• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good headphones until they died.

    • Written by from BRISTOL

    I used these headphones for hard training sessions both in and out of the gym. Sound quality is good and they stayed in place which was good, but became a lot less comfortable on long training sessions.

    Unfortunately, sweat must have got into the volume buttons which made them unresponsive, effectively rendering them useless. This happened with two sets of headphones making them dangerous when volume locks in high.

    For low intensity training purposes these might work for you but if you're training involves large amounts of sweat then you might experience the same problem.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    mostly good

    • Written by from Boston

    have had these for 4 months now, ran over 500 miles with them...great sound (i run to edm music, so the bass is great...not sure about music with more highs), it's lightweight, and a fantastic fit.

    however, sweat did get into the mic after a while and everything in that remote piece stopped working, but the sound still comes out just fine.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor quality

    • Written by from Atlanta

    Overall, poor quality built with decent sounds.

    1- Sound is good , nothing amazing but good.

    2- Looks - mediocre - plastic looks cheap

    3- Build - bad - the soft cover for the earpieces comes off very easily, I lost mine within a week of use , the plug just recently broke.

    Overall, I do not recommend this product due to quality issues.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Delivers great sound, an excellent fit

    • Written by from Singapore

    These are my 2nd pair after losing the first.
    Delivers great sound, an excellent fit. Just wished the controls were placed a little lower down the cord as it tends to dangle a little. This can be adjusted using the clips that's provided though. I have had several other brands but my Sennheisers always give the best sound. I use them on my long bike rides and are great.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I love them!!!!!

    • Written by from Fredericksburg

    I have been searching for an active pair of head phones that are light weight, has lots of base, functional and easy to use. They don't fall off easy to adjust and what else can I say. I am ordering another pair for my honey and myself! Great training accessory. I love my Bose over the ear but this is an awesome alternative for in-ear use.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from VAN NUYS

    I have a small home recording studio and I own a pair of Audio Technica ATH-M50, considered one of the best sellers for studio monitoring. When I put on the Sennheiser PMX685i, I was very surprised on how good these headphones sound. Nice deep and clear bass even on high volume and bright and crisp highs. Comparing them to the AT's, they're not that far off on quality of sound. The best $80 I've spent on headphones. Plus you can still hear what's going on around you but at the same time they feel like they have a noise cancelling feature on... Highly recommend this headphones...

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great headphones - nice fit, good bass iPhone control

    • Written by from Singapore

    This is a great set of headphones for running with. The headband keeps the buds in your ears, the music sounds decent with thumping bass if you need it to keep a rhythm going, and the iphone/pod controls are nice. My biggest issue is that I sweat a lot, and these headphones just don't seem to cope well with it. After 3-4 months of regular usage (2 runs a week), the buttons start to fail, and then the speaker buds stop working. Sennheiser warranty is great and they replace them without question - however, you have to be prepared to understand that you will have to buy a new pair after the 2 year warranty runs out. Otherwise a great pair of headphones.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent for Running

    • Written by from Kelowna

    I have a drawer full of headphones that I've tested for running. These are the first ones that I REALLY like. They fit well and have excellent sound.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Sound Quality, Poor Product Quality

    • Written by from Monterrey

    I use these headphones for 3 months, during that time they work just great, the Sennheiser sound quality has been always be a favorite for me. But after the third month the remote control in the headphones stops working, I have to use my iphone/ipod to control de volume and tracks.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Sound, Comfortable but Remote Never Works

    • Written by from Winchester

    I've had these for about five months now. Like the previous Addidas branded ones these are comfortable but they have all the failings of the Addidas ones and more: as others have pointed out, the rubber surrounds on the in ear piece come off. I have lost one somewhere and the other is loose. They are still fine without them...just should not happen.

    I have had to turn off Siri / voice control. Not sure if this is a headphone or phone problem but VC krpt stopping the music (and my running app). Others have suggested this might be the case,.

    Most frustrating of all is the buttons on the mic etc. just won't talk to my iP5. Works OK another devices (and the packaging said this was designed for iPhone. Not great.

    An upside: they have been subjected to HK's torrential rain and sound is still fine.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good buy

    • Written by from cupertino

    I'm happy and satisfied with the quality.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    GREAT sound, very comfortable. Water resistant... not so much

    • Written by from San Clemente

    I'm on my 4th and 5th set of these (all but the first two are warranty replacements). They sound amazing. I switched to X-1s out of necessity while my current two pairs were in the shop and those sounded absolutely terrible in comparison.

    These headphones are also comfortable and stable.

