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Sennheiser PMX 685i Sports In-Ear Neckband Headphones - Black-Blue 3.5 mm angled (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Review Summary ,  Aug 19, 2015

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Sennheiser PMX 685i Sports In-Ear Neckband Headphones - Black/Blue, 3.5 mm, angled (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 548 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.7
Returned or considering to return: 5.8%

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Individual Feature Rating
Light5.0   above average
Comfortable4.7   average
Weight4.6   average
Sound4.5   average
Price4.4   average
Quality4.4   average
Fit4.3   average
Audio4.2   average
Sport4.2   average
Microphone4.1   above average
Design3.8   below average
Noise3.8   average
iPod3.8   average
iPhone3.7   below average
Music3.6   below average
Remote3.3   average
Control3.1   below average
Cable3.0   below average
Rubber3.0   below average
Volume3.0   below average
Cover2.9   below average
Button2.7   below average
Controller2.7   below average


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Audio

Audio:
"The placement of the audio cable is terrible- I can't get the headphone to rest comfortably in my left ear because the cable is blocking it from sitting in my ear properly."
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"Though they do their job at keeping the earbuds in place, all that ones I've tried fail to produce satisfactory audio quality."
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"Now that they are discontinued and have greatly dropped in price i think they are the perfect in-car or in office earphones when you just wanto to wear them for hours and have great audio and mic quality."
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"Light and pleasant to wear, great audio experience, holding up well to the cable being pulled this way and that when the cord gets tangled somewhere."
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"Though they do their job at keeping the earbuds in place, all that ones I've tried fail to produce satisfactory audio quality."
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"great audio..I use them so much I wear them out (not the products fault..all mine)"
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"The only good things I have to say about this product is that it is comfortable and the audio remote is nice."
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Button

Button:
"The downside is that the buttons up and down volume not work with LG G2."
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"The buttons however, which were the main reason i purchased this product are not that great, the volume buttons are fine, but the middle button which should allow you to skip a song, is not that great."
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"It's a little hard to find the center button in a hurry."
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"The only negative I've found after this much use is the placement of the buttons on the remote."
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"2 out of 3 control buttons failed within a month (just after the return period was over)."
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"The buttons run my iPhone or iPod perfectly."
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"Can play pause fast fwd rewind music using buttons on the wire, as well as answer and hang up calls."
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"The latest model has the function on separate buttons that is easier to feel for function without having to look."
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"If you have an iPhone, then the buttons to control volume and incoming calls are a fabulous feature."
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"So, first the good: this stays in your ears well, has great sound, great microphone, the buttons work, etc etc."
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Cable

Cable:
"I find that the cord eventually gets damaged and I lose one side of the sound."
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"One, the cord for the headphones comes directly out of one ear piece and the cord rubs my ear making it uncomfortable."
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"The placement of the audio cable is terrible- I can't get the headphone to rest comfortably in my left ear because the cable is blocking it from sitting in my ear properly."
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"I have a similar older pair of these (in green) that have problems with the cable and it does not look like they have changed much."
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"These sound good for this type of headphone, however they do not seem very durable - primarily the cable seems like it need to be looked after or it could easily break."
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"Even the latest model, that seems to have less points for sweat to enter the cord (now that the remote is one unit in the cord, and there's not a second plug in the middle), has failed."
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"I don't usually have a problem with the long cable--which I greatly favor--because I carry my pocket radio or iPod in the left shirt pocket and loop the cable over my right shoulder, behind my neck, and back over my right shoulder to the sound device."
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"The placement of the audio cable is terrible- I can't get the headphone to rest comfortably in my left ear because the cable is blocking it from sitting in my ear properly."
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"Doesn't work the volume on my S6, but I love the sound, and the cord is better than the previous florescent yellow model"
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"The ability to change songs with from the cord is nice."
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"Light and pleasant to wear, great audio experience, holding up well to the cable being pulled this way and that when the cord gets tangled somewhere."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Bass sounds don't come through great, but I'll sacrifice that for comfort and convenience."
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"I don't recommend these unless you are already comfortable and like this style of headphone."
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"Material feels flimsy but it's flexible, comfortable, and loud."
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"Pros: They stay in place, sound amazing, and feel super comfortable when I am working out and running."
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"Great sound and comfort"
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"The sound is good and they are very comfortable."
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"Great sound, comfortable and stay in place when I'm running or biking which is exactly what I was looking for."
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"Its very comfortable and have a very nice sound, totally recommended."
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Control

