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Sennheiser PMX 680 Sports Earbud Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Review Summary ,  Sep 1, 2015

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Sennheiser PMX 680 Sports Earbud Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Report Date: 01/02/2016
Based on 1002 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.6
Returned or considering to return: 6.0%

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Individual Feature Rating
Durable4.6   average
Light4.5   average
Noise4.4   above average
Comfortable4.3   below average
Jogging4.2   average
Fit4.1   average
Sound4.1   average
Sport4.1   average
Weight4.0   below average
iPhone3.9   average
Durability3.8   average
Quality3.8   below average
Loud3.7   below average
Audio3.6   below average
Price3.6   below average
iPod3.6   below average
Cable3.4   average
Music3.4   below average
Size3.3   below average
Speaker3.3   average
Clip3.2   average
Design3.0   mediocre
Volume3.0   below average
Control2.9   below average
Amazon2.8   below average
Listening2.8   mediocre
Plastic2.8   average
Cord2.7   below average
Heavy2.4   mediocre
Plug2.4   below average
Cover2.2   mediocre
Connector2.1   below average
Connection2.0   mediocre


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Amazon

Amazon:
"It may be that I missed it but this headphone from Amazon only has volume and no pause function."
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"I read through the other reviews on Amazon about people having problems returning them even though it does come with a 2-year warranty but I filled out the information on Sennheiser's web site and sent them in with a copy of my Amazon order and they replaced them free of charge in less than 1 month."
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"I complained to amazon and they told me to package them up and they'd send a delivery person to pick them up."
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"I was hesitant to buy them online, find that they were just as bad as they others I had bought and returned and would need to go through the hassle of returning them to Amazon."
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"My pair broke after 40 days - too late for any amazon refund."
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"Beware I finally got a refund from Amazon after I told them how they would lose me as a customer over a $40 pair of headphones, but buyers beware by directly from AMazon (shipped and sold by Amazon) to avoid this situation"
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"if it has bad reviews, i just go onto the next product).as i came online to amazon, i was amazed at the low price of these headphones, i figured any sennheiser product would be 100.00 plus."
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"More disappointing yet is that these appear to be as good as any of their other designs (at least under $80) that I've seen judging by amazon reviews."
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"The Sennheiser's description on Amazon read that the headphones had good bass and the music sounded energetic."
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"Now, sometimes the seller that sells it to you (or even Amazon) sells a good working pair and then you go to get it fixed a year later and Sennheiser says its counterfeit...in that case it can get messy....Anyway, love these for running.....they usually last 7-10 months if you run pretty frequently sweat a lot"
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"The warranty is only good from a few dealers- Amazon is one of them."
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Audio

Audio:
"These are incredible headphones but the cable gets tangled and there's so many images where it can get weak and then you no longer get audio"
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"Cons: Wish I had paid the extra to have a microphone, ugly, not amazing audio quality."
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"Pros: Doesn't block out ambient noise, comfortable, can't fall out of the ears, the chord's clippy thing is in the exact right place to clip to a collar, the bottom half of the chord is just inserted into the top half and can pop out without damaging anything (the chord, the headphones, your body) if you catch the chord on something, decent audio quality (not amazing), lightweight."
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"When they broke, I decided to replace them with the PMX 680.The audio quality and fit of the PMX680 is great."
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"If the contact is not perfect, I will only get audio from one ear."
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"I always run into the same problem, the audio goes out in one side, or stops working all together."
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"the audio quality to me is very good."
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"As far the headphones are considered, the build quality, audio performance and fit are perfect for running."
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"These are an open style of headphones and audio leaking is pretty bad, the build quality is good but the shape is not for me do some research or try them on, if you can before ordering."
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"This is such a great piece of audio technology."
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"They make great audio stuff."
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Bike

Bike:
"The headphones work better on the bike as I run a long extension cord from my TV to my bike, however the volume control is again frustrating because it gets caught on my aero bar pads and pulls the headphones off my head if I sit up."
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"Not good if you bike or run during any wind."
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"So not only do they do well with running they are incredible on a bike with a helmut."
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"I have three pairs for various applications (travel, studying, workout, etc).These headphones work great, they are waterproof, and can be worn with a bike helmet."
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"I'm using it for mountain bike riding, fits well with the helmet and do a great job."
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"They sound great, but when riding my bike or running fast, there is quite a bit of wind noise made."
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"so if you bike or run outside, this would be perfect to make you alert."
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"I bike regularly, and love my tunes for pacemaking."
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Cable

