Not for glasses wearers!
These headphones are so extremely uncomfortable if you wear glasses! The part that hooks behind/over your ear has to share space with your glasses, so they pinch and make your glasses sit cockeyed. That makes me dizzy and uncomfortable. They only way I can wear them is if I wear them backwards and hold them in with hairclips. How is it possible that no one who designed this product wore glasses?
April 2, 2013
Tony the Tiger thinks they're Grrrrreat!
I like these phones cuz they're light weight, and don't fatigue my ears. I wear them when i get tired of by buds or my full size studio type phones. I find the sound adequate for casual listening. For the price, you're not going to get deep bass (shallow driver enclosure, non-rare earth type magnets being two reasons ). As for the cord being short, this is marketed as a sport head phone. Do you really want to have to manage a long cord when you're doing your cardio or weights? Get real. Just my 2 cents worth, your mileage my vary.
March 20, 2012
Sound quality is superb and crystal clear.
March 20, 2012
Only for the budget listeners
For those that don't like to read long reviews, now is your time to keep moving. For the rest of us, prop your feet up and get a drink because we are about to get serious.
My family recently got two pairs of this headphone and I am currently using them as I write this review. I notice that they are a bit tight on the ears when I'm listening to them. Also wearing glasses, this makes for an awkward situation at times. either relieve the pressure on my earlobes, or take off the glasses? It is something that I have to put up with every half hour or else I will not be able to even get them off without pain.If you don't wear glasses or if you have different ears, you may not have this problem. I've been using these now for about 2 weeks and it still has not let up.
As far as the main reason for having headphones, to listen to music, I find them good for a user with a low budget. Coming from my previous pair of headphones (Koss PortaPro) there is no comparison, the PortaPros blow them out of the water, but at close to 3 times the price. For about $12 in some stores, I have these, and for their main mission of audio, they are just ok. I would give them about a 6/10 on sound quality. The high sensitivity lends itself to very crisp and bright highs and mids, but at a price. The lows are washed out, and as the volume rises, the lows come through louder, but only to a point. After that the mids and highs take over again and the headphones become harsh and raspy. When listening to my Sony Walkman WM-FX290W, I MUST use the mega bass function or else it sounds like I'm listening to a radio from an old Mazda pickup that has seen better days.
When using my Sony Walkman NWZ-S545, I have found that I need to reduce the mids and highs to VERY low levels or else I get a headache. I have found that Acoustic and Jazz music do not give me the headaches, but still. The harshness is a bit off putting.
I do however think that Sony has exaggerated on the frequency range of these. I have had headphones that reached as far down as 14 Hz and these do not sound anywhere near 16Hz as advertized. My guess would be they reach about 22 Hz before rolling off to a whisper at 16 Hz. I've also noticed that at higher listening volumes (about 65% to 80%) the instruments and vocals become ragged in the upper frequency range. Not the best, but for people usually using these for exercise, they might not notice this at all. For people who are on a budget and don't mind, they might not even care. I've had JVC, Koss, Sony, and Philips headphones in the past and these are on the lower end of the list. I used to have a pair of Sony ear buds before they came out with the Mega Bass series and these are better only in the highs. that is all.
Would I recommend this product for other consumers? Only if they are not in the business of spending large sums of money on audio equipment. I am a man of spending money for quality though, so I would not recommend these, unless one does not mind the quality.
January 29, 2012