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Sony MDR-EX700 - "the harmony of dissonance"


Pros: Really excellent sound... IF you use the right source and eq! Pretty good with classical and acoustic music, but really shines with my dark electro!

Cons: Harsh, weak imaging, deceitful, some users may find sibilant, some users may find blissful. Deafening.

I used to use the ck10 and ex700 to complement eachother as my standard IEM's, which was a nice pair of two very different IEM's, I used the ck10 much more, but I liked the sound quality of the ex700 sometimes, if you click on my username you can find my ck10 review where I compare them with certain songs and sometimes find music quite a bit more enjoyable with the ex700, factoring in price and the qualities I liked in both, I leaned more towards the EX700, and I ended up selling the ck10 to explore other IEM's and kept the EX700, and I do not regret this.  The most vivid difference you ask? the EX700 could convey emotional expression via music where...
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Poor build quality, sibilant...Very sibilant. Nice bass and Mids


Pros: Nice fit, good mids, if you are hf deaf. Great mids/highs details

Cons: Sibilant highs,uncomfortable y-split, back plate on L fell off in 1/2 year, cable expanded and became slimy, plug and earpieces enamel peels off in 3m

These will make you lose hf sensitivity, if you haven't already. Nice bass and mids,but intolerable highs with sharp, sibilant sounding peaks: No, they really will not improve with burn-in. Really. Especially wrt sibilance. Pretty comfortable (tips/fit), but otherwise practically fall apart in months and sony only gives 90d ltd warranty and flatly refuses to replace afterwards. In 1/2 a year of intense but careful use: The back plate off L earpiece un-stickied itself and fell off. The cable moistened up and became slimy The purple parts coated with enamel had the ename peel off (earpieces + plug). Never again...Sony...That's what I always say and end up with more sony iems....
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Good, but SIBILANT


Pros: cohesive presentaion, natural lower frequencies, quite detailed

Cons: SIBILANT, you really need to EQ off 8 db from 5-6khz

This review will likely be all but redundant soon, as Sony seems to be constantly re-branding its earphones.  But I believe these are still available, and relatively good value.   They have excellent clarity, but not much soundstage.  Separation is quite adequate.   These headphones have great and natural bass impact, a smooth midrange, and a horrible sibilant lower treble.  The upper treble is actually quite good, if not great for the price.   Basically once you EQ off the sibilance, there is little treble left.  Sony engineers must really be deaf...  These are quite literally unbearable without an equaliser, unless you have some high...
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Sony EX700lp: Almost Great!


Pros: Good soundstage; Very clear sounding with great bass.

Cons: Piercing treble; Extremely bad cables.

Package:   Nice looking small hard leather case that is not so usable due to a lot of cable folding (when I describe the cable you'll understand why is case so useless), plenty of silicone tips of different sizes but no foam tips like with EX1000 for example.       Build & Comfort:   Earphones themselves are built pretty good, they look nice and feel pretty nice, they have magnesium body which I found to be decently light for the size (they aren't that huge but still, 16mm dynamic driver had to fit somewhere) and nice looking, nice design overall. Cables don't go over the ear and they are not replaceable which might be a deal breaker for the price...
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The Sibilance Almost Breaks These


Pros: Great sound, lows and mids are definitely well done on these.

Cons: Sibilance

     These aren't too great for hard rock or anything with high-pitched crashing sounds like symbols. It's ok at medium volume levels. Loud crashing symbols can sound more like high pitched white noise on these, it will get painful at high volumes.      With more bassy genres these are actually very good.

Sony MDREX700


Pros: comfort, good isolation, quality, design

Cons: grainy, highs are little artificial, sub 50hz is gone

Good IEM, classy, comfy. Audio quality is very correct. Not audiophile like, but when you're commuting or doing sport you don't wear your full size headphones with amp in the pocket! Those earbuds are solid, reliable, stock cable never even once rattle in 6 years of use. Still going strong the sound is smooth but I remember the first year or use the highs were really grainy. Now highs are tamed and bass is still lacking! I'm talking sub 50/60hz lows. Normal pop music don't use that much. Overall commercial radio music is mixed for car speakers so if you listen to jazz or classical there those are not the critical pair of IEM out there. For the others sony IEM have now better earbuds...
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