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Earlier this year I received these headphones as a present after I lost my apple earphones in a tragic accident (involving them getting tangled around my excessive set of keys and key rings, and being somewhat overzealous in their removal / untangling and snapping them!) from a friend. I believe they bought them when they were on special offer for £8.99, but understand they retail around the £15 - £20 mark. Up to now I have only used Apple earphones with my IPod and I am surprised by the difference it makes. I have an Ipod 4th Generation and they work fine with this.
This is the first pair of earphones I have owned that come with a selection of inner ear pieces in different sizes to fit inside your ear canal. I often find that earphone heads are usually far too large, or the wrong shape to fit in my ear canal, and regularly fall out which is very frustrating no matter how much and at what angle I put them in, which is especially frustrating when exercising. With this pair, there are 3 pairs of inner pieces. I chose the smallest size, and they fit perfectly, without falling out every time I move. The inner ear pieces are very easy to change, you simply pull the piece off and push the other one on, so nothing fiddling to clip on. And most importantly - very comfy!
The wires have a adjustable clip to adjust the length between the ears, and most importantly a spool clipped on to wrap your wires around - this is especially handy so that my wires don't end up a tangled mess in my handbag - and therefore a repeat of last time hasn't happened yet!! There is also a volume control on the wire, that is compatible with my Ipod. The design is sleek, black and very modern!
I'm not an expert when it comes to music, I don't normally pick up too much when it comes to sound quality, however, even I can tell the sound difference with these earphones, there are whole layers of the music / song / track, and sounds that I hadn't heard / noticed before. I listen to a range of music from harder beats, through to the Les Miserable's soundtrack and I was surprised by how much difference it makes having a better quality of earphones across the board!
I would definitely recommend these earphones, to music listeners, music appreciators and music geeks alike!
I detest iPod earphones. Call me crazy, but I love hearing a good, hard, thumping bass and the Apple made earphones just don't do it for me. Scouring the shelves in my trusty local Tesco, I came across these beauties. If memory serves me correctly, I think I paid within the region of about £18- £20 for these earphones.
They come complete with an iPod in-line remote with the ability to adjust the volume, play, pause, fast forward and rewind your tunes.
They are compatible with iPod Nano (4th generation), iPod Touch (2nd generation), iPod Classic (120GB) and iPod Shuffle (3rd generation) models. Goodness knows what iPod I have; all I know is it's pink! But they worked fine with my iPod.
Now onto the bass, which is the reason I bought these earphone. There is a 9mm Neodymium driver unit (whatever that means!) which allows for deep, powerful bass! And it really is good; I had the turn the equalizer off on my iPod though, or I think I probably would have been deafened!
The earphones come with 3 sizes of hybrid silicon ear pieces in small, medium and large for fitting and minimal sound leakage. I found the small ones fit just fine.
There is also a cord adjuster and cord slider to prevent tangling, which is very, very irritating and can damage the earphones. I found this really handy.
I loved these earphones. Sadly too, so did my dog; he chewed them to bits :( But, if you are looking for a good, heavy bass and a really great sound, definitely invest in these earphones. they are very comfortable, don't fall out when you're jogging and the cord slider and adjuster come in handy too.
As with nearly all of sonys earphones,these are great quality sound for a great price.the sound quality is amazing from a pair this light and small.the bass isnt booming but is definetly there and pounding in the background.the vocals are clear and sharp and little bits of noise you didnt even know where there will suddenly pop up in your songs.
The comfort of these is also a winning favtor in any pair of in ear headphones and these are no exception.the noise isolation these give is largley based on the snug fit that thses offer,and with 3 different earbuds there is bound to be a pair that fit you.but anyway,they fit very snugly and you hardly notice them in your ears.
As well as the sound and fit,these earphones are quite loud and clear even at low volumes so they increase battery life as you only have to put it a quarter volume and ir is like it is all the way up.
Overall these are a great purchase for anyone with a music player and offer superb sound for a superb price,i honestly cant reccomend these enough
When my excellent Sennheiser CX400 II in-ear headphones started playing up, I reluctantly began looking for a replacement. Having bought the Senn's for a knock-down price of around £18, I was dismayed to find that they had risen to around the £40 mark, so I set about finding a comparable pair for around £20. I have had a good experience with Sony Fontopia in-ear headphones in the past, so, encouraged by a number of positive on-line reviews, and its suitability for the iPod, I settled for Sony's MDREX38IPB model.
A few clicks of the mouse later, and a pair were winging their way to me from Amazon for £17.79 (reduced from around £40). I was very happy with my CX 400's, so was very interested to see how Sony's effort would compare. I tend to be quite brand loyal, and it felt like something of a betrayal to buy Sony instead of Senn. As such, I was almost subconsciously determined to find fault with them to confirm my fickle folly. That said, these 'phones seemed almost as determined to prove themselves worthy.
IN THE BOX
The product arrived in a heat-sealed blister pack (the kind that takes half a toolbox to get into), and includes a small instruction leaflet, a selection of interchangeable silicon ear buds (small, medium and large), a cable tidy, and a small pouch to keep the 'phones in when not in use. The silicon on the inside of the ear bud - which attaches to the nib on the headphone - is colour coded to avoid confusion. The product comes with the medium buds fitted, but replacing them with the larger or smaller versions is easy enough. They pop into place securely without making you feel like you are forcing the issue.
