Yeah those sony's look great. We can't get them in the UK right now. However I would be delighted if some enterprising Brit would prove me wrong...

Posted by bluejameso on August 28, 2003 at 7:37 AM (PDT) Comment 21

You can get them in the UK from but only the black ones unfortunately... (I think they only do black anyway)

Posted by Jc on September 5, 2003 at 5:02 PM (PDT) Comment 22

oh well, thanks anyway.

Posted by bluejameso on September 5, 2003 at 11:48 PM (PDT) Comment 23

what an idiot didn't know longer cord is loop around.....SUCKER!

Posted by smarty on September 10, 2003 at 10:05 AM (PDT) Comment 24

Perhaps it's a simple case of supply and demand but I discovered that many stores (and more than a few websites) quickly sell out the "high end" Sony earphones (like the MDR-E888LP). In fact, the Sony "flagship" store in midtown Manhattan didn't have them in stock (they tried to get me to buy a cheapo $15 model). Eventually, I found the MDR-EX71SL model at J&R downtown...and bought two. I picked up a "backup" because Sony earphones are extremely fragile and frequently "tear" at the center cord. For $45, the MDR-EX71SL is a good bargain - excellent, clear sound on all frequencies...and more comfortable than the ipod buds.

Posted by Martin B on September 11, 2003 at 12:42 PM (PDT) Comment 25

I had a pair of MDR EX70s recommended on this site a long time ago. I thought they were excellent value for money, however when they changed to the EX71s they appear to have radically altered the sound quality and I personally wouldn't recommend them to my cat

Posted by felix Krish on September 12, 2003 at 1:09 AM (PDT) Comment 26

for bluejameso try [url=][/url] if you want to order a pair of white MDR-EX71SLs. They deliver to UK and I'm sure it will not take longer than a week - took less to send mine to Sydney.

Posted by yinyang on September 12, 2003 at 4:19 AM (PDT) Comment 27

Comparing EX71s to E888s is like talking about Skodas on a thread about the Porsche 911......

The EX71 is a piece of cr@p by comparison.

Posted by Jacko on September 12, 2003 at 3:23 PM (PDT) Comment 28

can someone tell me what the ear fit is like for the E888s? do they surpress a reasonable level of outside noise?

Posted by felix Krish on September 17, 2003 at 12:12 AM (PDT) Comment 29

Just purchased the MDR-E8s and I must confirm with many of you these earphones are OUTSTANDING!

I personally don't like earbuds that 'seal' my ear canal. Yes, I understand sound is somewhat sacraficed but the sound quality of these are terrific.

I strongly support as a moderately priced set of earphones

Posted by terryt on September 17, 2003 at 4:02 AM (PDT) Comment 30

I also agree with Jacko. I purchased the EX71s and SEND THEM BACK.

The ear fit with the E8s is reasonable snug but not that different than IPODS. I do feel the material that covers the speaker 'grabs or sticks' somewhat better to the ear but understand these are best used if stationary. I personally like hearing GREAT sound but able to listen to what else is going on around me.

Posted by terryt on September 17, 2003 at 4:05 AM (PDT) Comment 31

I own one of these and I used it for my Sony Net MD player. The bass is quite good and a bit strong. The only issue I see in terms of audio quality is the weak mid-range. It has a lot of bass and high-freq. but slightly lacking in the middle ones. As for comfort, it really depends. My experience is that while it does a good job of blocking out all the outside noises, you feel a little "plugged". It's like you can hear every pulsation, throbbing, and pumping inside your body. I enjoy my music, but I also want to be aware of my surroundings sometimes (especially when crossing the street, or whatever) so I am using my iPod headphones instead of this one. If you prefer isolation and a powerful bass, these are perfect. The outside plugs themselves are made of very soft rubber (they are removable and washable), and 3 pairs of different sizes are included. The mini-jack is L-shaped, not like the iPod earphone's straight style jack.

Posted by puggy on September 20, 2003 at 10:12 AM (PDT) Comment 32

The above comment is meant for the Sony EX 70-LP not this one. Sorry.

