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Sony MDR-XB600 Extra Bass 40mm Driver Premium Headphones by Review Summary ,  Aug 15, 2015

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Sony MDR-XB600 Extra Bass 40mm Driver Premium Headphones
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 272 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.0
Returned or considering to return: 4.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Noise4.8   above average
Price4.7   above average
Comfortable4.6   average
Design4.5   above average
Music4.3   average
Sound4.3   average
Quality4.2   average
Fit3.6   below average
Listening3.6   below average
Cable3.4   average


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Cable

Cable:
"I've had to replace the headphones because the cord broke also."
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"The overall design is sturdy: I don't feel as though the headband is ever going to break, and the cord is flat so it does not tangle easily."
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"Good: Nice look; Flat cables don't twist easily; Very Deep BassBad: Bass is not as clear; mids and highs are muddledConclusion: Ok headphones if you catch them at $40 or less but Definitely not worth more than that."
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"A little annoying that the cord comes out of the left AND right speaker, but whatever."
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"Only drawback (minor) is the length of the cable ... would be perfect if I was walking around with the headphones and an iPod for instance."
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"The no tangle cord is a hidden gem as it is easy to put away and pull out of storage."
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"The flat cable design is great as it tucks neatly under my keyboard when I get into my groove."
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"The longer port cable is wonderful -- I can plug it into my iMac and continue to work without it getting in the way or feeling like I need to get so close to the screen that it's uncomfortable just to listen to some tunes."
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"There are no cable modulators or anything to limit the power and I love that."
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"This was clearly designed as an on the go cord because it's a perfect length if you have an ipod in your pocket."
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"Only drawback (minor) is the length of the cable ... would be perfect if I was walking around with the headphones and an iPod for instance."
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Color

Color:
"I went to a local Sony store recently and got my hands their line up of high-end headphones, including this model; they all look the same as these only with different colors, and they all have the same flimsy faux leather."
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"Excepting the nasty color, if these sounded half as good as they look, they would be awesome."
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"Muddy like their color in fact (which is a pretty nasty doo doo brown, if I may be so crude)."
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"Love the sound but would prefer a different color than brown."
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"The gold and brown color is also nice."
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"The MDR-XB600 is pretty nice; I enjoyed the styling and color of it."
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"I'm not a fan of the brown color but I'm not going to complain for the price and sound."
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"Muddy like their color in fact (which is a pretty nasty doo doo brown, if I may be so crude)."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"These headphones tho they look uncomfortable to some people are really really comfortable its like your not even wearing them in my opinion."
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"I was worried about the comfort level after long periods of time, but I just finished a 4-hour co-op Dead Space 3 session and other than my ears getting rather warm, there was no pain."
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"There are some drawbacks to this - the most notable is comfort over an extended period."
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"Pros: the sound quality is absolutely amazing, the bass is really deep and the mids and highs are quite clear, they are very comfortable to wear, I have worn these for hours on end and they remain comfortable and even when wearing glasses they don't hurt your ears."
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"They have a great sound and are very comfortable."
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"Very good sound and probably the most comfortable headphones I've ever used."
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"They aren't as comfortable, but they are still pretty comfortable."
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Design

Design:
"They are light and comfortable as well, but the neat padding design has a flaw of a weak sound isolation."
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"The overall design is fine, and if I had to complain about anything, it would be giving me one more click to make the set smaller for my head."
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"These are ok. Sound is great, although design for fabric around the ear buds suck."
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"They are light and comfortable as well, but the neat padding design has a flaw of a weak sound isolation."
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"The flat cable design is great as it tucks neatly under my keyboard when I get into my groove."
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"This was clearly designed as an on the go cord because it's a perfect length if you have an ipod in your pocket."
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"I would have given them 3 1 2 stars because they are very comfortable and look really clean in design."
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Fit

Fit:
"The fit was uncomfortable at first, but then I started wearing them backwards, (right on left- left on right) and strangely they are extremely comfortable."
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"As I write this review, I am wearing my Sony Xb600s and after 30 minutes or less, my ears feel uncomfortable from the fit."
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"Unfortunately, they don't fit well and want to continuously fall off if you are not completely vertical."
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"Great Headphones.........Work very well, noise cancelation is great and people around can not hear it as well, fits very well"
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"The fit is okay; however, over time, it gets uncomfortable [2hrs +]Sound is pretty good in my opinion."
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"The only advantage the ear buds have are portability...they fit into my IPod carrier,and unfortunately these do not."
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"In my case, I tend to like more high tones and bass, and relatively neutral mids, hence they fit my style perfectly."
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"They fit very comfortably and provide plenty of isolation from outside noises."
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"They tuck very well and become small enough to fit into a sleeve in my backpack."
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"Really nice fit, really good sound, Sony it's always state of the art in mathers of acustic!"
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"Fits nice to the ears."
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Listening

