Excerpt: I bought a pair out of curiosity. I see mix reviews on 10Rs but wanted to find out for myself what Sony cans are like. I do think they are good value and a fun headphone to use. The first thing that stands out sound wise is the exaggerated bottom end and it over takes what otherwise is a very balance and well sorted top end. The bass is so strong that it drowns out the excellent mid/highs. The bass sounds bloated and unnatural.
Pros: Comfortable, Compact, Good isolation, Lightweight, Strong bass, Stylish
Cons: Rolled Off Highs, Tight Fit, Un-natural Bass
Summary: Oh wow, I actually have a set of headphones that I can review that was released quite recently. And by those, they are the MDR-10R family. Released in Sept. 2013 at MSRP of $200/$250/$300 ish for normal, Bluetooth, and Noise Cancelling Editions, they have gone down to more affordable and reasonable price of $100 (10R)/$150 (10RBT/RDC)/$200(RNC), pending your local retailer availability of course.
Pros: Very comfortable, excels at certain genres
Cons: Bass hump kills a lot of details, recessed vocals and darker than average presentation
Summary: Disclosure: I received these headphones from Sony Australia as a review sample to keep.
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The 10R has a comfortable, lightweight design that is pretty much best in class for the ~$99 street prices I've seen for this headphone.
Summary: I bought these headphone looking for a good sound quality. I was not disappointed. They are everything I expected. They look as good as the picture shown on the Crutchfield site. They are very comfortable to wear and I think they are very good at blocking external noises. I like that the ear pads swivel for storage and travel. The L shaped connector is a great feature. The quality seems very good and the ear pads are very soft.