Being a person that has to have music on when traveling or at the gym, doing a BBQ or mowing the lawn, most of the time I have a pair of headphones in my ears and it had been a long time since I had treated my self to a new pair of headphones.
Initially I didn't buy these for there sound or their brand name but instead I bought these because of their design, the way they sit around the ears, it looked interesting and I had never seen this design before but the more I looked at them the more sense they made and how perfect they would be for sports.
When I first saw these headphones I took an instant liking to them and asked if I could take a closer look at them out of the box which I was allowed, I had seen the headphones that sit with the headphones band going over the top of your head making you look like that character from "bo selecter" (however you spell it) but these one's sit at the back of your head so for all those people who don't like to mess up their hair, they can just slip these on from the back so the hair doesn't get interrupted.
The frame and structure of these headphones are made with a very durable flexible plastic that as it gets closer to the speakers it bends around allowing for you to hook these around your ears and the headphones sitting directly and securely over your ears with no movement being allowed to shift them around. The cord that you connect to your iPod/Mp3 player is a short length, although they do provide you with extra length with an extension wire. Why would you not just add that length to the cable instead of adding a bit of extra wire that you have to put on, and then they could save on packaging. If you positioned the wire with the extension cable and have it down your back under your top I find it stay out of site and out of the way while you work out, or what ever exercise or activity your doing, but the downside is that wherever you put the wire, under or over your top you do feel the tug on the back of the headphones every now and again depending how strenuous you are being with your body, for example it's ok if your doing fun activities but if running or working out at the gym you can feel it pull every now and again. Not fun. "Newly developed "Stability tip" prevents headphones from falling." Even though they say this, just be careful with them. Quick tip, if you have it down your back have a little bit of slack hanging over your top at the back, it can avoid the pulling.
The first time you put these on they do have a slight alien feel to them at first but then after a few days you do get quickly use to them and wonder how this design was never brought out earlier, what you notice is that when you are moving around, the headphones do not move from around the ear, they stay on pretty secure but you do feel the back of the headphones tapping every now and again slightly on your shoulders as you move around, but its not enough to spoil your experience.
And the great thing with these is that when you are finished with them they flatten for ease of portability and are Washable & quick-drying ear pads.
The sound is a brilliant sound just like you would expect from Sony, they really have mastered how to get the best out of there products for sound quality and really bringing out the bass when it is required and when to bring out the treble when necessary.
And I find that as the volume increases there is no jarring or ringing or any kind of off putting sound, as it gets louder the quality of the music doesn't degrade it just gets louder, they can get quite loud if you wanted, and I'm sure if you had it at it's max all the time it would start to effect the quality of the sound, but be careful you don't blow out your eardrums. These headphones are also fitted with shock absorption, which is why it is perfect for high impact sport like running.
Compact and light weight headphones, they provide high-quality sound with a deep bass resonance including a active series secure fit design which means when you're on the move on what ever enjoyment you take, your headphones will stay on.
Since Sony produced their first headphones in 1979 they have always provided very high quality products with a wide range of products, their products are always durable and reliable, even if a cable is a bit short
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I purchased these headphones nearly a year and a half ago and am still using them today. I bought them due to disliking the normal small, in ear headphones and thought this design would be better. So, how have they fared over the past 18 months?
On first look, these headphones do look quite nice. The silver with red at the end is eye-catching. The band that goes around your neck/head is nice and flexible, which means the plastic doesn't feel and get strained through heavy use.
The original wire is quite short, too short to use alone. However, the headphones came with an extra wire attachment, which makes the wire a good length.
The sound is average in comparison to other headphones I've used. It isn't tinny, but just seems to lack in bass and depth a little. For everyday use, the sound is good enough however, especially considering their price.
As I have already mentioned, I have used these headphones frequently for a considerable length of time. I would say based on this that the durability is excellent. With a lot of headphones I've had in the past, after 6 months to a year, they begin to show their wear. For example, the sound will start cutting out randomly etc. I have never had that sort of problem with these headphones, they have really outdone themselves in terms of durability.
At first, the design of these headphones is slightly difficult to get used to, as you can constantly feel them around your neck. However, I got used to this quite quickly, and during short term use, they never annoy me.
