Finding a good pair of headphones for sporting activities can often be a challenge. Designing for security and comfort without compromising sound quality isn’t an easy task, but Sennheiser have gone one step further with the Sennheiser PMX 680i Sports. Also water-resistant and including a remote control for iPod / iPhone usage these headphones have got plenty to offer. Let’s take a closer look…
Immediately from glancing at the packaging you should notice the Adidas logo, a big brand in the sporting industry, which have most likely helped with the design of these headphones. All the features are listed over the product packaging and various cut-out sections allow you to view key features such as the remote and design. According to the packaging these PMX 680i headphones are water and sweat resistant, although Sennheiser haven’t clarified just how water resistant they are – or at what depth. However, they have assured us that you can use these headphones safety when running in torrential rain, should you wish to do that sort of thing!
Along with the Sennheiser PMX 680i headphones are a pouch to keep them in, a cable clip and an instructions manual. The instructions manual covers everything you need to know, from how to put the headphones on correctly, to how to use the remote and clean the headphones. Useful if you’re a bit anal, like myself and want to make sure you’re doing things correctly so that you don’t void the included 2-year warranty.
As you can clearly see the Sennheiser PMX 680i are neckband style headphones. The bold luminous yellow cabling, which wraps around the headband and the yellow ear plugs achieves a very distinctive colour scheme, which confirms to others that these headphones are not the ordinary. Furthermore, for added durability and strength, this cable is Kevlar reinforced so you can be certain the cabling on these is not going to fray or break!
One very important aspect of sports headphones is comfort and fitment. The last thing you are going to want to do while training or exercising is adjusting your headphones, it interrupts your activity and wrecks your timing. To ensure that these fit correctly, Sennheiser and Adidas have designed the PMX680i Sports so that the headband is rigid, so that the earphones clamp to your ears securely but is also flexible enough to fit any size head. Depending on how large your head is, the headband will overhang at the back, by about an inch or so on me, so its safe to say these headphones will fit most people quite easily. Additional detail has also been spent on designing the section of the headband that rests against your head above your ears; this entails a dimpled texture to help the headphones grip well.
The earphones themselves are plastic with a silicon band around each one for where they seat into your ears. The fitment of each one is a little out of the ordinary, rather than fitting flat above your ear canal, they sit on top at a slight angle. This feels rather a little strange at first, but means the sound is directed better (like the Bose IE2 Headphones we reviewed) and is more comfortable.
Now the difference between the standard Sennheiser PMX 680 Sports and the PMX 680i Sports is very clear, the 680i model features a remote and microphone. This can be used with most Apple products (also worked on my Mac) to take calls, use voice control, adjust volume and of course, play and control music. This is specifically essential as these are designed for sports, taking your iPod out your pocket every two seconds is just annoying and frustrating when your pumping iron!