I am always breaking my headphones, my most recent purchase was this pair of Sony earphones. I bought them because they looked the part and also because they were under the £10. I don't like to spend more than £10 on a pair of earphones as I usually stand on them, throw them in the washing machine or just lose them on my way.
Are They Comfortable?
I liked these earphones because they fit in your ear, however they do not intrude into my ear too much like the earbud style ones. I found that these earphones are very comfortable to wear, I would wear them for about 2-4 hours a day in work, and have never got sore ears from them.
There is a good long lead on these earphones, I can fit my phone nicely in my pocket when I am wearing them and they do not pull or snag. My earphones are plain black and silver and they look quite sleek, they are plain and simple looking but they do the job and do not look too chunky or old fashioned.
I found that these earphones have great sound quality. They are just as good as the Gumy earphones that I usually buy and they are a little bit cheaper so I am really happy with my purchase. You can get good volume out of these earphones and I can really hear the bass in the songs that I am listening too when I hear these. There is also a silent cap on these earphones to prevent sound leakage.
I am really impressed with the sound quality that comes from these earphones, especially as they are lower priced, I wouldn't say that they are better than the more expensive sets, but they are good quality for the money that I spent on them and they do the job well for listening to music in work.
Price and Availability
I bought these earphones from Amazon for £5, I think that they were a great purchase and a fantastic way to spend my Dooyoo miles. I haven't came across these in the shops yet, but I would definitely buy them again online or if I seen them on the high street.
I think that these are a great bargain, they have great sound quality and volume and cost under £10. I would definitely recommend them for casual use as they are one of the most comfortable pairs of earphones I have ever bought. Overall I would give these earphones 5 out of 5 stars.
*also on ciao under lorrainek90
Sony MDR-E 818 LP Headphones
I was happy with the supplied earphones that came with my Sony MP3 player. I saw these whilst browsing and noted that a significant amount of reviewers commented on the impressive bass. I really do like a good bass sound when listening to rock music in particular. As the price and design were most certainly right I decided to give these a whirl.
*Short word on the package*
Small. There you go. I like minimalist packaging and this is what you get. Transparent quality plastic package that holds all that you need to know to ensure you have the right product. Easy to open. Clear instructions that are concise - another bonus. That is it - what more do you need.
You want earphones that is exactly what you get here. No additional stuff but it isn't really needed. One pair of earphones and some foam covers that are optional.
Lets see what the fuss is about then. First impressions are that these guys look very similar to the earphones that came with the kit. This was reassuring as they are very comfortable. These are the design that sit just inside the ear and do not enter the ear canal - I cannot tolerate the ear bud style and wish that I could as they offer great sound options. Looking like my original set of earphones is as far as these go - they sit snug and comfortably. The jack is different because it is an L shape connection - this fits perfectly into my player and there is no flimsy feel to the area that connects to the wire. The jack is a standard size and would fit most players. The wire is a good length without being too long - I can easily tuck the player into the top of my pants behind me. The cable is a standard design with equal lengths to both earphones - this was a relief as I don't put the wire behind my neck.
Quality seems to be a very good standard. The whole structure feels secure and I have not noticed any loose areas up to now. The earphones feel light and are ergonomically well styled. I have petite ears and they fit really well. I have not had them fall out. They are comfortable and have not irritated my ears.
Now we come to the sound delivery. The sound was not a great deal different from my original Sony earphones - which are impressive for a standard set - until the bass sections and rock music build ups where experienced. These earphones are very impressive for the price and level that they are at. The whole range of tones and vocals is well balanced and rich with the icing on the cake being the delivery of the bass tones. The bass is excellent. There is a real quality of depth and the sounds are fluent, smooth and intense. It is very noticeable but does not hurt my ears - I have noticed that I now have my player turned down quite a bit as the range of sound is so much bolder. I could not believe that the sound would be so different as my other earphones delivered so well. These earphones provide me with clear, rich, quality sound for a fantastic price. I have no doubt that there are far superior earphones on the market but these are just perfect for me as the design, quality and price are excellent for my listening needs.
These earphones are not sound isolating but they have a 'silent cap' design that prevents sound leakage and they are not really noticeable. Traffic and other noise can be heard when using the earphones but it is not overly intrusive if the sound is turned up a small amount.
After using these earphones for some time now I can conclude that they are a quality product that is well worth the price and will provide great sound experience. I have no problem recommending these for everyday listening.
