Listen to music uninterrupted with these Sony stereo headphones. Adaptive noise cancellation features ensure you only hear the music and not ambient sounds, while a powerful battery delivers up to 20 hours of listening pleasure. These Sony stereo headphones are wireless so that you can listen in comfort to the high-resolution audio that delivers incredible bass and trebles.
Best Wired / Wireless Headphones with Hi-Res Audio
Posted by: Selva from: on
These are best headphones I have ever owned with both wired and wireless options.
I connected these wirelessly to my iPad Air & my android phone and they worked flawlessly. Setup is quick and easy with Bluetooth or NFC. I was streaming audio from Spotify, Plex, and even watched several movies wearing these. Unlike other products this headphones have very balanced sound. While the traditional bass is there, it is very obvious they are providing a much cleaner sound now.
I can use these headphones wired or wireless, which means I get the versatility of wireless but can still use them on an airplane or office. The carrying case is solid that will protect the headphones really well.
I have owned headphones, wired and wireless, from multiple companies including SONY. These have replaced by SONY MDR 1000X headphones as my go-to for noise cancellation.
I was skeptical to buy these after buying and returning a pair of the high end headphones from other companies. This is best wireless noise cancelling headphone made by SONY and well worth every dime of the purchase.
I have listed some of the notable features in this SONY MDR 1000X Headphones.
There are many noise cancelling headphones out there, but none like this. There are two ways to experience it.
1. Automatic Noise Cancelling : recognizes the ambient / environment setting and applies the most effective noise cancelling mode.
2. Personal Noise Cancelling Optimizer : This is SONY only features shows how smart these headphones are by analyzing how the headphones sit on the listener’s head to maximize noise cancellation.
Easy to carry, move with and use without obstruction
Bluetooth and NFC wireless connectivity with compatible devices.
Up to 20 hours of battery life with continuous, wireless music playback.
Touch Features :
With just a swipe of a finger you control all this stuff….
1. Finger Touch Operation : It controls volume, play / pause, track seek, answer phone calls etc.. via the touch sensor control panel on the surface of the right ear cup housing.
2. Quick Attention : I really like this feature. This is the most innovative feature by simply touching the right ear cup, the quick attention feature instantly lowers your music volume, so you listen to ambient sounds quickly and clearly without ever taking your headphones off. For example, if you like to talk to taxi driver, normally you’d remove headphones or press pause button. Now, just putting your hand to the side of your head and hearing the person speak! What an idea. Great Job SONY.
Sound Quality :
1. Hi-Res Audio Playback (wired) : hear every detail just like the artist intended with a compatible Hi-Res playback device.
2. Upscale your MP3s: If you don’t have Hi-res audio files, the digital sound enhancement engine (DSEE) “rebuilds” parts of the audio that are list in MP3 compression to provide close to Hi-Res audio.
Technical Specifications :
1. Digital Noise Cancelling technology
2. High quality wireless audio with LDAC
3. High-Resolution Audio compatible
4. 1.57" HD driver unit for dynamic range
5. Aluminum-coated LCP diaphragm minimizes distortion
I strongly believe SONY took steps to get first place in Noise Cancelling Headphones market. With SONY MDR 1000X headphones, they will achieve the same.
41 out of 44 found this review helpful.
SONY MDX1000 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Posted by: TechPhoto0097 from: on
I still own the original consumer noise cancelling headphones and I've had two models after, these headphones offer equally the same level of NC performance but where I see an advantage, for me, are the customization and the feature that allows you to hear whoever is talking to you. The directional swiping is cool, takes a bit to get it down but it's easier than trying to remember where a play pause fwd and rev button would be and they're generally small. The other thing I like is the ability to enjoy HiRes audio tracks, which I've invested in quite a few over the last year as I own other Sony HiRes products. Look, you need to try these out, you have a 15 day return policy, longer if you're an Elite Plus member like me and you'll know if you want to keep them or not but I'm sure you will. If you fly, you definitely need these but these are also great for the office, train, bus or just everyday use. I can honestly say that these are worth the extra $50 dollars over the Bose but don't take my word for it, try them for yourself.
