Sennheiser MM30i

Earphones this good make the task of replacing your smartphone buds really easy — it's just a shame that you have to own an iPhone to get full use of the remote.


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Sennheiser was quick to jump on the "made for iPhone" train after the iPhone 3G was released in Australia, and it now has a full range designed specifically for Apple products. The notion that these headphones are designed almost exclusively for Apple may be confusing at first; after all, the 3.5mm jack looks a lot like every other 3.5mm jack you've seen before, right? But if you're looking to use these headphones with anything other than an Apple product you can expect to find a few features missing.

We tested the MM30i headphones with a number of different devices including an iPhone 4, an iPod Touch, an HTC Desire Z and a Nokia E7. Audio came through loud and clear on all devices, but the headphones' mini device controller only works entirely with the Apple range. Pressing the centre key of the controller launched the default media player on the HTC, while the up and down buttons had no functionality at all.

Thankfully, the built-in mic worked across our test units with excellent results. Many of the people we called during our testing assumed we were speaking into the phone microphone, and the audio quality of the MM30i lacks the tinniness we tend to find in speakerphone headsets.

Most importantly, the audio quality of the headphones is absolutely top notch, especially when you consider the price. The in-ear fit is secure and comfortable and provides great ambient noise reduction. Better still, there is almost no audio leakage at all, so you won't upset other commuters on the train home each evening. The high and low frequency sounds in the music we tested was reproduced well, with warm rather than thumping bass, good sharp vocals and snapping snare drums. The mid-tones are a little fuzzy to our ears, but this hasn't impaired our enjoyment of using these headphones one bit.

Overall

Buying headphones to replace the crummy ones that came with your new phone shouldn't be a difficult or terribly expensive task. If you own an iPhone or iPod and you want to spend under AU$100 we highly recommend these headphones. If you own any other music-playing device, you might want to consider the microphone-less Sennheiser CX300-IIs instead.

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LZAARTH
8
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"Crisp sound and nice bass, great value for money!"

LZAARTH posted a review   

The Good:Bass is nice and punchy and sound isolation is not bad considering its price and the sound is nice and crisp, had a blast listening to it! Also very comfortable

The Bad:Durability. Sound stopped playing through one of the earbuds 4 months in, then got a warranty replacement. 15 months in, the same thing happened again, and then caused both earbuds to fail and the warranty was over.

Sound quality is great, nice punchy bass and a crisp treble

FreddieK Facebook
9
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"Great sound, pleasant fit and affordable"

FreddieK posted a review   
Sweden

The Good:Great sound, pleasant fit and affordable

The Bad:The sound is very good but off course theres always better sounding headphones out there but then more expensive

I was looking for a sound isolating earphones that could make distorted metal guitars sound good and heavy. When I tested this model in the shop for the first time I listened to Metallicas Master of puppets and I thought it sounded amazing!
This headphones sounds very good for its price! I love them!

tangy1
2
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"horrible sound. Very tiny sound"

tangy1 posted a review   
Australia

The Good:The Brand.

The Bad:everything. These are almost unusable. I purchased on new on ebay as replacements for factory Iphone units. Waste of money, The factory units by far out perform when compared to these.

totally unusable product. Factory units by far out perform compared to these.

IanA3 Facebook
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"Very poor earphones - almost no bass."

IanA3 posted a review   

The Good:Brand Name

The Bad:No bass. Unusable.

Just bought and promptly returned a MM30i as there was no bass at all, well, almost nothing below 100hz. Very disappointed as I also have a Sennheiser MX460 w/o mic and they are fantastic and only 2/3 the price.

 

GlennS posted a comment   

Just picked these up yesterday and very happy so far. I use the biggest ear plugs it comes with as they seem to stay in a bit better than the medium standard ones. Audio quality is really great.. couldn't ask for better without paying a lot more. Microphone quality seems good too. My main concern is with the quality. Hopefully they last unlike the 4 sets of apple ones I have been through...
I do a fair bit of exercise with my headphones in though so they do get thrashed a bit. I got mine from JB HiFi. They said if they break in the 2 years I have them, they will just swap them over with new ones in store so that's good.

