January 27, 2023

I imply, certain, in the event you’re carrying wired in-ear headphones in 2023, you would completely purchase a pair with the cables going straight down. Or you would get a pair with wires that go up and swoops backward behind your ears like Sennheiser’s newest pair of earbuds, the IE 200, and fake you’re a musician onstage at Glastonbury each time you’re carrying them.

At $149.99, these in-ear headphones (or, I suppose, in-ear displays) sit on the backside of Sennheiser’s IE vary, which works as much as the eye-wateringly expensive $1,499.95 IE 900. However the fundamentals are (ostensibly) the identical. They’ve that premium-looking cable-up kind issue and are geared up with the identical sized 7mm “extra-wide band” transducers. Sennheiser claims these supply “fantastically balanced and life like audio” and a “pure frequency response curve usually present in earphones costing considerably extra.”

Sennheiser IE 200 headphones on a desk.

The IE 200 include a selection of froth or silicone eartips.
Picture: Sennheiser

Different options embrace a choice of each foam and silicone ear suggestions that may be mounted in one in all two positions to seek out the appropriate match for you and removable cables for when the wires inevitably put on out over time. As What Hi-Fi? notes, there doesn’t look like any signal of an in-line distant on their cable, doubtless as a result of these have a repute for harming sound high quality on wired headphones. 

“With balanced, true-to-life audio copy, customers will be capable of hear the main points that they’ve been lacking in strange headphones,” says Sennheiser audiophile product supervisor Jermo Koehnke.

Sennheiser’s IE 200 headphones go on sale on January thirty first.