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Sony MDR1R Prestige Headphones - Silver

by Sony
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)


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  • Standard headphones with 40mm liquid crystal polymer film diaphragm and 4Hz-80kHz HD driver units
  • 40mm Liquid Crystal Polymer diaphragm
  • 4Hz-80kHz frequency range
  • High-Resolution Audio capable

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Sony MDR1R Prestige Headphones - Silver + Carry Case for Sony MDR-1R, MDR-1RBT and MDR-1RNC Headphones
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  • Item Weight: 240 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 980 g
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  • Item model number: MDR1RS.CE7
  • ASIN: B00974PZP0
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 6 Oct 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Product Description

The ultimate headphones that perfectly unite audio quality, comfort and design.

The ultimate headphones that perfectly unite audio quality, comfort and design.


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At a glance

Proud to Listen. Proud to Wear.

You don't do compromise. Why? Because music is your life so only the finest sound and most comfortable fit will do. These headphones have been designed and tuned by people that love music and endorsed by people that make music. Meaning you get a sound experience that really is unlike anything you’ve ever heard before.

Be Original

Take a bold step forward with wrap-around, acoustically sealed styling that looks and feels good. One seamless metal design with distinctive red ring. Truly iconic.

Go Free

Tap your smartphone or music player lightly on your headphones and you’re ready to enjoy all your music wirelessly with Bluetooth. Not a cable in sight.

Stay Silent

Keep your music pure with dual noise sensors and fully automatic noise cancelling. Banish barking dogs, screeching cars and idle chit-chat once and for all.

Built with Sound Precision in mind by Sony Engineers and SME music artists Katy B and Magnetic Man.

Built with Sound Precision in mind by Sony Engineers and SME music artists Katy B and Magnetic Man.


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Wirelessly connect to your music with 'One Touch' or eliminate background disturbance with 99.7% Digital Noise cancelling technology.

Wirelessly connect to your music with 'One Touch' or eliminate background disturbance with 99.7% Digital Noise cancelling technology.


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It’s more than a beat, a note, a perfect vocal. Music is about the whole experience brought together in its purest, most natural form. These headphones have been created by music-lovers and tuned by musicians to give you that in-the-club, at-the-concert feeling. Endorsed by world-renowned artists Katy B and Magnetic Man, they’re as serious about sound as you are with responsive liquid crystal polymer diaphragms, powerful HD drivers and Beat Response Control for thumping basslines. Go wireless with easy to connect Bluetooth on the MDR-1RBT or full digital noise cancelling on the MDR-1RNC. Iconic styling in seamless metal with a distinctive red ring means you’ll always wear them with pride.

Precision Sound

Combine a rigid yet responsive liquid crystal polymer film diaphragm with a specially engineered, ultra wideband HD driver and you get precise mid to high range sound and powerful lows. Beat Response Control featuring an enlarged air vent boosts bass while pressure-relieving cushions fit snugly around the ears, sealing in sound.

An S-Master amplifier and Digital Sound Enhancer on some models provides a natural sound with a spacious feel by restoring high frequencies and low amplitude audio lost through compression.

Listen the way the artist intended with HD driver and beat response control.

Listen the way the artist intended with HD driver and beat response control.


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Iconic and sleek design with extreme attention to detail.

Iconic and sleek design with extreme attention to detail.


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Wireless Listening

With Bluetooth and easy-to-connect NFC (Near Field Communication) on the MDR-1RBT, you can listen to music without a wire or cable in sight. Simply tap your smartphone or music player lightly against the headphones to automatically pair devices using Bluetooth v3.0. No need for menus, settings or complicated button sequences.

Noise Cancelling

It’s irritating when your favourite tracks are spoiled by ambient noise such as dogs barking, cars screeching or people chatting on the train. The MDR-1RNC includes full digital noise cancelling with dual noise sensors located inside and outside each headphone housing and noise cancelling software. Your music stays pure with dramatically reduced noise interference.

