Summary: I'm a bit of a novice when it comes to headphones and audio, so forgive me if I'm not good at reviewing or explaining things. The Sony MDR-MA300 is a surprisingly good headphone for a really cheap price. I bought them for comfort reasons and the fact they are open, but I couldn't find much on them in terms of audio quality so I was taking a chance with these. Turns out they beat my expectations in terms of audio quality and they are very comfy.
Summary: Very comfortable and ideal for long sessions of usage. Not noise isolating though if that's what you're after, allows you to hear your surroundings which is ideal for me as I just want to keep from disturbing others but can still carry on a conversation without removing them. Does allow some noise leakage so mightn't suit every situation.
Sucked in by the supposed benefits of open back headphones
16 February 2014
Summary: I was sucked in by the supposed benefits of open back headphones. Supposedly, open-back headphones produce a more realistic sound. Do they or don't they? I don't know. I DO know that they struggle to produce low frequency sound at an acceptably high amplitude. I'm sat here with the bass knob turned up to maximum, and the graphic equalizer set to increase low frequencies and the bass is just about acceptable.
Summary: Really impressed with these headphones. For the price the sound quality is nicely balanced across the frequency range. The best feature though is that they are so comfortable you quickly forget that you are wearing headphones at all. If you have a small head you might struggle for a good fit without additional padding - I wear them in the fully retracted position and I would say that my head is average size.
Summary: Very comfortable, open-back headphones (so others with hear some sound), with a 3 metre very-flexible lead. The frequency response is very smooth and extended - on the warm side of neutral. The headband is an all-plastic construction; so aggressive handling and pulling should be avoided (hence 4 not 5*). Overall, good headphones for the price. The Sony packaging is OTT.
Summary: Originally saw these headphones selling at HMV in Canary Wharf for £60 and after a quick trial, I thought they were impressive but pricey. With Amazon selling these at £20 it's a bargain with great sound quality, producing a warm sound. The bass is IMO more than sufficient. Great value.
Summary: When I had these 1st off I was disappointed. I bought them for because I wanted over ear but they came with 2 major niggles: 1 The phones are fairly heavy so prolonged use made the hard head band extremely uncomfortable. Had to recycle a soft headband from an old set so now perfect.
Summary: Very comfortable so can be worn for hours. The sound is fairly bass-heavy which I found a problem (some people might like that though), but they sounded great after I reduced the bass slightly in the EQ. Other reviews I read said that they didn't sound very 'open' - this might be the case compared to more expensive open-back headphones, but there's a definite improvement in openness/soundstage compared to my closed back sennheiser HD203s.
Summary: These are very comfortable headphones and I found them more than adequate. Unfortunately other people in the room could hear them as well which meant I had to lower the volume to an unacceptable level.