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Some of the best headphones I've ever usedPosted
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. CONCLUSIONS 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.
I would recommend this to a friend
Best Wired / Wireless Headphones with Hi-Res AudioPosted
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. Noise Cancelling: 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. Premium Wireless: 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.
I would recommend this to a friend
Best ANC & sound, but comes up short in designPosted
I am an audiophile. I own 10+ headphones for various purposes and own more headphones than anybody else I know. Additionally, I do have also have a background in music technology, audio engineering and music production. Needless to say, music and headphones are a passion for me. So when I got the opportunity to check out the Sony MDR1000X, I was very excited. BUILD: Looking at the MDR1000X, it has a fairly understated look. Sony touts its design as luxurious, as it utilizes a soft synthetic leather on both the housing and the earpads. Elsewhere, the build uses plastic to keep the headphone lightweight for great portability. Speaking of portability, the earcups swivel and fold so that you can place them in the included carrying case. That being said, this is where Sony’s first design mistake unfolds (pun intended). The earcups swivel in a counter-intuitive direction! For a long time now, most headphone manufacturers have allowed the earcups to swivel away from you. The MDR1000X, however, has earcups that swivel towards you, meaning that when they rest around your neck, the earcups face your chest. Which means that there isn’t a natural way to take them off and place them flat on a desk. While some may not find that to be a big deal, it’s a daily inconvenience and poor design decision that I would not have expected from Sony—or any other headphone manufacturer, for that matter. I constantly find myself fumbling each time that I attempt to put them away. I do not have these problems with competing products The second complaint that I have is that I constantly fumble with the three buttons on the left earcup (ie. POWER, NC, Ambient Sound). Since you can’t see the buttons when the headphones are on your head, they need to be easily distinguishable. Perhaps if I were blind, my sense of touch would be fantastic, but these buttons are basically flush with the earcups. The only indication that Sony provides for each button is a slightly extruded “bump” of various lengths. I often find myself pressing the NC button when I meant to press the POWER button, or the Ambient Sound button when I meant to press the NC button. These buttons should not be flush with the earcups. While perhaps it makes the headphone look more symmetrical, this design currently sacrifices a good user experience. As for the earcups, one thing I’m concerned about is if the synthetic leather will wear down or fade from the oils on your fingers, since you do interact with the touch-sensitive gesture pad for many of the controls. The included carrying case is good, but once again, Sony made another sacrifice by not putting a pocket inside the case so that you can store the included Micro USB and auxiliary cable. Instead, they opted to put the only pocket on the OUTSIDE of the case. It hasn’t been a big deal for me, but they really need to work on their designs. FEATURES: Pairing with the MDR1000X can be done via NFC or via the Bluetooth menu under your phone. However, you can only be connected to one device at a time, so you’ll have to put the headphones in the pairing mode if you want to pair with a different device. Compared to a competing product I’ve used, this is a nuisance, but many people are probably used to this. That being said, the MDR1000X has some features that separate it from other noise-cancelling headphones. Firstly, there is a touch-sensitive gesture pad on the right earcup. The gestures include swiping up/down for volume control, double-tapping for play/pause, swiping left/right to skip tracks, placing your hand over the earcup for to temporarily decrease volume (AKA Quick Attention), and pressing a finger for 2 seconds to use your phone’s voice assistant. All of these features are quite useful unless you or somebody else touches the right earcup by accident. With the headphones still powered on, I would occasionally take the headphones off my head and my right hand would end up triggering some gesture by accident. Don’t get me wrong, the touch gestures were great and generally quite responsive, but it would have been nice if there was a way to prevent accidents like that. Aside from that, I disliked having to swipe up and down so many times to adjust the volume. Instead, I think a circle gesture could prove more effective, as many people are used to rotary knobs for turning volume up and down. Regardless, I do think the Quick Attention is probably the most noteworthy gesture here. Using the headphones at work, occasionally I’d have somebody come by my office to ask a quick question. Being able to place my hand over the earcup, provide a quick answer, then resume my music is great. However, this was infrequent, as most of the time somebody came by, I had to engage in a longer conversation. At which point, I’d pause my music and enable the Ambient Sound mode and use the Voice sub-mode which enhances the ability to hear yourself and others. At that point, I was able to hear the person I was talking to without taking the headphones off. Alternatively, I could have lowered the volume of my music and continued talking with Ambient Sound mode on, but it’d be rude to