I prefer using in-ear earphones more than any other type of earphones or headphones, because they never fall out, meaning I can use them in the gym or when I go for a run. Unfortunately I tend to go through earphones quite quickly - I have never owned a pair for more than a year, because they either break or disappear. For this reason, I have given up buying expensive earphones a while ago. I picked up these Sony in-ear earphones about a year ago after breaking my nth earphones, and to my surprise they have lasted for more than a year! To me this is record-breaking.
- Price -
I picked these up online somewhere (perhaps in HMV, I can't remember) when it was on sale - I remember it was definitely less than £20. Currently it is sold out in amazon uk, and retail from sony stands at £29.99. With hindsight, I believe I would still have bought it at £29.99, because it really is a reliable product with great sound that is worth the price.
- Packaging -
As with most in-ear earphones, the packaging contains 3 pairs of ear buds for you to choose from, varying in size. I tend to go for the small one because that size seem to fit me best. The ear buds are quite sturdy once you put it on the earphones, so that they don't fall off easily. The wire is in black, matching the colour of the earphones, and fairly long so that I can put my ipod in the pocket of my tracksuit bottoms and still use the earphones comfortably.
- The Sound -
I don't claim to be a tech expert, so I will not pretend that I know anything technical about the specs of this product. But for me, these earphones deliver a very good sound. Clearly defined and clean, less rich than the sound you would expect from speakers, but richer than what you'd expect from average earphones. I also find that these earphones tend to have some noise-cancelling effect - because they are in-ear, they can really filter out any sound in the background and allow me to concentrate solely on what I am listening to.
- Overall -
I love my earphones and I love that they are still standing strong and doing the job well for me after a year - more than I can say to any of my previous earphones. I would definitely recommend it.
So, within a month of writing this review, these beloved earphones finally broke... the result of extensive usage and yanking it in and out of ipod/ipad/laptop too many times, I guess. To give you a rough idea of its lifespan, if my memory serves right, this is about the 13th month of me using these earphones. Pretty good I guess, given that I'm a frequent user.
RIP my sony earphones, and time to hunt for a new pair!
I purchased these headphones online, as I wanted some that would work on my computer as my kids always moan when I am on the computer and I play my music, I found these online for £11.99 which I thought was reasonable, I did not want anything too expensive but I did not want something too cheap either, so I went with these ones.
On opening the box, which I found tricky as they do come in pretty hard packaging, I had to get my scissors to cut the box open. When I finally got into the box, the speakers are well packaged and the lead is tied up together so you don't have lots of loose wire dangling around. I took the black tie off the wire, and unravelled the wire which is quite long, and long enough for me to use in the computer unit which is low down and still be able to sit back and relax while using it.
The earphones come with silicone ear buds, which do come with 3 sizes so no matter what your ear lobe size is they will fit into your ear, they come in small, medium, large and extra large. They are easy to change and do just detach, and slip back on. I have found occasionally when they have been in my ear the silicone buds have come loose although I am not sure if that was my fault or not as I may not have connected it in properly.
I do find these more comfortable to wear then normal ear phones, as I have found that they can start to hurt your ear lobes when they have the hard ear buds, whereas these are nice as soft with them having the detachable silicone buds, which also fit any sized ears unlike your normal headphones.
They are easy to connect to your computer all you have to do is put the end into your headphone slot in your computer and that's all, you do not need to install any sort of software or anything. These headphones will also fit into any mp3 player as I also tried them in mine, so you do not just have to used them for your computer.
On using the headphones, I found the sound that came through it was really good, and also pretty loud compared to what it was like with just my computer speakers, so I did have to turn my computer down slightly, no matter how loud the sound was though there was no muffled noises or any crackling all the sounds came out just perfect and you could hear every word, and now I don't have to listen to the kids in the background either which is a bonus loll.
I would recommend buying these for plenty of reasons, you can find cheaper headphones, but I do not think they would be as good as these, they are more comfortable than most headphones I have tried, the sound comes out perfect and they are easy to use but I suppose most headphones are loll, and also the wire is pretty long and long enough so you do not have to be close to the headphone socket. So far I have not found a problem with these headphones, so in my eyes they was a bargain.