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Keep The Snow Out Of Your Brain With The Sony MDR-EX1000 Flagship Earphones

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Seems a bit of a shame to spend $799 on something no one will ever see because it'll spend most of its life rammed down your ears, but if you need higher-end earphones, the MDR-EX1000 will do the job.

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The Asia-only flagship earphones are available on import through Audiocubes, so if you'd like your audio reproduced by a custom Sony 16mm driver created from a liquid crystalline polymer with an impressively wide response range between 3-30,000Hz and a magnesium housing, they're the ear canal warmers for you. [Audiocubes]

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Reading this makes me think of these Beats by Dr. Dre headphones - overpriced headphones with a great marketing/design team behind them that sound like mediocre to sub-par with money and effort in the wrong areas (aesthetics?), but that sell like hotcakes because people don't know any better. I'm not saying these phones are bad, but if you're looking to spend some money and truly enter the world of portable audiophile-quality headphones, the quality vs. cost that these measure out to just doesn't make any sense. If you're going to spend $800 on headphones, go for it - hell, I'll probably spend more than that on a pair of UE18s before the year is out, but please - for the love of god please do your research.

If you want something amazing that doesn't cost that much? Get a pair of Etymotic ER-6Ps - a headphone that should not cost what it does these days - and change your life with real high-quality audio. If you'd like a pair of cans and really feel like burning $800 in your wallet? Get a pair or Sennheiser HD650s and save yourself the extra $300. And if you really feel like that isn't doing it? Go get a portable amp or amp/DAC combo like the Pico Slim for $400 or Pico Amp/DAC for $500, and you'll STILL be coming in less than $800 dent these atrocities will put on your wallet assuming you went with the IEMs.

Point being, if it's audio quality you actually care about, you can do better and spend a whole lot less. Hell, you can probably spring for a pair of Westone CR1 customs for a lot less than that.

Now, again, don't get me wrong - I'm not saying these headphones are bad. I'm just saying that there are a whole lot of ways to do better, especially for the money.

On another note, Beats by Dr. Dre make me want to punch someone in the face, and these make me feel like Sony is trying to mimic a fad which should have died at its inception.

End rant.

Update:

Interesting article for anyone who's interested - the guys at head-fi do a very good job with audio reviews

[www.head-fi.org]