Cable:
"The sound is great, the fit is good and the headphones stay in and are comfortable to wear for workouts - the problem is the cord."
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"Trying to figure out a solution because I don't want to just scrap them but running with this cord issue is really annoying."
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"I use a Sansa Clip + in an arm band and the cord is plenty long for that, but you won't be able to clip it to your shorts without the extension portion of the cable (detachable)."
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"One note: once the bottom half of the cord fails you can still use the short, upper half of the headphones, albeit without volume control."
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"The drawback is the extension cable for when you have no armband."
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"The sound and fit of these are great, but the cord lengths are terrible."
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"I love that I can opt for a shorter or longer cord and with the longer cord, I can attach it to the back of my running shirt."
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"I am around 5' 10, and the cable is perfect length to where it isn't so long its snagging on stuff, or too short to where its rips headphones off or music player off waist if I stretch or move too fast.=RunningThe headphone or so lightweight, and no formed right, they will not fall off of or fatigue your ears.=RIDING MOTORCYCLENow, this isnt what theyre intended for, but threw this in as a bonus."
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"The cable on these is a little long and a microphone would have been nice to see to be able to take calls."
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"I absolutely love this thing, i wanted a workout headphone that stays in my ear, does have a good bass and the cord not be in my way, this headphone have them all, it detach from the volume control part and the cord is way shorter like that so its really easy to use it with my armband phone holder, and the sound is really nice and clear with an awesome bass compering to its size."
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Clip

Clip:
"Only complaint is the clips a little bulky"
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"I use a Sansa Clip + in an arm band and the cord is plenty long for that, but you won't be able to clip it to your shorts without the extension portion of the cable (detachable)."
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"My only complaint about the design would be that the lapel clip that is stuck to the headphone cord (with the volume control attached) is quite bulky and doesn't clip well to clothes."
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"The only thing that is annoying is the sound adjuster is too heavy not to clip onto clothing."
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"pros:great soundcomfortable and ergonomic headpiececons:foam covers fall off when removing headphone don't do to well with sweatvolume control piece is not easy to clip for running is at an awkward length of the headphone"
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"The detachable volume control with the built in clip is a nice touch as well."
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"I like to clip to my collar and it will fit nicely and stay there but then you're left with a wire flapping around your face so I usually have to wrap this in the clip so it doesn't bounce around."
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"The option of the short and long cords is a brilliant idea, especially as the cord comes with a clip."
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"The unit is comfortable if the clip is used, otherwise the weight of the sound controls tug at the ears."
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"They stay in place, they are light & comfortable, they sound pretty good and the little alligator clip holds the cable in place as well."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Not the best quality sound but its a nice and ver comfortable product."
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"The sound is great, the fit is good and the headphones stay in and are comfortable to wear for workouts - the problem is the cord."
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"Not comfortable as expected, wire broke from plug after 6 months of use, with no special stress in using."
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"The length of the cord is just perfectly the wrong length to be comfortable."
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"The headphones themselves are comfortable and sound pretty good but the problem is with the cables."
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"But I never found ear buds terribly comfortable anyway."
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"They are comfortable, durable, and have high sound quality- everything you could ask for in a pair of headphones."
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"Comfortable and have held up well."
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"They are super comfortable and work great with an ipod shuffle clipped to a headband."
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"These headphones are ultra comfortable and can be worn for hours on end with no discomfort whatsoever."
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"The sound is great, the fit is good and the headphones stay in and are comfortable to wear for workouts - the problem is the cord."
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Connection

Connection:
"Additionally, the thick headphone chord reduces the chance of future connection problems."
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"I had to replace my last pair because of a fault in the wire near the connection point after a year and now these ones have the same problem after three weeks."
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"Another problem with the controller: sweat runs down into the connection between the male and female 1 8 connectors leading to a poor connection."
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"This can't be good for the cable earphone connection in the long run."
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"I was constantly fideling with the connection, it is crazy annoying."
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"Subsequently, I did use other headphones, and had no issues with the connectivity whatsoever, so the problem appears to be with the headphone jack, rather than the iPod."
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"It would work well connecting to an arm band, but that is it.2."
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"Alas, this version still has the basics of that design, and great sound, but the connection at the plug lasted all of two weeks before it developed problems -- they were unusable by 3 months -- with light use of about 2 runs a week."
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")That being said, I love love love that the headset is connected to a super-short cord so that I can clip my iPod shuffle to my shirt collar."
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"the attachment to the headphones is not secure which causes the headphones connection to easily slip out of the extension adapter."
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"While I was at weight room, I tugged the wire on a machine and the piece snapped off easily at the connection port, leaving me in a bad spot."
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Connector

Connector:
"Mid-cable connector is frustratingly heavy and must be held to run comfortably."
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"Pros:Durability - 3 years of running in all kinds of weather including thunder and hailstorms, with no damage at allStyle - I love that they go behind your head and won't drop offEarbuds - not those cheap plastic things, these are foam discs that fit snuggly in your earSound - fantasticCons:Controls are meant for Apple products only - when I switched from Iphone to Droid, the volume no longer worked - just the start stop button,foolish on the designer's partCord is too long for running, but the clip helps(the reason why mine finally broke ) - the jack where the headphones go into your phone should be angled, not straight, this causes strain on the wiring and this is wear mine finally brokeOVERALL - I haven't found a model I like better, they are extremely durable and sweat rain proof,and the price has dropped $20 since I bought my first pair :)"
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"The connector was flimsy and it would not connect firmly - resulting in frequent disconnects or worse, it looked as if it was connected but the audio would die out (on both R & L channels or just one at a time)."
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"With such minimal use I am having major problems with the aux jack no longer staying put."
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"When I found my intermittent sound problem was in the cord and not one of the 4 headphone jack adapters I have gone through, I immediately went on Amazon and purchased another pair."
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"The two problems are the connector ends are thick and heavy, which weighs down the cables."
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"Only issue is the elbow jack gets frayed easily within the 2 year warranty causing sound issues."
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"If the cable got tugged by plants etc., the jack would unplug very easily."
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"If you wear your music player with the jack up, this won't be a problem."
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"When it is cold enough for a jacket, it is not a problem because I can put my iPod in a chest pocket in the jacket and not need the bottom cord with the volume control module."
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Control

