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I am a big music fan and the thought of leaving the house without my IPod and a set of headphones is unthinkable. Whether it is a walk to the local shops, a bus journey or long distance travel, I always have my music playing.
I mostly buy Sony headphones and have tried lots of different styles over the years, whilst this ear plug style isn't my favourite; I have found these to be well worth the £9.99 I paid for them in Curry's. They come with different plugs to suit a variety of ear sizes; I use the middle ones and find them very comfortable to wear. They are made of rubber; some other brands are made from plastic and can be uncomfortable so always check this when buying this style of headphone.
They produce good sound with no distortion and because they fit in your ear they are very good at blocking out background noise, essential if the bus if full of screaming kids. The cable is sufficiently long that you can hold the device at arms length if required or keep your music device in any pocket without stretching the wire; I have damaged many headphones because the wire is so short I am tugging on it every time I walk.
They are far from ideal for exercising or anything that involves lots of movement or stretching as they are not secured around your ear and can easily fall out. So if this is what you will be primarily doing whilst using them I would recommend looking for another style.
As I am a lover of music and have been through a numerous amount of earphones and MP3 players alike, I wanted to get a pair of good quality earphones that would last. Upon researching the markets for earphones that would last and give a high quality audio performance I found that, being a student, I was largely out priced by some of the costs of earphones nowadays. I found many earphones going beyond the £50 price mark and some even more costly. Because of this, I decided to lower my demands and try and find a decent pair or earphones that were worth their price and lasted. That is when I discovered a black pair of Sony MDR EX35LPB earphones.
I decided to go for these mostly because of the manufacturer. Sony are a well known company who seem to live and breathe electronics. I have previously purchased laptops and audio players by Sony and have never been let down by the name. I believe that this is important when buying an electrionic device.
The Sony MDR EX35LPB earphones came boxed with instructions. These are not particularly needed to know how to use the product but did have some information about the product such as warranty. All one needs to do to use the earphones is simply plug them in to the earphone socket of your device, whether this be a pc, mp3 player, ipod or even a Hi-Fi system.
The Sony MDR EX35LPB earphones fit into the ear very snuggly, eliminating unwanted background noise such as other conversations. This gives one a much purer music experience. The chord is also of a good length, meaning that one can listen easily to music whilst storing their mp3 player in their pocket. There is also an adjustable cord slider on the wire of the earphones to prevent the tangling of wires.
The earphones produce a good sound which is justified by the price. Although this sound is not immense nor is it berathtaking, it is as good as any music lover needs when on the move such as on the bus or tube.
These earphones also have an aesthetically pleasing look, whether they are in ones ear or just dangling and could easily be used by either a girl or a boy. There are many earphones these days that have been produced for a specific gender however that is not the case with these.
These can be purchased on Amazon for around £12.00 new!
I have the same problem with these earphones - they don't fit. My previous earphones were a set of Shure e2c. After almost 2 years of use one of the wires broke and I decided to try a pair of these Sony earphones due to the fact that they were half the price and also since they were slightly more compact. The problem is not as described by some reviewers above; it has nothing to do with the size of your ear or earlobe - the issue is the diameter of your ear canal. This is something that is unique to each individual - I am a six foot man and yet the smallest rubber ear piece supplied with these earphones is still too big - I also used the smallest earpiece with my Shure earphones and it was OK. The usage guide for the earphones mentions that smaller earpieces can be purchased separately which annoys me immensely - for a few extra pennies they could have been added to the set but now I have to try to track them down and buy them! I would recommend spending the extra money and getting the Shure earphones.
I wear headphones all the time, and if I'm, not listening to music for some reason they'll be hanging around my neck. Until recently I used to buy and use the cheap £5 headphones that sony make and to be fair to them they were good for the money. Then, a month or so ago I decided to spend a bit more to see if it really made that much difference. So I bought these. And the difference is staggering. I'm still not convinced that spending £50+ on a pair of headphones is a worthwhile investment but these (they cost me £19) really do sound and feel better.
The in ear design is comfy and comes with three sizes to fit any ear (maybe not extremes but they are comfy for me on the middle size). They are so much comfier than the hard plastic ones (they are rubber) that cost less.
The sound is of high quality and is clear and crisp with no distortions over any of the range.
Even though they are not noise cancelling they do cut out a lot of background noise and allow you to play your music more quietly so your ears don't have to die. The downside of this is that you can't really use them while cycling or running if you need to be aware of what is going on around you.
The cable is plenty long enough to reach to the bottom of the deepest pocket and comes with a winder to stop spare cable flapping around if you do need it shorter.
