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Sony MDRX10-RED Simon Cowell X Headphones with 50mm Diaphragms by Review Summary ,  Sep 15, 2015

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Sony MDRX10/RED Simon Cowell X Headphones with 50mm Diaphragms
Report Date: 12/16/2015
Based on 310 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.4
Returned or considering to return: 1.3%

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Individual Feature Rating
Fit4.8   above average
Comfortable4.7   average
Noise4.6   above average
Music4.3   average
Sound4.3   average
Cushion4.2   average
Design4.2   average
Price4.2   average
Quality4.2   average
Listening4.0   average
Material3.8   average
Packaging3.8   below average
Heavy3.5   average
Cable3.3   average
Volume3.3   below average


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Cable

Cable:
"The removable cord is excellent when travelling so you can safely pack away the cord so that it will not break as easily as attached cords might."
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"Well for me...The HeadphonesA case (not a good one)2 cables (one had music control for iphones)and a box that I recomend keepingOverall you can't go wrong with the x10's."
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"There is no cable in the package,I was disappointed about that"
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"The cable is short (4 feet) and wide, so it is hard to tangle."
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"This sony headset is not good no cord for the headset didn't come in a seal package am very upset"
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"Because of this the cord keeps touching the side of my neck, which is annoying."
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"Love the locking feature of the cord (tired of cords being pulled out on previous headphones).I've had these for a little over 3 years and, scratched up and beaten as they are, they served me great."
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"The cord and headphones are of great quality."
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"The controls for apple products on the cord is a great convenience especially since my old ipod doesn't always respond to main button pushes."
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"Portability: cord detaches and this feature makes it easy to carry with you."
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"So, if you want to relax and just block out noise, detach the cord and enjoy."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"The only real problem I have is the comfort."
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"So after all the searching I am glad I happened upon these and tried them on because i would never have expected an on ear phone to be so comfortable and sound so good...They are not cheap, but I am so happy with the sound.. and they feel very solid in the hand... the beats felt so flimsy..."
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"the headphones are beautiful really comfortable but they sound just like every other headphone out there."
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"Comfortable and good sound"
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"Sounded great when the worked and very comfortable, though."
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"I instantly fell in love with them, The Beats headphones were lightweight, comfortable, and sounded outstanding."
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"Comfortable and great sound quality."
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Cushion

Cushion:
"But ...... the bigger problem with these are the ear cushions."
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"Took what should have been a 4 or 5 start rating down to a 1 because they are basically USELESS once the cushions begin to degrade."
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"The red fabric in the center beginning to rip and and the gray fabric covering the cushion is peeling away but I am pretty confident it is from the many drops it has taken."
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"The cord plugs-in and disconnects easily which is a very nice feature and the build quality seems good, although the foam ear cushions are likely to be pricey to replace."
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"Also the ear cushions are some of the most comfortable ones I have ever used."
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"Although they are on-ear headphones, the cushions really envelope your ears, so a good amount of outside noise is blocked."
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"The ear cushions are comfortable and the overall set is lightweight so my head doesn't feel weighed down."
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Design

Design:
"Now the downsides with the headphones, unfortunately, lay in the design as well."
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"However, for me, the worst point is that they are designed for men or people who otherwise have larger heads."
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"The detachable cord is nice, but it is a proprietary locking design, which means you may not be able to use any connector cord as a replacement."
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"Although not noise cancelling, these do block a great amount of environmental sounds thanks to the design of the the super soft and comfy ear pieces."
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"The design of the ear covering does the perfect job of cutting out most of the sound around me but still allowing me to hear people if they call my name."
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"Yes, they sound great, they have that retro-futuro designed and come with a fanny pack to put them in."
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"Overall, the color and the design of the headphone is 10 10 as well as the sound quality."
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"But whole design is perfect except short cable."
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Fit

Fit:
"The only problem is, this unorthodox fit also it the worst at sound containment."
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"Fit Comfort: They are of course adjustable and (from what I've seen) will fit any and every one."
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"Only semi-downside for me was the fit- I have a really small face and these fit perfect at first, but settle after wearing for a while and end up just a smidge bigger than I would like at the smallest setting."
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"The head phone fold into a very compact bundle and fit nicely in the included carrying case."
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Heavy

