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My 17 year old son has a rather interesting taste in music that he likes to share with the house at a rather high volume, hence the inclusion of these Sony MDR-XD200 Stereo Headphones in last years Christmas box.
I think I paid around £20 for the headphones off amazon.co.uk; my thinking was that £20 was not much to pay for a pair of Sony branded headphones that he will probably tread on or pull the wire out of within a few months.
We are now in September and the headphones are still in one piece after nine months of heavy handed use.
I personally am not a headphone wearer, I do not like to be cut off from the noises around me, but for the purpose of this review I will pop them on.
First off the headphones have an extremely long 2.5m cable, my son has the box room in the house and he informs me that the cable is plenty long enough for him to plug it into his PC and then lay on his bed watching films or listening to music. The cable has a gold plated plug; the purpose of this is to give better quality sound.
The headphones sit on the head via a grey plastic band; each ear-cup is adjustable rather than the plastic band adjusting in the middle. The fact that the ear-cups adjust separately allows for those of us out there whose ears may be a bit wonky.
Each ear-cup is marked with L and R respectively, enabling the user to pop them on the right way around. Each ear-cup has a sound mode switch for music or movies, the movie mode has more base, my son prefers the music mode for movies and music as he says to much base can be a bad thing sometimes.
Popping the headphones on at the desk I instantly notice the excessive amount of cable, it is pooled at my feet and a possible tripping hazard. The headphones are not noise cancelling, I can quite clearly hear the sound of the keyboard and my son in the other room, I am starting to think my worry about being cut off from the noises around me when I wear headphones is quite unfounded.
The ear-cups are very large, they are padded with leatherette covered foam and the speaker is recessed into the ear-cup. My ears are slightly warm but not excessively so.
The music I have chosen to listen to is The World of Nat King Cole, the higher pitch is nice and clear, the base is strong but not overly so. At full volume the sound is still very clear with very little distortion on the base. I am very impressed with the headphones, for £20 I think they were a bit of a bargain and they must be quite tough as I regularly see them on my sons' floor.
Switching the headphones over to movie mode, the sound again is nice and clear, at full volume it is ear achingly loud. The headphones seem to favour the music over the dialogue, when switched back to music the dialogue comes through stronger. My son was right about the excessive base, there is a bit too much. (I tested some Doctor Who for the movie mode)
Theses headphones won't win any awards for stylishness as they are rather chunky but they sit comfortably on the head and ears, although they do make my ears a bit warm it is not excessive, no sweaty tabs from these. The inclusion of two listening modes is unnecessary as the quality of sound delivered in music mode is excellent. I think the price I paid for these was brilliant and they can still be found on-line for around the same price. These have been used and abused by my son for nine months and are still going strong, he is more than happy with the headphones as they allow him to play his music and watch films quite late into the night without disturbing the rest of the family.
In conclusion I feel these are another quality pair of headphones from Sony and I would happily replace with the same model if they were to break.
Technical Details can be found in the dooyoo catalogue review section for those that are interested.
Thank you for reading.
*Updated due to a couple of typos, and a rewording! Primarily to ensure that my review is of a higher standard.
Excuse the god awful pun.
Whilst these aren't the greatest sounding headphones, being no where near audiophile spec, these are fantastic budget headphones - possessing a sound quality which surpasses the price - which are durable and long wearing. This being especially true because mine have been in constant daily use for a good couple of years now, without any notable damage.
The casing of these headphones is somewhat tacky, being made of plastic and having a silver trim, but this should not put you off your purchase, especially if these headphones are for use within the home environment, and furthermore, the sound quality is fantastic for the price, undoubtedly eradicating the need to worry about the styling of the headphones.
