Sennheiser CX 550 Style II headphones review

I think readers who are not indifferent to the headphone market are familiar with the CX 95 Style. Pleasant enough user experience, interesting design - and at the same time, the price of 3 thousand rubles is somewhat inconsistent with the "folk" CX-series.

In the model range of 2010, much more expensive representatives of the CX-series appeared, for example, the CX 980 for 7.5 thousand rubles. So the CX 550, which looks exactly like the CX 95 to the exact color (“silver” instead of “gold”), now fits more organically into the wide assortment of the company.

I will say right away that I am extremely poorly familiar with the CX 95, discontinued. Therefore, do not expect a comparison with this model, I will talk about the new headphones. Perhaps it will be interesting for owners of the CX 95 to compare impressions.

Packaging and accessories

A large box with an opening valve for viewing the contents contains, in addition to headphones, the following accessories: 3 pairs of single-lobe and double-lobe nozzles, a case with a magnetic fastener and a clip. There are no instructions - it is replaced by the inscriptions on the package itself. The solution is original, no doubt - especially since not everyone reads the manual.

The most interesting accessory is the extension cord. A cable 0.6 meters long departs from the headphones themselves, ending in a straight plug, and the extension cord has a length of 0.8 m and an “L”-shaped connector.

The cover is made either from a very high-quality leather substitute, or from leather. In any case, the accessory is successful and convenient - it will fit both headphones with a set of nozzles and a small player.

Appearance and usability

The body of the headphones is two-tone, the silver lining is metallic or at least coated. The rest is the realm of plastic.

The original solution with a "leg", from which the cambric departs, allows you to comfortably place the headphones in your ears both with the wire down and up. The legs on the inside have the letters L and R to identify the left and right headphones.

The wire itself is quite soft, there is no latch-slider on it. The “short” part of the cable, as I already wrote, has a straight and rather miniature plug, but the “jack” extension cord, frankly, is huge. Holding the iPhone in portrait orientation is inconvenient. Some kind of stone age, although the claim to "solidity" is clearly expressed. In any case, the modular design is an added convenience for those who use players and phones with remote controls that have a 3.5 mm jack.

The earpieces are thin-walled, they hold perfectly in the ears. Unfortunately, the headphones play quite loudly outside, and they are not very well isolated from external noise. You should not use them on the subway.

For starters, the CX 550 was tested with a Hifiman HM-801 player, in addition to the obligatory program in the form of Prime Test CD1, various recordings familiar to the author were used. Standard eartips were used, the headphones were not modified.

The sound of the headphones is spectacular, but in reality quite noticeable shortcomings come out. The fundamental one is the forced midbass. There is no big bullying, but often a rumble is heard instead of a collected and informative lower register.

The mid-frequency range is quite even, but the midbass muffles it somewhat, voices begin to sound like through a pillow. There are no sibilants, which is nice.

With high frequencies are about the same situation, they sound good - but the mentioned rumble at low frequencies, it simply interferes with enjoying a good study of the high-frequency range.

I would like to say that if you get used to a slight hum, then everything becomes not so bad. However, lovers of at least some correct sounding of the CX 550 are hardly suitable. Just as you should not use them to listen to "metal", ruin the whole impression for yourself. But some Queen album, for example, Innuendo, you can listen to with great pleasure.

By the way, the CX 550 has a very good stereo panorama - without a very clear localization, but at the same time wide. True, there is no depth - so the heights of IE8 cannot be reached. But the result is quite acceptable.

The attack is blurred, instead of quick drum kits, a series of beats is heard. Together with the rumble at low frequencies - not the most pleasant result.

In general, for lovers of "beautiful" sound, the option is not the worst, but no more.

Compatibility

Sennheiser CX550 was also tested with iPhone 3Gs and iPhone 4. Headphones don't have a special dependence on the source, it makes no sense to bother with the selection of expensive players. We can only recommend looking for a device with “littered” low frequencies, then the hum can come to naught. However, this is not the best way out. The volume margin is large enough, a powerful source is not required.

