There are times when we progress too fast with technology. I realized this when I rediscovered my stash of audio cassettes, which literally have no playback. They remain one of my most coveted possessions, with so many sweet memories attached, but with much more accessible music in other formats these days.
This week I was faced with a similar technological challenge, having to check out a pair of wired headphones, something that is becoming a rarity these days. There are many wireless headphones that give you the wired option as well, but not many that only have cables for connectivity.
So the Sennheiser IE 300 is clearly intended for the purist, the audiophile who doesn’t want to compromise on anything. The company touts the XWB 7mm transducer ‘Made in Germany’ to justify why this is a special pair, one that may command a premium price and drool among lovers of pure music.
The Sennheiser IE 300 has an in-ear design with adjustable ear hooks. This is the first pair of headphones in a long time that doesn’t fit me out of the box. I had to spend some time sorting through the silicone and memory foam tips to find the perfect fit. And once I did, it made a huge difference.
Remember, this is clearly not a pair you’ll be wearing to the gym or jogging, so don’t overthink it. Just find the one that suits you best, avoid outside noise, and sit down with your coffee to enjoy the music you love.
And you will love, whatever flows through the IE 300. This is music that flows smoothly, without interference or noise from technology. Sennheiser uses gold-plated MMCX connectors and a membrane foil to ensure audio is as natural as possible.
So when Eddie Barman sings Dancing in the Dark, it’s like he’s in your living room, every word, every guitar strum and every note is the way the artist intended it to be enjoyed.
“This comes from higher … even if we’re just dancing in the dark …”
When I play Fever, the cello is somewhere behind my head and certainly not in my ear. The audio profile is so spacious and spaced.
“You give me a fever …”
These are the type of headphones that will have you searching for music files that meet the challenge of sounding good in a pair that leaves no room for error. I quickly went from some over-compressed files I had on the phone and was craving hi-fi music on Apple Music to satiate the range of these headphones.
It’s not that you can’t enjoy more massive notes on the IE 300, it’s just that you want to experience the best of what the world’s music has to offer when you know you’ve finally found your ear for it. The IE 300 is all about balance, ensuring that the headphones themselves don’t add elements to the music that artists never thought of.
At a price of Rs 29,990, the IE 300 is not for everyone. It is not meant to be. This is clearly for those who have high-end music systems at home, or a hi-fi music player from which they can play a Spanish Harlem or Ain’t no Sunshine, while lounging on a Sunday afternoon. If you play your music only from a phone and you have no better ways to get your music, this is certainly not for you. As for me, I love that my loud music is in comfortable models to place on the ears.