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      19.05.2009 17:17
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      Fantastic but get some glue on the ear buds!

      I am extremely impressed with these headphones!! I bought them after my 4 year old creative headphones finally packed up, and I thought they sounded good. However these are a massive improvement. The sound quality is superb and it is hard to believe that such tiny headphones can produce such amazing bass. They are very comfortable, unlike some other in ear headphones, and because they seal in your ear they block out any background noise and provide great quality. This also means that no one around you can hear what your listening to.

      There are only two things which I feel let down these otherwise great headphones and that is that the little earbud pieces always fall of and are so easy to lose. Especially if in a pocket or something. I would recommend gluing on the correct size ear bud before use. The second problem is the cable, it comes with a short cable on the headphones themselves, which is too short, and an extension cable which is too long. Maybe worth buying a shorter extension??

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        13.05.2009 16:08
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        I like them. I think you will too.

        I use the London Underground. Using the London Underground is loud. Using these headphones is not loud.

        What do I mean?

        I don't have to have my music up too loud to enjoy it, 'cos the in-ear shape blocks out unwanted noise. So I don't have to deafen myself to enjoy what I'm listening too.

        Furthermore, I'm not loud when I'm listening to them. Because as mentioned above I don't have to have the volume up particularly high to hear things, and the shape and design limits the amount of sound leaked.

        Every one wins right. I get to hear my music, other travelers don't have to.

        The other feature I'm a big fan of is the short-cord. I use an iPod Shuffle which I clip to my shirt-collar. I don't want a cord dangling all over the place, getting in the way of things. No, I want a short cord. And that's what they've got.

        So there you have it. Great sound for me, next to no sound for others, and a conveniently short cord.

        I recommend these.

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          06.01.2009 19:13
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          Good mid priced headphones, shame about the wire.

          Initially these headphones take some getting used to, they fit snugly into the ear canal (3 different sized earbuds to suit different ears!), this means that a lot of external noise is blocked out. This helpd to improve the quality of the music as well as solving that anti social problem where headphones leak noise...if only they gave them out on buses!


          Although I'm no audiophile, the quality of the sound was greatly improved when I changed from cheap stock earphones, with better bass and range. As long as you are happy with the in ear sensation, the headphones are very comfortable even wearing for hours everyday. They also stay in well when exercising, if the wire is looped from the back of your neck.

          The wire is the only problem with the headphones, I have had two pairs so far both which have only lasted six months due to the wire breaking. The wire is very thin so don't stand up well to the usual twisting and wrapping round mp3 players etc. However, I have yet to find a pair of earbuds from any manufacturer that have a stronger wire.

          All in all a good product however take care over the wire!

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          24.09.2008 12:49
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          Won't get much better for the money

          I have owned quite alot of sony in-ear headphones over the years and i have to say these sound great compaired the others i have owned. Sony earphones tend to sound very basey and can muffle the higher frequencies but i'd say these are not as bad. I also had no problems with the rubber fittings not fitting my ear or the ear phones constantly falling out as some people seem to have. But i guess this is down to luck and the shape of your ears. The one thing i have against these headphones is the deterioration of the cable tat goes around your need. The rubber completely disintegrated after 3 months of i rubbing against the collar of my jacket. The cable is meant to be anti-tangle and it made of very soft rubber. But the cable should last alot longer than 3 months. I assume Sony have or are doing something about it as i'm not the only one this has happened to. Sound wise, you wont get much better sounding in ear phones for your money.

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            22.08.2008 23:58
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            in all id say these are damn good for their price and would recomend to anyone.

            I'm not going to beat around the bush with these head phones... THEY ARE AWESOME!
            I got a pair of these from my local sony retailer about 3 weeks ago. I had bought an ipod but the headphones had broken within 2 weeks of using them. after seeing the price for a new pair of ipod headphones (which i now hated with a passion) i decided i may aswell push the boat out and find some better headphones. the mdr-ex71sl's were recommended to me by a close friend of mine. when i finally located a pair, i thought they looked slightly cheap, but looks can be very decieving.
            the sound quality is amazing and the bass can actually be heard without a constant rattle or vibration, they are durable and they are by far worth the money if you want to spend the £30+ .
            the one thing i do not like about these, and is purely because im fussy more than anything else, is the Short 0.5 m lead to connectto any remote commander 1.0 m extension lead supplied.
            i find it sometimes comes disconnected and then i have to dig out the ipod to unpause it and plug in the headphones again, yet i would still reccomend these to anyone!

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            05.08.2008 13:21
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            These really do work and are so much more affordable than noise cancelling headphones!

