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Counterfeit Sennheiser Headphones on Ebay

Beware of Online Deals

When it comes to buying new headphones we all want to find the best deal. But finding the best price can sometimes get you in trouble. Online sellers are not always authorized to sell new headphones from certain manufacturers but they do it anyway. On top of that, the small print might reveal a used or refurbished headphone when you think you’re buying new. But the most disappointing purchase of all is when buyers take a chance with unknown sellers and end up getting counterfeit headphones.

We recently encountered one of these items purchased online via Ebay and wanted to share an “authentic looking” knock-off so you don’t get burned. Our customer was originally in the store but wanted to shop around online to find a better price. They ended up getting one from a seller on Ebay. When the customer came into the store with the earphone we confirmed their worst fears. The Sennheiser IE-800 they bought was a fake. The sound was not the same even though the earphone looked real. Let’s take a look at this fake item we’ll give you a few tips on how to avoid making the same mistake.

Counterfeit Sennheiser Headphones on Ebay

The Sennheiser IE-800 is one of the most sought after in-ear headphones for it’s sound quality and build. The ergonomic design and distortion free bass response of this incredible IEM makes it one of the best in-ear headphones in the world. The MSRP for this high-quality IEM is $799 and audiophiles understandably want to get the best price possible when putting down this kind of money for a headphone. But buying the IE-800 “the cheapest” price online can get you a fake item like this one we encountered with a recent customer who purchased a Sennheiser IE-800 from Ebay.

You’ll notice it looks just like the real thing. After further examination we determined that it was likely an original box and case but the earphone itself was definitely a fake. Although it looks very close to the actual Sennheiser IE-800 the logo isn’t as clear as an original and the sound totally gave it away. The fake wasn’t nearly as good sounding as the original Sennheiser IE-800. And that’s the whole reason to buy a nice headphone in the first place!

How To Avoid Buying Counterfeit Headphones

There’s some simple steps you can take to make sure you don’t get burned buying any new headphones. Finding great deals is still possible if you follow these simple guidelines.

  • Buy from an authorized dealer (you’ll get a manufacturer warranty)
  • Don’t buy used or refurbished headphones (look for the fine print)
  • If the price is too good to be true… it is
  • Look for the serial number

From Ebay to Amazon, there are tons of fake, grey market, used and refurbished headphones from unscrupulous sellers. Going directly to an authorized dealer’s store or website is always the best option. Most high-end headphones have a serial number which is hidden from plain view. For example, some manufacturers like Focal have it underneath the earcup of their over-ear headphones. And if the price is too good to be true, something’s wrong.

Most headphone stores price match against other authorized dealers and are happy to give the best price possible. Audio46 is one of those stores. We’re authorized dealers for Sennheiser, Audio Technica, Grado, Beyerdynamic and dozens of other popular manufacturers. We literally have hundreds of headphone models in-stock every day. In fact we have the largest headphone selection in New York. And the best thing about Audio46 is you can try almost any headphone before you buy. We personally guide you to find the perfect headphone for your needs. All our headphones are new and come with a full manufacturer’s warranty. You’ll never have to worry about buying counterfeit items and we have the best prices.

Whichever outlet you choose, do your homework and look out for sketchy online sellers with no reputation or feedback. Follow our simple tips and you’ll have a better headphone shopping experience.

Shop the Sennheiser headphone store at AUDIO46


Many manufacturers will have detailed guides to spotting counterfeit goods on their website, Sennheiser is one of them.


If you believe that you have received counterfeit goods, it is best to contact the manufacture of the goods as well as the hosting platform that you purchased them from. This will ensure that if they are fake, the companies indirectly involved can take immediate action against the counterfeiters.

Bluetooth 5, Headphones? Better than 4.2? What is it?

