New Headphones


In search of new headphones and armed with the suggestions that I got in comments to my last post, I spent some time on the exercise page at Headphones.com. After reading that page, and doing a bit more research, I decided to learn more about what Koss and Sennheiser had to offer.

I spent a little time on the Koss site first. Or, to be more precise, I tried to spend time on the Koss site, but they decided that their main page should just launch a popup. Which my software blocked. I worked around that, and finally got their non-resizable popup with all-white scroll bars to come up, drawing from their painfully-slow web server. After a little browsing and reading, I moved over to the Sennheiser site.

What a relief. It’s reasonably fast, and they display their headphones in product lines, so you can see (for example) that the PX line has the PX100, PX200, and PX250. If you go to the detail page, you get all the information you want.

So, I ended up buying the Sennheiser PX100 merely because they had a website that was better than their competitor. And I don’t think I’m alone in making that sort of choice – online experience matters.

Anyway, I got the PX100’s through the always-excellent NewEgg for $43.99 including shipping. They come with an interesting hard-shell case that I will likely never use because it takes at least a minute to get the headphones in it, and I’m a bit too lazy for that. The sound is really nice – the response is flat, and extends a bunch farther into the bass range than my earbuds did. They also pass my quality test for audio equipment, which is whether, after listening for a few minutes, I find myself wanting to turn up the volume.

Nice phones, and they certainly stayed in place better than the earbuds…


Comments (10)

  1. Dara says:

    I purchased the same exact pair a few months ago. Sound quality is good enough for me (I really couldn’t tell the difference when I compared it to the stock ipod mini earphones). The only complaint I have is that the fit is a bit tight around my head. So I can usually leave them on for about an hour before needing to rest.

  2. zzz says:

    PX ?? Never heard of such, the HD series are the ones to look for. I have http://www.sennheiser.com/sennheiser/icm_eng.nsf/root/04486 – You can find this for measly 130 with some luck. This model is good because unlike the higher price models, it will sound well enough without separate headphone amplifier. However the drawback is that this is not really a carry-around-alot model, but hardly big drawback as most of the time I am at the computer 🙂

  3. zzz says:

    Ah you were looking them for workout. Should have read the prev. post, well grats on your purchase, the review for them looked good indeed.

  4. If your popup blocker wouldn’t let you into their site, it’s too restrictive. Both IE and Mozilla allow you to enter the site by clicking on the "Enter Site" link on the front page. The only site I’ve seen that IE blocks improperly is Microsoft’s own CRM product. (It opens up a no nav, no toolbar window with no direction from the user.)

    The rest of your site comments were pretty accurate though.

  5. Homer says:

    Have you worked out with these? Guess what I am getting at is how well do they stay on if you are out on a 5 mile run??

  6. Eric Gunnerson says:

    Homer,

    I don’t run, so it’s hard to be sure, but they stayed on pretty well on the exercise machines and while I was lifting and doing floor work, so my guess is that they’d be fine.

  7. SpiderMan says:

    I am thinking about buying PX100 or PX200 from the NewEgg too. 🙂

  8. kiwi mars says:

    Just got thr px100 and they are unbelievable for the ipod,to think it took me this long to upgrade to a better set of headphones…honestly this set is unbelievable for the price.

  9. Antao Almada says:

    When will we designers learn that web pages don’t have the same constraints as paper. Paper doesn’t expand but browsers do…

    I use Avant Browser and it also blocks the popup…

    Two of my colleges have bought PortaPro headphones and they sound really good. They are about the same price, have a slightly smaller frequency response (15-25,000 Hz) but I think they have two advantages:

    1. There is no pressure on your ears. They touch your head just above the ear. This means that they stay in place and your ear won’t start to hurt. If you prefer more pressure on your ears, it has 3 pressure settings.

    2. They fold into a fairly small volume so you don´t have to carry them always around your neck…

    http://www.koss.com/koss/kossweb.nsf/files/graphics/$file/PORTAPRO_lg.jpg