Rated 2.7 out of 5 by 6
Rated 5 out of 5 by DallasF Great Balanced Armature IEMs at a reasonable price
These IEMs are amazing for the price (They can be purchased on other sites for much cheaper then Sony's prices), and could be the best earbuds obtainable for under 30$. These are particularly good for portable use because they get more then loud enough on a regular smartphone, and do not require a portable amp like some higher end balanced armatures do not to mention they sound great (You will probably notice a difference from mp3/aac and alac/flac). The bass response is admittedly lacking but the texture is very good (if you need more bass a fiio e6 costs 25$ and will add a nice bass thump), the mids are more detailed then anything I've ever used (Beyerdynamic dt 990 pro, Sennheiser hd 380 pro, mdr nc-13, mdr 200, mdr-ex310lp) and make elaborate songs very enjoyable, now the treble is recessed (as are most under 200$ earbuds) but complements the prominent mids without removing any of its detail. I think one problem some people have with these is they may sound bad at first (if you are familiar with a burn-in these definitely benefit from one), and can sound distorted on an improper set-up at high volumes (using a phone at ear damaging volumes for example).
April 25, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by AndyP meh at best, overpriced, no bass or punch
these earbuds were very disappointing, and i was surprised at poor performance after what was described to me by salesrep. the lack of bass response, and even distortion with mid range clarity at louder volumes is an issue. i am retuning these and think i may have better luck with a $19.99 pair!
March 5, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by VicJames Really not that great
Well I wished I listened to other people's reviews. It's true, these ear phones lack all bass. The highs are fine, but even the mids are suffering at times. It's not a question that these earphones are simply cutting out the over enhancement of bass that other headphones create (which they do), they simply cannot reproduce it. Using my computer I used a flat EQ on my standard Apple headphones and then compared them to the Sony, even with the EQ cranked on the low range the Sony could not reproduce any resemblance of bass.
Someone might argue that the Sony headphones are simply reproducing the sound as it was meant to be heard, that most headphones increase the bass and this is true. But audio artists also know this and adjust accordingly.
Be carful about how these feel in the ear, they fit really snug. Almost uncomfortably so. There are various sizes to nibs you can use. They are meant to isolate (almost seal) the ear cannel. Because of the earphones design they really don't rest on any other part of your ear other than the cannel itself. This gets uncomfortable fast and if you want to wear them with a toque forget about it (as I do when running).
Overall the rest of the design (cord and controller) is great and is an improvement over the Apple headphones.
I honestly tried these less than 3 times and now they reside in the drawer, back to the Apples. Unfortunately I can't return them as I used Sony Points which really makes this sting. Hopefully my loss is your gain. I recommend that you try these instore before you buy (I would have if they hadn't closed all the Vancouver Island stores down), even better yet, step up a level or two. I would imagine the more drivers the better the sound reproduction.
I do not recommend these, period.
March 4, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by bwhit321 disappointing
I can't hear anything properly because there is no insulation on the cables. When I walk to work and the cables rub against my jacket, there is so much interference traveling up the cables and covering the music. Not what I'd expect of $90 headphones!
The remote is great, nice product design, but the bass is pretty crummy.
January 25, 2013