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Sony MDR1RNC Noise Cancelling Prestige Headphones - Black

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  • Noise-cancelling headphones with Dual Noise Sensor and Digital Sound Enhancement Engine
  • 40mm Liquid Crystal Polymer diaphragm
  • 5Hz-24kHz frequency range
  • Digital Sound Enhancement Engine
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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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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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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.

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.

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. Iconic styling in seamless metal with a distinctive red ring means you’ll always wear them with pride.

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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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.

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.

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MDR-1R
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MDR-1RBT
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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

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I firstly had a pair of Bose QC15 but lost these on a recent rip so decided on a change and bought the Sony's, I nearly didn't having read a review by a customer saying the noise cancelling was poor, we let me assure you it is very good at least equal to the Bose! The noise it blocks is a slightly different frequency so to some people they will appear better (this is myself included) and some people will prefer the Bose but there is very little in it either way both are very good.
Where to Sony wins is the sound quality which in my opinion is superior to the Bose, also the Sony can be run without the noise cancelling feature on which is a bonus.
If your after a fantastic pair of headphones then purchase the Sony's.
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These headphones are absolutely spot on, from the sound, design, functionality, accessories and all the way down to the packaging they come in.

The headphones come in a lovely hinged box which slides out of a cardboard sleeve. The headphones come packaged with the earcups folded flat and in the high quality mock leather soft shell case. Fitted between the headband and the earcups is a small soft bag that contains the accessories - 3.5mm cable with iPod/iPhone inline remote, a plain 3.5mm cable, USB charging cable and airplane adapter. It's a quality set of accessories and it's nice to have both a plain and iPod compatible cable. The other half of the box contains the instruction manual (in about 50 languages languages), the warranty and registration information leaflets. The instructions are as fuss free as they need to be and detail nicely how the iPod remote works, charging the battery and other bits of sensible advice about the noise cancelling feature.

The cables have grooves running from end to end which work well in preventing tangled cables. The 3.5mm ends are sturdy enough. Some people have noted there is a loose fit between the supplied cables and the jack on the headphones, creating a ticking noise when walking moving that can only be cured with a slice of rubber or bit of blu-tack. I haven't encountered this and the jack and cable seem well fitted to me. Maybe Sony have made a small change since launch. The USB cable is pretty ordinary, as is the in flight adapter. As I've noted with other high end/pricey rechargeable headphones, in the case of these Sonys £449 RRP, a charging dock would be a nice addition at this price point.
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By Hawfinch TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Nov. 2013
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I already owned the Bose QuietComfort 15 headphones, which are the same price as these, and wanted a second pair of noise cancelling headphones to use at another location. So I thought I'd try this Sony pair, based on the positive reviews.

In terms of build quality the Sony are superior. They look and feel solid, metallic and professional. Alongside them the Bose look slightly plasticky and cheap. However, a consequence of this is that the Sony are very noticeably heavier. I found that this makes them more tiring to wear for long periods and also gives them a tendency to shift position as you move your head. The ear padding on both the Sony and the Bose is soft and generous, but I was aware of more points of contact when using the Sony, so for long term use I would prefer to wear the Bose.

For audio quality the Sony has maybe a slight edge but I did not have any strong preference. Both are adequate. Neither is the best you are going to find in this price category, since the high price is largely for the noise cancellation feature.

Comparing the active noise cancellation, the Bose is unquestionably superior. Both headphones focus their noise cancellation on the low frequencies, and this is where I noticed the biggest difference. I'm sitting by a window overlooking a busy road and if I put the Bose headphones on, the traffic noise is eliminated, with the exception of the loudest vehicles, and these are quietened to a whisper. With the Sony the traffic noise is definitely reduced but every vehicle is still quite audible. I'm actually surprised that the Sony headphones are being seriously compared to the Bose for noise cancellation. They're just not in the same class.

My advice is, that if your top priority is audio quality, don't buy either of these: there are audiophile headphones in this price range that will outclass these. If you need the noise cancellation feature, get the Bose.
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So I've been saving up for these pair of headphones for a while now and only just managed to get enough money to buy them. And I have to say, I got it out of the box and tried the sound straight away. What I noticed was the bass was a bit low for my liking but then I just went on the sound setting and turned the bass up and that seemed to have solved the problem!, The Digital noise cancelling is what really impressed me with these headphones. I own another pair of Sony headphones which are MDR-V55 which are also really really good for the price but they didn't really block out that much noise and did get a little uncomfortable after a couple of hours because my ears didn't really fit all that well, it was comfortable but just about. But with THESE!, holy mother of god these are comfortable! I can easily wear this for 24 hours! Possibly the most comfortable headphones I've EVER tried. My friend's collects all of the Beats by Dre, I tried them out but found them to be rather uncomfortable.

If you want great noise cancelling, great sound, great bass (may have to mess around with the setting but worth it in the end), GREAT COMFORT. I recommend these. Yes the price should of been a little lower but I didn't have to pay much because i had Amazon vouchers which I was given as gifts so it ended up being cheap for me anyways!. I also recommend you go to your nearest electronic shop and tried these out first. I went to PC World to try the MDR-1R which is the cheapest version without noise cancelling and everything and they were pretty decent as well!.
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