37 out of 41 found this review helpful.
Some of the best headphones I've ever used
Posted by: nickcal from: on
I’ve been a fan of Sony products as long as I can remember. Even though there are many new market leaders in technology, Sony has always been a “top of the line” manufacturer of electronics. I’ve been searching for quite some time for an awesome set of wireless noise cancelling headphones. I always seem to find decent ones, but they continue to underwhelm me in most cases. Then, I found the Sony 1000X Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones. They are sleek, functional, and, most importantly, they sound great!
For the purposes of this review, I am looking at the headphones as they work with their advertised features and not how they compare to similar models.
Out of the box, you will find the usual assortment of filler materials including the headphones, the headphone semi-hard shell case, a headphone cable, a Micro-USB cable for charging, a plug adapter for in-flight use, a quick start guide, and user manual for the 1000X headphones. It’s all carefully packaged and the headphones are secured within the storage case.
When I pulled every thing out of the box, the first thing I did was inspect the headphones. You will notice on the storage case that were is an exterior fine mesh pocket. This is meant for store your accessorizing cables in. Inside the storage case, you will find a small pouch for the in-flight adapter and a paper diagram for how the headphones should lay while they are in the case. I would recommend keeping this insert as it makes it easier to re-store the headphones after using them.
The first thing I really noticed about the headphones was the soft padding on both the headband and the earpieces. It’s probably the most comfortable material I’ve felt on headphones. The next thing I noticed was the absence of control buttons. The 1000X’s have finger-touch controls on the outside of the right can. I like this feature on wireless headphones when it works right. I’m a little skeptical of it until it does. There are three buttons on the left can - power, NC (noise cancelling), and Ambient Sound, which allows you to still hear everyday sounds, like traffic, in the background while listening to music.
Taking a look at the quick start guide, you will notice that it’s just a bunch of pictures and icons. This can be a little hard to follow, but it’s convenient for multiple country distribution. For my first test, I simply put the headphones over my ears. Even without any power turned on, the headphones work wonders in deadening the sound around you. It took a fairly quiet house (just some background noise of the A/C, dog snoring, and my typing) and turned it into a dull whisper-hum of the A/C only. I couldn’t even hear my fingers dancing around on the keyboard.
AS WIRED HEADPHONES
As I mentioned, the headphones are somewhat isolating without any powered assist from the noise cancellation feature in play. This is nice because seems as though the wireless features are not available when you plug the headphones into your computer. I am unable to verify at this time if this is user error or if this was intended as the manual doesn’t describe this scenario nor does the quick start guide. All I saw was “use the suppled headphone cable,” which I did. The sound quality was impeccable. It’s clear, crisp, and very deep. I listen to a variety of music - everything from big band era to today’s top 40 is in my ‘wheel house’. In testing these headphones out, I specifically called up Train’s “50 Ways to Say Goodbye” which has a gorgeous range of highs and lows and finely tuned rock anthem instruments. The vocals are superb and the bass is very punchy. Listening to that song, which I’ve heard 100 times before on Sony’s 1000X headphones was a treat.
The next song I pulled up was George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” If you’ve never heard it, it’s got perhaps the most dynamic range in instrumental history. It’s an orchestral piece written with a piano as the primary focus. There are numerous instrumental voices in the piece and all of them are easily heard when you use the Sony 1000X headphones. The headphones produce a gorgeous sound and truly pull out the highs and lows to highlight the work of symphonic art that Rhapsody in Blue is.
ALL THE WIRELESS FUNCTIONS
Even though I really had a treat listening to music through the wired connection of the 1000X’s, I moved along to test out the wireless functions, which are the real star of these headphones.
Connecting through Bluetooth is pretty easy. I used my iPhone and the Sony’s were immediately recognized. In the hours I’ve been using these headphones, I’ve never once lost connection or found myself having to re-pair the two devices. It’s worked seamlessly.