Price RRP £9.99
These prices are at the time of reviewing
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*A short final word*
I am really glad that I purchased these. I wasn't going to as my original earphones were fine. The difference is in the bass delivery - just takes it up a notch and it makes rock music all the more enjoyable in particular, though other genres benefit greatly too. Rich, clear sound is experienced and no unwanted crackles or tinny sounds are audible. Too good to be true in my opinion at this price especially if you need another option to the ear bud style. Five Stars for Sony.
*Thanks for reading - also published on Ciao*
To the detriment of appreciating my surroundings, I'm one of those girls who is always slipping in her earphones. I've listened to music everywhere I go since I was in high school - and sadly, that's thirteen years ago now. I used to walk around with a hulky bulky Walkman in my pocket, and I'm grateful these days that technology has moved on to allow me an MP3 player which weighs less than 100g - big improvement!
As someone who listens to music so consistently (I'm listening to a few tunes now!), I need decent earphones. The white standard earphones that come with Apple products are of average quality, and I don't really feel comfortable using them. I always buy my own, and almost invariably I buy Sony MDR-E 818 LP earphones.
They're black in style with silver detailing on the actual earbud. They're quite sleek and plain - which I like. I've always felt a bit of a wally when I use Apple's white earphones. It's much better these days now that everyone has them but to begin with, if I ever used the white set, I felt as though I was making a target of myself when I was walking around. Because Sony's MDR-E 818 LE are much plainer, I always felt much safer.
Appearances aside, they're a really practical set. The ear bud is comfortably shaped and sits just inside my ear perfectly. There's room for movement and they don't feel too big or too small. The sculpted shape helps to keep them situated properly - if I turn my head suddenly or tilt it to one side, they don't come out. They're there until I decide to remove them which I think is great. Even in the gym, when I'm bouncing around like a pogo stick, they don't fall out. I can remember using earphones that did, and I can tell you it's a great crash to your energy to have to pause, replace, and go again. Ugh.
They have a decent length wire, which allows you to have your MP3 player or other device in a pocket low down on your body (I usually pop mine into a pocket on my hips) and there's still plenty of manoeuvrability left in the wire by the time the buds get to your ears. Like everyone, I'm sure, I've had a set where the wire was just shorter than I'd like and it was very irritating to use.
Sound quality is great as far as I'm concerned! Music sounds good either at low volume or at high (and I think a lot of earphones struggle to work well at both ends of the scale) and even when experimenting with my MP3 player, I can turn up the base and still get a really good sound from them. The speakers inside can take the heat without getting that horrible rattling noise!
Regarding price, these earphones are rather ubiquitous and you can find them all over the internet and on the high street. Just out of laziness and liking having things come to me rather than the other way around, I buy online and I alternate where I purchase them between play.com and amazon, depending on who is cheaper at the time. I tend to pay somewhere between £5 and £7 for a set, and I really do think that this is great value for what you get. They're a brilliant set of earphones and I only don't buy these if for some reason when I need a set, they're out of stock.
The downside of Sony's MDR-E 818 LE for me comes from the fact that I ask so much of them. Seven or eight times a day, they're shoved into a pocket or my bag, wrapped around my MP3 player (which we all know isn't good for the wiring) or are just yanked out of my ears. Consequently, there is a point at which they just give up the ghost and stop working so brilliantly. What tends to happen in my case is that one side of the earphones will stop working, and I can only hear sound in one ear. It's frustrating, but I don't find it too much of a problem because the earphones in the first place are inexpensive and secondly, they take a lot of punishment from me before they get to this stage. One pair tends to last me at least six months, and I think that's really good going. Lesser earphones can sometimes just last a month or two.
After the standard Apple headphones that came with my Ipod broke a week ago, I thought I would test these out. Like many people I haven't been bowled over with Apple's headphones - they were uncomfortable, had poor sound quality and then broke. I didn't really want to pay too much for their replacements so when I saw these at £5.99 I figured it was worth a shot - Sony are a good brand after all.
Getting into the package to get the headphones out was similar (I imagine) to trying to get into Fort Knox but at least they were securely packaged. Inside are instructions and a guarantee. What you need instructions for with headphones I don't know but they are there if you do. In multiple languages.
The headphones are light, very light and as a result are very comfortable. I wear them every day for a few hours on my commute to work and with the Apple headphones - they used to make my ears ache after a while of wearing them. These don't, they fit very comfortably in my ear and they don't fall out every time I move my head either. There doesn't seem to be too much sound leakage - I can have a fairly high volume level without inflicting my horrendous taste in music on everyone else. As far as sound quality goes - I'm not an expert but they sound much better than my Apple ones every did and I'm very happy with them. Unfortunately though they haven't improved the quality of music on my Ipod...
