Sennheiser OMX 680i Sports review: Sennheiser OMX 680i Sports

Typical Price: £35.00

Sennheiser OMX 680i Sports

(Part #: CNETSennheiser OMX 680i Sports)
3 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Comfortable; remain stable when running; inline volume control; low price.

The Bad Bass response could be better.

The Bottom Line The Sennheiser OMX 680i Sports headphones are impressively stable and comfortable when running, as their adjustable ear-hook design works extremely well. They lack oomph in the bass department, though.

6.5 Overall

Finding a pair of headphones for running can be trickier than it seems. In-ear headphones have a habit of working their way out of your lugholes as you pound the pavement, and models that sit in a loop around the back of your head can be uncomfortable if they move around on your neck too much.

Sennheiser reckons it has the answer with its Adidas-branded OMX 680i Sports earphones. They use adjustable ear hooks to stay in place as you run. They're not too pricey either. You can buy them online for around £35.

Design

The 680is look garish, due to the neon yellow that Sennheiser has used on the cable and the face of the earpieces. The ear hooks, inline volume control and jack plug are black, though, which provides some balance. The neon colour does make these headphones look sporty too.

Sennheiser says the cable is made from Dupont Kevlar for added extra strength and durability, so it shouldn't snap the first time you snag it on something.

No noise isolation

The earpieces sit on the outside of your ear, rather than nestling into the canal. This means they don't isolate noise, so you can hear some ambient sound around you when you've got your music playing. If you're running on roads or streets, this is probably safer than being totally cut off from what's happening around you.

The earpieces have a rubberised coating that helps protect them against sweat and rain, but they're not fully waterproof, so you can't jump in your local swimming pool with them on.

Sennheiser supplies swappable ear sleeves in small, medium and large sizes, so you can choose the option that best suits your ear size. We found the larger size worked best, creating more of a seal around the entrance to the ear, boosting perceived bass performance, and blocking out slightly more background noise than the other options.

Sennheiser OMX 680i Sports inline control
The inline volume control is useful if you're an iPod or iPhone user.

It's the design of the ear hooks that the buds are mounted on that's special. These hooks are covered in a rubberised material that can be bent into different shapes. This allows you to customise the shape of the ear hooks to make them fit pretty much perfectly, so they don't move around when you're running. Once you've got the right fit, they really are very comfortable to wear, and impressively stable as well.

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