As for the touch-controls, I had a little bit of a learning curve as I worked with them just because they are a little different, but I found the more I used them, the easier they were to use. The finger-touch operations were very responsive and the only issue I had was with the play/pause button. There were a few times that it didn’t register my touch, but that may have been my error.
I think the best/coolest feature is Quick Attention. You simply cup your hand over the right ear and the Quick Attention feature automatically lowers the volume so you can pay attention to someone talking to you or important ambient noise. I used this several times while I tested these out and I found it to be quite useful. I was amazed that the technology worked, but it did!
As for the active noise cancelling, the headphones will not only deaden the sound, but they will also do it intelligently. The Personal Noise Cancelling Optimizer will analyze how the headphones actually sit on your head to maximize the noise cancelling. It’s a very cool feature and it’s something that comes in quite handy because everyone has a different shaped head.
I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to work with many high-quality brands of headphones - Bowers & Wilkins, MONSTER, Beats, etc. - and none of them have really come close to touching the functionality and sound quality of these Sony 1000X Wireless headphones. I’ve been incredibly impressed with them, in case you can’t tell. I really didn’t expect to love these headphones as much as I do, but they have really been a great accessory for me.
42 out of 52 found this review helpful.
Is this worth getting? I'd say yes...
Posted by: AyeDee from: on
Since how this compares against the Bose QC 35 is what many want to know, here are my thoughts having used both.
Music Audio quality- The Sony MDR-1000x is better than the Bose 35 hands down. Don't want to use all the technical terms about ranges and what not, but for what it's worth, if you want a great music listening experience, these are the headphones for you.
Noise Cancelling- I wore the Bose QC 35 while playing music on the streets of Manhattan and to all intents and purposes I was in a sound cocoon, this is without fidling with the (non existent) controls . I did same with the MDR-1000xs on the streets of LA, it took me probably an hour and a half of tweaking the settings to get the same level of noise isolation, and I still don't think I've figured it all out. If you want a straight out of the box solution, go with the Bose, if you want to be able to tweak what you hear and how you hear it, and have the patience to experiment, go with Sony. Noise reduction in the real world seemed to be on par.
Bells and Whistles- See above. The Bose is a plug and play device that's a one size fits all, the Sony is one which requires you to fine tune it. Having said that, I think the controls on the Sony are much better than those of the Bose.
Price- Sony comes in at $50 higher. If you want more control of how you use your headphones, the premium is worth paying. If you want the path of least resistance, it isn't.
Look and feel- The Bose feels lighter and is more comfortable based on the number of times I had to adjust each pair of headphones for comfort. When it comes to the 'coolness' factor, I think both are neck and neck, though I felt cooler with the Bose QC 35.
Overall- Since this is ultimately a device with which to listen to music, the Sony is a better choice seeing as the Noise Cancellation is on par with the Bose but the 'sound' of music is significantly much better.
24 out of 28 found this review helpful.
Best wireless noise cancelling headphones around
Posted by: OhDickey from: on
So, I've had a few sets of cans lately. I've had the Beats Studio 2.0 Wireless. I've had the Bose QuietComfort 35s. I've had the Beats Solo 3.0 Wireless. And finally I settled on the brand new Sony 1000X.
First and foremost, the fit and finish on these headphones is phenomenal. I have yet to see another set on the market in this price range (sans Senheiser) that can touch Sony on build quality. It hits all the markets. The plastic keeps the weight down. The metal head band gives an air of sturdiness. The leather ear cans give really nice tactile feel. And the leather ear pads are well balanced in between firm and soft.
Next, the noise cancellation on these is off the charts. I loved the NC in the QC35s, but this is another level in my view. The NC, here, is much better at blocking out conversation. Can any headphone truly block out voices? It's almost impossible. But the 1000x is a veritable isolation chamber with how well it does in that regard. There is that ever present faint hissing sound, but it's hardly noticeable.
I particularly like the ability to raise my right hand to the right ear piece and cup it and allow for conversation to take place. What a fantastic little addition to the cans. Further, I've had good luck so far with the ability to filter through voice (noticed this working well in a subway and on a train so far). It's not perfect, but it works well when the voices are somewhat clear.
