Excerpt: When we played the Cake ditty mentioned above at a family wedding a few years ago, everyone from five to 75 hopped to the dance floor to boogie. Listening to the Sennheiser CX 280’s had the same effect on us: We started boppin’ the instant their lush sound poured into our ear canals. And their $50 street price surprised us as much as our guests’ reaction to that song’s profane chorus.
Excerpt: Earphones can be delicate things, so it's unfortunate that Sennheiser ships this set so firmly clipped into its packaging. It’s best to push the left driver out from underneath rather than risk tugging on its lead. It comes with a soft pouch and three pairs of silicone fittings, and there’s an in-line volume control on the 1.2m cable. They’re a comfortable fit and did a good job of blocking external noise.