Control:
"in use both by me and my wife :)5th stars would come if you fix the respectively havey volume control hanged with no good way to attache it."
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"The headphones work better on the bike as I run a long extension cord from my TV to my bike, however the volume control is again frustrating because it gets caught on my aero bar pads and pulls the headphones off my head if I sit up."
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"Typically I end up holding the volume control in one hand while running, annoying but workable."
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"It comes with a detachable extension for volume control which I found extremely uncomfortable when exercising."
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"The volume was alright (although not great) and having a volume control on the actual cord was nice."
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"I believe the problem is with the in-line volume control as I could slowly adjust the volume wheel and the sound would come back."
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"The detachable volume control with the built in clip is a nice touch as well."
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"Good sound and the inline volume control works fine"
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"Excellent sound, very nice design, volume control is so handy."
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"Great sound, convenient volume control, fashionably sporty, stays well on the ear while running, water tested in medium to heavy rain and holds up well."
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"In the year and a half before they fail the headphones are great - perfect for running, good sound, comfortable, and the volume control on the cord is very handy."
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Cord

Cord:
"Of course my criticism of all of these phones is how cheapy the cords are, especially at the insert end to the ears."
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"They had superlong cords that I ended up stuffing down my shirt, which was annoying and also caused me to look down from the pull on the cord (which is why I'm really enjoying the cord attachment on only one side)."
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"The problem is the two cords do not lock into place well enough to keep a consistent volume and sound."
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"The problem with that is straightforward -- when you try to use the two cords linked together, they pull apart with even the lightest of pressure."
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"My only very minor negative is with the arrangement of the cords."
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"Unfortunately they are still a little uncomfortable in my ears, and the bigger problem was the cords."
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"The option of the short and long cords is a brilliant idea, especially as the cord comes with a clip."
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"I don't know why companies would do something like force you to use the extender, its really a shame since I own about 3 other pairs of Sennheiser and the quality is fantastic the cords are also about 30 feet long which is fantastic to me since its infinitely easier to deal with a long cord than a short one."
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"The problem is the two cords do not lock into place well enough to keep a consistent volume and sound."
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"The PMX 680 has a very short cord attached to the left earpiece, which is by design only long enough to run to an armband (which I don't like to use; if you like armbands this will be perfect for you, but you won't have volume control on the cord)."
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"Amazing to take a run with; sound quality is amazing; I can control the volume with the volume control on the cord; The only thing I would love was if it came in more colors but overall I love them! "
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Cover

Cover:
"In the worst-case scenario that any functionality is lost, there is a free 2-year warranty included to cover any damages."
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"My only complaint regards the foam covers for the earbuds."
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"pros:great soundcomfortable and ergonomic headpiececons:foam covers fall off when removing headphone don't do to well with sweatvolume control piece is not easy to clip for running is at an awkward length of the headphone"
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"I found the foam earphone covers to be uncomfortable and abrasive on my ears, but without them, this model fits perfectly."
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"Unfortunately, the foam covers on the buds tend to slip off."
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"The other problem I ran into was the foam covers for the headphones have a tendency to slip off in my gym bad, so I have to go hunting for them."
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"they also throw in a nice carrying bag and foam covers for the earbuds."
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"Plus the I-phone cover is great, it glows in the dark which is such a plus when you have to toss it in a bag or purse, it glows most of the night."
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"Mid Jan - Purchased (happy as can be)Early Feb - Earpiece cover constantly fall off (no biggie)Mid Feb - there goes the other one (removed them entirely, again no biggie)Late Feb - Logo at the top somehow is gone (ok, so I won't advertise for them anymore)Early Mar - Wires on the piece around the next start to fall out get loose (apparently the glue holding it down no longer works)April - 1 8 jack now has to be taped down in order to hear out of it."
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"* foam speaker covers work well, easy to wash and take on off."
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"The foam covers inevitably fell off aftera a while, but these are still comfortable."
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Design

Design:
"Just not well designed."
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"The plug is weak and poorly designed."
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"My only complaint about the design would be that the lapel clip that is stuck to the headphone cord (with the volume control attached) is quite bulky and doesn't clip well to clothes."
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"- Decent quality sound (not great) for a design intended to allow you to also hear your environment for safety reasons."
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"- Design doesn't work well for many types of exercises."
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"More disappointing yet is that these appear to be as good as any of their other designs (at least under $80) that I've seen judging by amazon reviews."
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"Great sound and good design for running."
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"I love the design because they stay in place when I run."
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"Excellent sound, very nice design, volume control is so handy."
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"On first sight, I thought it was a stupid design that couldn't possibly function well, but it received so many good reviews, I took a chance."
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"More disappointing yet is that these appear to be as good as any of their other designs (at least under $80) that I've seen judging by amazon reviews."
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Durability