Listening:
"(Beware if you are walking jogging with these on and listening to music, because it can be difficult to hear someone walk up on you)."
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"People who try to make themselves miserable by listening to classical on a portable that is not particularly advertised to be noteworthy-ly revolutionary-ly well detailed AND well balanced and well seperated and have wide soundstage is just on too much."
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"Listening to music can be a bit frustrating."
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"For an all round portable headset, I would give it a mere 2 stars because my experience at listening to anything else but rap was a failure."
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"comfort - These are not the most comfortable headphones for long bouts of listening."
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"Cons: as for durability, they aren't very good, they are made of mostly plastic which really wasn't the problem because it is still holding up even at this moment because I am listening to music with them, but the earpads and the section at the very top are the problems, they are coated with a very flimsy fake leather or something like that, after about a month and a half of use the section at the top began to have the leather substitute peel away even though I was being very careful with them."
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"Everything is good about this except that everyone can hear what I'm listening to even on a medium volume level."
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"When listening to Hip-Hop, they sound great, anything else is way too bass heavy which muddles the sound."
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"Great listening."
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"While listening to Elton John Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy you could hear all the instruments with bass and treble ."
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Music

Music:
"Bassheads who listen to mainstream rap can dig tis, but a lot of dub-step fanatics, or rock music fans will be a little disappointed."
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"(Beware if you are walking jogging with these on and listening to music, because it can be difficult to hear someone walk up on you)."
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"i listened to the oblivion soundtrack and some other pop music and it didn't sound good at all."
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"Judging a headphone without a good musical taste or a sensible way to approach music headphones is borderline absurd."
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"Listening to music can be a bit frustrating."
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"The PHILIPS O'NEILL headphones made the music sound small, boxy, and weak, compaired to the Sony."
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"They reproduce sounds amazingly well, and would suit any DJ, music lover, or sound tech just fine."
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"The bass is good and over all sounds good with music and video games."
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"My son loves to remix music so that it's bass boosted."
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"They are definitely on the bass-heavy side but with my music taste, it was perfectly fine."
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"I bought this headphones because they look nice and we all music listeners want more bass but, the truth is, these headphones are a rip off."
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Noise

Noise:
"When you go to put these over your ears you get the horrible plastic bending noise."
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"They fit very comfortably and provide plenty of isolation from outside noises."
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"The noise bleeds out (though no noise enters in, which is nice) which makes it worthless for use while riding the bus unless you want to deal with other angry riders."
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"He's especially happy with the noise reduction (meaning that he can more easily tune us out! )"
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"I compared these headphones with the Beats and found these ones tohave Aa better sound quality and effective noise cancellation all for afraction of the cost."
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"its like you are at the movie theater they cut out all outside noise best I have ever had thanks"
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Plastic

Plastic:
"Cons: as for durability, they aren't very good, they are made of mostly plastic which really wasn't the problem because it is still holding up even at this moment because I am listening to music with them, but the earpads and the section at the very top are the problems, they are coated with a very flimsy fake leather or something like that, after about a month and a half of use the section at the top began to have the leather substitute peel away even though I was being very careful with them."
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"Construction quality-wise, they are a bit flimsy with their plastic material but I found no issue since I bought it for under $100."
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"When you go to put these over your ears you get the horrible plastic bending noise."
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"First thing you notice is how cheaply they are made and how much plastic was used in the construction on these headphones and that's just where the problems start."
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"Cons: as for durability, they aren't very good, they are made of mostly plastic which really wasn't the problem because it is still holding up even at this moment because I am listening to music with them, but the earpads and the section at the very top are the problems, they are coated with a very flimsy fake leather or something like that, after about a month and a half of use the section at the top began to have the leather substitute peel away even though I was being very careful with them."
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"Construction quality-wise, they are a bit flimsy with their plastic material but I found no issue since I bought it for under $100."
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"Cords well wrapped and sealed inside a plastic bag with some clean looking warranty and info cards."
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"The glass looking clear reflective plastic on the sides are the major shine, and if you are afraid of it getting dirty, simply get some sprays from Walgreen and a microfibre cloth and you are good.. No bags, but I do not think bags for headphones are all that necessary unless you use these for travel."
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"The headband foam is quite light, but that is not a problem because there's so little weight to these plastic headphones."
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Price