Iconic Design

These headphones look and feel as good as they sound. A seamless metal hanger runs from the headband down to the cable, forming a flush asymmetric curve that encloses the ear. A hole in the hanger allows for a larger speaker duct, improving sound quality, while the cable is angled to the front where you need it most. The distinctive red ring emphasises the premium quality of these headphones.

Sony Prestige Headphones Comparison Chart
Product Details
MDR-1R
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MDR-1RBT
Product Details
MDR-1RNC
Colour Black/Red or Brown/Silver Black/Red Black/Red
Driver unit 40mm, HD driver unit 40mm, HD driver unit 50mm
HD driver unit Yes Yes No
Frequency response 4 Hz- 80,000 Hz 4 Hz- 80,000 Hz(*1 **2) 5 Hz- 24,000 Hz
LCP diaphragm Yes Yes Yes
Magnet Neodymium Neodymium Neodymium
Usage time N/A 30H 22H
Charge time N/A 6H 4H
Cables 1 x standard, 1 x made for iPhone/iPod 1 x standard cable for passive use 1 x standard, 1 x made for iPhone/iPod
Comfortable enclosing design Yes Yes Yes
Silent joints Yes Yes Yes
Best Response Control Yes Yes Yes
Enfolding structure Yes Yes Yes
Inward axis structure Yes Yes Yes
S-Master/Digital Sound Enhancer No Yes Yes

Box Contains

Headphones
Carry Pouch
Inline remote and microphone cable for iPod/iPhone/iPad
Connecting Cable
Operating Instructions


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Customer Reviews

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Portables with some Style 29 April 2013
By MrBKR
Colour Name:Silver|Verified Purchase
I needed a pair of headphones for mutiple uses at home (Laptop/Drum-Kit/TV), but mostly music.

I had quickly heard a pair in Black in a well known retail store, and thought I'd try a pair at home properly when I saw them in Silver.

They come in a nice presentation box (although mine had suffered too much damage in posting to warrant keeping, so set was sent back), with 2x cables (detachable from the left side can). One has in-line mic/controls, the other is straight-through. And a pull cord bag for portable use.

Sound wise:

These headphones have a fantastic mid-range and upper-bass area. I makes music drive along with pace and punch and authority with lovely addictive timimg. I tried these up against Beyer 770 (600), Philips X1's, Sennheiser HD598's, AT-ATHA550X's, Soundmagic HP100's and they beat all of these for mid-range drive.

Since pretty much most of the vocal/instrumentation occurs in the mid-range, this makes for a very pleasing listen to modern rock/pop/dance in fact anything other than large scale orchestral or Hip-Hop is really good.

But is has 2 weaknesses.

1. The Bass, is very Punchy (which is a great quality), but could use a bit more extension down deep and you do miss it on odd tracks and orchestral works.

2. They do occasionally reveal sibilance in the top end, albeit it very mild and not something overly noticed.

This means a 4 rather than 5 stars.

That said, they had fairly good sound isolation and, in my opinion, great looks in Silver/Brown. They are also very, very comfortable (some of the best comfort Cans I've had), and fold flat. So, for a stylish pair for outdoor/indoor use, with anything modern/chart (which is clearly Sony's target audience), these are cracking pair of Cans that will put smiles on a lot of faces. And if you fit that audience, then call it 5 Stars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great with digital devices 15 Jan 2014
By James B. Spink HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Colour Name:Silver|Verified Purchase
Sony's MDR-1R headphones have been around for well over a year now and they are designed for use with digital devices like smart-phones and MP3 players - and for this purpose they sound great! They are not really intended for studio reference or audiophile use though, as they are not completely neutral. I listen with headphones quite often and this Sony model is my current favourite.

Sony have launched a newer model - the MDR-10R - which currently sells for less, even the model including Bluetooth is much cheaper at the time of this review. Those looking for headphones to use on the go, or those looking for a more powerful bass response, my find the newer model suits them better. I use both, and I find the MDR-1R is my favourite for using at home and the MDR-10RBT is great when out-and-about as the Bluetooth is a really useful feature, and the extra bass helps block external noise.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sound 1 Nov 2012
Colour Name:Silver
Build quality is impressive, has that quality feel about them without being heavy, are very light on your head and supremely comfortable.

