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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1355 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the bass quality and usability. The comfort and value for money also get good opinions, whereas there are some less positive reviews about the reliability.

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


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Sony MDR-EX38IPB is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon review summary for Sony MDR-EX38IPB


alaTest has collected and analyzed 445 user reviews of Sony MDR-EX38IPB from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on

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


76% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony MDREX38iP/BLK EX Earbud with iPod Remote Control - BlackSony MDREX38iP/WHI EX Earbud with iPod Remote Control (White)Sony MDR-EX38iP Headphone With Remote for iPod Track and Volume Control - Black

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Should off just bought new ipod headphones.


Never pay retail price for this earphones. Compared to the ipod headphones, this things are trash.

jelly earbud

poor sound quality

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Interesting... But...


I got this pair for Christmas and was thoroughly surprised. I wasn't expecting much though for a $40 set with a remote, which is extremely nice to have, I was expecting a better change than the stock iPhone headphones.... And there was change alright....

Microphone Quality is Good, Great Overall Comfort, Buttons Work Well, No Overbearing Bass

Cheap Material, Extremely Harsh High Frequencies (mainly "ess" sounds so around 5kHz), thin cables


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i use earbuds every day...i was told to get sony since their supposed to be 'good' the left earbud stopped working after a month

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Good, BUT


I like the earbuds for their fit and convenience. However, this product is not made to last, and they're relatively expensive. I am on my third pair in 8 months. Typically, the left earbud (where the volume control, microphone, etc. are located) stop...

Fit well, like the volume control/remote control option, like the microphone for skype and phone calls

These earbuds do not last

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Perfect for a lefty, haha!


Love the sound, blocks out some noise, not too much bass. The only problem I could find with it was, in more than good year of frequent use; a spring for the "+" and the middle are failing in the remote. By the way, I am a lefty, and having the remote...

Great sound quality, no earbud problems (I don't blast it like these other kids do), fruit nice

Volume up mini-spring inside remote broke after more than a year of use

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I have always been a loyal Sony customer, buying thier products over their competitors and now this is what I get in return... After owning a pair of these earphones the right side (the side that does not have the remote attached) is now officially...

When they worked they were quite good apart from the usual ear strain after about 1hour of listening

Extremely poor quality

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Great Product!


So far no complaints controls the volume of my iphone, sleek and comfortable for long trips a definite must have


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Awesome Earbuds!!!


These are great ear buds all around. I have had mine for almost two ears and they still work beautifully. I have even gotten mine soaked and they still work! I am very impressed with them. Up until i bought these i was going through 2-4 pairs of ear...

long lasting

silicone covers fall off easily

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Almost as good as over-ear headphones


While I haven't owned these for a while, they sound almost exactly like the $150 Skullcandy, Beats and Sony over-ear headphones I tried. They have a fantastic range, playing bass along with high vocals with no distortion. They're also particually...

Great range, great bass, very comfortable in-ear, play/pause feature on cord

Not sure how long they last, but they seem well-made. Be careful, and they should last a very long time

Product Specifications

Upgrade your listening experience with the MDR-EX38IP earbuds. The perfect companion to your iPod, these EX headphones feature a remote control on the cord and are designed to fit comfortably in your ear. The high-quality 9mm driver units and neodymium magnets reproduce deep bass and clear treble sound.

Audio Output

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Headphones Form Factor:In-ear ear-bud
Headphones Type:Binaural
Product Type:Headphones
Response Bandwidth:6 - 23000Hz
Sound Output Mode:Stereo

Audio System

Recommended Use:Portable audio system

Dimensions & Weight



Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony MDR