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Sennheiser unveils all-new CX 890i, CX 985 and MX 985 earphones

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The CX 890i, MX 985 and CX 985 will be appearing in stores from September
The CX 890i, MX 985 and CX 985 will be appearing in stores from September
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The CX 985 ear-canal phones are an upgrade to Sennheiser's existing CX 980 model
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The CX 985 ear-canal phones are an upgrade to Sennheiser's existing CX 980 model
The MX 985 ear-canal phones have a frequency range of between 16 and 23,000 Hz
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The MX 985 ear-canal phones have a frequency range of between 16 and 23,000 Hz
The X 890i comes in two color variants – black and white, with matching cable
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The X 890i comes in two color variants – black and white, with matching cable
The CX 985 phones feature a 3.5 mm jack which rotates through 90 degrees in order to offer an always optimal connection
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The CX 985 phones feature a 3.5 mm jack which rotates through 90 degrees in order to offer an always optimal connection
The CX 985 features a slimmed-down volume slider
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The CX 985 features a slimmed-down volume slider
The CX 985 features a choice of seven adapters to fit any ear size
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The CX 985 features a choice of seven adapters to fit any ear size
The CX 890i features a remote control with volume, skip and play buttons
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The CX 890i features a remote control with volume, skip and play buttons
Sennheiser gives the frequency range of the CX 985 as between 16 and 24,000 Hz
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Sennheiser gives the frequency range of the CX 985 as between 16 and 24,000 Hz
The CX 890i, MX 985 and CX 985 will be appearing in stores from September
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The CX 890i, MX 985 and CX 985 will be appearing in stores from September
The CX 890i ear-canal phones feature a glass-like finish and metal detailing to lend a minimalist style
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The CX 890i ear-canal phones feature a glass-like finish and metal detailing to lend a minimalist style
The CX 890i features passive noise attenuation to block outside sound sources
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The CX 890i features passive noise attenuation to block outside sound sources
The CX 890i combine the signature Sennheiser sound with a frequency response between 17 and 23,000 Hz
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The CX 890i combine the signature Sennheiser sound with a frequency response between 17 and 23,000 Hz
Sennheiser CX 890i headphones boxed
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Sennheiser CX 890i headphones boxed
Sennheiser MX 985 headphones boxed
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Sennheiser MX 985 headphones boxed
Sennheiser MX 985 headphones
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Sennheiser MX 985 headphones
Sennheiser MX 985 headphones
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Sennheiser MX 985 headphones
MX 985 headphones
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MX 985 headphones
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Not to be overshadowed amongst the cameras, tablets and “phablets” unveiled at this year’s IFA, German audio technology vendor Sennheiser has stepped up to the plate and unveiled three new earphone designs: the CX 890i, CX 985 and MX 985. The CX 890i headset sports a glass-like finish and metal detailing in a clear bid to catch the eye of audiophiles who like their music hardware on the minimalist side, while the CX 985 and MX 985 feature a less unusual but still rather striking metal alloy finish.

The CX 890i phones come in either black or white with matching cable, and the glass finish all but shouts “expensive” - as befits a high-quality set of 'buds which cost EUR €129 (US $161). Happily, the internals appear to match this high standard and the CX 890i boasts high-performance dynamic transducers and passive noise attenuation to help you ignore the outside world, in addition to a remote control and microphone which enables iPad, iPhone and iPod users to adjust volume levels, select tracks and take phone calls. Sennheiser rates the frequency range of the CX 890i phones as between 17 and 23,000 hertz (Hz).

The CX 985 phones feature a 3.5 mm jack which rotates through 90 degrees in order to offer an always optimal connection
The CX 985 phones feature a 3.5 mm jack which rotates through 90 degrees in order to offer an always optimal connection

The EUR €139 (US $173) CX 985 phones are the priciest of the three new earphones and supplant Sennheiser's existing CX 980 model, improving upon that design with a re-tuned dynamic transducer which the company reckons to produce an even better listening experience than before. As well as improved audio fidelity, the metal alloy-constructed CX 985 phones feature a slimmed-down volume slider and standard sized 3.5 mm phone jack which rotates through an entire 90 degrees in order to offer an always optimal connection. Sennheiser gives the frequency range of the CX 985 as between 16 and 24,000 Hz.

Of the three, the MX 985 phones are tailored to suit a slightly lower budget at EUR €109 (US $136) and thus received the least emphasis from Sennheiser at IFA. That said, the MX 985 looks to be in the same audio league as the other two models and is also constructed from metal alloy, with a frequency range of between 16 and 23,000 Hz.

The CX 890i, MX 985 and CX 985 will be appearing in stores from September.

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1 comment
The Hoff
purely cosmetic gizmag, don't waste our time.