Amazing sound and comfort
I have used several different earbud design headphones, and the Sony MDR-AS50G is by far superior to anything that I have used in the past. Most, if not all buds fall out eventually when you are active. Because these buds are connected to eachother by a behind the neck band, they simply will not fall out during activity unless they are pulled out. They are comfortable and can be worn with complete "stay in" confidence. The one sided cord, with the ability to originate from anywhere on the band, makes these buds feel almost wireless. The short cord with extension option is great for customizing the cord length for a no slack situation. The movable vise grip like clamp also helps to customize the configuration. I can wear the buds around my neck when they are not in use, with the short cord originating from the center, and clipped to the back of my collar, and I forget that I am wearing them. The design is also good for one ear use when hearing outside sounds is necessary. Often with buds there is a compromise in sound quality. The sound on these buds is amazing. Crisp high and mid range with out sounding tinny. The low end is evident and well balanced. I can hear subtle sounds with these buds that I would not hear otherwise. The stereo field is also balanced with good spacial imaging, and no echo. Also, because of the cord arrangement, there is no feedback from bumbing or rubbing the cord, as is common with other bud sets. The only thing that might improve these buds would be compressable, memory foam ear pieces.
I love these buds!! Because they are new, I have no comment on durability at this time.
January 25, 2009
MDR-AS50G terrible purchase
First of all my frame of reference here is the MDR-XB20EX, which I have used for two years and am extremely happy with. When the left ear of the MDR-XB20EX cut out, I found I was not able to purchase the same model on this site, so I decided to try the MDR-AS50G, and have regretted it.
First of all the sound quality and range are poor. I used cheap freebie iphone headphones to compare against the MDR-AS50G, and today I am still using the freebies. Sony should be ashamed to sell such subpar products for $50!!! Makes me sceptical of other Sony products.
Additionally, since the headphones are connected by some type of rigid wire, with little flexibility or give, I found it a constant battle keeping either earbuds set properly. The slightest pull one way or the other, turning my head, looking down, etc, would force me to readjust.
I tried these for a week, listened to music with them at leaste five hours todal, and am extremely disappointed. The only reason these have not been thrown in the trash...is the amount I paid for them!!! Threw them in the drawer with the odd case they came in.
If you're considering buying these...don't. Learn from my lesson. Unless Sony is giving these away...with free shipping...don't waste your money. Try the MDR-XB20EX...that's what I 'm going back to.
January 1, 2012
Best sports headphones I have every used!
I have used these for years, and now getting another set. "Behind the neck" wire broke and they no longer wrap properly. Have run nearly 1000 miles with them and my iTouch without problems until the wire broke. Haven't found anything else for active sports that comes close to matching their performance.
December 8, 2011
I only use headphones for working out- usually running, eliptical, or weight training. When I first started using these earbuds, I really liked their unique style and form. However, as my workouts progressed and the weather got hotter, I realized the more I sweat the more irritating I found these headphones, as they kept falling out, shifting, and just simply feeling uncomfortable. I tried switching earbud sizes, but that only made things worse. Now they barely stay put after 10 minutes of running. And forget trying to push back hair fly aways while running because if you bump the earbud, they shift and immediately fall out. Very dissappointed in this product for the money I spent.
May 20, 2011