Sony hear.on MDR-100AAP

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With its vi­rant col­ors, you can tell that the Sony h.ear on MDR-100AAP is de­signed for the trendlov­ing user in mind. The MDR-100AAP is plas­tic on the same side of the leather-cush­ions, but it’s also re­in­forced by a strip of vis­i­ble alu­minum bar within the cen­ter of the head­band. It is sim­ple in con­struc­tion, with no new­fan­gled gim­mick or fea­ture, mak­ing it straight­for­ward and easy to op­er­ate. The leatherette cups rest com­fort­ably on the ear, tak­ing the shape of your head, while the flex­i­ble head­band doesn’t put a death­grip on your skull. It doesn’t just look good, it feels good for ex­tended wear too.

Sony has got­ten all the lit­tle qual­ity-of-life up­grades cor­rect: it comes with a de­tach­able flat 3.5mm au­dio ca­ble, which pre­vents tan­gling and helps the ca­ble last longer. The cups are slightly ro­tat­able, which al­lows it to fit dif­fer­ent head shapes prop­erly. The head­band is flex­i­ble, you could pull till the cen­ter of the head­band is nearly straight and it’ll sim­ply bounce back into place. The cups are also fold­able in­wards, mak­ing the MDR-100AAP very compact for trans­porta­tion. The in-line mi­cro­phone is handy for calls, even if it’s av­er­age and quite com­mon in many head­phones at lower prices.

Au­dio-wise, it han­dles depth very well, with less im­pact on the tre­ble fol­lowed by a bal­anced bass. It’s not per­fect for vo­cals, but it’s still well­bal­anced, es­pe­cially in the middle fre­quency range. Tiesto’s ‘El­e­ment of Life’ is a great ex­am­ple, given how the synths play nicely and dis­tinctly, with clear tre­ble and bass. It han­dles rock tracks well, like ‘Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia’ by The Ea­gles, by giv­ing it an ex­cel­lent sound­stage and well-rounded per­cus­sion. ‘Sail On Sooth­sayer’ by Buck­et­head fea­tures dis­tinct re­ver­ber­a­tion from the elec­tric gui­tars with well-placed per­cus­sions back­ing it up. It only strug­gles with high­er­ranged vo­cals, found in Adele’s ‘Melt My Heart to Stone’. This head­phones sits very well in this range, mak­ing it a con­sid­er­able buy with its sim­plic­ity, stylish­ness, and all around de­cent-to-good au­dio per­for­mance. It’s also af­ford­able, which is quite un­like Sony, given the pre­mium they usu­ally put on their own prod­ucts.

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