Sony’s new premium mobile headset reviewed and rated.
I’m an unabashed audiophile yet whilst I love listening to music in a huge array of varying genres, both live and recorded, I haven’t ever invested too much in portable audio technology. I have a decent home stereo system that has served me well for years, plus I can certainly tell the difference between a good club set up and a poor one, however I have always found music on the go to be somewhat disposable.
Cheap earbuds abound; coming packaged as standard with all manner of portable devices capable of music playback. These also suffice for the majority of people. I’ve never really bought into the idea of paying huge amounts of money on headphones, especially where the perceptible difference in quality is very arguable. The Sony SBH80 could though be one of those products that changes my mind a little in the mid-range though.
Priced at £74.99 including VAT, they’re just out of ‘pocket money’ territory, although we’re certainly not talking the kind of unjustifiably high prices the likes of Beats or Monster charge simply for branding. I reckon Sony have got the pricing spot on for the SBH80; they’re not up at the kind of quality a pricey set of Sennheiser or Pioneer speakers kick out, however they’re noticeably better than common kits on sale in the £20-40 range, and also offer a stylish, unique design and top build quality.
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