Heavy:
"The only downside that I would say about these headphones is that they are a little heavy so 6+ hours with these on your head and it will get a little uncomfortable."
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"My experience was that this model of Sony headphones are bulky, heavy, uncomfortable to wear (ears seem to feel warm to hot if wearing them a long time), and the sound quality was okay, but not great."
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"The problem with Beats is that they are so Bass heavy that it muddles everything else in the song."
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"Score: 7.5 8.3Mids: The mid-range is where most bass heavy headphones fail."
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"Decent too heavy on bass and not enough midrange"
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"Good bass effect, but just a bit heavy else i will give it 5 star."
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"good sound with heavy bass"
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"I would definitely recommend them to those that need base heavy headphones."
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"Not as heavy bass as my beats did and that made music brilliant."
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Listening

Listening:
"Many popular headphone brands such as Audio Technica and Sennheiser make headphones for studio use, which are not great for listening to music, watching movies, or playing games."
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"I personally don't care for a lot of highs in my headphones as they get annoying after extensive listening."
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"Unless you are dealing with a very treble emphasized album (e. g. Sketches of Spain) the X10s will take whatever bass is in the music and crank it up to Volume 11, which makes for unhappy listening for most jazz fans."
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"Great for Heavy Rock Hip-Hop Rap and perhaps not so great for classical and truly critical listening applications."
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"Love bass when I'm listening to music."
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"Someone a few feet away ( rougly 4 feet away plus) may be able to hear the music but all they will be able to tell is that you are listening to music."
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"They will have a hard time figuring out a specific song you're listening to unless they have good ears or know the song by heart."
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"In short: If you are looking for FUN headphones for everyday listening - buy these!"
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"But I love to listen to all sorts of music from rock and metal, to country, easy listening, and other softer musical genres."
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Material

Material:
"Love them but my only complaint is how easily the material around the ears fall off but over the course of about to be 3 years, honestly I trust its sound, the sound quality may have just slightly degraded from times I had the volume to high by accident."
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"Sound is good and they also provide really beautiful case and extra cables but quality of plastic and material (which has to be leather or smith) not so good."
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"The problem, however, was the inferior materials Sony used."
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"Love them but my only complaint is how easily the material around the ears fall off but over the course of about to be 3 years, honestly I trust its sound, the sound quality may have just slightly degraded from times I had the volume to high by accident."
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"I just bought these headphones about a week ago :)Cons: They are quite heavy After 30 min my ears start hurting I have to take breaks when listening to music The ear pad material is starting to wrinkle after about 20 hours of usePros: They have nice bass you can feel Very stylish Durable"
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"However, these do scratch EXTREMLY easily, also be careful with the material used in the earpads and headband."
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"This material rips very easily."
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"This may sound uncomfortable, however these cans use an extremly nice material relateable to memory foam."
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Music

Music:
"Well for me...The HeadphonesA case (not a good one)2 cables (one had music control for iphones)and a box that I recomend keepingOverall you can't go wrong with the x10's."
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"Great for music, not so great for studio or professional use (such as mixing).Thanks for reading!"
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"Many popular headphone brands such as Audio Technica and Sennheiser make headphones for studio use, which are not great for listening to music, watching movies, or playing games."
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"Pro's:Comfy for 2 hours (subjective)Lots of bassconsMuch better sounding headphones for $100 (audio technica ath-m50)Too much bass for other genres of music besides rap, dubstep maybe popDepending on the type of music you listen too these could be good the headphones for you but for most genres of music though these are not good headphones."
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"Studio monitors and studio headphones are always absolutely amazing to listen to - but they'll never be quite as fun to listen to as these because these just get you more into the music!"
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"Unless you are dealing with a very treble emphasized album (e. g. Sketches of Spain) the X10s will take whatever bass is in the music and crank it up to Volume 11, which makes for unhappy listening for most jazz fans."
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"Sound is amazing when I am watching music videos."
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"Love bass when I'm listening to music."
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"These head phones were made to capture the tones of modern pop music (which is what I listen to), however I wasn't disappointed with the quality of most other genres."
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"I have been listening to these all morning with my ipod so I wanted to give my impressions:The headphones are very lively, with a lot of punch, verve and great dynamic range for rock music."
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"Someone a few feet away ( rougly 4 feet away plus) may be able to hear the music but all they will be able to tell is that you are listening to music."
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Noise

