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Sennheiser PX 100-II On Ear Miniheadphone (Black) by Review Summary ,  Sep 7, 2015

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Sennheiser PX 100-II On Ear Miniheadphone (Black)
Report Date: 01/02/2016
Based on 492 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 2.8%

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Individual Feature Rating
Fit4.8   above average
Light4.8   above average
Value4.8   average
Price4.7   above average
Treble4.7   above average
Weight4.7   average
Comfortable4.6   average
Quality4.6   above average
Range4.6   above average
Response4.6   above average
Size4.6   above average
Sound4.5   above average
Portable4.4   below average
Audio4.3   average
Volume4.2   above average
Headphone4.1   average
Listening4.1   average
Design3.8   below average
Headset3.8   average
Noise3.8   below average
Cable2.3   mediocre
Connector2.1   mediocre
Plug1.9   mediocre


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Cable

Cable:
"I use about 3 months and the cable is broke near the 3.5 connector."
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"Cable is missing a metal strain relief at the junction and the design-appropriate 90 degree (L-shaped) plug."
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"Left side signal cable can feel awkward and cumbersome for some folks and often contribute to causing excessive strain on the headband end of the cable when removed-particularly by right-handed individuals."
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"I am now hesitant with what I paid for them, because that cord (right at the headset) will fail long before these headphones will."
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"My only complaint is that I would rather the cord were a little longer."
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"They do not store as easily and their traditional two wire V styled cord has a tendency to get tangled."
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"The cable is a good length, 3ft I think, and the jack now has the elbow instead of the straight pin."
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"Great quality audio, but the cable is too thin."
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"The Sennheiser have a single cord from the left earpiece, which is very convenient, and they fold nicely into the nylon bag provided."
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"Having the cord to only one side makes them much easier to use than ones with a wire to each ear piece."
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"However the cord on this model frays easily."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"These are comfortable, but they do not sound good."
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"Comfort seems to be ok so far, not as great as the Bose again."
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"I am very fussy about sound quality & comfort."
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"They're comfortable, they sound good, and it's hard to find a good pair of lightweight on-ear headphones these days."
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"No matter, even if the Chinese Q701 sounded like a dream, I could never get over its inferior comfort to the already mediocre Austrian version."
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"While I have no idea if the sound has been modified at all, I can personally attest to the terrible change in comfort and the seemingly squeakier build."
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"These far exceeded my expectations in comfort, sound and build quality."
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"Someday I would imagine this could be wireless but for now this is as good as it gets for good sound, comfort and portability."
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"Very comfortable and great sound."
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"The sound is as great and they feel pretty comfortable, but I much prefer the clarity of the highs and the punch of the bass on the Porta Pros."
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"They're also extremely comfortable, light weight and fold up nicely."
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Compact

Compact:
"These headphones aren't the most comfortable or stylish but they are very compact and portable for on ear headphones."
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"The first problem was that the headphones came in a compact carrying case, which would seem to be a positive, but to get the headphones back in the hard plastic case was akin to a Chinese puzzle."
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"For sound quality far beyond the $45 price, plus comfort and compact storage, it's pretty hard to beat the PX 100-II."
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"They are also compact and fit in my briefcase nicely."
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"So light extremely compact and well built."
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"The folding action is easy and makes the unit compact for storage."
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"Great quality, they're a little ugly and look kind of like airplane headphones, but for the cost they're very comfortable and compact, and the sound is great."
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"Excellent sound quality, and insanely compact."
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Connector

Connector:
"Also the wires to the jack end get broken inside after lots of use."
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"Great sound, but the wires have apparently broken at the jack ( no apparent outside damage, and I am very careful with all my gear), and I've ended up with only one channel."
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"I use about 3 months and the cable is broke near the 3.5 connector."
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"There are several complaints about a a substandard connector resulting in the loss of half of the audio."
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"Unfortunately the jack broke in less than 1 year."
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"The cable and jack remain very thin and if treated poorly,cable WILL malfunction from being bent by the jack."
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"I especially liked the fact that the jack is offset 90 degrees to minimize wear of the cord set."
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"The cable is a good length, 3ft I think, and the jack now has the elbow instead of the straight pin."
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"Sadly the jack needs to be much more durable as I have had two pairs break already."
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"Sennheiser please make the jack more durable!"
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"The jack on my shure 535 has been very durable."
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Design

