I've been running around with Sony headphones, Sony MDR-W08L headphones, to be exact, since the eighties. Although they invariably fail after three months of ordinary use (as I have said before, obliquely, on Amazon here), at $9 a pair, they were even so an economical way to get GREAT SOUND. They also had a great, lightweight design, and being headphones, not earbuds, you can whip them off and hang them around your neck so you can do things like, I don't know, talk to people, OK? Earbuds, by contrast, need to be taken out one bud at a time, and no matter how carefully you wrap them, they tangle into an intractable Gordian knot, by which time your prospective conversational opponent has wandered away, or gotten hit by a bus.
Unfortunately, Sony quietly phased these headphones out as the defect, apparently relating to a strain point developing in the wires as they exit the body of the headphones, became more widely known. In my so-far futile quest to find a better headphone, ear clip, or earbud, I've made the following discoveries: #1: nobody makes better portable audio right now than Sony, and #2: every earbud or earclip or headphone I tried has a pathetically flat and tinny sound, except for the Sony MDR AS200 ear clips, which protrude from your ears like alien implants and also which cannot be taken off and hung around your neck, you have to disengage each piece and stash them in a pocket or somewhere, where they again, perpetually, entangle themselves into knots while the conversational opponent wanders and gets hit by the bus. Even with the failing-after-three-months problem, at $9 a pair, the Sony headphones represented a workable solution.
I called Sony today and was told they can't make
the MDR-W08Ls anymore, because they are "moving
just in! Even better would be for Sony to simply
resume manufacturing the MDR W08L. A Facebook group seeks to ask
Sony to do just that. Don't settle for tinny earbuds. If
you're reading this, join the "Bring Back the Sony MDR
W08L" Facebook Group here
and let's see if we can restore the great-sounding, easy-to-use Sony
MDR W08L headphones to the marketplace!
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