            Being a frequent flyer, and having a huge aversion to noise, I am often plagued by the inevitable screaming baby on planes. Usually behind me. Kicking my seat and generally being hateful. I seriously think there should be a law saying that you have to be at least, oh, 10, before you are allowed to travel by air. And if you take your baby on flights over two hours, shame on you. (I don't actually hate children, just those in on planes, buses, in supermarkets...I'm sure I will feel thoroughly sorry when I am a parent myself!)

            Anyway, there's my lecture over. Complaints aside, I needed a solution. Ear plugs just don't work - the frequencies achieved by a pissed off one-year-old simply can't be blocked by a bit of foam. I had my iPod, but the headphones that come with it are quite frankly useless, and I wasn't about to shell out £200 for a pair of Bose, great as I'm sure they were.

            The solution seemed to be noise isolating headphones. Not to be confused with noise cancelling, they are significantly cheaper, and work by creating a seal to block outside noise and deliver the sound closer to your ear drum, rather than covering it with white noise. This also means that you don't have to charge the headphones or keep replacing batteries for them to keep working.

            I had originally wanted to buy a pair of Sennheiser headphones, after reading several reviews and finding them cheaper online. Well, some awful company called Gnucklebish stole my money and never delivered (there's a story for another review..seems they sprung up from nowhere, took everyone's money and vanished). So, with £14.99 lost and a flight looming, I decided to just buy some more and deal with the offending company later (turns out NoChex were no NoHelp and I'm too angry to deal with it just yet)!

            The Sony were my next choice, so I popped into Comet and picked up the MDR-EX 71 SL for £29.99.

            The headphones come with a little grey drawstring bag and a case of three sets of "ear pieces", along with instructions. Basically, you pop the rubber ear pieces onto the end of the headphones, see which size feels best, and push the headphone quite far into your ear so that a seal is created. For me the smallest size feels best, they are snug without feeling too bulky in my ear and have no chance of falling out, although if you are not used to wearing something that low in your ear (I often wear ear plugs so was fine) it might take some getting used to.

            Well, do they work? In a word...yes! I test drove these on my way to work and was amazed at how the chatter of a busy bus was blocked. The instructions warn you to be extra careful crossing the road because of their efficiency at blocking noise. I have certainly had a couple of close calls, if a police car came tearing around the corner, I would probably get run over.

            When my flight came around, I spotted a pushchair at the gate and thought "right, headphones, it's you and me against this demon baby". It really was a demon baby. It was a long flight (9 hours) and I don't think the screaming stopped once. I say I don't think it did, because with my headphones in I was blissfully unaware! THEY STOPPED THE SCREAMING BABY!

            I arrived at my destination after having slept for a couple of hours, which has never happened on a flight, but more importantly I arrived without having got ridiculously angry at the baby. In fact, I felt some weird sense of empathy for the parents becase they had to sit next to it and probably didn't have headphones like mine. I would like to put this down to personal growth, but I think it is entirely due to my beloved headphones.

            A couple of bad points now. The cable is a really strange length. It is in two parts, and is either too short or REALLY long. I had to add the second piece or it would be too short to carry in a pocket or bag, but had to roll it up a couple of times and wrap with the cable tie it came with.

            I had read that they aren't really built to last, and I would agree in a sense. I keep my headphones in my bag and already there are a few little nicks out of the rubbery part of the top of the headphone. The earpieces themselves can be washed easily being as they are entirely made of rubber. I am careful with the ends of the headphones and try to keep the end part in the drawstring bag when I remember, but the cable looks good as new.

            The music quality is significantly better than with the awful standard iPod headphones - I have no idea how they can justify selling the Apple headphones for almost £20! The amount of bass depends on how far you have the headphone pushed into your ear, but this isn't something I notice. The best part is that as it goes down further into your ear rather like an ear plug, even in noisy environments you can listen to your music at a lower volume..and still hear it!

            If you are a frequent traveller, commute to work or are just looking for a cheaper version to noise cancelling headphones, buy these!

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              10.07.2008 21:44
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              buy them for comfort.

              these type of earphones are amazing,
              i tend to take off the jelly comforting bit,
              i dont know why but i just do.

              i got my first pair of these earphones with my new phone w580i
              oh and by the way if your thinking about buying that phone think again it is the worst phone i have ever had and ive had it into repairs twice!
              anyway back to the earphones i recommend them but to be honest i have ditched them now and iam now using my jcv gummy ones now they're amazing and very comfortable, they also come in a wide range of bright colours!
              these earphones are not the exact same as my phone ones in which iam speaking about but they are nearly the same as they are shaped the same.





              so to wrap things up
              buy these if you are looking for a thin and slightly invisable earphone look.