The sound, as mentioned a couple of times, is great for the price and I don't think you will find a better pair of budget headphones, especially considering they come with the assurance of brand name, Sony, being one of the leading budget headphone makers. The tuning of the headphones is fantastic and without relying on digital eq'ing, so therefore out of the box, the bass is heavy and responsive but not to such an extent is overpowers the mid-range, and high. This often means that it reveals some new aspects of the song I might have missed listening through my other Sonys (MDR-XB300). Although the bass is responsive, and undoubtedly heavy, it only adds to the experience and is not draining meaning that listening to music for hours on end is entirely possible. The mid is balanced, as is the high, and both elements of music are perfectly encapsulated when listening to these headphones, meaning that you are listening to the song as it was intended. This is a prevalent feature which can be found missing within many budget cans, which offer
The fit of the headphones is good, like all good headphones the sizing is adjustable, and the rubber headband and can of the headphone is unnoticeable even after hours of solid listening. This is a great benefit because it always ensures that the user experience is one of comfort and enjoyability, especially considering there is nothing worse than a pair of headphones which only serve to drain. The fact that they are have a binaurial cup only adds to this notion of comfort and the cans themselves do no squash, and thus sweat, the ears.
They also boast a switch - between music and movies - which is meant to cater for a better sound, however, I haven't quite noticed this in application.
The only issue I have is whilst these headphones are closed back, and have a cup, the sound leak is quite heavy, especially when you listen to music to an enjoyable volume. This then means the headphones aren't great to use in the house if someone is in the same room as you.
Overall, these headphones are fantastic value to money and I'd recommend them to anyone!
Naturally these headphones are only useful for at home, as they would be impractical outside; as they are on ear, but other than that they are fantastic. They have a very long 3m cable, so are excellent for watching tv from a reasonable distance away. They are also amazingly reliable - I have had mine for nearly 3 years and yet they still work perfectly, aside from the cable tangling up quite a bit. However they sound amazing, almost as good as some studio monitor headphones I own and are very comfortable, although over long periods of time they can get a bit irritating. They also have a switch that changes between movie and music modes, but it makes very little difference, just a slight bass boost on movie. They also let a large amount of sound in and while they do not claim to be sound proof, it would be nice if they were at least a little bit. Overall then they are fantastic headphones which I think are by far the best sets for the price, as I own several similar sets of headphones from the same sort of price bracket.
Feel free to message if you have any questions!
First impressions will throw most people off this pair of headphones - "A pair of SONY headphones for under £20? Something must be wrong with them.."
Unlike Plasma TV's, these headphones have no real faults at all and the only logical explanation as to why they are so cheap is that the materials used, look and feel like weak, cheap plastic. They may not appear too hideous but the sound of the plastic rattling about certainly explains a lot. A slight knock or touch to the actual phones will impact on your listening experience, being more amplified than the music itself. Apart from those flaws there isn't much more to whine about in their build, so its onto the EQ system called 'Sound Mode'. Its either Music or Movie and the difference is so minimal, it seems a bit of a silly addition, unwanted switches on each phone that effectively do nothing whatsoever. The length of the cable seems just about over 3 metres which is quite good for indoor use, plugging into computers, stereos, amps and televisions, but are a bit overzealous for outside use on an mp3 player. The jack is your standard small one to fit a normal port found on most mp3 players, computers etc. These are extremely adjustable too, offering head band sizes suitable for the freakishly large dome to a petite bonce. The ear pillows are quite comfortable too but can get a bit sweaty and depending on whether or not your ears are perfectly symmetrical, can cause a bit of an ache with long periods of use.
Most of the negatives I've mentioned are really just me nitpicking, as most of the problems these have are a common issue with all kinds of headphones. The best way to describe the sound quality is to comare them to a standard earphones, its like the difference between a digital SLR camera to standard point a click. Huge. Just like the volume - as deafening as all the other options available, blocking out most background noise but unless the volume is high, you won't exactly be dead to the world. For under £20 you can't really go wrong, and when it comes to music, appearance and materials are irrelevant, its the sound that matters and these are legit, ok maybe not the most professional but certainly as close as you can get to the real deal expensive headphones.
