer, and I find the sound overall sharper and better separated. The salesperson from the hifi store did warn me about this – so I wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t surprised
when the iPod headphones seemed to give better results when I first tested them. Being black and silver, they also look really good with my new black 5G iPod – better than the plain old white earbuds supplied by Apple.
All up, AU$129 was not too much to pay for a pair of headphones with excellent sound, great comfort, and very practical to travel with – IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m very happy with the combination.