not give somebody else my full attention. More often, I’ll leave the Ambient Sound mode on so I can hear people as they come in to my office, but you can’t really make out a conversation without your music’s volume being quite low. This feature could be more useful if you were allowed to increase the volume of the ambient noise. NOISE CANCELLATION: Sony’s noise cancellation is where the research and development really went. Compared to other active noise-cancelling headphones on the market, Sony has stepped up to the top. With the built-in optimizer (activated by first enabling the NC, then holding the NC button for 2 seconds), these headphones get rid of annoying rumbles and high end frequencies. I compared the MDR1000X with a very popular competing headphone, and it performed better at reducing noise. While it wasn’t a substantial difference, it was a noticeable difference. Sony is doing something right, here. SOUND: So what’s the purpose of having a headphone if it doesn’t sound good? Well, the MDR1000X sounds great. Compared to another flagship noise-cancelling headphone, Sony was able to deliver better bass response and more dynamic range. The treble is recessed—especially in the areas of sibilance. This gives the MDR1000X a more ‘relaxed’ sound and prevents fatigue. Overall, a very pleasant sound, but a little bump in the treble could improve the sound for my taste. Either way, Sony provides a very balanced sound that I think most people would enjoy. COMFORT: These headphones are quite comfortable with a very soft headband and earpads, but they don’t blow me away. I find that I usually have a more comfortable experience when the earcups are deeper, and unfortunately, these earcups are pretty shallow compared to other offerings. While I can get through a whole day using these headphones, I occasionally feel a very minimal bit of discomfort that I experience on my ears. Compared to a competing flagship, the comfort on these are just a notch down. CONCLUSION: Sony has some improvements to make with its MDR-1000X. It has a lot of features that other noise-cancelling headphones don’t have, but their design decisions lead to an average implementation. Pairing to multiple devices is a no-go, the buttons need to have more of a tactile feel, and the touch gesture controls can sometimes be finicky. Putting the headphones away can be a bit cumbersome due to the fact that the earcups swivel in a counter-intuitive manner. Comfort is great, but could still use some improvement. That being said, these have some of the best noise-cancellation available to consumers, and on top of that, they do sound great—which is often something that noise-cancelling headphones don’t do well. If all you care about is having the best noise-cancellation, these may very well do that while also sounding the best.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Best wireless noise cancelling headphones aroundPosted
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.
I would recommend this to a friend
Incredible Quality and DesignPosted
These Sony - MDR1000X/B Over-the-Ear Wireless Hi-Resolution Headphones are pretty incredible. I want to start this review with the fact that I have never owned such a high end set of headphones, or any noise cancelling set of headphones. I wasn't sure what to expect, but after using them for a week and putting them through several different environmental tests, I am really impressed. Here are some of the specs for these headphones. Industry-Leading noise cancellation (via dual Noise Sensor technology using internal and external microphones to detect and offset ambient sound. Close-fitting urethane foam earpads surround you ear and lock out distractions. High Resolution audio (when connected via the supplied wire) Bluetooth wireless connectivity (BestBuy's specs page boasts that the battery lasts up to 20 hours of continuous, wireless music playback.) Ambient Sound mode Quick Attention function - Lets you instantly hear conversations and your surroundings by simply cupping your hand over the right ear cup, it pauses the music, and uses it's external microphone so you can carry on a conversation. Touch controls makes adjusting volume, skipping tracks, and answering calls a breeze. Hard carrying case is included with an adapter for frequent flyers, audio cable and charging cable. Just a note on the performance of the noise cancellation processing of this unit. I was using the headphones to listen to music while I was vacuuming our house. I was in the middle of twisting my head and felt the earpad lift slightly from my head around my glass's frame, and at the same time I heard more of the vacuum for a few milliseconds, and then the processor eliminated the annoying noise of the vacuum immediately. The audio performance from the powerful 1.57" drivers with Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) diaphragm, handles heavy beats, and can reproduce a full range of frequencies up to 40 kHz. That sentence is full of technical jargon, let me explain in layman's terms, the sound from these headphones are incredible. They are crystal clear with plenty of bass, but a perfect balance for high quality reproduction of music. I have had numerous over the ear headphones, and quite often to wear them for more that an hour or so, were uncomfortable. These are very lightweight and comfortable, I actually forgot they were on. The only con I can really find with these headphones is I fear that they may be priced out of some consumers budget. If you are a traveler or a audiophile these high end headphones may be what your are looking for. They are definitely designed with attention to detail. Ultimately, you do get what you pay for.
