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Posted by mhzmaster on October 27, 2004 at 3:51 PM (PDT) Comment 161

awsome i love these, and i like that the bass is sooo awsome. my problem is, if your ears are wet, (like when i go to school after getting a shower) they slip out easy. another negative if you wear tighter pants...and you pull the buds out you can lose the ear peice...i did that twice otherwise i love these to death

Posted by Joe on October 29, 2004 at 1:44 PM (PDT) Comment 162

I found these on beachaudio.com for $33.86 plus $8 flat shipping. Best price I've found for anyone who's interested.

Posted by Steve on October 29, 2004 at 6:53 PM (PDT) Comment 163

Just so the true audiophiles know the kind of iPod owner I am -- This is the most money I've spent on headphones. I agree with those who laud them. For me, it's exciting that I hear things I never did before and that they are so comfortable, even for going to sleep listening to music. The short cord works perfectly when used with the iPod remote. I travel quite often, and was using some cheap Koss Plugs, but they made my ears hurt. As others have noted, these phones isolate pretty well without hurting your ears.

My only negative is the stupid metal case they ship the headphones with. It is IMPOSSIBLE for me to store anything in there...

Again, I am a guy who loves music but who has no special ear for sound. I have 10,000+ songs on my iPod, (furthering the American belief in quantity vs quality), with most mp4s at 128 or 160. But for me, these headphones are magic.

Posted by leertracy on December 10, 2004 at 12:19 PM (PDT) Comment 164

Just so the true audiophiles know the kind of iPod owner I am -- This is the most money I've spent on headphones. I agree with those who laud them. For me, it's exciting that I hear things I never did before and that they are so comfortable, even for going to sleep listening to music. The short cord works perfectly when used with the iPod remote. I travel quite often, and was using some cheap Koss Plugs, but they made my ears hurt. As others have noted, these phones isolate pretty well without hurting your ears.

My only negative is the stupid metal case they ship the headphones with. It is IMPOSSIBLE for me to store anything in there...

Again, I am a guy who loves music but who has no special ear for sound. I have 10,000+ songs on my iPod, (furthering the American belief in quantity vs quality), with most mp4s at 128 or 160. But for me, these headphones are magic.

Posted by leertracy on December 10, 2004 at 12:19 PM (PDT) Comment 165

Does anyone else have the small buds to "swap"? I have the medium and large in color of your choice, grey or black that is. PLEASE dont make me pay $10 plus shipping. UGH.

Posted by LP on December 11, 2004 at 2:30 AM (PDT) Comment 166

I bought a set of these about 4 months ago and the quality of sound was awful. Almost zero bass and really tinny sounding I thought it might be just me so I asked others to hear for themselves and they confermed my findings. Seems there comfortable I used them for audio books, it took about 4 months and they gradually became better and better, now I have good sound and bass, pretty long break in period I would say but I'm happy with them now

Posted by splingear on January 16, 2005 at 4:18 AM (PDT) Comment 167

Personally I like the fact that no one can tell what I've got in my backpack due to the fact that I'm wearing the black phones. That aside, I've actually seen the white versions of the EX71SL (the updated version of the EX70SL) at the RadioShack in La Jolla CA (near San Diego). There was only one and if I had more money in general I would have purchased it for my sibling, cousin, or friend (my sibling uses the stock ones as does my cousin and my friend uses against the ear head phones which suck up a lot of power for very little sound—I had to crank the volume from 25-30% all the way to 75%+ for him to hear my music).

Posted by Maikeru on January 18, 2005 at 10:58 PM (PDT) Comment 168

I owns these 'phones. In white of course. I agree these are sweet but for half the price you can get the Sony MDR-V300 DJ headphones. They cover th entire ear and are like having two speakers each side of your head. They are big but loud and show you take music seriously! They don't have the L-shaped plug so they work with the ipod. The only negative is that they have a very long cord but any imaginative person can find a way to store that (in the other pocket or backpack?)

Posted by ipod sandwich on January 23, 2005 at 1:01 PM (PDT) Comment 169

These are amazing. But there are pluses and minuses:

+ Amazing sound, Bass, mids, highs, all perfect. *
+ White and Silver matches iPods nicely (71's)
+ Extremely Comfortable/lightweight
+ Stunningly easy to put on **
+ Inexpensive when compared to similar models

- The wrap-around style seems odd...
- It has a ~15 foot cord (for a remote) and then a really long extension...
- Cable Seems a little cheap
- Whats with the case(s)??

-/+ Too comfortable? Actually seals out sound to a crazy degree. I cant even hear myself typing right now (half volume) If you jog, watch your surroundings extra carefully with these.