Design:
"The Sennheiser design engineers have simply missed their mark at improving the durability of this product by continuing to embrace a 1940's design for a 21st century universe."
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"I had had a pair of the original PX-100s some time ago, which succumbed to the mechanical electrical faults that are supposed to have been fixed in the new design."
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"Overall I think these headphones sound almost as good as the Bose, has an open air design(vs Bose which has a closed design and not great for office as I need to hear if someone is calling me or the phone is ringing), cheaper than the Bose, has a balanced sound out of the box(great because listening on PC through a browser you don't have a system wide equalizer).So I am settling on the v-Jays headphones for my office use and Bose for home use."
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"I foresee premature failure due to design weakness."
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"I can keep an ear on any problems with recording while the open design allows some environmental monitoring for safety."
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"The sound quality on these was decent for an open design, but they only lasted 6 months."
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"Pros:-Single wire design so you will never have a problem with these shorting and only playing through 1 headphone, which happens with the PortaProsCons-folding up like a pretzel is nifty, but can lead to breaks if you're not careful-the earpads come off, and usually you won't notice and lose them."
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"Durability of design: Poor."
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"The Sennheiser design engineers have simply missed their mark at improving the durability of this product by continuing to embrace a 1940's design for a 21st century universe."
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"Astonishing for an open design and $50."
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Fit

Fit:
"Fit well - not too tight and am able to wear them with glasses for extended times."
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"They are also compact and fit in my briefcase nicely."
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"PERFECT FIT."
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"Easily wearable for hours with a very comfortable fit."
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"Please buy if it fits your pocket."
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"Fits comfortably."
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Headphone

Headphone:
"They don't block out any external noise so if you are in a noisy background frequently enough, this type of headphone may not be good for you."
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"I did not think I would enjoy on ears more than over ears but these are now my go-to headphones over my studio Beats and Grados."
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"I got several pair of these open-foam headphones for group recording, and find them to be excessively bassy."
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"For the price they are on of, if not the best sounding headphones on the market."
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"If you're looking for a relatively cheap headphone or something portable, these are going to be hard to beat."
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"These are solid headphones for their price, but I do recommend replacing the crappy pads with the px 200 replacement pads."
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"Excellent headphones for a reasonable price."
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"Excellent audio from a very inexpensive set of headphones."
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"Best headphones I've used under $100."
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"Excellent headphones for travel."
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"They are some of the best sounding headphones for the price."
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Headset

Headset:
"I bought this headset to replace a larger one that broke."
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"I am now hesitant with what I paid for them, because that cord (right at the headset) will fail long before these headphones will."
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"Sennheiser repair service was good---I had a new headset in my hands about two weeks after I sent in the broken ones."
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"The ear cushions are not that great but other than that I use the headset for pretty much all my listening now."
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"I love this headset, it's the best i have ever experienced."
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"The headset doesn't move while running at all, and they feel good."
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"Great headset, I think thst Sennheiser has boosted mid frequency response too the detriment of high frequencies, none the less a great buy and I love the new addition to my collection."
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"Just waiting on the mod mic to come in and hopefully these will be able to replace my current headset."
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"Good highs ok Lows muddys out quick at high lvl but not a deal breaker .Bottom line when you spend $40 on these you get way more than you bargain for a great headset for price."
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Light

Light:
"Many products are built with intentional failure in mind with the incandescent light bulb as an example of intentional failure built into the product to increase sales although the design flaw was known by manufacturers and could easily be remedied."
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"But that's not quite enough said about the sound considering all the praise I've given it thus far...I want to try and shed some light about the complaints I read about these."
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"Reproduces bass sound well for such small and light speakers."
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"So light extremely compact and well built."
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"Great little and light open back on-ear headphones for portable listening, well constructed at a bargain price."
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"They're also extremely comfortable, light weight and fold up nicely."
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"The sound quality is great and the headphones are so light."
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Listening