The comfort level on these cans has been great. It blows the two Beats products out of the water. The Solo 3s, with the really freaking awesome W1 chip, just did not ever feel good on my ears. But that's me. I do not do well with on-ears (especially with tighter headbands like the Beats). The QC35s are probably the most comfortable headphone on the planet, but these really do come close. I'd give the edge to the Bose, but I think the 1000x beats it in just about every other area imaginable. I've worn them for extended time periods and I've never once gotten ear fatigue from them. That's a testament to the time and effort that Sony put in developing these.
Battery life has been as advertised so far. Maybe a bit more. Getting around 20 hours or so a charge when used wirelessly. I have yet to ever use the cable since I have an iPhone 7+ (and, thus, no headphone jack). The Beats Solo 3 bests these, here, but only due to the utterly amazing W1 chip. That somehow enabled the Beats to get 40 or so hours of charge. Something I could never even get to since I returned the headphones after about 30 hours of use (I think the battery said it was only half way drained!). But I'm not going to dock the Sony for "only" 20 hours. That's still more than enough time for most any flight (and air port waiting),. And much more time than I'd need for my weekly commute.
Finally, the sound quality on these is really good. This is where these shine. They are not too base heavy like the Beats. They don't sound tinny and harsh like the Bose. The mids are utterly superb. Easily (easily!) the best out of that group. I think that the soundstage is also the best in the group as well. I have no trouble picking out various instruments and other bits and pieces. I think my biggest disappointment with the Bose QC35s was the overall sound. It just sounded harsh to me (the mids were also completely muddled out somehow).
Is this worth the $50 premium over the Bose and the $100 premium over the Beats? Absolutely. It's no question to me. This may be the easiest choice I have had to make for headphones in a long time. I'm glad that I saw these were available (I purchased them late last week on the first day that my local Best Buy had them in stock) before the return period on the Beats was up (yay for 30 day no questions returns!).
Highly, highly recommended.
23 out of 27 found this review helpful.
Great Sound and Noise Cancellation
Posted by: JackM from: San Francisco, CA on
I am out and about a lot and I also practice at a pool hall frequently. These noise cancellation headset really blocks out the ambient sounds in my surroundings, especially when the juke box is playing loud music. I am pretty amazed on how well these headphone blocks out the surrounding sounds. In addition, there's a special button to setup while you are wearing the headphone to allow it to adjust the noise cancelling feature to better detect how you wear the headset to provide a more accurate detection.
The Bluetooth connectivity is flawless and have a much better distance than my other headphones. The long battery really helps when I often forget to charge it, as it has up to 20 hours of playback. If you listen to music frequently at outer surroundings and want a great sound experience, this is a must have.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Best NC without sacrificing the SQ
Posted by: iMPiNoY from: on
First off, I would like to let you know that this review is from a non audiophile guy, I'm just a guy who wants to have a great pair of headphones for my music and listening to sermons on my iPhone 7 plus. After seeing the MDR-1000X, it intrigued so much that I bought them although I already have the BOSE QC35. Looking at the price point, asked myself, is this really worth it?
So I'll tell you what I like and didn't like about it.
-In my experience, Much better NC than the QC35.
-Well designed and very strong, not looking or feeling cheap plastic.
-The set-up is easy. The best tool you could use to enhance the NC is the OPTIMIZER, which runs a test and adjusting itself to the user to block much of the Noise, this is done by holding the NC button for about 2-3 Sec.
-After Burn-in of about 20 Hours, the headphone sounded so much better than from right out of the box. The details are so there that there are instruments on some tracks I listened too that I just heard after using MDR-1000X.
-A well rounded headphone, meaning it performs good on all genres of music, even wired and turned on. I can't get over the awesomeness of the Sound Quality.
-The touch control, o boy I so love it after getting used to it.
-Gets your ear sweat on a sunny 79 degree weather.
-They are on the heavy side, I much prefer BOSE QC35 for this.