I was going thru the comments and I read someone wondering about the Koss: The Plug. Dont waste the $. You feel like your on a budget airplane trying to squish the foam earpieces and rush sticking them into you ear. Trial after trial, I had red ears and the reciept at hand. Not at all worth it.

* These earbuds are nothin more than sticking them into your ear. No excessive force, no twisting, no squeezing. Pure ease.

** I dont know if it was just me, but found them kindof tinny. The bass and middles were amazing, dont doubt that, just the highs rubbed me the wrong way. I went and turned the EQ (iPod) to 'treble reducer' and I have no more problems.

About the break in period... Well, I dont actually know. I left it playing at home for 4 hours while i was at work and it reduced a bit of the tinny sound. Do what you feel, just keep the reciept handy...

So whats my verdict? I would give it a 9/10. Its has its few flaws, but its worth the $50.

Hope you find this useful.

Posted by Kev. on January 26, 2005 at 6:47 PM (PDT) Comment 170

Is there a diffrence between the MDR-EX71LS and the EX71LP?? The price diffrence is 20+ dollars.

Posted by beepover on January 27, 2005 at 10:29 AM (PDT) Comment 171

Got the 71SL in white from Amazon.com for $36.09 + free shipping. Excellent sound!!!

Posted by hp_ny on January 28, 2005 at 9:49 AM (PDT) Comment 172

I love these buds, I have just two problems with them. I have the 71 SL ones, which indicate the short cord with the extension. One of my problems resides in that, the extension is too long and the short cord is too short for regular use. This is a fine problem, I can live with ease with that. The other is that they are a little bass heavy. I prefer the flatness of high-end speakers and headphones, but these have a little heavier bass response. I can over look it because it's not too bad therefore, I really can't complain. Love em.

Posted by Aitikin Kystinson on February 9, 2005 at 6:13 PM (PDT) Comment 173

Sony 71 perfect for Ipod Shuffle.

I didn't purchase the Sony 71 for my 4G 20GB Ipod because of the short cord. The cord, however, is perfect for my Ipod Shuffle when wearing the lanyard. You don't have all that excess cord on your chest like you do with Ipod earphones or the Sony 51.

Posted by Dave4041 on February 27, 2005 at 4:17 PM (PDT) Comment 174

is there anywhere that i can get replacement earbuds in the uk?

Posted by snarepusher on February 28, 2005 at 11:25 AM (PDT) Comment 175

I just had to get these... I mean, the reviews on it were simply amazing. Well actually I got the 71s (white) but they're pretty much the same. I'm still in the process of breaking them in, but compared to the earphones that came with my mini iPod, these are like a million times better. I have to admit, its very very weird at first because you actually stick the dang thing in your ear... I mean, this really re-defines the term "in-the-ear earphones" for me. But you get used to it in no time. Easily worth the $50 price tag.

Posted by joits on March 3, 2005 at 9:11 AM (PDT) Comment 176

I picked these up from Amazon for $30 on sale back in December. They sound great but I really dislike the asymmetrical cable design and the little bead on the cable in that design often gets caught on my shirt collar and pulls the earbud out of my left ear. I also find that the cables tend to be noisy in my ear if they move against me when I am walking, although that could be more due to the closed type design (this is my first pair of headphones of this type).

Posted by waffffffle on March 5, 2005 at 9:25 PM (PDT) Comment 177

Anyone looking for replacement rubber earbuds for these headphones can get them from Sony by calling their parts dept. @ 1800.488.7669. At a cost of 4.95 + tax per piece, not pair.

Posted by Fraz on March 11, 2005 at 6:02 AM (PDT) Comment 178

THE best $50 i have ever spent. They are so freakin comfortable and i love to wear them. Also the sound is superb. I'm no audiophile, but dang. The comparison between these and the stock iPod phones are like Bill Gates and a hobo. I think everyone should have a pair of these.

Posted by theipodman on March 20, 2005 at 4:26 PM (PDT) Comment 179

I read the reviews on this page before I forked out 100 AUD for my Sony's.

Based on the reviews I read, I purchased the Sony EX70SL because

a. the sound was reportedly good
b. the would stay in your ears whiule you worked out
Yeah, the sounds okay, but if you want to work out with your iPod, don't buy these buds, at least the short cord version of them anyway.

The plug which connects to the extension cord sits around chest height and weighs quite a bit. This means that when you are running or jogging or do anything remotely active, the weight of the connection pulls the buds out of your ear.

A total waste of my money.

Posted by randm on March 30, 2005 at 8:08 PM (PDT) Comment 180

After reading such raving reviews, I am extremely tempted to buy a pair for myself.

