After my beloved Skullcandy headphones had broken, my girlfriend kindly decided to buy me some beastly headphones - which I was told would arrive within a couple of weeks. I didn't have two weeks to have no earphones, so got straight on Amazon and found some £2 earphones - which just happened to be the Sony ones I'm concentrating on today. £2 was as high as I was going, as I needed immediate dispatch on them to ensure that I wouldn't be bored on my commute to work for the rest of the week. Luckily, they came as quickly as they were meant to.
I'd already gone through three different sets of headphones with a month, so expected that I couldn't undergo any further bad luck. The last set I had were perfect, but broke unexpectedly, so I thought that there wasn't a chance that something could go so wrong once more. I was confident that it wouldn't be the case when I copped some Sony earphones to see me over until the next headphones would arrive at the house. Once I got them, unpacking them and all the different bud heads which come with them, I plugged them straight into my laptop and tested them on a variety of YouTube videos. To be honest, the quality of them wasn't any different to the iPod standard ones, but were all I needed in this short space of time.
I'd be lying if I thought they these were a comfy fit in the ear. Their light rubber coating feel quite sharp at first (on my delicate ears) but you get used to it quickly. I wouldn't really even recommend these for everyday use, as they're the sort that you'd use whenever you're on a quick bus trip (for fear that someone would snatch headphones from your dome while you're on your daily commute. I found that the black earphones were easy to carry around and although they got tangled-up easily, you can do anything with them and they can withstand a lot. Recently, I discovered that I stored them in the worst place possible in my bag, as they were in a prime position to get soaked when it rains. However, they've lived through and have continued to become my backup for whenever I forget to bring my new headphones with me or forget to get new batteries.
Compared to the standard iPod earphones, I'd pick these any day. The difference of the audio quality isn't really noticeable, so the fact that they're black completely overrides any other potential reason not to get them, so they won't get (obviously) grubby. You can literally pick them up for next to nothing and seem to have lasted me much longer (4 months) than any other earphones have in the past. They get the job done, so if you'd like something which you can rely on and is good for the odd short journey, when larger ones aren't really suitable for the task.
This set of earphones are good for wearing for short periods of time! If you are on holiday around the pool, sat around your house they are great, they have excellent sound quality, they look good and they improve the bass by far. They do this because the have an extra bit that sticks out into your ear to get closer to your ear drum to obviously decrease the amount of sound lost like normal headphones.
They do work but once you have worn them for about 20mins they do start to hurt your ears, it is like having some uncomfortable sunglasses! As longas you are in a situation to be able to take them out for a bit and you aren't at the gym using them for a while you should be ok. They are durbale and I have had no problems they don't break and are made to the usual high Sony standard!
Its totaly as personal decision on weather you should get them, it depends on when you listen to your music and for how long. They have tried to make them comfortable by making them spongy but because everybodys ear are different they dont fit very well.
Don't pay anymore than about £10 - £13 and get them from an online shop i.e. the usual suspects eBay and Amazon.