Having been a DJ for many years I have come across and used many different makes and models of headphones including those in the premium range like Pioneer and Technics which retail in excess of £150.
Having received a pair of the Sony MDR XD200 headphones as a birthday gift last week I was unsure of how useful they would be for me as they retail at a low price of around £24.99 and where purchased on special offer from Play.com for just £14.99!
From opening the packaging the XD200's have a professional feel immediately, with the black and silver sleek finish, large padded surrounds which remove the majority of noise from the room as soon as applying.
I have used my new headphones every day since I received them and have tested them with several different music genres and bass frequency's, and the sound is just amazing. There is an incredible crisp sound on vocals which isn't effected by low frequency bass. The headphones are an incredible piece of kit for such a small budget and are ideal for the DJ or music producer, and for day to day use such as listening to the TV or Radio podcasts.
There is also a switch between sound mode which allows the sound to be altered to either "Music mode" or "Movie mode" by moving the switch on the base of the headphones.
I would very much recommend these to anyone seeking a new set of headphones, and despite the low price tag would class these a respectable and professional manufactured audio accessory in close comparason to similar products on the top end of the market.
The other pros are the fact that this is a Sony product, and although been close competition these days between manufacturers most of you should remember Sony being one of the few leaders across the widescale electronics market which in itself would be enough to convince me to purchase these.
The lead is aprox 3.5 metres in length which is ideal for connecting to your PC, Laptop, TV at the end of your bed etc basically plenty of length for the average use.
And finally they sit very comfortably on my head without irritation after lengthy durations. Overall 5 stars!
These stylish headphones from Sony are reasonably cheap to buy and look cool with their silver and grey design. These are full ear covering headphones. The sound is good as you'd expect from Sony. There is a good heavy base without it distorting all the other parts of the sound. It has quite a short cord length at only 3.5 m so these are not really suitable for listening to TV at night for example unless your going to be that close to the TV.
These are aimed at the sound system, iPod market where you will be in close proximity to the device. The ear cups are cover in a light quite thin leather or more like leatherette material. This tears easily if you happen to snag it with you fingernail. The cord is quit thin also, so I'm worked it may come loose from the earphone as have so many of my previous pairs.
Speaking of watching TV these have a switch for movie and audio mode. There actually isn't much difference between the two modes as I have forgotten to change it more than once and the sound was still good.
The hinged ear pieces feel reasonably stable but the hinges themselves are only plastic. As you can probably tell I don't have much confidence in the materials used.
Apart from that the sound is the most important thing and they do deliver when it comes to that. They cost me £18.99.
i decided to buy a pair of headphones due to the wife nagging on that she wants to watch TV so i thought instead of ruining our relationship i shall go out and buy a big set of muffin earphones so that she could get her daily fix back.
I deliberately went out to get a pair that were large and would be comfortable to wear, tesco is just round the corner and had a decent selection, i looked at others some cheap and some expensive.
Saw this pair of Sony mdr xd200 being reduced from £25 to £16 and being a fan of sony i just naturaly bought them, packaging was good with good info given and the headphones looked huge, just what i needed.
Once home scissors were needed to open the package and once open i was surprised at the length of cable, the packaging stated 3 meter of cable well mine must have given birth or something as i could not help myself but get the tape measure out to find the cable length was 4.4 meters (Bonus) i am so sad.
Looking at the quality of the headphones and i would say they are very light and flimsy. They are made of plastic and very thin plastic for that matter, the earphone ear pads or cussions not as big as first thought, the 3.5mm jack is gold plated connection from wire to jack pretty basic and same where cable enters the headphones.
The headphones have two setting for your sound enjoyment at the bottom edge of the right earphone, both ears are marked with right and left
Once on the headphones are comfy despite my concern on the ear pads or cussions and over all its probably great that they are light to wear they seem to fit perfectly.
