Product Type: Sony headphones
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Member Name: kevin121
Date: 26/10/11, updated on 24/08/13 (140 review reads)
Advantages: Good quality sound and inexpensive, well made.
Disadvantages: The cord is too long - gets easily tangled.
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.
Summary: A much better alternative to the standard iPod earphones.
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