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Sennheiser CX Sport by Aaron Lai

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> " ... there are really no true objective measurements for speaker sound quality ... "

The designers of these expensive items would of course disagree with you.  Many specialist third party agencies have millions invested in these hardware testing rigs, over the years.

My interest is in the lower cost "knock-offs".  Most other designers & manufacturers will use these brand-name status objects to create their own lower cost "copies".  My cheapies from East Asia have similar appearances.  But the battery & connection warnings are missing, not in English, etc.  Battery level are also hard to notice, before, during or after usage.

The other ear parts are often available in different sizes as well as the "medium" sizes, colors, hardness, etc.  So surprised that this brand-name item did not offer these choices.  These ad-ons often becoming damaged, or lost, over time. 

Generally I find most (all?) wireless connections poor, compared to cable connections.  The latest bluetooth standards are supposedly better than the older ones.  Could these have been tested?  In particular, connecting more than one transmitter to the unit, or more than one receiver to the unit.  

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Welcome to APH gregzeng! Thanks for the post. You make some interesting points, so I wouldn't mind sharing a few things.

20 hours ago, gregzeng said:

> " ... there are really no true objective measurements for speaker sound quality ... "

The designers of these expensive items would of course disagree with you.  Many specialist third party agencies have millions invested in these hardware testing rigs, over the years.

This is fair to say that there is a lot of hardware testing rigs to test speaker sound quality, but I think it's also fair to say you wouldn't necessarily know if you like a certain speaker because of the output from these rigs. Obviously we don't have this sort of equipment to do testing to that extent, but my point here is more to say that sound signature preferences are very much a preference. Of course we do make statements in places where we can say one pair of headphones may provide better detail than another, but overall a lot of headphones still come down to a sort of preference thing.

20 hours ago, gregzeng said:

My interest is in the lower cost "knock-offs".  Most other designers & manufacturers will use these brand-name status objects to create their own lower cost "copies".  My cheapies from East Asia have similar appearances.  But the battery & connection warnings are missing, not in English, etc.  Battery level are also hard to notice, before, during or after usage.

The other ear parts are often available in different sizes as well as the "medium" sizes, colors, hardness, etc.  So surprised that this brand-name item did not offer these choices.  These ad-ons often becoming damaged, or lost, over time. 

Completely fair points. More unknown brands may offer similar features like "water-resistance" and a certain battery life, but we also lose some niceties. And brand recognition is a big thing in North American markets.

I think a lot of known brand products do not come with more choices, such as Comply foam ear tips, is probably just due to the fact the have enough of these different tips or fins to fit majority of their customers. They want to make money in as many places as possible, so I mean it is unsurprising they cut these things. I personally am fine with the set that was provided with the CX Sport, because this is on par with known competitive products. Like you said, a lot of the "knock-offs" have other tradeoffs, so which ones you buy is just up to what you value more.

I would also be interested in reviewing these headphones from other manufacturers, but all in due time :)

20 hours ago, gregzeng said:

Generally I find most (all?) wireless connections poor, compared to cable connections.  The latest bluetooth standards are supposedly better than the older ones.  Could these have been tested?  In particular, connecting more than one transmitter to the unit, or more than one receiver to the unit.  

Agreed, I still enjoy wired connections more. This is why I'm sad more phones are dropping the 3.5mm jack :( I will keep this in mind with future reviews, but I can say that the CX Sport works with up to two devices remembered by the unit, but not transmitting and receiving to both devices. 

Again, thanks for the comments!

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Great review Aaron although this is a different color CX 6.00 if I'm not mistaken?

 

On ‎9‎/‎9‎/‎2018 at 12:03 AM, gregzeng said:

> " ... there are really no true objective measurements for speaker sound quality ... "

The designers of these expensive items would of course disagree with you.  Many specialist third party agencies have millions invested in these hardware testing rigs, over the years.

My interest is in the lower cost "knock-offs".  Most other designers & manufacturers will use these brand-name status objects to create their own lower cost "copies".  My cheapies from East Asia have similar appearances.  But the battery & connection warnings are missing, not in English, etc.  Battery level are also hard to notice, before, during or after usage.

The other ear parts are often available in different sizes as well as the "medium" sizes, colors, hardness, etc.  So surprised that this brand-name item did not offer these choices.  These ad-ons often becoming damaged, or lost, over time. 

Generally I find most (all?) wireless connections poor, compared to cable connections.  The latest bluetooth standards are supposedly better than the older ones.  Could these have been tested?  In particular, connecting more than one transmitter to the unit, or more than one receiver to the unit.  

The testing rigs test some objective measurements like frequency response but ultimately the tuning is up the engineer and preference of the listener. It's like there's no objective measurement for ride quality and handling of a car on the road.

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Yeah, you can't really benchmark sound unfortunately. There are objective elements to it, but you can't measure a lot of acoustical properties using numbers.

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On 9/10/2018 at 9:24 PM, TL6MT said:

Great review Aaron although this is a different color CX 6.00 if I'm not mistaken?

Thanks TL! Yeah you could say that. The water resistance is another physical difference, though it is not as visible haha.

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I sort of wonder what is the significance of water resistance. At the end of the day, you can't swim with it, and even if I were to run in the rain regular earphones is probably water resistant enough.

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On ‎9‎/‎16‎/‎2018 at 3:02 PM, chconline said:

I sort of wonder what is the significance of water resistance. At the end of the day, you can't swim with it, and even if I were to run in the rain regular earphones is probably water resistant enough.

That's an Interesting point. What about people who Sweat a lot?

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On ‎9‎/‎18‎/‎2018 at 11:33 AM, Big Bang said:

That's an Interesting point. What about people who Sweat a lot?

A bit of sweat has never killed any earphones.

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On 9/16/2018 at 3:02 PM, chconline said:

I sort of wonder what is the significance of water resistance. At the end of the day, you can't swim with it, and even if I were to run in the rain regular earphones is probably water resistant enough.

Fair point. I know I had a pair of headphones that started crapping out on me after using them for mowing the lawn and I sweated a bit haha. 

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