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Finally...A great sounding, great fitting earbud for under $50
on February 28, 2009
February 28, 2009: OK, this is the fourth pair of in-ear earphones I have had in the last three months: Koss sound isolation (returned; sounded tinny and crappy even after "break in"), Sony over the ear (didnt fit, kept falling out of ear), and the standard Apple iPod earbud that these replaced. These Sonys surprised me on two fronts: 1) the weird shaped earbud fits perfectly inside the ear, and stays in even when running (which I do a lot of); 2) they sound terrific, much better than the Apple buds that cost 4 x as much! I am a Brazilian/Latin DJ, so I listen to a lot of female vocals, guitar, trumpet, piano, and percussion, and trust me, I gave these buds a real workout. These buds are rated at 8 Hz - 22 kHz, and unlike other brands, with these you can actually hear the range. The 108 dB/mW sensitivity rating is pretty high, and again, you can hear it. Unlike the reviewer who complained about excessive bass, using the Flat, Jazz, Lounge, or Acoustic setting on my iPod the midrange is sweet and natural, the highs are crisp with reverb and harmonics accurately reproduced, and the bass is punchy and deep, not boomy or mushy. For under $20, or even under $50, these earbuds are a steal! - DJ Arnoldo
UPDATE April 25, 2012: Wow, this review has been getting lots of attention, so here is an update. Believe it or not, three years later these Sonys are still going strong! Granted that these are my workout earphones, but in the time I have been using these I have gone through Apple earbuds, an expensive pair of Audio Technicas, and a lesser known brand. These all perished after about a year due to broken wires (and an expired warranty). Three years later these Sonys still sound great, and are still chugging along! -- DJ Arnoldo
UPDATE October 18, 2014: Five years later, these Sony earbuds finally bit the dust when the signal to the left earbud quit. These have been my workout earphones since 2009 and they have served me well. This model was discontinued, but try to find a similar Sony model. I know I will.