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Sennheiser CX 495 Review
By Steve Rhys 12.02.2013
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Sennheiser CX 495 Review

The price-friendly Sennheiser CX495 provides excellent sound quality, a spot-on design, inner ear comfort and superb sound isolating functionality – the perfect upgrade to your standard MP3 earphones.

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Overview 

The Sennheiser CX495 is the successor to the company´s multi-award winning CX300 series – thus expectations are high. And the experienced German earphone manufacturers do not disappoint. In keeping with the countries reputation for precision engineering, Sennheiser has wisely stuck with the model they used for the CX300 series and refined the technology to produce the first of the CX495 which promises to be every bit as good as their predecessors, if not better.

The plug-in earbuds offer a much better performance than the standard fittings that accompany MP3 players so you can be assured you will get a better sound quality. The Sennheiser even make the iPod sound better and anybody who has compared Apple´s former flagship portable stereo against other MP3 models on the market will know that the iPod is not the best performer when it comes to sound quality.

It has to be said that the Sennheiser CX495 performs admirably and given the budget-price will be a very popular choice among the majority of music listeners. They may not quite reach the heights of the Bowers and Wilkins P series or the Aiaiai TMA-1, but they are top-of-the-range headphones whereas the CX495 are plug-in earpieces. There is a big difference in design, use of technology and cost.  So how well do the Seenheiser CX495 actually perform?

 

When it comes to commuter earphones, design and style don´t matter so much as the majority of the time the earpieces are wedged in to the canals of your inner lobes and nobody sees them – especially you. Yet Sennheiser actually make a conscious effort to give the CX495´s a bit of panache as well as extreme comfort.

And for this type of earphone, comfort is a must. Equipped with a range of soft silicon tips, they buds are less intrusive than similar metallic models and sit snugly on the inside of your ear without pressing against the bone. Fitted properly you barely notice you are wearing them and even after prolonged use there is no noticeable pressure. 

Together with comfort, the other design concept you want with in-ear commuter phones is noise isolation. This is often a difficult balance to get right, but Sennheiser seem to have cracked the secret. Just as with their predecessors, the CX495 fit comfortably in the tip of the ear and shut out background noise sufficiently enough for you to enjoy your music at lower volume levels that you ordinarily would with other makes.

In terms of design, comfort and noise isolation, there is little to complain about although we would like to have seen the CX495 come with a foam cover. There are several reasons for this. Foam protects the silicon covering and keeps the earphones clean and they are also more effective for blocking out intrusive sounds. But hey, minor points.

 

Performance //

For such as small, inexpensive pair of earphones, the Sennheiser CX495 deliver an incredible performance – better in fact that a lot of the over-priced high-end designer models that pass as portable listening cans. Indeed the sound quality Sennheiser give you is not only balanced yet surprisingly powerful.

For this reason they will suit a wide audience of music listeners especially for those who have varied tastes in music. If you prefer something with more bass you should take a look at the Beats Executive or Urbanears Zinken, but be prepared to fork our more for a pair of earphones that do not merit the price tag.

The fine balance of the CX495´s may not suit perfectionists either, but for most listeners the CX495 doing a sterling job. Bass is not overpowering and mid-range is clear, punchy and a delight to listen to. The high tones also perform admirably especially with Bach´s “Jesu: The Joy of Man´s Desire,” played on the harpsichord, but performed equally well with Silversun Pickups, “Catch and Release.”

But it is the highs where overly critical music listeners may feel the performance of the CX495 is not quite to their standard, and whilst there is a dip in the performance compared to the mids and lows, it takes a well trained ear to notice the difference.  If this is important to you check out the B&W P3 or Aiaiai TMA-1

The CX495 also has good spacing which makes for an all round open performance and gives room to each detail with no obvious sound of distortion. This is especially enjoyable for rock genres which have heavy bass lines that will fuzz in sub-standard sounding earphones. But you can also play something that builds like Lemonjelly´s “Staunton Lick” and the phasing in and out of instrumentals blended with fuzzy synth is as clear as bath water.

 

Value for Money?

The CX495 are ideal earbuds for the musical purist who does not have the budget or the willingness to splash the cash “fashionable” designer cans – and for a price point of £55 you are getting exceptional value for money.

 

Final thought

For the price point, the Sennheiser CX495 turn in an absolutely sterling performance that is undoubtedly pleasing. We can´t imagine anybody not thinking they have a product they can honestly admit is money well spent. The CX495 deliver a finely balanced performance with warm rich tones and neatly spaced ranges that make every fragment of the arrangements clearly audible.

The design is also very pleasing. The comfort-fit canalphones can be used for long periods without applying pressure and have excellent noise isolation capacity that allows you to enjoy music at levels that will not damage your ear drums. Unless you have money to spend on a top-of-the range headphones, the Sennheiser CX495 are an excellent choice for an affordable alternative.

