Sennheiser Pmx 686 Headphones Review – Who Should Buy It?
The Sennheiser pmx 686i is a mid-range earphone that is specifically tailored toward athletes and active sports enthusiasts. The company’s effort to team up with Adidas may prove an added attraction for gym-goers. After reviewing the model, we think that the earphone offers the good sound quality, particularly for music listeners looking for something in the price range of under hundreds of dollars. On the downside, the headphone design has limitations as it does not fit well for everyone.
Enjoy unrivaled high-end stereo sound created by Sennheiser's unique 7 millimeter dynamic Earbud audio drivers. Frequency response (Microphone)-100 Hz to 10 kHz. Frequency response-5 - 21,000 Hz
Switch off your surroundings and focus on the deep bass, the natural mids and the clear treble thanks to Active Noise Cancellation providing you with high-fidelity sound even in noisy environments
Experience uninterrupted play time with the new 7-hour battery life that can be extended up to 28 hours with the charging case for your wireless headphones
In the mood for a movie marathon. With its ergonomic and lightweight design, you can experience unbeatable sound in unbelievable comfort when lounging in front of the TV or while strolling through the city
Control your exceptional sound with customizable touchpad technology built into both earbuds hands free via voice control or with your smart devices
Opening the box reveals a subtle, thin, and trendy-looking bright neon green headset, with an ingrained Adidas logo. The 1.2-meter cable length is suitable for most as it allows users to tuck in the headphones under their shirts. The cable also features a stand-alone control consisting of three buttons.
Perhaps, the location of the controls could have been further down allowing users to retain control of the buttons during workouts. Besides, its presence close to the ears makes it inconvenient to change settings. It means that users may struggle to take control during running and jogging. The complexity increases further as a single button in the headphone accounts for multiple settings.
Not everyone may feel that the location of the switch control is a problem, they will need to readjust the headband and earphones, frequently. Regarding the headband, it is provided as extra support to sustain a high-intensity workout. Still, the extra support will do little to help as numerous tests found that the earpiece is frequently dislodged during an intense exercise regimen.
Overall, it seems that the old-school plastic earbuds are not a universal fit. For buyers, it also means that Sennheiser pmx 686i are mostly practical for low-intensity runs for jogging and exercise. However, when wearing it in high-intensity situations, it is more practical to try it before spending $100.
If you are not going to do intense exercise or feel that it will be an acceptable fit for your head size, good sound performance at this price is a hefty bonus. Regarding the sound, numerous tests reveal that the headset smoothly filters out high-volume noise from trains, traffic, and television. In fact, there are no visible degradation or distortion when sound is raised from low to high.
Still, it does not mean that the headphone is able to cancel noise like their pricier counterparts. There will be some noise in and out of the microphone, depending on the volume and the environment. It should also be noted that people who are accustomed to very high levels of sound quality may be distracted because the sound levels do not match their pricier counterparts. Still, this is some of the best sound quality that you can get for the price.
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Another feature that makes these earphones stand out from the crowd is sweat-free coating. According to the company, these earphones are specifically designed to cater to excessive sweating resulting from hard exercise. It seems that the company is very confident in its claims as the accompanying literature suggests users wash the earphones under tap water to remove sweat particles. Perhaps, the plastic design of the headsets was introduced to make it easier to apply sweat-proof and water-proof coatings.
Some users have complained that the anti-bacterial coating is visible after some months of extensive workouts. Although online reviews of such complaints are rare, thankfully the company also offers a 2-years warranty to deal with any issues. For most users, Sennheiser-approved service centers are mostly available everywhere in North America and Europe, which should help take care of the issue.
Final Verdict After Sennheiser Pmx 686i Review
Overall, the two models, Sennheiser 686G and Sennheiser 686i offer a decent quality headphone choice that can be used during workouts. Not as good as the similar styled Plantronic backbeat fit, as these model specifications fall short of the perfect design.
As a result, users may find it difficult to keep the earbuds in place during intense workout sessions. Also, prolonged use of earphones may induce uneasiness and discomfort. Still, the voice quality is good enough to warrant its use because additional features such as anti-bacterial sweat-proof coating and resistance of the plastic cable to water make it a viable alternative to various pricier models.
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