When I first took a glance at the box, the Sennheiser Street II (CX200) earphones really didn’t look like anything special. The box had no appeal, and I thought that the box would just “come paired with the earphones”. This is not even close to the case, because from my findings, these earphones are among the best $20† one will ever spend.
- Sennheiser CX200′s
- Cable length: 3.9 ft. (1.2 m)
- Frequency response (headphones): 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz
- Impedance: 16 Ω
- Sound pressure level (SPL: 110 dB (1kHz/1Vrms)
- Total harmonic distortion (THD): < 0.2 %
- Transducer principle: Dynamic
- Weight: Approx. 0.18 oz. (5 g)
Although these earphones, at a first glace, appear generic, when one sees the thumb grips on the buds, it changes the image of the look and style of these earphones. These earphones, I feel, were designed with a curvy style in mind. Since there isn’t much in terms of appearance to these as they have more of a simplistic feel, the physical ear buds would be the most interesting aspect of the earphones. If these came in other colors, that would be sweet, but sadly it’s stuck to gray and black. Not too big of a problem though!
- Treble – The treble (or highs) of the music is actually a bit above my expectations. It skillfully glides above the bass, and gives the song the happy synths and high-hats it deserves, instead of the generic ear bud’s “tss” in replacement of where the highs should be.
- Mid – The mids (vocals) sound great, and in the many genres I’ve listened to, the mids were balanced with the other spectrums of music. I decided to give it 4/5 stars, since at times, the mids could be slightly drowned out by the bass, but not enough to make these earphones the slightest bit awful.
- Bass - Oh, this? The Bass? It’s phenomenal, especially on these earphones that were only $20. Just as an example, when I listened to “Bottoms Up” by Trey Songz, the deep, rich bass shook my ear drums, and one could actually feel the bass resonate within ones ears. Even punchy bass sounded great, such as the kind found in many kinds of trance and electronica.
- Noise Isolation – Noise isolation is great as well! The gray plastic allows one to grip the earphones to “twist” them into oner ear, and allow for a tight seal for excellent noise isolation. Compared to my Quietpoint earphones, with battery operated noise isolation, these come extremely close.
Overall Score: ★★★★½
Sennheiser’s build quality isn’t always top-of-the-line, such as the quality of that found in the Sennheiser HD 202′s, but I think they did pretty good with the CX200 earphone’s build quality. The wires are nice and rubbery, and after using them for about a month or so, they still have not bent out of shape, and the wires inside haven’t contorted into a mess. The actual ear buds are made of 2 different kinds of plastics, each with different smooth textures. Also, don’t forget how annoying earphones can be when they get swooshed around with each step one takes. As in, even after hitting things like chairs, walls, and other inanimate objects, these things hold up pretty well.
Since these are only earphones, there’s not much I can say about the earphones’ comfort. They feel like most rubber-tipped earphones, which isn’t too bad. You can choose from 3 different sized of ear buds: small, medium and large. When you pop them in, they feel nice and soft, and over time, you won’t even notice they’re in your ears. Overall, they feel great.
Value For Money
In my findings, these are possibly some of the greatest earphones you will ever find for the price of $20. The bass is fantastically deep and rich, the highs float heavenly over the bass, and the mids resonate with the rest of the music. The build is also great, unlike most earphones at a price as low as this. Overall, these are definitely worth the money.
If one is looking for a new, cheap pair of earphones that sound great and will last a long time, buy these; period! After reviewing these, and seeing other Sennheiser products, I’d say that all of their low-priced earphones do phenomenally, and could even be compared to some of the more expensive lines.
† All prices are in US currency unless stated otherwise.
This review was written by the iFans.com Review Team. Overall scores are rounded to the nearest half or full star.
All accessories and applications were purchased at their respective prices unless stated otherwise.