DESIGN & FEEL
The 1.2m cord is quite generous, and to keep it from getting unmanageable, Sony have provided what they call a "cord adjuster". This is a relatively unsophisticated bit of hardened and rubberised silicon which looks vaguely like a docking cleat on a boat, but with two notches at each end of the cleat, which are used to secure the cable. To shorten the cable, you wrap as much of the cable as you need around it. It's useful and secure, especially as one of the biggest issues with in-ear 'phones is the "rustling" noise that can transmit along the cable when it hangs loose. Less cable means less interference.
That said, even though it is light, it acts as a bit of a dead weight on the cable, swinging pendulum-like unless you can secure it. This is where it compares a little unfavourably to the CX 400 - which had a clip on clip that allowed you to secure the cable on you to prevent it from moving around too much. Suffice it to say, I have solved the design problem by cannibalising the clip from my Senn's to use with these 'phones from Sony, but most will not have this quick fix available.
At a Y-junction, the cord splits into two symmetric cords, terminating in the left and right ear buds which are clearly marked. There is also a small slider which allows you to adjust the cord after the split. On the left cable, about two thirds of the way up, is an in-line "remote" - essentially a rocker switch which allows you to adjust volume, pause a track, go back a track or skip forward a track. The volume up/down are indicated clearly by a +/- symbol, and the rest of the functions are used by clicking the middle of the switch either once (pause), twice (go forward a track) or three times (go back a track). The switch is pretty responsive, and you can feel a discernable click as you depress it. The only issue - for me at least - is that the remote is a little too far up the cord, so its just out of my sight line. I have to hunt for it with my hand and bring it to eye level to operate, which sometimes makes me inadvertently tug the ear bud loose.
That said, even with this minor irritation, it is a vast improvement on my Senn's, which had a tricky and imprecise in-line volume slider with very little variation in volume, and no other functions. The Sony is clearly built with the iPod in mind (and is advertised as such) and the ability to control it without having to keep diving into your pocket is a big plus and a major selling point. Make sure to check your iPod model for compatibility as only the newer versions seem to be supported (Nano 4th Gen, Touch 2nd Gen, Classic 120GB and Shuffle 3rd Gen).
IN THE EAR
My musical tastes are pretty eclectic and stretch from thrash metal, 80's synth driven electronica, classic rock, and jazz to classical music, so I need my headphones to be able to cope with System of a Down as deftly as Miles Davis and Rachmaninoff. Fortunately, the Sony delivers very nicely on all counts. The key is to ensure you have selected the right ear buds to get a good seal and prevent sound leakage. You will know if you haven't, as the output will be quite tinny and seem a little distant. With the buds properly in place you get a good, deep bass, and vibrant treble. The "Gladiator" official soundtrack which features a good contrast of booming martial drum and brass set pieces and quieter moments of more contemplative strings and wind instruments is a good benchmark - and these 'phones pick out the nuances impressively.
The silicon makes them really comfortable to wear, and provided your ears are clean, they stay in quite securely. I have never got on with the standard iPod headphones, which I find uncomfortable and tinny - so these make a very worthwhile upgrade. They tend to be fairly good at isolating noise, so they are perfect for use on the tube and train, managing to block out most sounds so you can concentrate on the music. It's good news for the ears all-round, as this noise reduction means you can listen at lower volumes. The only down-side is the interference you get from the cable rubbing against your clothes, but that's a "feature" of this kind of design and one that should be accounted for if you are thinking about buying them. These buds are best used when you are relatively stationary so avoid this kind of design if you're looking for an exercise pair.
CONTENDER OR PRETENDER?
After five months of almost everyday use, these Sony 'phones have really grown on me, so much so that I don't miss my superlative Senn's one little bit. Apart from a couple of design niggles (positioning of in-line remote and lack of clip) these 'phones deliver a significant aural upgrade on the standard white ones packaged with Apple products, and represent excellent value for money - provided that you can find them for less than the £40 RRP. Although the Amazon deal I bought them on has long since expired, they are still available at the time of writing (March 2011) for £17.79 from Play.com with free delivery.
© Hishyeness 2011
Recently when my trusty standard ipod headphones decided to stop working on the bus ride home I was forced into buying some new ones and wanted to invest a bit of cash to get a quality pair that were going to last me and meet my extensive needs use. I done a bit of research and came up with the idea that the Sony MDR EX38IPB model was perhaps the best choice.
Mainly because this was advertised as being the ideal set of headphones for use with ipod products, plus the positive experiences with the brand in the previous years, I decided to prompt for this. At £41.99 they aren't by any means cheap and will be unreasonable to some for a pair of headphones but as I use mine a lot and as I am obsessed with sound I bought them and have not regretted it one bit.
They come in a stylish black with a tough and nicely measured cord and coated in a hard plastic in the ears. They do look bigger than the normal in ear headphones but this has the effect of ensuring they stick in your ears firmly and don't fall out. This is certainly one of the plus sides of these, they don't budge once in the ear and that is something I have always had a problem with in terms of ear phones. Also it means they fill the ear with sound which may be no good for the ear drums in the long run but it does gibe you the full effect of the music you are listening to.
And that is the other main plus of this set...the quality of the sound. The music pumps out of my ipod crystal clear and even at high volumes, which for me is rare, I'm not one of these on the bus who likes everyone else to hear their music, it plays clear and they are by far and away the best headphones I have used.
Another good touch is the mini remote on the headphone lead which is omnipresent in devices these days and very useful as it controls volume and track selection meaning you get full control without having to keep getting your mp3 device out of your pocket every two minutes.
Also in the bag you get a small bag to carry them round in which is handy.
All in all despite the high cost, which I was happy paying, I am over the moon with these headphones. Comfortable, easy and quality!