Sennheiser PMX 686i SPORTS earphones review

The Sennheiser PMX 686i SPORTS earphones sound great and work well during workouts, but have a high price without offering Bluetooth capability.

The good

  • Won’t move or fall out during workouts
  • Great sound quality
  • Solid build quality

The bad

  • Pricey
  • Lacks extra features
  • No size customisation

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Sennheiser’s current lineup of sports earphones sits in a sort of sportsperson's no-man's land. With no wireless sports-specific earphones currently in the Australian market, running duty falls to the four wired models Sennheiser offers. The PMX 686i SPORTS is the only neckband-style set of earphones in this range.

Design

  • Simple and elegant style
  • High build quality
  • May not be ideal for folks with larger heads
Neckband closeup

Performance

  • Excellent Sennheiser sound quality
  • Audio bleed-through can be disruptive in noisy environments
Adapters closeup

Features

  • Firm fit keeps the earbuds in place during exercise
  • Water and sweat resistance makes cleaning easier

Verdict

The Sennheiser PMX 686i SPORTS earphones are a worthy addition to any active person’s gym bag. They’ll provide superior sound and build quality and won’t interrupt your workout. The lack of a wireless option may scare off those who have put the cable life behind them, but they’ll work well for anyone who doesn’t mind plugging in for a price. Larger heads need not apply.


Pricing and availability

The biggest drawback to this headset is its price. Sennheiser advertises the PMX 686i SPORTS earphones on its website at $179.95 and some digging will find them for around $120. Even at this reduced price this is steep for a pair of wired sports earphones. This is especially true considering popular wireless sports earphones like the Plantronics Backbeat Fit are around the same price.

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Specifications

Sennheiser PMX 686i SPORTS

Build

Category
In-ear Headphones
Colours
Grey
Frequency Response
18Hz - 20kHz
Sensitivity
44dB
Impedance
30 ohms

Connectivity

Wired/Wireless
Wired

Features

Water Resistant
Yes

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