Bluetooth 5.0

Bluetooth 5.0 is here and we are sure you’ve got questions about it, like is it better than Bluetooth 4.2? What’s the real difference? What does Bluetooth 5.0 even mean? Like really mean? Well, in that case we got you covered. However to understand Bluetooth 5.0, you have to understand what Bluetooth is, how it works, and how each iteration is different.

Bluetooth 5, Headphones? Better than 4.2? What is it?

What is Bluetooth?

Bluetooth is a form of wireless communication that enables data to be shared over a certain distance by the use of radio waves. Bluetooth headphones, watches, speakers etc. are all built with a chip containing a Bluetooth radio and connectivity software. In order to send data between two devices, whether it be photos, music, or information, two (or more) devices will need to pair to one another and establish an ad hoc network. These types of networks do not require a centralized unit, like a router. Rather, the devices in this network communicate directly to one another and automatically assign one as a slave and the other as a master once the devices are within range of the Bluetooth radio waves.

What is the Difference Between Various Bluetooth Versions?

Bluetooth 3.0 was introduced in 2009 as a high speed alternative to Bluetooth 2.0 and 1.0. At that time it was significantly faster than previous iterations, featuring a processing rate of 20 megabits per second. There’s also enhanced power control which means your smart device (most likely a cellphone back in the day) can function at the lowest level possible (and adjust as needed) to save energy while still engaging in a strong connection with a paired device, like headphones. Bluetooth 4.0 took connectivity a step further allowing for better connectivity over a wider range while 4.1 introduced Low Energy protocol (Bluetooth LE) which focused on retaining a strong connection without draining battery. Bluetooth 4.2 optimized speeds from 27 to 251 bytes for extremely fast downloads up to 2.6 times faster than older Bluetooth versions

Bluetooth 5.0 Explained

So, now you are probably wondering what Bluetooth 5.0 has to offer. This iteration of the wireless communication standard has been optimized to process information and data for the Internet of Things (IoT). Bluetooth 5.0 will allow the transfer of more data, over a longer range, at a faster processing time. That’s 2x the speed, 4x the range, and 8x the data to be exact. In addition, as wireless communication continues to grow and our gadgets become “smarter” with the IoT, Bluetooth 5.0 will also look out to retain the quality of connections. Moreover, Bluetooth 5.0 includes updates that help reduce interference with other wireless technologies to ensure Bluetooth devices and the growing IoT environment can all exist without cramping each other’s style.

Now, you have questions about Bluetooth 5.0 headphones, so let’s answer those. Yes, Bluetooth 5.0 will make a difference, just like 4.0+ makes a difference when comparing to 3.0. Bluetooth 5.0 headphones will possess a serious increase in range and data speed capacity. This ensures a quality connection for the best lossless audio.

Bluetooth 5.0 headphones sennheiser pxc 550Some awesome Bluetooth cans you check out are Sennhesier PXC 550 (v4.2) if you are looking for great connectivity, smart controls, and the best inactive noise cancellation. Sennheiser Momentum’s also offer exceptional audio with active noise cancellation and a wireless connection. Both of these headsets can be found in our Sennheiser Store. BeoPlay H7 is another great wireless headphone if you don’t care for ANC, but want a good-looking and sounding headphone. This baby is in our Bang and Olufsen Store.

Any questions? Let us know in the comments section.

What to Expect Courtesy of CES 2017

What to Expect Courtesy of CES 2017

By, Ryan Davison

Its January, and that means its time for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2017). This annual event is the largest tech based event in the world. Held in Las Vegas, this is where manufacturers come to debut their latest technology for the year. So, basically everything you need to know about technology trends will be released the first week of the year and elaborated on throughout the latter months.

Some of the biggest news from CES comes in response to Apple. After Tech giant, Apple, decided to inconvenience the world by removing its 3.5mm jack, everyone went crazy. To combat this major mistake, several audio companies decided to focus on improving their Bluetooth models this year.


One company that had a very active year for research and development was Audio-technica.  This year, Audio-technica not only cut the chords off of several models, they managed to improve Bluetooth signals with a new patented technology and elaborated on other successful lines of their products. In total Audio-technica released 26 headphones, and several accessories.

