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Based on the one year old top-of-the-line MDR-EX700LP, the MDR-EX500SL is a high-end dynamically driven earbud from Sony.

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Pros

Good frequency response and sound quality for the price

8 agree

Comes with 3 sizes of ear adapters

7 agree

Impressive clarity of sound, and of aural positioning.

7 agree

combines MDR's superior bass with much-needed midrange & treble

5 agree

less than half the cost of the flagship model

5 agree

dynamic driver adds punch to lower frequencies

5 agree

Lightweight

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Don't fall out that easily

2 agree

Available in neutral colours that will match many portable devices

2 agree

Comes with a carrying case

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Comfortable

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smaller internal drivers mean a smaller build

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really good construction quality

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Cons

dynamic driver requires body to have irregular, unattractive shape

6 agree

no isolation; effects the sound negatively

5 agree

thin cords are ultra tangly

5 agree

No cable clip

4 agree

no passive noise cancellation

4 agree

Stick out of the ears quite a bit

4 agree

not that comfortable to wear for extended periods of time

3 agree

not available in North America

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Sony is not known for their earphones

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 Based on the one year old top-of-the-line MDR-EX700LP, the MDR-EX500SL is a high-end dynamically driven earbud from Sony. Based on a smaller 13.5mm driver compared to the EX700LP's 16mm version, the EX500SL adopts the same multi-layer diaphragm technology and hybrid silicon tips for a comfortable fit. A North American release date or MSRP has not been announced. The Japanese MSRP is 12,390 yen ($115 US), less than half of the EX700LP, which is $299. It was released with a cheaper model, the MDR-EX300SL, which uses the same 13.5mm driver and comes in multiple colours for 6,195 yen ($60 US). Appears to be available in silver and black.

Features
  • Frequency Response: 5-25000Hz
  • Impedance: 16 ohms
  • Isolation: -0 dB
  • Plug type: 1/8" (mini)
  • Driver technology: 1 13.5mm dynamic driver
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