Noise:
"VERY GOOD PASSIVE SOUND ISOLATION; first time I used these was on a long plane trip and they did a very good job with the external noise .. but overall I could not recommend these due to the other problems they have and the price tag."
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"Beat is not so well with noise isolate.3) Sound- Bose: no up no down that how Bose sound- Beat Solo HD: more boom no mid that is Beat- Sony: it's up, it's down,it's surround and it's Sony.4) Price: in this department, Sony is a winner, no contest."
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"Although not noise cancelling, these do block a great amount of environmental sounds thanks to the design of the the super soft and comfy ear pieces."
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"Anyway, wearing these headphones is a very engaging experience, effective passive noise isolation."
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"So, if you want to relax and just block out noise, detach the cord and enjoy."
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"Clear, crisp sound, noise reduction."
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"Noise Leak: As great as these headphones and me sound does leak out if them (usually only when the volume is maxed out) However, if the person is across the room, zoned out, completely focused on something else, or listening to their own music then it won't bother them."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"This sony headset is not good no cord for the headset didn't come in a seal package am very upset"
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"And that endorsement, I'm certain- (along with the excessive, to quote Simon Cowell, indulgent packaging) heavily contributes to the price which I'm sure could be, (without all the fluff) less than half."
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"My one complaint was the packaging."
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"Great value excellent packaging sounds good you couldn't tell the difference from a new one"
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"They arrived on time, well packaged, and UNUSED."
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"The headphones have a nice bass, but when you first get the package, the background music will be somewhat muddy."
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"the Quality was amazing and the packaging surpassed all the other orders that i have placed on this website."
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"The packaging was impressive, it was a little like opening a treasure box."
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Plastic

Plastic:
"(Even though the plastic and aluminum covers look flimsy they actually hold up very well.. not so much for the textile rubberized fabric sections."
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"plastic creaking is not so good though."
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"One complaint - feels like cheap plastic, however, for $97 with change, a good but (when these guys were $299, they were not worth that price point)."
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"Sound is good and they also provide really beautiful case and extra cables but quality of plastic and material (which has to be leather or smith) not so good."
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"Unfortunately, all that plastic makes the X10 feel a bit cheap, and not nearly what a $200 premium headphone should feel like."
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"Worst deal ever, sound is good but it's completely made out of plastic and the rings are made out of Aluminum."
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"the pretty plastic is falling off, but they're amazing since ive owned them for about a year now."
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"One complaint - feels like cheap plastic, however, for $97 with change, a good but (when these guys were $299, they were not worth that price point)."
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"The product is made by a cheap but durable plastic, but I take very good care of all my products so that wouldn't be a problem."
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"They are comfortable and do not feel like the cheap plastic like the dre beats, and they sound much better than them too."
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Price

Price:
"VERY GOOD PASSIVE SOUND ISOLATION; first time I used these was on a long plane trip and they did a very good job with the external noise .. but overall I could not recommend these due to the other problems they have and the price tag."
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"Some of my co-workers have the equivalent Beats and we all here agree that mine are actually not only more comfortable, have a lower price tag, but in some ways sound better."
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"One complaint - feels like cheap plastic, however, for $97 with change, a good but (when these guys were $299, they were not worth that price point)."
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"I would not say they are the best, and I can assure you that there are much better headphones, but if you have money to spare, these are very nice looking headphones, and very nice conversation starters."
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"I see a lot of online reviews complaining about the price (which is justified, and I honestly feel like there have gotta be better value headphones out there if you're shelling out more than around $120 for these."
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"But all things considered, especially at this price point, they are disappointing."
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"Very satisfied at the sub $100 price mark."
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"I'm not an audiophile, but for the $100 price tag, these pair of headphones are well worth the price."
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"They aren't cheap and will protect the headphones well."
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"Reasonable price."
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Quality

