SONY MDR-EX77LP EARPHONES
I bought these earphones last year around summer time as i wanted and needed new ones that were suitable for use with my mp3/ipod as well as my phone.
***THE PRODUCT AND PRICE***
I managed to buy these from amazon last year for just £9.99, They are still available to purchase from amazon as well as play.com and retail between £12.00-£20.00 depending on where you purchase them from and the seller.
These come packaged in a small carry case, in the case you also get a cable tie and 3 sets of soft silicone buds, each set a different size.
They are available to buy in either black or white and the cable on them is 1.2 meters long, the jack plug is gold plated.
I bought these are my last ones had taken a good beating after a few years of use, I knew that i wanted in ear, earphones as i find the comfortable to wear and use.
I choose the black set in these as most of the time i wear a black coat and thought the cable would blend in well with my coat rather than seeing a long white cable, With the silicone buds i use the smallest size as i only have little ears, these are comfortable and do not annoy me or irritate me in anyway at all.
The sound quality on these is fantastic, good and clear with no interference at all and i have had no complaints of music blasting out from them when i have been sat on bus/train listening to music with them.
The cable on them is quite long and the do sometimes get tangled so I would advise using this to stop them getting into a knot but i have no other complaints at all so will still award these the full 5 stars
I bought these little earphones recently after my samsung ones for my Galaxy S2 started playing up and with the hundreds of pairs on the market, these seemed to be getting good reviews and are good value for money. I paid just over £10 for mine but I have seen them go from anything from £5 to £30.
You can always trust the Sony Brand and having had numerous Sony phones which were always renowned for their excellent musical quality I thought I would plump for these earphones. They are exceptionally light and very comfortable to wear in your ear and the three different sizes which come with the earphones should be able to fit most people.
For the fashion conscious, you can either have black or white although personally I would always go for the black ones as they look far better!
There is virtually no sound leakage and once in your ears, they block out a fair bit of external noise. Now the good thing about that, is that you needn't worry about the person beside you on the train or bus moaning that they can hear your music but on the downside you really need to take care outside when crossing a road or just generally being outside due to their noise killing properties!
All in all a very good pair of earphones which won't break the bank.
I picked these earphones up from my local Sainsbury's around three months ago now as I had forgotten to put my usual ones in my bag and had an appointment at the hospital which I knew would require a lot of waiting around. Music definitely helps pass the time in situations like that and so I made the decision to have a quick look to see if there were any cheapo earphones in Sainsbury's as it's a five minute walk away from the hospital. I settled on these as they were reduced from £13 to £5 which I thought was a pretty good deal and I also felt confident that they would be of decent quality due to how popular the brand Sony is. Even at the full RRP, I do think that these are brilliant value for money - they're very affordable but not so cheap and tacky that they'll break in a week or so!
These are in-ear earphones which I prefer to normal earphones as I feel it keeps the sound from leaking out if that makes sense and it completely blocks out any external sounds which is handy when waiting around in public places or on the bus as there's nothing more boring than listening to a stranger's conversation! The earphones are available in two simple colours - black or white. I opted for the white purely because only the white ones were on sale, but in my opinion the black ones look a little nicer as they're a lot more subtle. The design of the earphones is very basic and the only thing that makes them identifiable as a Sony product is the Sony logo written on the plastic casing near the ear buds.
Speaking of the ear buds, you actually get a range of three different silicone ear buds included with the earphones - small, large and medium. This ensures that you are able to experiment and see which is more comfortable etc and I think it is a fab idea - some in-ear earphones make it feel like they're stretching the inner ear and some are too small so don't stay in place. I use the medium sized ear buds and the ear buds are incredibly easy to change and adjust. The ear buds are simple to use and are comfortable. One thing worth mentioning that I've noticed though is that the earphones don't have right and left markings on them, however due to the price I am not complaining.
The cable of the earphones is a decent length (around one meter) meaning it is long enough to put my iPod in my jean pocket and listen to my music. The earphones have a cord adjuster which is easy to use. Sony claim that it prevents tangling, and it does to a degree but not completely. The earphones are very lightweight and weigh in at just four grams, which is handy for runners and joggers. The earphones are compatible with my iPod, iPhone, Mac and laptop, and you don't need software to install them onto your system - just plug them in and they will work straight away.
