Excerpt: Some companies jump into the now-trendy headphone category on a wing and a prayer. Sony, on the other hand, is the steward of Sony Music and the master of numerous audio product categories, including a long history in headphones. So a set of midpriced ’phones from Sony raises high hopes. With the MDR-1R, they are largely fulfilled.
Summary: It's true that Sony's MDR-1R headphones come with a lofty price tag, but if you're searching for highly accurate-sounding headphones with style and substance, they deserve your attention.
Pros: The Sony MDR-1R Premium Headphones ' full-size, over-the-ear design and supple leather earpads lend a luxurious feel to an extraordinarily comfortable pair of headphones you can wear for hours at a time.
Excerpt: The Good - Excellent design - High-quality sound, S-Master Amp - Versatile connectivity that includes NFC - Good passive sound isolation - Very comfortable The Bad - Extensive use of plastic in construction - Over-ear design is bulky - Supplied carry pouch offers limited protection Sony has a long and distinguished history when it comes to making quality headphones to suit the majority of listeners.
Pros: - Excellent design - High-quality sound, S-Master Amp - Versatile connectivity that includes NFC - Good passive sound isolation - Very comfortable
Cons: - Extensive use of plastic in construction - Over-ear design is bulky - Supplied carry pouch offers limited protection
Sony MDR-10RBT headphones, we listen to the budget version of the MDR-1R cans
9 September 2013
Excerpt: When it comes to quality cans we've been impressed with Sony's prestige MDR-1 over-ear headphones. Now the range has expanded to encompass smaller fit and more budget designs, with the new MDR-10RBT over-ears sitting between the top-spec MDR-1R and also-just-announced MDR-10C on-ears. We took a look at the middling model at this year's IFA electronics show in Berlin and, just like the top-spec MDR-1R, are pleased to report it's good stuff.
Conclusion: Are the Sony MDR-1R "prestige headphones" worth the £300 asking price on the UK Sony Store? That's arguable. But the £200 price floating around on other major online retailers is far more, er, on the money. Taken in that context and we have heaps of praise for these over-ears. There's a lot of detail in the sound, right down to picking out individual reverb amid the mix - it's a really great over-ear experience.
Pros: Eventually very comfy, great sound, lots of mid-high frequency range 'snap' yet enough bass to deliver a rounded sound, attractive design
Cons: Exposed drivers can touch against ears, bass doesn't rumble as much as the higher-spec versions, not necessarily perfect for on-the-go listening, Sony Store price is too steep, really low frequencies not as impactful as might be expected
Sony MDR-1R over-ear headphones range pictures and hands-on
29 August 2012
Excerpt: Sony's already well known for its variety of headphones, but its latest MDR range looks to swing its weight in the premium consumer category. Introducing the MDR-1R series... In the basement of a London meet, Pocket-lint had the opportunity to try out all three of Sony's latest headphones: the MDR-1R over-ears; the MDR-1RBT Bluetooth-enabled 'phones; and the top-of-the-line MDR-1RNC noise-cancelling models.