Sennheiser CX 310 Adidas Originals review, a worthy upgrade

A couple of days ago we offered you a review of the Sennheiser Adidas CX 680 Sports headphones. However, for those on a smaller budget we thought we would now review the Sennheiser CX 310 Adidas Originals, which as you can see is sticking with the 80s theme. I don’t know about you, but these headphones will be a perfect match for those white and blue Adidas Originals t-shirts, which are all the rage at the moment.

If you are looking for headphones that offer a cool yet discreet look, then you need look no further. We are told that the CX 310 will offer a powerful, bass-driven stereo sound, which we find amazing, as in most cases you can pick these up for less than £30. Just because these bear the Adidas Originals logo that they would be sports headphones, but you would be wrong.

If you want a pair for sport then you need to stick with the CX 680, as the 310s do not have any over-the-ear clips or neck band to stop them from falling out while jogging. No, these are for everyday use, which is to be expected considering the price. First impressions were a little mixed; we loved the style and the colours, but were a little put off with just how light they were. More often than not light headphones do not offer much in the way of sound quality.

The headphones are a mix of metal and plastic, the Sennheiser logo appears on the metallic strip, while Adidas appears on the back plastic part. The quality of the rubber tips leave a lot to be desired, as they are a little on the thin side, so will struggle to form a perfect seal when in the ear. There are three sets in all, small, medium and large.

There is no separate volume control, but is not much of an issue. However, what disappointed us the most is the little carry bag for the headphones. Although it is light and durable, the quality of the Sennheiser and Adidas names leaves a lot to be desired, as they are a little on the blurry side. So now let’s see how well these perform.

Even though those rubber tips are thin we are told that they are sound-isolating, just try not to push them in too far. The feel while in the ears did not seem as comfortable as the CX 680 Sports, but why would they? The sound quality from the headphones was a bit disappointing considering who makes them and the dynamic speaker systems. The sound range is limited and the bass levels seems to overpower everything else — even though they do not go as deep as some other headphones on the market.

Trying to listen to detailed sound can be a bit of a struggle, but they do offer a decent overall sound. We do not want any of this to put you off, as we have to keep reminding you off the price. Having said that, we do feel that you are paying about £10 over the top, as you are paying a premium for the Adidas branding. If you loved the CX 300 model, then the CX 310 is certainly a worthy upgrade.

For more details visit Sennheiser UK.

Main features include:

  • 2-year warranty
  • Convenient carrying pouch included
  • Excellent fit in the ear canals and high attenuation of ambient noise (ear adapters in different sizes included)
  • High-quality dynamic speaker systems for powerful, bass-driven stereo sound
  • Optimised for MP3, iPod, iPhone, CD players and portable gaming systems (iPod and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries)
  • Symmetrical cable

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Written by Peter Chubb

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