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 Sennheiser CX 213 met the expectations of being a worthy upgrade? Let's find out in today's Face-off.
"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."
On the design front, the Sennheiser CX series is simple. Made entirely of plastic, the earphones have a glossy finish on the front and a dull finish on the back. Unlike regular earphones that offer a sort of globular shape. The CX180 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.
The earphone are also incredibly light and comfortable, which ensures ease of use over long periods.
The only flaw in CX 180 is the cable (1.2m long), which is thin, tangle-prone, and extremely susceptible to cable noise.
Only one color is available in the CX 180 and that is gray.
SHADES OF GRAY OR GO COLORFUL. WHAT WOULD YOU PREFER?
The cable in CX 213 on the other hand, is also 1.2m long. Rather than having a single cable before the split as in CX 180, the CX213’s cable is made up of two individual cables. It aids in adding sturdiness and keeps the cable from getting tangled in your pockets. Other then that the CX 213 comes in 4 variants that is blue, white, gray and if you love, pink.
Both the earphones don't come with mic and are targeted to audiences who purely seek music listening. Thus, you will not be able either calls or control your music volume.
The Sennheiser CX180 and CX 213 both are in-ear canal phones style earphones, and has a frequency response range equal to that of human ear (20Hz-20KHz). The product package includes three sets of ear-tips in different sizes. But being from the budget categories the ear-tips are not flanged thus not being 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 of the headphones come with a 2 year warranty, and with a similar sound impedance of 16 ohms, thus making them drivable with all the devices.
Hence making them inexpensive, well designed for the price, with a sonic signature that would appeal to the masses.
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 of 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. The CX 213 also manages to maintain a decent balance between lows and highs as well.
Sennheiser also guarantees refined mids in the CX 213. Thus, making jazz and classical music sound really great.
To put in simple terms, the CX 180 and CX 213 has only marginal differences. CX 213 is thus recommended to those who really care about the mids and the colors.
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.
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