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so, i took the collective recommendation and purchased a pair of the EX71SLs in white. they look and sound great; just as advertised. i find the cord impossibly short, though. my ipod ends up in my shirt pocket, rather than hands or pants. is the "extension cord" the only solution?

Posted by brian on October 28, 2003 at 3:23 PM (PDT)

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ive recieved my earphones and the only thing i can say is that im entirely disappointed with them. The cord is WAY too short causing me to have to stuff about 2ft of cord into my pocket every time. Aside from that the different length right and leff cords is very annoying as well for just putting them on and going. It takes a lot of adjusting. Not only that, but when wearing the phones they block out WAY too much sound. All in all though they sound very good

Posted by shay on October 28, 2003 at 3:28 PM (PDT)

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just FYI, the different length cords are that way because you're supposed to swing the longer one around the back of your neck. I never really thought that was much of a problem. Also, I think the short cord is really best if you're hooking it into the ipod remote...the remote's cord is very long on the 3G iPod, I dunno which ipods you guys have and what their remote setup is like, but the 3G ipod's earphones have a very short cord themselves which are extended by the long remote.

I'm gonna go pick up a pair of these and see how they are.

Posted by tekdemon on October 31, 2003 at 4:21 AM (PDT)

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I'm still desperately looking to trade or buy someone's small rubber ear pieces. I have the other 2 sizes that I can trade for them. I lost one of the smallest size ear pieces and none of the others fit me.

Anyone know if replacements can be purchased? I've scoured the net and have yet to find any.

Posted by Scott on October 31, 2003 at 4:27 AM (PDT)

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These are excellent if you are stationary indoors but are a bit too isolating for walking in a typical urban area. Seat the ear bud deliberately in your ear canal - and try all three rubber ring sets for the best fit - and you will get deep FUNDAMENTAL bass and very smooth frequency response well into the upper registers. Because they hold in place by providing light force against the inside of your ear canal, they can be worn - LITERALLY - all day without fatigue. I popped them in last month for an eight hour train ride from Boston to DC and didn't remove them until we pulled into Union Station!

Posted by Robert Serafini on November 6, 2003 at 4:25 PM (PDT)

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scott i thought i sold you the smaller foam pads? are you the one or was it someone else? did you ever get them?

Posted by shay on November 6, 2003 at 10:19 PM (PDT)

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i jsut purchased mine form ebay a few min ago, also to Scott about the rubber pieces, u can order them from sony, i think they cost $5 im not sure, but u can only get replacements from them which sorta sucks

Posted by DoNuT on November 9, 2003 at 8:43 PM (PDT)

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nope he got replacements from me cause the design of these headphones suck ! and i dont use them

Posted by shay on November 9, 2003 at 9:09 PM (PDT)

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well theres no turning back no cuz its probably bein shipped as we speak, so it'll jsut b a matter of about a week b4 i recieve my white ones

Posted by DoNuT on November 10, 2003 at 9:14 PM (PDT)

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You can get replacement earbuds in any of the 3 sizes here: Audiocubes

Posted by thaX on November 13, 2003 at 12:21 PM (PDT)

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there are great but i've managed to get through 4 pairs, they always break. in tokyo i bought the step-down version and these do not have wear-and-tear rubber holding them together.

still, ordering the white ones. maybe fifth time lucky.

Posted by Ochire on November 23, 2003 at 5:37 AM (PDT)

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Everyone says to buy these headphones at Audiocube.com, but there are better prices at ecost.com, buy.com, Aaxes.com, and others. go to pricegrabber to find the best prices.

And no matter what anyone says, these earbuds rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Matt on November 25, 2003 at 7:37 AM (PDT)

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audiocubes is good cos they ship internationally and u can get them in ipod white - services which none of the places (which Matt mentioned) offer. Sadly, audiocubes only accepts US credit cards so it makes it hard for those that want to buy them overseas (as international money orders cost more and take 10 days to clear)

Posted by timmy in Melbourne, Australia on November 30, 2003 at 9:08 PM (PDT)

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Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just got my EX-71's, and I'm loving them. At first I thought the trebles could be better, but then I changed the silicon size and started using them in my MD player, and they rock. The bass is great and the treble is fine. Definitely worth the money. I think the people who say they hate them don't give them enough time.

