Friday, April 25, 2014

Sony sport headphones gone forever

One of the best running products ever made is no more.

Several months ago, Sony did away with its Sony MDR-W08L Vertical In-The-Ear Headphones.

Yes, I know they're old school, but the sound is good and they stay in place, all the time. I have run thousands of miles with these headphones and can attest they fit well, lock into place, and offer a nice mix of bass and treble.

I used to buy 5-6 pair at a time from Amazon, at about $8 a pair. I'd run them hard and sweat them out, then go to a new pair in six months or so.

Imagine my surprise when I tried to re-order and found out they were discontinued. I actually went as far as to call Sony, where a disinterested customer service rep tried to steer me towards Sony's more modern wrap-around-the-ear model. I have tried several models and brands and don't appreciate the fact I have to readjust them every 5 minutes. Once you've been on the roads and trails with the Sony MDR-WO8L, anything else is second place.

It's easy to see the value in this product. The re-sellers who still have some in stock are selling them for $89, or more.

I do understand change, but it's hard to understand why a product that worked well is obsoleted by products that don't work as well.

Sony, if you're out there, please reconsider and bring this top performer back on the market.


  1. Anonymous8:47 PM

    YES, YES, YES !!!!! I've run with them for years and only have one more set left . AHHHHHHHHHH !!!!! They used to be $20 at target or I would buy them 5 at a time off amazon.Now they are $130.. huh? Delusional ! OMG what to do??? Only type for running, stayed in place , great sound yet you could still hear something come up behind you(like a car). Wake up SONY !!!!! Any of you ever run on streets before ? You cant plug your sweaty ear with a ear bud that falls out constantly or stays in then get hit by a car or mugged...

  2. Good post about sports headphone. You can buy Bluetooth sports earphones so that you never have to worry about tripping over wires. It can help you while working in gym.

  3. I agree 150%!!! I’ve used these headphones for over 15 years and can’t believe I’ll soon have to switch to a different pair. Thankfully I just opened my last pair (I’ve been buying 3 at a time for the last few years) so I’m good for a bit but when this one bites the dust it’s going to really really suck. No other headphones fit my ears correctly! Sony – pleeeeeease bring them back!

  4. Anonymous2:41 AM

    Many pairs of these went the distance, climbing mountains, trail running, marathons, sitting in the office tuning out the trivial business world noise. I am down to my last pair. PLEASE Sony, though I know you aren't listening, these were perfect engineering and something with a known market and doesn't need to be fixed.

  5. Anonymous11:56 PM

    Check out

    Sennheiser-PX-10 headphones ... pretty much the exact same design!
    im feeling the pain too! come on sony

  6. If you still have a pair, you can extend the life of them.

  7. Anonymous4:33 PM

    I 100 percent agree. I have one pair left and I am so scared for the day they stop working!!! Can't do earbuds and am not going to buy these things on ebay for $180!!!