I totally agree with Mat's comment. My earbuds ahve nearly worn out so luckily, I have an excuse to buy a new set. At the moment I'm leaning towards a pair of the Sony 71's in white :D The problem is, that I want to buy the iPod remote and the only way I can do that, is if I pay for another set of earbuds as well. ($AU75 for earbuds and remote)
ANNOYING!!!

Posted by Katherine G on April 1, 2005 at 2:26 AM (PDT) Comment 181

Ok, after spending several DAYS reading and re-reading the reviews for these earbuds, I decided to purchase them (EX71-SL) from buy.com (decent price and pretty fast service, received them within 3 days after clicking "purchase")... I chose the black earbuds because of the increase in theft of iPODs in NYC (figured if I use a different color, I could possibly deter theft).

I'm hoping that I made the right purchase... but, as it stands right now, it's not looking like I did!!! I plugged these into my ipod, and was very disappointed that I wasn't "hearing" what so many other reviewers were hearing... absolutely no bass, pure treble and my music sounds as though there it has absolutely no EQ... It sounds as though all of the bass is GONE... as though my music was obtained from a cheap clock radio!!!!

I re-read thru the reviews, to see whether or not I should give these badboys a chance... and decided to "break them in" to see if maybe a few hours or so of loud music will adjust the sounds to what I "should be hearing"...

I'll give these buds till the end of this week...

If I don't hear any improvements, I will return them and deal with the ones that came with my ipod or try to find ones that will satisfy my needs

I will say, though, that these earbuds truly do block out sound, all I hear is music (treble and all). And the fit is superb!!! The extension cord is a bit quirky but, eh Sony's trying to revolutionize the way earbuds are made so I'll deal with their "new, ergodynamic" design. The cord seems thin, as though the slightest tug will pull it out of the socket (again one of Sony's new designs).

I'm really hoping that these buds will develop into the rave that I've been reading... it would really suck if they didn't!!! :(

Say a prayer for these earbuds, and I will post the results of my experiment.

Posted by Luv_Mah_ipod on April 7, 2005 at 12:36 PM (PDT) Comment 182

Update:

Approximately one day into pumping loud music into these earphones, and the sound has improved somewhat...

I checked the buy.com reviews and many of them say that these earbuds are good, one also suggested "breaking them in," so something must be right with these or so many couldn't be wrong...

I'll continue with the experiment, and will post my results.

My only peeve is WHY do I have to break them in???!!! They should work right away!!!!

Posted by Luv_Mah_ipod on April 8, 2005 at 6:29 AM (PDT) Comment 183

Results:

After almost 24 hours of pumping music at full stereo capacity thru these things, I truly feel that I am going to have to return them.

Although the sound has improved, but only slightly, I decided to plug these into a cd player to see if maybe the sound would be different compared to that of the ipod... they sounded better in the CD player!!! I personally do not feel these buds were meant for the ipod.

I even asked someone else to take a listen thinking that my hearing may be going... that person concurred... the Sony MDR-EX71SL's are GARBAGE!!!!

The reason why these earbuds originally sold for $80 ($29 at buy.com) is beyond me...

To those who have already purchased these earbuds, do the "break in" test and see if the sound improves...

But, as I stated in my previous post, I don't see why I should have to break in any damn earbuds... as soon as I plug them in to any equipment, they should deliver what is advertised: superior bass and premium sound right away... especially if they're fresh out the box.

As far as the rating and the rave reviews that they've received.... I look at it like this: opinions are like buttholes, everyone has one!!!

Posted by Luv_Mah_ipod on April 8, 2005 at 10:53 AM (PDT) Comment 184

I've had these Sonys for the last 4 years, and I've always thought they were great, but flawed. Sure, if you're used to the Apple earbuds, you'll be amazed at the bass these put out. But if you're looking for audiophile-quality sound, forget it. They would sound pretty nice if only they weren't so boomy. Don't get me wrong- I love bass (I'm a bass player), but Sony went overboard with these. I have accumulated about a dozen other earphones at home in my search for great portables, and since the EX70 came out so long ago, I figured there must be something better by now. So I did some research, and decided to give the Panasonic RP-HJE50 a try (and it cost less than half as much as the Sony). A very similar design, but a very different sound. At first, next to the EX70, it sounds like it lacks bass, but after burn-in and with a little extended listening, I realized the HJE50 is much more balanced, with a much more realistic low end. The EX70 has a little better high end, but I find them fatiguing due to the boomy bass. The HJE50 has a great, rich, full sound, and is much nicer to listen to for longer periods. My new away-from-home favorite.

Posted by rodneyg on April 12, 2005 at 7:12 PM (PDT) Comment 185
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