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alaTest has collected and analyzed 175 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the build quality and bass quality. The portability and value for money also get good reviews, but many are negative about the mids quality and reliability.

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

comfort, reliability, mids quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Sony MDRG42LP is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 68/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

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Sony MDRG58V (Blue)


Street Style behind-the-neck headband headphones; ultralight design; built-in volume control.

The ear pads apply too much pressure on the ears.

Sony's sleek, metallic-blue Street Style headphones look sharp and offer clear sound.

Consumer review by:

"Hurts to wear them"


After about one minute, the headphones hurt above my ear where the plastic piece rests. The plastic is very hard and a bit sharp. They would have been so much better had they used a soft rubber part for the section that hits above the ear. It doesn't matt

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Amazon review summary for Sony MDRG42LP


alaTest has collected and analyzed 133 user reviews of Sony MDRG42LP 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

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

comfort, mids quality

83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sony MDR-G42LP Street Style Headphones


Consumer review by:

Pretty nice


Their ok headphones. You can get better for more money, but if your looking for a decent set, perhaps for temporary use, then these are good.

Sit comfortably on your ears, decent-length cord, OK sound quality, Ive had em for years

Yes Ive had them for over 2 years, and the only problem ive really had is that the end of the cord that attaches to the actual headphones is really loose. Whenever i move it shifts and the sound crackles and dies in that ear. I have to pull the cord...

Consumer review by:

Ok, not great


CyberAcoustics makes better sounding speakers, so why can't Sony make better sounding ones?

Product works as expected. Nice long cord so your not always popping it out of the jack

Mediocre sound quality that is typical of Sony products

Consumer review by:

Excellent range


Great price, too.

Comfortable to wear, excellent sound - crystal highs, solid bass


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Amazing Value


I hate to repeat myself, but for the price, you can't go wrong. They're durable, have good sound, and are comfortable even for people with glasses. And they don't get in the way of my long hair. Definitely buy a few pairs and try them out!

I bought my first pair of these years ago, and the sound quality is great, just what I would expect from Sony. They last a long time for their price, mine tend to last about a year before a channel fades or the earpads fall off, and for the price,...

They do wear out a bit more quickly than the $200 studio headphones, if you could even call that a con, considering how low priced they are. Over a year of life per pair seems adequate to me

Consumer review by:

Excellent Value


I'm surprised that I'm the first reviewer...

I've been through three of these in the past three years (Ear pads eventually degrade), and all have provided nicely tuned, well balanced sound. Bass is resoundingly present, and the overall sound image is clean and quite distortion-free. Power...

None at this price point

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Great Quality. Good Vaule.


These headphones are great and work the best compared to other headphones I have purchased for the same price.

Comfortable, Highly Compatible, Lightweight, Rich Sound

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Best headphones under [$]


I accidentally bought a pair of these first in 2001. Ever since I realized that they were the only headphones which last about 3 years (with heavy use). I've been buying a new pair every 2-3 years (left one at work, one at home). They are very comfy...

Comfortable, Durable, Highly Compatible, Lightweight, Long Lasting, Low Cost, Rich Sound


Product Specifications

Sony's worldwide reputation for creating unique, attractive, high-quality, advanced technology products rests on a long line of innovations embraced by people from all walks of life. With a diverse product lineup serving a variety of lifestyles and industries, Sony continuously strives to introduce new products and technologies to meet changing market needs.

Audio Output

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Headphones Form Factor:Behind-the-neck
Headphones Type:Binaural
Product Type:Headphones
Response Bandwidth:16 - 20000Hz
Sound Output Mode:Stereo

Audio System



Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony MDR

Remote Control

Type: None