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Sony MDR-AS40EX Active-Style Earclip Headphones

B&H # SOMDRAS40EX Mfr # MDRAS40EX
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Product Highlights
  • Stable Earclip Design
  • Moisture Guards
  • Three Sizes of Detachable Hangers
  • Three Sizes of Earbuds
  • Detachable Extension Cable
  • Carrying Case & Clothing Clip Included

The MDR-AS40EX active-style headphones from Sony combine the stable designs of both earbuds and earclip-style headphones into a single product that's great for people who are constantly on-the-go. The headphones include three different sizes of detachable ear hangers, and three different sizes of earbuds, allowing you to find the most stable and comfortable fit possible. You can also choose to remove the hangers completely, and use the headphones as standard earbuds.

In addition to the sleek and comfortable design, the headphones also offer outstanding sound quality. The neodymium drivers provide a wide frequency response with deep bass and crystal clear treble. Other great features of the headphones include moisture guards, to keep sweat at bay, a detachable extension cable, a cable clothing clip, and a hard carrying case.

Lightweight and comfortable earclip design for active lifestyles
Three sizes of soft ear hangers included. Hangers can also be removed for use as standard earbuds
Three sizes of earbuds for a secure, comfortable fit
Neodymium drivers for outstanding sound quality
Moisture guards pass sweat around the headphones
Short cable for armband use, with a detachable extension cable for added reach
Gold-plated 3.5mm stereo mini plug for wide compatibility
Cable clothing clip and hard carrying case included
Type Earbud/Earclip
Frequency Range 10Hz - 23kHz
Impedance 16 Ohms
Sensitivity 100dB
Maximum Input Power 100mW
Connectors Gold-Plated 3.5mm Stereo Mini Plug
Cable Length 2' (0.6m) with 2' (0.6m) Extension
Weight 0.21 oz (6g) (Without Cable)
Sony MDR-AS40EX Active-Style Earclip Headphones
  • 3 x Pairs of Ear Hangers (S/M/L)
  • 3 x Pairs of Earbuds (S/M/L)
  • Carrying Case
  • Extension Cable
  • Clothing Clip
  • Limited 90-Day Warranty on Labor and Parts
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    SonyMDR-AS40EX Active-Style Earclip Headphones
     
    3.5

    (based on 22 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    63%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Comfortable (15)
    • Lightweight (15)
    • Compact (9)
    • Good value (8)
    • Great sound (7)

    Cons

    • Falls off/out of ear (4)
    • Cord too short (3)
    • Poor sound (3)

    Best Uses

    • Working out (13)
    • Travel (10)
    • Portable devices (9)
    • Relaxing (5)
    • Running (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (15)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Traveler (7), Gear head (4)
      • Primary Use:
      • Listening to ipod (3), Working out (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (14)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great for the gym!

    The headphones are made especially for the gym. They are very well built and for this reason fit very well in the ear (they do not hurt at all like other headphones and one...Read complete review

    The headphones are made especially for the gym. They are very well built and for this reason fit very well in the ear (they do not hurt at all like other headphones and one can hardly hear what is happening in the outside world). The cord is extendable and the case (little round case) is very practical. I just loved it. A real bargain for the quality you get. I forgot the principal: the sound is amazing!

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Maybe I have tricky ears?

    I'm a jogger, so I was looking for some headphones that would actually stay in my ears while working out. On day 1, I grabbed them and headed out the door - only...Read complete review

    I'm a jogger, so I was looking for some headphones that would actually stay in my ears while working out. On day 1, I grabbed them and headed out the door - only to find out that I needed the cord extender for my headphones to even reach my iPod, which was in my running backpack.

    Not to be deterred, I tried again on day 2. And day 3. And day 4. I find I have to readjust them and push them back into my ear every 2 blocks or so.

    They're okay when it comes to sound quality and comfort when I'm sitting on a plane or at my desk. There' just not stellar to work out with.

    Reviewed by 22 customers

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    5.0

    Finally, headphones that work for me!

    By deShoebox

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Frequent Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Compact
    • Good Value
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portable Devices
      • Relaxing
      • Traveling
      • Working
      • Working Out

      Comments about Sony MDR-AS40EX Active-Style Earclip Headphones:

      Everyone's ears are different, I know. I use my headphones outdoors while doing various active things like yardwork, construction, and so on. None of the earphones I'd used before would stay in. These, however, are light, comfortable, and they absolutely do not fall off. The multiple-sized tips enabled me to get a very good fit in the ear canal so they screen out a lot of surrounding noise while delivering good sound quality.

