Ministry of Sound MOS001
||Slightly artificial bass frequencies
Any headphones branded with a Ministry of Sound (MOS) logo are going to scream, 'Play dance music through me!'. And as a runner why shouldn't you? The repetitive and energetic beats are the perfect fuel for a lot of joggers. Even RW's best-selling playlists consist of many songs performed by artists with 'DJ' in their title.
If sound quality is important to you then MOS' entry level model, the MOS001 are a little disappointing. The bass frequencies are definitely punchy, but sound just a little too artificial. Plus the mid-range (typically prominent with vocals) has an audible 'crunch'.
But for runners, who'll mainly be listening to heavily compressed MP3 files on portable devices, the MOS001 model are more than suitable. Plus, with an RRP of £14.99, they're incredibly well priced and boxed very nicely indeed.
The earbuds come in three different sizes so you can obtain a snug fit, reducing the likelihood that they'll pop out on the run. They're also secured very tightly to the speaker, so there'll be no losing an earbud in the bottom of your gym bag.
Depending on how you wear your MP3 player, you'll either love or hate the, worryingly thin, coiled cable. And despite MOS' claim that it's 'anti-tangle', I still had to solve a slinky-style puzzle each time I wanted to wear them.
Overall, the Ministry of Sound have produced a well-built, reasonably sturdy, inner-ear all-rounder, at a price that can't be argued with. And for the fashion conscious among you, they're also available in six colours.
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