'Best headphones ever' is a common occurrence in the consumer review sections of tech websites, when the product in question is a pair of Sony headphones. Even their canal phones have received superb recognition and appreciation, and rightfully so. The Walkman is Sony's realm, thus providing good speakers for portable products should be second nature to these guys. I have with me one such new product from the Sony stable, and I'm pretty thrilled as we have not reviewed Sony earphones in a long time. This one is called the MDR-EX35LP.
Design and Features:
The unit comes in a neat and compact package, which includes the earphones, 2 extra earbuds and the literature. There is something new and innovative about the earbuds, and it's in their construction. Sony states that they are made of hybrid silicone, which basically means that the sleeve part of the bud is made of a softer silicone rubber, while the central tube is more rigid, and also color coded, thus providing a firm and comfortable fit. The earphones are available in 3 sizes - small, medium and large - thus most ear canals can be covered. The driver size is 9mm, which is across the board for the EX series. Magnets used are neodymium, which is also a commonality in headphone drivers these days. The neodymium helps in producing more power for lesser mW consumed. We received a black piece but there are a few other color options available. The earphone is black all over, with a glossy coat for the rib joining the cord with the tiny driver enclosure. 'Sony' is neatly etched on this surface, in white.