Wed, 29 Oct 2008 Sennheiser MM50 iP review
Sennheiser brings top sound to iPhone users thanks to the MM50 iP headset
- Manufacturer: Sennheiser
- Pros: Excellent sound quality, lightweight, comfortable, good value for money, good push to talk mechanism
- Cons: Liable to tangle, noise isolation not the best
- Min specs: Cord: (asymmetric) 1.0-1.3m; Frequency Response: 18-22000Hz; Impedance: 16ohms; 3.5mm 4 poled jack plug; sound pressure level (SPL): 106 dB(SPL); 5g
- Price: £49 inc VAT
- Star rating:
Sennheiser’s new iPhone headset delivers excellent quality audio and hosts a push-to-talk microphone that, though bigger than some, is sensibly made so you can intuitively switch to take or make a call. They’re also comfortable to wear, once you select the right size of ear tip - there are three to choose from.
We were impressed by the MM50’s audio quality - certainly, they’re equal to any other set of iPhone-focused headphones we’ve seen, and at a pretty decent price too. They have a strong bass response, which pleased us because so many headphones deliver excellent sound everywhere bar the bass. Distortion is also very low - you really have to max out the volume to get playback problems.
Despite being in-ear headphones, we were a little disappointed at the noise isolation capabilities. We don’t think the seal between the earbud and the ear canal is particularly strong, meaning we experienced more sound from the outside world than we expected - but some may consider that an advantage, as it means you can keep half an ear on what’s going on around you.
We have one more minor gripe. While the cables are light, their featherweight rubber cladding makes it too easy to end up in a tangled mess. You have to be conscious of how you handle them, and can’t simply stuff them carelessly into your pocket.
Sat, 01 Nov 2008Reviewed by: nhengen
Duration of ownership: 2 months
Strengths: Right length of cable, good sound
Weaknesses: No case! (therefore tangles), noise insulation not as good as expected.
Overall Evaluation: If this headsets had a case, I would give it 5*. Perfect for the daily commute, noise cancellation not good enough to make it dangerous when crossing the road after getting off the bus (which can be seen as an advantage).