Bluetooth earphones by Sennheiser have mostly been priced on the higher end of the economic spectrum. But with Bluetooth earphones becoming more popular with each passing day, it seems like even the high-end German audio brand is trying to spread its sound branches to reach out to the more mainstream audience.
And still in the most Sennheiser way possible. We say this because the brand has launched wireless Bluetooth earphones in the country called CX 6.00BT. And, while they are affordable by Sennheiser standards, they still come with a Rs. 7,490 tag.
The Sennheiser CX 6.00BT are a very basic and classic looking around-the-neck pair of earphones. When it comes to looks, the wireless earphones look a lot like their more expensive cousins Momentum HD1 Free, which are priced at Rs. 10,000 in the market.
There are earbuds present on two ends of the wires, and going with this symmetry, the brand has placed two modules near the two earbuds, one on each side. One of the modules carries the battery while the other one sports volume buttons, play/pause and power button, a tiny LED indicator and the micro USB port for charging, which is covered with a rubber flap to keep water and sweat away from it. The controls can also invoke personal assistants, double up to skip songs and receive, end and redial last calls.
Connecting the earphones to your phone is a simple enough process. You have to turn on the Bluetooth on your smartphone, and long press the power button on your earphones until you start to see that small LED indicator blinking in red and blue colour. This means, your phone and the CX 6.00BT are ready to be paired. Once you see the name of your earphones on your smartphone’s Bluetooth menu, tap on it and connect.
The earphones are extremely light, which makes them perfect as around the neck danglers. But unfortunately there are no magnetic tips on the ear buds which means, they do not get locked together around the neck, so, you have to be a little careful while hanging them around your neck. Plus they do not come with a separate carry case, which means you have to either buy a pouch for them or have to carry it like we do, by throwing them in our bags — relax though, they can take it.
In terms of stability and fit, the Sennheiser CX 6.00BT brings along four different ear tips size option. So, you can choose which one to put on your earbuds to make them fit perfectly. We found our size in the box but the earbuds still misbehave at times and sneak out of our ears for some reason, so we advise a little caution.
The earphones come with Bluetooth 4.2 and Qualcomm apt-X support. Coming from the Sennheiser family, it did not surprise us when the CX 6.00BT produced clear sound and sharp vocals. The volume level on the earphones is definitely above average and while the pair will not transport you to another world, it will definitely help you disconnect from your current surroundings.
The earphones do not come with active noise cancellation but thanks to the different size of eartips, they offer good, if not great, isolation from the ambient noise. The CX 6.00BT comes with a hint of treble and bass. It is not much and will definitely not impress audiophiles who are used to deeply detailed sound, but they do just fine for an average user.
One very handy feature of the wireless earphones is that they allow you to connect two devices at once. So, you can keep listening to music on one device, and take calls on another, if you wish.
The company claims one can use the CX 6.00BT for 6 hours straight on single charge, which we found to be approximately true. One of the best features of the earphones is that they support fast charging which means you can get battery life worth a couple of hours in a 10-15 minutes.
On the other hand, it takes about two hours to charge the earphones completely. A slight battery negative? You will not get to know the percentage of battery until you are down to the last ten per cent, which is when the assistant on the earphone will ask you to plug them in. So, if you are in the middle of a work out then, good luck to you! There is no IP rating on the device, so, they are not water or dust resistant, and the mic on the earphones does not always do a great job, so we would call the calling experience on them middling.
Priced at Rs. 7,490, the Sennheiser CX 6.00BT, may be affordable as per Sennheiser’s standards but still remain a little expensive as compared to the options available in the market. But if you are looking for Sennheiser’s brand value and that “typical” sound the brand offers, these are the best wireless bud-dies your ears could have.