These are my favourite in ear head phones. The sound quality is really good for the price you pay, with a great mid range and deep bass. I've used many pairs of these headphones over the years. For me, they are the most comfortable in ear headphones you can get.
Even though these are made by Sony, the price is not excessive for what you get and won't break the bank. However there is one major issue with these headphones, for me they do not last longer than say 6 months. For some reason, either the left or right headphone seems to stop working after a while! Thankfully the price allows you to replace them at the rate they fail at but it would have been so much better if sony could get these to last longer!!
Overall I recommend these headphones as long as you don't mind the hassle of having to order another pair every 6 months or so.
I wanted a pair of earphones predominantly for using with my mp3 player and when watching television on a night. I have often gone for the cheap option in the past and regretted it a few months later when the wire decides to bid farewell to the ear buds or when one of the buds decides to give up the ghost leaving me with a singular earphone. I am not convinced that earphones are built to last so opted for a slightly more expensive pair that wouldn't bring me to tears if they broke. 2 years later I am very happy with my choice and having used these on an almost daily basis they have still not failed me (cue irony).
First of all, the sound quality in my opinion is excellent. I can listen to a wide range of music from rock to classical and have never encountered any problem with any. Some of my earlier earphone choices have often made some parts of songs inaudible - notably the quieter background notes and voices. None of that skulduggery here though, I get to listen to the whole song and not just the parts that the earphones want me to. When watching TV, the sound is equally commendable. I can hear everything that is intended in a crisp clear sound whether it is a TV programme or a DVD. I don't have to turn the volume up on the TV set to a ridiculous level just to be able to hear it through my earphones. This spares me from the feeling that the apocalypse has arrived when I take the earphones out of the TV and forget about the volume being on 90%.
Comfort is a major factor in why I chose these earphones. Obviously I wasn't 100% sure what they would be like until I tried them out for myself but having done so I am pleased that I took the punt and opted for these. The ear bud is shaped to fit in your ear and stay in much easier than the standard round ear buds you get with cheaper products. So when on the move as I often am with my mp3 player, they don't fall out every few minutes. They are very comfortable to wear and, as should be the case with all good earphones, you forget you are wearing them as they feel completely natural. However, I am unable to use these if I wish to lay down on my pillow whilst watching TV in bed. It kind of feels like you're resting your head on an upturned plug. Although, I don't think a pair of earphones exist that would be fit for this purpose.
The design of the bud is such that they compress to fit the shape of the user's ear which helps them stay in the ear and also feel as though they were tailored to fit your ear. I do confess that some people may have issue with this style if they have a particularly small or big ear canal as the grooved part of the bud may not fit as well as designed. This just goes to show that no one set of earphones is ideal for everyone but I do believe that Sony have gone some way towards producing a 'universal' set of earphones with this product.
Other than that I can think of nothing else to comment on. The cable length is sufficient for mp3 usage but if you plan on connecting to a TV set or other device you don't plan to sit right next to then you may need an extension cable. These are fairly cheap to buy and cost only around £2. I got a good one from amazon to use whilst watching TV in bed. Obviously, if the cable length was too long then it would be a bit cumbersome to use with an mp3 player as you would end up looking like a mountaineer with coils of cable wrapped around your shoulder - not a cool look on the high street I'd wager!
The earphones feel very sturdy and would take a bit of a battering before collapsing into a heap of broken plastic and components. That's not to say that you should use them to start lassoing cattle though! Mine came with a handy soft pouch to hold and transport the earphones in and one of those gold adaptor jacks that I can add to my growing collection.
Overall, these are well worth the money for anyone who wants a set of comfortable, unobtrusive, multipurpose earphones that won't break the bank or capitulate after a few weeks. Definitely the best set of earphones I have purchased to date and I hope they last another 2 years!
Earbuds are a item that nearly everyone owns and the most common are probably the standard Apple headphones that come with iPods and iPhones. While these are acceptable for many I've always found that for about £20 far superior headphones can be found. The main two types are the 'flat' earbuds, and 'in-ear' earbuds. The former are generally comfy but lack strong sound quality. The latter sound brilliant due to their placement facing into the ear but I have always found them uncomfortable, and they block out too much external noise for my liking.
