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Sennheiser CX 680i In-ear Headphones Review

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Tour & Design

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• Helix fins help keep the headphones in place.

• The headphones don't seem to be particularly durable.

• Remote & mic!

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Tour


The Sennheiser CX 680is are a set of portable in-ears with a remote and mic.

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The ear buds have a slightly atypical design, in that they have a little rubbery claw that sticks up vertically. This should rest neatly in your concha, fitting just under your helix. Sennheiser calls them EarFins, but that's not very specific and sounds like more like a genetic defect than a headphone form factor. We're therefore going to exercise our journalistic powers and dub them helix fins. We would've called them concha grips, but "concha" isn't a very elegant-sounding word and the phrase wouldn't have any assonance. These are things you have to consider when you're a superstar headphone reviewer.

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The remote & mic are located at the neck split, and are encapsulated in a bit of black plastic. The controls themselves are a yellow bone-shaped bit of rubber. The top node is volume up, the bottom is volume down, and the space between them controls playback (one click to pause/unpause, two to forward skip, and three to reverse skip). The control pendant doesn't have particularly good cord guards, so this is a weak point in the cable.

Oh and also there's a little clip there to shorten or lengthen the neck split. Without this clip, you wouldn't be able to ensure the cable is synched just tightly enough to follow every contour of your chin and throat without causing discomfort. We know a lot of you really value this experience.

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The headphones end in a standard 1/8-inch plug. It's very skinny, which is great for connecting to a first-generation iPhone or a device with a recessed port.

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But who is that handsome fellow? Why, it's none other than our head and torso simulator, or HATS. Today he's sporting the CX 680is. This is exactly what you'll look like if you wear these headphones, providing you're gray and featureless with removeable ears and robot parts, but that's likely not the case because then you woudn't have eyes and couldn't see this.

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In The Box


In the 680i's box you'll find the heapphones themselves, a shirt clip, a cleaning tool, two extra sleeve sizes, two extra helix fin sizes, and one set of non-finned bits. There's also a carrying case brought you to ADIDAS, manufacturer of fine headphone carrying apparel.

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**Durability**     (*5.50**)*


Like most in-ears, the Sennheiser CX 680is aren't long for this world. They're mostly cable, and not particularly well-insulated cable at that. You're also more likely to just ball up the cord and shove it into your pocket, which can cause a lot of internal wear and tear.

 

 

**Aesthetics**     (*6.00**)*


Yellow is the "It" color this season, and the CX 680is sport it with style. Their sleek appearance and porpoise-like dorsal fins are taking the fashion world by storm, but since dorsal fins are mainly intended to help marine life maintain their balance in rough seas, I don't think anyone should be too worried about this storm.

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  1. Tour & Design
  2. Sound Quality
  3. Isolation
  4. Comfort
  5. Usability
  6. Bose MIE2 Comparison
  7. Etymotic hf3 Comparison
  8. Shure SE535 Comparison
  9. Sennheiser CX 980 Comparison
  10. Conclusion
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