How Sweet They Are
Aug 21, 2010 (Updated Aug 21, 2010)
Review by John Staradumsky
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Inexpensive, very good sound, lightweight.
Cons:Just a little light on bass, don't block outside noise as well as others.
The Bottom Line: A great buy for $15.
Headphones don't last very long around my household. If I can get six months or more out of them, I consider myself lucky. That's because they get used so much, mostly while I'm out jogging, and the phones will get tugged, yanked, twisted, and turned more times than you can imagine.
Recommend this product?
My last pair, a set of Philips SHE 9550 buds, made it all the way from October of 2009 to mid-July 2010, about 9 months, before one of the earphones went out. That's better than average, and they sounded great the whole time, too. That meant, however, that I needed a replacement pair, which led me to the Sony MDREX33LPP Sweet Little Buds. They were on sale for just $15 at Target, so I figured I would give them a try.
These aren't the first Sony buds I've purchased. A pair of Sony MDR-EX35B Bumpin Buds (not all that dissimilar to the Sweet little buds) sounded wonderful when I bought them, but they stopped working after a day of use. I suspected the extremely thin wires might have been the cause, and that almost stopped me from buying the MDREX33LPP Sweet Little Buds. They do, after all, seem to have the same wires as the Bumpin Buds did.
Still, I decided to give Sony a second chance and bought the Sweet Little Buds. So far, after about two months of use with my Zune HD, they've fared well. They certainly are lightweight enough, consisting of two ball-shaped earpieces with driver posts that are inserted into the ears, a 3.9 foot cable, and an L-shaped connector.
The Sweet Little Buds come with several sets of rubber fittings for various ear sizes that hold the phones semi-securely in place. They are not noise canceling, but they do have limited noise isolation features. I have noticed that they don't block outside sound quite so well as other buds I have owned in the past.
Sony says the MDREX33LPP Sweet Little Buds are produced with neodymium magnets for "outstanding bass performance". I would call bass performance good, though not outstanding. I will say the further you push the phones into your ears the better the bass response, although that should be true of any set and only stands to reason.
Overall, these produce very good sound, with the aforementioned deep bass balanced off by crisp, clear high notes. Stereo separation is also very good (for example, the back and forth handoff of drums between buds is great on ZZ Top's Sharp Dressed Man). The Sweet Little Buds also impressed with the overture from Wagner's Tannhauser (the soaring strings seemed to dance merrily through my head) as well as Pink's So What. While jogging along and listening to the latter it's almost as if Pink is running right alongside, belting out her vivacious tune as she goes.
Sony rates frequency response at 6 Hz to 23,000 Hz. Overall, I think these are better at the high end than the low, but for the $15 I paid, one can't complain. The Sony MDREX33LPP Sweet Little Buds are a bargain indeed for portable audio, and a great replacement or spare set for your on the go listening needs.
Other Headphones I've Used:
Skullcandy Smokin' Buds
JVC's Gummy Phones
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