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Sony MDR-W08L - Ultra-Lightweight Vertical In-Ear Headphones

B&H # SOMDRW08L Mfr # MDRW08L
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The Sony MDR-W08L is a very inexpensive pair of ultra-lightweight portable headphones, featuring a vertical in-ear design and full-range frequency reproduction.

Ultra-lightweight in-ear portable headphones with vertical design for reduced size and weight
Slim, feather-light headband design
13.5mm diameter drivers with Neodymium magnets for full-range frequency reproduction and extended dynamic range
Efficient, high-output Sony Acoustic Turbo Circuit for balanced frequency reproduction and higher input level headroom from portable players
Type Vertical, In-Ear, Open-Back Dynamic Stereo Headphones
Frequency Range 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Impedance 16 ohms
Sensitivity 104 dB/mW
Maximum Input Power 50 mW
Connectors 1/8" Right Angle Stereo Mini Plug
Cable Length 3.3' (1 m)
Weight 0.5 oz (13 g)
Sony MDR-W08L - Ultra-Lightweight Vertical In-Ear Headphones
  • Limited 90-Day Warranty on Labor and Parts
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    SonyMDR-W08L - Ultra-Lightweight Vertical In-Ear Headphones
     
    4.3

    (based on 19 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Comfortable (19)
    • Lightweight (18)
    • Durable (8)
    • Good value (8)
    • Compact (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portable devices (13)
      • Music (9)
      • Working out (8)
      • Travel (6)
      • Working (5)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (10)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Traveler (6), Audiophile (3)
        • Primary Use:
        • Working out (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (11)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      great headphones for running

      Here's the thing I love about these headphones: you can run with them and they don't fall out of your ears. I've tried the ear buds and they just don't work. I ordered...Read complete review

      Here's the thing I love about these headphones: you can run with them and they don't fall out of your ears. I've tried the ear buds and they just don't work. I ordered five of these because I didn't want to run out. They usually last quite a long time and I'm pretty rough on them, throwing them in my gym bag and my work bag. When they finally give out, it's usually because I've pulled the wire loose from the headset.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      not recommend

      good for picture, not for sound

      good for picture, not for sound

      Reviewed by 19 customers

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      4.0

      They work great, just not forever

      By L8start

      from San Ramon, CA

      About Me Gear Head

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Good Value
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Flimsy Construction

      Best Uses

      • Portable Devices
      • Working Out

      Comments about Sony MDR-W08L - Ultra-Lightweight Vertical In-Ear Headphones:

      I wear the Sony headphones when I run or walk, and love the way they stay put. Earbuds never work for me...to be crass, they let sweat accumulate and either short out or make it sound like I'm under water. The vertical design of these headphones avoids that problem completely, and lets enough outside sound in that I can hear cars and dogs. They aren't the best accoustically, but that's not my goal during a workout. The wire to the right side breaks after 8-10 months of daily use, but the headphones are cheap enough that I just buy a replacement pair. I've not found another brand or style that works as well.

      • Primary Use:
      • Working out
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Great Value

      By Realtor in Michigan

      from Northern Michigan

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Crisp clear
      • Good Bass
      • Good Value
      • Great Sound
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • With My Computer
        • Working

        Comments about Sony MDR-W08L - Ultra-Lightweight Vertical In-Ear Headphones:

        This headphone set by Sony is just about the last of its kind to be found anywhere. I love it because I'm hearing impared and it doesn't interfere with my hearing aids. The sound quality is crisp as well as great on the bass notes. PLUS the price is terriffic! I'm thinking about ordering another pair for my computer at home.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        very practical

        By dedicated photographer

        from Fort Wayne, IN

        About Me Frequent Traveler

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Compact
        • Good Value
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Music
          • Portable Devices
          • Working Out

          Comments about Sony MDR-W08L - Ultra-Lightweight Vertical In-Ear Headphones:

          light weight and sweat resistant...very good to use with my iPod when exercizing...pretty good sound quality.

          • Primary Use:
          • Working out
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Great headphones

          By gymhead

          from New York, NY

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Durable
          • Good Bass
          • Good Value
          • Great Sound
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Music
            • Relaxing
            • Working Out

            Comments about Sony MDR-W08L - Ultra-Lightweight Vertical In-Ear Headphones:

            These fit perfectly and provide great sound. I use them at the gym and every few months they need to be replaced, but I buy them every time.

            • Primary Use:
            • Working out
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            I would buy this product again, because

            By Argel

            from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

            About Me Frequent Traveler

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Desing
            • Comfortable
            • Compact
            • Great Sound
            • Lightweight
            • Stylish

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Music
              • Relaxing
              • Running
              • With My Computer
              • With My Tablet
              • Working

              Comments about Sony MDR-W08L - Ultra-Lightweight Vertical In-Ear Headphones:

              I use headphones almost every day, they are very comfortable and has a clear and perfect sound.

              • Primary Use:
              • Traveling
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Great product; secure and functional

              By epurman

              from Highland Park, IL

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Good Bass
              • Great Sound
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sony MDR-W08L - Ultra-Lightweight Vertical In-Ear Headphones:

                  While it may look a bit geeky, it certainly does the job.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great Summer Headphones

                  By Spikedance

                  from New York City

                  About Me Dance skater

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Compact
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Easily broken wires
                  • Not enough bass

                  Best Uses

                  • Portable Devices
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about Sony MDR-W08L - Ultra-Lightweight Vertical In-Ear Headphones:

                  The wires are toooo fragile. They sound okay. But they are light and cool for the summertime. Wish they would make them a little more sturdy. I'm on about my 12 pair. Here I go buying more.

                  • Primary Use:
                  • Working out
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Cheap Heaven

                  By India Rick

                  from Eugene, Oregon

                  About Me Audiophile, Frequent Traveler, Gear Head, Retired

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Good Bass
                  • Good Value
                  • Graphite grey
                  • Great Sound
                  • Inexpensive
                  • Lightweight
                  • Soft
                  • Stylish
                  • Wire length

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Audio
                    • Music
                    • Portable Devices
                    • Relaxing
                    • Traveling
                    • With My Computer
                    • Working
                    • Working Out

                    Comments about Sony MDR-W08L - Ultra-Lightweight Vertical In-Ear Headphones:

                    I use for red nano, love the medium grey color, HATE ear buds, flexible, comfortable, soft, sound quality better than I expected, even though I could afford to wear a $2,000 pair. Sooner or later a wire gets pulled and then they are worthless so I could buy a pair every day. I have 9 pairs for backup.

                    • Primary Use:
                    • Listening to iPod
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Good value headphones

                    By AV guy on elliptical

                    from Beaufort, NS

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Compact
                    • Great Sound
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Cord Too Short

                    Best Uses

                    • Music
                    • Portable Devices
                    • Working Out

                    Comments about Sony MDR-W08L - Ultra-Lightweight Vertical In-Ear Headphones:

                    I got several of these as inexpensive headphones for field work where headphones could get lost or damaged. The sound quality is very good for the price. The fit is pretty comfortable. I also use a pair when exercising. They seem pretty sturdy, but I haven't had them long enough to know their durability for the long haul (another similar model I used from Sony held up very well) The only drawback is that the cord is a little shorter than I would like.

                    • Primary Use:
                    • Working out
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Lightweight headphones-great for running

                    By Eugen the Videographer

                    from Central Oregon

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Durable
                    • Good Value
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Portable Devices
                      • Working Out

                      Comments about Sony MDR-W08L - Ultra-Lightweight Vertical In-Ear Headphones:

                      These headphones are lightweight, inexpensive and perfect for running on the trail. I use them constantly for working out. They are a great alternative to earbuds.

                      People who do not like things in their ears might find these slightly uncomfortable and prefer to opt for something over the ear. However, I find them a lot more comfortable than earbuds and several other models on the market.

                      Sound quality is fine for working out, although do not expect to use these in your recording studio.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Finding middle ground

                      By JWBWW sawdust

                      from Winston-Salem, NC

                      About Me Audiophile, Frequent Traveler

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • "Just-fine" Sound
                      • Comfortable
                      • Compact
                      • Good Value
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Music
                        • Portable Devices
                        • Traveling
                        • Working Out

                        Comments about Sony MDR-W08L - Ultra-Lightweight Vertical In-Ear Headphones:

                        Full disclosure: this isn;t my first choice... or my second choice... for headphones in general. But when I am out on the streets walking and running I like to have the benefit of good quality sound as well as an ability to hear ambient street sounds before I'm in danger. These low cost headphones/earphones replace an eleven year old set of MDR-W014 that finally gave up. Sound quality is very good, comfort is very good, and functionality is excellent.