The wife is home so blaring the music in the home is no good now, she is looking to watch TV so its time to blast the tunes through the headphones, problem is i like my music loud and even on headphones, been playing music all but 10 mins and the wife is gesturing to me with her pushing her hand down in the air, i take off headphone for her to tell me to turn it down i cant hear the TV properly, was shocked after all i bought these big muffs in the hope that they would not leak too much sound but the wife was adament that the sound was pouring out of them. The wife tries them on and right enough a hell of a lot of noise leakage.
The sound from these headphones are great and i cant complain with that from the bass to the trebble adjustments or even graphic equaliser changes on my laptop it all sounds good and there has been no strains in the music so sound is great and no deminishing of sound at high bass sounds so there is enough to blow your ear drums to pieces as no noise reduction.
Overall i think they are great but if your wife loves her TV and your wearing these and continue to do so for long periods of time be prepaired for the worst
With a laptop and a PS3 on the go, usually at the same time in our household, listening to my tunes while on the laptop can become quite difficut when all i can hear is gunshots from Call of duty!!
I thought i'd try these Sony Headphones at £20 from my local electrical store.
These headphones can be easily picked up from electrical stores and online also.
Sony is a name you may be well aware of, selling high quality electrical equipment, such as televisions, music systems, and indeed headphones!
This particular model is one of many on the market and i liked the look because they are large, in the hope that they were comfortable also!
These headphones are balck and silver in colour, with a black lead approx 3-4 meters in legnth, so plenty of extra legnth if you are stretching it accross the room. The headphone jack is the typical 3 1/2mm type and is gold coloured (? for less interferance).
The headphone itself has 2 large padded earpieces and an extendable strap that goes over the head. This grey strap splits into 2 over the crown of the head, making a large 'o' to look at from the top. Internally there is a second strap for extra comfort and is made if a silk feeling rubber - more maleable.
Now on the ear pieces, it is easily labelled L and R, just in case you dint know your left ear from you right, and the siny logo with the model number is printed on both ear pieces.
These headphones have 3 settings, music, sound mode and movie depending on the finish of the sound you would like.
Weighing a mear 222g, these are light to wear, and due to the padding on the ear pieces, they are very comfortable. The padding seems to comprise of a foam padding with a glossy, plastic like coating. I have wiped these over a couple of times with a damp wipe and this doesnt seem to have affected the quality of the headphones.
Now, the sound - fabulous. I have had the headphones up to the maximum sound i am able to tolerate and the sound is not afffected at all. No crackling or muffling at all. The bass seems deep and the equality in sound between the 2 headphones cannot be differed. These can be used with your laptop, Ipod (although they may seem a little large in comparison!
4/5 for me. Very comfortable and do the job, but i think it would ruin my street cred dropping off my son at nursery wearing them!!
I think I found the one and only headphones that I need; these headphones are great for anywhere, such as at home or at work. My only complaint about them is that they are a little bulky; they do not look as "cool" as other listening devices. They are extremely reliable and will always produce that crisp sound you enjoy hearing when you listen to your favorite song. Another thing that makes these headphones trump other headphones is the long cord. I can almost walk anywhere in my room with a this beast of a cord, which amounts to ten feet. They are inexpensive compared to other headphones or earbuds. The extra money you would spend on a different pair of headphones would not be worth the difference, if there were any difference. A very minor flaw about these headphones is that they have a "sound mode" on the bottom of them that says music or movie. When I switch between the two modes, I do not notice any difference in the quality, so it makes me feel like it does not change anything. Overall, I would recommend these headphones to anyone that enjoys their beats!
Sony is definitely a make that I trust, as I am sure that my very first every stereo unit was a Sony. It is name that I like to return to again and again. I have used headphones for work purposes for many years, but this is actually a pair that we had at home a while back, just kicking around in the office. My friend used to use them just to listen to material on the PC. They are an affordable and pretty solid set of headphones, designed for the price savvy headphone buyer.
