January 23, 2017

 

The CX 180 is an entry level champ from the Sennheiser CX series, a budget legend that is easily one of the most popular earphones sold in India. Creating an upgrade for such a popular product was definitely a challenge.

Has the Sennheiser CX 213 met expectations of being a worthy upgrade? Let's find out in today's face-off.

 


CUTTING THE LONG STORY SHORT


"There is a marginal difference between the CX 180 and the CX 213, and the small refinements make the CX 213 our pick between the two.

But, for a 'real upgrade' from the CX180 you should probably consider other options."

-Raghav Somani


SENNHEISER - CX 180


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MOST POPULAR AMONGST THE MASSES   
Sennheiser - CX 213


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NEW AND IMPROVED DESIGN TO SENNHEISER CX 180



DESIGN: SENNHEISER CX 180 VS SENNHEISER CX 213

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On the design front, the Sennheiser CX series is simple. While it is made entirely of plastic, you get a beautiful glossy finish on the front and a dull finish on the back. Keeping in line with the German brand’s innovative build, the CX 180 and CX213’s frame is made such, that the head can be gripped by your thumb and index finger to perfectly position them into your ears. This is what Sennheiser defines as its finger-contoured housing design. This also adds to the style quotient by doing away with the globular shape that regular earphones come with.

The earphones are also incredibly light and comfortable, which ensure ease of use over long periods. The only flaw in the CX 180 is the cable (1.2m long), which is thin, tangle-prone and extremely susceptible to cable noise.

SHADES OF GREY OR GO COLORFUL. WHAT WOULD YOU PREFER?

On the other hand, the CX 213’s cable is also 1.2m long. What sets it apart—Instead of a single cable before the split as with the CX 180, the CX 213’s cable is made up of two individual cables. It aids in adding sturdiness and keeps the cable from getting tangled in your pocket. With this, you can get to your music in no time without worrying about a bunch of tangles.

Both the earphones don't come with a mic and are targeted to audiences who purely seek music listening. Hence, you will neither be able to answer calls nor control your music volume.

While the CX 180 is available in only one colour i.e. grey, the CX 213 comes in 4 delightful variants of blue, white, grey, andif you love it, pink!


COMFORT: SENNHEISER CX 180 VS SENNHEISER CX 213

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The Sennheiser CX 180 and CX 213 are in-ear canal-style earphones and have a frequency response range equal to that of the human ear (20Hz-20KHz). The product package includes three sets of ear-tips in different sizes. However, being from the budget categories, the ear-tips are not flanged and thus, are not able to go deep into the ears. 

A small complaint would be the noise isolation. It does not very effectively attenuate environmental sound. However, this can be improved with a pair of Comply ear tips.

COMFORT FEATURES STAY THE SAME FOR THE CX 213

Both the headphones come with a 2-year warranty and with a similar sound impedance of 16 ohms, making them drivable with all devices.


SOUND: SENNHEISER CX 180 VS SENNHEISER CX 213

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Here, we come to the final and the most important stage: the sonic performance. The CX 180's unidimensional soundstage is clearly wide, ensuring that you enjoy a more natural sound experience.

The bass is heavy, but the mids and highs are muted. Music from genres like EDM and Trance thus sound great with this pair. Overall, the vibrations from the bass can definitely be felt, without getting excessive, thus appeasing a majority of the buyers for this price range.

BASS HEAVY OR REFINED MIDS? CHOOSE YOUR HIGH.

On tracks with serious bass, the CX 213 provides ample boom without distortion, even at high volumes. It manages to maintain a decent balance between lows and highs as well. What’s more? Sennheiser also guarantees refined mids in the CX 213. Thus, making jazz and classical music sound really great!

Hence, both these Sennheiser pieces are inexpensive and well designed for the price, with a sonic signature that would appeal to the masses.


Summary


SENNHEISER - CX180

  •  Available in 1 Colour Variant
  • 3 Pairs of Eartips for Comfort
  • Tangle-prone Cables
  • Heavy Bass with muted Mids and Highs
SENNHEISER - CX213

  • Available in 4 Colour Variants
  • 3 Pairs of Eartips for Comfort
  • Less Tangle-Prone Cables Than CX 180
  • Heavy Bass along with Refined Mids and Highs.

Conclusion

To put in simple terms, the CX 180 and CX 213 have only marginal differences. The CX 213 is thus recommended to those who really care about the mids and the colours.

For a genuine upgrade, you may want to consider the CX 275s, which is enabled with mic and many other features.

Read the full review of CX 275s here.

 

Which earphones do you prefer? Let us know in the comments section below.


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