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  • Sennheiser
  • Headphones
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October 21, 2010 6:50:15 AM

Hi there. Today the left side of my Sennheiser cx 300-II earphones stopped working. Now I need a new pair! I don't really know where to start looking. I don't know if I want earphones or headphones. I like the convenience of earphones but I've heard that headphones have better sound quality (of course it depends on the pair).
So could someone recommend some good earphones/headphones I should take a look at? Nothing overly expensive, around the $100 mark maybe. Sound quality is of course what I'm after along with durability. I like a good natural sound.
Thanks in advance.

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October 23, 2010 7:49:23 AM

Thanks for the help. Problem is I don't actually live in the US so any of those special deals are out of the question sadly.
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October 23, 2010 6:01:41 PM

That always makes things a bit tougher. What country do you live in?

The Sennheiser 280 and HD 555 can also be found for ~$100 but who knows what they sell for outside the US.
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October 23, 2010 8:10:17 PM

I'm in New Zealand. $100 US is about the same as $133 NZ. Things are slightly more expensive here. The HD 448's are about $170 NZ which is about what I'm wanting to spend so that sort of level of headphone seems about right.

Also, I'l be using these with an MP3 player. I hear some headphones need an amp to power them so they wouldn't really be any use to me.
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October 24, 2010 4:26:52 AM

Very true. But the HD 448's are 32 Ohms with SPL of 114 dB so no pre-amp needed.

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October 24, 2010 5:25:09 AM

OK that's good to know. I'm liking the look of the HD 448's but any other suggestions?
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October 24, 2010 5:34:14 AM

Looking at reviews I've seen that the HD 448 have poor bass articulation. Is that true?
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October 25, 2010 2:22:46 AM

Actually, the bass is very representative of where it should be. Many headsets overcompensate the bass and that can distort the rest of the sound. The HD 448's produce a very clear bass that isn't too low or to high.

Besides, if you need more bass, tweak the EQ settings if you can.
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October 25, 2010 4:54:09 AM

Thanks, cleared that up. I think I'll go with the HD 448's. Thanks for the help!
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October 25, 2010 5:26:06 AM

Glad I could help. Enjoy the headphones.
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