Pros Great fit, extremely lightweight, crisp sound, good design, and best of all, it doesn't fall out of my ears!
Cons right earphone doesn't stay all the way in sometimes when I shift my head to the right...
Summary alright folks, I must have gone through 10 different sony "workout" designed headphones over the course of the past fifteen years before coming across this one. I have to hand it to SONY on this one. Not only was this one affordable, but it met every expectation of mine for a workout headphone.
This is obviously different from the earphones that simply wrap around your ear (and then fall off after the first 3 steps in your jog), or the in-ear designs (that fall out of your ear and end up dangling against your chest or workout equipment). With this new spiral design, it makes sure that the earphones are pressed against your head with no chance of it falling out of your ear (this has been the biggest pet-peeve of mine)
The sound quality is pretty good. I'm not an over-the-top f-ing audiophile or anything, but I will have to admit the sound is very clear and crisp, even at the loudest setting of my iPod nano. (I hate it when some earphones output distorted sound when the volume gets to be too much)
In conclusion, I've found my one and only workout pair of earphones and won't be replacing this one any time soon.
Pros Great frequency response, including bass. Very comfortable. The head strap keeps them from falling out, while maintaining a snug fit which is critical for ear buds. Some level of noise attenuation as well.
Cons Sound lacks some definition, but that's comparing them to the Shure E3s, which is unfair because those cost $150+. Need to make sure you use the correct size tip on the earbud. If the sound is lacking bass you may need to use a bigger tip.
Summary You can get excellent bass response from these if you use the right size tip, and if the buds are snug in your ears. I found that by lowering the band on the back of my head so that it crosses close the lower part of my head the buds are rotated into my ears, causing a tight fit and producing plenty of bass. I suspect the reviews submited complaining about poor bass response are simply fit problems. Overall this is an excellent product. I could not believe the sound and fit, especially for the price. I'm a musician and I've tried many different types of headphones and ear buds. The Shure E3s sound clearer, but they have little bass and will not stay in while working out. These are excellent for active use including running and gym, and they sound great too.
Pros canalphones are always better than earbuds
Cons canalphones won't stay in ears on small heads
Summary The tension on the neckband is pretty much set and that means that if you have a small head and tiny ears, all you feel is the tension wanting to pull the headphones off you. also, one side tends to pull out of small ear canals regardless of the size of the fittings you use, and the neckband sticks way out on either side of your head looking rather ridiculous. Also, the cable sticks UP from the channel in the neckband instead of DOWN toward your music player.
Pros Fit on head/ears, Sound, Lightweight, Good Price Point
Cons Wish they had same design for on ear vs ear bud (in ear)
Summary Absolutely great for running and working out. Provided my first and only completely unincumbered run with tunes (no cord bouncing, buds falling out, cord tugs, etc.). I read one reviewer that had bass and other sound issues. I assume they didn't realize or understand that these are ear buds and have to be inserted in the ear as such.
A really good value at $50 - thanks Sony!
Pros i have been through at least 5 different headphones in the last few years and these have been by far the ONLY ones i can comfortably workout with. The fit is by far the best if you are looking for an active headphone
Cons short cord length may bother some
Summary All other headphones i have had either 1. Popped out when i was on the treadmill 2.Made noise when the cord brushed against my shirt or 3. Popped out when my hand accidentally yanked on the cord while i was running. These headphones fit securely enough that i have never had them pop out in the middle of a workout. The cord is the perfect length for me. I have a sansa clip (similar to a shuffle) so i just clip the mp3 player on my bra strap and don't have a mile of extra cord hanging while i run. The headphones come with an extension cord but this still may bother some people. Because of this i just use these headphones to workout with. I have a different pair that i use when walking to class or listening to music on my computer. The headphones are extremely light so most people should experience a secure fit that doesn't shake free when running.
To me, the audio quality seems at the very least acceptable. I don't pretend to know the difference but these sound just as good as any other pair of headphones ive ever had. I listen to a lot of bass heavy music and i've never noticed any shortcomings.
I would buy these headphones again in a heartbeat. I can finally run and listen to music without constantly adjusting my headphones.