Durability:
"I don't give 5 5 easily, but for the price + quality + durability + functionality = served me faithfully for 4.5 years of abuse."
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"For the cost I was really disappointed by its durability and craftsmanship."
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"In summary, the fit was perfect, the quality of construction durability was terrible."
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"I will not know how good the durability is for several months or years."
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"*Durable*Those of you who enjoy running outside will love the durability of these headphones."
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"you can't put a price on comfort, good sound and durability."
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"I can't comment on durability yet, since I've only had them a few weeks, but so far very happy."
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"Durability is lacking, design and comfort otherwise were good."
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"Great performance ...sound and durability....excellent for fast moving workouts...they stay in place and are completely sweat proof....Only dislike is the sound adjustment on the cord...tends to pull them off my ears"
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Durable

Durable:
"these are not durable and are no good for a gym workout."
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"The manufacturer promised a durable product that's water resistant, so I was deeply disappointed by the poor quality in the long run."
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"Sennheiser makes (at least with 3 4 of my purchases) durable stuff you can beat the hell out of, but still have good quality FOR THE PRICE."
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"They are comfortable, durable, and have high sound quality- everything you could ask for in a pair of headphones."
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"Sound is good and loud, the earphones aren't uncomfortable and they are durable."
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"Amazing sound quality, Durable, water resistant, no noise transmission of wire rubbing against clothes body via earpiece (I can't recall the technical term for it)Since I majorly use it while running and in the outdoors, I have not paid too much attention to bass or how good the quality of the sound is."
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"They're durable, they sound great, and they're not too expensive."
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Fit

Fit:
"don't budge and a good fit."
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"The sound and fit of these are great, but the cord lengths are terrible."
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"With this model, the ear pieces don't fit as well in my ears."
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"This one doesn't fit well on my ears."
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"Overall, decent sound (nothing special), good fit, terrible build quality."
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"I hate that they don't last long because these headphones fit so great and are comfortable and are sweat resistant."
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"Fits nicely , great for runner ."
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"Good fit for me."
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"It fits well and looks very sleek."
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"But I've been using these for 2 years, and they still fit and work great!"
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"The sound is great, the fit is good and the headphones stay in and are comfortable to wear for workouts - the problem is the cord."
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Heavy

Heavy:
"Mid-cable connector is frustratingly heavy and must be held to run comfortably."
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"It's unnecessary, heavy, and inconvenient."
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"The only thing that is annoying is the sound adjuster is too heavy not to clip onto clothing."
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"It is however not particularly comfortable and the remote is heavy enough to cause some issues."
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"But, what I personally hate is the huge, heavy volume control unit."
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"Also, which is worse, after sweating the headphones seal to my ears and cause a distorted sound (like I'm in a tunnel).Pros:Comfortable when running or just walking around; stylish look; love the clip on volume control (sound is great)Cons:Move or are bumped when using benches or machines in the gym; become uncomfortable after heavy sweating from hard workouts; expensiveIf I had it to do over again, I would definitely get the OMX or MX version."
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"Mid-cable connector is frustratingly heavy and must be held to run comfortably."
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"Great sound, convenient volume control, fashionably sporty, stays well on the ear while running, water tested in medium to heavy rain and holds up well."
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"They easily stay on during running as well as hitting the heavy bag."
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"It's quite heavy and I definitely recommend it if you are going to run with them."
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"Everything great except for heavy volume control piece."
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Jogging

Jogging:
"Sennheiser Headphones are exactly what I was looking for to Jogging outside as other headphones sound good but blocked out external noises while others did not but would not stay in my ears or were uncomfortable while jogging."
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"I used to buy the $10 usd sony for jogging but they got sweat and start to fail."
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"Sennheiser Headphones are exactly what I was looking for to Jogging outside as other headphones sound good but blocked out external noises while others did not but would not stay in my ears or were uncomfortable while jogging."
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"These headphones are perfect for running or jogging."
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"However I thought these would be good for running and jogging since the wrap around style wouldn't fall off my head."
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"The shortened audio cord is just long enough to put the armband on and take it off while wearing the headphones and is the perfect length for jogging without a lot of extra cable hanging about."
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"Having said that, for those of you looking for a good, reliable, running jogging headset, look no more.....This is it."
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Knob

