11
Jan
2015

Mini Review: Sennheiser PMX95 Neckband Headphones

In the Black Friday sales, I grabbed the Sennheiser PMX95 Neckband headphones:

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They are neckband headphones, and sit on the ear with the plastic frame reaching behind your ears. They are adjustable; the drivers themselves can swing up and down slightly on the frame, making it easy to adjust to suit you. I have owned them for a couple of months now, and it did take some getting used to wearing these headphones. At first, they weren’t very comfortable for a long while and my ears got sore after extended use. But now, I can wear them all day and they are comfortable and my ears no longer get sore.

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They do not block out noise in any way. I hear a lot of people saying that this is a bad thing, but in my experience I think this is a great feature. I used in-ear headphones before which were great for blocking out noise, but at LAN parties I had to keep removing them to hear people or just leaving one free (which for audiophiles is a cardinal sin). With these, I found I could hear everything my friends were saying to me without having to remove them, which meant I could keep listening in stereo.

The sound quality of these is excellent, with rich bass and very defined treble. They can get very loud without them distorting (though I don’t recommend turning them right up often since you could damage your hearing). You’ll be able to tell the difference between a high-end sound card and the basic on-board audio in computers, and especially between MP3 files which have been encoded at different bitrates. If you appreciate sound quality, don’t go below 192 kbit/s. Go for FLAC if you can!

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Subjectively, they look very smart. If you have dark hair, the frame going behind your head becomes very hard to see.

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The headphone jack is gold-plated (not that it makes *that* much difference) and has Sennheiser’s logo and a very nice cable which doesn’t seem to get tangled very easily and looks like it will stand the test of time.

Overall, I give these headphones a 9/10:

  • They are comfortable after you get used to them
  • The sound quality is excellent from good quality sources
  • They don’t block out background sounds (good for LAN parties, bad for aeroplanes)
  • The connector and cable are very high quality

If you own these headphones, or want to get them, let me know what you think by commenting!

 

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