Competitors

For those 2.5 thousand rubles that are asked for the CX 550, you can hardly find something better. Remotely, their sound resembles a mixture of IE6 and IE7, but the simplifications are in all respects. The main trump card of the CX 550 is the spectacular sound delivery, this cannot be taken away from them. And compared to cheaper models such as the Sennheiser IE4 or Fischer Audio Silver Bullet, you can hear better elaboration of music details and frequency range.

Output

In my opinion, CX 550s cost exactly as much as they cost - namely, 2.5-3 thousand rubles, depending on the store. They fit neatly between IE4 and IE6, slightly ahead of the former and behind the latter. Comfortable fit, modular cable - obvious pluses. As for the sound, you should not expect anything special from them, the main thing is that you should not play with the equalizer, trying to “fix” something, this will not lead to anything good.

It's worth listening to them, as a replacement for the bundled headphones for a phone or player - the option is far from the worst. But, for example, for 4 thousand rubles you can get Monster Lil' Jamz, and this is a much more interesting purchase.

Sennheiser CX 550 Style II headphones review

I think readers who are not indifferent to the headphone market are familiar with the CX 95 Style. Pleasant enough user experience, interesting design - and at the same time, the price of 3 thousand rubles is somewhat inconsistent with the "folk" CX-series.

In the model range of 2010, much more expensive representatives of the CX-series appeared, for example, the CX 980 for 7.5 thousand rubles. So the CX 550, which looks exactly like the CX 95 to the exact color (“silver” instead of “gold”), now fits more organically into the wide assortment of the company.

I will say right away that I am extremely poorly familiar with the CX 95, discontinued. Therefore, do not expect a comparison with this model, I will talk about the new headphones. Perhaps it will be interesting for owners of the CX 95 to compare impressions.

Packaging and accessories

A large box with an opening valve for viewing the contents contains, in addition to headphones, the following accessories: 3 pairs of single-lobe and double-lobe nozzles, a case with a magnetic fastener and a clip. There are no instructions - it is replaced by the inscriptions on the package itself. The solution is original, no doubt - especially since not everyone reads the manual.

The most interesting accessory is the extension cord. A cable 0.6 meters long departs from the headphones themselves, ending in a straight plug, and the extension cord has a length of 0.8 m and an “L”-shaped connector.

The cover is made either from a very high-quality leather substitute, or from leather. In any case, the accessory is successful and convenient - it will fit both headphones with a set of nozzles and a small player.

Appearance and usability

The body of the headphones is two-tone, the silver lining is metallic or at least coated. The rest is the realm of plastic.

The original solution with a "leg", from which the cambric departs, allows you to comfortably place the headphones in your ears both with the wire down and up. The legs on the inside have the letters L and R to identify the left and right headphones.

The wire itself is quite soft, there is no latch-slider on it. The “short” part of the cable, as I already wrote, has a straight and rather miniature plug, but the “jack” extension cord, frankly, is huge. Holding the iPhone in portrait orientation is inconvenient. Some kind of stone age, although the claim to "solidity" is clearly expressed. In any case, the modular design is an added convenience for those who use players and phones with remote controls that have a 3.5 mm jack.

The earpieces are thin-walled, they hold perfectly in the ears. Unfortunately, the headphones play quite loudly outside, and they are not very well isolated from external noise. You should not use them on the subway.

For starters, the CX 550 was tested with a Hifiman HM-801 player, in addition to the obligatory program in the form of Prime Test CD1, various recordings familiar to the author were used. Standard eartips were used, the headphones were not modified.

The sound of the headphones is spectacular, but in reality quite noticeable shortcomings come out. The fundamental one is the forced midbass. There is no big bullying, but often a rumble is heard instead of a collected and informative lower register.

The mid-frequency range is quite even, but the midbass muffles it somewhat, voices begin to sound like through a pillow. There are no sibilants, which is nice.

With high frequencies are about the same situation, they sound good - but the mentioned rumble at low frequencies, it simply interferes with enjoying a good study of the high-frequency range.

