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Sony MDR-EX71SLB Fontopia Headphones - Black

by Sony
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (565 customer reviews)

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  • Closed inner ear type Fontopia earphones
  • Superb sound quality
  • Straight plug & extension cord for compatibility with Sony WM remotes
  • 80% more powerful than other Sony Fontopia earphones
  • 3 interchangeable earbuds (S,M,L)
  • Carrying pouch supplied
  • Driver unit 9mm
  • Neodymium Magnate
  • BlackShort cord: 0.4mm + 1m extension cord included
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Product details

  • Item Weight: 82 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
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  • Item model number: MDR-EX71SL
  • ASIN: B00008XYJL
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (565 customer reviews)

Product Description

Your digital music player needs headphones that can hang. The MDR-EX71SL are a step up from standard headphones delivering premium sound with superior bass all in a super-light in-the-ear design. The classic style black with silver accents complement a wide range of portable audio players. The super small 9mm drivers make for a comfortable fit and include the sonic isolation of soft silicon earbuds. The package includes three sizes of earbuds to accommodate a full range of ears a 400-kj/m3 a Ultra-High-Power Neodymium Magnet a hard carrying case one meter extension cord and an earbud holder. Closed inner ear type Fontopia earphones Superb sound quality Straight plug & extension cord for compatibility with Sony WM remotes 80% more powerful than other Sony Fontopia earphones 3 interchangeable earbuds (S M L) Carrying pouch supplied Driver unit 9mm Neodymium Magnate BlackShort cord: 0.4mm + 1m extension cord included


