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Sennheiser MX 686G Sport earbuds review: These workout earphones make few sonic compromises

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal | March 19, 2015
For many people, sports headphones are more about working out than listening to tunes. We're looking for sweatproof, water-resistant, tangle-free earbuds that let deliver adequate musical performances while allowing just a bit of ambient noise to creep in so we can jog on the street without fear of being run over.

The MX 686Gs nonetheless sound better than any other sports headphones I've used. I'm a big fan of bass, and the MX 686Gs deliver nice, thumpy bass without going overboard and muddying up the tracks. Mids are dynamic, treble is clear (although it could be a bit brighter), and the different levels sound great together. While the mix isn't perfect, it's very good for a pair of headphones that also lets you hear an oncoming car during your outdoor run.

Should you put a pair in your gym bag? 

It's easy to overlook boring, wired sports headphones when there are so many new models with intriguing new features crowding the market, but Sennheiser's MX 686G Sport earbuds shouldn't be ignored, especially if audio performance is your number-one criterion. You won't feel as though you made too many compromises in your quest for earbuds that can stand up to your exercise regimen.

This review was published as part of a roundup of fitness earbuds. Click here to read the accompanying buyers guide and find links to the other three products reviewed at the same time.


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