Top four things about the IE 100 PRO headphones from Sennheiser
For decades, in-ear monitors have symbolized a milestone in the career of a performing musician or studio pro. This is mainly due to their relative exclusivity – for a very long time getting your hands on a set of headphones meant spending a lot of money. This has led to countless musicians instead relying on the lousy or non-existent internal fallback monitors available in their local pubs and ad hoc studios.
Cheapo earbuds eventually surfaced, but using them was generally not a risk to take – if the earbuds are uncomfortable or give a shaky signal, then your performance will almost certainly be derailed. However, with the arrival of Sennheiser’s IE 100 PRO in-ear headphones, musicians no longer have to choose between rotten tuck-in shims or burn a hole in their savings.
The German brand Sennheiser is one of the most innovative, reliable and user-friendly names in the manufacture of headphones. My daily listening improved exponentially once I got my hands on a pair of PXC 550 cordless cans – it was like being given the key to Plato’s real sound world.
The IE 100 PRO and IE 100 PRO Wireless headphones are likely to deliver a similar transformational experience for concerts and music recording. Don’t believe us? Here are the four best things about these revolutionary in-ear headphones.
The IE 100 PRO sit comfortably for long periods of time
Quality, dynamic and consistent sound is what you are looking for from a pair of headphones. But it won’t mean much if the earplugs don’t feel right in the ear. I’m sure we’ve all been to concerts where the musicians on stage were constantly playing with their ears, trying to get them to sit properly.
It was for this reason that Sennheiser set out to produce earplugs that would fit comfortably in each ear cup. The IE 100 PRO come with a range of different headphone sizes. There are silicone tips in small, medium and large and memory foam tips in medium. The design of each has been optimized through analyzes of hundreds of ear shapes.
The result is a set of headphones that support very little weight no matter how long they are in the ear. To paraphrase Chuang Tzu, “When the ear cups fit, you forget the ear”.
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The dynamic range is immense
Clarity and precision are crucial when it comes to in-ear headphones. With the IE 100 PRO, Sennheiser delivers clear, nuanced sound with exceptional dynamic range for the price of the shelf.
Although the IE 100 PRO are not equipped with noise canceling technology, the earplugs are designed to provide significant protection against outside noise. The durability of this design feature is evident when using the IE 100 PRO as studio monitors, especially for production and mixing.
But what’s more impressive is the ability of these headphones in a live performance setting. Historically, the noisier the environment, the greater the risk of in-ear sound distortion. But Sennheiser developed the IE 100 PRO with the specific intention of removing such a drop in quality.
As a result, we can confirm that the sound remains clear and free from distortion even when IEs are pushed hard to compete with live drums and guitars.
These premium in-ear headphones can double as everyday headphones
We are living in a wireless headphone revolution: Bluetooth-enabled wireless headphones now dominate the streets and public transport of major cities around the world. By upgrading to Sennheiser’s IE 100 PRO wireless model, your premium headphones can double as your everyday headphones.
To do this, simply unplug the standard cable from the IE 100 PROs and plug in the lightweight, semi-wireless Bluetooth connector cable instead. The flexibility of this product has an additional advantage: with the possibility of changing cables inscribed in the design, the risk of breaking the headset wiring near the earpiece is greatly reduced.
When going wireless, there is always a short strap that extends comfortably from the ear hook around the neck. In addition to making earphone tracking easy, the strap includes a built-in microphone and volume control for music and calls.
With ten hours of battery life, you can use the IE 100 PRO wireless headphones to listen to podcasts and music on the go, watch movies at home, or talk on the phone.
Reasonable price is an understatement
Standard IE 100 PROs cost around AUD $ 179. They are available in clear, red and black and come with a straight cable and a cleverly designed ear hook. The box also includes the aforementioned variety of ear tip sizes, a cleaning tool, and a carrying pouch.
For an additional AUD $ 90, you can get the IE 100 PRO wireless headset, which includes all the features and accessories of standard IEs as well as the IE PRO BT connection cable and the corresponding USB-C charger.
You can buy the BT connector cable separately if you decide to upgrade the track. However, you will save around $ 90 AUD by choosing the wireless option up front. Either way, the IE 100 PRO delivers professional sound and unparalleled user experience without breaking the bank.