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Sony MDR-EX51LP Fontopia In-The-Ear Headphones, White (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Sony
305 customer reviews

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Standard Packaging
  • Reduces Outside Noise For High-Intensity Listening
  • Superlight, In-The-Ear Design
  • 9Mm Driver
  • SoFeet, Silicon Earbuds
  • 3 Sizes Of Earbuds
  • Lightweight in-the-ear headphones designed to minimize ambient noise while on the go
  • Extra-small 9 mm drivers produce an impressive 6 Hz to 23 kHz frequency response
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Technical Details

Color: White | Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
  • Earphone Holder

Product Description

Color:White  |  Product Packaging:Standard Packaging

Sony Mdrex51Lp/Wcu Fontopia Stereo Earbuds (White)


Product Details

Color: White | Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 3.8 x 1.2 inches ; 1.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B000779RZU
  • Item model number: MDREX51LP/WHI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (305 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 15, 2003

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143 of 145 people found the following review helpful By pm444 on April 23, 2005
Package Type: Standard PackagingColor: Aqua Verified Purchase
I ordered these because the Apple headphones that came with my iPod Mini kept falling out at the gym, and also lacked adequate bass response. When I first tried the Sony phones at home, I was disappointed. I did not like how they fit, and the sound didn't seem to be any better than the originals. However, I decided to try them out at the gym, since that was why I got them in the first place.

It took me a while to get used to the cords being different lengths, but now I like that feature, becaue I can have them out and around my neck, even when they're not in my ears. This is convenient when I'm at the airport or on a plane, and have to be listening for boarding calls or announcements, but don't want to put the headphones away.

As for the fit and sound, I found that after I had them in for a few minutes, I hardly noticed them at all, and the sound is a lot better than the Apple headphones. As many other reviewers have noted, you must insert these headphones fully into your ear canal, or they won't stay in and they won't sound good. It sounds a lot more intrusive than it feels, at least for me. I can wear them for hours without any problems at all.

While they are not really noise-canceling headphones, they do effectively isolate you from all but the loudest ambient sounds. This makes them ideal for air travel and other times you want to block out external noise.

I am pleased to have headphones that allow me to enjoy my iPod more fully than the originals ever did.
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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful By DavidRoss on May 24, 2005
Package Type: Standard PackagingColor: White
My EX51s have been trouble free for several months, despite some mild abuse. They stay in place fairly well after fitting the proper-sized rubber sleeves, and they're comfortable enough to fall asleep with. The "behind the neck" cord requires some adjustment, but aftter learning how to wear it properly (entire cord behind neck, main cord clipped to shirt or collar to relieve strain) I adapted quickly.

The sound quality is surprisingly good for buds cheap enough to regard as disposable, though they seemed rather shrill at first. Several hours of burn-in were required to tame the tizzy highs. Clarity & detail are better than with the standard iPod buds. Frequency response is fairly neutral (using my Sennheiser HD590s for comparison), with a slight treble boost and the bottom end rolled off just a bit. Sound isolation seems nearly ideal to me, with perhaps a 15dB reduction of external noise--enough to make outside sounds unobtrusive, but still permitting one to hear approaching cars when running on public roads. Though I've been disappointed by Sony products in the past, I don't hesitate to recommend the EX51s as a terrific value.

UPDATE Dec '09: This review was based on Amazon's price of ~$20. At that price, they were a bargain, but not at $40 or $50!
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Dan L. on November 2, 2005
Package Type: Standard PackagingColor: White Verified Purchase
I had the same issue as other people who have written reviews. The rubber started decomposing shortly after I got it, but I didn't notice until I got a mild shock. Then I saw that a good portion of the rubber had definitely lost its color and composition. By the time I called, it was out of warranty (though I'm not sure even if the warranty would have covered it).

I called Sony, and replacements are $25. More than buying them here on amazon. Oh, well, I'll just keep the rubber earbuds as spares for the other Sony buds I have.

Do yourself a favor and get the black equivalent - the black tubing is physically different (a little tougher, and doesn't decompose). They might be a dollar or so more, and they might not match your iPod, but they'll last you a lot longer.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John on February 23, 2006
Package Type: Standard PackagingColor: White Verified Purchase
Let me start this review by talking about me. I am extremely cheap, and I wanted the best possible headphones that would not break my bank. I would definitely call my self an audio aficionado. The system in my car has the complete Infinity kappa perfect series, if you know what that is then you know I dropped over 3 grand on my car, and my family room has the Bose lifestyle 28 system in it.

I am demand my headphones to be durable, fit well (not even know that they are there), white to match my iPod, tolerant to a little water or alot of sweat, very durable, and simply amazing sound quality. These headphones hit every single mark with amazing results.

I have owned these headphones for a little over a half a year, and use them almost every day. The cord length was a little weird at first, but when you get used to them, they are awesome. I use them at the gym most the time, and the cord design puts them behind your neck, and out of the way, so when you run or lift you cant even tell that they are there. Give a little time to get used to them; you will never go back to 'normal' cord lengths again.

I bought these to replace the headphones that came with my iPod mini 6gb, and the difference is unreal. Yes, you read that right, it goes down to 8hz... 12hz lower than most human ears can hear, so obviously the bass response is superb. The highs and mids are very crisp, clean and clear too.

Now on to the noise-isolating feature; I would not call these headphones 'true sound isolating', but they are good enough. Sure, you could spend another 100 dollars on 'true sound isolating' headphones, but you are going to feel like an idiot when you find out that there is barely an audible difference.
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