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Sennheiser re-establish themselves as the brand every budding audiophile should begin with, with the launch of the IE300. Decades of heritage and expertise were poured into producing an earphone enjoyable at any level of the hobby. As part of Zepp's fifth anniversary, Null Audio's Ethos cable comes free as a bundled upgrade.
A wonderful sense of mid-range space greets you. Details pour through with a real zeal, and an elevated sub-bass and treble response mixes accuracy with a sense of thrill whenever you put IE300 on.
"Instrumental timbre is resolved very well and often with uncanny clarity", says StereoNET. It finds itself on Headfonia's Recommended Buys list since "bass is impressive and addictive, the mid timbre is to die for and the treble is energetic".
At the heart of IE300 is a 7mm dynamic driver christened XWB (Extra Wide Bandwidth). Its effects would certainly be greater than its size suggests, with a wide frequency response producing the purest form of bass down to the nether frequencies.
Building XWB from an all-new, proprietary material aside, IE300 uses a special absorption Helmholtz resonator designed to cancel out any remaining distortion and stray frequencies in the tiny enclosure that makes this one of Head-Fi's best fits, bar none.
There's no compressed treble and mid-range thanks to such an absorption chamber – technology like that is found all the way up in Sennheiser's HD800S. That makes IE300 a brilliant entry to taste the innovations that continue to establish this historic German manufacturer as one of personal audio's enduring greats.