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.
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 review
5 February 2013
Excerpt: We've had the Sony MDR-1RNC noise cancelling over-ear headphones in the Pocket-lint offices for weeks now and have been using them non-stop - while at work, when commuting, out on the streets and at home. We already had a lot of love to give to the baby of the range, the similar-named MDR-1R model, but can the top-spec noise cancelling model - with its eye-watering £449 recommended retail price - closer to £330 in the real world - deliver the goods a step above?
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