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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent headphones 17 Feb 2004
By A Customer
I first purchased a pair of these in Dixons last week, thought the sound was awful (tinny, weak, no bass etc) and so sealed up the box and returned them straight away. However, after reading some of the reviews on here, I realised that I'd simply failed to fit the earpieces correctly (idiot!), and so decided to give them another chance. You really have to push the earpieces in quite a long way to achieve the best sound - but once fitted properly the sound really is excellent. (The headphones are also extremely comfortable and secure)
It's not so much that the audio quality is that much better than most other headphones. Rather, it's that these headphones block out almost all background noise. I tend to listen to music on the move, and these headphones are able to block out almost all nearby conversations or traffic noises - a real godsend, it has to be said. I've lost count of the number of times I've been unable to hear a song properly when walking alongside a busy road or sitting next to some loud-mouthed fool on the underground.
The cords are of slightly stupid lengths, but this is only a minor quibble. Also, because, these headphones go further into the ear than most, certain actions such as coughing or talking/singing become more problematic...(stick your fingers in your ears and say something and you'll have some idea what it will sound like). In other words you can't really sing or hum along with these headphones. It's a minor point but may be an issue for some people.
Anyway, if you listen to music on the move, then I'd definitely recommend these headphones (just make sure you've fitted them correctly before rushing to judgement!)
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92 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sony does it again. 25 Jun 2003
By A Customer
These tiny headphones are excellent.
When fitted correctly (see below), all external noise is cut out and, with my Sony MD / MP3, I'm rewarded with strong (but not overbearing) bass; treble which has "presence" without being tinny; and crisp clear vocals.
Combined with their unique design - which makes them for me by far the most comfortable in-the-ear phones I've ever owned (plus, they never fall out!) - and I'm one v. satisfied customer...
One point to highlight: to ensure the best depth and clarity of sound from these little gems, it's important to use them with the correct size of (silicone) earpiece for your ear (S, M and L are supplied). They should be a tight, although comfortable, fit. With all external noise blocked out, you'll be rewarded with great sound. I highlight this because when using mine for the first time (with the medium earpieces that were fitted) I was dissapointed by the quietness of vocals and a bass that was too powerful. However, this problem was quickly resolved by my replacing with the larger earpieces.
Since I bought these phones for their sound quality - rather than the accompanying accessories - I won't comment on, for example, the small plastic carry case. Suffice to say, it adequately does its job but is easily lost.
Although not cheap, for their quality, I think these headphones offer good value for money. I'd recommend them to anyone looking for a comfortable, lightweight design, combined with outstanding sound.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Fontopia 29 Dec 2003
Let's keep this brief: If you want a pair of in-ear type headphones that sound *great* and won't break the bank these are the only choice.
I've used Sony, Panasonic and Sennheiser earbuds over the years and they've always disappointed to some extent; either the bass is too flimsy, or too much external noise gets through. With these Sonys the design genius lies in the soft latex rubber earpieces that come in three sizes. One of these will be a perfect fit for your lug'oles and they manage to block out the vast majority of external noise. The result is nicely balanced, rich sound with plenty of low-end grunt. As A Tribe Called Quest once put it 'Precise, bass-heavy and just right'.
These headphones have been a real joy for me and will give any portable music source a real boost. If I have just one reservation it would be that the build quality, whilst good, may not withstand any particularly rough handling. But to be honest, you'll love these Sonys so much you'll want to take good care of them.
Very highly recommended.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as they say 9 Oct 2004
I was a bit sceptical, even after reading the description and the reviews, I've never spent 25 on headphones before and wasn't sure if it would be worth it. However my headphones arrived and I tried them out straight away and they are actually better than I was expecting.
I didn't think that they would be such a comfortable fit, but they don't hurt my ears at all or fall out (the ear-bud is made of some kind of squishy plastic and not a thin piece of foam-like substance stretched over some hard plastic or metal speakers) and that's without having to change the medium sized buds. Plus they really do cut out outside noise, with them in and with the sound only set to medium-low I can barely hear myself typing on quiet bits of songs and not at all on some louder pieces, even when I tried to type as loud as possible to test it out.
I've yet to try them outside, but since my family can sound like a herd of elephants sometimes and I've yet to hear anything really distracting, I think they will work just as well whilst out on Grand Adventures.
25 well spent in my opinion.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin, very good.
Does what it says on the tin, very good. Does what it says on the tin, very good. Does what it says on the tin, very good.
Published 17 months ago by Brtian Twigg
2.0 out of 5 stars Plastic coating on cables did not last
The sound quality of these was good, however The headphones only latest a couple of months as the plastic coating on the wires split exposing the wires and caused them to stop... Read more
Published on 17 Jun 2011 by Rachael Wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible headphones. Handle Bass like no other
I have to say these headphones are amazing. they lasted me 14 months in south america, travelling about as well as just under a year when i got back to europe.. Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2009 by J. Belgrave
1.0 out of 5 stars Sony ruin great earphones by changing the cable rubber!
** NOTE - IT LOOKS LIKE THEY MAY HAVE GONE BACK TO THE ORIGINAL LEADS. ORDERED SOME ANYWAY AND HAD A NICE SURPRISE **
I've been using these for around the last 9 years. Read more
Published on 14 Sep 2009 by Reviewer1971
3.0 out of 5 stars Good sound, awkward headphone lead
I have no complaints about the quality of the sound I get from my MP3 via these headphones. However, there is a real design flaw in the length of the headphone lead. Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2009 by C. Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars ....the best by far....
These are by far the best headphones I've ever used. As an ergonomist they have everything; fantastic sound, fantastic fit which blocks out all extraneous noise, and (in contrast... Read more
Published on 24 July 2009 by J. L. Papworth
1.0 out of 5 stars Just go buy a different pair of earphones.
I bought these thinking they sounded good and looked good. Soon after they arrived i opened the packaging and tried them out. Read more
Published on 10 July 2009 by Mr. Henry L. D. Huish
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing!
What a disappointing piece of kit!
The original white Apple earphones are infinitely better than this offering from Sony - and I'm so disappointed to have to say that. Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2009 by Martin Pipe
2.0 out of 5 stars Great sound but questionble quality and flawed design
I'm normally too lazy to write reviews, but I have had 2 pairs of these earphones and feel compelled to share my experiences. Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2009 by AlexSE1
4.0 out of 5 stars Sony headphones - great buy
I bought these for my boyfriend who swears by them as the best sound quality for a mid-range priced earphone. Read more
Published on 15 May 2009 by Ms. K. L. Chase
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