These Sony MDR1A/B over-the-ear headphones feature 40mm dome-type, aluminum-coated liquid crystal polymer drivers and neodymium magnets to faithfully reproduce your favorite songs. Urethane ear cushions relieve pressure and ensure a comfortable fit.
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Awesome sound and clarity!!!
Posted by: Mandy from: on
Everything a person wants in a quality headphone! Love listening to music :)
25 out of 27 found this review helpful.
brought tears to my eyes
Posted by: GGirl from: on
first time I listened to a favorite song using my new Sony headphones I teared up the sound was so great. Very happy overall with this headset, comfortable, easy to use and store. I'm a 70 year old woman wanting to have a better experience with a headset, this exceeded my expectations.
12 out of 14 found this review helpful.
These are outstanding.
Posted by: MrChiSox from: Chicago, IL on
I don't know that I'd call the Sony MDR-1A a "perfect" headphone because quite frankly I doubt that such an animal exists. And even if it did I'm pretty sure I couldn't afford it or even justify the cost. While I DO like to enjoy a variety of different headphones I have a modest budget and I try to stick within it, usually purchasing products when I find an excellent price. This has been the case with my purchase of this fine headphone.
I purchased the international version of the MDR-1A from an e-merchant on Sunday August 21, 2016 at 8:00 PM and they arrived from Hong Kong on Wednesday around 11:00 AM. Obviously I haven't had enough time to burn them in and I do expect for the sound to change a little bit as I wear them more and more but they sound terrific right out of the box. I just can't find any serious fault with these headphones. They are quite attractive in an understated way, a simple black with just the right amount of flash from the addition of the red banding around the ear cups. The Sony Logo is well done, also. But what really does it for me with these headphones is the superior comfort level when I put them on my melon.
While un-boxing these for the first time I immediately noticed something a bit different with these headphones than any of my others. While the ear
cups aren't any thicker than many others, they have a bit of a beveled contour to them which allows them to sit just perfect on your head. Furthermore, the cups swivel in just about every conceivable way upon your head so that they should fit just about anybody. I can see where it may be a bit of a challenge for those with smaller heads to get them to feel secure but this hasn't been an issue for me. They are extremely comfortable. I asked my wife if she could hear them while listening to music about as loud as I would ever listen and she told me that she could but that it wasn't loud outside of the headphones.
So how do they sound? Well, as mentioned I haven't had them long enough to let them work their magic but in a nutshell, they sound really good. Being a closed back headphone I wasn't really expecting a great big sound stage but I find them to be more than adequate. Bass is punchy and very good driven with the Fiio E10K Portable DAC. I don't find it overly boomy like you'll hear with a Beats headphone, though I'd never buy such a headphone. The mid-range is nice and it will get better I'm sure as these open up. The top end is crisp and clear, I think overall this is a well balanced headphone.
I try to buy different types of headphones rather than concentrating on hearing every product known to man, mainly due to budget concerns. My headphones range in MSRP between the range of $200-400 generally (that MSRP often times drops over time), although I try to hold off until I can score a better than average deal and for the $169 that I paid for these Sony cans I'd say I got a pretty good deal on a very nice pair of headphones.
So should you buy them? I giggle every time I hear somebody ask "which one is better?" or "should I buy Brand X or Brand Z?" and it's not as easy to listen to all the various offerings in a day and age where the brick and mortar stores that carried these products have gone out of business, but if you are looking for a headphone in this price range then the Sony MDR-1A is a solid choice and you could do far worse. As for me, these are keepers!
11 out of 13 found this review helpful.
Posted by: mannyisonfire from: on
I love these headphones. The sound quality is really great. Crisp clear sound. I use them when I'm playing a game with a really good soundtrack & occasionally for music (I use a speaker for music). The leather is really soft & comfortable. It does get a little warm, but it's nice when it's night lol. The carrying bag it comes with isn't big enough to close with the headphones in there, but it's still a nice addition. Plus two auxiliary cables which is great in case on breaks. I think this is an amazing product, I definitely recommend it.
12 out of 15 found this review helpful.
Posted by: ShaunSolo from: on
I'll keep this short as you can do much more extensive research around the Internet and get much better information from the experts.
I love these headphones. They have replaced my Audio Technica M50X as my go-to closed back headphones. Sadly, my beloved AT's have been relegated to secondary TV headphones. My Sennheiser HD600s are still the gold standard for critical listening. Especially since they are open back and have an exceptional soundstage. However, when I don't want to fuss with my amp and reducing all ambient noise, (you hear everything while wearing the Sennheisers) I use the Sony's.
One of my favorite aspects of these headphones is the build quality. They just feel premium. The joints are smooth, the earpads feel great, and they are very comfortable for long periods of time. They come with two cables but I only use the basic one. I never use headphones while I'm out and about so I have no need for an in-line mic.
Again, as far as sound quality goes, I'll leave that to the golden eared individuals who can tell you much more than I can. However, I will say that I love listening to these. They're just fun. The bass is plentiful and punchy, without being over-exaggerated. The highs never seem to be too harsh. The sound is very enjoyable all around.
I'm extremely glad that I purchased these and recommend them to anyone looking for a great set of over ear closed-back headphones.
8 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Super comfortable and fun sound profile
Posted by: yp874 from: on
This is a really premium set of headphones that you can use for casual listening. If you can afford them I'd highly recommend them over any beats product
6 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Love these headphones
Posted by: Maicol82 from: on
Amazing sound quality i got them paired with the sony hi res walkman love this combination
6 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Great comfort and versatile for every music
Posted by: mthristov from: on
Out of B&W P7, NAD, Audio-technica the Sony 1A were the best when it comes to comfort, bass balance and weight. Never got tired nor my ears hurt after three hours of straight listening- Pink Floyd, Sting, Jaco Pastorious, Tool, Puscifer, FFF, No one is Innocent, John Scofield, Iron Maiden, Sade etc. Perfect balance of treble, mid and bass. Especially listening to funk where there is a lot of "slap" bass, the Sony's shined over the other cans. This is only my personal opinion, my wife preferred the Audio-technica for their less bass sound, "more crisp sound" she said. So, there you have it.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Posted by: btksta from: on
Good sound, but ear covers get a little uncomfortable after awhile. No volume control on headphones.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Posted by: WGamer from: on
Excellent Quality Headphones! Great sound and comfortable fit!