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Buying the product:
I found these headphones for £5 on amazon not too long ago, and bought them because their price was low but without me questioning what the quality would be like. They also had only two reviews on amazon which were both good, so I decided they would be okay.
These headphones have an over ear clip which is useful as it means they will stay put instead of falling out of your ears every five minutes. Unlike other over ear headphones that I have seen or previously owned, these are quite well made and don't look like they will snap into pieces any second, very sturdy. The cable is of average length, much like any normal pair of headphones.
The headphones are quite well made to fit over any ear, however I did find that after a little while of wearing them it felt like they were rubbing on my skin due to their lack of flexibility. It made them a little sore and this was eventually one of the reasons why I bought a new, better pair of headphones.
This is the worst aspect of the headphones, and of course it is the most important aspect, too. Nobody want's to listen to their music with a faint crackle or static noise, or with sound that is a little tinny sounding. Unfortunately that is exactly what you get with these headphones. If the volume is turned up quite high, I could hear more crackling than the actual song itself.
In summary, I wouldn't waste my money buying a pair of these again. If you are looking for a good quality sound and comfortable fit, I would recommend a pair of Skullcandy headphones or Gumy.
I used to have a whole collection of earphones until they disappeared into the black hole that I'm convinced exists somewhere in our house. I was down to the earphones that came with my iPhone until I lent them to my brother and received them back in more then one piece (don't ask!)
So, in desperate need of new earphones I came across these in a sale. The RRP is £9.99 but I bought them for £5. It may sound like a deal (no pun intended!) but I've learnt that what may seem like a good buy can turn out not to be so the proof is in the pudding as they say!
I won't insult you all by telling you who Sony are because I'm sure everyone reading this has heard of them. They've become a household name and although they aren't the best brand I could name they do generally produce good quality products at an affordable price. It was exactly because of that (and the reduced price) that was behind my decision to choose these earphones.
Usually I prefer the cushioned earphones that simply fit inside my ears and without any fiddly extras. Therefore it's actually unusual for me to choose a style like this with a clip that fits behind my ear. The ones i have are blue but i believe they do come in different colours if blue's not your style. To be honest though, the only part that's actually coloured fits behind your ear so noone's going to see it anyway. Each earphone is marked right and left so you know which ear they are supposed to go in. Whilst this isn't unusual I found it especially useful with these, call me slow but the clip seemed to be at a strange angle to the earpiece itself so it took me a while to work out how to fit them properly.
According to Sony this clip is designed to be non-slip allowing for a stable fit less sound leakage; this in turn leads to a stable quality of sound.
The cable is 1.2 metres which had proved more then long enough for my needs, if anything a little too long at times but there is a cord slider which moves up and down around half the cord and this does work very well in preventing mess and tangles.
Fit And Comfort
Coming to these from just the earphones that fit inside your ears these took some getting used to. However, they have only ever slipped out of place once and that was when I was trying to free my hair from behind the clip so this added security does hold them in place well.
Comfort wise, the first time I used them they did seem to pinch the top of my ear a bit however this seems to have eased with extended use. I'm unsure as to whether this is because I've just gotten used to it or whether they've moulded to my ear. They are made of plastic so the latter is unlikely but it does say not to place anything on top of them when stored as they may deform - therefore although it's unlikely that they've moulded it's far from impossible.
I can tell when they're not fit correctly as it doesn't feel like its sitting right, when correctly adjusted they're barely noticeable so I would say that they were comfortable.
These aren't the best earphones going but then I wouldn't expect them to be for the price. I am however more then happy with what I've got given the price I paid.
The bass seems to be amplified on these but not to a point where it overpowers the rest of the music. Usually I would turn the bass down on my music where that option is available, given that it isn't with these I dont exactly have that choice but this doesn't annoy me as I would have expected it to as it seems to blend nicely with the rest of the music. It also seems to pick up layers and nuances in the music that other earphones don't as there's been a couple of songs that I've heard parts of for the first time when listening through these.
That said they're not perfect. The sound quality is just as good when played quietly or at full volume so those of you who prefer your music loud won't find that to be a problem with these. However, there are some songs that it seems to distort slightly no matter what volume it's played at. I should point out that the songs it's distorting aren't the best quality in the first place so it may be that they're picking up problems I hadn't noticed before but even so I'm docking a star due to this.
