Sony Mdr-Ex700Lp Earbud Style Headphones (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- New 16mm driver units for reproducing sound
- Thin magnesium housing in ear style provide comfort
- Newly multi-layer diaphragm for high-resolution sound
- 7 Sizes of hybrid silicone earbuds for secure fitting
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New 16mm driver units for reproducing precision sound faithfully (108dB, 4-28KHz). Thin magnesium housing and new closed vertical in the ear style provide wearing comfort. Newly developed multi-layer diaphragm for reproducing high-resolution sound. 7 sizes of hybrid silicone earbuds for achieving more comfort and secure fitting.
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1. The original pair of top-of-the-line Sony phones, going for three hundred, were called "Premium MDR-EX700SL" headphones; the updated models (primarily to satisfy the desires of the American consumer), are called "Supreme MDR-EX700LP" headphones.
2. If you'r unsure which pair you happen to have (I have both), there are some quick and easy tests. First, is the cosmetic one: The prior, SL model has a shorter cord (4 feet) than the new, LP model (6 feet--no doubt the longest cord of any earphones). 2nd, the prior model has an audio plug that extends straight out from the cable; the newer model has a plug that is attached at a right angle to the end of the cord.
3. Peripherals and accessories. The prior, SL models are being sold in a soft leather pouch that closes with velcro. The new, LP model comes with a hard, leather-covered metal case that jack-knifes open. The SL models come with 1-3 different-sized silicone ear tips; the new, LP model comes with a record 7 different-sized silicone hybrid ear tips.
4. The difference in sonic quality. Unless you have both phones, this will be the most difficult distinction to note. The earlier SL models are full-frequencied, with a rich and warm mid-range and "understated" high and low end. They "wear" extremely well, especially for extended listening to jazz, classical, instrumental music. The newer LP models have been "tweaked" in the high end (they're more brilliant, with highs that immediately get the listener's attention) and the low (they've been tuned to take full advantage of the extra- large drivers (3 X the size of some phones going for a hundred or more). Again, the appeal is to the bass hungry, youthful American audiophile audience. The older SL phones have the same size drivers and are capable of producing all of the pitches, or frequencies, of a non-compressed audio file, but they're not altered in a way to knock the socks off the prospective buyer.
My first pair of Sony 700s were the SL models. They came directly from Amazon, and included all of the cosmetic accessories mentioned above (#3). But upon ordering one of the Hong Kong "dirt-cheap" models, I became aware that someone had "swapped out" models with my Amazon phones, replacing the LP with the SP model. After communications with Sony (like Amazon, a first-rate, reliable, consumer-friendly company), the company made things right for me, sending me the latest LP model with the extra-long cord and angled plug. I was immediately impressed by the brilliant highs and the omnipresent lows. But soon I found myself going back to the the SL phones.
In sum, the latest Sony--the Supreme MDR-EX700LP phones--have been updated and "re-tuned" to suit the fancies of the American marketplace and will doubtlessly be appreciated by many listeners of today's popular music. The older phones are still the audio summit when it comes to listening to unforced, uncolored, flat-response (no artificial spikes or enhancement) instrumental music. But in either case, you can't go wrong. After listening to dozens of these things, I've heard five dollar phones that surpass two hundred dollar phones, but I've never heard anything better than either of the Sony phones discussed above.
[Later: I now see some SL models beginning to crop up on Amazon. You should know what you're buying, so look carefully at the picture and send a message to the seller if it's unclear whether the phones are LP or SL. I'm now willing to concede that a certain percentage (who's to say how high?) of the SL models are counterfeit. I've noticed variances not only in cable length but quality, and I've experienced events like drop-outs from one of the phones during normal, light use. Durability is definitely more of a question with the SL variety. At this point, I would be reluctant to spend much on an SL model, whereas I would feel far more secure and trusting in the case of an LP model (I have yet to experience a failure). Moreover, I would not count on responsiveness from the parent company if a consumer's complaint is in regards to an SL model.]
** Update **
Okay, I usually don't update my reviews. But. I have heard all about "burn in" and there are just as many people who say it is bogus as there are people who say its real. I am not trying to start a debate, but after 2 months of use, the bass is all of the sudden even better that before. I am not an audiophile, but I know bass when I hear it - and WOW. Buy these NOW !!!!
The First time when you listen to these Ear Buds, Off course you will hugely disappointed as you can hear only the Highs and Mids. I burnt them for about 100 hours day and Night and now together with Comply T400 foams I can proudly say I am the only Indian to have the best personal music system in my pockets. The bass is exactly the way it should be essential and not over powering. I have used the Ety's,Denon C751, Turbines etc all either over power the bass which causes it to be muddy or Under powers bass. Both the cases you wont feel like having the buds in your ears for Hours. but the EX700lp will be exactly the way you want it. I have a Sony Ericsson Aino which has an Output more or less the same like a X series Walkman. So I don't want to be too technical here describing the Frequency response and Sensitivity which would not be clear to everyone. In short for MP3 listening these are the ideal ones which are practically unmatched. I accept Sony is not the best in therms of Audio Quality, Shure, Senheiser have better ear buds like SE530 and IE8 and which provide much accurate sound output. But these are not for casual listeners, they are ideal for Technicians.In Short Ex700lp are like a smooth drive on a Highway Where other are like a Roll-a-costa can be enjoyed only for a while.
Regarding the Variants MDR EX-700LP and MDR EX-700SL, I see many reviews stating that the LP is an upgrade version for SL, WHICH IS COMPLETELY INCORRECT. Visit Sony Singapore website you can find MDR EX-700SL listed on sale. They are two versions sold at the same time and are differentiated in terms of geographical locations and not in terms of upgrade.
In my personal opinion, May it be Rock, Pop, Salsa or any Genre, music must be pleasant like Having a drink on a Sunday Evening with your Girlfriend at your favorite cafe and not like listening to Jingle Bells Played on a 1970's Wooden Speaker box on Christmas, Blasting your thoughts away.
So, Just decide yourself, Do you want a Ear buds like Ex700lp which are pleasant, warm and you regret to remove them from ears or go with SE530, IE8 kinda pairs which make your Heart Explode in excitement with the accurate Mids and Highs and make you remove the Ear buds minutes to save yourself?
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