Coming soon after the chic Sennheiser Momentum in-ear wireless headphones, the CX 7.00BT, another neckband-based headset product from Sennheiser, was sure to raise expectations. Indeed, the product meets many of those, but lacks the premium leathered design and some other goodies.
Unlike Momentum in-ear wireless headphones, the neckband in the CX 7.00BT is made of plastic, but it is not uncomfortable. The headphones feel light around the neck and the plastic neckband makes little difference in terms of utility.
As for features and functionality, the headphones pair with any device via Bluetooth or NFC. Connecting using the Bluetooth takes very little time and the built-in NFC chip assures instant pairing through simply tapping the neckband on an NFC-enabled device.
The audio quality is satisfactory, with deep bass and fine-tuned balanced output. Even when you play music at the loudest, these headphones go on for more than 6 hours straight. And, charging the battery takes less than half an hour with a charger and almost an hour with a USB cable.
As for downsides, a major letdown is that the product does not have a vibration motor. For neckband-based headphones, vibration is the only way to receive notifications for calls, messages or lost connections when the earplugs are not being used. With no vibration feedback, leaving the phone behind or keeping it mute is a bad idea.
Verdict: At its price point, the Sennheiser CX 7.00BT headphones are a trimmed-down version of the pricier Momentum in-ear wireless headphones, which carry a price tag of Rs 14,990. If vibration feedback and premium design are not your concern, the less expensive CX 7.00BT headphones are totally worth it.