Knob:
"That's what I said, but unfortunately the knob tugs and bounces and sways with every step (it's a bit heavy for such a light product) and pulls on the left ear where the cord meets the headpiece, causing a thud and displacement of the earpiece if left unsecured."
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"That's what I said, but unfortunately the volume knob (which also functions as a clip) is too short to reach the bottom of your shirt."
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"They're very lightweight and if it wasn't for the volume knob being so inconvenient, I would've almost certainly forgot I was wearing them."
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"I went rollerblading with them and immediately the volume control knob started swinging and bouncing uncontrollably."
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"Knowing from the beginning that I would hate the volume control knob, I decided against these headphones and went with the PMX70."
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"When I received the replacement headphones I was disappointed to see the ginormous volume control knob right in the middle of the cable."
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"There is also a convenient volume knob that makes adjusting sound levels easy if you decide to put your music player around your arm or in your pocket."
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"It is easier to adjust the volume on my phone than to fumble with the knob."
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"The extension cord has a volume knob as well."
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"I like the added volume control knob attachment, easier to adjust then placing your finger on the ipod and trying to adjust the volume as you run."
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Light

Light:
"Alas, this version still has the basics of that design, and great sound, but the connection at the plug lasted all of two weeks before it developed problems -- they were unusable by 3 months -- with light use of about 2 runs a week."
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"Horrible.....it broke within my second day of using it.....the headphones jack piece completley broke off after a light 20 minute jog around my neighborhood and I was outraged that I spent 40.00 on cheap supposedly quality headphones."
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"The upside is that the whole setup is surprisingly light -- but the downside is that the connector is cheap plastic."
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"Many headphones irritate my neck when I sweat or pull on my years, but these are very light and comfortable."
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"i would be comfortable wearing these outside in light rain drizzle however."
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"The sound is very good, and then are light and comfortable."
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"The PMX 680 are light and very comfortable to wear."
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"These headset are light and durable, I have had them for only a month so I guess time will tell how durable they are."
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"Nice light headset with good sound."
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Listening

Listening:
"I am no audiophile and I can enjoy listening to all of my music with these."
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"I'm a runner who is just getting into listening to music during my runs and was getting frustrated in attempting to find ear buds that would not fall out."
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"I like listening to music with bass and these don't perform very well."
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"I have recently run a whole marathon with these on, and the didn't hurt or get uncomfortable - I just got a little tired of listening to music after 3,3 hours :-)Only problem I can think about is that you can't skip a song (from the cord control) like you can do from Apple's iPhone headset."
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"The sound is not amazing but I have other high end earphones for passive listening."
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"They sometimes squeeze my head a little tightly, which can be uncomfortable if I'm just sitting at a desk listening, but I don't notice if I'm exercising."
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"Don't ask, just choose these for your listening pleasure while on the move."
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"I am a serious fitness guy and own multiple headphones for running and cycling workouts as well as simply for music listening."
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"Sennheiser, if you're listening, please make an extension cable without the volume controller."
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"I'm trying to lose weight by walking more & of course listening to something makes this so much more fun."
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"These are a very versatile pair of headphones, perfect for working out and casual listening due to the durability of material, comfort of fit, and amazing sound quality."
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Music

Music:
"I am no audiophile and I can enjoy listening to all of my music with these."
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"I'm a runner who is just getting into listening to music during my runs and was getting frustrated in attempting to find ear buds that would not fall out."
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"I strap my MP3 player to my arm and remove the cable extension that has the volume adjusmtnet on it to eliminate this problem, but I would much rather have my music player secured to the waistband of my shorts."
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"So if you are going to use it for a waist length music player just be aware that you may run into this problem."
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"Cons:1) Color could be considered gaudy by some (I personally like the yellow)2) The volume control and the middle part is tad heavy, and may pose a problem for people who run with bare upper body (shirtless) as there is no way you can go without the middle part which is 10 grams or so3) Bass is a little heavy (suits the kind of music I listen to) & can be a problem if you listen to talk radio which is vocals only sans music."
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"If you are a runner who needs music and hates ear buds that fall out when you get sweaty, these are the ones for you."
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"There is also a convenient volume knob that makes adjusting sound levels easy if you decide to put your music player around your arm or in your pocket."
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"I also like to walk outside and wanted something that would allow me to enjoy my music while exercising and that wouldn't pop out every five minutes."
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"A great product for anyone looking to add music to their aerobic workouts."
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"I have gone through countless pairs and these are the ones that have finally made running with music easy."
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"It's pretty loud, it does not irritate, it handles rock and dub-step music well."
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Noise

Noise:
"This is frustrating when at a gym that's noisy or running down a street with lots of cars passing by."
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"They would not make for good earphones at very noisy environments such as airplanes."
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"While it is hard to get good bass without outside noise isolation, I found there was very little without pressing the phones in my ear."
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"Spendier in-ear buds also suffer the problem from seals, sure they block out noise but often your own footsteps become deafening thuds."
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"Sound quality is good, but the headphones don't cancel much noise."
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"These are the best athlete headphones I could find, there is very little wind noise when biking, and the sound is excellent."
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"I also wanted ear buds that didn't completely block outside noises because I wear these as I walk in the neighborhood and wanted to be able to hear a car coming up behind me and these fit that requirement as well."
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"As it relates to safety I should be able to hear the ambiance noise such as vehicles and still have a good quality sound from the headset."
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"Sennheiser Headphones are exactly what I was looking for to Jogging outside as other headphones sound good but blocked out external noises while others did not but would not stay in my ears or were uncomfortable while jogging."
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Outdoor

