Published on July 13th, 2012 | by Greg0
Headphone Trio: Sennheiser PX 100-II
If you're in the market for a new set of headphones, we've got a few options for you. This trio should cover many people- at least, most of those who don't want to drop more than a couple of hundred dollars on an audiophile-grade set. Next up, we got another inexpensive folding option, lightweight and portable, from a name you should be familiar with. If you're a walking-and-public-transit music listener considering moving away from earbuds, it's important to look for something that will hold up to regular abuse without needing a case.
Put away those stock earbuds and pick up the Sennheiser PX 100-IIs. Available with in-line three-button controls and a microphone or without, either way, you'll be happily surprised in a few ways. For starters, there is the price- a hard to beat $55 or so at press time. Build quality is high- these took a beating and didn't show it, though the pads did get scuffed a bit, they seemed pretty well-fit. They aren't the most comfortable models around- an upgrade with better cushioning is available- but they are only 73 grams, a few more than the previously-reviewed set.
However, the performance (and sturdiness) was worth the barely-noticeable extra weight. Isolation is only so-so, of course- these are open-air and on-ear. But separation was impressive. One tester found the initial bass to be a bit overwhelming, actually, but after just a bit of burn-in time (or adjustment), found them perfect for heavier beats. Radiohead's Kid A and Marc Rebot's Silent Movies both sounded great, crisp and booming, while Tom Waits seemed natural and fairly warm. They might not quite be up your reference monitors, but for portable, foldable listening, the PX-100 IIs offer great value. Available online and in stores. And if you're looking for wireless models, they offer some that we've checked out in the past that are also foldable.