Price:
"But regardless of what type or how much money your going to spend there will be some discomfort."
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"They received two stars because of their cheap build, and being uncomfortable, for me, after wearing them for more than an hour, and far too much bass with no way to adjust it."
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"Dislike: I would say if you get it with a discounted price then you will feel the Value for money."
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"Best headphones you can buy for the price."
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"Highly recommended at the price I paid (I believe $40)."
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"Sony packages them to look like premium products, and they actually perform very well acoustically, at least for the price."
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"Good Quality for price"
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"Overall, for the price you're paying they are decent."
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Quality

Quality:
"but I will absolutely recommend buying any other model of headphones because the sound quality is amazing, don't let the earpad problem discourage you from buying sony."
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"Was disappointed, and returned.... Look was great, but the sound quality was not at all as expected and I like Sony products ... Sound was muffled, felt like too much bass, no clear highs ...."
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"Wrap-up: Crap build quality, small and uncomfortable earpads."
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"They're not physically, but the sound quality (what we all want) is not nearly as good as I thought it would be."
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"The build quality is good but not a good headphone for the gym if you're going to keep it on for long periods of time or lay down in them."
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"You get what you pay for, do not feel comfortable using it, I prefer using my apple earphones, the sound quality is good but not great, I definitely do not recommend it"
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"Pros: the sound quality is absolutely amazing, the bass is really deep and the mids and highs are quite clear, they are very comfortable to wear, I have worn these for hours on end and they remain comfortable and even when wearing glasses they don't hurt your ears."
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"but I will absolutely recommend buying any other model of headphones because the sound quality is amazing, don't let the earpad problem discourage you from buying sony."
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"Amazing quality, amazing deep bass, delivered quickly and packaging was beautiful!"
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"Good Quality for price"
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"Was disappointed, and returned.... Look was great, but the sound quality was not at all as expected and I like Sony products ... Sound was muffled, felt like too much bass, no clear highs ...."
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Range

Range:
"Mid range is a little weak but I'm a very picky guy."
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"Pretty good but not great outside of bass range."
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"Good range, good isolation, foldable, the bass is very pronounced, which can be compensated for in the EQ settings on most audio things."
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"I would definitely recommend in the sub-$100 range because these sound great for in home or roadtrip use! "
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"Perhaps it's due in part to the fact that most of the music I listen to is via the Internet (Spotify) and that the music itself is too compressed for the headphones to be able to recognize a fuller tonal range."
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"Furthermore, the mid and high range detail still comes through pretty clean."
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"They are a good solid pair of headphones with a good range of sound and great bass."
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Sound

Sound:
"sound is excellent but are quite large and bulky hard to keep situated when doing things"
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"Was disappointed, and returned.... Look was great, but the sound quality was not at all as expected and I like Sony products ... Sound was muffled, felt like too much bass, no clear highs ...."
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"They don't look as nice (they still look pretty good) but the sound will make you fall in love with these headphones."
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"Personally you will never find a more durable and extremely well sounding head phones for the price."
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"Which is kind annoying but other than that the actual headphones sounds are great"
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"The sound wasn't horrible, though it wasn't as good as the reviews made it out to be."
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"Pros: the sound quality is absolutely amazing, the bass is really deep and the mids and highs are quite clear, they are very comfortable to wear, I have worn these for hours on end and they remain comfortable and even when wearing glasses they don't hurt your ears."
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"but I will absolutely recommend buying any other model of headphones because the sound quality is amazing, don't let the earpad problem discourage you from buying sony."
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"They reproduce sounds amazingly well, and would suit any DJ, music lover, or sound tech just fine."
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"Very nice sound, well worth it! "
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Video

Video:
"I watched a two hour movie and had very little if any discomfort regarding pressure on my ears."
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"The bass is good and over all sounds good with music and video games."
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"quality of the sound is great, i use it for my games and movies though my ps3 (i use the ps2 connectors and an adapter)HOWEVER the actual wire is very short, you need an extension."
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"its like you are at the movie theater they cut out all outside noise best I have ever had thanks"
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"I wear them for music, movies and gaming and like them over my Creative Tactic surround headphones."
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"..... gold box purchase that's definitely worth the price, I really enjoy listening to music or watching movies with these! "
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