Control:
"I had an earlier version with the volume control which is missing on this one."
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"Track names were being announced by siri, songs would skip or restart, and the controls became unresponsive."
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"Unfortunately the newer controls don't work with Android."
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"Previous model with rotary dial on the control unit was more durable and broke less frequently."
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"I have tried my new iPod with my old Sennheiser headphones (yellow version) and the controls work fine so I am certain the problem is with the headphones."
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"I really like the around the head design but when I run I don't want to talk on the phone and I hate the mic, volume controls."
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"My advice, if you don't sweat or don't plan on the controls getting wet, its a good set of headphones, but then why buy these, just user your ear buds."
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"At first I did not think I would use the controls for start stop and volume, but they sure are nice."
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"They stay properly positioned and the controls are easy to reach."
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"Volume Control sits a little high on the neck, but other than that it is good."
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"Love the music and phone controls and they wrap your head pretty comfortably."
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Controller

Controller:
"More annoying is that the controller keeps the sending signals even though buttons are not being pressed."
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"Controller broke after 2 uses, doesn't handle sweat well."
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"First i tried the Powerbeats, and after about a month, the controller broke entirely and then the headphones stopped working as well."
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"Well I did, sounded great and worked well for about two runs and then the controller broke."
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"Since I ran with an armband, I had just enough cord to get to my phone and I was good to go, free from the ridiculous heavy controller they put on there that no one really needs."
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"Why, oh why, couldn't they just release a barebones version that doesn't have that stupid, useless, annoying controller on it."
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"I only accepted the replacement pair (knowing it would have the same defect) for two reasons 1) These seem to sound the best out there and there really is nothing like this within this price range (i dont want wireless Bluetooth ones) and 2) I plan to take some clear silicone and put a very thin coat over the controller and make sure I seal it up nice and good, especially where the wire enters the controller."
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"One good point was that wire from the headphone to the controller was in a position that it didn't contact anything else, so there really weren't noticeable problems with microphonics."
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"I enjoy going on run's of about 5 miles or so every other day and I needed headphones that are comfortable, sound good, and have a controller so I can control it without stopping and clicking my ipod every two seconds on my armband."
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"Well I did, sounded great and worked well for about two runs and then the controller broke."
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Cover

Cover:
"The PMX 685i does come with foam covers, but foam and sweat are definitely not good combinations, so I will at least initially use without the foam covers."
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"The only thing that ruined my experience is that the rubber that covers the sound driver to the arm kept falling, and eventually got lost."
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"The only negative I'd say is that the covers they provide for the part that goes in your ears stretch out and usually fall out."
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"For those that are complaining about the the ear bud covers, simply search Ear Bud Covers and for 3 bucks you can buy a lifetime supply."
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"Drawbacks - the foam covers for the earphones seem really cheap and delicate, and would be nice if they included a couple of extras."
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"i already lost a little ear cover, otherwise they stay put and the sound is good."
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"They are incredibly light, so much that I hardly feel them against my head (lighter than the 680) and the earbuds are smaller (probably more compatible with generic earbud covers)."
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"I gave 3 stars for great sound quality but the ear buds cover fell off (happened to me on two units)."
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"Also be aware that the foam driver covers can get brushed off very easily."
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"I liked the little foamy covers that go over the blue ear part that sits in your ears."
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Design

Design:
"Still it is a bit annoying, and something the design of the PMX70 totally eliminated."
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"This likely makes it interfere with more cases, and the strain relief design does not seem as good as the PMX 70."
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"My fault for their flawed design."
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"The controls for music, calls and volume work fine, but could have been better designed - not as nice as the controls on the apple pods."
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"Just a little confused as to the design and build, they have two sizes of ear pieces?"
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"I like the headphones themselves with the design and iPhone controls but I've had a problem with the rubber earcaps."
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"Well designed for alternating phone calls with music listening."
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"To me this is an absolute perfect design for running."
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"While perfect for running, and likely biking, this design is just OK for working out in a gym."
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"Why or why did the mess with what was a near perfect design..."
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"First, let me say that I love the design of these headphones."
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Fit