The sound quality is good, they produce a strong, vibrant sound with a very strong bass and although they sound is not crisp clear it's not fuzzy or anything like that - it's basically average to good, however as I own a very high quality pair of headphones which produce crystal clear audio I suppose my sense of sound has increased and so for people who are used to mid-range priced headphones like these, the quality will probably be great. Volume wise, they're great at any volume apart from very high - if I listen to my iPod on the highest volume the earphones start to make a echoey, crackling tinny kind of noise, which has been apparent from the first day I bought them. This is only on the highest volume available though and they are fine at all other volumes.
The earphones are durable and long lasting and I am surprised how long they've lasted. With most earphones in the same price range as these they break within a month or so, but these are still going strong after three months and despite the high volume issue there have been no problems with the sound fading or cracking after long term use. I overall recommend these earphones as they're cheap and good value, but they obviously aren't anywhere near as good quality as higher end, more expensive earphones.
In these modern days of carrying any number of devices with me, all of which contain selections of music, I tend to have a spare set of headphones in each bag I carry (work bag, casual bag and gym bag) so that whenever the need arises or the mood takes me I can pull them out and use them. As I have both an iPad and iPhone my only ask is that any such headphones fit these devices and as they seem to be a standard jack size this is usually easy enough to sort.
Now, normally I spend under a tenner on headphones and being clumsy I get through a number of pairs a year, however, I had read a previous review of how these phones came with different size ear adaptors and was intrigued to try them as other headphones will usually leave me with sore ears after a couple of hours of use. I found a pair via Amazon marketplace for £13 including shipping and decided to give them a whirl on a long haul flight.
Being Sony products these headphone are well packaged and feel like a quality product, made from silicone they are both robust and simultaneously delicate enough to fit within your ear canal - they do indeed come with a selection of three different sized ear buds (in small, medium or large) and they also come with a retractable cord and a carry pouch which makes them easier to find within the confines of a large handbag!
I found that the smallest size ear bud fitted my ears best and unlike with other headphones my ears did not get sore after a couple of hours of use, clearly my ears are pretty small and regular headphones are a little too big to be comfortable. This is a major plus point for me as I want to be able to use them on long haul flights where potentially I will watch a couple of movies using them as well as listen to music.
The sound quality is absolutely fine, no better or worse than other ear bud headphones I have used but because of the fit being more comfortable for me I enjoyed using them more than other makes. I do think these are good value for money, especially if, like me, your ears can become a little on the sore side with regular sized buds. I happily wore these on and off for most of a 12 hour flight and they did not hurt or irritate my ears at all.
I get through a copious amount of earphones mainly due to my clumsy self. If I'm not treading on them I'm dropping them in water or losing them. So usually I just go for the cheapest pair. So It was to my surprise when I received the Sony MDR-EX77LP as a gift. They appeared to be a higher end model than I'm used to and on recent inspection I saw them selling for £14 (I usually spend under a fiver).
The version I received are in white but there is a black version available too. They are white all over from the connector to the wire and up to the earplugs. They come in a compact little carry case with 3 pairs of different sized ear buds made from soft flexible plastic. This allows you to try what is most comfortable for your ears. There sit at a slight angel which provides added comfort. I have worn these on long haul flights and never notice and tiredness or pain in my ears. They block out sound really well and allow you to get lost in your own world.
The sound quality is great with everything well projected, clear and crisp. The cable is over a metre long and is great for using on jogs. The wire reaches down to your pocket from your ear with ample room for movement.
Personally I would not spend £14 on a pair of earphones. Although they do sound great and look cool there are cheaper ones on the market that are almost as good for a third of the price. These are great and also sturdy. U have trodden on these a couple of times and they still work fine. Unfortunately I have not seen them for a couple of weeks so I might have lost them (NOT AGAIN!)
I really enjoy listening to my ipod, but the earphones that were supplied with it were woefully inadequate! A few months ago I decided it was time too buy a decent pair. I didn't want to spend too much and neither did I want an over the head pair. Browsing on Amazon I came across a decent looking Sony pair for around £15. As I am a fan of Sony products and the reviews were mainly positive, I decided to buy.
The earphones in question are model number MDR-EX77LP. I have just done a price check and these are priced at £17.49 on both Play.com and Amazon. They are also available directly from Sony for £29.00, whilst Tesco are asking a massive £43.97!
The earphones come in either white or black, I have a white pair. You also get a semi rigid carry case, 3 sizes of soft silicone ear buds and a cable tidy for your money. The earphones look, and feel like a quality item. The small, medium and large silicone ear buds ensure that you get a perfect fit for your ears. They are slightly angled to ensure a comfortable fit. The ear buds are a fit fiddly to fit into the earpiece, but once they are fitted they stay in place. The ear phones feel really comfortable in my ears and there is no sound leakage.
