Sennheiser OCX 880 review: Sennheiser OCX 880

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
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The Good Clear, balanced sound.

The Bad Ear loops won't suit everyone; plasticky in-cable remote has volume-control issues.

The Bottom Line If you don't mind their design, you'll find that the Sennheiser OCX 880 earphones really perform where it counts, offering excellent sound quality for under £100

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We're always glad to shine our reviews spotlight on a new set of Sennheiser earphones. The OCX 880s are an inner-ear set that attach themselves to your lugholes via a flexible ear loop. They can be yours for around £80.

Sound stays crunchy
Listening to the Manic Street Preachers' Kevin Carter, we were impressed by the 880s' high-end fidelity with crash cymbals and hi-hats. They stayed crystal-clear even when overdriven electric guitars were making the mix much crunchier.

Reel Big Fish's A little doubt goes a long way features a prominent walking bass line. The 880s did a great job of reproducing the bass with a satisfying thump, but without ballooning out of control and overpowering the mid-tones. We often find that inner-ear models try to compensate for their diminutive size by ramping the bass up to headache-inducing proportions, so we're glad to see that's not the case with the 880s.

Rushed aluminium
Sennheiser may know its stuff when it comes to creating excellent sound, but, in the past, the company's been rather experimental when it comes to design and form factor. The  HD 595s , for example, sounded ace but looked a tad nasty. Does the same apply to the 880s?

These earphones sport a coating with a brushed-aluminium effect that also extends to a volume control halfway down the cable. There's no actual metal -- it's all textured, painted plastic. Sadly, the result is that the 880s look slightly plasticky, especially the mid-cable remote, which feels light and cheap.

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Sennheiser OCX 880 - headphones

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  • Weight 13 g
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Features volume control
  • Type headphones
  • Headphones Form Factor in-ear (with over-the-ear mount)
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm