Sennheiser CX 500BTSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.6 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Mpow Flame SSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 5.1 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||Sennheiser CX 500BT||Mpow Flame S|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||IPX4||IPX7|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✗|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✓|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|sound pressure level||94dB/mW||✗|
|battery life of charging case||16hours||✗|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✓||✗|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||10meters|
|has aptx adaptive||✓||✓|
|has aptx low latency||✗||✓|
|has aptx hd||✗||✓|
|MICROPHONE||number of microphones||4only||✗|
|has a noise-canceling microphone||✓||✓|
|highest mic frequency||10000Hz||✗|
|lowest mic frequency||100Hz||✗|
|EXTRAS||has ambient sound mode||✓||✓|
|has in/on-ear detection||✓||✓|
|has find earbuds feature||✓||✓|
|supports fast charging||✓||✓|
|has a mute function||✓||✓|
|control panel placed on a device||✓||✓|
|has voice prompts||✓||✓|
|travel bag is included||✓||✓|
|See price on Amazon||See price on Amazon|
IP ratings refer to the level of protection given by an enclosure, against dust and water. The letters 'IP' are followed by two values The first value of the IP rating means protection against solids such as dust, while the second refers to protection against liquids (water).
Having a value of IPX4, the Sennheiser CX 500BT's rating is read as, the first value of X denotes that no data available to specify a protection rating, and of liquids that they can withstand low pressure spray similar to that of a shower head when tilted at 180° for 10 minutes.
Compared to the Sennheiser CX 500BT, Mpow Flame S have a rating of IPX7 meaning that we are not yet certain of their rating with solids (dust) and that of liquids is that, Mpow Flame S has a higher liquid rating than Sennheiser CX 500BT
The Sennheiser CX 500BT have a weight of 12g . We consider a lower weight best because lighter devices are easier to transport.
For a device to be true wireless it must have no wires connecting any part of the device together, Sennheiser CX 500BT are true wireless for this matter since they don't have wires. This is a major difference since wireless earbuds have cables linking the 2 earbuds together.
The Mpow Flame S come with wingtips, these are commonly used for earbuds for workouts and are usually an optional add-on to the separate silicone ear tip for a better fit.
Sennheiser CX 500BT are resistant to sweat
Mpow Flame S's resistance to sweat makes both devices good for use while doing sports such as long-distance running, marathons, training in workout bodysuits, etc
Sennheiser CX 500BT have stereo speakers, devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better listening experience.
Both Mpow Flame S and Sennheiser CX 500BT have stereo speakers
Active noise cancellation makes use of advanced technology to actively cancel noise. ANC works when, it listens to the sound pattern outside and inside the earbud and after inverts the soundwaves to cancel it out. In simple terms, it's like having +1 (noise) then adding -1 (counter sound by the device) giving zero which results in a reduced level of noise.
Sennheiser CX 500BT have Active Noise Cancellation enabling you to listen at lower volume levels, causing less ear fatigue as you don't have to crank up the earbuds volume to overcome background noise.
The Mpow Flame S too have Active Noise Cancellation which makes both earbuds ideal for plane rides and rush hour travels. Each operate with different noise cancellation modes, pick the noise cancellation type that you prefer for commute or that enhances your relaxation time.
Sennheiser CX 500BT sit well in place, this creates a sound covering that reduces your environment noise while preventing the device voice audio from leaking out .
Both of these devices have passive noise reduction this implies that both limit ambient noise without using ANC to cancel it out.
The Sennheiser CX 500BT's lowest frequency is at 5Hz, low-frequency response measures if and how well a particular audio component produces low frequencies that can be heard, and if it alters the signal while at it.
Sennheiser CX 500BT's highest frequency is at 21000Hz, high-frequency response tells how well an audio device produces high audible frequencies and if it adjustments to the signal while at it.
SPL, is the level of pressure of sound, measured in decibels, dB, Sennheiser CX 500BT's measurement is 94dB/mW. Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.
Sennheiser CX 500BT's battery life is 8 hours, these last longer than 5 hours of listening which is considered average before recharge. A device's battery life is usually given by the manufacturer, and with longer battery life, you get to use it for longer and requires fewer chargings.
Mpow Flame S's battery life is more than that of Sennheiser CX 500BT by 4 hours . Each time you recharge your earbuds, they get a little less listening time. The effect is barely noticeable at first, but over time, your wireless earbuds will have shorter listening time.
This is given by the manufacturer, and Sennheiser CX 500BT's case is said to have a full charge of 16 hours. A charging case with more battery hours allows you to recharge your earbuds on the go multiple times before having to recharge the case itself.