-The clumping force causes my ears to hurt.
I will need more time to burn-in this headphones, but I just want to let you guys know, if you care about the Sound Quality on a NC headphone, give this a try. You will like it...
15 out of 19 found this review helpful.
A Delight to Own
Posted by: Rowen from: on
To preface this review, I am a Best Buy store employee, and this is an unbiased review based solely on my personal experience with these headphones.
These are the most expensive and highest-quality headphones I've ever owned, and I love them to death.
- Provides strong bass while still providing crisp treble
- Easy to pair with your device (Bluetooth or cable)
- Decent battery life and charging time
- Active noise cancellation feature is the best I've heard (better than Bose QC35)
- Includes ambient noise features in case you'd like to be able to hear your surroundings
- Touch features work well and are surprisingly intuitive
- Sleek design
- Instructions consist purely of hieroglyphs
- Buttons on left side are somewhat difficult to locate until you get used to the headphones
- The price, while fair, is not exactly wallet-friendly
This is both a pro and a con: the materials of which these headphones are made feel high-quality but fragile. They are okay for travelling, but they might get worn out after a while. I recommend familiarizing yourself with Sony's warranty or adding a Geek Squad Protection plan at the time of purchase to make sure that this isn't an issue. As a Customer Service Specialist, I can tell you that I see a lot of headphones come back for plan fulfillments. Even if they're well-made, they eventually get worn down. (I'm aware that this sounds like a sales pitch, but it's really just honest advice from one audiophile to another.)
Overall I'm tickled with my purchase of the MDR-1000X. It was worth every penny, and I've been showing it off to pretty much everyone I meet. Although this review is marked as "I would recommend this to a friend," I want to clarify that I would only recommend this to a friend who has enough money to spare for these sorts of things. If money is an issue, you might want to go with Bose QC or Sony Extra Bass.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Great headphones with unique controls
Posted by: bradcon from: on
The most essential thing for headphones to do is produce good sound, and these meet that test easily. The next step is to provide good noise cancelling, which these also do. An added benefit is that the voice they use for status updates ("Bluetooth connected") is very pleasant and soothing. I've used some headphones where those announcements are very jarring. The unique feature of these headphones that sets them apart from others is the touch controls. To raise or lower volume, simply swipe up or down on the outside of the right earpiece. To skip or rewind tracks, swipe forward or back. To play or pause just give a brief tap. The only issue with those controls is that you can inadvertently pause your music when you didn't mean to if your hand happens to bump that earpiece; however, that rarely happens. They also come with a good, sturdy case for traveling. Bluetooth pairing is quick, easy, and reliable.
11 out of 14 found this review helpful.
Comfortable, easy to use, high quality!
Posted by: TechSavvy55Plus from: Reading, MA on
I’ve tried other noise-cancelling headphones and earbuds, but they pale in comparison to Sony’s new 1000x Over-the-ear Wireless Hi-res Headphones. Built for modern use, they work wirelessly with your Apple or Android phone -- pairing quickly, via Bluetooth with voice prompts.
You can use them on a plane with the included cable and airplane adapter plug. The noise cancelling is top notch, but it’s the straight-forward interface that makes these headphones shine. The right ear cup is touch sensitive, much like a trackpad. Slide your finger up or down for volume, back or forward for previous or next song. Tap the center to pause. If you get a phone call, double tap to answer; again to hang up.
My favorite feature is the “instant off” noise cancelling. Simply cup your hand over the right ear cup to hear someone talking to you. No need to stop your music or remove the headphones! If you’re waiting for an announcement for a plane or train, you can adjust the ambient sound to “hear” voice, while still listening to music.
Charging these headphones is done with a USB cable to the lithium ion battery. A four hour charge lasts for 20 hours of music (with noise cancelling on) — longer with it off. You can get six hours of use from a one hour charge. I was surprised to find you cannot change the battery yourself. I have to wonder about its life and replacement cost.
Included with the headphones is a nice carrying case, USB charging cable, plane plug adapter, and gold-plated stereo mini plug.