Quality:
"Love them but my only complaint is how easily the material around the ears fall off but over the course of about to be 3 years, honestly I trust its sound, the sound quality may have just slightly degraded from times I had the volume to high by accident."
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"My experience was that this model of Sony headphones are bulky, heavy, uncomfortable to wear (ears seem to feel warm to hot if wearing them a long time), and the sound quality was okay, but not great."
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"The build quality is not as good as the Beats but is much better than most others I tried."
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"If you want nice headphones go for these or Sennheiser or a brand like that, which is known for great quality headphones, not just good looking or overhyped and overpriced like Beats or Bose."
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"Overall: great sound, decent looks, amazing quality, big bass, mildly uncomfortable after a while but just move them a little bit and you should be fine."
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"Their sound quality isn't as nice but they still do alright against these Sonys because of less bass (to me)."
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"Great quality!"
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"Not a studio quality, reference monitor headset but a great pair for my daily and especially late night listening experience that provides the bass I wanted to rattle my ears."
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"Great build quality, QUALITY sound, SWEET bass! "
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"Sound quality is fantastic."
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Size

Size:
"(just the round part of my hand not the fingers lol) They look absolutely ridiculous while wearing them because of the size."
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"They were NOT the cheapest (close to being but at least 1-2 more expensive still) but they were all around the best: sounded the best, felt the most comfortable, had the best size (not too big, not too small), good sound isolation and sat just right on the ears."
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"Also, I sometimes like to push one can behind my ear so that I can listen to a co-worker, or talk on the phone while hearing my own voice, and that's a bit uncomfortable due to the large size of the cans."
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"They fold pretty compactly for the 'can size' and came with a decent-enough zippered semi-soft plastic case."
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"Only semi-downside for me was the fit- I have a really small face and these fit perfect at first, but settle after wearing for a while and end up just a smidge bigger than I would like at the smallest setting."
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"They envelope your ear, but don't wear so large as to make your neck sweat, and the band does not constrict, but still holds relatively well for a full size headphone."
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"By all around I mean first and foremost technical specs as well as weight, form factor, comfort, size, etc."
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"This is most likely because I have a very small head, and I assume most other people will have no problem with it."
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Sound

Sound:
"sound is no clear... so many havy sound"
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"Love them but my only complaint is how easily the material around the ears fall off but over the course of about to be 3 years, honestly I trust its sound, the sound quality may have just slightly degraded from times I had the volume to high by accident."
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"Sound is decent but not great."
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"Worst deal ever, sound is good but it's completely made out of plastic and the rings are made out of Aluminum."
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"I ended up connecting these to a Turtle beach 7.1 surround sound booster and nothing sounded louder maybe a little clearer but not like advertised I was expecting to be floored by the sound nope not impressed one you here the best sounds you never go back I just can't remember what they were."
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"the headphones are beautiful really comfortable but they sound just like every other headphone out there."
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"The sound is good."
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"If you are looking for headphones that sound really good in the bass ranges: get the mdrs."
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Volume

Volume:
"Love them but my only complaint is how easily the material around the ears fall off but over the course of about to be 3 years, honestly I trust its sound, the sound quality may have just slightly degraded from times I had the volume to high by accident."
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"I want head rattling in your face bass without having to spend $300 on beats but these provide a more natural bass unless you turn the volume all the way up but at that level of volume you will damage your ears."
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"Unless you are dealing with a very treble emphasized album (e. g. Sketches of Spain) the X10s will take whatever bass is in the music and crank it up to Volume 11, which makes for unhappy listening for most jazz fans."
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"Noise Leak: As great as these headphones and me sound does leak out if them (usually only when the volume is maxed out) However, if the person is across the room, zoned out, completely focused on something else, or listening to their own music then it won't bother them."
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"Not so with these, 75% volume was plenty loud, full, rich, and clear."
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"I keep reading online that an amp would help with higher volumes as well."
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"Pros- Great sound, Good Look, Tuff, Comfortable, Easy volume adjustment, Strong cable connection."
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"You can use one set with an iPad iPhone iPod and adjust the volume with some controls on the cord (a nice feature)."
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