Stylish and comfortable, the MDREX81LP/W stereo earphones are Sony's premier lateral in-the-ear headphones. Designed to deliver deep bass and clear treble sounds, they feature a super-light in-the-ear design for a snug, comforable fit. With super-small 9mm drivers and soft, silicon earbuds, these headphones were created to enhance your on-the-go listening.
Product Type: Earphone
General Features: Gold Plated
Headphone Type: Earbud
Interface Connection: Mini-phone
Product Title: Sony Fontopia Earbuds
Power Score: 3.6 | 24 Reviews
Overall Min Frequency Response: 5 Hz
Overall Max Frequency Response: 23 kHz
Weight: 0.36 oz
Cord Length: 4 ft
URL: Manufacturer Link
Diameter (Speaker Element): 0.35"
Product Reviews (12)
Second pair of MDREX81LP earbuds goes kaput! Thanks, Sony!
Weakness: Chronic poor quality - the second of two pairs that I have owned have now failed, leaving me with $60 worth of SONY junk.
There are two good reasons NOT to buy these headphones: 1) they may very well fail without cause, as two pairs I’ve own have failed; and 2) SONY is so contemptuous of their customers that they offer to replace your defective $30 headphones with a ‘reconditioned’ pair for $25. What a deal! Do yourself a favor before buying: consider my experience with SONY repair. I mailed in my bum buds –...
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There are two good reasons NOT to buy these headphones: 1) they may very well fail without cause, as two pairs I’ve own have failed; and 2) SONY is so contemptuous of their customers that they offer to replace your defective $30 headphones with a ‘reconditioned’ pair for $25. What a deal!
Do yourself a favor before buying: consider my experience with SONY repair. I mailed in my bum buds – the second pair that failed - but I objected to SONY’s pricing. Surely they have a better deal to offer? Nope. SONY shipped back my buds complete with torn packaging and internal routing crap. Oh – and they invited me to get back to them: “It would be our pleasure to accept a major credit card.”
I bet: $25 for used headphones with no cut to the retail middleman. This is SONY standing behind its product. “You’re on your own, sucker.” See the attached photo: this is how they returned my headphones to me.
By MrMarkieMark - Apr 15, 2009
Sony MDR 81s
Strengths: Very pleasant sound for the price. Great for exercising and just listening. Exteremely comfortable.
Weakness: Sound isolation not as strong as 71s. Cord a little delicate.
I started with the 71s with my iPod and loved them. Sound isolation was fantastic, great sound - huge bass - and they were very comfortable. Changed to the 81s when the left side cable on the 71s detached after enormous use. The 81s do sound better than the 71s. The bass is slightly attenuated and makes the overall sound much more clearer. From day one they sounded 'better'. Bass still sounds...
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I started with the 71s with my iPod and loved them. Sound isolation was fantastic, great sound - huge bass - and they were very comfortable. Changed to the 81s when the left side cable on the 71s detached after enormous use. The 81s do sound better than the 71s. The bass is slightly attenuated and makes the overall sound much more clearer. From day one they sounded 'better'. Bass still sounds great. The previous 71s fitted better for some reason even though the 81s' buds appear to be the same size.
As with the 71s you can listen for hours and your ears will not get tired. I can compare these with the E2c and the Senheiser 280Pro as I have each.
The E2cs in comparison I find are harsher sounding, the bass is much less present and the clarity at higher frequencies can reveal deficiencies in compressed audio especially in loud rock. They are not near as comfortable as the 81s even though they have similar sleeves. Sound isolation is much better with these though.
The HD280s are my reference headphones and sound fantastic across all frequencies. I use them for monitoring home recordings and they are superb. In comparison the 81s stand up pretty well as I can use them for monitoring sometimes.
I would recommend the 81s for listening in general due to their extreme comfort level, their great sound and their very reasonable price. They are also great for exercising. Whether it's a good or bad thing the sound isolation will not block out all ambient noise as much as other earbud type phones or the MDR 71s.
By anonymous; - Oct 27, 2006
Don't do it. There is better ones out there for much lower prices.
Strengths: Soft rubber, comfortable in the ears.
Weakness: Terrible sound quality.
The sound quality is terrible. I perchased similar ones from the ebay (shipped from hongkong) and it sounded twice better (sound quality and loudness) the this one.
I'll not buy another one of these.
By cholet - Jul 5, 2006
YOU WILL NOT FIND A BETTER EAR BUD FOR THE PRICE!!!
Strengths: These are some pretty amazing IN EAR ear buds, if you afraid to put things in your ear canal, these are not for you! But if you are an audiophile, like myself, these ARE for you.
Weakness: I just wish sony had shortened the cord that runs from ear bud to ear bud by a few inches, other than that, NONE. BUY THESE!!! You will not find a better ear bud for the price!
All of you people B!%(#ing and moaning about "there is no base" that's why they are called IN EAR headphones, you actually have to insert them into your ear canal and find the correct ear piece size so you can hear what these amazing headphones have to offer. THESE SOUND BETTER THAN MY BOSE TRI-PORTS AND ARE SMALLER AND LIGHTER!! These have great base, mid-range, and treble response.
By k3xiceman - May 25, 2006
Sony Fontopia MDR-EX81LP/B Black
Strengths: Cheap. Very good bass and treble. Noise canceling.
Weakness: Cord is long. Must hear with good music.
At about $30 the earphone is the bang for your buck. The sound clarity is excellent. Bass and treble are a little weak but very good. However, mp3 songs must be ripped at 192-320 Kb/sec to hear or you will hear a lot of popping and hissing sounds. Ear hooks are very good; they fit to your ears. Noise canceling is very good but it isn't totally lock out outside noise. Don't lose the earbuds.
By giaophan1 - Apr 25, 2006