To our inestimable pleasure, Sennheiser has cottoned on to the fact that tiny earphones that ferret up your ear canal can be as good as bulky electronic noise-cancelling headphones and has launched a pair of minimalist earphones to go with your iPod or PSP.
Sennheiser is flaunting the CX 300 around town as the ‘prefect travel headphones’.
The CX300 bears a resemblance to other tiny headphones from Shure and Etymotic, which use the same noise-cancelling concept.
By fitting into the outer ear canal, they form an earplug-style seal, stopping unwanted external noises from interrupting the music and simultaneously saving fellow travellers from hearing whatever embarrassing 80’s power metal your shuffled playlist just scraped up.
This is a departure for Sennheiser as it has traditionally stuck with active noise cancellation: an external, battery-powered processor that measures ambient noise and adds a negative waveform to cancel it out.
‘If it’s good enough for pilots and singers’, it didn’t say before the launch of the new headphones, ‘then it’s good enough for you gadgety punks.’
The £40 Sennheiser CX 300 comes in black and silver.
Although, since Sennheiser doesn’t seem to be able draw breath before whipping out its gear in white, news that a white version was planned wouldn’t knock us off our Segway.