Audio-technica released a line of in-ear monitors to bring concert arena sound quality to you in the form of in-ear models. The LS series of monitors include  ATH-LS400iS, ATH-LS300iS, ATH- LS200iS, ATH-LS70iS and ATH-LS50iS(in Yellow, Black, Red, and Navy)  which utilize high-performance audio quality. “Our new Live Sound headphones are created to bring the impact and excitement of the live concert experience to everyday listening,” said Crystal Griffith, Audio-Technica U.S. Marketing Manager.

In addition to the LS line, another new Audio-technica line was presented at CES 2017. The Sound Reality line, features 7 NEW headphones. 4 wired in-in ear models (ATH-CKR70iSCG, ATH-CKR70iSBK, ATH-CKR90iS, ATH-CKR100iS), one on-ear wired headphone (ATH-SR9), and 2 over-ear wireless models that contain a brand new technology.

Audio-technica’s new technology, the Pure Digital Drive System may just change the way you think about wireless headphones. This technology can be found in two of their new releases the ATH-DSR9BT & ATH-DSR7BT (headphones with a strikingly similar look to the company’s ATH-MSR7).

Bluetooth headphones convert the signal from a digital signal to an analog frequency. This process can cause distortion, which is why the wired version of a pair of headphones normally sounds better than the wireless counterpart.  Audio-technica’s patented technology will now broadcast a digital signal between devices without converting it. This means there will finally be a pair of Bluetooth headphones that will sound just as good wireless as they do wired!

Audio-technica didn’t stop there.  The Sonic Fuel line saw the editions of ATH-AR3BT (White / Black), ATH-SR3iS (White / Black)  ATH-CKR50iS (Blue / Black / Champagne Gold) ATH-CKR30iS(Silver-White / Black) and solid bass model CKS550BT (Black-Gold / White)

Although Audio-technica was quite busy, there were several other manufacturers who made a stamp on the world this year at CES 2017.


CES 2017 Headphones Sennheiser Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Surround HeadphonesSennheiser released their AMBEO® Smart Surround headphones this year at CES 2017. These are not your average Earphones, Sennheiser used an inner ear model to not only provide high-quality playback of audio, but to also record it in a seamless bi-aural fashion that can be played from your smartphone. The possibilities are endless with this one, but I foresee it being used in Virtual reality applications to provide accurate audio.  there were other additions from the German company. Standing behind the success of their PXC550 & PXC480 that were released in 2016,  Sennheiser decided to make more affordable wireless versions of their 4 series headphones. The 4.50BTNC and HD 4.40BT are the line’s first Bluetooth models and the 4.50BTNC will utilize similar noise-cancellation to the PXC550.

Sennheiser has revamped their acclaimed series, the Momentum, which is now being re-packaded as the HD 1 series. Like the Mometum there will be Over-Ear wired models for Android and Apple, Wireless Over-Ear, On-Ear wired models for Android and Apple, On-Ear wireless models, and In-Ear models. While the models still have the same momentum look they boost a new name.
You can also expect to see an in-ear neckband from sennheiser, to be an addition to the HD 1 series. All of these models are slated for a February release.


HD 1 Wired Over-Ear Android Black / Ivory
Apple Black / Brown / Ivory
HD 1 Wireless Over-Ear Black / Ivory
HD 1 Wired On-Ear Android Black / Ivory
Apple Black / Brown / Ivory
HD 1 Wireless On-Ear Black / Ivory
HD 1 In-Ear Android Black / Red
Apple Black / Red
HD 1 Wireless In-Ear Neckband Black




To accommodate their customers who have made the switch to iPhone7, Shure has released a New lightning cable for their SE series of in-ear monitors. Remote + Mic Lightning Accessory Cable (RMCE-LTG) will now make their headphones iPhone compatible.  This cable should be expected to also work with the Westone W Series of headphones, Westone released a Bluetooth cable last summer that made both lines of audiophile quality monitors wireless. Shure didn’t leave their customers with 3.5mm headphones out either. There will be a version of this cable for them too.