After using them for a while, approximately an hour, they can get unbearably uncomfortable though - to the point where I have to discontinue using them. Particularly, they seem to make my ears ache where the speakers sit.
Furthermore, I would not recommend these headphones if you want to use them for running, as they seem to pull and end up slipping down, which gets really annoying by the 5th mile!
Overall, these headphones are a good value, basic headphone. If you want some cheapish, durable headphone for frequent use, I would recommend these. However, if you are looking for high quality sound, looking to use them for hours at a time or want to use them whilst running, these aren't the headphones for you.
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When the cat sits on your favourite Bose headphones, it's a bit of a disaster. My headphones and I are inseparable you see - I gotta have music! An emergency pair was therefore in order (where emergency is defined as whatever House of Fraser had in stock for less than £30, as I would only need to use them for a short period of time) and so I came to be the owner of a pair of Sony MDR AS30 headphones.
I can't say that this was a carefully considered, well-researched decision. I needed a new pair for a day or two until replacement Bose arrived and n fact, this was the only pair they had in stock for a reasonable price, apart from a selection of in-ear headphones, which are no good for me. (For some reason, they make my ears really sore and I just can't bear the feeling of things in my ears.) Sadly, I would probably have been better off with nothing, as the AS30s turned out to be a bit of a wasted effort.
These headphones seem to be built for durability. The headband is one of those that actually sits rigidly around the back of your head, intended not to mess up the hair of the rather vain wearer. This is good. Even if you're not vain, any headphones that sit on top of your head can get dirty from any product you use, so the appeal of this design is obvious. They're also intended to be sit-proof. That is, they shouldn't break if somebody sits on them. I think this is probably a safe bet. The band is a sort of springy, plastic that can be pulled wider apart according to the size of your head or can absorb the impact of being crushed. It's all one piece; you can't extend the bit that holds the actual speakers, but it is surprisingly versatile. It takes some getting used to though and tends to go roughly where it wants to, no matter how high up your head you try and position it. Nonetheless, theses phones could take a beating, get crushed or dropped and live to survive another day. They're really light, too. So that's good.
The design is, well, odd. They are held on by a head band, but instead of sitting on the ears or over the ears, they are sort of pressed into the ear with an earpiece that sticks out from the round bit and kind of pokes in your ear. It's not entirely obvious that this is the case from the packaging so be careful. Like most in-ear phones, there is a strong tendency to push the ear piece as far into your ear canal as possible and, like most in-ear phones, this is a mistake. The edges rub against the more sensitive parts of your ear, your ears get uncomfortable, the volume is bad for your ears and they're also more likely to get dirty. You kind of find a comfortable-ish happy medium but I can't say they're terribly comfortable.
The cable is bizarrely short. When sat on a train with a laptop or iPod on the table/my lap the cable is too short. A mini-extension cable is supplied, which certainly plugs the gap but it's hard to see who wouldn't need this. I guess if you have one of those iPod armband things, the cable might be the right length. This kind of consumer seems a likely prospect actually, given that there is also a clip on the cable that can be used to fix the cord in place to an item of clothing. Easily irritated people, however, are not high on the list of prospective customers. The cable leaves the headphones just ABOVE the left ear and points upwards, which means that in one way or another, it trails across or behind your ear and is extremely irritating. Research tells me that this is a stability tip, which stops the headphones slipping off. If you get it in the right position, it works - but it's not that easy. There's also a very odd carry case that is a mystery to me, given that you can only get the round ear piece bits in it (there's no room for the headband).
The sound quality is questionable. Even at a fairly high volume, the bass reproduction is quite disappointing and the quality of sound couldn't be described as good; it's just fairly average (though admittedly better than the dreadful phones that come as standard with your average iPod.) Whilst the maximum volume capability is partly-driven by the music player, I would say that they can go fairly loud, which isn't necessarily good for other people around you, although unless you really push it, the noise carried outside the ear pieces isn't as bad as others within the price range.
These are "absolute emergency" headphones only. They aren't terribly comfortable in the ear, the cable dangling down drives you up the wall and the sound quality is really quite average. You can get better for £20 and, presented with the opportunity to select something rather more carefully I certainly wouldn't buy a pair of these things again.