Sony MDR-ED21LP Groove Shaped Earpiece headphones (discontinued by manufacturer)
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- Super-light In-the-ear Headphones
- Bass Booster Earpiece Shape
- 16 mm driver units
- Acoustic Twin Turbo Circuit for enhanced sound
- High-powered Neodymium Magnets
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The bass response is from these buds is excellent for their size and design, due somewhat to the oddly shaped rubber enclosure, and highs are still very clear and distinct. The ED21LP's block out a lot more of the background noise than standard earbuds and allow music to come through clearly even at low volumes. Don't expect the same kind of frequency response as in-ear-canal designs from Shure or Etymotic, but these earbuds almost seem to provide deeper and heavier bass response than professional grade earbuds. Excellent for dance tracks.
I don't personally get along with standard earbud style headphones, as due to their size and shape they irritate my ears over extended periods; however the ED21LP's earbuds seem to fit perfectly and are are easily taken in and out without working loose by themselves. The earbuds are also very lightweight, and I find them perfect for cycling or running. The soft rubber enclosure doesn't irritate at all, and fits snugly in the entrance to your ear canal without sitting too deep. This design feature also means that once you're familiar with them, it's incredibly easy to tell which earbud goes on which side without looking!
If you're looking for something quite a bit better than the standard flat earbud headphone, and don't want to go to the extent (or expense!) of full-ear cans or in-ear-canal headphones, then these are for you. Overall, they're one of the best audio purchases I've made - highly recommended.
These fufill all those requirements exactly. They won't leave you completely dead to the outside world but they cut out enough noise that you won't deafen yourself trying to hear your music over passing traffic or the chatty couple behind you on the train and the sound quality they deliver is excellent, better than anything I've ever had before
However, and this is a big drawback (hence only 3 stars), the cord is made of horrible rubber which can easily wear if you aren't careful - I've been lucky not to have this happen. I found that the connector gets worn when it is plugged into any input and so can cause crackling since there seems to be an imperfect contact (also the connector is not gold plated as with some alternatives). The worst problem is that the rubber mouldings that fit in your ear gather dirt and wax which is impossible to clean, and this eventually causes the rubber to split, ruining the essence of the earphones.
If you are willing to keep buying new ones every year, then you won;t complain about the sound and comfort - however, if you want a lasting pair of headphones, look elsewhere (as I now need to after mine split).
I noted that I would be buying them again.. That is not simply a retrospective statement. Mine broke. After about 8months of use the right ear stopped recieving all audio. Furthermore not only am I certain that I did not do this myself; but I have been informed by others who have bought both this and other models in the fontopia range that this has happened to them to. Basically; This reviewer would have given 5 stars if not for the somewhat limited lifespan. For inner-ear headphones there is really no alternative to Sony for quality; affordability and function.. But dont expect them tto last forever - because they probably wont.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What can I say - it is a good quality set of headphones at a reasonable price, and it works as expected. I have not noticed any problems with them. Read morePublished 4 months ago by MrJohnUK
Best headphones ever, bassy, cheap, fit nicely into the ear, PLEASE MAKE THEM AGAIN SONY PLEASEPublished 5 months ago by JohnnyErr
Worked for a couple years until one of the earbuds went. Common issue with earphones but still a pain, wish I could pick up a pair that would last.Published 6 months ago by Mr. Alasdair J. E. Ellis
Good quality headphones after the apple headphones i had broke. These were packaged well and a perfect christmas gift. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Emma Louise
really comfy, decent bass, cheap enough, now my second pair - its these if im not using the big bose noise cancelling over ear headphonesPublished 18 months ago by Matt