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Reviewed on Mar 02, 2016

Sennheiser CXC-700 HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
6.5
Mixed Usage
7.1
Critical Listening
6.4
Commute/Travel
6.8
Sports/Fitness
6.3
Office
6.0
TV
5.9
Gaming
Type : In-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : No
Noise-Cancelling : Yes
Mic : No
Transducer : Dynamic

The Sennheiser CXC-700 are great-sounding in-ear headphones that have decent, slightly bass-heavy audio reproduction with most tracks. Unfortunately, they perform poorly at isolating the listener, the subpar noise cancellation being really disappointing. The in-ear fit may also be uncomfortable for some.

Test Results
Design 7.0
Sound 7.1
Isolation 7.3
Microphone 0
Active Features 6.4
Connectivity 4.8
Pros
  • Good audio reproduction.
  • Leak very little sound.
Cons
  • In Ear design may be uncomfortable.
  • Bass-heavy audio profile.
  • Lack of a play/stop button.
  1. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
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7.0

Design

The CXC-700 are a decent-looking pair of in-ear headphones. The control module feels rugged and durable and the headphones are esthetically pleasing. However, the omission of the play/stop button is a let-down and the cable could have been a little more rubberized. The in-ear fit is also, a little unstable and is easily dislodged by a gentle tug on the cable.

Style

The in-ear design of the CXC-700 looks quite good but does nothing out of the ordinary. The headphones are highlighted by glossy silver accents and subtle Sennheiser branding. The oval control module looks rugged and is also highlighted by the same silver finish as that of the battery compartment.

7.0 Comfort
Weight : 0.10 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0 lbs

The in-ear design may not be for everyone but once you have a good fit they can be quite comfortable. Unfortunately they are not very stable within the ear and a slight tug on the cable will ruin the comfortable fit. This issue happens with a lot of in-ear designs, and makes the comfort for the CXC-700 average.

6.0 Controls
Ease of use : Decent
Feedback : Okay
Call/Music Control : No
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : Adjustable
Talk-Through
:
Yes
Additional Buttons : Noise-Canceling, ANC Modes, Talk Through

Button layout and control options are average at best, due to the omission of a play/stop button. The controls offered by the CXC-700s are volume and noise cancelling slider switches, a mode button to alternate between noise cancelling modes and a talk-through button that mutes the audio.

9.2 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 0.8 C
8.0 Portability
L : 4.72 "
W : 1.57 "
H : 1.57 "
Volume : 11.78 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

The CXC-700 are compact and portable headphones. They will comfortably fit into your pockets, purse or bag. The control module makes them a little larger than basic in-ear headphones but doesn't add that much bulk to the overall portability of the headphones.

7.0 Case
Type : Soft case
L : 5.91 "
W : 3.35 "
H : 1.18 "
Volume : 23.4 Cu. Inches

Comes with a decently rugged soft case that will protect the headphones from scratches and minor falls. It's also not too big and will fit in a pocket. Unfortunately, it will not shield the headphones from water damage or high physical stress like accidently walking on the headphones.

6.5 Build Quality

Build quality for the CXC-700 is decent. The control module is made of tough plastic and feels solid. The battery compartment is also well-designed and can be accessed very easily. The rest of the cable, however, is not thickly rubberized and the in-ear design is average.

6.0 Stability

The Sennheiser CXC-700 are below-average stable for in-ear headphones. The design of the in-ear fit does not enter the ear canal far enough, which makes them relatively easy to dislodge. They stay in place during casual listening sessions but are not stable enough to be used at the gym or while doing high-intensity physical activities. They also don't offer any special stability tips to prevent the earbuds from falling out which is slightly disappointing.

Cable
Detachable : No
Length : 5.64 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRRS
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7.1

Sound

The Sennheiser CXC-700 is a decent sounding pair of closed-back in-ear headphones. They have a well-balanced and extended Bass, a very good Mid Range and an excellent Treble. They also perform consistently across multiple users, and have low distortion. However, the Bass is very slightly muddy, their Mid Range is a bit recessed, and like most other in-ears, they have a poor Soundstage.