Price, Availability And Recommendation
As I said the RRP for these is £9.99 but I got them for £5 in a HMV sale. HMV is the only place I have seen these for sale but they may be available elsewhere.
For the price I would recommend them. They're only getting four out of five stars due to the slight distortion of some songs but they work well at all volumes and pick up parts of songs that no others earphones have done. There are better ones available but it really is true that you get what you pay for and so for a better set you would need to pay more. As for these though they do what they're supposed to and do it well, the only real problem I've found I can easily live with as the distortion is minimal.
I listen to a lot of music and consequently get through a lot of earphones. These fantastic earphones by Sony are the only pair of earphones I've gone back to more than once. Normally when my earphones eventually wear out and break, I try out something different. Both experiences with these earphones were good, the only reason I had to replace the first pair was because the wire split from me stupidly winding them up too tightly.
Not enough bass is a common problem I've experienced with cheaper earphones so I was a bit skeptical when purchasing these, however I was pleasantly surprised. You get good bass response and not only that, a high level of clarity. If your music files are high quality, this really becomes apparent. I'm guessing if you're looking into clip on earphones then your going to be using them on the move, in which case does it matter if the sound quality isn't quite as good as some huge headphones? I didn't think so!
The design is good, I've never had any problems with the earphones not fitting properly and the clips, although not quite as attractive as normal earphones, do prevent them falling out of your ear if you get the cable caught on something or your out running.
Overall, good quality, at a cheap price. You can't really go wrong.
The Sony MDR J10 are a poor quality set of earphones which transmit sound rather poorly. Their rigidity and inflexibility makes them clumsy, uncomfortable and, overall, avoidable.
The earphones look pretty smart, with a moulded plastic clip-on-ear style with the speaker in the centre. As expected from Sony products, it feels well made and sturdy. The cabling is an ideal length and has shown no signs of wear and tear, with the headphone jack sturdy. For a cheap set of earphones (around £7.00 online) the style is impressive.
Yet, aside from style and price, it's hard to find anything good to say about these. The clip itself is incredibly large and is a key reason why they were a poor choice for me. The clip is made for those with larger ears, and, as someone with smaller ears, I found them repeatedly falling off or feeling loose, disappointing given that I purchased these to stop earphones falling off my ears. The plastic is also totally inflexible, as is the speaker. As nothing moves, they are not adjustable and if you do not have ears the exact shape of the earphones (as I don't) they simply don't fit well at all.
Unfortunately, the very design of the earphones hampers their performance. Unlike most ear-bud earphones, which fit straight in your ear to offer a pleasant sound experience, these rest outside the ear. And you really notice it. The sound needs to be pumped up to almost full volume to be able to hear any of your music at an adequate level, and as someone who prefers to have the volume set around halfway, this was very annoying indeed. They leak sound all too often to the detriment of those around you, and for headphones to fail on sound is very disappointing. The outside-ear nature of the earphones also makes them incredibly uncomfortable. Extended use makes your inner ears feel sore, and wearing them for more than half an hour feels like a chore.
Avoid these earphones. Impossible to adjust, uncomfortable to wear and offering poor sound, these were a total disappointment. They may be cheap, but these should be avoided in favour of more capable earphones.
Bought these headphones at duty free and paid 15euros for them so I probably paid a bit extra as they can be bought in the UK for £7 or £8.
The headphones fit around your ear comfortably and securely. The headphones are not too noticable when worn like some other round the ear headphones.
A feature of these headphones that I like is the fact that the actual earpiece fits in your ear from the side so that the earpiece is at a right angle to you ear. This makes them very comfortable to wear at great lengths of time.
Sound quality is excellent and there is very little backgorund noise that gets through.
One thing that is missing from these headphones is a volume adjuster. This means having to reach into you pocket to adjust volume on your MP3, maybe slightly trivial but I like having an adjuster on my headphones. Didnt think about it at the time.
After only a month of use the Sony print has begin to come off which is a bit disappointing.
The shape of the headphone means that they get easily tangled which can cause some problems.