These 'grooved' Sony headphones to me represent the best of both worlds. They sit comfortably like flat earbuds do, but also have a small bump that does into the eardrum to direct the sound. This design also prevents them from easily falling out of the ear. They are rather large however, so they may be less comfortable if you have small ears.
The sound is very strong from these headphones - better than I expected for the low price tag. The bass response is excellent, and does not overpower the other frequencies. They block out just enough outside noise so that you can focus on the music, but not so much that you are cut of from everything around you.
The wire initially seemed to be of poor quality, but after several months I have had no issue with it.
As an added small bonus they come with a small pouch which is useful for keeping them safe while travelling.
I've been using these for years, firstly on my mini disc and now on my ipods and mobile phones (not the same pair). the sound quality is great. i got a free pair of Denon ear phones for subscribing to T3 about a year ago and started using those all the time untill today i could not find them and plugged in my sonys.. wow! the denons are going in the bin! you can crank the volume right up and the bass doesn't distort. far superior.
I must say at the onset of this review that I am extremely, extremely particular about headphones. Not necessarily about the sound quality - I think technology has come far enough that we can usually avoid a horrible tinny racket even if we're not spending big bucks - but rather about the fit. I can't abide having any background noise, so I prefer something that acts like an earplug, yet I have tiny ears. I dislike wearing over-ear headphones as they tend to push my glasses into my head causing discomfort, and a lot of in-ear phones such as those that come as standard on iPods don't fit into my ears properly at all.
A few years ago I picked up a pair of Sony headphones (which I reviewed somewhere a long time ago) and absolutely loved them. Unfortunately they finally gave up, and having ridiculously noisy neighbours I needed to pick something up rather urgently in order to keep my sanity. Unable to find a pair the same as the broken ones, I chose this Fontopia pair, as they are also Sony and supposedly block sound without having too much pressure on the ear as they don't go all the way inside.
I decided to reserve these on Argos so I could quickly pick them up, shopping not being part of my plans that day, but when I unwrapped them at home I will admit to being absolutely horrified at how they looked. Despite reading carefully reviews which said how comfortable they are (on Argos and here), I thought there was no way that could possibly be the case. And unfortunately, in the case of my tiny ears, I was right.
For one thing they are described as having a soft rubber earpiece to minimise pressure. Sadly that's kind of stretching the truth. Yes, the pointed bit seen in the picture is completely made of soft rubber, but the rest is hard, hard plastic with a thin covering of rubber. And it's pretty huge. The idea is that the pointy rubber piece goes into your ear canal, with the rest sitting inside your ear blocking outside noise.
Well that's a nice theory but it doesn't fit inside my ear comfortably at all. If it was more rubbery, yes, but it's so rigid that there's no leeway for each individual's ear. Mine being a little smaller, there's no way at all, even though I like blocking out sound and am used to wearing earplugs every night to sleep. They're just plain uncomfortable. They will go in and once there, won't budge, but my ears start to feel sore within an hour and I can FORGET lying down on my bed and listening to music, because putting pressure on the ear whilst wearing is pretty painful.
Sound-wise I also wasn't as impressed as with my old headphones. Everything sounded a lot quieter for one, but I imagine this is just because my previous pair went all the way into the ear canal. I also notice a lot of background noise seeping through, which I don't like. These headphones are focused more on bass, which doesn't especially concern me, and the music ends up sounding more flat, than an "all-round" sound which I was used to.
The phones have a nicely-sized cord. Previous Sony pairs I've owned have had cords split into two pieces, which are either way too short without the additional piece, or way, WAY too long with. This is pretty perfect even when my iPod is thrown into my bag.
Price-wise, these weren't too bad. They're currently listed for £17.79 on Argos, but I'm pretty sure when I got mine a couple of weeks ago they were cheaper at around £15. This really isn't a lot for a pair of Sony headphones, but I really dislike them and will probably be replacing as soon as I find a pair like my old ones, so for this reason they were obviously a huge waste of money for me. I can also imagine that they wouldn't be especially long-lasting, as the rubber is so thin it can easily come off, however they do come with a faux-leather pouch if you want to carry them around in that for protection.
