Sennheiser MX W1 EarphnesWireless is no doubt where earphone technology is going in the coming years, and there are plenty of reasons to cut the cord: no more catching the cable on anything, no need to untangle cables, no need to run the cable down your shirt when you want to be discreet, plus (at least for the manufacturer) it’s so much easier to lose a wireless earphone, and when you lose one, you’ll have to buy a whole new set!

Let’s just hope you don’t lose one of Sennheiser’s new MX W1 earphones. These wireless wonders will set you back a cool $600 at full retail price. But what did you expect when you take cutting edge technology and combine it with a company that has as good a reputation as Sennheiser?

A thin transmitter plugs into your audio device and sends the sound over a 2.4GHz digital link to the earphones. The earphones themselves aren’t unobtrusive, but they’re better than first attempts at creating wireless earbuds a couple years ago, although folks might still wonder why you have what looks like a Bluetooth headset in both your ears.

The MX W1 earphones are literally plug-and-play with no setup required. Technical specs are commendable:

  • 19-20,000Hz frequency response
  • signal-to-noise >80 dB
  • Dynamic transducer
  • 32 Ohm impedance
  • 115 dB Sound pressure level

Of course, the most important number when you’re talking wireless is battery life. Each earphone is rated to last 3-4 hours per charge, and takes about 2 hours to fully recharge.

This is acceptable, but not really impressive. The transmitter will last you 10 hours per charge (and also takes 2 hours to recharge), which is what we would have liked to have seen from the earphones.

Stock is very limited right now, but get your order placed for $549.99 at Amazon to get in on the next shipment they receive.

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