These earphones have a very long 1.2 metre cable and the cable tidy is essential to stop them from getting tangled. I would personally prefer a shorter cable. The carry case is quite large and I would have been happier with something smaller that would fit into my pocket. However it is a nice addition for the price!
The jack plug is gold plated and adds to the feel of quality of these ear phones. I am no real expert when it comes to music. However I am more than happy with the sound quality of these comfortable little earphones !
~ Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt. ~
I like apple's products. There, I've said it. Having owned two iPod's, I am one of those who have parted with hard earned money to line the pockets of this American corporation. Anyone else who has ever bought an apple mp3 player will know that whatever else they are paying for it's not the creative teaming designing headphones.
.. better headphones than those awful things that come as standard with the apple mp3's. For an eternity (or since the last iPad/iPhone/iPod was unveiled) I've made do with those shabby white things more out of inertia than anything. The final straw came after the rubber seals on both ear buds had worn off and the rubber seal on the cord had cracked revealing the wires underneath.
A good all rounder...
.. was my previous assumption about Sony. I may only own one of their Cybershot cameras, but I've been pleased with that, and they seem to be a step ahead of the competition, or at least as good, in terms of televisions or other electrical goods.
I already knew I wanted to stick with earbuds, rather than the chunkier over the head monsters. Less obtrusive, they wouldn't cramp my style (hair or otherwise) and they wouldn't bring back flashbacks of 80's roller blading, Fame music and the very new Sony Walkmans. Steering clear of the cheaper ones sold by Sony, mainly because their designs and colours seemed to suggest they were aimed at pre-teens, and quite frankly they looked cheap I plumped for these.
~ I like what I'm hearing ~
I probably have popular music from every decade from the 60s onwards uploaded on my iPod. It's an eclectic range asking for a good quality pair of earphones. The vocals on some 70s disco (remember, the doors of foolishness have already been thrown wide open) are crisp to the point where the singers could be walking down the street next to me.
Perhaps a small exaggeration, but when I'm walking to or from work and dodging pavement cyclists, dog sh*t on pavements the owners haven't cleaned up and loads of discarded food, a musical lift is in order, and that is exactly what I get with these. The bass sounds are far richer with these than they ever were on my old apple ones too. Now I only ever use the iPod with the volume set low to middling as the sound is so good that's all that is needed with these.
~ The design and feel ~
These don't just work well, they're well made too. The cord is altogether softer than my apple ones, and doesn't feel as cheap or plasticy either. Price wise these are virtually at the entry level of earphones at £14, meaning Sony could reasonably have got away with little or no accessories, but credit to them they didn't scrimp.
There are three different sizes of pads and a simple cable-tidy for the long cord. The pads I found to be a little fiddly to put on the actual earbuds, but at least I know there's very little chance of them coming off accidentally. Both the pads and the earbuds are made of silicone, and the feel of them when I'm using these is infinitely nicer than the iPod ones which are like round plastic discs with a teeny bit of rubber seal attached. Their one size fits all didn't work for me and after half an hour or so my ears felt sore. I've worn these Sony ones for around an hour at a stretch and up to nearly two hours occasionally and they're far more comfortable.
The cable tidy is handy enough and again is made of a soft kind of material, I'm not sure what. The downside is that the tidy feels rather heavy when I'm walking along so I'm sometimes conscious of the weight of it when it moves. There's also a little case which came only in black. It's slightly larger than it needs to be, and it's semi rigid. Perhaps this is to stop the earphones getting accidentally squashed in transit, but personally I would have preferred a nice soft leather case. Still, not something I've used yet and probably won't unless I go away and want to take my iPod with me, but many other earphones at this price don't come with one at all.
Another nice touch is that its stereo mini plug is gold plated. Does this assist in giving better sound quality? I doubt it but it does lend to the overall feel of good quality materials which could easily be hit or miss in this price bracket.
If there is any design fault it would be that the cord is unnecessarily long at 1.2 metres. When I'm not using this, what isn't wrapped around the cable tidy tends to get bunched up in a mess, meaning I have to untangle it every time. A shorter cord would be more practical and just as easy to use in all honesty.
~ Overall ~
Having used these almost daily for well over 6 months now, they aren't showing any signs of wear and tear, making them far more durable than their predecessors. Steve Jobs wanted us all to Think Different. I would say these have been the perfect upgrade from the standard issue iPod earphones, so thanks Steve. For anyone with an mp3 player, I would recommend you Think Different too and buy these Sony earphones.