The Sony MDR-AS50G headphones have a design element that can divide opinion: a semi-rigid loop that sits behind your neck and holds the earphones in your ears. It’s a strategy that can go wrong when done carelessly. But as with the Philips ActionFit Neckband, it works well. Visit Group test: what are the best headphones?

 The elasticity of the loop is just right, gently but firmly pushing the eartips where they’re wanted and ensuring a great fit. See also Pioneer SE-CL331-H review.

The quality of fit helps with audio quality too, even if these unsurprisingly can’t compete with high-end audiophile models. There isn’t a massive oomph to the sound, but it’s warm and clear, and coped easily with the pop and gentler rock acts we threw at it.

The disco was pretty successful: you won’t be blown away, but there was a kinetic snap to the beats coming out of the Sony eartips.

Sony MDR-AS50G

The Sony MDR-AS50G headphones don’t have the very best sound quality, but it’s certainly tolerable – and they’re pleasingly affordable.

We liked the lack of sound leakage, but there’s no on-cable remote. Our only real reservations concern robustness: while the headphones themselves are sturdy, the cable is thin and feels like a potential long-term vulnerability.

Sony MDR-AS50G: Specs

  • Frequency Response: 9Hz - 23kHz
  • Impedance: 16 Ohm
  • Sensitivity: 103dB/mW
  • 2 x 600mm cords for arm and pocket use
  • 203 x 127 x 48 mm, 14g
  • Frequency Response: 9Hz - 23kHz
  • Impedance: 16 Ohm
  • Sensitivity: 103dB/mW
  • 2 x 600mm cords for arm and pocket use
  • 203 x 127 x 48 mm, 14g

OUR VERDICT

Not as good as some of its rivals such as the Philips ActionFit, but another successful execution of the neckband concept. A good, secure and comfortable fit, decent sound quality and an affordable price tag.

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