I've had many different earphones in the past. Some that came provided with the product I had bought and died on me not long after, and others that have just fallen apart due to getting tangled up too often and pulled around. I've bought 2 pairs of these earphones and find them the best. Sure, there may be other better quality, more expensive and more recommended ones. But for me, these do the trick. They have great sound quality with my mp3 player and I never have to hold onto the earphones to listen to the sound more clearly like I have done with other earphones.
The earphones were comfortable and also sat in my ear well without ever falling out. They came provided with two spongey covers to place on the earphones if wanted, but I never use them as I preferred listening without. I also found they were difficult to get on and off the earphones and tore easily. The sound comes through really well on the earphones on all settings and i've even found when on loud, at times I do not even need to place the earphones in my ear and have used them as speakers.
The first set of these earphones I bought lasted over a year. Afterwards I bought a different brands pair but they only lasted a few months before one ear piece stopped working. I then went back and bought these earphones again and have used them ever since. These sony earphones are cheaper than others available from the same brand but I find that the sound quality of these is good enough to use on a daily basis.
I'm one of those guys who has always got his earphones plugged in, be it on the bus in the car or walking around, better to listen to music and radio than the industrial hum of Northampton. I recently purchased the final ever Sony cassette Walkman model and because the generic Sony headphones provided weren't top of the range and all a bit tinny I decided to upgrade in the hope of more volume boost, health & safety meaning the Walkman couldn't really deliver the required heavy rock levels, the stuff I like.
The biggest issue with ear-plug mini headphones for me is they no loner supply the little black foam bits to cover the heads. They say the heads are designed to fit snugly in the ear but it's rarely the case and any snugness not achieved means you lose sound quality and volume and back to that tinny sound. Hunting down these tiny foamy things is not easy and so far I have found only one retail outlet that sells them, the electronics specialist Maplins. If anyone knows of a chain store that sells those things I'm all ears, excuse the pun! Maplins charge an extortionate £3.99 for just eight of them, a 3000% mark up! HMV used to do eight for 99p but stopped doing them in the Northampton store.
I usually spend between £5 and £10 on mini headphones as we all know however much you spend on them one of the heads you stick in your ear will soon stop working and so the now mono kit relegated for radio or internet chatroom use only. They usually breakdown because of weather getting into the delicate copper wires or from the constant bending on the wire you can't stop happening. Every time you stuff your Walkman or Ipod back into your bag or pocket the wire is slightly weakened. To be honest moulded cables and sockets are designed that way to you keep having to buy a new one. I must have purchased over fifty of these over the decades.
It's your standard pin plug with about 3ft from plug to phones. They do supply two of those foam heads but they are hidden in the box and could easily be thrown away when you first open the packaging. As per normal with anything electrical there's an absurd amount of instructions enclosed in an equally absurd amount of languages. It's mostly health & safety wavers but it's still unclear who couldn't figure out how to use mini headphones. It's unclear how useful the Sony European Guarantee is and I was told at Argos that I couldn't return the product if I have used it, a new attitude by retailers in recession, they say because the product will be soiled when used whereas I say they know it will break pretty quickly and don't want to cough up. What I tend to do to cover that meanness is to carefully open the box and remove the product so I can slide it back in again and glue the box up so it doesn't look like I have used it. This and some good spiel always works.
The sound quality is hard to judge as it's determined by the kit the ear phones are plugged into. My Walkman isn't exactly a ghetto blaster when it comes to decibels ad so the volume isn't great on these, presumably tapered to European decibel level laws. As I said I like rock music and so need that 'thump'! They are, apparently, 'super bass sound' efficient so more suited to street sounds and the like but don't expect that boom for your buck. There is no extra volume control switch on the wire and so if you like it loud then these may not be for you although, again, the volume may be dependent on your Ipod or MP Player etc.
As far as cheap mini heads go these are ok, no tiny sound and enough volume for safe listening, ideal for kids. Not everyone likes the big chunky wraparound earphones or the mini ones that have the more awkward shaped ear phones that may well keep falling out of your lugs. You need them tight and snug in there and if you like them cheap and discreet then these Sony's are for you. I'm not expecting them to last long as I'm an all weather guy and accept rust will win the day. It very much came under the get rid of the Argos voucher category and in this long hot summer I hope they will do for me until September.
