"The Sennheiser CX 180 puts together a simple design, great comfort and solid sound, all in all a complete budget package.
The Sony MDR-EX150 is an earphone that gives you just the right amount of bass and is specially designed to be used with your Smartphones."
The Sennheiser CX180 in-ears are one of the most popular earphones sold in the country. Fun Fact: Sennheiser has specially launched these in-ears for the Indian market and it comes as no surprise that these are one of the best sellers from the brand.
The CX 180 has been built entirely from plastic but that doesn't deter its build quality. The earpieces are not the most sturdiest but are fairly decent. Designed in an unconventional circular design, these in-ears are extremely tiny to hold and feel. A nice feature, the ear pieces have afinger-contoured housing designand can be easily gripped in between your fingers to be quickly placed into your ear canal. However, if aesthetic appeal is something that you love, the CX 180 is big turn off. The Piston Fit is definitely better styled in that aspect.
Another small drawback is the lack of colour choices, the CX 180 comes only in a grayish black colour. With a glossy finish on the front and a dull finish on the back doesn't help in making a style statement. However, ifcolour is your priority you may want to consider the CX 213, which is an upgrade to CX 180. (Also Read-Sennheiser CX 213: A Worthy Upgrade of CX 180)
SENNHEISER'S SIMPLE FINGER-CONTOURED DESIGN VS SONY'S METALLIC STYLISH EARPIECES
SONY'S STURDIER CABLE VS SENNHEISER'S FLIMSY CABLE CORDA thoughtful feature, the Sony MDR-EX150 features earpieces that have an angular shape, thus, they snugly fit inside your ear canal. Packed with 3 pairs of earbuds, you can further enhance your comfort by interchanging the silicone ear tips.
Sennheiser is one of the best brands when it comes to solid performance. Like most earphones in this price range, the CX180 are bass oriented. The bass boost is clearly enhanced to match the expectations of people in this price category. The bass however, is not well refined and does sound muffled at times, but can we complain at this price point? A great feature, the heavy tones can be felt in the vain, without it sounding too aggressive.
Notably, the vocals are clear and work themselves up even through the heavy bass.Coming to the tonal detail, it is decent. Nothing to write home about. The mids and highs get drowned in the lows and do tend to fall short on sparkle.
Soundstage is not worth getting in to. Entirely narrow, it feels like the sound is coming from one direction.
SENNHEISER'S HEAVY BASS VS SONY'S COMPARATIVELY LESS BASS-HEAVY SOUND SIGNATURE
The Sony MDR-EX150 is certainly targeted towards people who love audio that is more flatter, with a suitable amount of bass. Built in with 9mm high sensitivity drivers, these in-ears bring to the table every tone with great clarity.
Deceptive to Sony's otherwise Bass Heavy sound signature, the EX150 articulates the mids and highs to sound clear. Another good audio aspect, the instruments are well separated. Thus, if you are looking for a tonally balanced sound signature, you should look at the MDR-EX150.
What did pose an issue however, is the noise isolation. Althoughangled in structure, the MDR-EX150 does not very effectively attenuate external sound. Consider getting yourself a pair ofComply Ear tips to eradicate this issue.
The Sennheiser CX 180 gets most things right with its heavy lower-end, simple design, and comfortable fit.
The Sony MDR-EX150 is a fairly bass driven in-ear, that is well designed and extremely stylish looking for its price.
Both these earphones make for a great choice if you are looking for in-ears that can be used daily with your smartphone. However, do no expect too much on the sonic front.
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