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

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      5.0

      great, as advertised

      By man2gator

      from Littleton, Co

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portable Devices
        • Working
        • Working Out

        Comments about Sony MDR-AS40EX Active-Style Earclip Headphones:

        bought an extra pair for other workout bag, one for my wife and daughter

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

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        5.0

        Great Headphones

        By Greg

        from Cleveland

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Cord Too Short

        Best Uses

        • Working Out

        Comments about Sony MDR-AS40EX Active-Style Earclip Headphones:

        Use the product: Working Out.

        Pros: They stay on the ear, even while running. I haven't had any tangle issues so far either.

        Cons: Cord is short, but they include an extension... and it can be too long.

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

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        3.0

        good product

        By Eduardo Young

        from Sao Paulo, BR

        About Me Frequent Traveler

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Good Bass
        • Great Sound

        Cons

        • Cord Too Short
        • Falls Off/Out Of Ear

        Best Uses

        • Portable Devices
        • Traveling

        Comments about Sony MDR-AS40EX Active-Style Earclip Headphones:

        good sound

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

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        3.0

        Great For Running

        By Chuckamuck

        from New York, NY

        About Me Gear Head

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Compact
        • Good Value
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Falls Off/Out Of Ear

        Best Uses

        • Portable Devices
        • Traveling
        • Working Out

        Comments about Sony MDR-AS40EX Active-Style Earclip Headphones:

        These are lightweight and comfortable and great for running, biking and other physical sports. The ear clips obviously help keep things in place. The price is right and the quality, though not the best I've ever heard, is fine for exercising. On the downside, they have a tendency to pop out if sweat gets in your ear.

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

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        5.0

        Great Sound Quality

        By AZ mom

        from Phoenix, AZ

        About Me Teenager

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Good Bass
        • Great Sound
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portable Devices
          • Traveling
          • Working Out

          Comments about Sony MDR-AS40EX Active-Style Earclip Headphones:

          I bought these headphones for my 15 year old son. He says the sound quality is better than any other headphones he's used. And the (removable) clip is perfect for when he goes running. He's very happy with these!

          • Primary Use:
          • Listening to iPod
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          2.0

          A Real Dissappointment

          By ears

          from Florida

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Poor Sound

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sony MDR-AS40EX Active-Style Earclip Headphones:

              I got the sony mdr-as40ex headphones and was excited to try them out. [...]While Sony's packaging was impressive, and even came with its own plastic case, the true test would be in the sound. I was replacing a pair of sensa headphones that came with my mp3 player. The Sony headphones have a nice ear strap that holds well. Comfort is decent and they stay in place during exercise and moving about. The problem with these headphones is a complete lack of depth and no real bass. They were not as good as the sensa's i was replacing. For the money, the sound quality was dissappointing. I am putting them in the junk drawer with the rest of stuff I have wasted money on, hoping they would be something they're not. TWO THUMBS DOWN!

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

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              4.0

              Good Value

              By colby16

              from Indianapolis, iN

              About Me Frequent Traveler

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Compact
              • Good Value
              • Great Sound
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Relaxing
                • Traveling
                • Working Out

                Comments about Sony MDR-AS40EX Active-Style Earclip Headphones:

                I don't usually do reviews, but I had replaced a set of Sony headphones I have been using (same type) the last 6 years with the MDR-AS40EX. I was concerned with headphones staying on during exercising and the comfort of the headphone over hours of wear. Neither have been a problem and I think I prefer the earclips to the headphones I have used in the past. For me, the sound has been fine, not the best, but more than adequate. I have been using them often for the last several weeks and I am happy with them. I have a flight to Asia coming up and this will be my only headphone I take on the trip.

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

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                2.0

                Just ok

                By customer

                from new york, NY

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Poor Sound
                  • Uncomfortable

                  Best Uses

                  • Working Out

                  Comments about Sony MDR-AS40EX Active-Style Earclip Headphones:

                  Didn't feel as comfortable as other ones. Sound is also not as good

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

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                  2.0

                  Tinny sound

                  By Joe

                  from Bufffalo Grove, IL

                  About Me Casual user

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Poor Sound

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sony MDR-AS40EX Active-Style Earclip Headphones:

                      I've always used inexpensive headphones and never thought much about the sound quality. These are the first I've ever owned that sound noticeably bad.