Listening:
"I actively dislike earbuds, so these are ideal for listening to white noise and dozing on my long morning commute."
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"My (her) only complaint is that my wife can hear what I'm listening to, so I had to buy over the ear sealed type for traveling with spouse."
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"So 40$ down the drain if you make the mistake of purchasing these expecting a 'generally good' listening experience."
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"However, compared to other head phones that I own the sound is clear and all ranges balanced but it is not as good as some more expensive phones when I started listening to ROKU through them."
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"The ear cushions are not that great but other than that I use the headset for pretty much all my listening now."
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"Great little and light open back on-ear headphones for portable listening, well constructed at a bargain price."
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"I have had Sennheiser headphones since the 1970's remembering listening to Led Zeppelin back in college and love the light design."
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"I enjoy listening to headphones, particularly Sennheiser headphones."
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"So 40$ down the drain if you make the mistake of purchasing these expecting a 'generally good' listening experience."
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"I don't know how they would compare with some of the very expensive models, but for my purposes and considering the sources I'm listening to music from, I think they are fantastic and a superb value."
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Noise

Noise:
"People nearby can hear bleed through which can be annoying to them, and you can hear more external noise while wearing these, but I will swear by them."
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"I actively dislike earbuds, so these are ideal for listening to white noise and dozing on my long morning commute."
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"Of utmost importance to this person were 2 things: the quality of the sound when pitted against the excessive noise of all sorts encountered while walking for blocks and blocks in the city, and headphones that would still allow for conversation and awareness of one's surroundings."
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"The only advantage these other headphones have is better noise isolation but if their audio quality is not as good, why would it matter?"
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"beware, these headphones have practically no noise cancellation, so if you are listening to them at a track meet, the volume will need to be higher than normal."
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"These are, of course, open-air headphones, which sound great but are not meant for noisy environments or quiet places where you do not wish to disturb others (sounds flows right in and right out)."
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"More comfortable then buds but does not filter area noise at all."
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"Just bought the Sennheiser PCX 250 II and in the house they seem excellent as noise cancelling units."
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"They are easy to pack for travel and cancel out any noise around you."
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"Great sound that cancels out a majority of background noise."
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Plug

Plug:
"They plug would always fail after about 9-12 months but I kept buying them because I liked them that much."
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"That straight plug has been a source of problems for some reviewers, so I have my fingers crossed that I won't have any issues."
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"The bass reducer preset reduces a bit too much bass...And as other reviewers mentioned, the joint where the wire meets the plug is still weak and will likely break in a few months...I'm looking for a flexible rubber tube that will fit around it and act as a strain relief."
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"I keep buying them because the sound quality is so good, but having to spend this amount on headphones for the sake of 20c worth of plug or wire is annoying."
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"Only problem is I have broken a wire or plug on previous purchases of these headphones which means I lost the stereo effect and couldn't get them repaired - I have had to throw away two pairs after a year or so of use."
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"There were some complaints about the connection between the cable and plug going bad from people yanking on it..."
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"Great sound but the plug is cheap garbage."
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"The plug is narrow and case friendly."
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"Easy to break, NO plug adapter."
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"Good sound, amazing lows for a open form BUT the plug connection, the 8 mm stereo male connection is soon enough frayed and one side or the other is shorted out requiring a new plug or new phones."
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"The small plug fits easily into my iPod and cellphone jacks (some headphones have an angled or too large plug)."
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Portable

Portable:
"If you're looking for a relatively cheap headphone or something portable, these are going to be hard to beat."
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"If you are a heavy user of portable headphones and or travel regularly, I cannot recommend this model because of its vulnerability to damage."
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"These headphones aren't the most comfortable or stylish but they are very compact and portable for on ear headphones."
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"They aren't high end over-the-ear headphones, but as portable, lightweight headphones go, these are hard to beat."
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"The enormous price rise is disappointing, but these are great portable headphones and I still recommend them."
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"Great little and light open back on-ear headphones for portable listening, well constructed at a bargain price."
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"Overall a good portable, although I do not use it outdoor when commuting."
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"Very good sound signature for a $50 pair of portable cans.2."
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"They work well plugged directly into a portable device."
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"Sounds decent; nice and portable; no double wires to get tangled."
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Price

