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.


7 comments:

  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...

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  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.

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  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!

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  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.

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  5. Anonymous11:56 PM

    Check out

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

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  6. If you still have a pair, you can extend the life of them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1YYTvMZISc

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  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!!!

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