Aimed firmly at the home market, what you get here are stylish and suave headphones with a comfort fit to boot. When I used them I did indeed find them pleasurable to wear for the first few minutes, though the headphones were just that bit too large for my liking, heaving been spoilt with various Sennheisers over the years. I also felt that the headband was way too cumbersome for me. This could have been refined a lot more and it looked silly as well. I prefer discreet and minimal.
Despite these quibbles, they produce a reasonable quality of sound. The dynamic range is not bad for the price tag, of a little over a tenner and they are ideal for use with a PC or a smaller stereo system. If you push the volume or gain then this will test them and I found that the lower frequencies hold up quite well and inly if you really crunch them does the treble start to waver.
A generous cable and flexible movement on the muffs are the key features here as well as the comfort levels. The price is superb and if you want them for office or domestic use then they are a good buy.
After my previous set of headphones broke, I looked in the Argos catalogue and saw these for around £20. When I reserved them online, I saw they'd been reduced to £15 - for quality headphones, these are very cheap and I looked forward to using them.
After I first took them out of the box, I instantly noticed how comfortable they were. They fit perfectly over my ears and are light enough to not weigh you down. If you've got long hair it may initially feel a bit awkward (this affects me sometimes) but you get used to it. It's a problem that you would have with any headphones after all. The padding is very nice, it may attract a lot of hair if it's long and you put these on after you've washed it - but they're not too bad to clean. They were far better than my old headphones, (also made by Sony but around 5 years old) which had to be secured using duct tape - they'd been dropped onto the floor a lot and broke often, but I finally gave in to struggling with them and I'm glad I did, because this model is so much better! The cable is also longer and can extend across a living room, providing you don't get it tangled up which is sadly an easy thing to do.
I'd bought my previous pair for £15 as well, and found that they were a bit quiet. I like my music at maximum volume (bit of a music junkie here) and it just didn't do it for me - these have far more potential, and the volume range is more expansive - I don't need it at maximum any more. Further to the sound quality, it sounds richer and more textured. I started being able to hear things in some of my favourite records that I hadn't heard before, or not heard as well as with these and it goes to prove the great advantages of owning a decent pair.
If you're looking for a way to further your listening experiences, I suggest downloading a program named Realtek Audio HD Manager if you haven't already got it. It has a range of ways to configure the sound of what you're listening to, and I've found that these earphones compliment the program very well. I could probably predict that it would be even better suited to more top of the range headphones, although I rate these highly enough regardless of this.
I honestly believe for £15, you can't get any better than these. As long as you take good care of them, they're very reliable and work as well as you would expect of Sony manufactured headphones. If you enjoy listening to music or just want to watch the TV without any background interference, these will suit you perfectly. If you're a musician or studio DJ, you'll obviously want something more powerful so I wouldn't recommend them as headphones you would use day in day out - but they'd be very good as a substitute pair.
I wasn't sure if it was possible to review a set of headphones because for obvious reasons they either sound good or they don't simple as but with this stunning pair of Sony MDR XD200 closed earphones things are a little bit different.
First of all i'm a mobile DJ so good quality headphones are needed for the nights earning my living and for the price shown above and the fact that they are Sony to me means they are quite possibly the best on the market. The shape is universal and fits all shapes and sizes providing a good range of flexibility for easy and comforting adjustment.
The sound is excellent and crystal clear while giving you the option to select either movie or music sound with the flick of a switch on the left side of the phones. I can only tell a minor difference with this setting and don't really have the need for it as i use them for music only.
Support for the ears is heavely provided with swivling angles, extremely comfy and soft cushioned protection enabling you to wear them for long periods without feeling any discomfort.
The cable is very long which comes in handy if listening to sound through a tv or a music system but it can be highly susceptible to tangles if not looked after correctly and I don't think there is anyone who enjoys undoing knots.
The end jack is a standard 3.5mm making it suitable for laptops, tv's and most mp3/4 players although a larger stereo jack adapter is provided for the bigger machines such as dj mixers.
