Sennheiser CX 95 review: Sennheiser CX 95 sound-isolating earphones

CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent

Average User Rating

3.5 stars 4 user reviews
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The Good Overall sound quality; price; design; comfort.

The Bad No foam tips included; high-end sounds may bother absolute perfectionists.

The Bottom Line The Sennheiser CX 95s are excellent sound-isolating 'phones for the price, with brilliant overall sound quality and spot-on design and comfort. We can make only minor complaints about these lovely upgrades to your MP3 player

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Upgrading the earphones that come with your MP3 player needn't cost the earth. Companies like Sennheiser provide options that'll save you from selling off your grandmother's precious heirlooms to afford a terrific set of 'phones.

Sennheiser's new CX 95s are a stylish addition to the company's sound-isolating range of earphones, and can be picked up for about £55. But has style been put in front of performance?

Strengths
A range of silicon tips help make these snazzy canalphones immediately comfortable. The small metal enclosures are less intrusive than similar metallic models, and sit gently inside the ear without applying any noticeable pressure to the ear. They're light, too; unlike Denon's well-performing, yet substantial metal competitors, the 'phones can be almost forgotten about when fitted properly.

Decent comfort and sound isolation are essential prerequisites for commuter earphones, and we're happy to say that it's not just great comfort on offer here. Get the correct silicon tips in place and external noise is nicely reduced, letting you enjoy music at lower volumes and better protecting your ears. Silicon isn't as effective as foam for blocking out sound, and you'll still hear muffled keyboards and voices, but it's an excellent compromise of non-intrusive comfort and isolation.

The CX 95s offer a very balanced sound quality for their price point, with no single area of the audible spectrum favoured too greatly. Listening to Amy MacDonald's 'A Wish For Something More' showed off the earphones' decent overall tone. Bass wasn't overpowering and mids were punchy. Although highs were more than acceptable, they were just slightly dipping in performance compared to the rest of the spectrum.

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Sennheiser CX 95

Part Number: CNETSennheiser CX 95

Typical Price: £55.00

See manufacturer website for availability.