I would recommend this to a friend
By far the best wireless headphones I've used.Posted
I have a bit of an obsession with wired headphones of all shapes and sizes. I currently own Bowers & Wilkins P5 and P7, Ultrasone Pro 900, AKG K7xx, and Sennheiser HD650s, along with two custom fit IEMs for stage use. I wouldn't call myself an expect with headphones, but I certainly have a little bit of experience. I've been looking for a Bluetooth capable, noise cancelling headphone for quite sometime now and I haven't been impressed with a lot of what I was seeing. From over-all audio quality to build quality, to price, to functionality, everything that I demoed just didn't check off all of the boxes. That was, at least, until I came across the Sony's. First things first. The noise cancelling (NC) is absolutely astounding. Passive NC is rather good, with the cans providing a decent reduction in ambient noise. The active NC, once engaged is so alarmingly quite that when you remove them, its easy to get disorientated. These have, by far, the best active NC I've used to date. Voices, music, atmospherics, and randoms all get reduced to a very appreciable degree. But it doesn't stop there. There are three other NC modes you can engage. The first is "Ambient voice" which allows you to retain the atmospheric NC while actively passing through vocal frequencies. The effect allows for extremely good atmospheric NC (think like eliminating a noisy air conditioner) but still having the ability to have a conversation if you're in an active environment, say like an office and someone needs to ask you a question. Very cool mode. The second NC mode is "Ambient Full". This provide a full ambient pass through. This is not the same as having the NC turned off, as this actively transmits the information received by the external microphones to your ear cups. The effect is similar to wearing open back head phones. You hear your audio just fine, AND you hear the world around you equally fine. This is GREAT if you're wearing these things on a busy street and still need to be aware of the world around you so you don't end up roadkill. The last NC mode is simply "NC OFF". The cans become a really good pair of "non-NC" headphones at that point, conserving a ton of battery life and preserving a bit more audio quality that is naturally lost when NC is active. A very, VERY, useful feature of these headphones is the ability to calibrate the NC to your particular head. Press and hold the NC button for a few seconds and a series of test tones will play out, the internal microphones (inside the ear cups) will pic up the response and adjust the NC to the new specifications. This is especially useful if you wear glasses, as the seal between the cups and your head may not bee 100%, this system ensures that they take extra measures to filter out unwanted noises. The right ear-cup houses the music controls but does so in a very interesting manner. There is a touch sensor build into the face of the ear-cup. Simply swipe up for volume up, swipe down for volume down, swipe forward for skip forward, and swipe back for skip back. You can also tap to play, pause, or answer/hang up a call. A notable feature here is if you place your palm over the entire surface, the headphones immediately turn off NC, allow ambient full to come through and lowers the volume of your music/phone call. Think if you were on an airplane and an attendant comes to ask you a question, a simple gesture and you're able to have a conversation without having to take them off or fiddle around with volume. Very convenient. Phone quality is way above par. The external microphones pic up your voice almost perfectly, while rejecting a large amount of ambient sound. Phone calls are the perfect time to use the "Ambient Voice" mode of the NC so that you can still hear your voice normally and end up NOT shouting. Don't be that person. The last piece of note on these things is battery life. They claim a 22 hour life with NC on. This is false. They're actually closer to 40 hours.... I know, crazy. A manufacturer actually under-promising what their product actually delivers, but it's true. The battery life is simply amazing. Something other reviewers have pointed out is the ability to connect to an external source via a hard line. This is an incredible feature for those who want to use these as more traditional headphones while at home. The only real issue with doing this is that NC does not work while hard-lined up. However, the fact that Sony gave a full-sized 3.5mm jack on the headphones, as opposed to a 2.5mm which is more common on the headphone end of removable cable systems, means that the cable is easily replaceable if lost and convenient to have multiples at different locations, eg. work, home, etc... All in all, the Sony MDR 1000X noise cancelling headphones, while not being the best sounding headphones I own, are by far the best NC headphones I've ever used and subsequently owned. The handily beat the current NC king (the very good Bose QC35) in every measurable area, and mange to look and feel higher quality as well. The included carrying case is fantastic, and Sony also includes an airplane headphone adapter for those who travel. Sony knocked this one out of the park. If you're in the market for a Bluetooth, noise cancelling, over-ear headphone, and the price doesn't kill your bank account, do not hesitate to buy these things.
