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We can hardly believe that sound quality this good can fit in your coat pocket. The ultra-portable headphone category has been virtually redefined by the extraordinary Sennheiser PX 200 II, a sealed-back on-ear headphone that not only folds into easily mobile dimensions, but sounds absolutely great for the price. It has an in-line volume control for quick access to loudness and even comes with a nifty carry pouch. A tad pricey perhaps, but worth every cent due to excellent features and comfortable wearing ergonomics. Recommended for listeners always on the move!
What We Think:
We've long thought the older (now discontinued) PX 200 folding sealed headphone was a handy little portable-use gadget, but maybe slightly under-performing in overall clarity. With the release of the recent PX 200-II model, we're reminded again that Sennheiser is a leading headphone R&D company: it's kept the good innovative ideas of the old PX 200 and worked hard on some of its design weaknesses to produce one of the best, ultra-compact sealed headphones we've heard from Sennheiser to date. The sound of these mighty little earpad [on-ear] headphones is excellent with only the slightest boxiness apparent with reference uncompressed files. Most listeners should expect tight, clear bass, even-toned natural mids, and well-extended coherent highs without a hint of harshness -- truly miraculous considering the small size of the earpieces and that these are closed-back portable-use headphones. The sound is also nicely coherent; a hard look at the audio specs & measurements bears out the great all-around audio fidelity of these cans. Well recommended.
The general look and feel has been revisited to make the PX 200 II a sturdier design and better looking headphone than its predecessor. The headphone cord is single-sided, which is a significant improvement to reduce a confusing 'Y-cord' tangle when you fold the headphones. The folding mechanism is functionally identical to the original (which is great because it works very well), but the hardware has been nicely beefed up to make it even sturdier. The comfort, adjustability, and fit and finish on this product is truly terrific. It even comes with a handy soft storage pouch for transit and storage of your mini cans. The free 2 year manufacturer's warranty is standard when proof-purchased at Sennheiser-authorized dealers -- like HeadRoom!