How to avoid FAKE Sony MDR-NX1 and MDR-EX71SL earphones

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Here's a guide to filter out some of the counterfeit Sony MDR-NX1 and MDR-EX71SL headphones, and spot a fake pair if you receive them. I once accidentally bought some counterfeits MDR-NX1's (neck strap style) Sony headphones myself so I speak from experience (the seller refunded me and didn't even want his 'phones back! Shows you how cheap and counterfeity they were!). However, I have used real NX1's for nearly 2 years now, and they're truly excellent headphones. I recommend them to ANYONE who cares about great sound quality and bass...ahhhhhhh that's good bass.

1. AVOID listings which specify that the item has no packaging. This is an almost sure-shot sign of counterfeits
 
2. CHECK the photo and description carefully. For instance, the MDR-NX1 is a neck-strap style set of headphones. If the earphones look as though they have no neck strap like in figure A, or you are dubious about anything, ask the seller. I won't name names, but the listing with figure A as its snapshot specifies ‘MDR-NX1’ and ‘neck-strap style’. The picture shows no neck strap in the packaging. Upon asking the seller if it has a neck strap, he replies that it doesn't.
 
 
 
Figure A
 
Another one to watch out for is the ‘Vaio’ headphones listing as shown in figure B. These Sony earphones never come as a part of a Vaio purchase, and if you compare the ‘Vaio’ case in figure B to the real logo in figure C, you'll notice that the case doesn't even say ‘Vaio’; it says ‘Vavo’ or something retarded. And they couldn't even get the Sony font right...
 
 
 
Figure B




Figure C


3. CHECK the item carefully if you have bought and received one. A real pair of MDR-NX1's or MDR-EX71SL's will be well packaged in a Sony case and will be provided with 3 pairs of earbuds: small, medium and large. A counterfeit pair I have encountered only had the medium pair of buds, then 1 large bud and 1 small bud...useless. NX1's and EX71SL's both have a ‘pinhole diaphragm’. To check that your headphones have this, pull off the rubber buds on the earphones: where the rubber buds were, you should see a grainy ‘diaphragm’, with a tiny hole, less than a millimetre in diameter, right in the centre. If your earphones have something different like a thin wire gauze, then they are fakes.
 
4. If you receive fakes then there is still hope. First of all, write a polite but firm message to the seller, telling them that the headphones you received are definitely not MDR-NX1's or MDR-EX71SL's like the listing described. ‘I have seen the headphones before, and these headphones do not have the usual neck-strap’ or ‘do not have a pinhole diaphragm, the sound quality is poor’. If you feel it's necessary, attach some pictures of your counterfeit headphones and point out what's wrong with them. End the message asking that the seller replies soon to tell you what they plan to do to rectify this mistake. Try: ‘please contact me as soon as possible with details on how you plan to rectify this mistake’. The message you have to get across is that the item is not Sony, so the item is not as they described it, so they are the ones at fault, and should refund you or whatever. The seller may pay for the return postage or let you keep the crappy headphones if they feel their feedback is at risk, but don't threaten them outright.

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