Product Type: Sony headphones
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Sony MDR-EX77LP Earphones
Author Name: daisylee3
Advantages: Cheap, work, comfy, look quite nice
Disadvantages: Don't cope well with emitting high volume audio
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.
Summary: Cheap and decent quality
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