I bought these headphones a while ago to use while cycling. I found them to be both comfy and practical and even though the clip was slightly too large for my ear the in ear speaker part was not. They did not fall out except when pulled hard and never while riding or running. The build quality is up to Sony's usual high standard and endured many months of being stuffed into pockets and rucksacks. They did however break after about a year and a half and even then it was only the plastic that cracked and the speaker part continued to work.
The sound quality was superb. If they were improved at all I doubt if most of the people buying them would notice the difference (myself included). The clip allowed them to be worn with the ear-piece not in the ear so that external noises could be heard clearly too e.g. for conversations.
The cord was long enough to reach to the bottom of a trouser pocket and somehow managed to resist getting tangled. The clips also proved to be useful when the earphones were not in use in that they allowed you to clip them to your shirt collar to stop them swinging around
Overall they're a great pair of headphones. I did not buy more when they finally died simply for the reason that they were £5 more than other ones of near equal quality.
Being a fan of earphones that hang on to your ear, and having had trouble with a set that had earbuds that would continually fall off (not to mention a firm belief that you should never spend too much on earphones) I tried these.
It falls down on most of its claims. "Comfortable"... no. The rigid plastic design makes putting them on almost painful and the in-ear speaker is so large that it doesn't fit in the ear properly (and my ears are larger than average).
"Non-slip" and "Stable" it also fails at. Its inflexible nature makes it poor at holding to the outside of your ear, and the large speaker makes it poor at gripping to the inside too. I find it slides off my ear as much as any other earphone.
Its sound quality is good, it plays the heavy rock I ask of it with no complaints (although I do wonder that if it actually sat well in my ear it would sound better). It doesn't cancel out exterior sounds too well, but nothing beats a bud for that.
I feel I've rather slated these earphones, and maybe I should have expected less from them for the price, but there are plenty of low-price headphones out there which will do the job very well. For noise cancelling - get a set with earbuds, if you want them to hang on - get some that are flexible, for comfort - much softer plastic than these.
After finding regular headphones very uncomfortable I bought these with my first MP3 player and have never looked back. The sound quality is excellent, and due to the design no noise is transmitted outside your own ears so you won't disturb anyone around you; I even use them in the library! They are incredibly comfortable and the design is stylish. They do look a bit bizarre in comparison with normal headphones, which might put some people off, but for exercise they are second to none as they never fall out. The only downside to these headphones is their tendency to break. I am on my second pair in as many years, as the hooks can break quite easily, eg if trod upon. However, if you are careful and don't leave them lying around on the floor or toss them in your bag, then they truely are an excellent choic of headphone.
Just a short review on these earphones.
After my bad experiance with the Philips SBC HE590 in-ear head phones which you can read my review on them here
So after much searching and looking for the headphones that best suited my needs i went for these sony ones.
For the main reason they had the ear clips, i know there not very fashionable but considering i've just started boxing again after a 18 month layoff due to a hand injury i neede the earphone to stay in my ears.
The other reasons was they where sony and to be honest sony don't really make bad products so i knew i would be getting my moneys worth and the fact that they was white and grey to match my iPod, and of course the price which was quite cheap.
My makeshift earphones kept falling out off my ears which is very annoying when trying to do bag work.
Right the earphones have suberb sound quality with crisp clear, rich sounds and deep bass and the design is really good with the ear clip just sitting over the ear and the speaker just resting inside the ear itself making the earphone very comfortable and effortless to wear.
They have a 1.2m cord allowing you to put your MP3 player in your pocket and not have the pain of it pulling the earphones down straining the cord.
THe earphones also come in two colors black and also white & grey so if you have a white or black iPod you can match them.
The only problem i have found with them is they are not noise cacelling so if you have your MP3 player on loud everybody else can hear what your listening to, Which i know is annoying for other people on the bus but then again i don't want to hear everybody else on the bus talking.
The price of the earphones can range from
£5.99 on ebay.
£15.99 in argos.
£4.19 at amazon.co.uk
Clip-on headphones, vertical in-the-ear style
Designed light-weight and comfortable earphones
Sony acoustic twin turbo circuit for deep bass sound
13.5 mm driver unit
Lead slider prevents cord entanglement
Stable fit on the ear ensures good audio quality and limited sound leakage