Sony MDR-EX6V earphones review: Sony MDR-EX6V earphones

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MSRP: $29.99

Sony EX (Blue)

(Part #: MDR-EX36VBLU)
3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars 1 user review

The Good The Sony MDR-EX36V headphones are an obvious step up from stock buds in both comfort and sound quality, and the price is a bargain. The headphones come with handy accessories like a cable wrap, travel pouch, and inline volume control. They offer deep bass and reasonable sound isolation.

The Bad The Sony MDR-EX36V headphones suffer from a cheap, plastic design; a thin, tangle-prone cable; and a brittle high-end response.

The Bottom Line The Sony MDR-EX36V Stereo Headphones are a good budget-friendly option for anyone who wants to upgrade from the earbuds that come packaged with MP3 players.

7.0 Overall
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 6.0

When you've just dropped a wad of your hard-earned cash on a new MP3 player, purchasing an accessory to help make the most of it may seem counter-intuitive, but that's exactly what you should do: upgrade those headphones. You needn't spend a lot to get a pair that's a noticeable improvement over the stock set that came with your device. Case in point: the Sony MDR-EX36V Stereo Headphones. These earphones will set you back only about $25, and they offer a sharp improvement in sound quality and comfort. The construction quality isn't the best, and high frequencies come across as too brittle, but the low price and handy features make it easy to forgive these shortcomings.

As you might expect of earphones in this price range, the Sony MDR-EX36V earbuds are constructed of plastic and feel pretty cheap. You do get to choose from four color accents: black, blue, red, or pink. The 'buds are small and round, and Sony includes three sets of color-coded silicone sleeves to help with fit. We had no problems achieving a seal and wore the earphones comfortably for several hours. The package also contains a soft travel pouch and a cable wrap to prevent tangles when the headphones are not in use. We must say, we're impressed these extras were included with such an inexpensive set of earbuds.

Continuing down from the Sony MDR-EX36V earpieces is a thin, black, Y cable that conjoins at an inline volume module--another surprise inclusion at this price point. Here, you'll also find a cable slider to help prevent tangles. Overall, though, the cable feels cheap and raises some serious concern for durability. In all, it measures 48 inches long and terminates in a gold-plated L-plug.

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