Of all the headphones we've tested recently, these were the toughest to nail down, and that’s because their greatest asset is also their greatest weakness: precision.
The CX 880is can define the leading edge of a note like nothing else at this price, and that makes for lots of exciting punch and drive.
But that also comes with a balance that edges towards thinness, to make any recording with a hint of brightness sound a bit hard.
And unfortunately, that includes a lot of modern pop.
If you’re the type who listens only to sumptuous recordings, the Sennheisers are unbeatable at the money, offering terrific insight and attack.
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They’re very comfortable to wear, too, and we like the new three-button remote. The problem is that for many people, it will make their music sound worse – so though these are clearly very capable, we can’t grant five stars.