I have been using them almost constantly for the past two months and they've not shown even the slightest sign of dying in any way (split cable by the jack etc).
They have finally convinced me that it is worth spending a little more.
I love to listen to music so much it is a big part of my life and gets me through especially when I am feeling low or just generally having a bad day so for me wether I am travelling to or from work or in my bedroom or generally just hanging about or doing some exercise or even cutting the grass sticking some tunes on makes most of these things a bit more pleasant and thats when I stick my Ipod Touch on and chill out a bit or put on something a bit more up tempo especially if it is early in the morning.
Throughout the years I have had walkmans and discmans and the earphones I have used have been the round normal ones like the type you would get with any type of Ipod and that is what I have always bought. A few weeks ago I started to notice that my earphones were not working as they should be so I thought oh no that is really going to spoil my music listening pleasure but instead of doing something about it I ignored it and would just twist round the bit where you plug in the earphones and that seemed to do the trick.
Then after a couple of weeks it really started to become a proper annoyance and it was not worth listening to my Ipod if I was not getting the listening pleasure I was craving for. So I debated in my head for a little bit what shall I do and I finally came to the conclusion that I would buy a new set of earphones and so on my lunch from work one day I trundled over to HMV and started to browse the earphone section and see what earphones selection they had and what would be most suitable for me.
I saw the in-ear earphones and thought I dont know about these type of earphones as I had never tried them before and so I was a bit sceptical to spend money on something I did not know too much about. So I started browsing my usual type of earphones that I always go for and there looked to be an ok range but nothing that stood out for me and said yes Rob I think you should buy me. As I was pondering what to do next a member of HMV staff came over and politely said "Do you need any help today sir?".
I explained to the member of staff my dilemma and he said to me that the type of earphones I usually buy were not as popular as they used to be and that the in-ear style of earphones had become more popular and he even endorsed that he had some himself and had not been left dissapointed by the quality. So I asked him if there was any of the in-ear phones that was the most popular or on offer and he had a quick look and then took off the rack the Sony MDR EX35LPB earphones.
He explained that they were quite different to the earphones I was most accustomed to and I straight away thought is this what I really want but then as he went further into the explanation I started to take more of an interest. He told me that the earphones did go deeper into your ear hence the name in-ear and he said that the earphones would block the sound around you or the majority of it anyway.
He also told me that there would be more of a bass sound and that would mean that when you normally would listen to music on your PC or Laptop or Hi-Fi ect it would be of a decent quality but then these earphones would pick up more sounds like at the start and beginning of songs and in certain favourite songs and you would even feel in some ways like you may be in a recording studio or a live performance with the artist you are listening to in the same room as you.
I also got told by the HMV staff member that normally these earphones would retails at about £34.99 and I had seen other such earphones at that price and was a bit unsure to pay so much for these even though I did need them but then he delivered some sweet musical news to my ears and told me that they were currently selling at a special price of £14.99 and for an extra £3.99 then I would get a 3 year warranty on the earphones so if within 3 years my earphones were damaged or lost or stolen or any other such mishap or malfunction I could go into HMV and buy the same type of earphones for the same price of £14.99 and with such information given to me by the helpful staff member I was handed my earphones and went to purchase them and also asked for the warranty cover also.
I also asked about the HMV Pure Card as I had purchased one previously and had not seemed to have accrued any points when I checked my online balance but when I checked my receipt after making my purchase I saw that I had a healthy points balance of 4799 which I was quite chuffed about and left the HMV store a happy customer but was still yet to try out the earphones so there was time for my mood to change.
As I got on my first bus of 2 to get me home I thought why not crack open the earphones now and give them a try out and see if they are as good as what the bloke at HMV had told me. My first impression was that I still dont know about these they dont look too sturdy or like they would actually give me the music satisfaction I craved so much. As I pulled the earphones out of the wrapping I was thinking is this going to be one purchase I have made a mistake on???
As I gently placed each earphone safely into my ears I suddenly was like I cannot hear much and then thought oh well that must be the blocking out sound part and at was still a bit wary as the earphones felt a bit weird but I sat back in my seat on the bus and thought why not give them a proper test so I scrolled through the music on my Ipod Touch and stuck on some Generation X - Perfect Hits 1975-1981 album and had it on full volume as this always seemed to be an album that I could not hear as well as others and as the music started to play the vocals of Billy Idol came through and a beaming smile came over my face.
