Sennheiser CX 1.00

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You’re much more likely to pick up the CX 1.00s based on Sennheiser’s solid rep­u­ta­tion than their looks – and the Ger­man brand knows it too! It ap­pears to have fi­nally tied the knot in the brand/con­sumer re­la­tion­ship and no longer feels obliged to make an ef­fort with ap­pear­ance. But rather than pile on the pounds or let it­self go, Sennheiser has sim­ply opted for a ba­sic, un­der­stated look which, but for some min­i­mal brand­ing on the buds, could be largely cap­tured by a four-year-old’s sil­hou­ette draw­ing. At this price point, we don’t feel too hard done by, though.

Fish­ing for com­pli­ments

What’s dis­ap­point­ing is the ab­sence of an in­line re­mote. Even for £25, you shouldn’t have to face the First World prob­lem of tak­ing your phone from your pocket and lift­ing it to your ear.

Still, they feel well made and their svelte physique, weigh­ing just 10g, plays into the hands of com­fort – as do the four dif­fer­ent sizes of sup­plied ear tip. We ap­ply the ones that give the best seal, and hear straight away that, like the pre­vi­ously tested four-star CX 3.00s, clar­ity and bal­ance take prece­dence in the Sennheiser’s pre­sen­ta­tion.

In­stru­ments and vo­cals alike sound di­rect, and the CX 1.00s pay the same amount of at­ten­tion to each fre­quency band. Ei­ther side of a lu­cid midrange, bass is taut, and highs (though sub­ject to a lit­tle edgi­ness in brighter record­ings) are crisp. They also have the tim­ing and dy­nam­ics to keep you hooked to Nils Frahm’s pi­ano play­ing in Am­bre and, while they could de­liver more sub­stance be­hind the notes, there’s am­ple in­sight to mark them a com­fort­able and en­ter­tain­ing lis­ten.

Sur­prise, sur­prise! The CX 1.00s are yet more solid, if not spe­cial, per­form­ers from Sennheiser. We can’t hide the fact we’d eas­ily part with an ex­tra £15 for the Sound­magic E10’s im­proved sound and fea­tures, but if you don’t mind man­u­ally an­swer­ing calls and aren’t buy­ing head­phones to fish for com­pli­ments, the CX 1.00s are a good bud­get op­tion.

“What’s dis­ap­point­ing is the lack of an in­line re­mote. Even at £25, we shouldn’t face this First World prob­lem“

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