February 11, 2017

Sennheiser and JBL, are brands that the Indian audiophile market loves ever since their inception. Let's see if the products from these popular brand the JBL T150A and Sennheiser CX 180 keep up the good old brand names.

Although both these in-ears have fallen into the entry - level budget earphone categories, they have features that can give a run for money to your complimentary stock earphones. 


CUTTING THE LONG STORY SHORT

"The German brand Sennheiser, tries to give you the best your budget can buy, in the form of the CX 180.

But, If you are a JBL fanatic and love your punchy sound, the T150A is a great buy."

-Raghav Somani

Sennheiser CX 180


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Detailed and Powerful Bass 

JBL T150A


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Lively Bass from JBL

 


DESIGN: SENNHEISER CX 180 vs JBL T150A

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The Sennheiser CX 180 are one of the most selling earphones in the country. They have been going off the shelves more frequently than one would guess.No surprises there as the in-ears have been designed by specifically keeping Indian sensibilities in mind. German precision for Indian consumption? Indeed. 

Though sporting a plastic build the CX 180 is in any way a product to be dismissed cheaply, pun intended! The quality hasn't been compromised, unlike a lot of its brethren in the price segment.  Most earphones offer a sort of globular shape, whereas the CX180 (and CX213) has a housing that can be gripped by your thumb and index finger to perfectly position into one's ears. This is what Sennheiser defines as its finger-contoured housing design.

Sadly, the earphones come only a greyish black colour,  with a glossy finish on the front and a dull finish on the back.

If colour is your priority you may want to considerCX 213, which is an upgrade to CX 180. 
SHADY GREY OR AN BLACK AND WHITE?

The JBL - T150A is perfect for the music buff who not only wants music on the go but also prefer the convenience of answering calls, all on a  budget!

The JBL - T150A, unlike the CX 180 comes in two colour options: White and Black. The design along with the colour options give them quite the classic look.

Both the colours are complimented with a black cord which is 1.1m long and consists of an inline one-button remote and mic. Answer calls, play/ pause your music - On the go. The buck stops there as there are no controls for managing the volume. Does that make a big difference? Your call. 


USABILITY: SENNHEISER CX 180 vs JBL T150A

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Designed to be used mostly with your smartphones, the Sennheiser CX 180 earphones are pretty lightweight and comfortable due to the plastic build. They also come packed with 3 pairs of earbuds for added comfort and noise isolation.

Ergonomically, these earphones aren't at the very top as you will find better options, given the price range.

The CX 180 claims to be tangle free because of its sturdy cord that includes a rubber Y-splitter. However, we do recommend that you take care of the cable with a Cable Manager.

SENNHEISER'S TWO YEAR WARRANTY VS JBL'S ONE YEAR WARRANTY 

The JBL - T150A comes packed with 3 sizes of ear buds, small medium and large, ensuring they give a snug, comfy fit. The earbuds are latex-free silicone sleeves and ensure long hours of usage. Comfort is a prized factor when it comes to looking for a pair of earphones for anybody and JBL hasn't compromised on the same. 

As far as the warranty is concerned, JBL - T150A offers a 1-year manufacturer warranty whereas the Sennheiser CX 180 comes with 2. Thus, displaying Sennheiser's trust in their product.


SOUND: SENNHEISER CX 180 vs JBL T150A

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When it comes to sound, CX 180's are biased towards bass. But Indians as a community are a happy bunch of bass-lovers and Sennheiser has capitalised on this by designing these to cater that very whim. 

Regardless of its heavy bass, the audio is appreciably clear at lower volumes. But as one increases the volume, the bass does tend to become overwhelming. The mids and highs sound coloured due to the overpowering bass but aren't completely ignored. All in all, Sennheiser does try its best to cater to local sensibilities at this given price point and it is definitely an effort worthy of praise.

THE SENNHESER CX 180 AND THE JBL T150A DELIVER BASS BIASED AUDIO

What can you expect from an earphone whose packaging itself says bass heavy? That's how JBL-T150A are. Just like CX180, these heavily leans towards the lower end too. It delivers JBL's signature sound with an extended frequency response. The earphones drivers generally deliver precise, powerful sound for an exceptional listening experience, however, tones get muffled at higher volumes. 

Some might consider the bass on these deep and powerful, while others will find to be too overwhelming. JBL has yet again managed to combine style with decent audio quality.

To conclude sonic quality, the Sennheiser CX 180 undoubtedly boasts of a much sonic output as compared to the JBL T150A. Both these earphones do not come with a soundstage that is worth mentioning about. We should definitely not compare them with something that a 2000 rupee product can offer. 


 

Summary


Sennheiser CX 180
  • Bass Biased Sound Signature
  • Sturdy Build
  • No Remote and Mic
  • 2 Years Warranty
JBL-T150A
  • Overpowering Bass
  • Not the Most Durable Build
  • Universally Mic and One-Button Remote
  • 1 Year Warranty

Conclusion


If you are looking to experience music with pure audio bliss, then both these earphones will not serve your preference. However, if you are tied down by budget, then by all means, go for one of these.

If you are searching for a durable piece of earphone purely for listening to music on the go, then the Sennheiser CX 180 should be your pick. On the other hand, if making a style statement along with the JBL sound signature is your thing, with of course a handy mic and remote then the JBL - T150a should do.

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