I would like to say that if you get used to a slight hum, then everything becomes not so bad. However, lovers of at least some correct sounding of the CX 550 are hardly suitable. Just as you should not use them to listen to "metal", ruin the whole impression for yourself. But some Queen album, for example, Innuendo, you can listen to with great pleasure.

By the way, the CX 550 has a very good stereo panorama - without a very clear localization, but at the same time wide. True, there is no depth - so the heights of IE8 cannot be reached. But the result is quite acceptable.

The attack is blurred, instead of quick drum kits, a series of beats is heard. Together with the rumble at low frequencies - not the most pleasant result.

In general, for lovers of "beautiful" sound, the option is not the worst, but no more.

Compatibility

Sennheiser CX550 was also tested with iPhone 3Gs and iPhone 4. Headphones don't have a special dependence on the source, it makes no sense to bother with the selection of expensive players. We can only recommend looking for a device with “littered” low frequencies, then the hum can come to naught. However, this is not the best way out. The volume margin is large enough, a powerful source is not required.

Competitors

For those 2.5 thousand rubles that are asked for the CX 550, you can hardly find something better. Remotely, their sound resembles a mixture of IE6 and IE7, but the simplifications are in all respects. The main trump card of the CX 550 is the spectacular sound delivery, this cannot be taken away from them. And compared to cheaper models such as the Sennheiser IE4 or Fischer Audio Silver Bullet, you can hear better elaboration of music details and frequency range.

Output

In my opinion, CX 550s cost exactly as much as they cost - namely, 2.5-3 thousand rubles, depending on the store. They fit neatly between IE4 and IE6, slightly ahead of the former and behind the latter. Comfortable fit, modular cable - obvious pluses. As for the sound, you should not expect anything special from them, the main thing is that you should not play with the equalizer, trying to “fix” something, this will not lead to anything good.

It's worth listening to them, as a replacement for the bundled headphones for a phone or player - the option is far from the worst. But, for example, for 4 thousand rubles you can get Monster Lil' Jamz, and this is a much more interesting purchase.

Sennheiser CX 550 Style II headphones review

I think readers who are not indifferent to the headphone market are familiar with the CX 95 Style. Pleasant enough user experience, interesting design - and at the same time, the price of 3 thousand rubles is somewhat inconsistent with the "folk" CX-series.

In the model range of 2010, much more expensive representatives of the CX-series appeared, for example, the CX 980 for 7.5 thousand rubles. So the CX 550, which looks exactly like the CX 95 to the exact color (“silver” instead of “gold”), now fits more organically into the wide assortment of the company.

I will say right away that I am extremely poorly familiar with the CX 95, discontinued. Therefore, do not expect a comparison with this model, I will talk about the new headphones. Perhaps it will be interesting for owners of the CX 95 to compare impressions.

Packaging and accessories

A large box with an opening valve for viewing the contents contains, in addition to headphones, the following accessories: 3 pairs of single-lobe and double-lobe nozzles, a case with a magnetic fastener and a clip. There are no instructions - it is replaced by the inscriptions on the package itself. The solution is original, no doubt - especially since not everyone reads the manual.

The most interesting accessory is the extension cord. A cable 0.6 meters long departs from the headphones themselves, ending in a straight plug, and the extension cord has a length of 0.8 m and an “L”-shaped connector.

The cover is made either from a very high-quality leather substitute, or from leather. In any case, the accessory is successful and convenient - it will fit both headphones with a set of nozzles and a small player.

Appearance and usability

The body of the headphones is two-tone, the silver lining is metallic or at least coated. The rest is the realm of plastic.

The original solution with a "leg", from which the cambric departs, allows you to comfortably place the headphones in your ears both with the wire down and up. The legs on the inside have the letters L and R to identify the left and right headphones.

The wire itself is quite soft, there is no latch-slider on it. The “short” part of the cable, as I already wrote, has a straight and rather miniature plug, but the “jack” extension cord, frankly, is huge. Holding the iPhone in portrait orientation is inconvenient. Some kind of stone age, although the claim to "solidity" is clearly expressed. In any case, the modular design is an added convenience for those who use players and phones with remote controls that have a 3.5 mm jack.

