on September 28, 2008
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
on August 7, 2013
I have really come to rely on these headphones. For years I would buy 2 to 3 pairs out of time and place them and gym bags and car storage in order that I always knew that I had a pair to work out with in the event that I forgot My primary pair. They were great because they seemed impenetrable to sweat and sand and heat and cold. The price points I have seen for the past five years or so has fluctuated between $7 - $11. With in the past few months, however, I have watched these prices double and then double again on Amazon. I am not sure what is going on but I presume there must be a manufacturing/supply issue. I would concede that these headphones are certainly worth $10 or so however I would not even pay $15 let alone $40. That being the case, I have rated these headphones as only deserving of one star but that is specifically due to the unconscionable price of $40. Conversely, if they were appropriately priced I would definitely rate them for to five stars.
on April 18, 2007
I was looking for a pair of lightweight headphones to replace the ear-buds that came with my MP3 player. I am a small person and most ear-bud headphones feel like I'm jamming soda cans into my ear canals. Unfortunately, most traditional headphones are also too big and fall off when I am running. Someone recommended this pair of headphones to me, and I'm so glad they did! The fit is perfect, and the sound quality far exceeds what I was expecting for the price. I am so happy I finally found headphones that sound great AND fit!
on November 22, 2003
Way too cheap for what they are. I didn't fully realize this until I got a player with a lot of equalization choices. Then I discovered that the changes didn't make much difference in the way the music sounded in all the various earphones I had around the house (because they didn't have enough frequency response to manipulate), except these. Everyone I've shown them to has loved them.
The comfort issue someone else mentioned is real--it takes a while to build up the calluses to use them for really long periods of time, and you can't use them lying on your side. But it's worth it.
on March 2, 2011
Over the past few years, I've bought at least half a dozen -- possibly far more -- of these Sony headphones for my iPod and iPod Shuffle. As is generally agreed, they're wonderfully cheap, and I happen to find over-the-head models like this a lot more comfortable than earbuds. BUT -- as so many Amazon commenters attest -- these damned phones are very flimsy and have a frustratingly short life; sometimes within weeks, certainly within months, one side will begin to get staticky, or it will simply go silent.
I've come up with a possible fix. It's not foolproof, but it's actually made a big difference for me, and I recommend it; I've had the same pair of headphones now for close to a year, and they still work fine. (NOTE: For all I know, other commentators may have suggested the following remedy as well. However, I'm not about to read through the hundreds of comments to find out!)
The model MDR-W08 phones I'm looking at right now have a curved grey plastic inset at each earpiece; they're maybe an inch and a half or two inches long and look a bit like huge fingernail clippings. (This would all be much simpler, needless to say, if I were showing you personally or doing so on video.) Each of these insets has a tiny hole in it, and if you unbend a paper clip (preferably large-size) and stick the end of the wire into the hole, you should be able to pry off the inset. It snaps off; it isn't glued on.
Underneath -- in the crevice that the plastic inset covered up -- you'll find the wire nestled. This wire has a little knot in it to prevent its being completely pulled free of the (unseen) little speaker to which its end is attached, in the event that you yank too hard on the iPod end of the wire; in short, the knot anchors the wire inside the crevice. But you'll notice that it isn't located in the best place for this; there's still a little wiggle room, so that, if you accidentally yank on the wire, you're likely to wrench its attachment to the speaker and perhaps even separate it. Unfortunately, with normal use, that wire is going to become detached.
I'd recommend removing each of the plastic covers (using the paper clip) and then, using tweezers (ideally tweezers with a long, thin nose), loosening the wire in each crevice by pulling it gently up through the hole (leaving the other end attached firmly to the earpiece) and then carefully loosening the knot and sliding the knot maybe 1/4 inch or 1/2 inch higher on the wire -- i.e., further away from the earpiece -- and then pressing the wire back inside the crevice and snapping the curved plastic cover back in place over it. By adjusting the position of the little knot in this way, you'll prevent the wire's getting detached from the headphone the next time you accidentally yank it.
I hope that's reasonably clear and logical. All it takes is a bit of skill with some tweezers so that you can carefully maneuver the knot a bit higher on the wire. That should increase the lifespan of your headphones.
on October 8, 2008
I have spent hundreds of dollars searching for a headset that stays in my ear AND doesn't hurt. Most are too large, apparently I have a very small ear. The ones that have the 'eyeglass' type and hang on your ear? Well apparently my lobes aren't high enough to hold those on. I know it sounds like I'm some kind of earless freak, part bird or some such, but only these verticles stay on my head, in my ear and don't cause me any pain.