Sony MDRV55

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.

Editors' Rating
8.1 Overall

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Review

Sony MDRV55

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.

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