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Published on July 13th, 2012 | by Greg


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.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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