Posted by puggy on September 20, 2003 at 10:14 AM (PDT) Comment 33

For the guy trying to get white sony MDR-EX71SLs in the UK, you can get them on eBay auctions often, but they're going for stupid prices often, so its probably worth trying to find a cheap but-it-now auction or something, otherwise you'll pay over the odds for them. I just ended up getting them in black, save 10-20 for the sake of the colour.

Posted by Nick Kemmer on September 27, 2003 at 1:19 PM (PDT) Comment 34

I'm much more comfortable using those loop-around cords in 'chinstrap' mode. Have done for years. Round the back of my neck feels all wrong. :p

Posted by mintcake on October 1, 2003 at 1:01 AM (PDT) Comment 35

weirdo... wink

Posted by Striker on October 1, 2003 at 1:07 AM (PDT) Comment 36

I have the MDR EX70SLs. They are excellent headphones, I have these and the E888s and use the for different activites. They are both ridiculously efficient so your iPod will seem louder (yay!). Mine are black, and i contemplated moving up to white ones, but its not worth it when the ones I have (supposedly last gen, but we all know Sony, a minor update to design, and sell it for more) are more than fine for the job.

Posted by Prateeko on October 24, 2003 at 11:48 AM (PDT) Comment 37

I bought my first pair of Sony ear buds while in Japan 'round 1987. I, too, was baffled by the one-long-one-short wires until i saw a great number of Japanese folks on the train sharing the headphones. I wonder if that isn't part of the original concept... not chinstraps or neck loops.

Posted by Scott on December 3, 2003 at 4:30 PM (PDT) Comment 38

Just got these today from Since they're just out of the box, they havent had time to break in (if there is such a thing) and they sound exactly like the apple earbuds. They also fit just like them too. I bought these with the impression that they would fit more tightly, and securely for people with bigger ears. I've been listening to them for maybe 30 minutes, and so far I havent been impressed by them. It could be that they dont fit properly on me, but who knows.

Posted by Rob on February 3, 2004 at 6:18 PM (PDT) Comment 39

I'm not sure who to trust anymore as far as earbuds go. Everytime I look for great earbuds, I find tons of controversy. I finally bought some Sony ex71's, and I wasn't as impressed with them as I had expected to be. Some say that they suck, others say that their great. I like them casual listening or listening when I'm outside, but not for intensive listening. Some say they have a break in period, some say other brands blow them away. I just don't know who to trust anymore. I'd love to buy some e888's, but I can't decide because of the different opinions here.

Would you recommend these or not? I use my buds on a Sony net MD player right now, but I plan to use them on either a ipod or a minipod in the future (when I buy them). I just want some straightforward opinions (if that's possible.) Thanks guys.

Posted by Matt on February 19, 2004 at 6:08 AM (PDT) Comment 40

Can You trust a review of earbuds from someone who doesn't even know how to wear them?! Must have a lot of experience in the field

Posted by Eric on February 24, 2004 at 7:28 AM (PDT) Comment 41

What a Knuckle-Head, walking around with a chin-strap.


Posted by Chin-Strap Dumbass on February 26, 2004 at 7:02 PM (PDT) Comment 42

I don't know how big your heads are but I would NOT call that a chin strap, it hangs pretty loose. Who cares anyway, as long as they're comfortable, I wear them in back but maybe not everyone is as "street smart" as you geniuses. Either way, you can't count on any reviews because they all say different things. I find that they're good headphones, but the original apple ones are also great. I got my apple headphones with my 3G ipod and I'm still happy with them.

I now use the sony 71SP's because they muffle most outside sound. They're pretty good but I dont find the base to be all that special.

Posted by M0r0ns on April 14, 2004 at 6:47 PM (PDT) Comment 43

Well at least,
Is this set better than the 71's? I know the other is in ear, but which would you all reccomend? The price difference I can get them for is inconsequential.

Posted by Ross on June 6, 2004 at 2:45 AM (PDT) Comment 44

These are WAY better than the 71. Much better sound, but less isolation and rather more subtle and accurate bass.

Posted by Jacko on June 6, 2004 at 3:23 AM (PDT) Comment 45
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