Product Type: Sony headphones
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Saving me from my sons music.
Sony MDR XD200
Member Name: trayrope
Sony MDR XD200
Advantages: Cheap, good sound quality, durable.
Disadvantages: A bit chunky.
My 17 year old son has a rather interesting taste in music that he likes to share with the house at a rather high volume, hence the inclusion of these Sony MDR-XD200 Stereo Headphones in last years Christmas box.
I think I paid around £20 for the headphones off amazon.co.uk; my thinking was that £20 was not much to pay for a pair of Sony branded headphones that he will probably tread on or pull the wire out of within a few months.
We are now in September and the headphones are still in one piece after nine months of heavy handed use.
I personally am not a headphone wearer, I do not like to be cut off from the noises around me, but for the purpose of this review I will pop them on.
First off the headphones have an extremely long 2.5m cable, my son has the box room in the house and he informs me that the cable is plenty long enough for him to plug it into his PC and then lay on his bed watching films or listening to music. The cable has a gold plated plug; the purpose of this is to give better quality sound.
The headphones sit on the head via a grey plastic band; each ear-cup is adjustable rather than the plastic band adjusting in the middle. The fact that the ear-cups adjust separately allows for those of us out there whose ears may be a bit wonky.
Each ear-cup is marked with L and R respectively, enabling the user to pop them on the right way around. Each ear-cup has a sound mode switch for music or movies, the movie mode has more base, my son prefers the music mode for movies and music as he says to much base can be a bad thing sometimes.
Popping the headphones on at the desk I instantly notice the excessive amount of cable, it is pooled at my feet and a possible tripping hazard. The headphones are not noise cancelling, I can quite clearly hear the sound of the keyboard and my son in the other room, I am starting to think my worry about being cut off from the noises around me when I wear headphones is quite unfounded.
The ear-cups are very large, they are padded with leatherette covered foam and the speaker is recessed into the ear-cup. My ears are slightly warm but not excessively so.
The music I have chosen to listen to is The World of Nat King Cole, the higher pitch is nice and clear, the base is strong but not overly so. At full volume the sound is still very clear with very little distortion on the base. I am very impressed with the headphones, for £20 I think they were a bit of a bargain and they must be quite tough as I regularly see them on my sons' floor.
Switching the headphones over to movie mode, the sound again is nice and clear, at full volume it is ear achingly loud. The headphones seem to favour the music over the dialogue, when switched back to music the dialogue comes through stronger. My son was right about the excessive base, there is a bit too much. (I tested some Doctor Who for the movie mode)
Theses headphones won't win any awards for stylishness as they are rather chunky but they sit comfortably on the head and ears, although they do make my ears a bit warm it is not excessive, no sweaty tabs from these. The inclusion of two listening modes is unnecessary as the quality of sound delivered in music mode is excellent. I think the price I paid for these was brilliant and they can still be found on-line for around the same price. These have been used and abused by my son for nine months and are still going strong, he is more than happy with the headphones as they allow him to play his music and watch films quite late into the night without disturbing the rest of the family.
In conclusion I feel these are another quality pair of headphones from Sony and I would happily replace with the same model if they were to break.
Technical Details can be found in the dooyoo catalogue review section for those that are interested.
Thank you for reading.
Summary: A great pair of budget headphones from Sony.
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