Sennheiser IE 300 Audiophile Earphones Review: These in-ear headphones will allow you to enjoy lossless, high-resolution audio such as Apple Music.
Apple Music has launched support for high-resolution lossless music in India. This is a great opportunity to reintroduce wired headphones and earphones, especially for audiophiles. Since its launch in India, I have tried a variety of headphones and earphones.
While there is plenty to enjoy with low-cost equipment, a premium, well-engineered product will provide a much better listening experience. This is where the Sennheiser IE 300 in-ear monitors, which I’m reviewing, come in.
The price is Rs. The Sennheiser IE 300 audiophile earphones cost Rs. 29,990. Although they are more expensive than many of the budget equipment, they promise a great experience and high-resolution streaming audio. Are these the best in-ear monitors on the market? This review will help you find out.
Sennheiser IE 300 design specifications
An Rs. product is expected to be of the highest quality and design. The Sennheiser IE300 is a 30,000-piece set of earphones. The earphones are made from plastic and weigh just 4g without the cable. The earpieces have a slim profile and are angled inwards to ensure a secure fit.
The included cable includes ear hooks that provide stability. The hooks made it difficult to attach and remove the IE 300 earphones. However, the secure, comfortable, and noise-isolating fit made it worth the effort.
I like the earmuffs’ sparkling look. It resembles a starlit night sky with the Sennheiser logo at the center. The cable comes with a 3.5mm plug and standard MMCX connectors. It can be detached. Six pairs of ear tips are included in the sales package.
There are three pairs each of silicone and three pairs each of foam tips. Each pair comes in different sizes. A hard case is included as well as an earphone cleaning tool that fits into the earpieces.
The included earphone cables are decent and easily detachable. This allows experienced users to change the cable if they feel it is damaged or worn out. The earphones are audiophile-grade and don’t include an in-line microphone or remote control. If you need hands-free functionality, you might consider aftermarket cables.
The Sennheiser IE 300 is powered by the 7mm XWB (extra-wide band) TrueResponse dynamic driver drivers. These are German-made and are claimed to produce a natural, balanced sound. Sennheiser claims that additional design tweaks include a membrane foil and resonator chamber, which promise to lower natural resonances and enhance sound quality.
The frequency response is between 6-20,000 Hz and 6-20,000. The earphones have an Impedance Rating of 16 Ohms and can be easily driven by basic source devices such as smartphones and basic DAC amplifiers.
Sennheiser IE 300 performance
Although Rs. Although Rs.30,000 for a pair of wired earphones may sound expensive, the Sennheiser IE 300 is competitive against products that would normally be classified as midrange in-ear monitors. It faces competition from brands like Shure, Fiio, and Campfire Audio.
Sennheiser IE300 headsets have a low impedance rating. I was able to use them comfortably with my MacBook Air and the iBassoDC03 DAC amplifier. It can also be plugged directly into the headphone jacks on this iPad mini (2019). The launch of Apple Music in India had coincided with my review, so I was able to enjoy a lot of music content with the IE 300.
The Sennheiser IE 300 produced a rich, detailed, and beautiful sound, starting with If I Were A Folkstar from The Avalanches. The balanced sonic signature gave this electronic track, which was based on samples, plenty of breathing room and allowed for all its elements to shine.
The soft, joyful beats, vocals, and instruments all sounded clear and full-bodied. I was able to focus and hear every detail of the track exactly as they were meant to be heard.
Let’s Groove was recorded in high-resolution lossless and gave the bass a more refined, tight, detailed, and precise sound than the rest of the track. This allowed the song to be a great groove without affecting the funky tune and soulful vocals.
The Sennheiser IE 300 was able to produce well-engineered and detailed tracks. I especially liked how effortlessly and easily it did its job without the need for expensive DACs or amplifiers.
The Sennheiser IE 300 sounded a little less convincing than its high-end credentials. The price tag is 30,000. The sound quality was great and enjoyable. However, it didn’t compare to other similar-priced IEMs I have heard, such as the Audeze iSine 10 and the Shure options.
The IE 300 is very well-tuned, but I felt that it was lacking in drive and attack compared with other IEMs at this price. The earphones delivered some enjoyable performances with tracks like Five Tango Sensations by Astor Piazzolla or Bambro Koyo Ganda from Bonobo.
However, the majority of tracks produced a fun and detailed sound. It didn’t have the same audiophile credentials Sennheiser is hoping to sell with the IE 300 or its Rs. The price is 30,000
Sennheiser IE 300 earphones are a solid pair. They have a great design and build quality. It is easy to use and drive with basic audiophile equipment, source devices, and it performs well when plugged directly into a basic device, that is, without any additional amplifier or digital-to-analog conversion.
These earphones are fun, refined, and detailed. They almost bring out the best of high-quality audio tracks.