Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless Review

Sennheiser CX Plus

Along with the Sennheiser CX earbuds, the company also introduce Sennheiser CX Plus truly wireless earbuds. The earbuds feature active Noise Cancellation to block out your surroundings and Transparent Hearing to stay aware whenever you want. The new CX Plus True Wireless earbuds have it all. Like superb ergonomic design and intuitive controls for maximum comfort and ease of use. And up to 24 hours of play time to enjoy crystal-clear sound and deep bass you can customize. Everything for a great sound experience all day long.

Pros
  • Good noise cancelling, with transparency
  • Good sound quality
  • IPX4 rating
  • SBC, AAC, and aptX
Cons
  • $50 USD price increase just for ANC
  • Bulky
  • No Bluetooth multipoint
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    Price and availability

    TheSennheiser CX Plus come with a Black and white color variation. It is originally price $179.95, but you can purchase at only $129.95 for just March 2022. You can buy this product from the company’s official website sennheiser-hearing.com.

    Who should have to Buy this headset?

    • Commuters who want something reliable and straightforward with ANC.
    • Active people looking for something sweatproof with good sound for their workouts.
    • who just wants a versatile pair of wireless earbuds for a less-than-Apple price.

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    Box Content

    Sennheiser CX Plus
    • CX Plus True Wireless Earbuds
    • Silicone ear adapter sets (XS, S, M, L)
    • Charging Case
    • USB-C Cable
    • Quick Guide & Safety Guide

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    What is the design of the Sennheiser CX Plus earbuds?

    Sennheiser CX Plus

    The Sennheiser CX Plus come with an ergonomic and lightweight design. The charging case built with a plastic and smooth matt finish as the predecessor. The earbuds nestle snugly in their slots, held in place with magnets and tiny pegs near the charging connection.

    Talking about the earbuds, it come with a 6g weight and smooth glossy surface instead of matt finish of the Sennheiser CX earbud. The earbuds also are little bulky and secure. Same as the CX earbuds, the Sennheiser CX Plus earbuds offer the four pair of silicone ear tips: extra small, small, medium and large one. You just need to select the one who fits perfectly in your ear. Although, these earbuds don’t have any hook or fin to more securely stay in the ears.

    Additionally, the Sennheiser CX Plus earbuds sport an IPX4 Water and Sweat Resistance feature. So, you can enjoy your music even when you are sweating in the rain or during a workout. Which is compatible for both Android and iOS users. However, while the fit is largely secure, you may want to stick to workouts that don’t involve vigorous head movement—going for a run can shake them loose, at least a little. Additionally, it comes with a simple touch control option.

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    How touch control works of the Sennheiser CX Plus earbuds?

    The touch controls are pretty simple and reliable. The CX Plus features capacitive touch panels and you can control playback and calling with a single tap, twice, or three times, or tapping and holding on either ear. This time around Sennheiser added both ANC and a transparency mode, which filters sound from your surroundings into your ears using the microphones. Here’s a breakdown of what controls what:

    ActionLeft sideRight side
    One tapTransparency modePlay/pause
    Two tapsPrevious trackNext track
    Three tapsANCVoice Assistant
    HoldVolume downVolume up

    Is there an app available for the Sennheiser CX Plus earbuds?

    The Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless uses the same app as the CX True Wireless, offering almost all the same features with a few additions. The Sennheiser Smart Control is well-configured and easy to connect once your earbuds are connected to your mobile device (it’s available on both Android and iOS). Just like the CX, the Smart Control lets you re-map the controls powered by tap on the CX Plus — the volume is still locked for tapping and holding on the right or left bud. You can also adjust your earbuds EQ, either with a three-band equalizer or a more dynamic visualizer interface where you can increase or decrease the frequency line – you can save different presets for later swaps.

    Additionally, the app lets you adjust the level of sidetone, so you can hear how you sound on phone calls and set whether you want to enable virtual assistants to hear your voice prompts. Sennheiser Smart Control is also where you get the firmware update for both charging case and earbuds, so it is very important to install it.

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    What is the sound quality of the Sennheiser CX Plus earbuds?

    As a matter of sound quality, the Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless come with a bespoke TrueResponse transducer for perfect sound. The sound control app helps you to boost your earbuds bass. Moreover, 100HZ-10KHZ frequency response provide a perfect crystal-clear bass. The earbuds are also sport a four mics for smooth and reliable bass frequency.

    Does the Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless have good noise cancelling?

    The Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless offers better features for a pair of wireless earbuds rather than ANC performance – it doesn’t reduce the sound to the same degree as the Sony WF-1000XM4, but it does have a very favourable comparison with devices like Apple Airpods (3rd generation) or the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 . Also, the transparency mode help to reduce the outside noise and provide a secure bass.

    For starters, these earbuds have a very good passive isolation, which will help in accidental noise occupying a high range: think car horn or dishwear clutter. After that, the CX Plus’ ANC feature renders volumes from 100-300Hz at about a quarter of the volume, and at about half the volume. This means that the constant rumble of the bus engine or the buzz of the light bulb should be greatly reduced, sometimes to the point of being inaudible.

    How good is the Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless for calls?