Outdoor:
"Just wore them for an hour biking outdoors - couldn't be more pleased."
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"This product is great, I use them for indoor and outdoor running and occasionally rowing."
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"I am an avid outdoor runner and I liked that with these headphones you could shorten the cord by disconnecting it by the volume control."
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"These headphones are used daily for 1-3 hours at a time at the gym or on long outdoor runs and have held up well to the extensive usage, sweat and exposure to the outside elements."
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"Again, for outdoor running, especially on roads, these deliver a perfect mix of clear, audible music while still allowing you to be aware of the environment."
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"That said, the fact that they allow outside sound is a plus in the context of exercising, especially outdoors, where you will want to be able to hear sounds for your own safety."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"I complained to amazon and they told me to package them up and they'd send a delivery person to pick them up."
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"Unfortunately, when these arrived, and after i got through the most complex packaging ever, i put them on."
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"However, the packaging is wrong from just about every aspect."
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"It sounds with high fidelity, the product looks with a grest design and the packaging is also very good"
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"The package is fancy and the product seems quite durable."
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"The sound quality and volume is good for the small package size and the two part cord with an inline volume control is really nice for those times I want to put my mp3 player in a shirt pocket vs on my desktop or in my pants pockets."
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"Good looks, packaging and lightweight headphone storage case 2."
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"the headphones looked good upon taking them out of the package but after putting them on I realized two things immediately: 1) i don't like headphones going behind the back of the head (hits the back of my neck and top of my back if I look up) 2) I prefer in-ear headphones as opposed to these in which the earbuds rest outside of your ear canal."
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Plastic

Plastic:
"It is actually very uncomfortable painful--odd shape and the plastic is not well molded."
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"The clip to attach the volume control to your clothes is made of flimsy plastic and has no grip whatsoever."
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"This works relatively well, but I found it quite uncomfortable to have a piece of plastic on my neck, occasionally poking me."
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"PMX80 the plastic piece connected to the ear bud broke."
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"The upside is that the whole setup is surprisingly light -- but the downside is that the connector is cheap plastic."
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"I thought so ...... but these are the most uncomfortable bits of flimsy-looking plastic I've ever wasted my money on."
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"The speakers covers are just hard plastic without rubbery inserts but they are comfortable to wear for long periods and don't seem to mind the sweat."
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"I like the behind the head design and the plastic seems to be pretty durable, but I would have expected a bit better sound quality from Sennheiser."
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"The earbud material is a well thought out plastic that doesn't leave me with a dripping sponge after a good workout."
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"This works relatively well, but I found it quite uncomfortable to have a piece of plastic on my neck, occasionally poking me."
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"Since these hook over the ears and gently squeeze the head they don't rely on the ear canal to keep them in place and there's no discomfort during lengthy sessions from the plastic shell over the driver."
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Plug

Plug:
"The plug is weak and poorly designed."
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"Not comfortable as expected, wire broke from plug after 6 months of use, with no special stress in using."
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"Alas, this version still has the basics of that design, and great sound, but the connection at the plug lasted all of two weeks before it developed problems -- they were unusable by 3 months -- with light use of about 2 runs a week."
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"The plug developed a loose contact after only a few uses and broke completely relatively soon."
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"Follow-up:After about 2 weeks there seems to be a problem in the wiring at the plug and the sound cuts in and out."
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"It's annoying because the main cord is very short, and the plug won't reach my mp3 player on my wrist, which is where I like to wear it."
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"Cord is great, plug is tiny which makes sure it fits if you have a cover on your phone."
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"I love that the cord is short enough to plug into an armband-style mp3 holder, perfect for running, but I can also use the cable extension on days when I'm lifting weights because I keep track of my workouts with an app."
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"Alas, this version still has the basics of that design, and great sound, but the connection at the plug lasted all of two weeks before it developed problems -- they were unusable by 3 months -- with light use of about 2 runs a week."
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"Early on, I was running 5 miles every other day with the plug inside my shirt, I never had any problems with sweat getting in the plug."
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Price

Price:
"Cheap Behind the Neck headphones have a problem pinching or making your ears soar."
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"I don't give 5 5 easily, but for the price + quality + durability + functionality = served me faithfully for 4.5 years of abuse."
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"$40 may seem like a lot for a pair of earbuds, but if you spend the little extra now, you will save yourself a lot of time, money, and uncomfortable running in the future."
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"While these are by far my favorite headphones for the price, I am extremely disappointed by the set I bought three weeks ago here on Amazon."
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"Qulaity of sound is not good and cord is cheap."
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"Save your money and as much as I hate to say it, get the Apple ear buds."
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"Sennheiser makes (at least with 3 4 of my purchases) durable stuff you can beat the hell out of, but still have good quality FOR THE PRICE."
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"Highly recommend for the price! "
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"When it was time to replace I found these for a great price, I jumped on them and ordered them right away."
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"Great sound for the price and it didn't fall off while I was running."
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"Just what I needed for a good price."
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Quality