8.4 Bass
Std. Err.
:
2.42 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
13.74 Hz
Low-Bass
:
1.48 dB
Mid-Bass
:
2.28 dB
High-Bass
:
3.6 dB
8.5 Mid
Std. Err.
:
2.02 dB
Low-Mid
:
0.93 dB
Mid-Mid
:
-2.87 dB
High-Mid
:
-0.65 dB
8.4 Treble
Std. Err.
:
3.05 dB
Low-Treble
:
-1.53 dB
Mid-Treble
:
2.13 dB
High-Treble
:
-5.91 dB
9.3 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.14 dB
9.3 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.2
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.09
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
1.27
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
1.55
1.3 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
N/A
PRTF Distance
:
N/A
Openness
:
3.3
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
1.6
Correlated Crosstalk
:
-0.14 dB
8.2 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
0.27
Weighted THD @ 100
:
1.949
7.3

Isolation

The CXC-700 disappoint with their noise isolation performance. They do not deliver solid active noise cancellation and fail at isolating the listener in noisy environments. They shouldn't be your first choice for international travel but do however offer a tight seal that does not leak much sound if the in-ear fit is right.

6.7 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-16.35 dB
Bass
:
-5.35 dB
Mid
:
-19.06 dB
Treble
:
-26.12 dB
Self-Noise
:
15.68 dB

Poor noise isolation. With noise-cancelling set to Off, isolation starts at around 500Hz and reaches -30dB at 4KHz. Active noise cancellation seems to only marginally improve the mid-range isolation, at the expense of treble isolation.

8.6 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
30.42 dB

Very good leakage results, as is typical of in-ear headphones. The leakage's profile is quite narrow-band too: 3KHz-6KHz.

0

Microphone

Integrated
:
N/A
In-line
:
N/A
Boom
:
N/A
Detachable Boom
:
N/A
0 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
N/A
LFE
:
N/A
FR Std. Dev.
:
N/A
HFE
:
N/A
Weighted THD
:
N/A
Gain
:
N/A
0 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise : N/A
Speech + Subway Noise : N/A
SpNR
:
N/A
6.4

Active Features

The Panasonic CXC-700 are not the most versatile headphones. They only have noise canceling as an active feature. Hence no wireless or app score. On the upside, they have a somewhat decent battery life that will last about 17.2 hours. However, that slightly lower than typical active in-ears that use AAA cells.

7.1 Battery
Battery Type
:
AAA
Battery Life
:
17.2 hrs
Charge Time
:
N/A
Power Saving Feature
:
No
Audio while charging
:
N/A
Passive Playback
:
No

The CXC 700 have an average battery life. They will continuously play audio for about 17.2 hours at average volume levels but have no power saving features and since they use AAA batteries that means, you will have to have a couple of cells spare if you plan on using these headphones on a long road trip. On the upside, they can be used passively when the noise canceling is switched off or battery is dead.

0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
N/A
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
:
N/A
Playback control
:
N/A
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

No compatible app.

4.8

Connectivity

0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
:
N/A
NFC Pairing
:
N/A
7.2 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
PS4 Compatible
:
Audio Only
Xbox One Compatible
:
Audio Only
PC Compatible
:
Audio Only
0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A
0 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
N/A
Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
10 Latency
Default Latency
:
0 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

In the box

  • Sennheiser CXC 700 Noisegard Heaphones
  • Airline adapter
  • Extra In-ear tips (x2 sizes)
  • AAA Battery
  • Cleaning Tool
  • Carrying case
  • Manual

6.5 Mixed Usage

They perform moderately well in most use cases and make for decent everyday headphones.

7.1 Critical Listening

Above-average for critical listening. The Sennheiser CXC 700 have a decent audio reproduction but the closed back in-ear design lacks a little openness for critical listening.

6.4 Commute/Travel

Above-average for commuting. They won't block all the noise of a busy train ride, but they're comfortable and easy to carry on your person.

6.8 Sports/Fitness

Average for sports use. They have a typical in-ear fit which is fairly stable, and they're also quite portable.

6.3 Office

Above-average for office use. They won't block the chatter of a busy office, and the in-ear fit isn't always comfortable for long listening sessions.

6.0 TV

Above-average for home theater use. They're slightly more comfortable than typical in-ears and have no latency since they're wired. However, they have a relatively short cable which means might be an issue especially if you do not have an extension cord.

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