ANC comes to Sennheiser’s more affordable CX range
Sennheiser’s CX Plus true wireless earbuds aren’t its first pair to offer noise cancellation, but it’s the first time the feature has appeared on its more affordable CX range. At $179, the CX Plus is more expensive than the $129 CX True Wireless announced earlier this year, but they’re cheaper than the flagship $300 Momentum True Wireless 2.
Beyond noise cancellation, the CX Plus also includes a transparent listening mode, which uses its microphone to pass through audio from the outside world when you need to be aware of your surroundings. It’s got IPX4 resistance to water splashes, two microphones on each earbud, and battery life that lasts a total of 24 hours when the buds are held above the charging case (compared to 27 hours for the cheaper CX, and for 28) speed 2).
In terms of codecs, the earbuds support SBC, AAC, AptX and AptX Adaptive. You control the buds with touch controls, which are as customizable as the EQ settings. Interestingly, Sennheiser says that both the left and right earbuds can be used separately, while only the right Momentum 2 earbud can be used.
While $179 for a pair of noise-canceling true wireless earbuds is affordable for Sennheiser, it’s still expensive compared to some other brands. Most notably, the recently released Nothing Ear 1 earbuds offered noise cancellation for just $99 (albeit not at the same level of quality as their more expensive competition).
Sennheiser’s CX Plus earbuds will go on sale on September 28, when they will be available in either black or white.