Like my dad says when he doesn’t really like the food per se, but it’s also not horrible: “It eats.” Lol. This headphone doesn’t try to be something it’s not, and that’s what I appreciate about it. This closed back is priced correctly, and it sounds just about as good as you pay for it. Closed back vs. open back headphones.
Build is decent, but may end up breaking down in some way over time due to it’s flimsy plastic construction. Again, you get what you pay for.
Comfort isn’t that good to be honest; The supra-aural fit will dig into your ears after a short while, and the ear-pad material is fairly soft but will flake and peel over time. The clamp force is fine, and the headphones themselves are light. The problem is simply that an On-ear headphone is simply not comfortable in the majority of cases.
Sound is typical of a headphone in this price range. The bass is a bit too thick, but by and large the sound isn’t terrible. It’s more than good enough for the price, but isn’t going to win any awards.
The usual is apparent; a bass heavy signature with a recessed mid-range and crispy treble. I didn’t find the treble to be sibilant, so that’s a plus. What does sibilant mean?
Given their low impedance and high sensitivity, plus the fact that they’re not even $20, just skip a headphone amp. Lol. It’s really not even a question. How to choose a headphone amp!
Who these headphones benefit?
They do well with most genres:
The Sony MDR ZX100 is an adequate budget headphone that won’t wow you in anyway with regards to sound, build, or comfort. Somehow it still manages to be good enough for portable use as a throwaway headphone in emergencies where you ZOMG NEED MUSIC NAOW!
If you’re in need of something quick and cheap, the MDR ZX100 will suffice. I do think the Sennheiser HD202 is a better option however. It’s got a much better overall sound, and it’s crisper and tighter by contrast, with better comfort and an overall better build for a similar price.
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