Excerpt: I bought these Sony earbuds to replace my default iPod ones after they wore down quite quickly. I had been quite disappointed with my iPod earbuds so I decided I would spend a little bit more than the entry level prices on offer. I eventually settled on the Sony Earbuds MDREX85LP as providing a good balance of quality and affordability. The first thing I noticed when I started using them was that the sound quality was far beater than the default iPod earbuds .
Excerpt: Sound quality There are other Sony's with the same price and better sound, such as MDR-ED12LP. This phone is better than your average iPhone earbud, but not much. There's virtually no bass, but the mids and highs are good. Design and form factor They come with a nice little bag and a...
Excerpt: These are great earbuds for its sound and price. However, they are easily broken. Its lifespan with normal to long time use is, for me, 4-6 months tops. These earbuds are more for those who just want something better than the iphone white earbuds with HORRIBLE sound. But not a set for those who...
Excerpt: It is a really good looking headphone, but more exigent ears will demand better quality. The bass and drums on most musics won't be really noticeable, forcing you to raise the volume. Also, the earpieces can't isolate the noise very well, even if you manage to fit them nicely on your ear.
Excerpt: While they don't offer the best in sound quality or noise isolation, as an avid podcast and audiobook listener I really can't imagine a better pair of in-ear headphones. I suggest not buying the white ones, since they do get dirty and aren't very easy to clean.
Summary: first of all, i believe, sony wanted to make hybrid earbuds for a better sound my expanding the soundstage, however the strategy failed. the soundstage has improved (the large size helps a lot too), but the isolation lacks and the sounds are distant (they seem tiny as if they're far away). the ex300 and ex500 from sony offered better soundstage and isolation.
as for sound, yes, it's balanced. but bass is lacking and doesn't sound warm and full.
Summary: These are great earphones, and similar models are often packaged with Sony's excellent sounding and extremely cheap media players. If you want something cheap to stuff in your bag or keep as spares at work, you can't go far wrong. Just make sure they're real and avoid bulk packaging and too good to be true prices.
Excerpt: I went up to these from the MDR-EX71s. Both have some really great isolation and bass response, though after using these (EX85) for a few days, I really am enjoying them. I rather like the way they look, and while I thought I'd miss the short chord + extension, the way the cable works on...
Summary: Headphones work very well. I bought these as a gift for christmas and my boyfriend really likes them. Only thing he said is they have a lot of bass. He listens to audiobooks a lot so that probably has something to do with it.