Sennheiser and JBL, are brands that the Indian audiophile market has loved ever since their inception. Let's see if the products from these popular brands keep up with the reputation of these good old brands. Here is a review of the JBL T150A and Sennheiser CX 180.
"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."
Though sporting a plastic build the CX 180 is in no 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 CX 180 (and CX 213) has a housing that can be gripped by your thumb and index finger to perfectly position the earbuds 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 consider CX 213, which is an upgrade to CX 180.
SHADY GREY OR A BLACK AND WHITE?
The JBL T150A is perfect for the music buff who not only wants music on the go but also prefers the convenience of answering calls, all on a budget!
Unlike the CX 180, it 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—all on the go. The buck stops there as there are no controls for managing the volume. Does that make a big difference? Your call.
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, have 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, the JBL T150A offers a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty whereas the Sennheiser CX 180 comes with 2 years warranty. Thus, displaying Sennheiser's trust in their product.
When it comes to the sound, the 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 to 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 SENNHEISER 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’s T150A are. Just like CX 180, these heavily lean 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 it to be too overwhelming. JBL has yet again managed to combine style with decent audio quality.
To conclude with sonic quality, the Sennheiser CX 180 undoubtedly boasts of a much better sonic output than 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 Rs. 2000 product can offer.
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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