 

ConnorM posted a comment   

Will these work on a mac, and will the microphone work on Skype?

trangandrew
9
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"See previous review"

trangandrew posted a review   
Australia

The Good:See previous review

The Bad:Does not have its own carry case

Oh and btw just to add to my earlier review, when exercising these headphones do not have the loud microphonic effects where you can hear yourself breath or the cables banging on your body/clothes.

CONS: I must agree that it should have come with a cable management system or small carry case as the S4i's came with one. It doesn't bother me too much because I'm currently using my S4i's case (which is nice to use) but certainly won't always be the case with other buyers.

trangandrew
9
Rating
 

"Good value and quality earphones"

trangandrew posted a review   
Australia

The Good:Good earphone and microphone performance, built well, stylish, great remote!

The Bad:None so far

My experiences with the MM30i's are just as CNET have put it. I had the Klipsch S4i's before and was happy with the quality of the earphones. The microphone performance was good but not the best, it would carry a lot of background noise in noisy environments but in a fairly quiet environment it was great to use! The MM30i works well in essentially all environments with less of an issue of noisy environments reaching the other caller. The best thing about the MM30i's is they now come with symmetrical earbud cables, I hated Sennheiser's assymetrical designs in the past (still have some CX300s lying around) and is the only reason why I did not buy these earlier.

For motorcycle riders, the MM30i's have a much smaller profile compared to the Klipsch S4i's and are much more comfortable when wearing a helmet. The S4i's usually require an extra push in once the helmet (I wear a Shoei XR-1100) is on as they tend to slip out when sliding the helmet on. This is hardly an issue with the MM30i's. The earbuds reduce the amount of wind noise etc whilst riding the motorbike (my helmet has a fair amount of wind noise and the exhaust is fairly loud) but still enables you to hear your surrounding environment (cars, sirens). I find that wearing the earphones (without music) on my commutes reduces the severity of my tinnitus when I try and fall asleep at night.

The remote works great, much preferred to the S4i's yoke remote. It is just as easy to use as the S4i's remotes whilst wearing leather motorcycle gloves.

All in all a great set of earphones, I expect these to last a long time!

 

trangandrew posted a comment   
Australia

My experiences with the MM30i's are just as CNET have put it. I had the Klipsch S4i's before and was happy with the quality of the earphones. The microphone performance was good but not the best, it would carry a lot of background noise in noisy environments but in a fairly quiet environment it was great to use! The MM30i works well in essentially all environments with less of an issue of noisy environments reaching the other caller. The best thing about the MM30i's is they now come with symmetrical earbud cables, I hated Sennheiser's assymetrical designs in the past (still have some CX300s lying around) and is the only reason why I did not buy these earlier.

For motorcycle riders, the MM30i's have a much smaller profile compared to the Klipsch S4i's and are much more comfortable when wearing a helmet. The S4i's usually require an extra push in once the helmet (I wear a Shoei XR-1100) is on as they tend to slip out when sliding the helmet on. This is hardly an issue with the MM30i's.

 

"Excellent audio quality for the price, with a few minor flaws"

SimonR posted a comment   
Australia

The Good:Much smoother bass and decent highs, than other tinny earphones around the same price. Comes with 3 different size earpieces. Great microphone and audio controls.

The Bad:Like all rubber earphones I found that the earpieces gradually slip out over time.

I'm really happy with them overall. Nice bass, decent midrange and highs that dont sound harsh or tinny.

With a bit of shopping around you can get these well below RRP now, so they are a no brainer cheap replacement for the iPhone.


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User Reviews / Comments  Sennheiser MM30i

  • LZAARTH

    LZAARTH

    Rating8

    "Sound quality is great, nice punchy bass and a crisp treble"

  • FreddieK

    FreddieK

    Rating9

    "I was looking for a sound isolating earphones that could make distorted metal guitars sound good and heavy. When I tested this model in the shop for the first time I listened to Metallicas Master o..."

  • tangy1

    tangy1

    Rating2

    "totally unusable product. Factory units by far out perform compared to these."

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