MDR-1Aby Sony

  • MDR-1A
  • MDR-1A
  • MDR-1A
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A definite buy! This is among the best in its class.
88%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The sleek design and Sony's choice of materials feel luxurious. You can rest the pads flat against your clavicles when not wearing the headphones.
  • The headphones deliver excellent audio performance all the way from the bass through the midrange and the treble.
  • Android phone owners can use the free SmartKey app to customize the button controls.

CONS

  • At $300, the price is somewhat steep for a product that lacks Bluetooth and noise canceling capabilities.
  • Apple device users can't take full advantage of the inline remote's features.
  • The MDR-1A's pads have a subtle textured finish; you may prefer a smoother feel.
The MDR-1A premium headphones from Sony come with two cables--an audio cable and an inline mic/remote cable--and a carry pouch. You can expect a fit that feels cushy and deluxe. The ear pad angle nestles the cushions against the contours of your head, and most users can wear the headphones for extended periods of time without experiencing ear fatigue. Audio performance is stellar: You’ll find a warm, balanced, and expansive sound--without the bass drowning things out. The MDR-1A headphones are designed to work with Android devices, where you can use the SmartKey app to configure the remote settings.
NameMDR-1AQuietComfort 25Momentum 2.0Mo-FiStudio
ManufacturerSonyBoseSennheiserBlue MicrophonesBeats
Techwalla Score
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List Price$300$300$349$350$300
100%

For our large noggin the MDR-1A fit is fine, but those with smaller heads might struggle to get the same experience.

For our large noggin the MDR-1A fit is fine, but those with smaller heads might struggle to get the same experience.

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94%

The ear pads are incredibly comfortable...They are both pillow soft and yet fit very well. They prevent both slipping and significant sound …

The ear pads are incredibly comfortable...They are both pillow soft and yet fit very well. They prevent both slipping and significant sound leakage.

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90%

The supercomfortable Sony MDR-1A does a good job balancing clarity with just enough of laid-backness to make it a very versatile headphone

The supercomfortable Sony MDR-1A does a good job balancing clarity with just enough of laid-backness to make it a very versatile headphone

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90%

At $300, with no real extra features, the MDR-1A had better sound phenomenal, and it does.

At $300, with no real extra features, the MDR-1A had better sound phenomenal, and it does.

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85%

One of the features that people love is the fact that the cable is detachable, this can be problem with other headphones because the cable b…

One of the features that people love is the fact that the cable is detachable, this can be problem with other headphones because the cable breaks and if it is not detachable that usually means it’s the end of the headphones unless you are some technical surgeon.

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80%

These are headphones you can wear for an 8-hour stretch without feeling any discomfort. In the trade-off, they are not perfect for exercise.

These are headphones you can wear for an 8-hour stretch without feeling any discomfort. In the trade-off, they are not perfect for exercise.

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80%

The elongated pads sit over the bulk of your ear and feel soft – almost slipper-like. For long periods of listening these Sony cans make a l…

The elongated pads sit over the bulk of your ear and feel soft – almost slipper-like. For long periods of listening these Sony cans make a lot of sense.

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If you’ve made up your mind to go the corded route for your loved one—and you’re willing to pay the price for premium cans—Sony’s $300 MDR-1…

If you’ve made up your mind to go the corded route for your loved one—and you’re willing to pay the price for premium cans—Sony’s $300 MDR-1A is tough option to beat.

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