Just as we were growing used to stuffing our ear canals with the CX300s [story here], Sennheiser has explosively expanded its portable range with 15 new sets of earphones.
The audio avalanche is divided into three families: Style, Sport and – for da kids – Street. All three families feature a variety of tricksy ways of preventing earphone poppage – that terrible moment when your in-ear ‘phones unglue themselves from your lughole.
The most basic designs are the familiar no-frills earbuds of the MX range, now augmented with a hook to keep them in place, and a lanyard for those who like to wear their nanos on their solar plexus. The MXL 70 Sports (£25) even feature magnets to stop the earbuds flapping around when you take them out while training.
Also new to the MX line is a patented twist-to-fit system that uses a secondary pad to hook to over little flap of skin above your ear canal (the lower part of the y-shaped inner helix below the Fossa Triangularis, if you believe Wikipedia). Twist-to-fit didn’t work too well for us, but we have a bit of Vulcan in our blood. Others seemed more impressed.
The brand new OMX range introduces Sennheisers first over-the-ear clips. Our faves are the £50 OMX 90 VCs in the Style range, which bear an uncanny similarity to the more pricey Bang & Olufsen A8s.
And there’s more: in the Sports range the PMX70 (£30) are secure backband earphones that deliver fantastic sound quality and rich bass with an unshakeable vice-like grip and lurid green cables.
But we’ve saved the best for last; the new flexible backband phones, pictured above, are available as the LX70 Sport (top, £25) and LX90 Style (below, £35). The design is totally original, with the earbuds pressed to your ears by a bendy tube that sits discreetly around the back of your skull. They scrunch up into pocketable size and provide a beautifully rich and detailed sound. We like.
Sennheiser has long produced the best sound-per-pound earphones known to mankind. Now it’s making the best looking ones to. The only problem is which ones to choose… Have a gander at the photos below.
Sennheiser's noise-isolating champs, the CX300s
OMX90 - over-ear clippers with B&O-worthy design
PMX70 - sporty jobs with grippy straps
MXL 70 Sports - sports 'phones with a magnet for tidiness
MX55 - the no-frills option