Sennheiser IE7 review

Senneheiser produces in-ear headphones for those who hate in-ears. Just watch out for the bass... Tested at £180.00

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Our Verdict

In-ear ‘phones for people who hate in-ears, but we’d pay the extra and get the IE8s

For

  • Comfortable fit
  • big, dynamic and detailed delivery

Against

  • Somewhat over-exuberant bass

This is the second pair of in-ear headphones we've seen from Sennheiser's high-end IE range.

At £180, they're £70 cheaper than the IE8s we gave a five-star verdict to in February, but strangely they're not quite as good at justifying the hefty price tag.

The casing is a slightly different shape to that of the IE8s, but the basics remain the same, with the cable going over the ear with the help of a pair of supplied ear-hooks.

There are loads of different-sized buds in the box, and finding a secure and comfortable fit is an absolute doddle.

They don't burrow as far into the ear as many rivals, yet blocking of outside noise is impressive and, like the IE8s, the 7s resist carrying movement and body noise through to your ears.

Watch out for over-exuberant bass
Playing Fleetwood Mac's The Chain (in eager anticipation of F1's return to the BBC), the IE7s offer a spacious, detailed and dynamic delivery.

The tambourine is sparkly and clear, while vocals are delivered with emotive clarity.

The only problem is the bass. While it's detailed and chunky, it's also a little over-exuberant, drowning out and slowing down the lower-part of the midrange.

Unfortunately the IE8s' bass response adjuster is missing from the IE7s, so you'll have to live with it. Big bass lovers won't mind, but we'd prefer a more even balance

Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sennheiser.com
Brand NameSennheiser
Product TypeEarphone
ManufacturerSennheiser Electronic Corporation
Manufacturer Part NumberIE7
Product NameSennheiser IE7
Product ModelIE 7

Technical Information

Sound ModeStereo
Minimum Frequency Response10 Hz
Connectivity TechnologyWired
Impedance16 Ohm
Cable Length1.20 m
Maximum Frequency Response19 kHz

Earpiece

Earpiece DesignOver-the-ear
Earpiece TypeBinaural

Physical Characteristics

Form FactorOpen
Weight Approximate5 g

Interfaces-Ports

Host InterfaceMini-phone