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Sennheiser has been raising the bar from both a value and technical perspective with competitive products that offer superior sound quality, design, and functionality. The same can be said about the new Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless Earbuds that adds active noise cancellation to an existing – and high accomplished – true wireless product. We recently had the chance to go hands-on with the new Sennheiser CX True Wireless earbuds, the younger cousin to this new noise-cancelling model that fills the void in the brand’s mid-tier earbud lineup. Here is what we thought.

Design & Build Quality

The design remains ‘minimalist’ and if we had to nitpick, the changes don’t add much to the previous, and very basic design of the CX. We do love the additions of gloss black to the body, as well as the reflective Sennheiser logo, but it’s nothing particularly notable and the overall build still feels somewhat budget conscience – a polar opposite to the sound.

Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless Earbuds | TheEffect.NetFor fit, you have a selection of four sizes of silicone ear adapters, which add further passive noise isolation to complement the earbuds ANC. On the body, you have the same touch-sensitive backings that can be customised depending on your preferred touch inputs.

Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless Earbuds | TheEffect.NetSound & Call Quality

The sound is still remarkable. When you consider the price point, you’re getting everything you could ask for and more with the CX lineup as a whole. The same can’t be said for other mid-tier noise cancelling earbuds that we’ve tested this year and shows the great length to which Sennheiser cares about sound quality.

Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless Earbuds | TheEffect.NetTechnically, the setup is similar to what you’d expect from other Sennheiser products. You get the same German-engineered TrueResponse transducer developed for use in Sennheiser’s premium earphones. Delivering the same high-fidelity stereo sound with deep basses, natural mids and clear, detailed treble. Outside of the ANC, you would struggle to notice the difference when put side by side, however, it does let you hear the depth and clarity of the music that you might otherwise miss without it. The Sennheiser Sound Control App is also still available for those audiophiles who want to fine-tune their sound to suit genres of music.

Lows: Great capabilities, pumped up without disrupting the range, prominent yet natural on the soundstage.
Mids: Warm, without sharp pitching and cracking, somewhat subdued by the lows as with the mid-highs.
Highs: Perfect for hip-hop and RnB, subdued but certainly not lacking and without blunting.

Other sound-based features include a Transparent Hearing feature that actually works – unlike a few competitors systems! And makes it easy to focus on external sounds when desired without the need to remove the earbuds. We love this feature when walking alone, walking near a busy road, or travelling on quiet public transport routes, but we can think of about 100 different instances this came in handy. Another useful feature is Smart Pause, which automatically pauses audio when the earbuds are taken out and instantly resumes playback when you put them back in.

Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless Earbuds | TheEffect.NetCall quality was also equally as impressive and again, shouldn’t come as a surprise given the brand’s pedigree in this area.

Battery Life

The CX Plus carries over the same important factors that we consider whenever buying a pair of true wireless earbuds – including a strong battery life. The CX Plus offers 8-hours thanks to the Active Noise Cancelation, which is slightly less than some of the leaders in the pack but still nothing to be scoffed at either. There’s further 18-hours remains the same in the charging case.

Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless Earbuds | TheEffect.NetThere’s the same Bluetooth 5.2 compatibility, as well as codecs such as SBC, AAC, and aptX adaptive that works with the ANC. We still love the fact you can use the earbud independently, and the same dual microphones are utilised on each bud for quality phone calls.

Conclusion

It’s a pretty good problem to have when a brand has two many really good products that look very similar and sit pretty close next to each other in the price range. On one hand, you have what is probably the best value for money True Wireless earbud on the market. And in the other, you have what is probably the best value for money Active Noise Cancelling earbud on the market. At the end of the day, the choice is simple. Those who travel will immediately opt for the CX Plus, but we could also recommend them to anyone who is looking to upgrade from any earbuds that lack ANC, the Sennheiser CV Plus really are a solid pair of earbuds.

Pricing & Availability

The Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless Earbuds are available from €139.99 from Sennheiser.ie and Harvey Norman.

Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless Earbuds | TheEffect.Net

REVIEW: Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless Earbuds
  • Design & Build Quality
  • Sound & Call Quality
  • Battery Life
4.2

Summary

Those who travel will immediately opt for the CX Plus, but we could also recommend them to anyone who is looking to upgrade from any earbuds that lack ANC, the Sennheiser CV Plus really are a solid pair of earbuds.

John Reilly

John is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheEffect.Net. His favourite gaming series is Uncharted and his favourite film is Interstellar. He is also known to quote 'Father Ted' and Keith Lemon more than is normal. John@theeffect.net