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Sony MDR-7550 In-Ear Monitors (IEM)

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Pros: Great build quality, comfortable design, balanced and articulate sound, better genre bandwidth than the EX1000, longer cable

Cons: No isolation, wind noise issues restrict portable use, slight grain to the treble

Along with the summary below, I have a review thread comparing the Sony 7550, EX1000, XBA-4 and XBA-40 here:
 
I also have a comparison review on youtube of the 7550 vs EX1000. If you like the video check out my channel for more reviews :)
 
 
Note: In the review I state that the EX1000 is made in Thailand, this is incorrect. It is made in Japan.
 
Summary
 
BUILD
 
The 7550 has a nice build, though it is plastic compared to the EX1000's magnesium alloy. The unusual ear hanger design is very comfortable but offers very little environmental isolation and cause a great deal of wind noise, making these somewhat awkwardly positioned as a portable earphone with restricted portable applications. However for home and studio use they are excellent, especially as the longer cable makes connection to an amplifier a little less awkward.
 
SOUND
 
The 7550 has a warmish sound with deeply extended bass and articulate mids. They also have a wide sound-stage thanks to the unusual design and low isolation. Compared to the EX1000 the 7550 has a tamed treble section, meaning that they do not quite have the EX1000's tremendous sense of space and sparkle. They sound more intimate than the EX1000 because of the subdued treble. They still sound very articulate and still have traces of the characteristic grain of the EX1000's treble; however it is never a nuisance. They are balanced and sound great with a wide variety of music.
 
OVERALL
 
I think of the 7550 as the everyman's EX1000, and this is no slight against them. They are more flexible in terms of genre bandwidth, better value, and I really like the longer cable. They might lack the magic of the EX1000 at its best but overall I consider them easier to live with. Compared to their closest competitor, the VSonic GR07, the 7550 offers a wider soundstage and a slightly drier sound, but have a very similar level of performance. The GR07 is much more practical in terms of isolation and fit.
Sony MDR-7550 In-Ear Monitors (IEM)
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Ideally suited for musicians who listen to custom-crafted mixes of vocals and stage instrumentation during live performance, the Sony MDR-7550 In-Ear Monitor headphones have large caliber 16mm dynamic drivers to enable a wide dynamic range with clear and accurate sound reproduction. The Sony 7550 offers a unique multi-layer diaphragm (comprised of hundreds of layers of polymer, each less than 0.01-micron thick) and a flexible ear hanger made of TEKNOROTE material, which easily folds and maintains its shape, insuring a superior fit for each individual ear. Also included are newly developed hybrid silicone rubber earbuds, with three sizes to fit different ear types.Get yours today; with the convenience of the Sam Ash Direct 45/60day return/price protection policy, we assure the best price and a fast, free delivery.

Details:
DetailValue
BindingPersonal Computers
BrandSony
EAN0027242822856
FeatureHybrid Silicone/Rubber Earbuds, 3 Sizes Supplied
Weight0.02 pounds
LabelSony
List Price$349.99
ManufacturerSony
MPNMDR7550
Product GroupPersonal Computer
Product Type NameABIS_PC
PublisherSony
StudioSony
TitleSony MDR-7550 In-Ear Monitors (IEM)
UPC027242822856
SKUSONY:MDR7550
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