Summary: Compared with other noise-reducing headphones, the Sony MDR-1RNC headphones are near the front of the pack when it comes to superb sound quality and overall comfort. Even with minor shortcomings, the MDR-1RNCs are extremely convenient to listen to and wear at home, at the office or on the road.
Pros: The sound quality is so brilliant you’ll discover new levels in your favorite songs and movie scores.
Cons: Noise is only reduced up to 13 decibels via the active noise cancellation feature.
Conclusion: The Sony MDR1-RNC offers laudable audio quality and solid noise cancellation, but despite top-notch performance, it's priced too high.
Pros: Distortion-free audio performance with rich bass and crisp highs. Outputs audio in passive mode. Extremely comfortable. Includes two detachable audio cables, one with inline remote and microphone for mobile devices.
Cons: Overpriced compared with similar models. No battery charger or ¼-inch adapter included.
Review: Sony MDR-X10 Simon Cowell and MDR-1RNC Headphones
Sound & Vision Magazine
17 December 2012
Excerpt: Noise cancelling and celebrity-endorsed headphones are two of the biggest categories in big headphones. You can thank Beats for that, I suppose. In one hand, I've got the MDR-1RNC which apparently are not endorsed by the Republican National Committee. At least, I don't think.
Excerpt: Given that Sony practically created the mobile music business, it’s not surprising to find that its entrant into this premium category is very solid. In fact, we only had one gripe with the MDR-1RNC headphones that stopped us from giving these a higher score.
Sony MDR-1RNC noise cancelling over-ear headphones
5 February 2013
Conclusion: We think the MDR-1RNC headphones are exceptional in part, but not as a whole. The build quality, design and overall sound quality is excellent, yet the active noise cancellation strips the sound back a step too far for our ears.
Pros: Comfy, stylish, great sound, lots of mid-high frequency range 'snap' yet enough bass to deliver a rounded sound
Cons: Active noise cancellation strips back the sound, exposed drivers can touch against ears, not necessarily perfect for on-the-go listening as wind catches external mics when noise cancellation is on, price is too steep
Excerpt: Comme nous avons pu le constater lors du récent test du modèle Bluetooth MDR-1RBT, la gamme de casques MDR-1R est une des plus réussies depuis longtemps chez Sony. Nous en avons une nouvelle fois la preuve avec le MDR-1RNC qui domine ses concurrents de la tête et des épaules.
Pros: Qualité de construction, Bon confort, Excellentes performances, Précision et transparence du son, Qualité des timbres, Système antibruit très efficace