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Hi-fi for a low 5K

Sabyasachi Biswas | Updated on August 27, 2014

Sennheiser PMX 95

The Sennheiser PMX 95 is meant for the frequent traveller

If you’re always on the move, and an audiophile, the best options for you would be lightweight headphones or neckphones. Earphones, though light and easy to carry, can become painful for longer hours. For instance, if you’re on a long-haul flight that lasts for about 7 hours, a pair of neckphones would be much more comfortable than a pair of earphones.

And if you’re not willing to spend more than ₹5,000 on a pair, Sennheiser has a set to offer – the new PMX 95. We’ve spent some time with this new ergonomic pair of neckphones, we’re ready to tell you if you should buy these or not.

Design and build

By Sennheiser’s standards, the PMX 95 is definitely affordable. But there’s no compromise on the build. This lightweight neckband weighs only 54 grams, and it was very comfortable. In fact, for most of the times it didn’t even feel like it was even there.

However, the neckband doesn’t really have a length adjustment feature, so if you have a slimmer neck, and decide to make yourself comfy on a couch or an airplane seat, chances are that the headphones will move about along with your head-and-neck movements. Thankfully, the earpieces are movable, so they help in constant adjustment. The mesh fabric cover on the earpieces is very comfortable. , and Sennheiser has added a touch of class with glittery highlights on the outer side of the earpieces. The cable is amply long, and doesn’t tangle easily.

Performance

Sennheiser’s headphones have always been known to produce balanced sound output, and the PMX 95 is no different. On genres such as rock, classic rock, and heavy metal, the PMX 95 has surprisingly good audio output. For instance, while listening to Iron Maiden’s Hallowed Be Thy Name, which uses three different guitarists along with Steve Harris’s bass and Nicko McBrain’s drums, you can actually discern each instrument’s sound, clearly. However, when you listen to electronic music, you see the obvious flaw. The earcups do nothing to cope with noise isolation, and ambient noise (especially if you’re outdoors) dampens the heavy bass. You just don’t get the punch when you’re listening to something like Avicii or Tiesto. For movie marathons, however, we think that the PMX 45 is a brilliant choice.

Verdict

As an urban audio companion, the PMX 45 is very comfortable and delivers balanced audio movies, TV shows and most genres of music. But the open design of the earpieces limits the bass delivery. If you’d like a better bass output, and are okay with using in-ear design neckphones, there’s the Sennheiser PCX 95.

₹4,990

Love – Lightweight and comfortable construction

Hate – Poor bass delivery and bad noise isolation

Published on August 27, 2014

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