Sennheiser CX 500BT have a battery level indicator, an indicator shows you when the device has a low battery. The battery indicator lights display the charging state of your earbuds and case.
Mpow Flame S too have a battery level indicator, charging indicators enable you to determine the charging state of your earbuds, whether fully charged, or the battery is running low.
The Sennheiser CX 500BT support USB TYPE-C, an industry-standard connector for transmitting both data and power through a single cable.
Sennheiser CX 500BT have Bluetooth version of 5.2, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data movement between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
Mpow Flame S has a Bluetooth version of 5, older than that of Sennheiser CX 500BT . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
Sennheiser CX 500BT have a 10meters distance to connect via Bluetooth.
Mpow Flame S have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the Sennheiser CX 500BT
Sennheiser CX 500BT support AAC, a codec that is used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Because it uses psychoacoustic modeling, it can provide better results than other codecs at the same bit rate.
Since its the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the Sennheiser CX 500BT will work well with your iPhone. If you are planning on using these with Android , ensure that they also support aptX HD, LDAC, or LHDC as well.
The Mpow Flame S support AAC as well. Designed to be the successor of the MP3 format, AAC generally achieves higher sound quality than MP3 encoders at the same bit rate.
The Mpow Flame S support LDAC, a codec developed by Sony which allows streaming high-resolution audio over Bluetooth connections at up to 990 kbps at 32 bit/96 kHz. It is capable of a very high bitrate of 990kbps, which provides high-resolution audio.
Sennheiser CX 500BT support APTX Adaptive, an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that are developed by Qualcomm. It has a variable bit rate (between 279kbps and 420kbps).
Mpow Flame S support APTX Adaptive as well which means both can adjust the bit rate for different scenarios, such as reducing interference from other devices.
Mpow Flame S support APTX Low Latency, a codec developed by Qualcomm. It uses Bluetooth 5.0 technology to provide low latency audio (around 40ms), which is useful when you want to avoid audio lag for example when playing games.
The Mpow Flame S support APTX HD, an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that are developed by Qualcomm. It supports high-quality 24-bit audio (at a bit rate of 576kbps).
Sennheiser CX 500BT have 4 microphones.
Sennheiser CX 500BT have a noise-canceling microphone, these microphones are intended to reduce background sounds from the desired sound.
The Mpow Flame S too have a noise-canceling type of microphone. This is useful in noisy areas.
Sennheiser CX 500BT's highest mic frequency is 10000Hz, high frequencies are best for picking up treble. The highest mic frequency of a microphone is known as its upper limiting frequency.
Sennheiser CX 500BT's lowest mic frequency is 100Hz, low frequencies are best for recording bass. The lowest mic frequency of a microphone is defined as its lower limiting frequency.
The Sennheiser CX 500BT support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to pass through ambient noises so that they can still be heard even when wearing them
The Mpow Flame S support ambient sound mode as well, helpful when you want to listen to music while being aware of your surrounding, say you’re having a jog but still want to be able to hear traffic.
Sennheiser CX 500BT support in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the device can detect when they are removed from your ears so that the music is paused.
The Mpow Flame S support in/on-ear detection, automatically pauses your music, or audiobook when you remove earbuds from your ears saving battery life.
If misplaced in a room, or can't be found in your bag, Sennheiser CX 500BT have a find earbuds feature.
Mpow Flame S too have the find earbuds feature. Use the earbuds app on your phone to play an alarm from your device to locate them.
The Sennheiser CX 500BT support fast charging. Usually, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to lower the time it takes to fully charge the earbuds.
Mpow Flame S too support fast charging. This kind is similar to regular charging, only that the battery fills up much faster. Say, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in just 30 minutes.
Sennheiser CX 500BT have a mute function, they have the option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.
The Mpow Flame S also support the mute function. The mute function means that you are in position turn off the earbuds' microphone, but you can still hear the other party talk.
With the Sennheiser CX 500BT, so you can easily access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever features are supported on the device.
The Mpow Flame S also have a control panel on them.
Sennheiser CX 500BT have a warranty period of 2 Years, the period of time that warrant free repair and adjustment services in case of a malfunction occurring under normal use following instruction manuals.
Sennheiser CX 500BT have voice prompts. With voice prompts, you receive information through audio messages, like if there is a problem with the connection.
The Mpow Flame S also have voice prompts meaning the earbuds will notify you when the battery is low, and you need to recharge them.
Sennheiser CX 500BT come with their own special case. Carrying earphones without a case, or placing them in your bag without a casing can easily put them at risk of getting damaged.
Mpow Flame S also have a travel bag included, which offers safe transportation.