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Sony MDR-E818LP

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2219 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the design and bass quality. The comfort and sound are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed views about the noise isolation, while some have doubts about the reliability.

value for money, sound, comfort, bass quality, design


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Sony MDR-E818LP is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon review summary for Sony MDR-E818LP


alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Sony MDR-E818LP from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on


100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sony MDR-E818LP Fontopia Ear-Bud Headphones with Acoustic Twin Turbo Circuit (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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Inexpensive great sound quality


I\'ve been using the Fontopias since 2004, bouncing from model to model, but none of the kicks these buddies out; probably some in-ear models. They\'re not expensive and deliver great quality sound. Personally I\'d recommend you purchase some fabric...

Compact","Durable","Good Bass","Good Value","Great Sound","Lightweight

Falls Off\/Out Of Ear

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Best kept secret by Sony


This is the best kept secret by Sony. I've been using these and it's derivatives for years now, but they're hard to find sometimes because the big box stores all carry the new in-ear style. The sound is amazing, the price can't be beat, and I love the...

low price, great bass, great treble

can get uncomfortable after long periods


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Still the best ear-bud headphones


In a sea of rubbery floppy ear-things, these fabric-covered earbuds have the perfect sonic balance: comfortable in your ears, air-permeable so the music stays louder than your karaoke voice, and still lets you hear when other people are talking to you.

Breathable","Comfortable","Compact","Great Sound","Lightweight","Non-seal-forming

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No More Cable Breakage


I got an iPod Classic 5 years ago and the straight jack broke in less than a year. I bought a pair of Sony headphones like these and they lasted for years before I dropped them enough and they finally kicked the bucket. Got a Zune 120 last year and the...

Finally, headphones with an L-shaped jack that wont break in my pocket. Best cheap earbuds you can find. Period. You're an idiot if you spend $30+ "name brand" ones that are equal in quality. Cord is a soft rubber which doesn't feel cheap

I'm 6'1" and wear baggy/loose clothes with deep pockets, and the 3.3ft cord is just a "little" bit short sometimes. Not a deal breaker though

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Sony is a fine manufacturer.


My Zune headphones had recently broken so i had gone on the search for a new pair. I bought a pair of Koss The Plug headphones and another in ear pair from Koss., but they sounded dreadful. My brother has a pair of MDR-E10LP and they sounded much much...

Great Sound, Light, Design, All around everything

Cord is Kind of short

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Sony Earbuds


I don't know if it's me, but earbuds have always fallen out of my ears easily. I recently saw an item to enhance the sound of earbuds and have a tight fit, but that product cost more than the earbuds.

Durable","Good Bass","Lightweight","Rich Sound

Falls Off/Out Of Ear

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Sony Earbuds


I don\'t know if it\'s me, but earbuds have always fallen out of my ears easily. I recently saw an item to enhance the sound of earbuds and have a tight fit, but that product cost more than the earbuds.

Durable","Good Bass","Lightweight","Rich Sound

Falls Off\/Out Of Ear

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Does the job!


The earbuds that came with my iPod would not stay in my ears more than 2 seconds. I therefore was looking for earbuds that: 1. Stayed in my ears 2. Had good sound for Classical and New Age music 3. Were inexpensive The Sony MDR-E818LP earbuds perfectly...

Comfortable","Compact","Durable","Good Bass","Lightweight","Rich Sound

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Good Buy


I got these to have a smaller alternative to my MDR-7506s to listen to my ipod. For the size and money they do a good job as far as volume and bass response.


Product Specifications

Sony offers the MDR-E818LP Fontopia Ear-Bud Stereo Headphones. Fontopia in-the-ear design fits snugly, yet comfortably inside the ear so you can enjoy music while exercising, skating or dancing. Sony Acoustic Twin Turbo Circuitry uses sound chamber and ducts for improved efficiency, gets high sonic output from your portable stereo. Silent Cap prevents sound leakage, makes your music less likely to disturb your neighbors. Neodymium magnet assures maximum energy in minimum size. Neodymium is far more powerful than conventional Samarium Cobalt or Aluminum magnets.

Audio Input

Type: None

Audio Output

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Headphones Form Factor:Ear-bud
Headphones Type:Binaural
Product Type:Headphones
Response Bandwidth:12 - 22000Hz
Sound Output Mode:Stereo

Audio System

Recommended Use:Portable audio system

Dimensions & Weight



Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony MDR

Remote Control

Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty