Hello Skooter Blog readers. Today I talk about Headphones In-Ear Noise Isolating Plug P2 (3.5mm) and out of 120cm (Designer’s Noise Isolation In-Ear Earphone (3.5mm Jack/120CM-Cable)) acquired on DealExtreme, whose purchase has been detailed in last article here, so this article merely speak product.
The Headphones In-Ear Noise Isolating Plug P2 (3.5mm) and out of 120cm was bought for my girlfriend, that was in need of a headset and I asked her to choose any of the available DealExtreme I would buy her. She ended up choosing this model because it is small and discreet.
I saw or Logo “Designer’s” the title already realized that it was a forgery of some famous product, because “Designer’s” that is the euphemism DealExtreme used to describe products which are copies of famous products. Usually I try to avoid such products, but as this was the phone that she had chosen (this question without knowing the “Designer’s”) and how the evaluations were positive, thought it would be worth risking.
Another reason to want to take a look at this Headphones In-Ear Noise Isolating Plug P2 (3.5mm) and out of 120cm is that it is a copy of the Sennheiser CX-300 II Precision, a headset excellent, which I have a copy that I'm sure to be genuine, acquired in a Fnac store in a mall in Spain, during a trip. From então, this phone has to be loaded in case my Dingoo A-320. My girlfriend did not even know I had this headset, then choose the same model was not intentional. I decided that would be a great opportunity to compare the “Designer’s” with genuine and show Skooter Blog readers what is the difference.
Let's start with the packaging. The Headphones In-Ear Noise Isolating Plug P2 (3.5mm) and out of 120cm packaging comes in a “environmentally friendly” (Eco-Friendly). Basically, The headset comes packaged in a cardboard sandwich, no plastic blister. My Sennheiser CX-300 II came in traditional blister. I have pictures of him here because I ended up leaving it in the same hotel, since my suitcase and hand luggage were already crowded. I even brought a piece of cardboard with the specifications and all, but could not find them here. But, in a quick search on websites of stores that sell the genuine product, I could see that the product packaging has changed for the same model Eco-Friendly.
Unpacking girlfriend's environment Headphones In-Ear Noise Isolating Plug P2 (3.5mm) and out of 120cm find the headset, with two pairs of rubber extra, one larger and one smaller than that which is installed (average); and a pouch to hold the phone. These are the same items that came with my phone genuine.
The leatherette pouch with logo accompanying the Sennheiser CX-300 II was not very well reproduced by staff “Designer’s”. The material is clearly different, the bag is less, the format is all deformed, logo in low relief has the plain background, etiquetinha and tissue from Sennheiser is sewn on the wrong side. Ultimately, everything wrong with this bag. Counterfeiters do not really paid attention to this detail. If the idea is to trick consumers, as seems to be in a product that copies up the package and not just the product itself, they failed in that ugly detail. In the picture below you can compare the two pouches, the left side of the model “Designer’s” and the right side of the model genuine.
But as the product itself, the Headphones In-Ear Noise Isolating Plug P2 (3.5mm) and out of 120cm is very similar to that CX-300 II Sennheiser. Only some little details of the finish, as the plastic part with the inscription “CX-300 II”, making yarn for dividing the left and right earphones, is that it has some imperfections, as can be seen in the photos below.
As for what really matters, What is the sound quality, I can say that the Headphones In-Ear Noise Isolating Plug P2 (3.5mm) and out of 120cm is Saiu bem. Did not do a very detailed assessment, with different styles of music, emphasizing different frequency ranges, etc. because I was a few minutes with it before handing it to my girlfriend, already waiting for him for a long time. But the little I heard him, alternating with the Sennheiser CX-300 II Genuine, I could not notice any difference. It is possible that they appear in more elaborate tests, or even rapid tests with more sensitive ears than mine (despite my now be more sensitive than average).
I also did a quick test to check the impedance of both headphones or, more precisely, the resistance of the coil, How I Learned aqui no HT Forum, that is what I can measure with the multimeter (ohmímetro). The more knowledgeable in sound / electricity / electronics / physics / etc. can correct me if I missed this explanation. Well, taking each of headphones, or genuine e or “designer’s”, I measured the resistance between the different parts of the plug P2, in other words, as between 3 combinations: land, right channel and left channel, that correspondem à base, the middle and the end of the plug, respectively.
The measures obtained are summarized in the table below:
|Designer’s||Sennheiser CX-300 II|
|Earth – Channel Esquerdo||16,8 AZ||17,7 AZ|
|Earth – Right Channel||16,5 AZ||18,2 AZ|
|Channel Esquerdo – Right Channel||31,5 AZ||35,6 AZ|
From the results we can see that there is enough similarity between the Headphones In-Ear Noise Isolating Plug P2 (3.5mm) and out of 120cm e o Sennheiser CX-300 II. This result surprised me. For other headsets “Designer’s” of DealExtreme, Door as Koss Pro (the site which was removed), reported difference in the measured resistance is very large, with “designer’s” offering far less resistance, even though they emit a sound similar.
The features of Headphones In-Ear Noise Isolating Plug P2 (3.5mm) and out of 120cm are the same as the Sennheiser CX-300 II, but for those unfamiliar, I'll try here resumílas. He has an unbalanced cable, so that the wire that goes to the right ear is somewhat larger, may be passed behind the neck. The soundproofing is obtained by inserting the rubber earpiece firmly at the entrance of the ear, so that the air passage is closed. So, external noise is automatically isolated, what is good for those who do not like to stay all the time listening to the noise of the engine or turbine trips, or any other external noise. The bass is strong and can only be perceived with the headphones inserted correctly. If air flow is not isolated, the bass is perdem. Introducing the receiver input correctly in the ear, range of frequencies is well balanced. In the specification of the product is genuine informed that it covers frequencies 19 Hz a 21.000 Hz.
I conclude this article by saying that the Headphones In-Ear Noise Isolating Plug P2 (3.5mm) and out of 120cm (Designer’s Noise Isolation In-Ear Earphone (3.5mm Jack/120CM-Cable)) at least worth asking for it. It is far superior to headphones cheaper generic, and quite similar to the Sennheiser CX-300 II, whose price is much higher. A pity that the manufacturer is trying to deceive consumers trying to make him go through a genuine product from another manufacturer. It would be better if you just put another name on the product, even maintaining the characteristics. Happily, a DealExtreme partially corrects this problem by making no reference to the original brand or model, so that even those not familiar with the euphemism of “Designer’s” no title, não buy cat lebre. If you consider it as what it really is, in other words, a headset generic, can say that this is minimally a good product with a good price.
Update (26/09/2012): A DealExtreme removed this product from the website, therefore the links now lead to an error page. Not the first time they mysteriously vanish with a product “Designer’s”. May have been notified by Sennheiser. Anyway, whatever reason, It is no longer possible to buy this product at DealExtreme.