Headphones have met bio-metrics, with the UK based company Bodytrak. These in-ear devices can monitor and report your vital signs in real time using your aural canal. statistics like Heart rate, distance traveled and, core temperature can all be communicated while allowing your tunes to play.



Audeze released theCES 2017 Headphones iSine VR iSine VR. Expanding on their iSine earphones, Audeze has made their signature earphones compatible with all major Virtual reality devises. these earphones are also truly wireless …aside from the tether to your device that is.



Luxury Audiophile company Focal released a joint venture version of their Utopia with french Jewelers Tournaire in September. This version, has the same sound and design as their $4000 Utopia, except it is covered in 18k gold plating and and has 6.5ct of diamonds set into the yolk. This version will also cost a bit more totaling $120,000, but at least you wont need to wear jewelry with them to look like a boss. Obviously Focal remembered to bring their Gold an diamond encrusted headphones to CES to show off to the world.

I foresee headphone swag will be elaborated on by other companies this year.





Beyerdynamic also brought their recent luxury in-ear model, Xelento to showCES 2017 Headphones Beyerdynamic Xelento off at CES 2017 as well as a new gaming
headset.  The Beyerdynamic Custom Game, a Headphone utilizing the Design of the Custom series headphone yet targeting gamers with the addition of a mic. Like the rest of the Custom series from the German company this, model will be “customizable” with interchangeable face-plates and headbands covers that are sold on the company’s site. There will also be 4 different listening profiles.


Monster        CES 2017 Headphones Monster Truly Wireless Earbuds

Other additions were more truly wireless models. This trend was expected to have a boom, due to the release of Air pods.  Monster released their first 2 pairs of truly wireless buds at CES 2017. These in-ear headphones capture the flash that is Monster. The polished rose gold and geometric patterns have been seen before in previous headphones from the company. Like Focal, theses truly wireless buds will be a good substitute for jewelry. Who needs earring when you have headphone Bling? These models will hit stores by the spring.



Klipsch, a company known for their in-ear monitors stepped outside of the box completely, with a with a line over ear wooden headphones. So this has been done before, but not by Klipsch. This line is expected to also have Bluetooth versions as well as ones with Active Noise cancellation.


Audio46 is slated to have most of these products available by the spring, so be prepared to be awed by CES 2017!



The Search For Comfortable In-Ear Headphones

The Search For Comfortable In-Ear Headphones

A lot of people can’t stand the feel of earphones. Others don’t mind them but find that the fit isn’t right causing earphones to fall out or not sit properly in the ear. The standard one-size-only of the silicone eartips are a source of irritation for many people but the thought of moving to a on-ear or over-ear headphone is too inconvenient. Well there are a few possibilities out there in the in-ear headphone market that could have you jumping for joy. Let’s take a look at a few.

Silicone Eartips in Multiple Sizes

Headphone companies have started to hear the cry for help from the section of the population that have issues with their earphones being too big or too small. A lot of these companies have started packaging their in-ear headphones with eartips in multiple sizes. Companies like Sennheiser, Westone, Audio Technica, AKG, Beyerdynamic, Jays and Shure are now packaging their earphones with silicone eartips in several sizes. This is definitely a reasonable option for many people who simply find the fit of their earphones. In most cases, a look at the specifications of the earphones you’re interested in will reveal what sizes are in the package. And spare eartips are typically available to order separately as well.

jays-silicone-eartipsFoam Eartips in Multiple Sizes

In addition to the traditional silicone eartips, many of the same manufacturers mentioned before also provide foam eartips in different sizes. Foam eartips can be immensely more comfortable than silicone. With foam tips, you’ll get a more tolerable in-ear fit. Once inserted into the ear canal, the foam will conform to the inside of the ear creating a custom fit and securely sealing out most outside noise.