Price:
"For the price they are on of, if not the best sounding headphones on the market."
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"If you're looking for a relatively cheap headphone or something portable, these are going to be hard to beat."
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"These are solid headphones for their price, but I do recommend replacing the crappy pads with the px 200 replacement pads."
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"for the price you cant go wrong."
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"Anyone that spends a large amount of money on the trendy Beats or other trendy cans really is missing out on extremly good sound and wasting their money."
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"My complaint is, while this earphone is real good quality, it has a very cheap looking jack in, as if it was salvaged from a 2$ earphone."
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"Excellent headphones for a reasonable price."
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"Excellent audio from a very inexpensive set of headphones."
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"Excellent audio for a good price."
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"They are some of the best sounding headphones for the price."
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"good bass response, overall, worth the money."
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Quality

Quality:
"The sound quality was disappointing."
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"Build quality is not as great as the PX-100 II though."
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"Of utmost importance to this person were 2 things: the quality of the sound when pitted against the excessive noise of all sorts encountered while walking for blocks and blocks in the city, and headphones that would still allow for conversation and awareness of one's surroundings."
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"I am very fussy about sound quality & comfort."
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"However with the px 100-II , Sennheiser has failed the outstanding quality measure...."
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"When you get them, you might think they're small and don't have good build quality."
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"Had bought some Bose QuietComfort 25s for the gym but felt funky wearing them... these have similar sound quality without the excessive appearance."
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"These far exceeded my expectations in comfort, sound and build quality."
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"GOOD QUALITY MINI-PHONES."
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"I've purchased many pairs of these over the years and enjoy them for the high quality and reliability."
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"They should great and give you enough coverage to have excellent quality but not enough to block out traffic or other warnings."
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Range

Range:
"However, compared to other head phones that I own the sound is clear and all ranges balanced but it is not as good as some more expensive phones when I started listening to ROKU through them."
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"The problem with full sized headphones is that although the sound stage is amazing and provides full range of great sound, that it's often very uncomfortable to use after about 30 minutes due to pressure & heat."
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"Both have good range, clarity, and depth of sound."
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"These are fair headphones, and probably as good as you get in this price range."
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"Definitely adequate for the price range."
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"Highs are fairly clear - A in this price range, and probably a B comparing to the $200 range."
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Response

Response:
"Both sets have amazing bass response without being over powering and have amazing headroom."
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"good bass response, overall, worth the money."
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"Excellent frequency response: 15-27000 Hz."
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"very open and clear fairly flat frequency response just a little bass heavy."
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"Good bass response and pretty sweet highs."
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"read a lot of reviews this one had many positive ones so I bought itvery pleased with base response and overall music quality"
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Size

Size:
"When you get them, you might think they're small and don't have good build quality."
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"WAY to small, terrible sound."
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"I tried several wireless models, including the high-end Sennheisers, but was frustrated by the bulky size of most of them and the automatic off feature that turns off all background noise when no music or other sound is coming from the computer."
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"I could not recommend these headphones to anyone with a large size head since the spring band tension cannot be lessened."
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"Reproduces bass sound well for such small and light speakers."
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"CLEAR SOUNDING WITH DECENT BASE FOR SIZE."
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"Sound is amazing for the size of these headphones, bass was surprising."
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"For the size and price, these are amazing headphones."
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"Really remarkable given their size too - 5 stars well deserved."
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Sound

Sound:
"These are comfortable, but they do not sound good."
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"For the price they are on of, if not the best sounding headphones on the market."
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"The sound quality was disappointing."
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"The main point I wish to make is that one of these is not superior to the other - they are just different sounding."
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"Great sound, but the wires have apparently broken at the jack ( no apparent outside damage, and I am very careful with all my gear), and I've ended up with only one channel."
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"They are open back so they aren't great for loud areas, and they do leak some sound but I use them at work at an acceptable volume and its not a problem."
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"Reproduces bass sound well for such small and light speakers."
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"Had bought some Bose QuietComfort 25s for the gym but felt funky wearing them... these have similar sound quality without the excessive appearance."
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"Sound GREAT!"
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"They weigh almost nothing but sound excellent."
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"These far exceeded my expectations in comfort, sound and build quality."
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Treble