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                24.01.2008 11:46
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                Awesome earphones and very reasonably priced!

                Being that I just love music and that perhaps not everyone wants to be subjected to my particular favourite tracks as I sit in front of my pc or laptop I constantly use earphones. For a long time I was a great believer that earphones were earphones and there was no point in choosing one particular pair over another as they were pretty much all the same.... how wrong I was!!

                All the earphones I had used were the types that sit inside your ear but I was unaware that there was great benefit to be had from using earphones that actually sit in the ear canal rather than just in the outer ear crevice. This fact was pointed out to me by a good friend of mine who happens to be a dj and knows pretty much everything there is to know about music and sound quality. He told me (what I can now verify to be fact) that because the earphone is pushed into the ear canal there is no loss of sound and no outside sound can be heard to spoil your enjoyment of the music.

                So I now had to choose which particular type of earphone I would use, being a great fan of Sony products this was the first place I looked and they had loads of options in their ear canal range so I read a bit about each model and plumped for the Sony MDR-EX71SLB which turned out to be a very good choice.
                The sound from these earphones is tremendous, for the first time I can experience bass from my earphones and I am hearing notes in certain tracks which I have listened to for years that I previously haven't noticed. The sound reproduction from these tiny earphones is fantastic and for the very reasonable price of £22 they have been a truly great buy.

                I have now had these earphones for around 7 months and if anything were to go wrong with them I would certainly buy another pair the same without even considering any options they really are that good. I purchased mine from Amazon and the pack they came in contained a soft carry pouch, a 1 meter extension cable, three different sized silicon ear buds and of course the earphones themselves. The interchangeable ear buds are a great idea because obviously not everyone's ears are the same size and if the earphones do not fit properly then they can be annoying and also you can lose sound quality.

                The only downside to these earphones and it is a very small one, is that the cables seem very flimsy and they would probably snap very easily if tugged on or caught on something but as long as you are careful with them they will serve you well for a long time.
                Having used earphones both more and less expensive than these ones I can honestly say I have never use anything better. You get exactly what you would expect from a Sony product, good quality, good looks and high performance. I have used these on my mp3 player, my laptop and my pc and even at high volumes they are pitch perfect and you can use a fair amount of bass before you get any sort of distortion.

                My experience with these earphones has been very good and I would be very quick to recommend them to others in fact I would go so far as to say if you need earphones these are the only ones you should consider.

                Thanks for reading!

                ©2008 thebigc1690

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                  11.11.2006 18:17
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                  Sweet earphones, great sound quality!

                  I've had these earphones for over a year now and had zero problems with them what so ever. I bought them for £25 which I thought was a bit steep at first but now after having them I think that was a good price for the quality of earphones they are.

                  They are supplied with a range of accessories including a soft carrying pouch which comes in handy when travelling, to save them getting all tangled up around your player or in your pocket. Then there are three inter-changeable different sized ear buds that clip onto them very easy, they allow for people with different sized ears or what ever size feels more comfortableto them. I couldn't fit the medium sized ear buds in my ears and since i first bought them have been using the small sized ones. These ear buds also have their own small plastic carrying case.

                  The earphones wire is split into two wires as such with a small one that comes out of them, then an extender that clips onto these for extra length. This is good when your player is hanging around your neck and you can just have the small wire connected that is just the right nice length to reach your ears. Then when its in your pocket you can have the longer wire connected. All the connectors are gold plated to reduce signal loss and it comes with a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.

                  When it comes to the sound quality of the earphones the frequency has a wide range of 6Hz to 23000 Hz. This is considerably better than most pairs of earphones and allows for a lower bass tone and much sharper, clear high tones.

                  The way you wear them is different from normal earphones. The ear buds fit right into your ear and this way they can cancel out noise. This is good if you want to take more notice of your music and for obviously reasons but, you will find yourself taking them out completely to speak to your friend in a noisy environment. I have to admit as well, the way you wear them takes some getting use to.

                  Overall though a sweet pair of headphones and I would definitely reccomend them to anyone, especially people with iPods because the earphones that come with them i personally think aren't too good and they do advertise to thieves you have one. Get a pair of these!

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                Sony MDR-EX71SLB headphones provide superior sound quality and are equipped with short cord for convenient connection to any remote commander. Closed earphone structure enables powerful bass reproduction. Ultra small 9 mm driver unit and the soft silicon ear bud provide a stable and comfortable in-ear fit. 400-kj/m3 high power Neodymium magnet is used to reproduce powerful bass and clear treble sound.