I’d like to start off by saying I’m not the biggest fan of the Sony’s headphone line. I do, however, have a strong interest for entry level headphones from about $200 to $300, which I feel Sony has spearheaded to much success with their h.ear on headphones.
Onto the headphones. As far as aesthetics go, they’re some of my favorites. Somewhat reminiscent of the TMA 1’s, maybe a cross between the TMA’s and the Kef M500’s but with a much more practical execution than the TMA’s. The build is both plastic and aluminum and the transitions between the two materials are seamless. My only gripe is that they didn’t use metal for the yoke. Left and right are made very visible (the right indicator being on a red dot) but don’t take away from the design. They’re some of the more comfortable headphones I’ve used. They’re very lightweight and the earpads are plush and deep enough that my ears were fully encapsulated. Isolation wasn’t the greatest but improved once music was playing.
The signature was on the funner side compared to some other Sony headphones. The bass is emphasized but tight and doesn’t feel overpowering. The mid range is decent and helped in genres like rock where the treble is rolled off. To sum it up, This Is A Good Sounding Headphone. I think most people will enjoy it. And thought they cater more towards electronic music they were still pleasant all-rounder.
These days, more and more people are looking for a good pair of headphones without having to commit hours to reading in esoteric forums or commit to the high prices. The average consumer could buy this headphone, feel good about the way it looks, enjoy the sound and the comfort without feeling alienated by all the details. So, Sony, thanks! I’m excited to see what you guys do next.