jays-foam-eartips-t-200jays-foam-eartips-ts-200Inner-Ear Headphones

For some people the only solution to irritating or ill-fitting earphone inserts is inner-ear headphones. They’re not as good at sealing out the outside ambient noise but they will definitely do the trick if it’s all you can tolerate. As you would expect, inner-ear headphones typically sit just inside the ear without going into the ear canal and are usually made of a hard, durable plastic instead of using the silicone or foam inserts. Yurbuds and Bose have a selection of inner-ear headphones that work well. Sennheiser also makes an earphone called the PMX 686i which is a sport earphone for active applications. Audio Technica also makes a model called the ATH-CHX7iS that fits in the inner-ear that also directs the sound into the ear canal.

audio-technica-ath-chx7isCustom In-Ear Monitors

Anything custom is going to be a bit more expensive but well worth it if you can afford it. Companies like Westone and Etymotic specialize in this kind of custom monitor. Typically an audiologist will measure your inner ear with extreme precision and with those measurements they create a perfectly molded in-ear monitor.


Whatever your budget or preferences are, there are definitely options for a comfortable in-ear headphone that fits well and doesn’t irritate without having to switch to an on-ear or over-ear headphone. From sized silicone and foam eartips to inner-ear headphones and custom in-ear monitors there’s choices for anyone willing to seek out the most comfortable and affordable option.


Tech Questions: How Do You Make A Call Using the Sennheiser Momentum 2 Wireless Headphone?

Tech Questions: How Do You Make A Call Using the Sennheiser Momentum 2 Wireless Headphone?

We often get headphone tech questions from people regarding their purchases. One really good question we recently received was from a Sennheiser Momentum 2 Wireless Headphone user regarding it’s function with the phone. It was a good question so we decided to let other users know about the Sennheiser 3-Way Multi-Function Button.

On the Sennheiser Momentum 2 Wireless Headphone is a switch that appears to be just a volume control but it really is so much more. The Sennheiser 3-Way Multi-Function Button in fact controls volume, making/ending a call, activate voice control, and play/rewind/fast-forward songs. It’s all packed into this one simple switch that is also a button. Pretty genius actually. Below is an quick reference directly from the Sennheiser Wireless Momentum manual showing exactly how to access these controls. It’s simply a matter of pressing and/or holding the button a number of times depending on the smartphone function you’re trying to control. This works on both the on-ear and over-ear Momentum wireless models.

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Sennheiser Momentum 2 Wireless: Multi-Function Button Reference


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HiFiMAN HE1000 V2 & Edition X V2

HiFiMAN HE1000 V2 & Edition X V2

The HiFiMAN HE1000 V2 & Edition X V2

Are the second gen improvements really that significant?

By Ryan Davison


HiFiMan has just upgraded two of the staple pieces in their reference collection of headphones. The HE1000 V2 & Edition X V2 are finally here and delivering some unexpected changes. While both of these headphones have received several accolades for their impeccable delivery of high quality sound. Hifiman decided to further impress their audiophile clientele by upgrading to already amazing sets of headphones.



The Edition X  Vs. Edition X V2

When changing the Edition X, HiFiMan listened carefully to critiques that their highly vetted headphone received. One issue that they heard about was the fit.  HiFiMAN decided to change the up the headband and created a wider range of adjustments to cater to larger and smaller heads. Additionally, HiFiMAN decided to take the opportunity to change the earpands to provide a better, more comforting fit. They made the earpads on this model thicker and increased the asymmetrical angle that the Edition X had. The purpose of this was to provide an a more secure fit that better followed the natural curvature of the human ear

The biggest change made to these headphones come in the upgraded materials sourced to make them. The yoke on the Edition X was made of plastic, now the Edition X V2 has an aluminum yoke which provides a more stable listening experience and increases the durability of the headphone.

