Sennheiser CX 280 High Perfomance Earbuds – Great Sound

I have had these for a little while and they sound great and have held up better than the jbud j3s i was using before. I commute on a motorcycle everyday and i where these under my helmet. The everyday putting and taking off of the helmet, plus all the wind blowing parts of the chord around, and they get yanked on every now and again when there isn’t enough excess cord. Despite all that they are still going strong, and i don’t see any abrasions or tears in the wires. Best affordable headphones i’ve had. Updaate: 09/26/13one of the earbuds no longer plays sound less than a year later.

I use these constantly for music. They sound great and don’t cost a lot. They last for a couple of years of constant use, and maybe longer with a little more care than i gave them. You get famous sennheiser quality.

I already own a pair of cx150s and a pair of cx300s. Both are excellent, but i wanted a third pair just in case. Enter the cx280spros: – sennheiser quality and sound; clear mids and highs with good bass – three different sized bud adapters for a tighter fit – in-line volume adjustment is sleek (almost too much so) – built-in cable slider is a nice touch – included soft case is large enough to hold my zune hd – symmetrical cablecons: – the cable(s) is constructed of the same uber-grippy rubber that plague other sennheisers; it snags on everything – left and right buds are hard to identify in low light.

2nd pair, does not disappoint. Base is perfect and sound is awesome.

I purchased these on the strength of the other reviews on amazon with great result. I am pleased to say that i’ve not experienced any issues to-date. I have also purchased pairs for my husband and sister and have received positive praise for their comfort and wearability during exercise.

I purchased this for everyday use and am very happy i did. This set of earbuds produces very rich sounds, almost comparable to my bose headphones. The first thing i noticed after placing them in my ears was that the silicon ear pads isolates most ambient noise – plus they feel very comfortable. When connected to a music source, they produce great full-range sound. My only compliant would be that the slider on the integrated volume control doesn’t have any ridges which makes it difficult to slide. However, i would definitely recommend these.

  • nice sound
  • Great sound quality, but volume adjuster breaks down after a while.
  • Good Balanced Sound

I’ve had these headphones for over 2 years now. I’ve worn them while using a jump rope and they didn’t cause any issues or fall off from my ears. The earbuds are comfortable and have some level of noise canceling. You have different sizes to choose from so they can custom fit you to your needs. The buds are also easy to remove and clean. It also came with a nice case to put your headphones in and carry around. It’s a shame they are discontinued. I would definitely recommend this headphone if you are willing to pay a little extra but are also on a budget.

Kicking bass, good range, good stereo image. I don’t know how much more one would want from a pair of plugs for your ipod.

Much more bass than you expect to come out of these headphones. Volume control is very smooth and accurate. Perpendicular plug is not an issue as they still fit in my phone even with a case, which i cannot say for every plug i’ve tried.

A little disappointed on the low frequency response. But for the price, you can’t go wrong.

Out standing value,clear vibrant sound,lying,great noise cancelling quality ,drowns out plane noise ,has rich base and clear tremble use often while flying.

Features of Sennheiser CX 280 High Perfomance Earbuds with Dynamic Sound (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

  • Connectivity Technology : Wired

Connectivity Technology : Wired

I live in new york, where walking is more common than driving and carried these on me 24/7. The earbuds are better at canceling the noise of the city than anything i have ever owned. They are also very small and comfortable. The earbuds fit every need i had. Unfortunately, i had to replace them within a year because the earpieces kept getting lost from repeatedly putting them in my pockets and taking them out. After a while, i was matching the smallest of the earpieces with the largest one, which makes for a rather uncomfortable and uneven experience. Recommendation: place the cord around your neck and avoid putting the earpieces in your pockets.

These headphones are amazing but i don’t know if mine are defective or not as the wire picks up so much noise when moving. Don’t buy this if you want to move.

At first i thought they were just ok, but after a while and a little break in these 280’s are very nice. Clean, very clean is what comes to mind. The bass is there and plenty of it when you need it. The highs, mids, and lows are all equally balanced. Good recordings are especially clean real sounding.

Bought these on sale for $19 on amazon and they sound way better than the standard iphone/ipod headphones. Bass is substantially better while the overall sound also improves noticeably.