Sound - 6/10
Sharpness - 7/10
Price - 7/10
Value - 7/10
Availability - 9/10
Guarantee - 5/10
£5.39p on Amazon
£7.49p in Argos
I bought these to replace my previous headphones which I unfortunately lost. I bought these for two reasons - the brand name and the price. I was hoping that the price wasn't going to have a great affect on sound quality, and to my pleasant surprise it isn't, although at times when the headphones are placed in your ears they do seem to feel uncomfortable after prolonged periods.
That said: the sound quality is excellent for such a cheap pair of headphones; also included is some buds for the earphones, but personally, I don't use them because whilst the sound sounds a lot more bassier, the actual sound quality is a lot lower and is slightly muffled.
The sound leakage is minimal if you put the volume at a medium level, however at high volumes the sound leakage is very high and I have been told once or twice to put the volume down by the people sitting next to me on the bus, so don't put the volume up too high!
However, if you're looking for cheap headphones with great sound quality, then I seriously recommend this.
Whilst watching the new series of Top Gear, I thought to myself it was time to write a new review...so low-and-behold, I've gone for the completely unobvious and not reviewed Top Gear, but a pair of headphones I've recently had to purchase to replace my beloved iPod ones that have perished through years of loyal service.
Now, how on earth do you realistically review headphones, just basic portable headphones for an mp3 player, which can even stretch over the 150 word limit for a Premium Review, let alone push past several hundred words? Well, lets find out...
They came in the seemingly mandatory plastic packaging along with a cardboard backing which is nigh on impossible to tear into. In big bold letters along with the manufacturers logo are the words "BASS SOUND" - so on that basis these should pack a musical punch. Now, I'm not a listener to anything heavily 'bass' orientated, much more of a guitar-band man, but nonetheless a good piece of bass emphasis can enhance even the worse piece of music. After a couple of weeks usage, they don't notably increase the audible bass level but at least they work!
So, here's a few technical details...
- Colour: Black, silver
- Headphones Type: Headphones - binaural
- Headphones Form Factor: Ear-bud
- Connectivity Technology: Wired
- Sound Output Mode: Stereo
- Response Bandwidth: 12 - 22000 Hz
- Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty
- 16mm driver unit
- 1m cord length
- Item Weight: 5 g
- Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
Next stop, and here's a manufacturers product description...
"The fontopia in-the-ear design fits snugly, yet comfortably inside the ear so you can enjoy music while exercising, skating or dancing. Sony Acoustic Twin Turbo Circuitry uses sound chamber and ducts for improved efficiency, gets high sonic output from your portable stereo. Silent Cap prevents sound leakage, makes your music less likely to disturb your neighbors. Neodymium magnet assures maximum energy in minimum size. Neodymium is far more powerful than conventional Samarium Cobalt or Aluminum magnets."
Well that all sounds delicious and aerodynamically ingenious but it is clearly an over-hyped sales pitch. Far be it from me to question the intelluctual properties of 'neodymium' but I'm sure it's just inflated, absolute jargon.
You can pick up a pair of these headphones from Amazon.co.uk for just £6.08 (yes, that does appear an odd price) so extremely cheap for something you could end up using every day. It's also ranked 254 in the Electronics & Photo category, so a relatively popular piece of kit.
So, surely that must be enough for a review on a very basic pair of headphones? I'd like to think so, so on that bombshell, I hope you've enjoyed you read. At 464 words, I'd like to think so!
I bought these to use with my mp3 player to replace the ones that came as standard. I chose them as cheap and cheerful headphones that weren't so dreadful that even my untrained ears would object. What I got was a pair of headphones that are probably not far in quality from some of Sony's much higher priced headphones. Sure, they're not stunningly comfy and do feel a little awkward after a while but they do the job well and they're not bad to the point of being painful. The sound quality is fine for what they are and what they cost (£6 from the Sony shop, probably cheaper elsewhere).
The build quality is as good as always from Sony and they have survived being stuffed into pockets and bags.
If I had to find fault with them it would be that the cord is a little on the short side (1m) and doesn't reach the bottom of a trouser pocket. It will reach an mp3 player in a pocket but it is a bit tight. The plug is narrowed towards the jack that I think is so that it can be used with the iPhone (standard ones are too wide) although I have not tested this.
Overall they do everything that is expected of them and at this price you can't complain.