Sennheiser CXC 700 Active Noise Canceling Ear-Canal Phones
|Sennheiser CXC 700 Active Noise Canceling Ear-Canal Phones|
|Features, Specs and More|
|Closer Look, Testing and Final Thoughts|
Product: Senneheiser CXC 700 Ear-Canal Phones with NoiseGard & TalkThrough
Provided By: Sennheiser Canada
Price: ~$249.99 Online at time of publication
Sennheiser is a name that is very familiar in the high-end audio circles and over the past couple of years they have expanded into the gaming market as well as more consumer-focused products. Today we are looking at a very handy product - the CXC 700 Active Noise Cancelling Earphones and giving them a run through our subjective test bench. That's the downside of earphones - and most audio products - the review is subjective.
While we pride ourselves in real-world benchmarks that can be measured and repeated, most audio products simply don't allow themselves to be tested this way. Still, as a budding audio-enthusiast (someone who just loves good audio), I do have some opinions that I will share as we continue this review.
Sennheiser has a few other noise cancelling audio products - and these are much larger than the CXC 700s. They have a couple on-ear products as well as a few over-the-ear products that provide great comfort, excellent performance and a larger price tag. Not only is the price tag larger, but they aren’t nearly as handy to pack around when you are trying to travel light. That's why these earphones were suggested to me. They are light, travel well, and are a bit more affordable that other active noise cancelling (ANR) products.
As you can see above, the CXC 700 earphones come in very classy packaging which is typical of Sennheiser. They always package their products well and these are no exception. Thankfully the packaging is quite painless to open and to enjoy as well. Once you get the box open, you are treated to a great travel case that houses all of the extra goodies that come with these ear phones. Inside the bundle is a 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch adapter, an airplane adapter, a single "AAA" battery as well as two extra sets and sizes of ear tips as well as a manual. The main headphones will also be able to easily fit in the package for traveling and this will help you keep everything together and protected.
The earphones themselves are not in the zippered pouch, but instead are on display in the package. They have a larger driver than many other in-ear headphones and wired headsets and this helps house the microphones that are used for the NoiseGard Active Cancelation as well as house the drivers that bring your favorite music and media to your ears. The 1/8-inch jack has a right-angle connector and this works for many devices, but if you have your phone in your pocket it might put extra strain on the cable.
On the next page we'll take a look at the features and specifications of the CXC 700 before we jump into the testing.