Sony MDR-EX81LP Bud-Style Stereo Earphones (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Lateral In-The-Ear Headphones
- Elastomer Material
- Hanger Design
- 9Mm Driver
- Neodymium Magnet
- Closed type earphone structure delivers deep bass sound
- Elastomer hanger gives a snug, comfortable fit around your ears
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|Dimensions||1.5 inches x 7.25 inches x 4 inches||x x||2.75 inches x 5.71 inches x 1.18 inches||1.75 inches x 9.75 inches x 4 inches|
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I tried similarly priced ($100) Shure earbuds, and also the popular Bose ($100) earbuds. Both are quality products, but not as quality as the Sony MDR EX 85lp (which you have to find at an actual Sony store, if not Amazon, which is about half price.)
The Shure brand has a sound disparate towards Treble. Way too much treble. And the Bose have much too much bass for my taste. So much that it overpowers the music itself. If this is what you're looking for then your good to go, but this is not what the music was recorded to sound like. That is a matter of fact.
And then there is the MDR EX90 lp, the slightly older brother of the MDR EX85. The slight difference is that the MDR EX 85 case is made of plastic and the MDR EX90 of metal. The metal housing is supposed to cut vibration, but it is so negligible as to stump a hummingbird. Ok, exaggeration, but I actually tried both and went with the EX85 (with plastic housing) because I thought the sound was a touch touch nicer, but I'm sure it was imagination or the fact that I'd compared them so many times side by side as to not know the difference anymore.
The EX85 and EX90 are nearly identical earbuds, much better than anything else I've heard in the way of earbuds. The sound is so great!
I own the Sony EX-51's and EX- 71's too and let me tell you, these are even better than the 71's because they come with a better length cord (i.e. shorter but plenty long enough) and the ear loops. I can't tell you how many times I've jerked my earbuds out of my ears when doing yardwork but these have a tendency to stay in much better due to the soft rubber ear-loops. I have normal size ears and there is no problem with the fit of these. They are comfortable too. I can understand why some wouldn't like having something wrapped around the ear but it is so thin and pliable that I can't even tell the difference over my other Sony's.
Anyone who complains about the bass response of the EX-81's are not wearing them correctly. You need to make sure that they are fitting snugly IN YOUR EAR OPENING not on or around your ear canal. Sony give's you small, medium and large rubber fittings. I need the largest size. Once you get the right size and position (and it isn't hard to place these once you get the hang of it), these are hard to beat for less than $35.
I've read about the cord/cables getting worn out but I have personally beat the heck out of the 51's and 71's for a few years and never had any wear and tear problems so I thought I'd take my chances with these. They seem to be as well made - if not better - than the others too. Perhaps the white one's have more of a problem but I haven't had any problems with the black colors so far.Read more ›
Comfort (People w/Glasses Read):
Well, the canal part of the phone is very comfortable in your ear. It's made of a thin, extremely durable rubbery material, neither foam nor fabric. The material makes it much easier to clean and put on. As for the ear strap, I really can't figure out its purpose. My ears aren't very large, so I have to tuck the rubber straps behind them. The images are rather deceiving, giving the viewer the impression that they hold the phones up, while in actually, it's the other way around.
If you wear glasses, you're going to have to take them off when you're putting the phones on. This is because of the rubber strap. You can wear your glasses with the straps behind your ears, its just putting them on where it becomes an issue. The straps are good for one thing however: they force you to put the phones on in the proper position.
I produce and mix music as a hobby, so sound quality is important to me. Unfortunately, I have a limited income, so I have to settle between quality and cost. These phones produce a very "warm" sound at moderate volume levels. The bass sounds tamed, toned down to a point of appreciation. They do have bass! It's just not wildly exaggerated. The phones excel in producing ambient (background, low tones) and high pitched sounds (drums, cymbals, strings, etc.). At high volume levels however, the high pitch becomes an issue, being rather uncomfortable.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Theses are the best headphones that I've ever had for exercising. When I'm hitting the bag or doing cardio, they don't move at all. Read morePublished 23 days ago by OhMyGod
My second pair as the originals failed after nearly 3 years of daily use, probably a broken wire, they are thin and light so you trade comfort for durability. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Scott
Excellent, excellent, very happy with my new earphone. Thank you.Published 11 months ago by Carmen Randall
Boom goes the bass! These little guys pack subwoofer sound. So comfy, too.Published 12 months ago by Emily Weekley
Love these earbuds; great sound, they stay in place during heavy exertion. Apparently they've been discontinued - what a shame.Published 23 months ago by J. Anderson
not a fan of clip-ons... decent sound. better options are in JBL earbud category.Published 24 months ago by PKL