Sony Mdr-Ex700Lp Earbud Style Headphones (Black)

General Information

New 16mm driver units for reproducing precision sound faithfully (108dB, 4-28KHz). Thin magnesium housing and new closed vertical in the ear style provide wearing comfort. Newly developed multi-layer diaphragm for reproducing high-resolution sound. 7 sizes of hybrid silicone earbuds for achieving more comfort and secure fitting.

Latest reviews


100+ Head-Fier
Pros: Good soundstage; Very clear sounding with great bass.
Cons: Piercing treble; Extremely bad cables.
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 (it's a good thing when a 300$ earphone stops working because of the cable and you just buy new one for 10$ instead of whole new earphones). Cables are simply extremely bad, they lasted me for around 9 months (and I took as much care as possible) and I've sent them under warranty (2 years, as usual) and got full amount of money back because they didn't have another EX700 to give me as replacement since they were discontinued I think some time ago, and they returned money pretty fast so good support on that side but still a disappointing situation. Cables are really thin and their design where one earpiece has longer cable so it goes around your neck isn't the best either in my opinion, one earpiece keeps falling down all the time even tho cable is light (due to it's thinness, not because of it's build quality or something!). But generally earphones themselves are comfortable, housing is light and it doesn't touch ears much (only the silicone tip) and the driver placed on the side is pretty good solution since it's 16mm which is like the biggest driver in any in ear earphone ever (next to 2 other Sony models and Final Audio Design Piano Forte IX/X).
Excellent bass, just great! Honestly I haven't heard better bass on in ear headphones. It has really good sub bass, that feel... on some songs almost sound like real subwoofer speaker and not in ear headphones, I guess brain trick you there but it's really engaging. Mid bass is also decent and it doesn't interfere with mids like many other dynamic driver headphones so EX700 sound very clear, accurate overall, with a lot of details.
They have a problem tho, a huge one - highs. Highs are sibilant, piercing, deafening. Good source can fix it to some point, but if you crank volume up a bit it becomes really fatiguing and unbearable. Not only the highest freqs here... I couldn't listen to one of my favorite bands (Guns n' Roses) because Axls voice makes me deaf with them. Jazz tho and all kinds of audiophile recordings and acoustic instrumentals sounded like heaven, much much better than the Sennheiser IE80 I own for example.
Not much to say about the mids overall, clear nice sounding, bit recessed tho, but in my opinion strong point of these is excellently controlled and deep low sub bass, not overbearing but well present while the weak point is treble.
Isolation is not the best but also not the worst I've heard, it's sufficient (haven't tried foam tips tho since they don't come with earphones) - at the same level as lets say IE80 if you've heard them.
If you are sensitive to piercing highs and like to listen at louder volumes skip these without even trying them on but if you like to listen at lower volumes, mostly at home (so you don't break awful cables that can't be replaced) relaxing music, audiophile recordings, jazz and such this might be the best choice for money you can make - very accurate and clear sounding with so great sub bass. They should be still around to buy at 250-300$ which is fair if you are good with the highs.


New Head-Fier
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.


1000+ Head-Fier
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 but in its time those buds were the best. I like them because of nostalgia.


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