Sony MK200 Headphones – Review

The Sony MK200 is a pair of headphones which offer great quality sound, a comfortable design and a cheap price-tag.

I have reviewed a couple of Sony’s headphones in the past, they were kind enough to send me the ZX500 and the ZX700, the latter of which required a little extra spending. The MK200 headphones may not be in the same league as the ZX700, however they are a true match for the ZX500 which I highly praised earlier.

The Sony MK200 sport a very calm appearance. The entire product has a matte finish with the exception of the ear cups which have a glossy outer casing. The glossy side is still black however, so doesn’t attract any more attention than neccessary. The headphonesn aren’t as comfy as previous ones I have tried out, however they are by no means un-comfy. The pads are quite soft so cushion your ears quite well, however the cups are quite small so you may feel a little more restricted.

For the most part, the design is a lot better than I expected considering the price, but I do have a small issue with the cable. As I will mentioned later, these headphones are designed for making phone calls, as well as a brilliant sound experience. The ability to have phone call functionality has meant that Sony have made the cable a lot more complicated than it need to be. There are three parts to the cable, one which is attached to the headphones themselves, one that has the call buttons and microphone clip on which connects the last cable that goes directly into the computer. For listening on a computer or on a phone in one position this isn’t a problem, however if you expect to walk around with these headphones you may find yourself accidentally unplugging one of the cables.

The sound experience on the MK200 is yet another thing with these headphones that surprised me. The headphones are advertised as having a good music listening experience, however a lot of the focus is on the ability to make phone calls with them, so I feared the audio may not be as good as advertised. However the sound is extremely clear and is isolated very well. In the past I have found that headphones can either deal a certain type of song but not the other, however these headphones seem to be able to handle just about any style of music I throw their way.

The headphones specialise in being able to handle calls. After taking a few calls using them I can say that they definitely are very good at doing what they advertise. Holding down an easy-to-locate button allows you to talk and then listen to the other person in brilliant audio quality. I don’t often find myself needing to use headphones to take calls, however if I ever need to, these are definitely the best I have ever tried.

Overall the Sony MK200 Value Music Pack is brilliant value for money. For just under £40 you get a brilliant headphone design, impeccable audio quality and the ability to easily make and manage calls.

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Sony MDR ZX500, a Review

Last month I reviewed the Sony MDR ZX700 headphones, which for quite a high price, offered a lot of comfort and decent sound quality. The MDR ZX500 is the cheaper equivalent to those, but despite the considerable price drop, they aren’t much worse than the 700s.

The MDR ZX500 is very lightweight, but that doesn’t mean that it feels cheap by any means. In fact, i’d even go as far to say that it feels just as high quality as the ZX700.

The overall design of the MDR ZX500 is almost identical to the ZX700, except with substantially smaller cups. Personally, I prefer the larger cups as I have always thought of larger cups as the comfier option, however there are many who feel the opposite. The very light weight means that the MDR ZX500 is very comfy to wear for long periods.

I have been trying out the white version of the MDR ZX500, which is a lot more flashy than the black version. That said, just like the MDR ZX700, they don’t attract too much attention to themselves which is a very nice touch.

The sound quality of the MDR ZX500 isn’t going to blow you away. It is no competitor to some of the high-end headphones on the market at the moment, but for the price, you wouldn’t expect it to be. However the sound is impressive considering the small price tag.

The MDR ZX500 specializes in bass boosting meaning that if you listen to a lot of dubstep, electro and dance music, this would be right up your street. I have never come across a pair of headphones for this price which can perform so well on heavy tracks like that. However the noise isolation does suffer as a result of offering very heavy bass.

Overall the MDR ZX500 has a very nice design, which is both great to look at and very comfy to wear. The light weight design means that you can listen to music through them for a number of hours before you even start to notice them. The sound quality leaves a lot to be desired, but for the price I have never tried out anything that performs so well with bass and I’m pretty sure I won’t for a long time.

4 out of 5

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