Treble:
"Personally, I found the HD25's to have an unpleasant treble spike, and I still liked the PX100-II's tonality more, not to mention it had a better, friendlier presentation of the entire spectrum."
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"Ever since last week I have been using these little guys non stop, the sound is fairly balanced being the treble is slightly rolled off, the mids are nice and smooth and bass is satisfactory especially the mid bass which is nice and tight."
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"Now compared to my 558's these sound just as good if not better because these have a slightly more detailed treble then the 558's and have more mid bass then the 558's."
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"Personally I prefer more treble due to my perception of greater clarity with this type of sound."
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"To me, the sound produced is a perfect blend of bass, mid and treble -- superb bass, actually."
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"It's difficult to produce bass in a small form factor, treble is no problem... where is it?"
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Value

Value:
"With absolute everything taken into account, I find the PX100-II is without a doubt, the best value in headphones, bar-none."
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"Great value for money on ear mini headphones, couldn't be happier."
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"As far as performance goes, I will stand by my original feeling that for the price they are one of the best value units ever made."
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"They are also a great value at the current price (fifty)."
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"An exceptional value! "
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"At their price point these headphones are a great value."
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Volume

Volume:
"Yes - the cord looks flimsy and I don't listen to music at very high volumes (let's say upto 80 - 90% of what an iphone ipod can deliver).Other than that - 5 STARS"
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"I honestly can't stand the bulky volume control on the PX200-II, and find it quite ridiculous."
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"They are open back so they aren't great for loud areas, and they do leak some sound but I use them at work at an acceptable volume and its not a problem."
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"While these headphones are open, I used them in the library at low to moderate volume without complaints and criminal looks- when I put them down with the music still running, I had a hard time picking up any noise."
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"An inline volume control would have been nice."
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"My Nano has no problem driving them and getting way more than enough volume while maintaining the sound quality."
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"The newer version of those 200s has an inline volume control, a big minus for durability, so I bought these."
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Warranty

Warranty:
"To me, they don't offer significantly better sound quality compared to my Porta Pro's, and the lifetime warranty of the Koss units are hard to beat."
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"Is there a warranty for my problem?"
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"the headphone jack looks just as flimsy as the original PX-100's, which split right after my warranty ran out."
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"If a product fails within its warranty, take the trouble send it back, even if its original price was a relatively small amount of money."
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"Living in Milwaukee and making regular trips to the area near the Koss headquarters has made taking advantage of the lifetime warranty pretty easy for me, which is the reason why (along with their great sound, of course) I've stuck with them for so long."
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"At nearly 20 dollars less on Amazon, the Porta Pro's are significantly less expensive, but about .8 oz heavier and have a lifetime warranty which is great if you are a killer of headphones."
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"I took advantage of the warranty and sent them back in for a new pair, only 4 months later have the same thing happen again."
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"I started checking around at the various types and vendors but came back to these since I knew they fit well and the sound quality is good enough for me for around $40-50.Checked the warranty just in case they were covered to save the $50."
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"It's obvious that not enough of us are taking advantage of the 2-year warranty, because we figure it's easier to just bite the bullet and buy another pair than go through the hassle."
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Weight

Weight:
"They aren't high end over-the-ear headphones, but as portable, lightweight headphones go, these are hard to beat."
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"They're comfortable, they sound good, and it's hard to find a good pair of lightweight on-ear headphones these days."
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"Not sure of the durability yet, the cable looks a little lightweight."
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"They weigh almost nothing but sound excellent."
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"I love these lightweight headphones."
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"They're also extremely comfortable, light weight and fold up nicely."
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"Good sound, very comfortable, light-weight."
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"They are quite light weight and I love the open back sound which I feel is far more natural and balanced than anything I have experienced with closed and semi open styles."
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