Quality:
"I don't give 5 5 easily, but for the price + quality + durability + functionality = served me faithfully for 4.5 years of abuse."
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"Not the best quality sound but its a nice and ver comfortable product."
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"Cons: Wish I had paid the extra to have a microphone, ugly, not amazing audio quality."
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"Pros: Doesn't block out ambient noise, comfortable, can't fall out of the ears, the chord's clippy thing is in the exact right place to clip to a collar, the bottom half of the chord is just inserted into the top half and can pop out without damaging anything (the chord, the headphones, your body) if you catch the chord on something, decent audio quality (not amazing), lightweight."
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"I would not recommend it to people who intend to use them for running,because the quality isn't standing up to critical conditions."
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"My only complaint: the sound quality is variable."
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"Sound quality is good, but the headphones don't cancel much noise."
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"QUALITYIm sure some $100+ Sony's or something are sweet, but I've always been happy with the sound quality of these."
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"Sennheiser makes (at least with 3 4 of my purchases) durable stuff you can beat the hell out of, but still have good quality FOR THE PRICE."
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"Overall the sound quality is pretty good."
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"They stay in my ears and the sound quality is very good."
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Range

Range:
"The sound quality is very good for earphones in this price range."
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"Overall the best headphones for running at this price range (and likely in any price range)."
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"The sound is clear and the range is good enough, though the bass and lower end is weak."
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"When I tried this one, my impression is that it has very clear high and mid range and not bassy at all."
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"Great bass and a well balanced frequency range overall and they are super loud too."
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Size

Size:
"My complaints have to deal with the size of the earbuds, the inclusion of foam coverings, and the heavy manual volume adjustment feature.1) These are sports headphones."
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"I was worried when I first got them, but seeing as I have a small head they stuck out from the back a bit, but still seemed to fit, so I tested them while running and they stayed in and didn't move."
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"My only complaint which is small, is that I wish the cord from the headphone to the volume control was a little longer."
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"Maybe my ear canal is too small but I have tried numerous and with each one came a failure."
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"The overall stiffness and size of the earpiece is also a turn-off and source of discomfort."
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"The entire headphone seems about 10-20% too large, from the size of the earbud not sitting well in my outer ear to the loop part jutting hilariously above the tops of my ears to the neck part hitting into my back whenever my chin isn't tucked down."
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"I absolutely love this thing, i wanted a workout headphone that stays in my ear, does have a good bass and the cord not be in my way, this headphone have them all, it detach from the volume control part and the cord is way shorter like that so its really easy to use it with my armband phone holder, and the sound is really nice and clear with an awesome bass compering to its size."
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"Sound quality is good for what they're made for and the size of the speaker."
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"I have very small ears and these are the first ones that have fit well."
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"It would fit easily for all the sizes."
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"This could have a great deal to do with the size of my head, so it may not effect everyone, but I thought it was worth mentioning nonetheless."
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Sound

Sound:
"Because life needs a sound track, and life is too short to have crappy headphones that are uncomfortable, or expensive fad headphones that don't work as intended."
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"Pros: fit on my head and stays in for running, and sound is goodCons: The headphone sets fail after about 6-12 months of use running almost every day."
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"Not the best quality sound but its a nice and ver comfortable product."
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"The earbuds jab into your ear at a strange angle and make the sound uncomfortable."
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"My only complaint: the sound quality is variable."
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"The sound and fit of these are great, but the cord lengths are terrible."
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"The sound is good, the earphone stays on well, and you don't get the knocking sounds from the earbuds as you run."
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"Sound quality is good, but the headphones don't cancel much noise."
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"QUALITYIm sure some $100+ Sony's or something are sweet, but I've always been happy with the sound quality of these."
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"The sound is good for wha they are."
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Speaker

Speaker:
"This is my first time I write review , but I feel I must warn anyone interesting in this product I guess this headphone was designed originally on monkey head not human head ,,, because it will NOT fit properly on your head no matter how hard you try,, the speakers will NOT touch your ears properly ,, it just doesn't fit,,, at the best position half of the speaker outside your ear , you listen with the other half ,,, it will give you bad audio and ."
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"Unfortunately the speaker went out in the left ear."
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"I am not a native English speaker so please give me some understanding about my broken English."
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"Unfortunately, this set of ear phones arrived with a completely dead right speaker."
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"So I ordered another pair from Amazon and the replacement pair has something wrong with one of the speakers - one side is muted as compared to the other side."
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"Sound quality is good for what they're made for and the size of the speaker."
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"NOW, these are nothing acoustically wonderful, but what do you expect when you are able to hear traffic (which will save your life someday) and they are pretty generic speaker drivers."
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"The sweat would block the speaker holes and I had to wipe them off, but they would work great again."
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"* foam speaker covers work well, easy to wash and take on off."
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"* nice build quality; easy to clean with a cleaning wipe (speaker foam covers in soap water)cons* left speaker stopped working just after the 2-yr warranty period - but am purchasing another."
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Sport