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

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                      4.0

                      Great Buy

                      By Christie

                      from Columbia, SC

                      About Me Athlete, College Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Music
                        • Portable Devices
                        • Running
                        • Traveling
                        • With My Computer
                        • Working Out

                        Comments about Sony MDR-AS40EX Active-Style Earclip Headphones:

                        These head phones are exactly as described. I was very surprised by the great sound quality. Not sure that I will actually use the case because it could take a while to wrap them everytime.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        4.0

                        good for running

                        By BJ

                        from NY

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable
                        • Durable
                        • Stylish

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Portable Devices
                          • Working Out

                          Comments about Sony MDR-AS40EX Active-Style Earclip Headphones:

                          it's a good product to have for running

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

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                          2.0

                          Not good as it looks like

                          By Itay

                          from Israel

                          Verified Buyer

                          Comments about Sony MDR-AS40EX Active-Style Earclip Headphones:

                          It's not that good for running - it gets out from the ear often.

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                          3.0

                          good for price

                          By cg

                          from new york

                          About Me Frequent Traveler

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Good Value
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Portable Devices
                            • Relaxing
                            • Traveling
                            • Working Out

                            Comments about Sony MDR-AS40EX Active-Style Earclip Headphones:

                            i didn´t want to spend a hundred buck for noise reduction headphones, so i got what i paid for. they have various ear pieces for both inner and outer ear, so they fit well and block out a lot of ambient noise. i can´t complain.

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

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                            2.0

                            ok

                            By fishy

                            from Brooklyn

                            About Me College Student

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact

                            Cons

                            • Falls Off/Out Of Ear

                            Best Uses

                            • Music

                            Comments about Sony MDR-AS40EX Active-Style Earclip Headphones:

                            good but always falls out of ears

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

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                            5.0

                            Good Sound

                            By emitrainer

                            from Málaga, Spain

                            About Me Frequent Traveler, Gear Head

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Relaxing
                              • Traveling
                              • Working Out

                              Comments about Sony MDR-AS40EX Active-Style Earclip Headphones:

                              I use them everyday with my new nano and work incredible together

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

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                              3.0

                              Maybe I have tricky ears?

                              By Jenna

                              from Washington, DC

                              About Me Frequent Traveler, Gear Head

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Cord Too Short
                              • Falls Off/Out Of Ear

                              Best Uses

                              • Relaxing
                              • Traveling

                              Comments about Sony MDR-AS40EX Active-Style Earclip Headphones:

                              I'm a jogger, so I was looking for some headphones that would actually stay in my ears while working out. On day 1, I grabbed them and headed out the door - only to find out that I needed the cord extender for my headphones to even reach my iPod, which was in my running backpack.

                              Not to be deterred, I tried again on day 2. And day 3. And day 4. I find I have to readjust them and push them back into my ear every 2 blocks or so.

                              They're okay when it comes to sound quality and comfort when I'm sitting on a plane or at my desk. There' just not stellar to work out with.

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

                              Share this review

                               
                              5.0

                              Great for the gym!

                              By Chico

                              from Brasilia, Brazil

                              About Me Retired but active

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable
                              • Compact
                              • Good Bass
                              • Good Value
                              • Great Sound
                              • Lightweight
                              • Stylish

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Working Out

                                Comments about Sony MDR-AS40EX Active-Style Earclip Headphones:

                                The headphones are made especially for the gym. They are very well built and for this reason fit very well in the ear (they do not hurt at all like other headphones and one can hardly hear what is happening in the outside world). The cord is extendable and the case (little round case) is very practical. I just loved it. A real bargain for the quality you get. I forgot the principal: the sound is amazing!

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal

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                                4.0

                                No problems after 1 year

                                By lgeokayak

                                from Queensbury, NY

                                About Me Audiophile, Gear Head

                                Pros

                                • Comfortable
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Portable Devices
                                  • Running
                                  • Travel
                                  • Working Out

                                  Comments about Sony MDR-AS40EX Active-Style Earclip Headphones:

                                  They stay in place, sound great and haven't had an issue with any breaking buds. I would recommend them to a friend. Also like the short cord option, works well with hooking to a phone adapter.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal

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                                  1.0

                                  fragile ear buds

                                  By kz

                                  from tx

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Comfortable
                                  • Compact
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Rich Sound

                                  Cons

                                  • Flimsy Construction

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Sony MDR-AS40EX Active-Style Earclip Headphones:

                                    Within two weeks, both of the little plastic housings enclosing the speakers, have broken completely into two pieces.

                                    I was able to repair the housings with hot glue, and the earbuds are still usable.

                                    I like the comfortable design of the product and the good quality speakers.

                                    I hope I can continue repairing the product and keep it going.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal

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