I am thinking about buying either Sony MDR-EX85 or Sennheiser cx 300. What do people think I should go for, and why please?

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Found 7th Oct 2008
Hi all,

After looking for some headphones I have found a couple but I am unsure what to go for. What do people think? Bearing in mind I have big ears/lugholes.

All advice will be given rep, ta very much.

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on da level m8 if you dont lose ur stuff etc and look after it

soundandvision.co.uk/hea…one

go for these you can probably pick em up for around £50 odd these days but they are AWESOME

Original Poster

thanks Marz but these are a bit pricey an I would prefer something with a band.

how about these ]http://images.play.com/covers/812413x.jpg

click the image

BOSE are one of the most higest regarded headphone brands...

Original Poster

thanks guys, will have a look into those sonys shane.

Original Poster

thanks snowtiger.

Original Poster

Just been looking around again and I saw these on Amazon marketplace, but they seem quite cheep, do people think they are fake? amazon.co.uk/SEN…8-1

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Just been looking around again and I saw these on Amazon marketplace, but … Just been looking around again and I saw these on Amazon marketplace, but they seem quite cheep, do people think they are fake? http://www.amazon.co.uk/SENNHEISER-CX-400-Headset-black/dp/B000WOIG8C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1223461633&sr=8-1



almost certainly fake. you want in ear type??

Original Poster

yeah I think so now shane, as having looked into it further it seems I need in ear to save sound leakage, etc, which makes sense.

Happysteveo;3145846

yeah I think so now shane, as having looked into it further it seems I … yeah I think so now shane, as having looked into it further it seems I need in ear to save sound leakage, etc, which makes sense.



i have had the cx300, genuine and they are good. but i do prefer the sound of sony, and its always sony i end up sticking to.

Original Poster

okay, cheers for the advice.

Original Poster

I am thinking about either Sony MDR-EX85 or Sennheiser cx 300. What do people think I should go for, and why? Bearing in mind I have big ears/lugholes.

well you know my answer

oh both sets will come with 3 diff size ear buds.

Original Poster

cheers, have read the sony cable can wear away but people say the sound is better on sony, but the sonys leak sound?? decisions decisions.

I know that its been a while since the last post but I would just like to add my opinion incase any others are choosing between these 2. I actually own the MDR-EX082 which are the ones that come with the Walkman NWZ-A289 DAP. They are the same as the MDR-EX85 though in every aspect except the Walkman branding on these. The Sony is a little weak on the highs compared to the Senny's while the latter is slightly weaker on the bass. The sound of the Sony is a bit more warmer.

Yes, the Sony do leak sound from the back where there is a large vent covered in some material that leaks sound through it a bit. The Senny's are fully closed design as they create "pressure" when pushed into your ear. The isolation is slightly poorer due to the vent on the side compared to the Senny. You have an option to cover the Sony's back vent with something like bluetac or something that doesn't let sound through and you will get a significant bass boost as well as slightly more detailed sound and the "pressure" when inserting in your ear. This also adds more noise isolation than normal to the Sony's evening it out with the Senny's. The con of doing this is that when inserting, the pressure causes a crackling sound which I think is the movement of the plastic diaphragm within the driver. I'm not sure if this causes any damage so you may do this at your own risk.

Also the Sony's sound is wider and less "In your head" whilst the sound from the Senny's is more "in your head" if you get what I mean. This might be because the Sony doesn't go in as deep as the Senny's.

As for the cords, I'd say that probably the Senny's are more durable. I've only had one problem with the right wire splitting on the Sony near where they split. I fixed it though with some solder. As with the Senny's I've never had any problems with its cables yet.

I prefer the Sony's more as they have a nicer smooth warm sound and more bass. I'd just like to add that I also own the MDR-EX70 and the MDR-EX85 are far ahead so don't base your decision on older Sony models if you have owned any. Good luck. :thumbsup:
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