Neckband headsets are in the market for years, but they are not as highly sought after. Previously I reviewed the Sony SBH70 and SBH80, EX750BT, XB70BT, LG TONE Active. They offer the best experience for all-day use because they rest comfortably around the neck when not in use. Unlike normal wired headsets that easily slide off the neck, these neckband headsets fit firmly around the neck, and when needed, you just pop in the earbuds to listen to music or answer phone calls. Some models even come with vibration alert.
This year alone, Sennheiser launched 2 neckband headsets, and thanks to NXT Magazine, I got to try out both of them. The proper review will be on the NXT magazine (available on print and on Magzter), so I just want to give a general impression and comparison between the 2.
From the design viewpoint, both headsets are identical in dimensions. The Momentum In-Ear Wireless (I’ll call it M2 IEBT from here on) has red trimmings and leather wrap around the neckband. The earbuds are also signature Momentum design. The CX 7.00BT (another wordy model name which I shall not shorten) has blue accents and the inside neckband has a silicone coating. The earbuds are larger than M2 IEBT with signature CX series look.
Almost all the technical specs are identical, including battery life and connectivity options (Bluetooth 4.2). The main difference is, of course, the speaker drivers. M2 IEBT delivers 15-22,000 Hz while CX 7.00BT offer 17 to 21,000 Hz. For S$60 more, the M2 IEBT throws in a hard casing to transport the bulky headsets.
Do they sound any different? The M2 IEBT certainly delivers a more meticulous audio quality, and cleaner highs with more transparency. The bass is more filling than CX 7.00BT, while the midrange for both headsets is recessed. Personally, I prefer more midrange to balance out the exaggerated highs, but I have to admit, both headsets sound really enjoyable. Unless you have both side by side for comparison, the CX 7.00BT deserve merits, especially with a lower price point.
Wifey loves hanging them around her neck the whole day, as if it was part of the jewellery. She swears by their long battery life, rated 10 hours, as she listens to music in office or leave them on standby for incoming calls. I tested and found that the headsets can last almost 3 days – with occasional audio streaming – before recharging.
Whichever model you choose, you must love clear highs balanced with punchy bass. CX 7.00BT is already on sale in Singapore as part of the launch of Sennheiser Singapore Direct Online Store, priced at S$239. This model is available in a limited regional launch before it hits worldwide during the IFA 2017 in September. The Momentum M2 IEBT, retailed at S$299, is definitely a better sounding and more premium headset to pamper your loved ones or yourself. All products on Sennheiser Singapore Online Store enjoys 2 year international warranty, free shipping, and next day delivery.
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