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5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs up from an audio enthusiast, 21 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Sony MDR-ZX100 Outdoor Headband Headphones - Black (Electronics)
I purchased the Sony headphones for watching YouTube and TV etc on my laptop so wasn't expecting much.

I tried them first on my phone and was immediately impressed. However after connecting them to the more powerful output of my laptop the headphones really came to life. They produce a slamming bass when called for and a relaxed treble which makes for easy listening especially on albums like disclosure settle. I then compared them to my sennheiser MX500 in-ear headphones and the difference was like night and day. I've always liked the Sennheiser but to my surprize they sounded awful (no bass, piecing treble)against the cheaper Sony's.

You would have to pay substantially more to get even a marginal improvement in sound quality. The only area that perhaps needs more refinement is the treble which is not quite as sweet as it could be. I owned a website selling Sennheiser and Beyer headphones a couple of years back so I've had the opportunity to listen to many different headphones from £10 to over £200. The Sony's compare to headphones costing closer to £50 so a real bargain.

I simply can't stand ear piecing treble and tinny, thin sound which just ends up being fatiguing. Luckily the Sony's have none of this and instead offer a relaxed sound delivery with a meaty bass and full midrange. This does mean they are not as informative as higher end headphones but it is a good compromise. The MDRZX100B delivers with some short falls however at this price point it would be unfair to expect more!

They are comfortable, light weight, well made and sound superb. For £10 this is ridiculously good value for money. It's worth buying 2 just to have a spare, you never know when the price will go up.
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Initial post: 3 Dec 2013 21:55:26 GMT
M. Singh says:
hey there... I wanted to know if they are good for people with big ears ;p

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Dec 2013 21:59:39 GMT
They sit on top of your ears....so YES they will be fine for a variety of ears.

Hope that helps

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Dec 2013 11:56:46 GMT
N. Doshi says:
Hello

Are these any good for kids approx 10 - 12 ? Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Dec 2013 12:52:53 GMT
Yes. They are quite small so will fit most head sizes.

Posted on 18 Jan 2014 21:56:05 GMT
Hi there,
I like to go jogging. Will these slip off?

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2014 22:22:34 GMT
Not sure if these are suitable for jogging. You may want to rather invest in a good pair of in-ear headphones. Sennheiser are a good choice or Sony.

Also in-ear are better to isolate noises from traffic etc.

Hope that helps

Posted on 25 Feb 2014 16:43:44 GMT
Katie says:
Will these be good for a plane to austrailia? I want to listen to music and watch movies but dont want them too tight as then my head hurts...

Posted on 15 Mar 2014 13:48:17 GMT
Hi Alan!

First of all thanks for a great review.

I wanted some headphones to use in the gym with an old iPod how do you thing these would fair? I find inner ear headphones damage hearing.

Also, could you maybe recommend a few other earcup headphones for different price ranges under £80?

Many many thanks! :o)
Kind regards

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Mar 2014 14:07:02 GMT
I've been out of the headphone market for some time so I'm not up with all the new models etc but if you look at the Sennheiser range you can't go far wrong. That said the Sony headphones have really impressed me. If you are looking for something special you may have to try a couple of headphones (take advantage of the returns policy). I found a trip to an apple store was useful for listening to headphones as they usually have top models. Hope that helps

Posted on 16 Mar 2014 13:47:59 GMT
DicktheBad says:
Great review. Thank you.
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