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Sennheiser CX 95 Headphones Review

The Sennheiser CX 95s are good headphones, but we had some problems with them.

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Tour

The Sennheiser CX 95 headphones are made out of black and gray plastic that has a dull luster. The ear buds have an angled cord guard, which helps them contour to your ears a bit better.

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The side and front view of the ear buds. Note the angled cord guard. Sennheiser claims this is 'ergonomic,' but we're not really sure it adds much in terms of comfort.

The nozzles are topped off with a metal mesh to stop debris from moving in. The cord extends downwards for a little less than two feet and then ends in a 1/8-inch plug. There is also an extension cord included if you want more slack.

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This is the head-on view of HATS wearing the CX 95s. They do tend to stick out at the bottom slightly.
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This is the side view of HATS wearing the CX95s. The ergonomic shape means the cord will fall straight down while the headphones are comfortable nestled between the tragus and antitragus.

In the Box

When you crack open the box, you'll find the headphones, three sets of soft plastic sleeves (small, medium, large), an extension cord, a shirt clip, and a carrying case. The carrying case has a little spool inside to help manage your cord.

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The contents of the CX 95s' box. It seems they've included the shirt clip in leiu of additional sleeves.

Durability

Overall, we didn't see any glaring durability issues with the CX 95s. They seem to be well assembled from good-quality plastics, which is a good start. The cord guard on the ear bud is a bit overly stiff, but shouldn't contribute much to internal wire fraying. The neck split is pretty robust; we don't see any problems here. The cord guard near the plug seems great, offering a nicely flexible end that gradually stiffens out, which is ideal for keeping internal chafing to a minimum. The sleeves don't seem like they'd come off without a fight, but we managed to almost lose two of them during the course of the review when they popped off unexpectedly. One last issue (and one that most Sennheiser in-ears seem to share) is the ear bud has several slits cut into it. Although it's unlikely anything could fall into those cracks and cause serious damage, it is annoying to see debris that you can't easily get at (although maybe our office is full of borderline clean freaks).

Aesthetics

As always, aesthetic appeal really can't manifest itself in in-ear headphones. They're small and a good portion of them hides inside your ears. As it is, these aren't bad looking for a pair of in-ears. You avoid the 'iPod user' look, if such a thing is important to you. If you're looking for the best aesthetics on a set of in-ears, you should check out V-MODA's lineup.

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Sections

  1. Tour & Design
  2. Performance
  3. In Use
  4. Value & Comparisons
  5. Conclusion
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