Sennheiser Bolsters Headphone Line with Sports Series

Sennheiser's Sports line of headphones offer models specifically designed for Android, and Apple iOS device owners.

The newly announced Sports line of headphones from Sennheiser features several models, including the CX686 model, designed for consumers that are active when wearing their headphones.

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Robert Archer · January 13, 2015

Long before headphones were the trendy and fashionable thing to accessorize iPods, and what was then a burgeoning smart device category, Sennheiser was designing and manufacturing headphones.

Today there are brands that are heavily marketed and feature famous football players in their advertisements, but in the case of this European audio company, its greatest testament is the amount of music professionals using its headphone products in recording studios across the globe.

Adding to its residential headphone solutions, Sennheiser introduced its Sports line of products during the recently completed 2015 International CES. According to the company, the new MX 686, CX 686, PMX 686 and OCX 686 Sports headphones are ergonomically engineered to fit the lifestyle needs of active users.

“Our new Sports headphones have been built on Sennheiser’s passion for sound and insight into the impact and challenges of extreme movement on audio, comfort and fit—-all of which guided the design and selection of materials,” notes Daniel Chee, product manager, consumer electronics at Sennheiser. “Like all great sporting achievements, it’s this fusion of technique and passion that delivers the ultimate performance; an energizing sound that helps you reach your own personal best.”

Sennheiser states that it based the design of the headphones on the result of studies it commissioned that examined “the impact extreme sports movements have on the sound and fit of headphones.” Utilizing materials selected to ensure comfort and water resistance, durability and hygiene, the line of headphones have been engineered to provide users a comfortable fit and “energizing sound.”

All models incorporate integrated smartphone remotes and microphones to allow users to adjust volume levels; to choose specific tracks and to respond to call during exercise. Sennheiser states the MX 686 and PMX models employ open acoustical designs for outdoor applications such as running, and both products are supported with adapters to aid with their fit.

The CX 686 and OCX models incorporate closed-ear canal designs, and are suitable for indoor exercise. Sennheiser says the CX 686 employs a slide-to-fit design, while the OCX includes a flexible earhook for a secure fit. 

Sennheiser adds the MX 686 and CX 686 models are “optimized” for Android and Windows smart products. The PMX 686 and OCX models are available in versions for iOS devices, as well as Android and Windows products. Moreover, the products include proprietary transducers that are designed to deliver high sound pressure levels without distortion, and other features, including tangle-free cables, and the company’s SteriTouch anti-bacterial ear adaptors. “With the Sports range, particular focus has been placed on a rugged, ergonomic design that conforms to the body, while, securing maximum freedom of movement,” says Chee.

“All new headsets feature reinforced, tangle-free oval cables, with cable sleeves that also reduce structure-born noise.”


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  About the Author

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at robert.archer@emeraldexpo.com

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