50USD and 2 weeks later a somewhat huge box arrived. Ah well no chance of any damage, I just hope that I don't get a Swiss Customs duty letter in a few days (normally 15CHF + 8%) which would bring the total cost of the purchase to about 70 USD :-(
Anyway in the box are the headphones, a small rather cheap zip pouch, and some replacement red buds (Large) to replace the Medium ones that come fitted.
First impressions? These headphone are flippin enormous! I mean my ears got scared just attempting to insert them, and, I have large ears.
Second impressions? Yes Agata confirmed it was not just me, they are large, large large. Are Americans a race of enormous eared people :-)
So, it has now been a few days and I have the full picture
- +They definitely don't fall out ever! You insert them (see this video) then twist them into position
- -The red colour, well a bit ostentatious. I would prefer neutral black
- =The cord has a woven exterior, in the 1970's you could get electrical wires like these. Quite nice.
- - Sound quality against my Sony MDR-EX32LP is inferior.
- - There is no tie, to pull the cords together. The Y part is 45 cm's in length and that tends to flap around without a tie
- --- If you wear a hat or helmet then the pressure onto the <huge> earphones could be an issue:
To explain. Cyclists wear helmets (its law in Switzerland and you'd be an idiot without one). In cold weather you might also wear a thermal hat.
On a snowboard you would be advised to wear a helmet
Any of the above press from the outside onto the headphone and for me mean cause discomfort or even pain if worn for anything more than 30 minutes.
- The size issue has had me searching for more tiny Sony earphones. I just ordered some Sony MDR-EX50LP since the current Sony MDR-EX32LP are so fantastic
Overall, I will try them for a while longer but I just don't see any advantages over my Sony's.
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