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Sennheiser CX550 review

Enjoyable in all but the most testing circumstances, the CX550s look, feel and sound like value Tested at £60.00

Our Verdict

Enjoyable in all but the most testing circumstances, the CX550s look, feel and sound like value

For

  • Solid, puncy and weighty sound

Against

  • Complex music leaves top-end exposed

As far as perceived value goes, the CX550s are a match for anything in this price bracket.

Well made, good-looking and comfortable in situ, the Sennheisers offer ample reassurance that your
money's been well spent.

And that impression is pretty much intact after a long and critical listen.

Solidly punchy and weighty (if you like that sort of thing) or on the rich side (if you don't), the CX550s offer fine levels of detail and are happy with any type of music.

A combination of complex music and keen volume can leave the top end rather exposed and everything else sounding slightly musclebound, but otherwise they're a dextrous and expressive listen.

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