I have had these headphones for nearly 3 years now, and they have never, ever let me down. It was recently that I got my new iPod, and I decided that these headphones were getting a bit old. So I got a cheaper pair of Sony headphones for around £18. The new pair were not too bad to start with, but after about two weeks, started to get worn out already! They sounded as though they were about to blow up at any second! The distortion was driving me crazy. It was then I went back to these headphones. And the sound quality was still amazing. I first got these from a Sony centre when they were a new release. I loved them as soon as I got them - but sometimes I started to tire of them because they had so much bass, sometimes I swear they made my ears hurt. It was not until I got the other pair that I truely appreciated these ones. The bass is just excellent, but not as good as I have tried (but these were £115 in ear headphones that I had tried in Hong Kong a while ago). But the price difference is huge! These are such good value for money. The whole frequency range has amazing clarity. I am quite fussy with sound quality and these really did impress me. They are quite 'power hungry' however, so may sound slightly quieter than your normal headphones. One thing about these headphones is that the earbuds are quite easily removed. I have lost one of my medium sized ones, so am using one large and one medium! Even the large ones are very comfortable though, even though they slip out of your ear much more easily - but depends on the size of your ear I suppose! At £35, I considered these an absolute bargain. SOny have released a newer model, the MDR-EX71, which are about £10 cheaper, exactly the same, and available in black/ver dark blue or white to match your iPod! I am strongly considering purchasing some of these to get back my medium sized earbud, that is how good these are for the price. Very highly recommended.
I bought these earphones for two principle reasons. First, I cannot stand cheap leaky earphones so often disturbing my jouney to and from work on the bus. Why they beleive the rest of the bus must listen to their walkman because they are too deaf to hear it themselves confuses the hell out of me. These, however, plug neatly into the ear which means I can turn down the volume, save my own hearing for future use when old, and save the battery life on the iPod. Good all round. They also help block out, in most cases, the idiot with the symbols pumping from his head and prevent others from being toumented with my choice of music. The next reason is obviously a better sound. Push any in-ear phone to your head and listen to the better sound. These do this without having to walk around with your fingers pushing your earphones in. Now I am not one of these freaks who beleive that bass improves sound. Real sounds are a balance of all frequencies, not only bass, but there is no doubt that these do improve the music coming from my Minidisc or iPod and the cost of them is reflected in this fact. On the whole, very recommended. Could be cheaper but then everything could be. ;-)
I bought these as a replacement for some earphones which came with my CD player, and what a replacement. I tried them out when I got back from the shop with some hard trance and was sitting there in awe of the quality - usually I need the bass boost on the CD player to do the tracks any justice but now I have to turn it off or it'll shake my head apart! It's good, crisp bass and it doesn't take anything away from the rest of the frequency range. The quality of the sound is like nothing I've heard on a portable, and I'd go as far as saying it's better than what my hifi kicks out! I didn't have any problems with the buds staying in, but the feel of it takes a little getting used to - it's not really uncomfortable but it's not entirely comfortable either. If I did have problems then there are three different sizes of bud that come with the earphones so it should be fine for most people. The cord is reasonably long so another bonus there. All in all an absolutely cracking pair of earphones.
Well these babies certainly set you back some, and the main question here is "are they worth it?" Great quality sound pumped staight into you rinner ear may sound like a great idea but is this the case in practice? I bought a pair of these 'phones to replace some crappy ones that came with my minidisc player and just weren't doing it justice. My first gripe is that only the version with the long cord can be bought in the uk, as opposed to the short cord (specially for minidisc to join to the in cord controller) ones in asia, fair enough probably because of the minidiscs popularity over there. Now the main plus point is that the bass is fantastic with these headphones, and there is much less external noise with these buds than with a normal pair of in ear 'phones. The sealed back is the major reason why the bass is so good but although this is the case the background noise can still be heard unless at higher volume. Sound quality overall is good but suffers slightly at lower levels. The penalty for having such good bass is that the mid-higher range sounds are not as crisp. The other negative is that they KEEP FALLING OUT OF MY EARS!!! Maybe i have freaky ears or something, i dont know and they do come with two sizes of plug, but they always seemed to fall out or need constant re-adjusting to get the best sound. Maybe the constant need to want the volume turned up to a maximum all the time because the bass sounds so good is bad for your ears? That case is pretty nifty too although there is no room for the cable... Overall i would say that the overall sound quality and performance at all volumes does not justify the price paid.