 

Sennheiser CX 495 Review

The price-friendly Sennheiser CX495 provides excellent sound quality, a spot-on design, inner ear comfort and superb sound isolating functionality – the perfect upgrade to your standard MP3 earphones.

…………………………………………………………………………………….

Overview 

The Sennheiser CX495 is the successor to the company´s multi-award winning CX300 series – thus expectations are high. And the experienced German earphone manufacturers do not disappoint. In keeping with the countries reputation for precision engineering, Sennheiser has wisely stuck with the model they used for the CX300 series and refined the technology to produce the first of the CX495 which promises to be every bit as good as their predecessors, if not better.

The plug-in earbuds offer a much better performance than the standard fittings that accompany MP3 players so you can be assured you will get a better sound quality. The Sennheiser even make the iPod sound better and anybody who has compared Apple´s former flagship portable stereo against other MP3 models on the market will know that the iPod is not the best performer when it comes to sound quality.

It has to be said that the Sennheiser CX495 performs admirably and given the budget-price will be a very popular choice among the majority of music listeners. They may not quite reach the heights of the Bowers and Wilkins P series or the Aiaiai TMA-1, but they are top-of-the-range headphones whereas the CX495 are plug-in earpieces. There is a big difference in design, use of technology and cost.  So how well do the Seenheiser CX495 actually perform?

 

When it comes to commuter earphones, design and style don´t matter so much as the majority of the time the earpieces are wedged in to the canals of your inner lobes and nobody sees them – especially you. Yet Sennheiser actually make a conscious effort to give the CX495´s a bit of panache as well as extreme comfort.

And for this type of earphone, comfort is a must. Equipped with a range of soft silicon tips, they buds are less intrusive than similar metallic models and sit snugly on the inside of your ear without pressing against the bone. Fitted properly you barely notice you are wearing them and even after prolonged use there is no noticeable pressure. 

Together with comfort, the other design concept you want with in-ear commuter phones is noise isolation. This is often a difficult balance to get right, but Sennheiser seem to have cracked the secret. Just as with their predecessors, the CX495 fit comfortably in the tip of the ear and shut out background noise sufficiently enough for you to enjoy your music at lower volume levels that you ordinarily would with other makes.

In terms of design, comfort and noise isolation, there is little to complain about although we would like to have seen the CX495 come with a foam cover. There are several reasons for this. Foam protects the silicon covering and keeps the earphones clean and they are also more effective for blocking out intrusive sounds. But hey, minor points.

 

Performance //

For such as small, inexpensive pair of earphones, the Sennheiser CX495 deliver an incredible performance – better in fact that a lot of the over-priced high-end designer models that pass as portable listening cans. Indeed the sound quality Sennheiser give you is not only balanced yet surprisingly powerful.

For this reason they will suit a wide audience of music listeners especially for those who have varied tastes in music. If you prefer something with more bass you should take a look at the Beats Executive or Urbanears Zinken, but be prepared to fork our more for a pair of earphones that do not merit the price tag.

The fine balance of the CX495´s may not suit perfectionists either, but for most listeners the CX495 doing a sterling job. Bass is not overpowering and mid-range is clear, punchy and a delight to listen to. The high tones also perform admirably especially with Bach´s “Jesu: The Joy of Man´s Desire,” played on the harpsichord, but performed equally well with Silversun Pickups, “Catch and Release.”

But it is the highs where overly critical music listeners may feel the performance of the CX495 is not quite to their standard, and whilst there is a dip in the performance compared to the mids and lows, it takes a well trained ear to notice the difference.  If this is important to you check out the B&W P3 or Aiaiai TMA-1

The CX495 also has good spacing which makes for an all round open performance and gives room to each detail with no obvious sound of distortion. This is especially enjoyable for rock genres which have heavy bass lines that will fuzz in sub-standard sounding earphones. But you can also play something that builds like Lemonjelly´s “Staunton Lick” and the phasing in and out of instrumentals blended with fuzzy synth is as clear as bath water.

 

Value for Money?

The CX495 are ideal earbuds for the musical purist who does not have the budget or the willingness to splash the cash “fashionable” designer cans – and for a price point of £55 you are getting exceptional value for money.

 

Final thought

For the price point, the Sennheiser CX495 turn in an absolutely sterling performance that is undoubtedly pleasing. We can´t imagine anybody not thinking they have a product they can honestly admit is money well spent. The CX495 deliver a finely balanced performance with warm rich tones and neatly spaced ranges that make every fragment of the arrangements clearly audible.

The design is also very pleasing. The comfort-fit canalphones can be used for long periods without applying pressure and have excellent noise isolation capacity that allows you to enjoy music at levels that will not damage your ear drums. Unless you have money to spend on a top-of-the range headphones, the Sennheiser CX495 are an excellent choice for an affordable alternative.

 

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