Sennheiser has recently unveiled its latest true wireless earbuds, the CX 500BT, which will first be available in China. It is the successor to the CX 400BT from 2020, coming with improved hardware and a feature that’s missing from its predecessor: active noise cancelling (ANC).
Those hoping for a change in scenery will be disappointed to know that the Sennheiser CX 500BT pretty much retains mostly the same aesthetics as the 2020 model. Similarly, it also weighs in at 6g, is rated IPX4 for water resistance, and comes with four different silicone ear tip options to provide a better fit for the user.
The newer model comes with improved Sennheiser TrueResponse drive units with a frequency response range of 5 Hz to 21 kHz. This enables it to achieve high-fidelity stereo through deep bass, natural midrange, as well as clear and delicate treble. Additionally, the earbuds features support for SBC, AAC, aptX and aptX adaptive audio codes, as well as Bluetooth 5.2 based connectivity.
As mentioned earlier, another new addition on the CX 500BT is ANC capability, which utilises each bud’s built-in dual-mic beamforming array pickup pattern that reduces background noise and even improves call sound quality. Noise cancelling can be easily deactivated with a single tap on the touchpad interface on either earbud. On that note, the TWS also supports touch function customisation, where users can set gestures for playback and more via the Sennheiser Smart Control companion app for mobile devices.
In terms of battery life, the CX 500BT is claimed to last up to eight hours on a single charge, which can be extended up to 24 hours via its accompanying case – totalling up to 32 hours of usage. This is a considerate improvement over its predecessor, which only offers a combined playback time of 27 hours. Sennheiser further adds that 10 minutes of charging via the case grants users up to one hour of playback.
For the Chinese market, the new Sennheiser CX 500BT is available now via the TMall online marketplace for CNY 1,299 (~RM 854). The company has not revealed any plans for a global release at this current time.