Man, was this thing awesome. My second portable MD unit... the first was a player only, purchased in 1998. I bought a component-sized deck for recording to go with it. Then, years later, portable recorders came way down in price and I picked this little lovely up, circa 2002. The sound quality was, to my young self, just astounding. I don't know how it would hold up today, but I suspect pretty darn well compared to 128kbps MP3. At any rate, this unit had the ubiquitous and much loved inline-remote, an FM tuner, and a very nice design. As always, I loved the heft of the solid metal case and machinery visible when you opened it. It finally died after...(read more)
Reviews by: Justinicus
Pros: SQ, comfort, isolation
I had these a while back. I'd fallen in love with "canalphones" as we called them, thanks to Sony's "Nude EX" back in the MiniDisc days. I went through a couple pairs of them, always losing the silicone tips. I then tried a pair of Philips with a somewhat similar design that didn't work for me at all. In exasperation, I found these and gave them a try. They were a bit pricier than I was used to ($40, I think), but the sound quality was quite good -- way better than the Philips and slightly better than the Sony ones. I would've been delighted if not for the fact that they started falling apart after a few months. First the "chrome" ring would break loose and...(read more)
Pros: low interference, comfortable, alright SQ
Cons: heavy, useless features, hard to "dock"
Decent for a consumer-level headphone set. I've been using them at the office for 2.5yrs now and they've served well in that environment. I can wear the headphones all day without getting sweaty ears or any other fatigue. I do remember them feeling very heavy at first but I quickly got used to it. Now when I swap in my cheapo Sennheiser HD201s due to dead batteries, they feel absurdly light. Sound quality is "okay." They're up there with any mid-to-upper consumer-level headphones I've tried (all in the $20-$80 range).