I have had these for about a month now, and (for their price) are pretty good. They sound good and fit well in my ears. However, the in-line volume control isn’t exactly as useful as it sounds. It features a slider, but it slides less than a centimeter, and in that small space goes from full volume to almost nothing, making it too extreme of a change for any reasonable usefulness. Other than that, they sound great, and on a ‘best deals’ option, i can’t complain too much.

I ordered these after having a much more expensive pair of sennheiser earbuds. These are good quality at an affordable price. They shipped on time and i am very happy with them. I use them every day and love the in-line sound control.

Bought these to replace the earbuds that came with my iphone 4s. I really like them, sound quality is pretty great, and while they aren’t good enough to compete with a true noise-canceling headphone, they definitely help drown out the noise because of the little rubber pieces that tend to fit better in my small ears than the plastic apple ones that just sit there. I like that they have the small little plastic slider that helps them stay untangled, but after several months of use, i have to take away a star because the volume control has become unstable. That is to say, when you slide the control up and down is basically has two volume levels – low and high. When i first received these earbuds, the volume control worked really well, and i could adjust the volume much more easily. Don’t know why, but it no longer works that well so i end up adjusting the volume on my iphone instead. I paid around $28 for these on amazon and would recommend them, but i wouldn’t spend that much more on them.

These are really great for the price. I’m generally fussy when it comes to earbuds, but i’m really pleased with these. I’m a sucker for bass response, and these are ideal, without being overwhelming. Comfortable fit, too, and i like the cord’s plug design.

I bought these headphones as replacement for my old sony’s. I use them with my iphone 3gs and the sound that comes out of them are nothing short of sensational. Great bass, treble and mid range output. Once you have them on, you cannot hear any else but the music. Worth every penny i invested in them. Got a great deal on them on amazon’s website (thanks amazon). The only con i can say is that it’s difficult to differentiate the left and right ear on the headphones, you have to look real close on the back of the headphone and you can see the l and r markings. I highly recommend these to anyone who is interested in getting the most out of your music device.

First, please no one tell me basic info like adjust your seal, etc. Also, these are burned in by now for those who believe in that. For a product that hypes the bass aspect, i find this bass on the weak side. But more irritating is that it has started to fluctuate. Fine one day, then for two days it sucks. The other problem is the lack of consistency with the isolation effect. One morning you’re in a warm tunnel even on a bus; the next hour or so you’re in ‘harshville’ all around. I realize there’s probably a lot of mindplay your brain and ears do on you with audio gear, but after a while you have to also ask if the mechanism itself is also doing this. The highs are amazingly crisp and many things are heard you haven’t heard so well before. But when the bass is lacking, that’s what you’ll notice more anyway, and it’s an unbalanced sound.

These inexpensive earbuds work as expected, and i like the type of cord because it is less likely to bind up on itself, and easier to unsnarl when it does. As for the sound quality, just fine, neither very good nor very bad.

I am an average earphones user, i normally just use these on my morning commute, listening to my ipod and while watching video, so i think if you’re an average user like myself, these are great. Not sure for the avid audiophiles or gymmers though. The sound for these were way better than my old cx 281 pair, which were only a step or two above the buds that come with your ipod. The cx 280 has good sound quality, just enough bass, and is excellent with video sound. The price was just right and the buds fit well. There are issues with construction though; the wires that go directly from the buds are very thin and delicate and prone to tangling. The buds themselves are hard to differentiate from left and right unless you look very closely, the perfect sphere shape for the buds also give them a cheap, kiddish look, and there is no detail on the volume control so it feels clumsy at times. All in all, good replacement pair but nothing i would totally rave about.

I just received these in ear headphones a few hours ago, they came nicely packaged and arrived a full day ahead of schedule. I previously owned some sony bumpin buds and they were ok, they did tend to overemphasize the bass. I find the sennheiser cx-280’s to be more warm and balanced. Highs are crisp and clean, mids well pronounced and the bass more natural than that of the sony’s. I’m eager to see how these sound after 40-70 hours of burn in, i hear from other reviews that they get even better. The only draw back thus far is getting a proper seal in the ear canal, that may be remedied by switching out the medium tips that came pre installed for the large ones. All in all i am happy with this purchase now we’ll see how they hold up in the long run.

