I love my iPod, but I cannot stand the stock earbuds. They’re uncomfortable and I don’t understand how people can live with them. So, I was happy when I was given Sony’s MDR-EX71 (AKA Fontopia) headphones as a gift for Christmas 6 months ago. Reviews were favorable and they sounded better than the stock headphones. There’s more low end in the Fontopias than in the stock headphones, plus they’re about 100 times more comfortable. They come with 3 sets of earbuds (small, medium, large) and they were really the best set of compact headphones I’ve ever owned, despite the awkward shape of the wire. The wires don’t branch out in the center; they come up to the left ear and then branch from that to the right ear. That was the hardest thing to adjust to and I never saw the purpose other than the displaying of the Sony logo.
Today, I was editing a video for work on iMovie when our IT director came to talk to me about how annoying it must be to watch this video. I had my headphones on when he started. I took them off to talk. Imagine my surprise when all of a sudden I had no sound from my left channel when I went back to work.
How could this be? Did something happen in the 60 second conversation that I was unaware of? It couldn’t be the headphones…it was probably the iMac. So, unplug the headphones from the iMac, plug them into my iPod. Still no left channel.
These are somewhat expensive headphones. They list at a price of around $50. They sound great but the cables are weak, or the earbuds don’t work right, or whatever the complaints listed on Amazon that I looked at after the fact say. This sucks. I felt like half of me died.
I’ve probably ruined any chances of salvaging them by sticking a pin in the hole to see if maybe I could fix something. The answer? No.
Yet, despite the bad reviews there are people that still rate the headphones something like 4 stars even though they break within 6 months. There are reviews like “I like them so much that I’m on my 3rd pair!” I’m not into the idea of renting headphones. I want headphones that are going to last at the very least 3 years. If I have to spend $50 (they’re actually $30 most places now) for headphones and buy 2 pairs a year, I might as well get the expensive ones from Shure.
So, until I buy new ones I’m stuck with the stock headphones. I hid them in a drawer hoping that I’d never have to see them again, yet knowing that there may be a day when they may be useful again. I won’t be buying Sony branded ones again. Can anyone make recommendations?