I would recommend this to a friend
Excellent full spectrum headsetPosted
Off the top, as a member of Best Buy's invite-only Technical Insider Network program, I received these headphones without charge in return for an objective review. And an objective review is what you're going to get. I've had a particular affinity to sound for my entire life. Very early on, in discovering that I have perfect tonal memory (which is not to be confused with an outstanding ability to sing -- I've done better in supporting roles!), my brain is one of those weird ones wired to be able to figure out what instruments or sources are included in almost any sound board mix. Therefore, writing such a review for headphones is particularly interesting to me. From the outset, this was the first serious set of noise-cancelling headphones that I've ever worn, at least from a consumer standpoint. And while there are caveats to keep in mind, they really are outstanding. The noice cancellation is quite advanced. In my home office, I have a white noise maker which was always on in the background when I tested the headphones. When noise cancellation turns on (which it always does, by default, when you press and hold the power button for about 2 seconds), you are greeted by a female voice (of Japanese descent) that the headphones have turned on and that noise cancellation is on. What's nice about such cancellation is that there's another Ambient Sound button (accompanied with same female voice) that allows for ambient noise in, or -- in the case of airports and like areas -- voice sounds in (likely separating the typical human voice frequencies from others). Regarding noice cancellation, while you can take your right hand and touch and hold on top of the right earmuff, this does temporarily suspend cancellation, but it does not pause any music you might be listening to. As a crazy preorderer for the iPhone 7 Plus, I did get the phone in time to be able to test on the earphones. Pairing was nearly flawless and completely seamless; turn iPhone Bluetooth on, go under Bluetooth in Settings, select the aptly-named set of headphones, and you're connected. From that point forward, simply turn iPhone Bluetooth on, turn on headset, and you're paired in under 3 seconds. On top of this, when you're connected over iOS 10 on iPhone 7, the Bluetooth icon includes its own power meter next to it, so you're able to see at a glance how much power you have in the headset (the female voice mentions the power level at power off on the headset as well). Now on to the actual sound itself. Anyone who knows what they're talking about in the sound industry will tell you that, when it comes to sound, you have to either be born with the gift of hearing frequencies or you have to learn how to deal with different frequencies so that you know how to best operate something like a sound board or post-production mixer. As a semi-professional volunteer camera director for one of the top 10 churches in America, I'm surrounded by production folks, so I get this. For those strictly in the consumer space who have no idea what I'm talking about, there's really no need to read further; they are great headsets and you won't go wrong with them. For those who can't stand your sound mix being screwed up, read on. On the negative, this is distinctly a Sony headset. Their sound field is all over this headset. Personally, I prefer Infinity speakers over any other type; they simply reproduce the truest sound to my ears. Having said this, this headset is fully Sony, so if you're a Sony connoisseur, these are for you. In my head, the Sony sound field is biased towards the lower end of the frequency range. There is no way that I've found to change this -- maybe giving higher frequencies a bit more prominence in the sound field. However, the overall sound is well put together, and neither high nor low tones damage the efficacy of the reproduction in any way. In fact, I do appreciate the lowest frequency reproduction; I can almost feel the vibrations in my head when it comes to things such as dubstep! On the positive side, Sony has more than adequately reproduced the full sound spectrum with this headset. While I'm sure this has everything to do with noice cancellation (remember, these are my first consumer set of noise-cancelling headphones), I was able to pick up on nuances in songs that I already knew that I hadn't picked up before. Very nice stuff. Also, regarding volume and track control, it's literally as simple as swiping a finger vertically up or down (volume) or horizontally front or back (track) on the right earmuff (iPhone confirms changes). At the time of this review, I haven't had a chance to check out dealing with phone calls, but expect that to be just as intuitive. Bottom line? In spite of the fact that I have a personal sound field preference to another speaker maker, this Sony headset has instantly become my new, go-to headset for my iPhone and other devices. It does include a standard USB charger as well as a 3.5 inch jack in those cases that Bluetooth isn't available (such as that new iPhone 7!). I definitely recommend it.