These earbuds did just the trick. Unfortunately, they then gave up and started losing the ability to transmit sound. They were not abused, or exposed to water, but they simply stopped working properly. If you expect these to last you for around a year, they are just fine.

The sound is excellent, and the earbuds are comfortable in my ear, more comfortable that the apple earbuds.

I purchased these as part of a gold box special as my nice etymotics were wearing out and i didn’t have the cash to buy new ones before an international flight where i’d really want them. These worked, but honestly were not very good at sealing in the ear canal like my etymotics. They ‘worked’ for me in my 14 hours of flying but in the end i ended up with spending the money on the etymotic hf3s which seal much nicer for me. Your mileage may vary, my ears are odd when it comes to in ear stuff.

They have great sound and do a nice job of cancelling out any outside noise. Perfect for my running regimen.

If you haven’t hard, these guys make some of the best headphones around, for affordable prices. The cx 280 are no exception, great sound, seem to be holding up well, and they fit in my pocket. The on wire volume control is nice once you get used to it.

I bought these headphones mainly because my old, basic headphones were giving out and these were only $19. 99 as part of gold box deal (or maybe a best deal, i don’t remember which). The sound on these is actually pretty decent and seems balanced; i hear a few things i didn’t hear with the older headphones. They actually do a decent job of filtering out gym noise (not completely, of course) as well, which is the main place i use them. Finally, they aren’t feature-rich; a slider for volume and nothing more. Some kind of cord management would’ve been nice, too, but oh, well. In short, for what i paid, i guess i’m impressed.

Pretty good earbud’s, although i will say the highs seems a bit harsh. The mids and lows are great, hard to believe considering the size of these buggers. All and all, pleased with the sound quality.

These earphones have a very nice sound to them, as well as a lot of bass. After listening for a few days, i liked them so much i wanted to order 6 more to give as gifts, but the price went up almost double, so i had to get 7 (1 for me to approve) of the cx200. They also sound good, with even more bass, but not quite as natural sounding or smooth. Years ago i also heard sennheiser headphones, and was very impressed. In my opinion, sennheiser makes fine products.

I had a pair of these for 6 months and unfortunately, they got stolen along with my laptop. As soon as i saw them on sale again i bought two pairs. Great sound and comfortable fit. It is handy to have a volume control on the wire while i am working so i can play with the sound. I would highly recommend these to anyone.

The sound quality is great, i’ve been using it, until today.

The most comfortable earbuds i have ever used. I had a little problem figuring out which one was for the right ear — until i noticed there is a little ‘r’ on one and a little ‘l’ on the other. Usually the right ear has a red marking.

Great sound as far as i can tell. I tend to abuse headphones and earbuds, and these have put up with everything i can dish out. Plus the on-cord volume control is very useful for muting whatever i’m listening to fast.

I picked this one because i wanted ear buds with volume control but no microphone. They do just fine, great sound, solid, everything i wanted for a reasonable price.

This is the longest period my earbuds did not break down. I like the quality of the soundand it’s designed in such a way that totally blocks surrounding noise from your ears, so you can simply enjoy music.

I have bought many sets of sennheiser earphones – they are always excellent value, typically outperforming competitors that cost twice or even three times as much. With heavy use they will break or wear out after a year or so, but at the price it is well worth it.

I bought a set of seinheiser headphones last year for mowing and playing drums, and i was very pleased, except that another member of my family liked then too, and kept borrowing them. Enter this set: great price and great sound – yet again. Thanks to amazon and seinheiser, the beat goes on. Update – this model wore out much more quickly than my cx500’s, which are still in mint condition. If you get them at a good price, sure. Otherwise, spend more money and get more value.

These are a good pair of headphones for using while commuting or in day-to-day use. They’re not extremely hardy – each of the pairs i’ve used have broken after about 6 months of normal use. But they’re noise-canceling enough that you can hear your music on the subway without feeling like you’ve left planet earth, and they don’t call attention to themselves like the apple earbuds do.

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Sennheiser CX 280 High Perfomance Earbuds with Dynamic Sound (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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