The earpads have changed a bit as well. While the exterior of the pads is still made of the soft leathette, the surface of the earpads have been upgraded from velour to a high grade polyester. This change  helps create a more accurate, crisper, clearer sound representation.


HE1000 Vs the HE1000 V2

The HE1000 was one of the most sought out headphones on the market. Being the recipient of many prestigious awards in the audiophile community, HiFiMAN didn’t have much room for improvements.  Somehow they managed to pull off some upgrades that have impressed the already impressed.

Like the Edition X, HiFiMAN decided to make the fit of these headphones a bit better for consumers, by adding more adjustments to the headband and changing the shape of the ear pads. The surface of the earpads has also been upgraded from velour to the same high grade polyester that the Edition X V2 has received. But, there are some more noticeable changes.

The earcups on these headphones have been slimmed down form 14mm to 11mm, to create lighter lower profile look. Previously weighing in a 480 grams, now the HE1000 V2 are 420 grams.

The most noticeable difference in this upgrade is the new diaphragm. The  HE1000 V2 is actually has the thinnest headphone diaphragm on the market, and the World’s first diaphragm in nanometer thickness. This, according to HiFiMAN, has significantly impacted the already amazing sound quality. In addition to this, the HE1000 V2 sports New and improved  cables made of Crystalline Copper and Crystalline Silver, designed to enhance the low and and reduce signal loss.


So are these upgrades worth it?

Well, the Edition X and HE1000 were already amazing headphones to start off with. The new expansions in the HE1000 V2 & Edition X V2, have vastly improved the original incarnations, but the old versions are still amazing. If you were trying to decipher which of the models to buy with either pair of headphones, I would say pick version 2. Both of the V2 models are worth the extra money that you will spend. This especially applies to the HE1000, which now boasts improved signal quality and a deeper low end. However, If you already own either model, I don’t see the upgrades to be significant enough to warrant repurchasing them in an upgraded version. While these are amazing improvements, the original versions are still considered to be excellent high quality audiophile headphones.

Sennheiser Updates Sennheiser HD 280 PRO, Design Enhancements

Sennheiser HD 280 PRO

Called the most significant, closed back headphone from Sennheiser by both the casual listener and neighborhood friendly DJ, the popular Sennheiser HD 280 PRO is now getting a few design enhancements.

Sennheiser Updates Sennheiser HD 280 PRO, Design Enhancements

Sennheiser HD 280 PRO is touted as a great affordable headphone that delivers both natural, detailed, and accurate audio but unfortunately features a bit of a bulky fit. That being said, the German headphone company recognized this and worked to fine tune the aesthetics while leaving the audio alone. As the Portfolio Manager of Live Performance & Music at Sennheiser said, “The closed, circumaural HD 280 PRO headphones enjoy an excellent reputation for any monitoring application. We have now given them a careful design update while fully preserving their much praised audio properties.”

The first of noticeable enhancements on the HD 280 PRO would be the headband. It has now been optimized to alleviate pressure from the fontanelle part of your head. Also, the extenders can be adjusted between more than a dozen increments while the soft ear cups have the ability to swivel and rotate.

Specs-wise the HD 280 PROs have a total harmonic distortion of 0.1% and a very detailed, linear reproduction, spanning a frequency response of 8 to 25,000 kHz. Their impedance of 64 ohms ensures universal connectivity. The headphones feature a single-sided, coiled cable with 3.5 mm/6.3 mm plug.

The Sennheiser HD 280 PROs will be showing at the AES Convention in Los Angeles, CA located at Booth No. 411, and in Demo Room 503. No release dates have been announced as of yet, but the former edition is available for purchase at the Sennheiser Shop here for $99.


