Sennheiser CXC 700 Noise Canceling Earbuds: Just Listen to Louder Music

Noise-canceling headphones are usually the accoutrements of the airplane or other stationary seat in a steel mausoleum of droning engine noise—but what about blocking sounds on the go? Sennheiser's CXC 700 buds aim to, but do little more than hiss into your ears.

What Is It?

A pair of noise-canceling earbuds.

Who's it For?

People who like music and dislike the horrid cacophony of modern life.

Design

Pretty shoddy—the giant noise-canceling component is clunky to wear around your neck—though the buds fit well—and changing the settings while walking is annoying.

Using It

Switch it on for music plus noise-canceling, switch it off for straight tunes.

The Best Part

It's a Sennheiser product, so music sounds very, very good.

Tragic Flaw

These noise-canceling earbuds don't really cancel noise all that well, at any of the three variable levels.

This Is Weird...

The canceling effect is more of a white noise sprayed over your music effect, rather than proper cancelation.

Should You Buy It?

No.

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Sennheiser CXC 700

• THD: 0.5%
• Cable length: 1.6 m symmetrical
• Weight: 44 grams
• Operating time: 16 hours (with cancelation)
• Batteries: 1 AAA
• Price: $320