Sony MDR-710LP review: Sony MDR-710LP

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.0
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good The Sony MDR-710LP has a convenient and comfortable collapsible design, includes a hard carrying case, and it delivers tight, punchy bass.

The Bad The Sony MDR-710LP's 4-foot cord is too short for nonportable applications. Moreover, its treble and midrange frequencies have a more skeletal timbre than those of some 'phones.

The Bottom Line Bass addicts on tight budgets will appreciate Sony's MDR-710LP portable, collapsible headphones, but audiophiles should consider a warmer-sounding set.

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Sony MDR-710LP portable headphones

Sony offers a broad assortment of well-designed, high-performance headphones ranging from full-size studio monitors such as the MDR-V700DJ all the way down to Fontopia-series earbuds, such as the MDR-EX71SL. At CES 2006, the company introduced several new additions to its headphone lineup. The $59 Sony MDR-710LPs are a portable headband model that strikes a good balance between style, comfort, performance, and value.


The reasonably priced Sony MDR-710LP headphones include a handy carrying case.

Sony's MDR-710LP headphones successfully combine revealing sonic performance with an ultraportable, collapsible headband design. We appreciate the soft, lightweight, leatherette ear pads, which give the headphones an exceptionally comfortable fit. The black, silver, and gray color scheme and sleek style lend the Sonys a modern, pricey appearance. Frequent travelers will make good use of the included hard plastic clamshell-type carrying case (3.8 inches by 2.3 inches), which can protect the headphones when they're folded up.

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Sony MDR-710LP

Part Number: MDR710LP

MSRP: $59.99

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Weight 2.3 oz
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Additional Features gold-plated plug
  • Type headphones
  • Headphones Form Factor ear-cup