Sony MDREX15AP

Sony MDREX15AP

Sony MDREX15AP

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BEST RATING
TV & Video:
4.8
MUSIC: Very Good8.3/10
CALLS: Poor3.5/10
GAMING: Fair6.7/10
TV: Excellent9.3/10
PODCASTS & AUDIOBOOKS: Poor5.4/10
EXERCISE: Poor4.6/10
AIR TRAVEL: Fair6.9/10
NOISE REDUCTION: Good7.0/10
BUILD QUALITY: Very Good8.0/10

The Sony MDREX15AP earbuds are a budget-friendly option designed for simple, wired listening experiences. They feature a closed enclosure which helps provide a degree of passive noise isolation, although they do not have active noise cancelling technology. The overall sound quality is considered poor, but they excel in comfort, making them suitable for extended usage periods. Despite their affordability, these earbuds are not designed for wireless use and lack features such as a detachable cable, lossless codec support, low latency, and aren't sweatproof or dustproof, making them less ideal for exercise or high-intensity activities. With a lightweight design and included secure fit accessories, they are quite portable, but the built-in microphone quality is poor which might not be adequate for calls or meetings. They do not offer an app for equalizer or controls customization and do not specifically cater to either Android or Apple ecosystems. If you're looking for a straightforward wired earbud for casual music listening or TV and video with an emphasis on comfort and without the need for special features, these might fit your needs. However, for gaming, exercise, or environments where noise cancellation is desired, you may want to consider other options. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • Comfortable for long periods
  • Good build quality
  • Excellent for TV and video
  • Very portable
Cons
  • Poor overall sound quality
  • Mic quality is low
  • Not suitable for exercise
  • No wireless or active noise cancelling

Ratings by Category

TV & Video:
4.8
This score evaluates the earbuds or headphones when used to watch videos, movies and TV. In the case of wireless products, it takes into account latency - the perceived delay between the action on screen and the sounds playing in your ears. The score also considers soundstage quality, whether they have a virtual surround feature, and overall comfort. It’s important to note that the device paired with the earbuds heavily influences their performance in regards to latency or delay.
Music:
4.5
This evaluates the product when used solely to listen to music. It takes into account the sound quality, whether or not they support high quality codecs, their ability to reproduce soundstage, and whether or not it has any virtual surround capabilities.
Portability:
4.4
The Portability score is based on an overall assessment that includes volume and maximum dimension of the product (and case, if relevant), and its weight. Special features like foldability for headphones are also taken into account.
Air Travel:
3.9
This score evaluates the product for use on airplanes and other similar kinds of travel. It takes into account noise reduction and portability, including case shape, case size, and weight. It also incorporates the battery life of the product, long-haul comfort, noise reduction (both active and passive), and sound quality. We generally consider wireless products to be more suitable for air travel.
Gaming:
3.8
This score evaluates the product when used to play videogames. It takes into account wireless latency - the perceived delay between the action on screen and the sounds playing in your ears. The score also considers soundstage quality, whether they have a virtual surround feature, and overall comfort. Finally, the gaming score takes into account microphone quality for in-game voice chat. It’s important to note that the device paired with the earbuds heavily influences their performance in regards to latency or delay.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$10
Brand
Sony
Release Date
March 1, 2014
Form Factor
Earbuds
Connectivity
Wired

SOUND

Music Score
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8.3/10
Phone Calls Score
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3.5/10
Gaming Score
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6.8/10
TV and Video Score
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9.3/10
Exercise Score
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4.6/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
No
Noise Reduction Score
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7/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
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8/10
Comfort score
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8.4/10
Size
Small
Weight of single earbud
3.1 Grams
Waterproof Rating
0

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Pete Anthony | June 2022
"At the ultra budget $10 price-point (and we’ve seen the no-mic version go for as cheap as $7), I’d say these are a decent option if you’re looking for a passable pair of earbuds for basic use that’s as cheap as possible. I wouldn’t say they feel or sound as good as some of the ultra-budget alternatives out there – of which there are a few at this point – but some might disagree. I will say though that the cable is a little bit nicer than those of that same competition."

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