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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize sound quality and built-in controls for convenience, the Grado GT220 would be a better choice, with a higher overall sound quality evaluation and robust build. They're wireless, which gives you freedom of movement, plus they feature sweatproof certification, making them suitable for exercise. However, they are pricey. On the other hand, the Sennheiser CX300S is a more budget-friendly option, offering good soundstage and comfort, and a wired connection which can be appealing for those who don't want to worry about battery life or prefer a physical connection for potentially better sound fidelity. Neither of these earbuds has a microphone, so if you require one for calls or gaming, you might want to consider other options. Also note that neither supports active noise cancelling, so if you're looking for earphones that will block out a lot of ambient noise, you may want to look into other models. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Grado GT220
  • Very good for podcasts and audiobooks
Advantages of the Sennheiser CX300S
  • Good for TV and video

Key differences

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Music

6.3
GT220
CX300S
6.9
The Sennheiser CX300S and Grado GT220 are both only fair for music, though the Sennheiser CX300S is somewhat better.

Gaming

5.1
GT220
CX300S
6.1
The Sennheiser CX300S is only fair for gaming, while the Grado GT220 is poor.

Phone Calls

6.9
GT220
CX300S
3.0
The Grado GT220 is only fair for phone calls, while the Sennheiser CX300S is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

8.8
GT220
CX300S
4.7
The Grado GT220 is very good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Sennheiser CX300S is poor.

TV and Video

5.5
GT220
CX300S
7.3
The Sennheiser CX300S is good for TV and video, while the Grado GT220 is poor.

Noise Reduction

5.3
GT220
CX300S
7.0
The Sennheiser CX300S is good for noise reduction, while the Grado GT220 is poor.

Battery

5.5 Hours
GT220
CX300S
N/A
The Grado GT220 has 5.5 hours of battery life. The Sennheiser CX300S does not have a battery.

Cost

$259
GT220
CX300S
$59
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The Grado GT220 has a price of $259 and the Sennheiser CX300S costs $59.

Build Quality

8.8
GT220
CX300S
8.0
The Grado GT220 and Sennheiser CX300S both have very good build quality, though the Grado GT220 has somewhat better build quality.
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How the Grado GT220 and the Sennheiser CX300S compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Grado GT220Sennheiser CX300S
Grado GT220Sennheiser CX300S

GENERAL

Price
$259
$59
Brand
GradoSennheiser
Release Date
September 1, 2020February 1, 2019
Form Factor
EarbudsEarbuds
Connectivity
WirelessWired

SOUND

Music Score
6.4/107/10
Phone Calls Score
7/103.1/10
Gaming Score
5.2/106.1/10
TV and Video Score
5.5/107.4/10
Exercise Score
6.2/104.2/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
5.5 HoursN/A
Wireless charging
YesN/A
Charging time
2 HoursN/A
Bluetooth version
5N/A
Case Battery Life
36N/A

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
5.3/107/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo
Android App
NoN/A
iOS App
NoN/A
Mic Quality
6/10N/A

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.8/108/10
Comfort score
7.6/107.6/10
Size
SmallSmall
Weight (headset or single earbud)
5 Grams12 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedN/A

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Grado GT220

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Major HiFi

Alex Schiffer | October 2020
"With its superb and functional interface and its highly satisfying imaging, Grado has shown a new talent for delivering a solid true wireless system, and with future improvements, has the potential to really be one of the best."

Sennheiser CX300S

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Major HiFi

Carroll Moore | April 2019
"Sennheiser offers impressive bang for your buck when it comes to the CX 300S. Built like a tank and sounding surprisingly good for such a budget-minded earphone, the CX 300S out-classes many of its would-be competitors. Functional but beautiful, it’s the perfect in-ear listening solution for anyone who wants to hear everything and look good doing it."

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About Grado

Grado Labs is a small, family-owned, business based in Brooklyn New York that specializes in high-end, boutique, dynamic headphones and turntable cartridges. They boast a particular house sound, that is to say their products have a particular sound signature unique to Grado, that some audiophiles seem to really like and are unable to find anywhere else. Their high-end headphones are all hand made, completely in house, from a variety of exotic woods and materials going so far as to making one of their most popular products out of hemp.

About Sennheiser

A family-owned company, Sennheiser is a German, high fidelity, audio equipment manufacturer founded in 1945. Their consumer audio division is now owned by the Swiss hearing aid and cochlear implant manufacturer Sonova. Sennheiser offers a wide variety of, very high quality, audio equipment solutions, from headphones to earbuds, full sets of monitoring speakers, amplifiers and microphones. They also make what is widely regarded as the best, and most expensive, headphones in existence, the HE-1 Orpheus, costing a whopping $59,000 dollars.

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