I would recommend this to a friend
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Lived With These For Two Months NowPosted
I've lived with these headphones for two months now. I have been VERY happy with them - although they are not perfect. They are, by far, the best headphones I've ever experienced. (And I'm 60 years old. I've had A LOT of headphones over the years.) The frequency response when plugged into my Denon stereo with the cable is simply mind blowing. I was able to find the published rating for these. (For some reason, frequency response numbers have dropped off the marketing department's radar.) These headphones respond from 4Hz to 40kHz. Sure, that's far beyond the 'normal' range of human hearing (20Hz to 22kHz), but when the bass notes are really low - you can still feel them. The cymbals and lightning strikes sizzle the high end. Everything in between is amazingly very clear and present. You could buy these headphones and never use their wireless capability or their noise cancelling and still have a fantastic value simply as an outstanding pair of audiophile headphones. The Bluetooth wireless is also the best I've ever heard. Once you pair these headphones with your favorite Bluetooth media player, the Sony software is downloaded and installed on the player if it's LDAC compatible. (You don't have to do anything if you're using a Sony VAIO.) The LDAC protocol comes into play, providing a higher level of Bluetooth signal capacity plus higher bit sampling of the source sound. It's very nice! I can still hear the compression, but I have always been able to tell when I'm listening to a digital CD or an analog recording. Most people will likely will not be able to detect the difference at the 96kHz / 24bit sampling rate of LDAC. https://www.sony.net/Products/LDAC/ The primary reason I bought these headphones was for the active noise cancelling. These are the best so far and FAR outperform the Bose, Beats and other active noise cancelling headphones I tried at my local Best Buy. It's not total and complete silence, but it's really, really close. I don't use the noise cancelling without also engaging 'The Optimizer' which apparently takes into account, not only the overall ambient sound environment, but also how the headphones are fitting on your head (and perhaps your skull's resonant parameters?) to actually optimize the noise cancellation. I work out of my home where I have two grandsons living with me. One is five years old and the other a year and a half. There are plenty of sudden, unexpected noises with them living here (even with the doors closed) and I need a good quiet environment for concentration and for sounding professional while I'm on conference calls. Only the loudest, most sudden of noises make it through. Even then, the noises are only at about one third of what they would be without the active noise cancelling. My wife can watch the television in the same room and I don't hear it. My wife can speak to me in the same room and I don't hear her. :-) (The optizer can also be used with the cable.) Battery life is outstanding, although I expect that it must drop off over time. For now, a full charge lasts me about two weeks which includes wearing them while I'm working and when I'm listening to music. Now for the minor annoyances. After 'optimizing' the active noise cancelling, the sounds that do make it through are sudden and loud - as well as quiet and far away. My neighbor's dog can be heard quietly barking in the background from two yards away. When the solid waste truck rolls around our neighborhood, I can still faintly hear it. (Which is good because I need to be reminded to roll my carts out to the curb.) The feature which lets you suspend the active noise cancelling by 'cupping' your hand over the right ear piece is also activated by carpal tunnel stretches performed straight up over the head when triceps touch the right ear piece. The headphones DO detect when the cable is removed and they DO turn themselves OFF automatically. That's pretty cool. BUT They do NOT detect when the cable is inserted and do NOT turn themselves ON automatically. ** This is the same behavior as the headlights on my car which I also find to be a mild annoyance. But it's more a violation of logic than it is an actual problem. :-) Increase in capacitance should be equally easy to detect as a decrease in capacitance. ** As for comfort, these also rank right up there among the best. A few days ago I wound up on a support call that lasted eight hours. I wore these headphones for (just about) the entire time and at the end of the day, they still felt comfortable. I have a rather large sized cranium. And, if you've read this far, I encourage everyone to buy a pair. I don't believe it will possible to regret spending the money on the investment that these headphones represent. They are certainly less expensive than leasing shared office space.