Fit:
"They fit comfortably - I HATE ear buds - and I like the way they fit around the back of my neck."
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"Sound quality is not quite as good, but they have a snug fit and wind is not a problem."
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"Very good sound and bass quality but not a great fit."
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"forget the fact that they didn't fit me well at all, the quality of them overall was just very poor."
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"The only issue is that they don't easily fit into a pocket."
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"Fits so well for runners, doesn't move AT ALL and sounds great... but the rubber seals come off with months (not the little foam things which will come off day 1, but the actual rubber that covers the speakers) and ruins the headphones."
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"Excellent quality, fits well, sound is fine."
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"They fit comfortably - I HATE ear buds - and I like the way they fit around the back of my neck."
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"aside from all that though, they do fit comfortably and sound good."
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"It fits well."
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Light

Light:
"The good stuff: They are so light you literally forget you are wearing them, they never fall off because of the over ear design and the sound is incredible."
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"Light weight, comfortable."
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"I love the headset, the sound is great and they are light."
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"Pretty light and comfortable in the ears."
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"Light and pleasant to wear, great audio experience, holding up well to the cable being pulled this way and that when the cord gets tangled somewhere."
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Loud

Loud:
"If it was this loud in this wind, I have to believe it will be a real problem on truly windy days, or along a beach or similar breezy locations."
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"Material feels flimsy but it's flexible, comfortable, and loud."
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"Loud & uncomfortable."
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"These are over the the top in comfort, and supreme in sound qualityThey can produce very loud and crystal clear sound"
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"They sound great though, and are loud."
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"Material feels flimsy but it's flexible, comfortable, and loud."
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"I have had problems finding a decent set of headphones to stay in my ears whilst training, but with these they are tight to your head ears without any discomfort and the music is very clear and you can have it as loud as you want without the ear piece falling out."
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"But when I turned the volume way down, put them on my ears and did a sound test with someone in the room, gradually turning up the volume, it was way too loud for me before she was able to hear what I was listening to."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"I really like the around the head design but when I run I don't want to talk on the phone and I hate the mic, volume controls."
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"This is my second set of Sennheiser neckband headphones and both have had microphone failures."
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"I read that there was a chance the in-line mic would stop working from sweat damage and hoped that it wouldn't happen to me (surely i'm not an EXCESSIVE sweater?"
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"I suspected that sweat was either getting into the in-line controls or the mic and covered them with electrical tape, which fixed the problem."
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"Now that they are discontinued and have greatly dropped in price i think they are the perfect in-car or in office earphones when you just wanto to wear them for hours and have great audio and mic quality."
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"Very good mic."
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"It does put the microphone right about where my mouth is, so from that perspective it might be good."
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"Would give it five stars if it had a built in microphone for phone calls as well."
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"Pros:- Lightest model yet- Best sound qualityCons:- The microphone only works occasionally on my Android phone."
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Music

Music:
"They're alright if you're going to be listening to podcasts like I do, but they're not good for music, which I did not expect from Sennheiser."
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"This newer model is flimsy and the quality of music is not as good as the older model."
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"This is VERY annoying when exercising as it either blocks the music itself or causes a nasty and constant swishing noise."
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"There was a several reviews talking about a noise during music play and I worried about that."
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"Very uncomfortable when you lay down and listen to music."
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"Nothing more annoying when running sometimes on quiet country lanes (less volume needed) and sometimes busy A-roads (more volume needed) to not be able to adjust the volume of the music playing."
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"I need to listen to music when I'm running on a treadmill and these work great for me."
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"Worked great for this as well as for music."
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"The wire is made of a sticky grabby rubbery material that seems to reach out and grab everything it gets near, then tangle itself with almost comical complexity, making this product a an excellent jungle predator, but pretty lame for listening to music."
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"As much as I like music, my environment as well."
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"Well designed for alternating phone calls with music listening."
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Noise

Noise:
"No wires, great sound, seal out external noise much better and no wires to get in the way of the gym equipment or to snag on things while mowing."
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"This is VERY annoying when exercising as it either blocks the music itself or causes a nasty and constant swishing noise."
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"There was a several reviews talking about a noise during music play and I worried about that."
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"My biggest disappointment was the wind noise that came from these while running."
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"No issue with wind noise even during the windy stretches of a half marathon."
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"The sound is clear but you are still able to hear traffic noise at lower volume levels."
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"For first 1~2 days, I was able to hear that noise during walk, but there was no noise if I don't move."
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"I should even mention that even though these aren't noice cancelling in any way, they do a great job of quieting background noise significantly."
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Price