These really came with a lot of glowing reviews from others, but if you have small ears and sometimes have trouble finding in-ear headphones to suit, I definitely wouldn't recommend buying a pair of these!
I have been buying the Sony MDR earphones for around 10 years now, generally replacing them every 3 years or so. I have yet to find a set of earphones as comfortable and sounding as good as these. I find that the new type of earphones from Sony and other brands with the removable size fittings just don't fit as well as these or sound as good. I have fairly normal ears - I think!
They are a great deal cheaper than the noise cancelling super duper earphones available now and to be honest, I can't find a reason to spend any more! Each set comes with a nice little carry bag and a set of instructions that you'll never read. The packaging is decent enough although it is one of those sealed plastic outers which I hate and can never open quick enough!
The cable is strong and is 1M long which is about right to go from ears to pocket without stretching and the plug on the end is well moulded. The main difference with these earphones is the shape of the bud. It looks like a little man wearing a gas mask (just look and you'll see) but this means that they sit in your ears perfectly and for me have never fallen out while running, sleeping, smiling or farting!
The other benefit to the strange shape is the enhanced bass sound. Have you ever pushed your iPod earphones in to your ears a bit more and thought, "Hey this sounds better?". Well I have anyway. The protruding bud sits nicely and comfortably in the entrance to your inner ear and boy does it make the bass better. You would think that it would be muffled and boomy but it is precise and defined.
The overall sound on these earphones is excellent. I have compared them to other brands such as the Sennheiser CX-300 and I prefer them. I have tested them with classical, dance, metal, rock and hip-hop music and in all genres the Sony earphones have had a nicer defined sound and a tighter bass response. The highs are pretty soaring for in-earphones and they do fill your head with sound but you'll never beat a decent pair of closed cup headphones - see my Sennheiser HD201 review!
Ahhh the sony fontopias good times.
I remember seeing these for the first time and i thought these look like one of the most uncomfortable headphones in the world. I needed a new pair for my tape player (this was a while back) and so carried on reading the description in the argos catalogue and thought ahh what the heck £20s nothing. And i was right.
The first thing i noticed was the weight, it was very light compared to some headphones i had before. Looks can be deceiving as i thought the ear buds would be really hard but to my suprise they were very soft and where a perfect fit for my ears and they didnt fall out when i was running for the bus which was also great. I can now fully understand the description of the product when it stated bass booster on it. The sound quality is amazing, very clear and a very generous amount of bass to which i always liked.
The only problem i have with this product like some is that it didnt last me more than a year, this could either be due to what i was listening to, how loud i was listening to it or the actual product itself.
Also the inside of the plastic earbud becomes very dirty and would recommend you clean it regularly. Cleaning is very easy, all you do is pull it off, clean and place back on. But be sure to put it on the right way, i made the mistake once and got really worried.
Nowadays you can get this product for about £10-£15 which is really good and i shall soon be buying another pair for my laptop for my films.
I have thses ear phones and to be honest they are quite good! The sound quality is very high; however be aware that if you purchase these if you have them on maximum volume then others may be able to hear some of the music your listening to and therefore may cause abit of disruption.
It says in some descriptions that I have read that the ear pieces fit snuglly but to be honest it feels a little bit tight to me and sometimes; especially in warm weather, that it rubs the inside of my ear making it a little sore. Other then that they are quite good I have had mine about 7 months and they haven't broken yet and I do use them fairly regular so the quality and reliability is quite good.
They look alright too , just plain black and when you don't want to use them you do get a pouch with them so they don't get ruined whilst your not using them.
Compared to other ear phones these are fairly good they've lasted me longer then other earphones, which I have had and the price more reasonable compared to some others. So overall fairly good and I would recommend them to others.
I have bought these numerous times, and I both love and hate them.
If you have an i-pod you will NEED to get some other headphones other than those white ones, because they are horrendously bad!
I think the sound is great, the bass is very deep on these, but some people may not like that because it can get a little bit fuzzy. But I find it great.
The fit is comfy and the material feels ok in the ear, these don't fit snugly in the ear, they are not designed to, so they are more comfortable than the true in ear buds, and also keep the sound in more, and also keep the buds in your ear!
However two things I have found, the first is a small thing, these do tend to get clogged with dirt etc, so clean them out every few months! Especially if they're rolling around in your bag!
