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.
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.