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Sennheiser CXC 700 In-ear Active Noise-Cancelling Headphone Review$229.95
The speaker element of the Sennheiser CXC 700 is guarded by a porous foam that may or may not add a tiny bit of distortion to your music, as foam is wont to do.
Despite durability concerns, Sennheiser elected to give the CXC 700s a very thin 3.93 foot cable with an inordinately heavy and bulky remote that may end up causing you cable breakage in the future.
The cable of the Sennheiser CXC 700 ends in a rather plain-looking 1/8th inch plug
The cord guards are about as robust as you could expect with in-ears, which while disappointing, isn't terribly unexpected. In-ears typically sacrifice robustness for a smaller size, and the Sennheiser CXC 700s are no different.
A good ways down the thin cable of the Sennheiser CXC 700 is the inordinately heavy and bulky remote, which is a huge durability concern. Located on the remote is the battery housing, a volume slider, and the active noise cancellation switch. We pity the fool who doesn't clip this monstrosity to their clothes before listening.
In the Box
Inside the shiny packaging for the CXC 700s are 2 additional sleeve sizes, a AAA battery, a cleaning tool, diaphragm guards, carrying case, airplane adapter, 1/4 inch adapter, in-ear headphones, and assorted documentation.
In-ear headphones are typically less durable than their on or over-ear brethren, but these are exceptionally fragile because of the super-heavy remote of dubious functionality.
As far as in-ears go, these look pretty slick, despite looking a little on the plastic side. The comedically oversized remote does stick out like a sore thumb, however some may be able to hide it in a pocket.