The music sounded much clearer and for my first impression of being a in-ear earphone virgin I was a happy music fan. I wanted to keep testing the earphones so I put on Lostprophets - Liberation Transmission album and turned the volume down a bit as this always seemed a bit louder previously and sometimes you get other bus users giving you "The Stare!!!" and so as the music came on pretty much straight away the bass comes through and again I am left feeling so good that the music that is playing is giving me the satisfaction that I crave so much.
I also tested with coughing and singing but not too loud as I did not want other bus users to think I was some kind of crazy weirdo! It sounded a bit bizarre but at the same time as I listened for other such sounds around me they did not affect my music listening pleasure. The next song I tried was a dance song something really up tempo to see if the earphones could give me a more mellow chill out affect as and when I would need it like on a Sunday or on a day off and so I played Lifelike and Kris Menace - Discopolis(Chris Lake Remix) single and just like the previous music I had played I was filled with a positive mood that made me feel so great and I had made the right purchase.
I did a couple more tests just to make sure that the earphones were of the quality I was after and so I put on the Razorlight album Up All Night and I put my Ipod Touch back up to full wack and as Golden Touch started up it was so brilliant to hear this type of music on another level and I just wanted to try more and more music but I thought I would give one more blast of music before I switched my Ipod Touch off until next time and so I got some R&B flava on with the Jodeci album The Show, The After Party, The Hotel and put on a really cool and sexy song that I like so much called Freek `n` You and it sounded so fresh and so awesome and so the tests had come to show me that the earphones I had bought were the ones I had been looking for.
I have been using the earphones for less than a week and now really wish I had been more adventurous in buying them as I would have gone for in-ear earphones every time as they make the music feel so much more real and takes your music listening experience higher than ever before and whether you are just chilling out or ready for a night out these earphones make it a musical experience worth taking every time you put the earphones in and makes you want to listen to music so much more the bass really is incredible.
So if you have never had a pair of in-ear earphones before and even though you might be thinking that they are not the standard and quality of your usual earphones you use take a chance and I promise you will left in a musical paradise.
Thanks for reading as always and hope I have given you a decent insight as why you should purchase these music changing earphones. One thing I would point out also is initially when pulling the earphones out it may feel strange at first but this feeling soon goes away.
I bought these about 6 months ago, wooed by the brand name. These were my first "in ear" headphones. Contrary to other reviewers, I think they are great (and picked them up for a lower price). For comparison purposes, I don't have a history of buying expensive headphones but I do have a chunky set for music equipment at home. I wanted a pair which were small to carry but wouldn't fall out while doing sport.
- they come with three ear size pieces, the smallest of which fit my ears perfectly, and I generally take very small sizes for things like this. The largest size seems pretty big.
- the fit is so snug that I can wear them whilst cycling or jogging and they don't fall out
- the ear pieces can be removed and washed
- the sound quality is excellent, plenty of bass and real stereo (assuming you stick the right one in the right ear, left one in the left ear)
- they come with a a little plastic bit which you can wrap spare wire around. This means you can make the lead as long or short as you like, and not have loads of trailing lead to get caught in things or tied in knots - really handy.
- they seem to be quite robust as I stick them in my bag with loads of other stuff and no sign of damage yet
- they don't come with a carry case, although that personally doesn't bother me
i bought these headphones at the airport before going away because my other ones had broke. because of the good name the sony brand has i felt that 30 was a small price to pay because i was sure they would be good. i was not wrong, the sound quality was brilliant however the positives just about stop there, i had a lot of trouble getting them to stay in my ear. i do not have very large ears however i could not seem to get them in right without them falling out. if i was listening to my music and was walking at a pace, out they would come. there was no chance i could go for a run with them in they just would not fit. My friend who has smaller ears than me tried them out and she did not have the same problem so i do suggest these are a very good buy if you have small years because the quality of sound is great however for you who have slightly larger ears you might have difficulty using them.
i bought these head phones around 4 months ago due to the fact my other head phones got stuck in my car door therefore broke. these headphones were the only headphones in the shop that would fit my phone and they were at a reasonable price so i bought them for around thirty pound. i dont buy cheap headphones because they are uncomfortable and the sound quality is useless. i was extrememly disapointed with these headphones because they were rather expensive and they did not fit in my ears properly. if i was walking down the street they would fall out of my ears constantly and this was quite annoying because i had to keep putting them back in. because of the price and the brand my expectations were a lot higher however they were slashed upon buying the product.
i would not recomend these headphones to anyone unless they had small earlobes. i must admit thought the sound quality was one of the best i have heard in headphones when i managed to get them to fit in my ear !