Sennheiser PX100 is quite possibly the most successful portable headphones that Sennheiser has ever put out for the Ipod generation. Introduced in 2003, it quickly became an instant hit among audiophiles, and judging from the visibility of these headphones among the general crowd, it seems that the casual Ipod listeners like it a lot too. With its affordable price, good sound quality, and small lightweight foldable frame, the PX100 has challenged and maybe even surpassed the sales of old mainstays like the Koss KSC75 and Koss Portapro. Last year, just like when Grado updated the SR60, Sennheiser has started selling the second generation PX100, aptly named the PX100-II. I am curious of what Sennheiser has done to improve upon the old successful formula. I will be comparing the PX100-II with a PX100 bought in 2009 (there are rumors that the newer PX100 sounds different from the older batches).
The PX100-II maintains the basic foldable frame design of the original, though with an improved build quality through a thicker frame. The retro styling has been replaced with a more svelte all-black color. A nice touch that I also liked is the less fussy single-side entry cable as opposed to the dual-entry of the original PX100. The new cable also seems slightly more durable, though still with the same nickel-plated jack. The hard plastic case has been replaced by a basic nylon pouch. The pouch is less protective than the old case, but at the same time less cumbersome to use. Still, instead of the basic nylon pouch, I was hoping that a soft padded case was included. Comfort is still top notch but less so than the lighter PX100. It is still more comfortable on my head than IEMs, canalphones, earbuds, or other similar portable headphones. Head clamp is quite light, and the earpad is of good quality and doesn’t make your ears itchy or warm.