Sennheiser PX 100-II Review

Updated May 31, 2014
Sennheiser PX 100-II
Bottom Line

The Sennheiser PX 100-II provides good sound quality for on-the-go listening, but bass delivery can get a little ham-handed, and the open design can be a turnoff for those around you


Mixed opinions. 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. What Hi-Fi? magazine reports the headphones are listenable, but if you are not a bass fan, the "low-end can be a little soft and overbearing."

ProsVery good sound, Comfortable, Sturdy buildConsSound leakage, No hard case, Mixed sound quality


I can hear you. These Sennheiser PX 100-II 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. In terms of comfort, feedback is again mixed. Some users say they are lightweight and easy on the head and ears; others say comfort goes south with extended wearing.


Good value. What Hi-Fi? magazine says the Sennheiser PX 100-II compares well with the Grado iGrado, which is a good buy if you don't mind the styling. The iGrado has an edge in sound quality, especially bass performance. "The Sennheisers have advantages over the iGrados, though, like a design that's robust, foldable and not a complete fashion catastrophe," What Hi-Fi? says.

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Our Sources

1. What Hi-Fi?

Sennheiser PX100-II, Editors of What Hi-Fi?, Not Dated

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.

2. HeadRoom

Sennheiser PX 100-II, Editors of HeadRoom, As of May 2014

HeadRoom, which sells the headphones it reviews, says the new Sennheiser PX 100-IIs have "the best sound in the category" of portable headphones. Customers post their own reviews here too, and while many are glowing, some disappointments are expressed. Bass performance leads the complaints.


Sennheiser PX 100-II On Ear Miniheadphone (Black), Contributors to, As of May 2014

More than 300 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. The headphones earn 4.2 stars overall.