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Hey, kind of off topic but I just bought Sony MDR-EX51's (They don't sell 71's here). Does anyone know the difference? The specs on the website seem to be indentical.

Posted by thume on September 14, 2004 at 9:34 PM (PDT) Comment 1

As a possible solution to the rough plastic, couldn't you take the Apple foamies and poke a hole in them? Then you could just fit the rubber through the hole, and the foam would cover the plastic. Obviously, it wouldn't make them smaller, but it would reduce the hard plastic rubbing against your ear.

Posted by Joshdude on September 14, 2004 at 9:39 PM (PDT) Comment 2

the EX51 and EX71 series are apparently the same headphone, just different case etc.


Unfortunate that they are uncomfortable as they looked like an interesting idea :( I always thought they would make the uncomfortable as the stock iPod headphones are not exactly small to begin with!

Posted by m00j on September 14, 2004 at 9:43 PM (PDT) Comment 3

*hugs ex71s*

but damn... i was still hoping that something like these earjams could provide an easy fix for ipodders.

oh well...

Posted by Redux on September 15, 2004 at 2:52 AM (PDT) Comment 4

The EX71 has a short cord to be used with an inline remote (MD, iPod, etc..) and then an extension for normal use. The EX51 has a regualr length cord. DEfinately worth the difference in price if you're using a remote.

Posted by cyguy on September 15, 2004 at 4:23 AM (PDT) Comment 5

I use the Jabra EarGels on iPod ear buds. They are very comfortable and fit great.

http://www.jabra.com/products/jabraeargels.htm

Bob

Posted by BobR on September 15, 2004 at 5:49 AM (PDT) Comment 6

Did you say "free" Apple buds? Last time I checked they cost about 300 smackers! They're "stock" not "free."

Posted by supercarrot900 on September 15, 2004 at 9:56 AM (PDT) Comment 7

The 71's also come with more of the interchangable earbuds.

And as for price, in Canada, it was actually cheaper for me to order my 71's from audiocubes.com than it was to get them from the sony store.

Also, sony is selling white 71's in the US now (pre-order only as of right now).

MDR-EX71SL/WK

Posted by Plastic Jesus on September 15, 2004 at 10:23 AM (PDT) Comment 8

In-ear always seemed to me like it would hurt.

Is the name "EarJams" supposed to reassure me? smile

Posted by Nagromme on September 15, 2004 at 12:13 PM (PDT) Comment 9

man i ordered them are waitin for them to come

Posted by ePod on September 15, 2004 at 12:21 PM (PDT) Comment 10

Bob, how's the sound quality of the Jabra EarGels?

Posted by MG on September 15, 2004 at 1:30 PM (PDT) Comment 11

I think the Jabra EarGels sound great but I don't think they improve the sound quality.
I find that earbuds become uncomfortable after a while. But with the Jabra EarGels the iPod EarBuds are very comfortable.

Bob

Posted by BobR on September 15, 2004 at 2:50 PM (PDT) Comment 12

The good that's come out of these earjams is that their earpads are exact replicas of the EX71/EX51's. Woo! Replacement parts!

Posted by Redux on September 15, 2004 at 4:42 PM (PDT) Comment 13

it seems a lil bit more like an advertising for sony. It actually makes me hungry for Sony headphones.

Posted by lol on September 15, 2004 at 5:04 PM (PDT) Comment 14

I find that ipods stock buds to be very light and comfortable. I have tried in ears before and the best fitting ones are uncomfortable to me. I can't stant the way your ears don't breath enough and feel very warm/sweety. I would like to have better bass without using non-white buds, but think i'll do with out these, cause of the feeling of in ears.

Posted by Jonathan on September 15, 2004 at 5:13 PM (PDT) Comment 15

It's too bad that these aren't that great. I had high hopes for them. I guess that you can only take standard issue so far, though.

Posted by Alden on September 15, 2004 at 9:47 PM (PDT) Comment 16

Yeah, you can't expect the same quality and comfort as you would get with the Sony earbuds.

Just sticking a gold "L" on a Ford won't make it perform like a Lexus. Ultimately, you get what you pay for. Some are satisfied with the stock earbuds and that's fine, too.

But, for those who want better quality performance and comfort, you will need to invest a little more money and some higher quality and comfort like the obviously superior Sony MDR-EX71SL's.

Posted by Roger Smith on September 15, 2004 at 11:06 PM (PDT) Comment 17

i don't visit here often, but i'm hoping someone can suggest some options to me. i use the sony nudes (ex-70sl) and love the fullness of the bass and the balance of the highs (for jazz and percussive world music). but when i had a mishap with my nudes (don't ask) and had to fall back on my cheapo sony fontopias, i realized how much midrange i'd been missing (more complete, across-the-board, but subpar bass).

so here's the question: has anyone found anything that's even close to a happy medium between the two? seems i always have to choose between good overall sound and great highs/bass. you'd think by now there'd be something out there more ideal (tho now i'm doubtful, since you guys are still raving about the nudes).

thanks for your help.

Posted by bibb on September 16, 2004 at 3:20 AM (PDT) Comment 18

"The EX71 has a short cord to be used with an inline remote (MD, iPod, etc..) and then an extension for normal use. The EX51 has a regualr length cord. DEfinately worth the difference in price if you're using a remote.


By cyguy on Sep 15, 04 6:23 am"

Actually this is somewhat misleading:

Both the ex51's and the ex71's come in two versions:

The first ("SL" i think) has a short cord, whilst the other (can't remember the identifier) has a long cord.

The SL also comes with an extension cord if needed.

Posted by aptmunich on September 16, 2004 at 7:35 AM (PDT) Comment 19

The answer to comfort and sound would be an ear bud with an over the ear clip. Does it exist?

Posted by DenROx on September 16, 2004 at 10:10 AM (PDT) Comment 20

I have both sony and the apple in-ear and can say that both are absolutely fine.

Posted by ginalee on September 16, 2004 at 11:25 AM (PDT) Comment 21

I've owned about 5 pair of apple earphones and I just got a pair with the 4g ipod. apple has either done something to make them sound better or i got a fluke pair because these things sound pretty good. I think i'm goin got try that jabra idea to see if i can coax some more bass out of these things. Thanks for the idea.

Posted by Wigglesworth on September 17, 2004 at 7:08 PM (PDT) Comment 22

The answer to comfort and sound would be an ear bud with an over the ear clip. Does it exist?


sony makes something like that. i think they call them Hear or something. it's on their website

Posted by Sage on September 23, 2004 at 3:02 PM (PDT) Comment 23

This is a bit off of the subject, but I am on a mission for some high quality, water resistant/sweat resistant headphones for working out or running. The closest thing that I have found is the Sony Sports Model, but the sound quality is nothing close to that of the Apple Ear Buds, which are completely unusable for running or use on an eliptical trainer.

I have looked high and low for a year with no success. Any suggestions?

Posted by tennis brat on September 30, 2004 at 4:32 PM (PDT) Comment 24

some1 metion that Sony MDR-EX71SL = short cord. But i have a Ipod remote control so does it really a big matter if the cord is short?

Posted by Aznmask on September 30, 2004 at 11:13 PM (PDT) Comment 25
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