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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good sound quality at a very affortable price range, February 2, 2011
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This review is from: Sennheiser MX 471 In-Ear Stereo Headphones with LiveBass (Red)(Ergonomic Fit) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
I have had MX470 for a month now, so my review will be based on the comparison between MX470 and MX471.

Form-
1 471 has better wires, at least one class higher than 470's. They appear to be very durable, and create no micro-phobics at all.
2 The housing of 417 is rounder and bigger, but the size of its driver covering is actually smaller than 470.
3 471 only comes with one pair of rubber earphone sleeves. 470 had an additional bigger pair (although I had no use of it).
4 Two pairs of ear foams are included.
5 One dard red (matching 471's housing color) pouch is included in the package. 470 came with a black one instead.
6 Color and pattern printed on the housing are not as bright as shown in stock pictures. Although it is "designed for ladies", it can be defined as a unisex product.
7 Cable length of 471 seems to be equal to that of 470.
8 471 is built with a better Y splitter, stronger and easier to use than 470. The separator has model number printed, while 470 has a smaller one without model number.

Function-
1 471's sound quality is every bit as good as 470. Both of them clearly surpass my veteran MX400/500.
2 Because I also have MX560/660 at home for portable use, I think I like the sound signature of new models better.
3 Although no significant difference can be heard between 470 and 471, 471 is very slightly darker. This could be because it is positioned deeper in my ears due to its smaller driver coverings.
4 Both 470 and 471 is very comfortable. But personally, I prefer 470 over 471. I tried both with their slim rubber sleeves and foams on.

Looking at the current Sennheiser consumer grade earphone product line, it appears to me that MX580/581 are just MX470/471 with built-in volume control. Therefore, if you don't need that extra functionality, MX470/471 should serve you just as well for almost half the price.

In summary, MX471 is a very capable audio product and is very similar to MX470. If you have smaller ears, MX471 may be a bit more comfortable. Both have very good sound quality at their given price range. Unless extra strong bass is preferred, MX470/471 earphones are a good step above MX400/500 and MX560/660 in terms of sound quality (resolution, sound stage, and bass impact).
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