The earpieces are thin-walled, they hold perfectly in the ears. Unfortunately, the headphones play quite loudly outside, and they are not very well isolated from external noise. You should not use them on the subway.

For starters, the CX 550 was tested with a Hifiman HM-801 player, in addition to the obligatory program in the form of Prime Test CD1, various recordings familiar to the author were used. Standard eartips were used, the headphones were not modified.

The sound of the headphones is spectacular, but in reality quite noticeable shortcomings come out. The fundamental one is the forced midbass. There is no big bullying, but often a rumble is heard instead of a collected and informative lower register.

The mid-frequency range is quite even, but the midbass muffles it somewhat, voices begin to sound like through a pillow. There are no sibilants, which is nice.

With high frequencies are about the same situation, they sound good - but the mentioned rumble at low frequencies, it simply interferes with enjoying a good study of the high-frequency range.

I would like to say that if you get used to a slight hum, then everything becomes not so bad. However, lovers of at least some correct sounding of the CX 550 are hardly suitable. Just as you should not use them to listen to "metal", ruin the whole impression for yourself. But some Queen album, for example, Innuendo, you can listen to with great pleasure.

By the way, the CX 550 has a very good stereo panorama - without a very clear localization, but at the same time wide. True, there is no depth - so the heights of IE8 cannot be reached. But the result is quite acceptable.

The attack is blurred, instead of quick drum kits, a series of beats is heard. Together with the rumble at low frequencies - not the most pleasant result.

In general, for lovers of "beautiful" sound, the option is not the worst, but no more.

Compatibility

Sennheiser CX550 was also tested with iPhone 3Gs and iPhone 4. Headphones don't have a special dependence on the source, it makes no sense to bother with the selection of expensive players. We can only recommend looking for a device with “littered” low frequencies, then the hum can come to naught. However, this is not the best way out. The volume margin is large enough, a powerful source is not required.

Competitors

For those 2.5 thousand rubles that are asked for the CX 550, you can hardly find something better. Remotely, their sound resembles a mixture of IE6 and IE7, but the simplifications are in all respects. The main trump card of the CX 550 is the spectacular sound delivery, this cannot be taken away from them. And compared to cheaper models such as the Sennheiser IE4 or Fischer Audio Silver Bullet, you can hear better elaboration of music details and frequency range.

Output

In my opinion, CX 550s cost exactly as much as they cost - namely, 2.5-3 thousand rubles, depending on the store. They fit neatly between IE4 and IE6, slightly ahead of the former and behind the latter. Comfortable fit, modular cable - obvious pluses. As for the sound, you should not expect anything special from them, the main thing is that you should not play with the equalizer, trying to “fix” something, this will not lead to anything good.

It's worth listening to them, as a replacement for the bundled headphones for a phone or player - the option is far from the worst. But, for example, for 4 thousand rubles you can get Monster Lil' Jamz, and this is a much more interesting purchase.

Sennheiser CX 550 Style II headphones review

I think readers who are not indifferent to the headphone market are familiar with the CX 95 Style. Pleasant enough user experience, interesting design - and at the same time, the price of 3 thousand rubles is somewhat inconsistent with the "folk" CX-series.

In the model range of 2010, much more expensive representatives of the CX-series appeared, for example, the CX 980 for 7.5 thousand rubles. So the CX 550, which looks exactly like the CX 95 to the exact color (“silver” instead of “gold”), now fits more organically into the wide assortment of the company.

I will say right away that I am extremely poorly familiar with the CX 95, discontinued. Therefore, do not expect a comparison with this model, I will talk about the new headphones. It may be interesting for owners of the CX 95 to compare impressions.

Packaging and accessories

A large box with an opening valve for viewing the contents contains, in addition to headphones, the following accessories: 3 pairs of single-lobe and double-lobe nozzles, a case with a magnetic fastener and a clip. There are no instructions - it is replaced by the inscriptions on the package itself. The solution is original, no doubt - especially since not everyone reads the manual.

