Sony hear.on MDR-100AAP
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.