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Sony Ultra Lightweight MDR-W08L Vertical In-The-Ear Headphones

by Sony
| 34 answered questions

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  • Open-air, dynamic headphones which fit comfortably in the ear
  • 13.5 mm diameter for small size and sound quality
  • Nickel-plated mini-plug is L-shaped
  • Slim headband to keep headphones snug,Connectors: 1/8" Right Angle Stereo Mini Plug
  • 3.3 foot cord (1 meter) for ease of movement
  • 13.5mm diameter for small size and sound quality
  • 3.3-foot cord (1 meter) for ease of movement
  • Slim headband to keep headphones snug
5 new from $165.00 1 used from $79.99

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Product Specifications

Brand NameSony
Color NameBlack
Item Display Height1 inches

Technical Details

  • Microphone

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00005N6KG
  • Item model number: MDRW08L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,274 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 15, 2003

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Go vertical with the Sony MDR-W08L vertical, in-ear headphones. They'll get you ready to rock and are perfect for tuning into quality sound on the go. The MDR-W08L vertical headphones feature acoustic turbo circuitry, a high power neodymium magnet and an L-shaped mini plug, these headphones combine quality sound with a comfortable fit. This product also admits outside sound for added safety when you're listening on the go.

Sony MDR-W08L
These headphones combine quality sound on-the-go with a comfortable fit
Vertical In-The-Ear Design

The vertical, in-the-ear design of the MDR-W08L reduces size and weight to the bare minimum, giving you a fit that's comfortable hour after hour.

13.5mm Neodymium Magnets

The Neodymium magnets are only 13.5mm for maximum energy in a minimum size. Neodymium is comparably more powerful than conventional Samarium Cobalt or Aluminum magnets, delivering a richer, fuller sound.

Sony Acoustic Turbo Circuit

Sony's Acoustic Turbo Circuit (ATC) allows for high efficiency in the headphone, letting you get high sonic output from your portable stereo without worry about overdriving the headphones.

What's in the Box?

Sony MDR-W08L vertical in-the-ear headphones, instruction manual, warranty.

Technical Specifications

  • Headphone Type: Vertical in-the-ear
  • Driver Unit: Dynamic 13.5mm
  • Frequency Response: 20 - 20,000Hz
  • Impedance: 16 Ohms
  • Sensitivity (db): 104 dB/mW
  • Power Handling Capacity: 50mW
  • Weight: 2.4 oz

Product Description

Go vertical with the MDR-W08L vertical, in-ear headphones. They'll get you ready to rock and are perfect for tuning into quality sound on the go. The MDR-W08L vertical headphones feature acoustic turbo circuitry, a high power neodymium magnet and an L-shaped mini plug, these headphones combine quality sound with a comfortable fit. This product also admits outside sound for added safety when you're listening on the go.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The cord is too short.
Jeffrey G Raffel
They stay put while you are moving around so they are great for anything active like running or working out at the gym.
A. Hertzberg
They are lightweight and comfortable over my head, and are comfortable in my ears.
Patricia

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

223 of 225 people found the following review helpful By PipsMom on September 28, 2008
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As a runner, I need lightweight headphones that don't jump/move/jar around. I hate ear buds (hate them!) as they are seemingly designed for people w/LARGE ear holes! These things are tiny, fit nicely IN your ear and provide great sound without annoying you on a long run! The price is fabulous too! Last time I ordered, I bought 4 pairs (whenever I like something it seems to be discontinued) and I just broke into pair #2 this week (after almost a year w/the others). I've run in these for 3 half marathons and countless training runs, inside and out. If I wouldn't wad them up and throw them in my gym bag, they'd probably last even longer, but eventually one side tends to give out.
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190 of 198 people found the following review helpful By Craig Clarke VINE VOICE on February 25, 2002
I was looking for a good pair of headphones to replace the ones that came with my portable (the kind that just barely cover the ear and then not very well--you know what I mean) when I came across these.
I was a little skeptical because of the price (I was under the misconception that good headgear has to cost a bundle).
Boy, was I surprised.
The first time I put them on (riding on the commuter train) I was amazed at the sound quality. They beat the ones I had 100% in total sound reaching the ear canal. This helped block out the extraneous sounds of engine and multiple conversations. Plus, the bass was solid as well. As an added bonus, they are incredibly light and are plastic so the headband doesn't scratch your head (something that has irked me with other headsets).
With this level quality, and for this price, you just can't go wrong.
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81 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Morelli on January 11, 2002
I bought these for my Sony mini-disc player, and they are quite the powerhouse! The sound that comes out of these little guys is amazing. These little phones are a tad awkaward (FOR ME),though, because I always snag the wires on something, but it's my fault. I am never too careful with wires. Speaking of wires, the cable has a volume slide-control whuich is very convenient for when you don'r feel like pulling the player out of your pocket to turn up the volume. That is, when not using the remote.
Sony always makes good products, and like always, I am pleased with my purchase. With good compactability, I can pack these guys in my backpack, and because they are so flexible, they still retain their shape and excellent sound and performance standards.
Let's talk about bass. The bass expansion is great and because of the volume control slider, you don't have to go deaf because you forgot to turn down the volume (on your player) prior to using it.
Not only ismodel MDR08L great for MD players/recorders, but it's also great for cassette and Discman's too! Especially when you don't want a heavy, cumbersome headset weighing you down while on the go. And, the plain black color goes well with any of the portable players today.
So, for the price and the brand, get this headset or something similar by Sony today.
Hope the review helped you.
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307 of 369 people found the following review helpful By James on March 8, 2003
Either I am insane or none of you are qualified to review this product. Personally, I've owned six pairs of these and use them for hours on end each week. I wear them on 3-hour runs and I wear them in the computer lab here at school, so I think I know what I am talking about. Firstly, the product design for these headphones is the best I've ever seen. These headphones weigh nothing. That is the reason these headphones are so great. I've looked at other similar products by Sony (they make a model that look similar but are yellow) and by Aiwa and Koss and none of them are as good as these. They're either a folding design, which is a definite no-no, or slightly bulkier and less comfortable. The sound is good. These would be the coolest, sleekest, lightest, most affordable headphones ever, except for one small problem. They don't work!
That's right, after moderate use, the sound invariably goes out in one ear. This has happened in six of six pairs of these I've owned. One pair I had lasted for a year. Another was broken THE SECOND I TOOK IT OUT OF THE BOX. The Mean Time Between Failure for the six pairs I've owned is probably at or around 3 months. So, to sum up: These headphones are awesome. I'd gladly pay 30 bucks for a single pair that worked for year. Instead I pay 30 bucks for 3 pairs that, together, work for a year. I'd write Sony and alert them to the problem, but frankly for an eight dollar pair of headphones, I don't expect much. My advice is to buy six or seven pairs just to keep from running back and forth to the store. Hopefully they'll work out the quality issues on this one and jack up the price.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By brian on September 23, 2013
I used to buy 5-6 of these headphones at a time on Amazon or at Target for my autistic son's MP3, at about $8. Now I see you can only get these direct from Sony, at $45???? Believe me, these are worth no more than $8. My son used to break one at least every other week. I also used to buy the Sony Sports headphones for about $15, now they are selling for $50-60???
What kind of scam is Sony pulling with this? Do they figure that people ordering these so dislike ear buds that they will pay anything?
For now I'm substituting the Koss headphones, which are selling for around $6 and are just as good, which means just as cheap.
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