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Acceptable for the price
on 17 November 2013
On the plus side, these headphones are very comfortable and seem to be quite robust. I've also found that they perform well when listening to talk radio. Their frequency response seems to be well matched to speech, giving voices a deep, resonant quality. So they certainly won't languish in a drawer.
One very good idea is that the Right earphone has a Red stripe on it. I wish that was an industry standard that other manufacturers would pick up. Such a simple idea.
I mainly listen to classical music. I'm looking to upgrade my current headphones and thought I'd take a gamble and buy these without hearing them first. My expectations weren't that high, given the price, despite the large number of enthusiastic recommendations here. For the price, their performance is acceptable, but for listening to classical music they will definitely remain a spare pair. Even after a week for "burn in" (which I'm highly sceptical about) they still sound dull. Very low bass is missing and the treble is noticeably uninspiring.
I managed to hear a pair of their big brother, the MDR-ZX600. A little more expensive, but still pretty cheap compared to a lot of alternatives. These give a far more sparkling sound across the whole frequency range. The bass is still a little lacklustre though. I'm seriously considering whether to go for those or spend a bit more on some more expensive headphones.