Sony MDR-1R Ultimate Over-Ear Stereo Headphones, Black
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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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Colour Name: Black
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
|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|
|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|
|Best Response Control||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Inward axis structure||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|S-Master/Digital Sound Enhancer||No||Yes||Yes|
Inline remote and microphone cable for iPod/iPhone/iPad
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
The MDR-1R look very stylish, and delivery great sound quality, albeit might not appeal to all. The set seems to be targeted at people on the move demanding lightweight, portable and and great looking over ear headsets.
Sound is crisp and will please most, yet these are no studio headphones. Whilst the sound is very pleasing and relaxing, with an emphasis on the mid tones, separation is not their forte. I find the Sennheiser Momentum sound better, with punchier bass whilst retaining loads of detail. Build quality is superior too.
I like the fact that you can remove the cable, and whilst it is not coiled, it still does not tangle easily. Yet the connection to the headset itself feels a tad flimsy, as it does not offer a very convincing, secure connection. With time I did find that I was getting scratching noises when I rotated the connector.
I do find that the MDR-1R are slightly overpriced when considering the plastic build and the similarly priced yet superior Sennheiser Momentum. However, if you are looking for a very comfortable set which you could wear all day, delivering good sound quality than probably these headphones should be on your short-list.
They are crisp and clean on the top end, without fatiguing ones ears. The mid is warm and pleasant, and the bass is low deep warm and round. The whole sound is well balanced and a joy to listen to over all the wide genres of music I listen to. I am. DJ and will use these heavily. I fully expect them to last the 20 years my last £200 pair of Sony 1700's did. I also use Sony MDR-EX300iP for my iPhone and iPad which I can highly recommend.
All my headphones are Sony, and when I have tried to buy cheaper, supposedly equal in quality headphones, I have been sorely disappointed.
I know you will be happy with these if you are an audiophile like me!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like everything about these headphones, design and sound quality are perfectPublished 1 month ago by Richa
Brilliant sound. Brilliant build quality. Always enjoy Sony products and these are no exception.Published 6 months ago by Lj
I have owned these headphone almost since their release a couple of years ago; I find them to be perfect all round headphones. Read morePublished 7 months ago by harry dance
These headphones sound smooth but clear, and are well detailed. I can hear HOW an instrument is being played, as well as which notes. Read morePublished 11 months ago by toasty
Some of the best headphones I have bought. Very comfortable to wear and perfect for travelling as they reduce outside noise.Published 11 months ago by Sorcha McClinton
I'm really delighted with these headphones... they offer comfort, great sound and isolation is good aswell. Read morePublished 11 months ago by David Moore