Posted by Matt on December 9, 2003 at 5:09 AM (PDT)

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These headphones are truely great. I originally owned the black pair and have since moved onto the whites with the optional cable extension. This means you can plug into the i-pod remote and not have loads of extra cable hanging around. Sound quality is awesome. Bass is solid and the snug fit cuts out external noise. The soft buds also mean you can wear these phones for hours and not feel any discomfort. I highly reccommend these headphones (especially the latest versions, search the net), especially for anyone who, like me, has had problems with in-ear phones faling out all the time.

Posted by Carl on December 15, 2003 at 2:57 AM (PDT)

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Anyone tried to enlarge the holes to improve the high and middle frequency response?

Posted by Jeff on December 23, 2003 at 11:38 AM (PDT)

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I am kind of neutral on these earbuds. When compared to the sound and comfort of the Apple earbuds they are definitely superior in both cases. However, there are days that I have found I can't even keep them in for more than 5 minutes because my ears start to hurt. Other times they are fine and I have no problem wearing them for 3-4 hours at at time. I have tried all the sizes of the earbuds and found the mediums are the best fit although they are a touch too big and the small buds are way too small and do not seal correctly which is essential for good bass response.
And if bass is your thing these eabuds are for you. The only problem is that the bass presence is disproportionate to the Mids and Highs. The Bass feels rich and full kind of like you are in the speaker cabinet, but the mids and highs feel flat. You can compensate for this a little by cranking up the volume but I bought these phones so I wouldn't have to crank up the volume to deafening levels. But if you do crank of the volume and close your eyes the outside world just fades away and the ony thing you expericence is pure music. Its like you are alone, sitting in the middle of an arena, listening to your favorite band.
The price is palatable as well. 50 bucks for headphones sounds pretty steep but when you compare it to other canal phones its about 1/3 to 1/2 the price of the cheapest competitor. If you have never used canal phones before this is a good way to try them out and see if you can tolerate them. Who wants to shell out 250 bucks for a pair of headphones and find out you can't stand having things shoved into your ear canal. They are the beer of heaphnes rather than the champagne. If you want a good beginner pair of canal phones to try out that are far superior to the Apple earbuds all for under 50 bucks than these buds are for you.
If you are looking for high fidelity and can spend the money go with a better pair from Entymotics or Shure. I would have but I think my wife would have killed me for dropping $200+ on a pair of headphones.

Posted by tekn0ph1sh in Orlando, FL on December 26, 2003 at 5:35 PM (PDT)

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WARNING: If you like to listen to music with deep bass (or any low-end, for that matter), be very careful with these.

I will soon retire my pair b/c their use of my ear canal as a bass tube has started ringing in my ears. I can only imagine the damage they'd inflict over time.

Posted by Erokka on January 6, 2004 at 9:12 AM (PDT)

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Actually I already know the damage they'd inflict over time because I've had this pair for well over a year.

Just be careful out there!

Posted by Erokka on January 6, 2004 at 9:16 AM (PDT)

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i have to say i am underwhelmed by these headphones (MDR-EX-71). while they are slightly more comfortable than the iPod's earbuds i think they sound very harsh and bright. i don't know where the bass is that most people rave about, to me these phones have less bass than the iPod earbuds.

I've tried both pairs of the included rubber buds and have made sure that these are in my ear as far and as snug as possible, but still do not get any where near a sound that can be described as "full" or having "deep bass".

i especially regret getting these now that Apple has announced they will be selling their own in-ear headphones.

Posted by tu11ym0n on January 7, 2004 at 11:44 AM (PDT)

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