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In ear, mate: Sennheiser CX 300 headphones

Sennheiser's new CX 300 headphones premiered at the Bristol Show. Crave berated the poor company until it handed them over, allowing us to pipe high-quality music directly into our brains

Some people like the world to know they're members of the iPod elite, wearing the white Apple headphones like a badge of honour. Those who are less concerned with the frivolous pursuit of gadget oneupmanship invest in a pair of Sennheisers and benefit from the audiophile-grade performance of precision-crafted 'phones.

The CX 300s are the new in-ear designs from the German company. They come with three pairs of different-sized plugs to adapt to any ear and pump the latest chart music down your hearing pipe and directly into your brain. Aside from being much more comfortable than the standard iPod headphones, the CX 300s also have a wider range of 18 to 21,000Hz. Scientists might argue that the human ear only hears 20 to 20,000Hz, but audiophiles counter that the unaudible sounds still add to the experience. We hate any form of heated debate and fear the violence that might break out between these two parties, so we're just going to sit quietly in the corner with the CX 300s stuffed in our lug holes and ignore the raised voices.

If your ears can take it, these headphones will also produce a 112dB sound pressure level, which will probably cause your brain to melt into a bloody, pulpy mess. If you fancy finding out, you can get the CX 300s in silver, black and white for around £35. -GC