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What we think

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Updated April 11, 2024·

If you prefer earbuds that are lightweight and offer good microphone quality for calls, the Apple EarPods are a solid choice; they are also well-optimized for Apple devices. However, keep in mind that they don't block out much noise and aren't suitable for exercise or air travel. On the other hand, the Sony MDR-ZX110 headphones provide a closed design which can help with noise isolation, but they are bulkier and offer less microphone quality. They might be less comfortable for long sessions, and their sound may be less suitable for critical listening, but they could save you money if you're on a budget. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple Earpods
  • Very good for phone calls
  • Very good for gaming
  • Good for TV and video
  • Good for podcasts and audiobooks
Advantages of the Sony MDR-ZX110
  • The Sony MDR-ZX110 has no clear advantages over the Apple Earpods.

Key differences

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Gaming

8.3
Earpods
MDR-ZX110
5.9
The Apple Earpods is very good for gaming, while the Sony MDR-ZX110 is poor.

Phone Calls

8.0
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MDR-ZX110
3.0
The Apple Earpods is very good for phone calls, while the Sony MDR-ZX110 is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.4
Earpods
MDR-ZX110
4.3
The Apple Earpods is good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Sony MDR-ZX110 is poor.

Noise Reduction

2.5
Earpods
MDR-ZX110
5.3
The Sony MDR-ZX110 and Apple Earpods are both poor for noise reduction, though the Sony MDR-ZX110 is somewhat better.

Cost

$19
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MDR-ZX110
$10
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The Apple Earpods has a price of $19 and the Sony MDR-ZX110 costs $10.

Build Quality

7.6
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MDR-ZX110
6.0
The Apple Earpods has good build quality, while the Sony MDR-ZX110 has only fair build quality.
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Key similarities

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Music

7.8
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MDR-ZX110
7.6
The Apple Earpods and Sony MDR-ZX110 are both good for music.

TV and Video

7.4
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MDR-ZX110
6.9
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Apple Earpods to be good for TV and video, while the Sony MDR-ZX110 is only fair.

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How the Apple Earpods and the Sony MDR-ZX110 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple EarpodsSony MDR-ZX110
Apple EarpodsSony MDR-ZX110

GENERAL

Price
$19
$10
Brand
AppleSony
Release Date
September 1, 2012July 1, 2015
Form Factor
EarbudsHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.9/107.7/10
Phone Calls Score
8/103/10
Gaming Score
8.4/105.9/10
TV and Video Score
7.4/107/10
Exercise Score
4.1/103.9/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/105.3/10
Mic Quality
8.3/10N/A

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
7.6/106/10
Comfort score
7/105.5/10
Size
SmallN/A
Weight (headset or single earbud)
6.5 Grams119.9 Grams
Microphone style
In-LineN/A

Shopping

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Apple Earpods

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Michael Andronico | May 2023
"Apple’s wired buds sound just fine for the price, and their handy inline controls and clear microphone give them an edge on wireless earbuds that are much more expensive. Plus, you never have to worry about running out of battery — or worse, a stray earbud going missing."

Sony MDR-ZX110

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Audio.org

Audio.org | December 2022
"My opinion about Sony MDR ZX110 is they are the best budget headphones of Sony with top-class sound. Clear vocals, great bass, and balanced sound with low sound distortion. The treble could be sharper, but it's ok. 30 mm neodymium dynamic drivers give clear and precise audio, and an inline remote with a mic give decent call quality. Closed-Back Design also helps to improve sound performance."

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About Apple

Apple Inc. is an American technology company, founded in 1976, known for its wide range of premium products, including smartphones, computers, and audio solutions. Apple offers the very popular personal audio line AirPods, highly regarded for their wireless, smart capabilities and their seamless integration with the iPhone, iPad and Mac devices. They provide a high-quality sound, comfort and lifestyle features perfect for all users invested in their ecosystem.

About Sony

Sony is a multinational corporation, based out of Japan, with over 75 years of experience in the consumer electronics industry. In the audio market, Sony has been a trendsetter several times throughout its history. In 1979 they released the first-ever portable music player, the Sony Walkman, followed by the Discman 20 years later. Today, Sony is one of the leaders in the wireless headphone and earbud market, especially in terms of Active Noise Cancellation technology.

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