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A good solution for those who struggle with headphones,
This review is from: Sony NWZW252B W Series Walkman 2 GB MP3 Player Water Resistant Headphones - Black (Electronics)
As a keen runner, I learnt some time ago that my body has let me down in two respects: my ears are not standard and, shame to tell, I perspire. My affliction has seen off countless headphones of all types: standard, wrap-round, in-the-ear... Even when I managed to get the speaker to stay somewhere in the vicinity of my ear, I'd find they'd inevitably pack in after a few months' use (always, bizarrely, the left one first).
These Sony headphones, with the MP3 player incorporated into the headset, seemed a potential solution, and so far they have proved so. They come with three sizes of ear bud which sit loosely in the ear and are held in place by the neck band. Initially, I felt they might disengage at any moment, but this hasn't happened yet. The controls are fiddly, comprising a shuffle bar and separate volume tabs, but I guess this is to be expected. The 2GB storage is a bit niggardly for the price and the prorietary software requires 400MB of space on your hard-disk, which I'd say was overblown for what it is. Nevertheless, uploading new tracks and deleting old ones is straightforard and quick. It takes about two and a half hours to charge via a USB connection, which in my experience provides up to 8 hours of playing time. I'm pleased with the sound reproduction, but it must be said my expectations are minimal, as I'm not a music freak.
So far, the experience of using it for the last month has been good. The headphones are light and comfortable, they stay put and, most significantly, they have resisted my sweaty ears (though we have yet to cross the 3 month threshold).
One issue I have is that it seems to assume that users will listen to music files, whereas in fact I listen exclusively to podcasts and similar audio recordings. There is an annoying tendency, for example, for it to be jogged into sampling mode if you hit the shuffle bar the wrong way.
Positives: it solves my perennial problem with headphones.
Negatives: a bit pricey; small (2GB) capacity