Price:
"These replaced previous (same) set that I broke at a WAY better price and accessability than the free standing store."
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"When I opened the packaging and saw the cheap foam sleeves I was a little disappointed and thought that I had made a mistake - that was soon forgotten after using them."
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"After I broke them in, the sound quality is on pair with most sets this price."
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"Another drawback, they're not cheap! "
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"The fact that these are now heavily discounted due to being discontinued, means they are pretty much the best value for money headphones on the market."
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"These saw me through a year of running, so for the price I shouldn't be so critical, but my quest for the perfect headphones continues."
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"I only accepted the replacement pair (knowing it would have the same defect) for two reasons 1) These seem to sound the best out there and there really is nothing like this within this price range (i dont want wireless Bluetooth ones) and 2) I plan to take some clear silicone and put a very thin coat over the controller and make sure I seal it up nice and good, especially where the wire enters the controller."
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"I'd buy another set (they are pretty inexpensive), but I might try to find something a little more robust."
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"Now that they are discontinued and have greatly dropped in price i think they are the perfect in-car or in office earphones when you just wanto to wear them for hours and have great audio and mic quality."
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Quality

Quality:
"I found terribly uncomfortable and while sound quality was pretty good any movement would cause a loss of bass."
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"Just not really happy that the quality has not improved."
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"Like the functionality of the headphones, but hate the quality."
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"If these are too expensive I would recommend Philips SHQ4200 28 Sports Neckband Headphones, they are very similar, but can snap easily, and the sound quality is not as good."
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"The earpiece foams makes a lot of difference in sound quality and confort, but they are very flimsy."
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"The sound quality is mediocre at best."
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"The sound quality on these headphones are pretty poor."
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"Excellent quality, fits well, sound is fine."
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"Sound quality was good enough."
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"Now that they are discontinued and have greatly dropped in price i think they are the perfect in-car or in office earphones when you just wanto to wear them for hours and have great audio and mic quality."
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"The sound quality is great, but the build quality is not."
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Remote

Remote:
"Also the remote sits so high on the wire it isn't that easy to get to, plus it means you have a weight which bounces with every step."
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"Hopefully the PMX 90 (or 695i) or whatever they call it is just around the corner...I'm on my third unit already of this model (the PMX 685i) as one broke when running (at a very thin point around the bend of the left ear) and the other's inline remote started failing."
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"If this product just had a regular cord, I would easily rate this 5 stars, but the smart remote is just annoying, and I really don't like wearing the clip when I run."
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"What is frustrating is the fact that I don't see any use for the remote whatsoever."
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"it is going to be close enough to adjust just as easy if not easier than with the remote."
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"Hopefully I dont have the remote problems others have complained of."
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"Personally I think the remote is unnecessary and the cable connection ought to be an easy fix."
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"Firstly, the sound is great, the remote worked to change tracks, pause and control volume."
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"The only good things I have to say about this product is that it is comfortable and the audio remote is nice."
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"The product is just like they advertised - so light that you cannot even feel it while running, sweat absorbent, comfortable, quality sound, remote is solid, looks great...I would buy this again in a heart beat after having gone through so many other running headsets before."
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Rubber

Rubber:
"The only problem is that the rubber band gets loose very easily."
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"The only thing that ruined my experience is that the rubber that covers the sound driver to the arm kept falling, and eventually got lost."
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"My only complaint is that the rubber ear pieces always fall off (that was true with my last 3 pairs of Sennheiser sports headphones as well.)"
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"I'd recommend you glue them on or something to that extent because wearing these without the rubber pad isn't too comfortable, but it's not that bad."
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"The one major drawback to these are the earbud rubber pads!"
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"I like the headphones themselves with the design and iPhone controls but I've had a problem with the rubber earcaps."
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"Fits so well for runners, doesn't move AT ALL and sounds great... but the rubber seals come off with months (not the little foam things which will come off day 1, but the actual rubber that covers the speakers) and ruins the headphones."
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"The only problem is that the rubber band gets loose very easily."
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"But easy to lose the little protective rubber rings on the ear pieces."
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"Rubber on the earbuds falls off easily."
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"These headphones were working great in the beginning, until the blue rubber piece on the buds fell off."
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Sound