They are a slightly dark sounding headphone, on the bassy side of neutral, with an emphasis on mid bass with the sub bass region somewhat rolled off. Very good instrument separation with an above average soundstage for a closed headphone, vocals aren't in your face forward, and treble has a nice sparkle without sounding sibilant.

These are very easy to drive, getting nice and loud running them from an HTC HD2 smartphone, Google Nexus 7 tablet and a Cowon J3 PMP.

All in all they are a very musical headphone that you can plug into anything and get plenty loud, a pleasure to listen to.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent headphones. Current favourite. 11 Nov 2013
By Tautis
Colour Name:Black
Oh wow, these headphones impress. Now, I am no stranger to high quality, hi-fi sound. To start off, I am not the largest fan of completely neutral headphones as is evident in my other reviews. Now, these 'phones are not neutral, like for example the Sennheiser Momentum. If you want pure sound with absolutely no coloration, then those are for you. I will warn you however, their sound, for me at least, is too clinical and too "reference".

Back to 1R. These are awesome in pretty much every way. You can listen to any music genre and the tunes really sing. I have tried these with EDM, Rock, Pop, female and male vocal, Alternative Rock and Classical. These have a very interesting sound signature which I have yet to hear from any headphones. They are very easy to listen to and will never tire with their excellent mids, punchy bass as well as sparkly and exciting highs.

Bass:
Some reviewers have said that they do not lack some low end punch. I would mostly have to disagree, although they do have something to base it on. If you are listening to "WHUMP WHUMP WHUMP" sort of music, sure, these aren't going to rumble and blast bass into your eardrum UNLESS you amp them or tweak with the EQ. That is fairly easily done and have the desired effect in Dubstep. The rest of the base is beautifully presented and sound nothing short of awesome. In my opinion, they have the kind of bass that works for every genre, not just basted bass like the beats. Now I am a basshead, and trust me, if I say there is enough bass, then there is enough bass :), unless of course you really like headphones vibrating on your skull, which personally I would rather use a sub woofer for. 9/10

Mids:
This is where the 1R's really shine.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars really fab looking and great sounding headphones
really fab looking and great sounding headphones.
arrived the following day. well presented and packaged.
storage pouch included. Read more
Published 1 day ago by MR P BELLAMY
3.0 out of 5 stars everything is ok but I still worry about that and feel terrible about...
when I received it, the package is broken, that let me worried about the headphones is a new one or not. Then I took a photo for the broken package and barcode stickers. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Yang Wenqi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very comfortable - nice clear listening!
Published 1 month ago by Mr Scott W Fisher
4.0 out of 5 stars it has the finest sound and very comfortable
it has the finest sound and very comfortable, it fits perfect. You can use them many hours and you won't have any problem.
Published 1 month ago by Chris
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent build and sound quality
Excellent build and sound quality. They look smat but are a little on the large size, so best for internal use or on public transport, definitely not for out jogging or posing! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars great headphones
these headphones are pure quality . the sound is fantastic. one of the best I have ever had. comes in presentation box. the look. the feel. the sound. its all there.
Published 1 month ago by brian gelder
5.0 out of 5 stars The best headphones i've owned
When I first opened the box and looked at these I was a little bit daunted by the large size of the cups because I have relatively small ears, this apprehension was quickly... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kayleigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality all round and now a steal at half the SRP
I bought these just after they came out so paid the full price for them. No regrets in doing so though. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rc789
4.0 out of 5 stars Sony MDR-1R - Fun and Classy all at Once
The Sony MDR-1R headphones are a fun and boisterous pair of cans. With solid but flexible build quality, a tight and firm seal, and a bold and chewy sound signature, they are a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by AngryGoldfish
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product at a reasonable price
Why buy certain other trendy brands when you can get a far better sound and at a reasonable price? Best headphones I've ever had.
Published 2 months ago by Ken Fit Like
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