It comes as good news to me, since my iPod earphones decided to pack in just a few weeks after buying the iPod Nano, that Sony have now announced a range of new earphones that are ‘made for’ your iPhone or iPod. Your old ones don’t have to be broken for you to invest in these though, as they are packed with features that may draw you away from the comfort of your standard Apple headphones.
The new models joining the MDR-EX38iP which are currently on the market, are the MDR-EX300iP and the MDR-E10iP which have built upon the original product and improved sound quality over their predecessors as well as the Apple standard option. If that’s not enough for you then you will be pleased to hear that they also feature an in-line remote control tailored for all the usual uses of your iPod, much like the latest iPod Touch headphones. This remote make it easier to change tracks, volume etc if you’re out jogging or commuting so you don’t have to constantly get your device out of your pocket and manually change songs.
In addition to that, there is also a fantastic built-in microphone which is primarily intended for iPhone users so they can make calls ‘hands-free’ or voice control options. The unique VoiceOver functions of the iPod Shuffle is also taken into consideration with this addition.
The earphones are available in a variety of styles and colours from Pink to Black to Grey to Gold. In-Ear or over the ear, there is something for any iPod owner I’m sure and as usual with Sony, they don’t disappoint in the aesthetics department. Not only that, they are supplied with soft ear-pads (as are most modern in-ear ‘phones) which provide comfort for people with various ear sizes. Sony also claim that they will be extremely durable even if used regularly (as mine would be I’m sure). You can take a good look at the Sony MDR-EX38iP (White) earphones pictured below…
They certainly are an attractive option for me seeing as I’m on the lookout for a new pair of earphones and I’ll be interested to follow the pricing of each model and look out for any reviews. The new models will be available in the UK from May of this year, so the brighter colours will just be coming into season with many of us jetting off to exotic locations around the world soon after.
So the one question that remains is if they really are necessary? If unlike me, you have a pair of working Apple headphones with your iPod or iPhone which has much of the same functionality as well as looks which are at least as impressive, then I’m not sure whether it would be worth buying other good value earphones. For me the only time I would ditch a pair of working Apple ‘phones is if I’m going for a serious upgrade such as to a pair of premium quality BOSE earphones or something similar.
Are Sony trying to pry unhappy Apple customers away after breaking headphones? I know it happens frequently with the standard set you get from Apple, so perhaps with some reasonable prices and clever marketing, these really could become a success for them. Or are you waiting until you can go out and buy those Eye-Controlled Earphones?