February 15, 2017

On our comparison wheel today, are two audio companies who aim to take Indian markets by storm. They can sell headphones by thousand with the kind of impression that they have created in the headphones market. They have stayed around for so long that we have forgotten their origins.

The MDR-ZX110 from the Japanese giant Sony and the JBL-T250SI from American audio colossal JBL are here to rescue you from your cash crunch issues. Lets take you through a detailed comparison between these two stars. 


CUTTING THE LONG STORY SHORT

"The Sony MDR-ZX110 is perfect if you are looking for headphones that are light-weight and can be used on the go.

But, If you are a JBL fanatic and don't wish to look beyond this popular brand, then you should get your hands on the JBL T250SI. 
Raghav Somani

SONY - MDR-ZX110


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SONY'S SLEEK AND SPORTY DESIGN
JBL-T250SI


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JBL'S BLACK FINISHED BUILD WITH THUMPY BASS

 


DESIGN: SONY - MDR-ZX110 vs JBL - T250SI

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Due to the large range of products Sony has produced, there'd hardly be any headphone enthusiast who doesn't recognize this brand. It has successfully delivered products ranging from Rs. 600 to Rs. 50,000, thereby catering to a wide array of audiences.


The Sony MDR-ZX110 might have been placed in the lower end of the price spectrum, but it definitely looks fancy and expensive from a distance. The design is made by combining matte with gloss, and most will admit to loving this combination. The end of the housing has a gloss finish whereas the lower end is separated by matte. All that being said, when closer inspected, they do feel strictly budget oriented.

The Sony MDR-ZX110 also features a unique inside-folding design, making these perfect for long commute. The overall design is minimalist with Sony logos placed on each of the earcups.

Sony, trying to play it safe maybe, has come up with two substratal colours options: Black and White. The headband is not padded along with also being quite narrow. Thus, it may not appease you, more so if you have a big head or rather wear a turban. Overall, Sony has managed to create a product with cheap materials and minimal design in this price-range. And there is hardly any other brand with these design assets in this price range that we can think of.

SONY MDR-ZX110'S UNIQUE INSIDE FOLD DESIGN VS JBL T250SI'S ELEMENTARY DESIGN

When it comes to car audio, professional and live event sound systems, JBL is the first name that comes to our mind. Will it fare well in cheap headphones too? We doubt. The
JBL-T250SI, an elementary model may be doing well, but we wonder if it actually deserves the limelight or is just there because of the brand name.

The JBL T250SI, like the Sony MDR-ZX110 is made of plastic. However, the inner frame of the headset is metal. The headband also seems to have a decent padding along with an interesting stitched pattern along the edges. Overall, the T250SI feels sturdy and durable. 

Another, bug for some may be the colour, which comes only in black. Also, the logo looks very boastful. While some users may be happy to flaunt the brand they're using, we personally find this a bit ostentatious.


USABILITY: SONY - MDR-ZX110 vs JBL-T250SI

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The Sony MDR-ZX110 is attached with a durable, and has a sturdy cable until the Y-split and can resist all the nasty tangles so you can get caught up in your music, not your cord. The cable colour is suited to that of the body. It does not have a remote or mic so while you can easily carry them on áthe go, you do not have control over calls and volumes whatsoever.

Coming to comfort, the cups are nicely padded ensures that your ears don't suffer from a listening fatigue. The cords are slightly flat and hence are not as tangle prone as the JBL-T250SI.

Everything is on point except the plastic coating which is flimsy and does not look or feel like it can take too much abuse, so careful handling is advised.
TANGLE RESISTANT CABLE VS A THIN AND FLIMSY CABLE
In the case of JBL-T250SI, the fit is considerable but the cord is very thin and flimsy. It is advised to rather take a chord wrap along with it than being immersed in extreme tangles. The length of the chord is standard and works well with all the smartphones and laptops. 

Comfort is not excellent either but considering the price range in which it lies, they are pretty substantial. The ear pads do get warm after a while and you may want to give yours ears a break every little while. If you wear glasses, or a turban these are again not the right ones for you as they might feel a bit dolorous. There is no mic and control button in this one as well and aims purely to the listening industry.

Coming to the warranty, both Sony MDR-ZX110 and JBL T250SI come with a 1-year manufacturer warranty.


SOUND: SONY - MDR-ZX110 vs JBL-T250SI

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When it comes to the sound, Sony has surely got our swing vote. With driver unit of 30mm size and a frequency response of 12-22000Hz, every note in your music can be heard loud and clear. The sonic signature has been tuned towards promoting the lows, and this makes for a very warm sound. Although, the bass can occasionally be overpowering, but is usually controlled thanks to the not-so-tight fit. Other than that the mids and highs are well maintained.

When it came to the soundstage, we have seen that while the Sony offers a full and aggressive presentation in the sound, it falls a bit short in terms of openness and width. The sonic stage feels narrow and specific, rather than properly spread out. However, the MDR-ZX110 certainly does its bit to make your music immersive and entertaining, especially if you like your headphones bassy and aggressive.

BASSY VS BASSIER, RATHER BASSIEST

If we have said the Sony MDR-ZX110 is bassy, we'll quote that the JBL T250SI is bassier or bassiest maybe. JBL has always been a bit inclined towards bass in all their products. While we like when the car hums along the JBL's speakers, that overpowering bass is not welcome directly into our ears. Ain't judgin' ya if you like em'!á

Furthermore, we realised the problem is not just that, there are added problems of distortion, the absence of any kind of soundstage, weakness in the vocals, and a general lack of openness. And despite claims of 'powerful' bass, the low-frequency response is anything but powerful.

If you are someone who enjoys good sound, then these are surely not the ones for you. Considering that you love JBL, we suggest you go a notch higher and get a better sounding set of JBL headphones than these.


Summary


SONY - MDR-ZX110

  • On-Ear Design
  • Tangle Resistant Cables
  • Foldable Design
  • 1 Year Warranty
JBL-T250SI

  • On-Ear Design
  • No Remote & Mic
  • Non-Portable Design
  • 1 Year Warranty


Conclusion


Overall, Sony MDR ZX110 is something you would want to use over your long commutes. Besides the colour options and pounding audio is sure to impress many.

On the other hand, JBL - T250SI is only for those who cannot give up on the Brand as a whole.

What is going to be your pick? Let us know in the comments section below.

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