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I very seldom review hardware, mainly because I hardly ever buy new things. One thing I have learnt not to compromise with, however, is earphones. At first, I did not believe people saying that there was a huge difference between cheap earphones and expensive ones, but an audiophile friend of mine convinced me otherwise. I have now used Sony MDR-ED21LP for many years and I am now using my second pair, and the time has come to say something about this excellent pair of earphones.

The number one thing is of course that the sound quality is extraordinary good for earphones, especially bass reproduction. Note that even though they extend into the ear canal, they do not isolate exterior noise, which is a prerequisite for me, since I do not want to shut myself off from the outside world (especially not when in traffic). The result is a greatly improved sound, but without the insular effect which is the hallmark of so may other high-quality earphones.

Furthermore, they are quite sturdy and survives being accidentally sat upon, thrown about and generally living in my pocket for several years (literally speaking, I never go anywhere without them). The cord is made of some anti-tangling material, which actually works fairly well.

The only disadvantage is the price; 300 SEK ($50) at local retailers, but naturally cheaper online. Considering that I spend several hours every day listening to music or audio books, I think it rather a cheap way to increase comfort and enrich listening experience. If I lost my pair, I would probably buy another one straight away. I highly recommend these earphones to those of you who are prepared to pay and want high fidelity sound without insular earphones.

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