The most interesting accessory is the extension cord. A cable 0.6 meters long departs from the headphones themselves, ending in a straight plug, and the extension cord has a length of 0.8 m and an “L”-shaped connector.

The cover is made either from a very high-quality leather substitute, or from leather. In any case, the accessory is successful and convenient - it will fit both headphones with a set of nozzles and a small player.

Appearance and usability

The body of the headphones is two-tone, the silver lining is metallic or at least coated. The rest is the realm of plastic.

The original solution with a "leg", from which the cambric departs, allows you to comfortably place the headphones in your ears both with the wire down and up. The legs on the inside have the letters L and R to identify the left and right headphones.

The wire itself is quite soft, there is no latch-slider on it. The “short” part of the cable, as I already wrote, has a straight and rather miniature plug, but the “jack” extension cord, frankly, is huge. Holding the iPhone in portrait orientation is inconvenient. Some kind of stone age, although the claim to "solidity" is clearly expressed. In any case, the modular design is an added convenience for those who use players and phones with remote controls that have a 3.5 mm jack.

The earpieces are thin-walled, they hold perfectly in the ears. Unfortunately, the headphones play quite loudly outside, and they are not very well isolated from external noise. You should not use them on the subway.

For starters, the CX 550 was tested with a Hifiman HM-801 player, in addition to the obligatory program in the form of Prime Test CD1, various recordings familiar to the author were used. Standard eartips were used, the headphones were not modified.

The sound of the headphones is spectacular, but in reality quite noticeable shortcomings come out. The fundamental one is the forced midbass. There is no big bullying, but often a rumble is heard instead of a collected and informative lower register.

The mid-frequency range is quite even, but the midbass muffles it somewhat, voices begin to sound like through a pillow. There are no sibilants, which is nice.

With high frequencies, the situation is about the same, they sound good - but the mentioned rumble at low frequencies corny prevents you from enjoying a good study of the high-frequency range.

FROM high frequencies are about the same situation, they sound good - but the mentioned rumble at low frequencies corny prevents you from enjoying a good study of the high-frequency range.

I would like to say that if you get used to a slight hum, then everything becomes not so bad. However, lovers of at least some correct sounding of the CX 550 are hardly suitable. Just as you should not use them to listen to "metal", ruin the whole impression for yourself. But some Queen album, for example, Innuendo, you can listen to with great pleasure.

By the way, the CX 550 has a very good stereo panorama - without a very clear localization, but at the same time wide. True, there is no depth - so the heights of IE8 cannot be reached. But the result is quite acceptable.

The attack is blurred, instead of quick drum kits, a series of beats is heard. Together with the rumble at low frequencies - not the most pleasant result.

In general, for lovers of "beautiful" sound, the option is not the worst, but no more.

Compatibility

Sennheiser CX550 was also tested with iPhone 3Gs and iPhone 4. Headphones don't have a special dependence on the source, it makes no sense to bother with the selection of expensive players. We can only recommend looking for a device with “littered” low frequencies, then the hum can come to naught. However, this is not the best way out. The volume margin is large enough, a powerful source is not required.

Competitors

For those 2.5 thousand rubles that are asked for the CX 550, you can hardly find something better. Remotely, their sound resembles a mixture of IE6 and IE7, but the simplifications are in all respects. The main trump card of the CX 550 is the spectacular sound delivery, this cannot be taken away from them. And compared to cheaper models such as the Sennheiser IE4 or Fischer Audio Silver Bullet, you can hear better elaboration of music details and frequency range.

Output

In my opinion, CX 550s cost exactly as much as they cost - namely, 2.5-3 thousand rubles, depending on the store. They fit neatly between IE4 and IE6, slightly ahead of the former and behind the latter. Comfortable fit, modular cable - obvious pluses. As for the sound, you should not expect anything special from them, the main thing is that you should not play with the equalizer, trying to “fix” something, this will not lead to anything good.

It's worth listening to them, as a replacement for the bundled headphones for a phone or player - the option is far from the worst. But, for example, for 4 thousand rubles you can get Monster Lil' Jamz, and this is a much more interesting purchase.