I would recommend this to a friend
Hi DavidC, thank you very much for taking the time in writing us a detailed and honest review on the headphones. We love how you noted the pros and cons of each feature, and we're happy to know that they were able to suit your needs. What tops everything is that it was able to meet your standards which are a big deal for us. We'll make sure that your feedback reaches the whole team so that we can continue creating great products for all of you. You will enjoy the MDR1000X for a very long time, we know that it is in good hands. Thank you for choosing Sony, enjoy! -Mark
Sound: Very good range, especially if connected via cable. Specs say from 4Hz to 40,000Hz while connected. Not sure while Bluetooth, but it is comparable to being wired. These are truly HiFi I feel. The sound is crystal clear no interference from NC (although some articles suggest that its adaptable NC tech becomes noticeable, if it is,it is negligible). Treble is clear and crisp, and the Bass is nice (listening to Killing Strangers by Marilyn Manson at the moment). Volume: Very acceptable volume levels. Does not distort at maximum volume and music is clearly heard. Noise Cancellation: These are comparable to Bose's NC tech. Turn them on, and forget about the world around you. Standing next to a running diesel engine of a semi, it was only very faintly heard with no audio being played. However, when playing audio it is like it is just you and the music. On the other hand, sitting next the washer, you could clearly hear it, however, again, once audio is being played you forget it was there. As an added feature to the MDR 1000X's, it is able to be turned on or off with a push of a button. (As I sit here in this building that has a metal roof, the rain is pouring down so hard that with the headsets off, it is all you can hear...it's like drummers beating on the roof. But with them on, and NC turned on, the rain is barely noticeable with no audio, and completely gone with); Ambient Sound: This is also a very nice feature of these headsets. It has 2 modes; normal and voice. On normal, all outside noise is let in and amplified by the device's microphones. It is almost like you don't have them on, though you can tell it's coming through speakers. On voice mode, it is pretty self explanatory. It is set to block lower frequency sounds. However, any high frequency tones (like rain against sheet metal) will be heard even if it isn't someone talking. This feature, is definitely useful if you want to hear audio from your device while still being able to hear your professor in class, or your friends talking to you, etc. As for the normal, I can see that being useful in situations like running around the block where you would (if you have common sense) want to be aware of your surroundings, i.e. hear approaching vehicles, or someone running up from behind you. Connectivity: These use Bluetooth (obviously). Although it says it is made for Android and iPhone and makes no mention of PC, I find connecting it to my laptop's Bluetooth to be problem free, and just as good. There is no skipping or random disconnects. The MDR 1000X's also has the ability to use an auxiliary cable if you don't want to keep your Bluetooth free for other devices or for other strange reasons. It also charges via USB, but not sure if it can play music through USB, or stay connected via Bluetooth while charging (honestly, at this point, it doesn't hurt to connect it with the aux cable). Sadly, these headsets do not allow multiple Bluetooth connections, but don't let that be a deal breaker the other features, and sound quality of these devices far make up for that discrepancy. Microphone: Like most Bluetooth headsets, they are equipped with a mic so you can make a phone call, Skype, whatever. Now, to test it, I used some recording apps that allowed recording via Bluetooth (so I could hear the audio my self). However, results may vary in a phone call which I have yet to do so far. Anyhow, it does not appear Sony thought to add any NC tech to their mic, so any background noise is easily heard. HOWEVER, it does seem to prioritize voice frequencies, so I was easily able to hear my self loud and clear over the background noise. Still annoying to hear all that background, but it's not like I'd have to say "WHAT?" In the end, these headphones aren't designed around making phone calls, they are designed for entertainment, so really the mic is just an added convenience more than anyways. Battery: These are designed to last up to 20 hours.When I first turned them on 2 days ago, the battery level was at medium. Today, it is still at medium. However. I haven't really been testing it, I turn it off when not in use, so if it is really 20 hour life span I'm not sure. My first impression however, is that it does have quite some life to it. I watched John Wick the other night, so I used them for a few hours to say the least and it apparently hasn't hurt the battery life all that much. Comfort: For me, I could wear these for hours without taking them off. The earphones are padded with some sort of leather material or synthetic. Other headsets would cause some serious discomfort after a bit up to the point it hurt...these, not so much. Price: You could say these are definitely a pricey pair of headphones. However, after owning SEVERAL headsets (granted, most of them have been for gaming, these seem to be geared for movies and music), I think I have found one of the best ones I've had the pleasure of owning. Summary Pros: - Long battery life (by first impressions) - Excellent sound - Superb noise cancellation - Comfortable - Ambient Sound setting to easily hear what is going on around you. - Connectable via aux cable. Cons: - Microphone is not all that great. - No multiple Bluetooth connections. - Expensive Overall: Well worth the money. I would not let the cons be a deal breaker. After all, these are more meant for listening to entertainment and not for making phone calls, and multiple BT connections isn't that big of a deal (for me anyways).