Sport:
"Earbuds, even those specifically designed for sport or athletic function, have never been able to keep up with me and my rapid movements and sweat."
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"This pair of earbud headphones is replacing a set of Sony Sport earbuds I had for 1 year and have just failed."
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"Anyone that complains about sound quality of a set of sports headphones probably isn't engaging enough in their sport (i. e., not running hard enough)."
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"A while back I bought the Sennheiser PMX80 In-Ear Sport Series II Behind the Head Earphones and I was very unhappy with them."
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"I previously tried SENNHEISER - Sennheiser Sport Headphones - 4044156031088 and the headphone jack broke right away."
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"While fit and comfort are good, the sound quality is the worst of any sports headphone I have ever used, and disappointing considering how much I liked the PMX80s."
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"Best Sports headphones out there."
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"Excellent quality of Sennheiser sports headphone, it stick to ears when I am running or hiking, Sound quality very good, strongly suggest! "
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"I had heard of sennheiser, i knew the name well, but didn't think they were into the sports headphone product lines."
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"i knew there had to be a good sport headphone out there for us people that like to exercise."
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"Great earbuds but AWFUL, AWFUL SPORTS Earbuds."
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Volume

Volume:
"in use both by me and my wife :)5th stars would come if you fix the respectively havey volume control hanged with no good way to attache it."
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"So anyone running longer distances, may not want to put up with the process of getting used to these.3) The worst part about these is the manual volume adjustment pod on the headphone cord."
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"It may be that I missed it but this headphone from Amazon only has volume and no pause function."
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"The headphones work better on the bike as I run a long extension cord from my TV to my bike, however the volume control is again frustrating because it gets caught on my aero bar pads and pulls the headphones off my head if I sit up."
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"Typically I end up holding the volume control in one hand while running, annoying but workable."
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"It comes with a detachable extension for volume control which I found extremely uncomfortable when exercising."
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"The detachable volume control with the built in clip is a nice touch as well."
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"Good sound and the inline volume control works fine"
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"Excellent sound, very nice design, volume control is so handy."
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"Great sound, convenient volume control, fashionably sporty, stays well on the ear while running, water tested in medium to heavy rain and holds up well."
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"In the year and a half before they fail the headphones are great - perfect for running, good sound, comfortable, and the volume control on the cord is very handy."
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Warranty

Warranty:
"In the worst-case scenario that any functionality is lost, there is a free 2-year warranty included to cover any damages."
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"They broke after a year, and when I sent them in for warranty repair, Sennheiser sent them back stating that they had been evaluated and were found to be counterfeit."
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"Both times they broke while under warranty so I'm going to get another pair, but the fact that they only last 3-6 moths is unacceptable."
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"Unfortunately I purchased these when I was out of town from Fry's and I do not have the proof of purchase so I cannot take advantage of the 2 year warranty."
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"Only issue is the elbow jack gets frayed easily within the 2 year warranty causing sound issues."
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"They were fantastic for running, but of course they gave out a month after the warranty expired."
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"The warranty is only good from a few dealers- Amazon is one of them."
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"I purchased this product in mid 2011, I sent the product for a warranty claim as one of the earbuds had no sound coming out (Sennheiser offers a 2 yr fabulous warranty)."
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"I love too how Sennheiser products have a warranty and honor it."
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iPod

iPod:
"It is very hard to use these with an ipod shuffle and you don't wear a shirt."
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"Not tinny at all, and good bass, and for me I keep my iPod in my pocket and the chord is the right length for me."
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"It was no easier to use than the control on my ipod and the sensitivity was inconsistent so it was hard to adjust the volume."
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"I do agree the cord is an awkward length , but I keep it long and wrap it around my ipod which I carry anyways because I hate armbands."
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"* Generally quite resistant to sweat; I do find that the sound becomes slightly more muffled when they get really wet, but unlike conventional headphones it doesn't stop playing entirely or become unlistenable, and they dry quickly with no long-term damage* Volume control cord and clip are useful add-ons* The somewhat sickly off-yellow Adidas color is, to me, quite ugly and looks kind of tacky if you're wearing everyday clothes rather than running clothesSound:* Quite deep bass but relatively flat and muffled treble and mids* Decent for hip-hop or electro sound-profiles; less well-suited for rock or indie; god forbid you try classical or jazz with these* Cheap enough that you don't feel like you shelled out way too much for the average sound quality* You need to get the positioning right: if they're angled too far upwards the effect is really tinny* Better sound than (e. g.) standard iPod headphones; not as good as the best conventional headphones that you can get in the $40-80 rangeOverall these could double up as your everyday headphones if you're not too fussy about your audio quality (or the garish color); if you are, you'll want to use them just for sport."
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"I used to clip my ipod to my shorts, but unfortunately these headphones are not designed for that."
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"They are super comfortable and work great with an ipod shuffle clipped to a headband."
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"It's easy enough to control the volume from my iPod."
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"Solid construction, lightweight, perfect cord length for ipod nano clipped to the neck of your workout shirt."
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"Good sound with iPod Nano."
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"Perfect when I connect to my iPod Shuffle attached to my hat."
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