The Sennheiser PX 100-II headphones are an update to the company's beloved, but discontinued, PX 100. Reviewers and users alike are divided over whether the sound on the new PX 100-II lives up to that of its much-loved predecessor, though even those who find the PX 100-II lacking admit that they are very good headphones. These Sennheiser headphones have an on-the-ear folding design, making them portable, but they aren't ideal for environments where sound leaking in or out might be a problem. Some users miss the hard carrying case that came with the PX 100s -- the PX 100-IIs come with only a soft pouch. But the other changes Sennheiser has made, including a more durable, single-sided cord, a more stylish black color scheme and a sturdier-feeling headband, all get praise. If a folding design for travel is high on your want list, however, the Koss PortaPro (*Est. $35) headphones are less expensive and draw praise for their sound quality -- though perhaps not for their retro design.
CNET (Australia) gives the Sennheiser PX 100-II a balanced evaluation. Vendors such as HeadRoom and Amazon.com post customer feedback for the PX 100-II, and users seem to be satisfied. HeadRoom also has a roundup of portable headphones with a longer review of the PX 100-II. Britain's What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision weighs in with a short but informed review as well.
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1. CNET (Australia)
Ty Pendlebury at CNET's Australian mirror gives the Sennheiser PX 100-II headphones a solid 7.8 rating, on a 10-point scale. He says they're good headphones overall, especially in the bass, and that they improve over the old PX 100 model with a sturdier build and better, single-sided cord. However, Pendlebury feels that the sound was better on the PX 100s.
Review: Sennheiser PX 100-II, Ty Pendlebury, March 4, 2010
In this roundup, HeadRoom editors look at four portable headphones including Sennheiser's PX 100-II. While they say each of the headphones is worthy, the PX 100-II is their favorite and a "big improvement over the old version."
Review: A Review of Four Compact Open Headphones -- The Sennheiser PX 100-II, Editors of HeadRoom, Dec. 8, 2009
3. What Hi-Fi?
This short review praises the Sennheiser PX 100-II's spacious sound, detail, clarity and treble. The big bass delivery is good, reviewers say, but compared to the iGrados it's soft and overbearing.
Review: Sennheiser PX100-II, Editors of What Hi-Fi?
HeadRoom, which sells the headphones it reviews, says that the new Sennheiser PX 100-IIs have "the best sound in the category" of portable headphones. Customers post their own reviews here, too, and most are glowing. One says that he finds the bass "muddy," however.
Review: Sennheiser PX 100-II, Editors of HeadRoom
More than 70 user reviews are available for the Sennheiser PX 100-II headphones, and most are complimentary. One long post says that the kind of music you listen to will affect whether the PX 100-II sounds better than the PX 100. Another user misses the hard case that came with the older model.
Review: Sennheiser PX 100-II On Ear Miniheadphone (Black), Contributors to Amazon.com