Audio46 Spotlight in Manhattan Sideways

Recently, Manhattan Sideways came into feature us on their publication. We were delighted to oblige their request, and had an amazing time meeting with Olivia and Thomas. We are so grateful to have met them both. Thank you Sideways for your kind, thoughtful, observations on our business. – Audio46

Manhattan Sideways  Article

By, Olivia Harding
ALL Photography By, Thomas Arena
Manhattan Sideways (sideways.nyc).


When Audio46 first opened under a different name, it primarily sold digital cameras. Business savvy, however, led the employees to realize that over time, more and more people were coming in for headphones. In 2016, they changed over their stock to deal primarily in audio equipment. Since then, they have been featured on CBS Local and have garnered international attention. I sat down with Tony Aama, Audio46’s Vice President, who discussed the shift with me.


Tony listed the expansive list of headphone brands offered at Audio46, including Sennheiser, Audeze, Beyerdynamic, Jays, Hifiman, Westone, Shure, and Grado. He told me that there are headphones for every price point, from simple $10-20 ear buds to $4000 professional headphones. He showed me the back of the shop, where there are still shelves of digital cameras from before the shop switched over to audio. Tony was pleased to tell me that despite the shift, the store is still considered number one by many seeking digital cameras in the city.

http://sideways.nyc.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/W-46th-29-Audio-46-TA01.jpgI also spoke with Ryan Davison, the Digital Content Director at Audio46, who said that the store provides a “really fun work environment.” He went on to say, “I come in early and I leave late,” to which Tony replied, “I have to tell them to go home.”w-46th-29-audio-46-ta03 I witnessed the cheerful camaraderie of the staff when the Manhattan Sideways team took some of their pictures outside the store. Pablo, Sade, Jelena, and Ryan naturally posed with arms around each other and big grins on their faces. Though most of them have backgrounds related to TV or audio, they also have varied interests: for example, I learned that Sade is a fashion and tech blogger. They are able to tap their creative sides through the shop’s giveaways and promotions – the team shared that they had a lot of fun during National Selfie Day. And from what I saw, each one is extremely knowledgeable about their high-quality headphones and eager to help any visitors to the store. Tony phrased it best: “We’re good to our customers and good to our employees.”

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Sennheiser Releases a NEW line and its in store

Sennheiser Releases a NEW line

By, Ryan F. J. Davison

September 12th, 2016


September 22nd, 2016

German tech company, Sennheiser, has been quiet busy over the last few weeks. At the recent Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (IFA) trade show, the company released a brand new line of headphones. Sennheiser has included 11 models to accommodate the variety of needs expressed by their customers. While focusing in on the innovating the existing technologies that they have used in the past, the company also decided to reinvent some classic Sennheiser designs for the new line. This release comes on the heals of their previous line of gaming headphones that was released last month.

So how dose this line stack up?

The PCX 480 pcx480-sennheiser-audio46-sennheiser-store

Features a compact foldable design,  NoiseGardTM active cancellation, 50-hour battery life, and an inline microphone.

The company has stated that they were thinking about those who travel when designing this model.  By utilizing NoiseGardTM in it’s design, the company was able to achieve active noise canceling that works even when the headphones are not playing music. Perfect for busy planes, trains, and buses.




The PCX 550 Wirelesspcx550-wireless-sennheiser-audio46-sennheiser-store

Similar to its wired counterpart, the PCX480, the PCX550 was designed with traveling in mind. These headphones also utilize the NoiseGardTM technology and feature a fordable design.

The main difference between the two designs is the lack of chord. What is really exciting about this model, is it’s astonishing 30 hours of continuous battery life. While we don’t recommend using headphones longer than 2 hours at a time for safety reasons, this model will soon be the pinnacle of traveling headphones.






sennheiser-hd559-audio46-headphones-storeThe HD 559

These over-ear, open-back cans were designed with home entertainment listening in mind. These headphones are an upgrade to the ever popular HD 500.

These headphones are powered by Sennheiser’s proprietary transducer technology including the “Ergonomic acoustic refinement” (E.A.R.) design, which channels the audio signal directly into your ears. You can also expect a detachable cable, to allow you to customize your listening experience even more.