    BUT (and it is a BIG BUT), I do not think that they are water resistant. I use them to run 3x a week and at the gym 3x a week. After a few months of use, each pair has either cut out on one side, lost functionality of the in-line controller, or started to randomly call up siri during normal use. In short, they become unusable. My only explanation is that sweat is getting in the inline controller (from running down the cord) and screwing up the circuits. That said, the company has been great about warranty replacements... but you have to do without the headphones for a few weeks while you exchange them.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from HOBART

    Great fit and sound for running.
    However, after a month one of the rubber ear surrounds went missing and the other was noticed to be loose.
    Furthermore the remote started activating Siri, increasing the loudness after several km due to sweat running down the cord into the remote. This means that the music pauses for Siri or gets very loud. Not well designed as there is a well for the sweat to collect in around the cord.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    My Set Keeps Activating Voice Control

    • Written by from Hong Kong

    I was really enjoying the 685i - quality sound and light - but on today's run voice control was activated every few seconds and no amount of rebooting the iPhone 5 would stop it. And it seems I'm not the only one to experience this problem.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Active? They're worth every penny

    • Written by from Tehachapi

    I ride horses, bike and work on a ranch and these go w/ me everywhere and get the job done. Lightweight, comfortable, stay put and great sound. Plus the "at your finger tips" control keep me from having to dig in my pocket for my iPod to stop, skip or adjust the volume. These are the best headphones ever for active people.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    If you need headphones for running buy something else!

    • Written by from Toronto

    I ran with my first set of these 5 times a week. This is the second pair of this model I purchased. I like the style because they don't fall out. The first set lasted 6 months before Siri started coming on every 30 seconds or so. I disabled Siri and then Voice Control started activating instead. I go through headphones once a year so did not think much of it. I purchased a second set and 6km in to my very first run with them and here comes Voice Control again.

    11 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound and stays in my ears

    • Written by from London

    I bought these headphones for use at the gym.
    I've tried ones that hook over your ears or earbud ones and when I get a bit sweaty, they just slip out.
    After much research and advice, I decided to opt for these. I cannot fault the sound quality or the fact they actually stay in place when I'm on the treadmill but I must have really odd ears. My right ear was absolutely fine yet after 2 hours in the gym, I could barely touch my left ear, I was so painful and bruised.
    Sadly I'm going to have to return these......gutted as I though I'd found the perfect headphones :-(

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great all-around headphones!

    • Written by from Turlock

    I was in the market for a new pair of headphones and, having been duped by some cheaper headphones in the past, I was willing to spend a few extra bucks for some decent ones. I have been using the headphones that come standard with the iPhone/iPod for years and really have no complaints about them. Although I enjoy clear, full-range sound, I am no audiophile; the Apple earbuds fit the bill just fine for me. And, up until the rubber surround on the earbuds deteriorated and came off, I had no issues with them staying in my ears either.

    These were an excellent choice. The fit is quite comfortable, although the band around the back of the head doesn't sit as close to my head as I thought it would. That is minor, though, and I don't notice at all while I'm wearing them. I have worn them without the foam covers for a few runs (20-40 minutes per run) and don't have any complaints of ear pain or anything like that. The sound is crisp and clear, although it is a little biased towards the bass than the highs. Again, a minor thing (besides, the bass is typically the driving sound for your pace). The only thing I've noticed is wind noise. I run outside and whenever I'm running into a breeze, the wind noise is noticeable, however, not unbearable. For me, it's not a huge issue, but something to think about if you think it will be.

    The volume control/microphone is actually pretty close to the headphones. I run the cable underneath my shirt and the controls sit above my collar. I just use the included clip to tether the cable to my collar and I'm good to go! The cable is also more than long enough for me to have my iPod attached to the waistband of my shorts without any pulling of the cord. All-in-all, I am happy with these and would recommend them to anyone searching for their next pair of headphones.

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from sydney

    Great sound. comfortable, worth every cent

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    My attempt at a comprehensive review

    • Written by from San Carlos

    I've used these for trail and road running approximately 100 miles now.

    Overall: Great bass, fair to poor highs, great fit, but has a few functional issues.

    Even though the highs are diminished, the bass and overall sound is still better than any headphones of this type I've ever heard. The fit is excellent. It is lightly spring loaded to hold each earbud in your ears. It never slips and is never uncomfortable for me for over 90 minutes at a time. Car traffic can still be heard pretty well.

    The mic and controls are well-placed, but hard to distinguish the buttons while running. I've taken maybe 4 phone calls while running, and everyone has complained about wind noise and basically unusable sound quality. The cable is on the left side, which makes it a poor choice for a hands-free set while driving for me. The behind-the-head frame probably makes these a poor choice for use on an airplane, but I haven't tested that. I have rinsed them with water several times with no change in performance.

    Two biggest complaints: Excessive wind noise while running or in any light breeze, and foam pads that constantly fall off. The wind noise is usually tolerable, but often not. The foam ear pads are a must if you sweat at all. Without them, the rubber earbuds become like toilet plungers on your eardrums. Not good. The foam pads mitigate that problem, but they are far too delicate and easily fall off when taking the headphones off. I have dropped the little foam pads on the trail several times, but miraculously found them again. Sennheiser needs to fix that and they need to give you at least a half dozen spare pairs.

    I do like these, but for the price, they should not have the problems I noted.

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