Product Type: Sony headphones
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Great price, great quality, great product.
Sony MDR E818LP
Member Name: RTWJuju
Sony MDR E818LP
Advantages: Inexpensive, can take a bit of bruising.
Disadvantages: Not unbreakable.
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.
Summary: Great product - I'll continue to use them faithfully.
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