Sony MDR-EX210B/BLK Earbud Style Headphones
- Enhanced performance delivers rich, dynamic sound
- 13.5mm driver units provide dynamic audio performance
- Vertical, in-the-ear style for wearing comfort
- Edgy style with youthful colors
- 3 sizes of hybrid silicone earbuds for a secure fit
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For rich sound with comfort and attitude it's the Sony MDR-EX210B. 13.5mm driver units reproduce wide dynamic range while the closed design sits comfortably in your ear.
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Philips SHE6000 $18
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Winner: Sony MDR-EX210B
I have been listening to a lot of EDM, House, and Trance lately. I needed something with good bass. Not just muffled loud bass, but clear bass. I also of course I also wanted crystal clear mid's and high's.
I tested all headphones with popular song "Walls" by Ned Shepard & Tiesto. In the first few seconds of the song there is a thundering bass that fades. Sony MDR-EX210B was the only headphone that allowed me to distinguish between the different bass notes and it felt thundering in an enclosed space like in a movie theater or at a rave right in front of the speakers, but yet was still crystal clear. 5 stars on comfort as well. Thanks Sony, you've still got it!
These earbuds are somewhat similar to MDR EX310LP that I own but if we are to compare the two build quality they are totally in different league. These EX210B/BLK is flimsily made, in my opinion, they won't last long.. maybe a year. The cable is significantly thin when comparing with Shure SE215 cable. I am takinga star away because of it's build quality.
That being said, the sound quality came out from these little buds is very good! Good lows, somewhat smooth mids and okay highs. I mean for the price, it's plenty good. It also fits in ear snugly and I never have any issues with it falling out from my ears.
I would recommend these as some substitute before you can save up some money to buy really nice earbuds like Turbine Pro and Shure SE 535.
I have some decent budget earbuds, including JLab JBud 3s, some really for-the-money superb 10-buck Panasonic RP-TCR5-Ks and some ungodly bass heavy V-Modas. The JLabs and Panasonics are nice listening earbuds, but both are a bit thin on bass (even though I am anything but a bass-head) and tend to get tinkly on treble, though most of time they are pretty pleasant.
So I wanted a reasonable upgrade, something that offered a fuller sound, more balanced tonal range, and still had what I value most in music: solid, clean mids and clear, clean highs, especially vocals. With their relatively-mega 13.5mm driver (vs 8-9mm on my other buds) and the many rave reviews and $30 price tag, I concluded these were the best bang for the buck buds.
Was i ever right.
Amazing audio, and not just with that "for the money" qualifier. Amazing, period. I got these two days ago (so I cannot yet speak to their longevity, but build quality seems solid) and gave them a test drive through a wide variety of music: pop, rock, folk, classical, jazz, others. The verdict on all genres was this: Winner.
Here's a route sampler.
1. Samuel Barber's 'Adagio for Strings" (that many of you know from the soundtrack of the film "Platoon"): A slow, measured haunting, sometimes soaring piece sublimely delivered to my ears via these Sonys.
2. Bob Dylan's 'Brownsville Girl", an 11-minute musical story with HUGE (totally atypical for BD) production values, including what sounds like a full orchestra backing him up, and all-female chorus on the refrain. All kinds of sounds here from Dylan's signagture rasp to the chorus' elegant harmony to the full-bloom orchestral backdrop. Best listening experience for me ever for this song. Sounds just swirling around everywhere, wide soundstage, crisp highs, potent mids, rich bass, each sound discrete but still combining to create a radiant harmonic whole. I just love how this song sounds through these buds.
3. Morton Gould's 'American Salute', a veritable sound explosion; room (or head) filling, full-throttle, propulsive 3+ minutes of full sheer orchestral power----but with some crystal clear chimes jumping out at you early on. Absolutely majestic rendering through the EX-210s. I liked this so much that I hit repeat twice.
4. Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah" by both Cohen himself, and also K.D. Lang. VERY different sonic experiences. Cohen has this rumbling, powerful perpetual bass of a voice and it comes through brilliantly, set off and complemented by the rising mids and highs of the background chorus. K.D. Lang's version is, well, ethereal. No other word for it. Same song, but WAY different. K.D. Lang's, in particular, seemed custom-built for these buds, and what they can produce.
5. The live version of 'Tusk' by Fleetwood Mac. My god. A thumping, driving meld of drums, full brass section, and primal vocals. What a trip this is via the Sonys. Highs, mids, bass all tossed into one big bowl and tossed around, every sound separate but still unified. This may have been best of all now that I think about it. Hypnotic.
Also did some Springsteen, some Stones, Knopfler, main title from "Lord of the Rings". Oh, and some beautiful tenor with Tommy Fleming doing the Irish traditional 'Raglan Road'----a wavering, poignant masterpiece. Never heard this song sound more aching than through the Sonys.
A lot more. But you get the idea.
For $30, it's like listening to a nonstop live performance, no matter then genre.
So I guess you can infer that I like these.