"Great, dare I say fantastic buds!"4.0 starson by mgibboni
Pros: Excellent sound & comfortable fit
Cons: Minimal sound isolation
Summary: So the cnet review said there was nothing particulary exciting about these buds, but I find great sound to be very exciting!
I recently started a job doing internet research that allows me to listen to music during my 8 hours. Add to that the fact that I'm a musician (as a hobby) and I just had to get a pair of decent headphones/earbuds. I was using the Shure EC2's, but they are SO good at blocking outside noise that I couldn't even hear my office phone ring, even at minimal volume. After reading that the Sony's allowed outside noise to be heard fairly well, I figured I would give them a shot. Add to that the fact that Circuit City recently dropped the price to $79...well, I just had to pick them up.
Sound: I actually find the sound that come out of these little buds better than the Shures! Crisp highs, balanced mids and tight bass. Obviously these are not "bass thumpers", but the bass is very tight and certainly present. Better than the Shures IMHO.
Like I had read in other reviews, these Sony's do allow outside noise to be heard. Considering my situation, I find it to actually be quite nice. I can hear the beautiful music and also hear my phone ring. If pause the music on my iPod, I can actually have a conversation with the buds still in my ears. I will probably continue to use my Shures when drumming or on a plane, but only because of their supurb sound isolation.
Fit: Right now I find the medium sized buds to be a nice fit. They are also comfortable enough to wear all days long. Seriosuly. Not so much with the Shures. I also don't mind the "behind the head" cord design. Although it's not my first choice in design, it's not anything that keeps me from loving these.
Quality: Up there with any other buds in this price range. Although the cord is rather thin, they appear to be of extremely high quality. Only time will tell.
Looks: Although some may find the design, boring, I actually find the mostly black w/ brushed aluminum cool and classy.
All in all, if you are thinking about picking up a pair, just do it. I love them, but everyone has different demands in headphones/earbuds. Good luck and God bless!