                        Ear buds fall out of my ears... in-ear phones block out too much noise for public street use... this is my best solution.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        not recommend

                        By albert

                        from HKG

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable

                        Cons

                        • Poor Sound

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sony MDR-W08L - Ultra-Lightweight Vertical In-Ear Headphones:

                          good for picture, not for sound

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          I've used these headphones for 20 years

                          By Beatnik Bob

                          from Michigan

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable
                          • Great Sound
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Portable Devices
                            • Working

                            Comments about Sony MDR-W08L - Ultra-Lightweight Vertical In-Ear Headphones:

                            I listen to music and audio books at work, and these are the best headphones for that. They fit in my ears, they have a high sensitivity number so that you get you get all the sound my cassette player, CD player, or iPod puts out (I've had a lot of different things in 20 years). They are headphones, not earbuds, so I can put them around my neck when I need to and put them back in my ears with no problem.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

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                            4.0

                            Great Headphones

                            By Scott

                            from NJ

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable
                            • Durable
                            • Good Value
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Portable Devices
                              • Traveling
                              • Working Out

                              Comments about Sony MDR-W08L - Ultra-Lightweight Vertical In-Ear Headphones:

                              I have unusually small ears and these are the only headphones that fit well. Comfortable for running and hold up well to abuse.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal

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                              5.0

                              Great Headphones

                              By Wisconsin Runner

                              from Waukesha, WI

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable
                              • Lightweight
                              • Rich Sound

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Portable Devices
                                • Running

                                Comments about Sony MDR-W08L - Ultra-Lightweight Vertical In-Ear Headphones:

                                Have been using same Sony walkman for over a decade while running and have tried many different headphones but these are the most comfortable.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal

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                                4.0

                                great headphones for running

                                By Can't run without music

                                from Portland, OR

                                About Me Frequent Traveler

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Comfortable
                                • Durable
                                • Highly Compatible
                                • Lightweight
                                • Rich Sound

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Music
                                  • Portable Devices
                                  • Running
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Sony MDR-W08L - Ultra-Lightweight Vertical In-Ear Headphones:

                                  Here's the thing I love about these headphones: you can run with them and they don't fall out of your ears. I've tried the ear buds and they just don't work. I ordered five of these because I didn't want to run out. They usually last quite a long time and I'm pretty rough on them, throwing them in my gym bag and my work bag. When they finally give out, it's usually because I've pulled the wire loose from the headset.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal

                                  Share this review

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  comfortable bargain

                                  By charlie

                                  from Ponchatoula, Louisiana

                                  About Me Frequent Traveler

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Comfortable
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Audio
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Sony MDR-W08L - Ultra-Lightweight Vertical In-Ear Headphones:

                                    These phones sit comfortably in my ears and still allow me to hear some things around me. They are easy to put on and take off. The sound is good. This is the third pair I have owned and my favorites. Wish the cord was a little longer sometimes, but a longer chord would get caught on other things more often, so it is a trade.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal

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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Tough, decent sound and inexpensive.

                                    By Beany 'O Greeny

                                    from Port Orchard, WA.

                                    About Me Daily Listener

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Comfortable
                                    • Durable
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Music
                                      • Portable Devices
                                      • Walking
                                      • Working

                                      Comments about Sony MDR-W08L - Ultra-Lightweight Vertical In-Ear Headphones:

                                      I have a very physical job and my headset takes a beating. I love the Sony MDR-W08L because it can handle the punishment. Other in the ear type headphones either don't have any sound quality or its just hard to keep them in my ears. I wish the bass was a little bigger but it takes so little power to drive this headset, that I doubt the bass level could be increased.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal

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                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      I liked them so much I ordered 2

                                      By John

                                      from East Norriton, PA

                                      About Me Audiophile, Fitness Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Comfortable
                                      • Durable
                                      • Highly Compatible
                                      • Inexpensive
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Rich Sound

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Music
                                        • Portable Devices
                                        • Running

                                        Comments about Sony MDR-W08L - Ultra-Lightweight Vertical In-Ear Headphones:

                                        My favorite headphones

                                        I have been using this brand headphone for many years

                                        Good Sounding, Lightweight and Inexpensive

                                        Small ear pieces so they fit in the ear easily

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Personal
                                        • Similar:
                                        • IPOD

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