Sound:
"I find that the cord eventually gets damaged and I lose one side of the sound."
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"Obviously not the best sounding headphones one can find, but they are also not built to be that."
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"good sound but uncomfortable, they sit against the ear and the suggested Ear Bud Pad Replacement Sponge Covers for Ipod Iphone Itouch Ipad Headsets T-017-24P wont fit, they keep falling off"
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"I found terribly uncomfortable and while sound quality was pretty good any movement would cause a loss of bass."
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"Bass sounds don't come through great, but I'll sacrifice that for comfort and convenience."
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"Good sound, but this is not as well made as previous versions."
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"These are over the the top in comfort, and supreme in sound qualityThey can produce very loud and crystal clear sound"
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"The Sennheisers sound nice (better than Bluetooth of course) and don't drain my iPod as fast."
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"Fits so well for runners, doesn't move AT ALL and sounds great... but the rubber seals come off with months (not the little foam things which will come off day 1, but the actual rubber that covers the speakers) and ruins the headphones."
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"Good sound."
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Sport

Sport:
"What is especially disappointing is that these headphones are marketed as sports headphones!"
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"First, as I wrote above high isolation is not a great feature in sport headphones for running."
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"While the sound was not absolutely fantastic, for a sport headphone they were great."
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"The in-the-ear buds never seem to be able to stay in my ears, so these sport type wrap around phones are the best for me."
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"Nice and decent sports in-ear neckband earphones."
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"Have bought two pairs of these, and for a pair of sports headphones... they really aren't rugged at all......both have broken (usually dropping sound in one ear) within 2-3 months of using."
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"The sound is incredible, the best in any sport headphones"
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"The control unit is not waterproof which makes the durability of this 'sport' headphone very very questionable."
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"These would be the best sports running headphones on the market except for one flaw which makes them unusable - the volume control dongle is bulky and bounces around during use, causing a big distraction."
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Volume

Volume:
"I not only have greatly enjoyed my first (became monaural and lost volume) and second (still working great after nearly a year) but I still have a third as a spare."
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"I had an earlier version with the volume control which is missing on this one."
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"The downside is that the buttons up and down volume not work with LG G2."
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"The last unit I had with the rotary dial for volume broke once in the course of 2 years."
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"The buttons however, which were the main reason i purchased this product are not that great, the volume buttons are fine, but the middle button which should allow you to skip a song, is not that great."
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"I really like the around the head design but when I run I don't want to talk on the phone and I hate the mic, volume controls."
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"Doesn't work the volume on my S6, but I love the sound, and the cord is better than the previous florescent yellow model"
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"At first I did not think I would use the controls for start stop and volume, but they sure are nice."
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"The plastic behind-the-neck style leaves no change they'll come out during exercise and the sound volume is great."
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"I dont use the volume on the wire as I did not find it to be user friendly."
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"Recommend the PMX80 as an alternative, an older Sennheiser model with ear pieces a little bulkier less refined, but at least they don't have that horrible volume piece in the chord."
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Weight

Weight:
"Also the remote sits so high on the wire it isn't that easy to get to, plus it means you have a weight which bounces with every step."
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"If you don't have an iphone ipod ipad, the inline controls are just dead weight pulling on the (very long) cord."
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"Light weight, comfortable."
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"Set and would recommend to anyone that needs a lightweight and reasonable priced earphones especially when using during workout sessions."
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"Lightweight and very comfortable, you won't even notice you're using it !"
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"They stay in place no problem on runs, crossfit, weight training (besides bench....duh -_- but that's a pointless exercise anyways so we're good! )"
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"Good sound and light-weight."
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iPhone

iPhone:
"Confirmed it's not the iPhone by changes devices and problems continued."
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"I bought these because I'm a very active person (I frequent the gym 4-5 days a week on average) and needed replacement for my stock iPhone 5S headphones which were crap and broke."
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"Tested and failed identically on both an IPhone and an iPad before being packed up for the return trip."
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"I like the headphones themselves with the design and iPhone controls but I've had a problem with the rubber earcaps."
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"If you don't have an iphone ipod ipad, the inline controls are just dead weight pulling on the (very long) cord."
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"It's unfortunate that the Amazon page does not highlight that these new headphones are only iPhone and iPod compatible."
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"The buttons run my iPhone or iPod perfectly."
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"The controls work perfectly on my iPhone 5s, volume + -, changing songs, play pause and even Siri works perfect."
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"Has a good quality sound with the IPhone."
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"iPhone ear buds fall out to easily when I work out."
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