Small and basic but bloomin' marvellous, these Sennheisers are a great choice for any iPhone user seeking a budget headset with a lot of oomph. The buds are extremely light and push into the lugs comfortably. If it wasn't for the noise isolation, you wouldn't know they were there. Design is no-frills and the cable is a tad on the flimsy side, but what the MM30i lacks in style, is soon made up for by its robust sound.
The buds boom instantly with a thumping dominant bass, thick and punchy. Crisp high ends are powerful enough to balance it out, but the middle can get lost in the storm created. Still, the output is impressive as it can belt it out at damaging levels with only slight distortion.
The microphone is built into the top of the control box, which hangs on the left side an inch or so under the chin – just enough to see what you're doing when fiddling with controls and close enough to the mouth to grab a good sound. It hardly makes any contact noise either.
Overall, these little beauties are impressive and extremely good value for money. Shop around and you can find them for well under £40. While not the purest audio output in this roundup, it's still a respectable sound and for a price that earns the MM30i headset the Editor's Choice award.
Reg Rating 90%
More info Sennheiser
Skullcandy's distinctive braincase logo is hard to miss on the ears of commuters all over the capital these days. Indeed, the company has made quite a name for itself with an extensive range of funky, yet affordable audiogear and adds to the collection here with the Fix, a set designed specifically to stay in the ears. Erm, aren't they all?
The earbuds are a comfortable firm fit that isolate noise well enough to hear the music and not so much that you could wander into oncoming traffic. Oh, just like it says on the tin, they stay in place too. The cable is quite thin and suffers its fair share of contact noise, but the sleek in-line controls and mic combo is well-positioned and does a great job when making calls.
The audio output has a lower end emphasis delivering a dominant bass and a colourful mid-range. The chamber design is similar to that found on some Audio-Technica headsets, but with a more impressive sound than AT's CK400i.
If you've a liking for bass-orientated music on your iPhone, then the Fix should satisfy. On other material, the sound can come across as a bit dense, but they can be cranked up loud with minimal distortion. For the money though, there are better options, but the Fix headset does have a very snug fit and and an eyecatching design to boot. ®
Reg Rating 75%
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Ten... earphones for mobiles
I've had enough of this.
We step up to the crease, not the plate. Cricket's our national game, not rounders. Got that? Good.
Can I have the Sennheisers when you've finished with them please? Thanks
So, of the highest rated product, you say:
"The buds boom instantly with a thumping dominant bass, thick and punchy. Crisp high ends are powerful enough to balance it out, but the middle can get lost in the storm created. Still, the output is impressive as it can belt it out at damaging levels with only slight distortion."
"The thumping powerful bass frequencies rule the show here, but a prominent mid-range invigorates vocals and the top-end is crisp enough to set the spine tingling with snappy snares and hissing hi-hats."
So...your criteria are that Bass Is Everything, followed by the ability to play painfully and unnecessarily loud, _followed_ by any kind of actual balanced sound quality?
Okay, we're done here. I think I'll go read someone else's review.
No longer trust Sennheiser
Sure, their earphones are great... while they still work. I've gone through several pairs of sennheiser earphones where one of the buds just stops working, and every time within the warranty period. 90% of the time I use them while at my desk in work (there's no noise leakage whatsoever). It took about 6 months for Sennheiser to replace one set.
If you go Sennheiser keep your receipt safe.
I seem pretty certain that I'll turn my head at least just slightly before stepping out on the road, it's call "looking before you cross the road". But then again, I'm not an imbecile.
Noise Isolation + Public road != Good thing
You really REALLY want to hear that car/bus/truck coming as you step into the road!
Loudhailer so that you can hear me over your dubstep mix.