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Very good value - better than expected sound.
on October 4, 2009
Based on the manufacturer's info, the specifications for these are almost the same as the cheaper, mostly favorably-reviewed MDR-110LP, the difference being with the 210LP: 1.) The wire is longer (specified 5ft.), 2.) a very slightly extended bass response (probably not audible), and 3.) the inclusion of a quarter-inch stereo plug in addition to the standard mini-plug. The headband is also adjustable on these. I'm not sure the 110LP's are adjustable. I don't have the 110LP's, the Amazon reviews for the 110LP conflict on this point and Sony's website doesn't mention it.
I got mine at Target. It's a little difficult to criticize a super-low dollar stereo component, unless it doesn't work at all and I figured at this price, when it breaks you just get another.
I returned a Sennheiser PX100, mainly because it wasn't built much better than this, I didn't need a headset to fold and the midbass wasn't ridiculously overwhelming like it is on the Sennheiser and of course the 210LP is a lot less expensive.
Although riddled with small frequency aberrations, I found the sound listenable and even occasionally enjoyable using a variety of AC-powered sources - a couple receivers and integrated amplifiers. It isn't as smooth in the midrange as the PX100, for example, but not particularly irritating. The midbass is full without being over-emphasized as it is on so many other headphones providing much more intelligible speech. This characteristic alone made me keep it. It's a bit less efficient than more expensive headphones, but this is of not much consequence, except that it may be easier to burn it out.
It's lightweight, fairly easy to wear and being an open-air headphone, your ears don't get warm and you can still hear other things going on in your room (if that's good).
Like so much other cheap consumer electronics, the packaging is sealed so you probably can't return it, but at its price I recommend it. If it were $20, I'd still buy it. Just handle it carefully and don't stress it in any way.