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alaTest has collected and analyzed 50 reviews of Sony MDR EX55/WHI. The average rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Reviewers really like the reliability and noise isolation. The portability and price also get good feedback. There are some mixed comments about the bass quality, while many are negative about the mids quality and treble quality.

sound, price, portability, noise isolation, reliability

design, durability, usability, treble quality, mids quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Sony MDR EX55/WHI is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 73/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Sony MDR EX55/WHI from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on Reviews about the noise isolation and price are overall positive. The portability and sound are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the design.

comfort, sound, portability, price, noise isolation


75% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Jul, 2015

Expert review by: Jasmine France (

Sony MDR-EX55LP High Performance (Blue)


The Sony MDR-EX55LP headphones are inexpensive and offer a good step up from stock buds in both comfort and sound quality. They offer some passive sound isolation. Audio is clear and balanced.

The Sony MDR-EX55LP headphones suffer from a cheap, plastic design and the cable is thin and tangle-prone. Similarly priced earbuds from Sony offer more features and deeper bass.

There may be better options in this price range, but the Sony MDR-EX55LP earbuds are still a good step up from stock for listeners who like balanced audio across a variety of genres.

Jun, 2009

Expert review by: Jeremy Horwitz (

Reviews: Sony MDR-EX55LP Stereo Headphones


It must be noted up front that Sony has intentionally distinguished its earphones by model number, and the EX55 is no exception: it is the latest in the MDR-EX50 series, which Sony has traditionally sold for $10 less than the EX70s and $20 less than...

Apr, 2008

Consumer review by: dunefreezer (

"Extr. Satisfied w/ built qlty & Surprised w/ Sound qlty"


For 30$, it will definitely satisfy you, but don't expect a 150$ earphone quality which has its own problems, the lifespan sucks for expensive earphones like Bose, etc. That's why getting a 30$ earphones with satisfying experience is the best option.

-Built Quality is great, I look upon the beautiful reflective material all the time.

Could have had a Volume control in the wire, rather than using the device to control the volume.

Aug, 2011

Consumer review by: akinari-kun (

"Decent entry-level earbuds"


Purchased a refurbished pair of these 'phones for $9.99, which made great financial sense to me to replace my aged MDR-EX71s. To be completely frank, these didn't too far off from the EX71s I was using before, only evident difference was a slight crimp...

Solid construction, deep controlled bass, clarity throughout the entire audio spectrum, comfortable, decent sound isolation, great price.

Mids could be (much) warmer, there is too "much" around the 2-3KHz range, which can make these phones a chore to listen to, due to some songs sounding slightly shrill, can be fixed with EQ. Highs could use more detail.

Dec, 2010

Consumer review by: robintampa (

"NOT "highperformance" earbuds"


I bought 2 pairs at $40 each from ... Circuit City and now I can't take them back. I am not exaggerating when I say I will probably just throw them away. Very suprised that Sony put their name on this product ... and these are their "high performance"...

look cool? fairly comfortable?

A downgrade from the stock i-pod buds. Ugh. The specs on the box looked good but they have no bass at all. Mega treble. "Shrill" is the best way to describe the sound. Worse at higher volume. Painful to listen to.

Feb, 2009

Consumer review by: irishlad1994 (

"Terrible quality"


i bought these because i didnt want to spend $90 for bose ones. i thought these might be somewhat better than the standard apple ipod earphones. the REALLY suck. absolutely no bass, really tin canny, and uncomfortable. i returned them the next day and...

absolutely nothing

terrible sound, uncomfortable

Dec, 2008

Consumer review by: lostboykev1 (

"These ear buds provide clear sound and a very rich bass"


Bottom line, I love it! The first ear buds that sound great and don't cost me a "fortune". I would recommend this to anybody who desires a pair of inexpensive ear buds that provide sound quality of a set three times as much. (just and FYI, the plug is...

Sound can be compared to $100 earbuds.

I found no problems with this product.

Sep, 2008

Consumer review by: stevedonnie (

"Best for the money"


Bottom line.....Highly recomment these earbuds.

I was impressed with the audio range. Read the audio specs! - Impressive. I fell asleep with the earbuds on and never felt any discomfort. I believe my choice was an excellent one especially for one third the cost and the sound quality.

I must admit the earbud cord different lengths on the left and right side take some getting used to. The bright side of this is that you know which is the right side and which is the left.

Sep, 2008

Consumer review by: googler88 (

"This is a rip-off"


Sure, these headphones LOOK cool, but looks can be deceiving. These headphones have terrible sound quality for their price, and has that weird L-shaped cable design, which puts the cable behind your neck. Should the cable touch your neck, it is very...

It is good looking.

The bass is overdone, not clear, overpriced, worse sound clarity than those that come with the iPod, somewhat uncomfortable L-shaped cable design, and easily breakable according to others.

Jul, 2008

Consumer review by: (

Sony MDR-EX55LP High Performance Earbuds (black)


Bottom line, I love it! The first ear buds that sound great and don't cost me a "fortune". I would recommend this to anybody who desires a pair of inexpensive ear buds that provide sound quality of a set three times as much. (just and FYI, the plug is...

Sound can be compared to $100 earbuds

I found no problems with this product

Jan, 2008

Product Specifications

Featuring 9mm driver units for impressive sound quality, these MDR-EX55 earbud headphones make your favorite music truly come alive. And Sony's simple design and precision audio reproduction technology mean these earbuds look as good as they sound. Silicone housing is included for the most comfortable fit.

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

Remote Control

Type: None