The second is why I may not buy these again. Every time they have died, a week before or after the warranty is up (1 year) I have never seen such perfect planned obsolescence! I think I will stick with my creative earphones from now on! The warranty is very hard to use, I'm not sure how you go through with getting a new pair still!
I must have freakishly-shaped ears as I cannot get along with any others...the flat type just fall out of my left ear...don't ask why. I think I have handsome, perfectly formed ears (small, but beautifully formed...I DID play second row in the school rugby team for 9 years...BUT I DIGRESS!) but for some reason these are the only set I've ever used that will stay in...even when walking or running.
I've had the same pair for 9 years now! Don't worry-I do clean them, which, incidentally, is very easy to do.
They are a nice smooth shape which feels unnoticable in the ear.
Mynameisrui, you might try pulling off the cover and soldering (or getting someone to solder) the two contacts. The flexible cover simply clips back on. Mine did go in one earpiece but that was after 8 YEARS! Reliability isn't an issue, then.
Sound is bassy and with mp3 players' equalizers you can tweak away anyhow.
I use mine to listen to DVD films also. Better than the full ear Technics I was using....GET SOME!
These earphones generally come free with most sony items, but can be bought separatly.
Personally, I dont like them, I use the ones with silicone covers on them, bose, senniheiser and other sony makes for example. These are not silicon covered, they are harder, matt textured plastic. They feel too odd in my ears for me to like them, the sound is ok, the bass can over step the rest of the music and make it too heavy, but I think this is also due to the way the earphone sits in your ears.
They actually made me feel ill- headachy and like I had motion sickness, I am assuming as the pressure of the inner part of the bud was too much for the fluid in my ear and this si what happened.
I think that some people can get sued to them, I know of someone who wont use anything else but these, but even he admitted they do take some getting used to.
The do not block out sound, they do a good job of stopping it escaping from your ear (though not as effective as silicon covered earbuds), but they will not stop sound from outside in the way that noise cancelling earphones do.
I guess buy these if you have tried them before and liked them, dont spend alot on them- they will break/sound gets distorted or too muffled about every 2 to 3 months so replace them regularly, they will need it! Sony do have good quality stock, but these are a little to wierd for me! Try the silicon covered ones for a better sound quality.
I recently bought a new iPod Touch and wanted to get some new headphone to go with it because I think the ones that come as standard are cheap, rubbish, leak a lot and give off a poor sound.
The problem when looking for new headphones, however, is that most of them are the in ear ones that have the rubber bit on the end that is supposed to sit in your ear. Personally I've tried these and found that they're not comfortable and the rubber bit on the end can be easily lost.
After a lot time spent searching for some new headphones and reading countless reviews I decided to go with the Sony ones. As far as I was concerned they weren't the in ear ones, were well priced, and are supposed to give off good sound.
One of the things I was unsure about with these headphones is that they claim to boost the bass so I was cautious about whether the extra bass would mean sacrificing some treble but luckily this is not the case. They give off a great sound and sound very good no matter what type of music is played through them ( I often listen to things ranging from jazz to trance).
In terms of comfort, these are right up there with the best of them. I often listen to music when walking, jogging or doing anything active and these fit in to your ear very well and have never fallen out. They are also very comfortable. The rubber grove on the headphones fit very nicely into your ears but I can imagine that they would not fit everyone as these are times when I put them in and they just don't fell right so I need to play around with them for a bit until they are in correctly.
The one bad thing that I have heard about these is their lifespan. I have read numerous reviews which basically say that within a year these had broken. While this is frustrating and shouldn't be the case, I personally am happy to buy a new pair every year if they are worth it. The fact is that these are only about £10 so means its not going to break the bank if you want another pair.
Another complaint I've heard is that the cord is too short and wear's away quickly. I have had my headphones for about 2 months and use them most days. I've found the cord length to be fine and has not worn away at all.
I have no complaints about these. They are much better than any of the standard earphones I've been given and don't cost much at all. My advice is to go out and buy a pair.
UPDATE 4/08/08: My left earphone was now broken! For some reaason it has now stopped playing any sound. Looks like the reliability problems were more than just a myth!