    The Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless microphone sounds like you would expect a product like this. It sounds a little confusing, and it struggles with low-end noise and background noise, but not terribly. This is good for phone calls, but don’t expect to record any podcasts with it.

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    How good is the connectivity option?

    Sennheiser CX Plus

    The Sennheiser CX Plus true wireless come with a latest Bluetooth 5.2 firmware to connect your device smoothly. which is really nice to see, given that 5.2 is the cutoff for the new incoming lower latency LC3 audio codec. LC3 isn’t available yet, but you’ve still got a decent stable of old favourites to rely on until that time.

    Furthermore, the CX Plus supports the default SBC codec, as well as AAC and aptX. This means there’s a high-quality option for you regardless of whether you’re an Android or Apple user. There’s no support for Google Fast Pair, or any other kind of feature streamlining Bluetooth connections. Whether you favor iOS or Android, you’ll still need to tap and hold both earbuds for three seconds to initiate pairing mode. However, there is no Bluetooth multiple connectivity option. Which means you can not connect two devices simultaneously.

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    How long does the battery last?

    Sennheiser claims that the CX Plus True Wireless can last up to 8 hours on a single charge, but our testing shows that the battery life is shorter than that. When the ANC is turned off, the left earbud of the Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless lasts 5 hours, 44 minutes at a continuous output of 75dB (SPL), while the right earbud makes it slightly longer at 5 hours, 47 minutes. This lands very squarely in the average region, although it is definitely more consistent between the two earbuds than the previous CX buds, where one appeared for more than two hours than the other.

    Additionally, Sennheiser also claims that the CX Plus charging case has a charging capacity of 16 hours, and we haven’t experienced anything to challenge it. During the trial period of the week, the case only needs to be charged twice. It has no fast charging or wireless charging benefits, but is nonetheless reliable. However, the continuous charge cycle of wireless earbuds means that regardless of battery capacity, these earbuds will not last forever.

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    Conclusion

    If you’re looking for a reliable pair of sound cancelling true wireless earbuds for less than $ 200 USD, the Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless should definitely be running.

    Nothing about the CX Plus is top-notch, but it does check a lot of boxes, and check it out well. These wireless earbuds deliver very good sound and cancel out very good sound for the price range. The experience of the app is a bit less, but it is easy to use and it allows you to set up your own EQ profile without any fuss. The IPX4 rating and many different ear tip sizes make this a stable and reliable workout option. Battery life is pretty average, but it’s more than enough to get you through one or two trips, and a charging case reduces that problem.

    Basically, if you are considering a pair of AirPods, or you are an Android user and you know that is not a good option, then CX Plus is a real contender.

    What should you get instead of the CX Plus True Wireless?

    If you’re an Apple user and you want a more integrated experience, it may still be eligible for the Apple AirPods Max. The H1 chip makes it easy to pair and control earbuds. And the Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless does not have any fast-pairing capabilities. Plus, you get a lot of good stuff when you use AirPods Pro with iPhone, like special audio, automatic device switching and more.

    If excellent sound cancellation is your priority, you may want to dash out for something as expensive as the Sony WF-1000XM4. These wireless earbuds have better ANC than anything else in the wireless space, and they’re also otherwise spectacular. But again, they’re more expensive than US 100 USD.

    Of course, as I mentioned above, if ANC doesn’t matter much to you, Sennheiser CX True Wireless is a great option even for significantly less money.

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    FAQ

    Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless vs Sennheiser CX True Wireless.

    Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless has only a handful of features to really differentiate it from CX True Wireless, so it’s worth thinking about what your money is worth. This pair of true wireless earbuds looks almost identical, with slightly more stressed bass and mids and lower loaded high earbuds than we typically see in consumer-centric earbuds. They also play very similar isolation performance, physical design, IP ratings and controls.

    Basically, it all comes down to features and price. The Sennheiser CX True Wireless CX Plus lacks active voice cancellation and transparency mode features, but is also $ 50 USD cheaper. It is assuming that it is not on sale, which, now a generation older, may begin to occur more often.

    Does the new CX Plus True Wireless come with the same outstand­ing sound signature as the MOMENTUM True Wireless line?

    Yes. The new CX Plus True Wireless utilizes the same acoustical system as the MOMENTUM True Wireless 2. Designed by Sennhe­iser’s audio experts, the TrueResponse™ transducers with its 7 mm dynamic drivers used by this system ensures outstanding sound.  

    To learn more about the German-made TrueResponse™ transducer, use the following link: TrueResponse Transducers 

    What settings are recommended to get the 8-hour battery life that’s specified?

    The specified battery time of 8 hours has been confirmed for music listening under the following conditions:

    • CX Plus True Wireless earbuds fully charged for at least 1.5 hours
    • iPhone within 1-meter distance
    • Bluetooth AAC codec
    • Volume level set to 50%
    • Transparent Hearing and Active Noise Cancellation feature turned off
    • No customized EQ

    The battery time may differ under different operating conditions.

    Will the ANC and Transparent Hearing feature be affected by windy outdoor conditions?

    When using ANC or Transparent Hearing outdoors in stormy weather conditions or when cycling, wind noise may have impact on the listening experience. As CX Plus True Wireless has been designed to be portable it utilizes small microphones which, due to their compact nature can’t also be optimized for certain strong wind situations.

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