The Good Generally very good sound. Excellent value for money. Excellent comfort.
The Bad Some vocal sibilance. No in-line iPod remote control. No pouch.
The Bottom Line The Sony MDRV55 headphones provide generally good quality sound and comfortable wear at a relatively low price, but miss out with no iPod inline remote.
Look up Sony's website, and all its portable or iPod-related earphones seem to be in-ear types. Nonetheless, its MDRV55 headphones do a decent job of being get-about on-ear models.
At 225 grams, these are fairly heavy headphones. Yet, they didn't feel it. The shape of the padded headband, its reasonable breadth and the soft padding around the ear-pieces seemed to make the headphones feel lighter. They are "on-ear" in design — that is, they rest on the surface of your ears rather, than surround them with the padding against your head — but the pressure is fairly gentle. Consequently, they were comfortable, but didn't seal against external sounds very well, despite their "closed" design.
They felt secure, and even when we shook our heads fairly violently, they remained properly in place.
Sennheiser’s ultimate ‘ear bud’
The Sennheiser IE800 S throws a party for your ears.
Sony's new headphones include wireless noise-canceling sports models
Sony has introduced three new in-ear wireless sports headphones: The WI-SP500, WI-SP600N and the totally wireless WF-SP700N.
Sony's MDR-1AM2 could be 2018's top wired headphone
The highly rated Sony MDR-1A has a successor and it's coming this spring for $300.
AirPods' sales spike barely dents market share for Beats and Bose
Have Apple's AirPods taken a big bite out of Beats' share of the wireless headphone market? Actually, the latest NPD Group retail tracking data suggest it's more of a nibble.
Jaybird headphones land in Oz and there's no place like home
We speak to the Australian founder of Jaybird headphones about finally bringing it home, the true wireless era and the future of biometrics and wearables.
Beats won't have a new Studio Wireless headphone in 2016
A sequel to Beats over-ear wireless noise-canceling headphone isn't coming anytime soon, CNET has learned.
The iPhone 7's setting headphone trends, and it isn't even here yet
Apple isn't in Berlin for IFA 2016, but the iPhone 7 headphone jack is still talk of the town.
Sony's new high-end audio range is nuts (hands-on)
Sony's Signature Series includes a gold Walkman and a headphone inspired by mathematics. CNET goes hands-on to see if they sound as weird as they look.
Best headphones: Top deals in the UK
CNET has rounded up the finest pairs of headphones available, including over the ear and earbud headphones.
Sony's sweatbuster Active Style headphones
Sony is targeting exercise fanatics with its latest range of headphones. There are five lightweight designs on offer, ranging from AU$49 to AU$199.