The HD 569hd-569-audio46-sennheiser-store

Similar in build and design to the HD 559, This model offers a biit more versatility than the 559 with its closed back design. The 569 also comes with 2 detachable cables, one with an inline microphone to allow you to answer your calls on the go.

Like most of Sennheiser’s headphones with mics, you can expect a model to be compatible with your Apple or Android products. We don’t recommend using them with the Galaxy Note 7, but that’s only because you don’t want to risk them catching on fire.






hd-579-audio46-sennheiser-storeThe HD 579

The HD 579 provides high-end performance, and comfort with its full sized over-ear open-back design. Similar in look to the HD 559, theses cans offer a slightly upgraded experience listening experience to the 559.

While they are designed for consumer use, Sennheiser has also tried to make these headphones to be able to be used in a studio environment. From their analytical sound, to the inclusion of a  6.3 mm to 3.5 mm adapter to allow for studio usage, you will find these headphones very versatile.




The HD 599hd-599-audio46-sennheiser-store

Yes, they skipped the 589, we noticed too. Sold as the premium model in this open back HD 5 series, these cans have all of the strengths of the HD 579, while offering an improved design. You can expect a wider spacial range of these headphones, when compared to the HD 579

You may notice this familiar color combo that has been utilized in the company’s Momentum series.

In addition to the color upgrade you can expect 2 cables with these headphones and a 6.3 mm to 3.5 mm adapter.





hd-4-20The HD 4.20

Features an durable construction and a folding headband for easy storage when not in use. The HD 4.20s is perfect for listening to music and taking calls on the go in style.

With it’s collapsible design, and inline 1 button microphone you will find that this sleek model, is great on the go.








The HD 4.30hd-4-30-sennheiser-store-audio46

In black and brushed metal or white and copper. This model boosts an over-ear closed back model designed for on-the-go listening. These headphones offer a robust bass to attune for mid-range heavy mp3 files.

The design is simple and includes a 3 button detachable cable with microphone.





The HD 2.10 sennheiser-hd-2-10-sennheiser-store-audio46

Theses sleek, lightweight, on-ear, closed-back headphones are great for that person who wants a slimmed down simplistic look, while maintaining an excellent bass response.










The HD 2.20hd-2-20

Similar in look to the HD 4.20, except like the rest of the HD 2 series this is an on-ear model. similar to the 2.1, you can expect excellent bass reproduction in this closed-back design.

This model includes a 35mm cable with 1 button remote and microphone, and an angled cable for convenience.







The HD 2.30hd-2-30-audio-46-sennheiser-shop

Playing off of the HD 2.20 design, while offering the features and color options of the HD 4.30, these stylish headphones are guaranteed to turn heads.

It’s lightweight durable design and crisp, clear, accurate, sound replication make it the perfect on-the-go on-ear headphone.

This model comes with 2 cables, one of which has a 3 button inline microphone.




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Audio46 Picks The Winner of Our Instagram Giveaway

Audio46 would like to thank all of the contestants who participated in our Instagram giveaway. We wish you all could have won, but unfortunately there was only one winner.

Earlier today we narrowed down our Instagram contest to three lucky contestants. We gave each of them a series of questions this morning.  As a group we voted on the winner, and we would like to congratulate…

Mara, @meowkittypurr From Kentucky.Audio46Mara

This 19 year old is a big fan of all genres of musical genres, especially R&B, Indie, and Dance. In addition to being a music buff, Mara is a fan of all things art and fashion.

Currently, she is working as an associate at a clothing store, while she finishes up her degree. She told us that one day she aspires to do something related to music. Mara, We hope you enjoy your new Beyerdynamic iDX 160 iE Earphones. Congratulations!


Audio46 will be hosting additional contests throughout the summer, and year.  We encourage all of our followers to enter, and we will be posting the details to all upcoming contests on our Giveaway Page.