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Sony Mdr-Ex700Lp Earbud Style Headphones (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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3 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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  • New 16mm driver units for reproducing sound
  • Thin magnesium housing in ear style provide comfort
  • Newly multi-layer diaphragm for high-resolution sound
  • 7 Sizes of hybrid silicone earbuds for secure fitting

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New 16mm driver units for reproducing precision sound faithfully (108dB, 4-28KHz). Thin magnesium housing and new closed vertical in the ear style provide wearing comfort. Newly developed multi-layer diaphragm for reproducing high-resolution sound. 7 sizes of hybrid silicone earbuds for achieving more comfort and secure fitting.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 9.8 x 9.6 inches ; 6.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0015AFOL4
  • Item model number: MDR-EX700LP
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 26, 2006

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All the fuss about "fake" Sony earphones is off the mark. The so-called "clones," still available on other sites, are the predecessors of the updated model. If you're looking for inarguably the best bargain in earphones, have no hesitations about spending a pittance for top-of-the-line phones. Here's what the firestorm is actually about:

1. The original pair of top-of-the-line Sony phones, going for three hundred, were called "Premium MDR-EX700SL" headphones; the updated models (primarily to satisfy the desires of the American consumer), are called "Supreme MDR-EX700LP" headphones.

2. If you'r unsure which pair you happen to have (I have both), there are some quick and easy tests. First, is the cosmetic one: The prior, SL model has a shorter cord (4 feet) than the new, LP model (6 feet--no doubt the longest cord of any earphones). 2nd, the prior model has an audio plug that extends straight out from the cable; the newer model has a plug that is attached at a right angle to the end of the cord.

3. Peripherals and accessories. The prior, SL models are being sold in a soft leather pouch that closes with velcro. The new, LP model comes with a hard, leather-covered metal case that jack-knifes open. The SL models come with 1-3 different-sized silicone ear tips; the new, LP model comes with a record 7 different-sized silicone hybrid ear tips.

4. The difference in sonic quality. Unless you have both phones, this will be the most difficult distinction to note. The earlier SL models are full-frequencied, with a rich and warm mid-range and "understated" high and low end. They "wear" extremely well, especially for extended listening to jazz, classical, instrumental music.
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As the owner of the full spectrum of earbud style headphone -- from ipod included crap-phones to top of the line Shures-- I place these 'phone near the top of the spectrum. They're not really worth the $300 asking price, but 30-50 % off that (which most retailers are selling them for) is about right. Sound (after 10 hours of breaking them in) is tight and crisp, without sounding overly bright at higher volumes. The buds have a sort of classic Sony sound -- not part of the bass-midrange- treble mix is over-emphasized, which makes for a generally pleasing sound. Fit and comfort is top of the line, tho -- the variety of color-coded bud tips supplied is unequaled, and the unit itself is light yet surprisingly sturdy and unobtrusive. An elaborate storage case with molded compartments for each phone to sit it, is also included. The only negative, I suppose, is the quality of the cord itself, which feels thin and perhaps prone to breakage. But for $150 (the price I paid) the 700's are recomended.
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I have gone from one earphone to another for several years. This is the first one that really sounds as good as full sized speakers in a top class high-end system. You will hear all the nuances in a classical recording, so now my i-Pod Touch is as good as my downstairs sound system.
It is also spectacular in movies like Kingdom of Heaven or Blade Runner.
The isolation from exterior sounds is as good as active noise cancelling systems which modify the sound somewhat, so these are my only earphones for air travel as well.
They are not expensive, since they are probably the last earphones you need to buy.
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By C. Her on November 11, 2008
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Interestingly, the EX700 sounds nothing like previous incarnations of Sony IEMs (think MDR-EX71) but rather, they sound quite similar to it's full-sized brother, Sony's flagship MDR-SA5000 - very revealing of details, but horridly bass-shy and highly tilted in the treble region. Unlike the SA5000 however, the EX700 just never seems to stop exhibiting sibilance. This is one VERY sibilant headphone, and burn in just never seems to get rid of it. I find that I'm using bass boost on these things more than I normally would with a pair headphones.

The headphone comes with 7 silicone sleeves, but I never found that they fit me just right. In my opinion, they're all way too small. On a different note, the EX71 comes with just 3 sleeves, and it's medium pair fits me perfectly. I got the best fit by placing a Shure medium silicone sleeve on the EX700, but that immediately degraded the sound and made everything sound muddy. General comfort is very good; I can easily keep them in my ears for hours on end without much pain.

I would have preferred just a zip pouch over the supplied leather slide-out case if you ask me. That case is just too awkward to wind up, especially with the right-angled plug. If you have the EX700SL version then the case is perfect if you detach half of the headphone cord and keep just the top portion, which is then terminated in a straight plug.
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At first I have to thank Amazon for getting me a Genuine pair of Sony Ex700lp Ear buds at this cost $170, about 43% less than Sony's website. Though Sony was ready to match this Price tag, They added a hefty 20% tax on it. I am from India an can only dream about these products as they aren't available here. I worked as a Sound Engineer and I know the basics of Sound forms. Trust me this is the best pair of headphones that you can get at this cost.

The First time when you listen to these Ear Buds, Off course you will hugely disappointed as you can hear only the Highs and Mids. I burnt them for about 100 hours day and Night and now together with Comply T400 foams I can proudly say I am the only Indian to have the best personal music system in my pockets. The bass is exactly the way it should be essential and not over powering. I have used the Ety's,Denon C751, Turbines etc all either over power the bass which causes it to be muddy or Under powers bass. Both the cases you wont feel like having the buds in your ears for Hours. but the EX700lp will be exactly the way you want it. I have a Sony Ericsson Aino which has an Output more or less the same like a X series Walkman. So I don't want to be too technical here describing the Frequency response and Sensitivity which would not be clear to everyone. In short for MP3 listening these are the ideal ones which are practically unmatched. I accept Sony is not the best in therms of Audio Quality, Shure, Senheiser have better ear buds like SE530 and IE8 and which provide much accurate sound output. But these are not for casual listeners, they are ideal for Technicians.In Short Ex700lp are like a smooth drive on a Highway Where other are like a Roll-a-costa can be enjoyed only for a while.
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