Headphone Review

A while back I wrote a series of three posts on running, the last of which had some thoughts on using an mp3 player while running. Well, I’d like to add a little review of some headphones I bought to use instead of the basic Apple-supplied headphones.

The Problem

At first there was no problem. I was happy with the headphones that came with my iPod and they worked great. After I figured out my little headphone hack (see the end of the third post) they worked great. But the days began to get warmer and as a result I began to sweat more when I was out running.

This caused the Apple headphones to cut in and out during the run. Apparently the moisture was messing with those tiny speakers. The problem would resolve itself after the moisture had gone away but, of course, that would only last until my next run.

The New Headphones

So, I started looking for a pair of waterproof or water resistant headphones. I read a few blogs, looked around online and found a pair of Sennheisers that could be had for a reasonable price at Amazon. They were billed as “sweat and water resistant” and promised “powerful neodymium magnets for detailed sound.” I plopped down a couple Hamiltons and the headphones were headed my way.

Sennheiser MX75 Twist-To-Fit In-Ear Stereo Sport Headphones
(Image taken from the Amazon listing.)

The Good

The Sennheisers worked like I had hoped they would. No matter how hot it was they wouldn’t quit working. On days that would have rendered the Apple headphones useless the Sennheisers kept the hits a comin’. This is a good thing, seeing as that’s the main reason I bought them. However…

The Decent

Even though the Sennheisers keep working during my runs their sound isn’t as crisp as the basic Apple headphones. I’m no audiophile so I don’t speak as an expert but they don’t seem as bright or as clear as the regular headphones. This is kind of a bummer but not a deal breaker.

Secondly, the headphones fit in an odd manner but this is by design. You place them in your ear and give them a little twist upwards. This lodges them in place, so to speak, and is intended to keep them from slipping out during a run. It usually works but the weight of the cord actually tugs at the headphones, working to undo the twist you put on them earlier.

The Lame

The thing I dislike the most about the Sennheisers is the cord. This is a weird complaint, but it’s true. The cord that leads to your right ear is literally twice as long as the one leading to your left ear. It must have seemed like a good idea to somebody at Sennheiser but in reality it’s totally lame.

If you put the provided clip (which is effective but more bulky than my headphone hack) in the middle of your shirt the weight of the cord rests solely on the left earbud. Of course this continually pulls down on the left speaker and makes it slip out of your ear. To counteract this you have to clip the cord to the far left side of your shirt and twist the excess cord from the right speaker into the clip. I think I’ve mentioned this already but it’s totally lame.

The Conclusion

On the whole these are decent headphones. They do the important thing and press right through a sweaty run. But the large clip, the weird fit and the lame cord drag down an otherwise functional set of headphones. If you’re looking for a pair of water resistant pair of headphones I recommend looking elsewhere.