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5.0 out of 5 stars Take the advice..., 17 Dec 2003
This review is from: Sony MDR-EX71SLB Fontopia Headphones - Black (Electronics)
At first I thought any old headphone would do the job nicely, so when I got my Sony Minidisc with headphones the size of 10p pieces, I just put up with it. After several weeks of chunking alongside a main road, desperately trying to hold the headphones in my ears so I could get some form of volume and bass I decided enough was enough. Being a DJ, I knew that price of headphone usually translated to quality ... so I plumped for these, one of the higher end spec headphones in the Fontopia series. You can get a set which also have Noise Cancelling technology built in, but then you're stepping up to the 120 mark.
First thing I noticed was the sheer quality in sound, no distortion, bass resonates nicely at high volumes and the high end is nice and crispy. Full marks there. Second thing I liked was the design, rather than being the 'hard' style in-ear headphones or the round balls of foam that I've been used to, this was quite a novelty. The design is soft, designed to plug your ear up and have a little hole in the end which leads to the speaker. For those of you worried about Sony taking a 'one size for all' approach, will be glad to hear about the inclusion of small, medium and large sizes of interchangeable heads. These rubber things can also be washed too which is nice. As far as what they do, try putting your fingers in your ears, this is what things sound like when you've got them on. The busy road that I walk along everyday just doesn't register anymore, all I have in my ears is pure music. Nice. One thing you WILL notice though is that if the wires rub against your clothing or if you bump into anything etc you will hear a muffled noise travel up the wire to your ears. This is mainly due to the design, the snug fit. A very MINOR minus point, and something you'll only really notice if you go out of your way to experiment with this. Third thing I was impressed with is the 'remote adaptor' you get with the package. You can attach an extra length of wire to the headphones which have an L shaped adaptor to plug into whatever you're using, but for those of us using them to replace headphones with, say, a Minidiscman, you can take this attachment off and you're left with a shorter wire with a straight adaptor, which will replace your old headphones nicely. Good thinking.
All in all, I'm pretty damn happy with these, the little touches that Sony put in really make the package and keep them one step ahead of the competition. Anyone who has tried out a Sony Playstation joypad and then tried an Xbox joypad know that they put alot of thought into making something that is a good product to use. On a side note, I gave them to my girlie to try, she couldn't deny the sound quality but didn't like the in-ear design. If you're not a fan of in-ear headphones, avoid these ... they'll be a nightmare for you!
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