The only downside I see to this stunning pair is the size which is rather quite big, and although they can be used very successfully on travelling journeys including walking and public transport they do tend to raise a few eyebrows and attract a fair bit of attention. If your like me and you don't mind any of that then get your cash out and purchase them immediately, you will be impressed at how good they are for such very little cost.
After standing around in HMV for a while picking up and putting down a few headphones I picked these ones up for £20.
The packaging mentioned something about settings for music and one for movies which enhanced the bass. I don't have audio equipment that would warrant buying high end headphones so these ones looked like they could do the job I required at a reasonable price.
Though I'm very pleased with their performance, I still use my old inner earphones on the move as these are a bit too bulky to take out with me. I use them mostly at home to listen to music and watch DVDs on my computer.
Performance wise they certainly bring out more depth to the music I listen to than any of my previous headphones, whilst also blocking out a little of the background noise around me
For me they stand out when in Movie mode, which gives the bass a good kick, this isn't to say they only make loud action films with thumping soundtracks and world shattering explosions sound good, they're also good at delivering quality audio from other kinds of films too.
I'd recommend them to anyone looking to buy a decent value set of headphones for in home use.
The Sony MDR XD200 is what I would consider as a "good value for money" product. I recently bought this item for £17.99 and I think, value-wise, it is worth the money. However, money aside, the more important question is that of sound quality.
These earphones have an excellent sound quality, far better than I was actually expecting for the price. The only downside I can find with the sound is the bass. The bass is not particulary strong, however the treble and mid more than make up for this. As such, if you are a heavy bass listener then I would recommend looking elsewhere, but if you are, as I am, just a regular mixed music listener, I think these do the trick.
Now on to appearance, these, I think you will agree, are good looking headphones. They still look pretty stylish despite the fact that they came out a number of year ago. The material does feel a little cheap, but what can you expect, they are cheap!
The negatives: there are two main problems with these headphones, one is the length of the cable: way too long for someone like me who was wanting to wear them with my ipod. I have to fold the cable up and store it in my pocket which then looks bulky. The other problem is leaking, these earphones do leak the sound a bit, so don't have them up too loud on a bus.
These heaphones have 40 millimeter diameter, dome-type driver units, long-stroke diaphragms and neodymium magnets for greater power handling and higher frequencies. This, despite sounding very nice doesn't mean that much to me, so I will do my best, in laymen's terms (being a headphone layman myself) to describe what makes these headphones great.
For listening to music these headphones are superb. They deliver a great deal of clarity and one of the better bass responses I have experienced from a pair of headphones. Where typical earphone headphones would lack these cans pack a punch, sounding fantastic at any volume without the fuzz you may expect at high volumes.
One of the main things I love about these headphones is the length of the wire which is easily long enough to allow for TV listening while sitting a good distance away, wheras you of course won't get the range of wireless headphone (for obvious reasons) you get more than enough.
This brings me neatly to watching films with these things. If you want a good stereo experience then these headphones will serve you well. With the same clarity that I described earlier and perfect stereo. It makes watching a film much more involving, and fantastic for not waking up the whole house late at night but still getting a full sound.
These headphones are extremely comfortable on both your head and ears and can sometimes make you forget you are wearing them, they are that comfortable. They're not very tight fitting, this is good and bad, you get a great deal of comfort but often these headphones fall off and clatter on the floor when I lean over or tilt my head, which is a shame.
The long cable can also be seen as a bit of a disadvantage, whereas a lot of headphones with long cables would have a winder type attachment that allowed you to shorten the length, these don't. This will often lead you to stuffing a big jumble of cable into your pocket if you want to use these when walking along with your mp3 player.
These headphones are big, they are traditional "cans" they are not overly subtle. I doubt these headphones would be appropriate for walking around on the streets, but then I don't think that's what you would buy them for. For home use and for delivering delectable audio to your ears, these are very good indeed.