I would recommend this to a friend
Best NC without sacrificing the SQPosted
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. Pros: -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. Cons: -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. CONCLUSION: 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...
I would recommend this to a friend
AWESOME HEADPHONE FOR ANYONE WHO LOVES GREAT SOUNDPosted
I am a professional Audio/Video Engineer, and I am not a fan of Sony Audio. Before selecting these headphones, I tested the JBL Everest Elite 700, and bought the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 (I am a Sennheiser fan) as well as the Sony MDR-1000X, for a side by side comparison. My assumption was that the Sennheiser would blow away the Sony, as all Sennheiser does is audio. Although they sounded great, the active Noise Cancellation fell just a bit short. When I tested the Sony MDR-1000X under the same conditions, I felt that the Active Cancellation was better than the other two, but the sound quality wasn't quite there.........UNTIL!!!! More on that later, here is how I tested the headphones that I bought. I have moderate sized Studio Monitors in my office and I used a digital recording of a Jet Airline Cabin to test the Active Noise Cancellation. I set my system to around 80dB, about average for a jet airline, and tested the different features of the two headphones. The Sennheiser was a quick test, as it is on or off. It sounded good, but I still heard noise. I then tested the Sony MDR-1000X under the same conditions and found the Active Noise Cancellation to be outstanding. You can also adjust the level of Active Cancellation that you desire, so if you are out on city streets, you can avoid being hit by a bus. The audio quality was okay UNTIL.........I accidently pressed a button on the bottom of the left earcup while adjusting the fit around my ears. The next thing I heard was a female voice saying "Optimizer ON", which was then followed by some tones and beeps. She then said " Optimizer Complete", and with that being said, the music came back on and OMG!!! After Optimizing the headphones with a simple button push, the sound was loud and crisp with full rich bass lines and smooth bright highs. Vocals were crystal clear and I was listening to the best set of headphones that I had heard in many years. I tried the Sony's because I had seen Sony headphones in Broadcast booths and studios around the world, but never believed that a $400 headphone would sound this good......thru Bluetooth, no doubt!!! There is also a very cool feature for conversation. If you cup your hand over the right earcup, it mutes the media and opens up the ambient microphones built into the headphones, and amplifies the outside sound, so that you can converse with someone and never have to remove the headphones. Very handy feature when traveling with others. It also provides a excellent battery life of over 30 hours of playtime at a moderate volume, and is of excellent build quality. Overall, the Sony MDR-1000X well exceeded my expectations in every way, and are now a part of my collection of high end audio components. Audio is completely objective and an individual choice, but everyone should consider this product if considering any at all.
I would recommend this to a friend
Is this worth getting? I'd say yes...Posted
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.
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Good Sound, ComfortablePosted
I had been looking for a headset to use with my TV so I could watch at night without disturbing anyone had have good sound as well. I had been using my son's LilGadgets Untangled Pro Premium Children's Wireless Bluetooth Headphones with SharePort - Black. They sounded good but would become uncomfortable as they were an on hear headset designed and sized for kids. I wanted something that was comfortable, sounded good, and was an over the hear design. The headset had to have the ability to sync with the TV. I first tried the Bose QuietComfort 35 first. They were comfortable but kept losing connection, didn't sync well with the TV voice, and had a rather bland sound. This was compared to my son's sons headset listed above. I was so disappointed and returned the Bose 35. My next headset was the Beats by Dr. Dre - Beats Studio Wireless Over-the-Ear Headphones - Black. This headset was comfortable, sounded great, but had some issues with syncing with the TV. I was reluctant to purchase the Sony MDR1000X headset but gave it a try. They are comfortable but can get a bit hot to wear for an extended time. I found the sound quality to be best of the units I tried. The Studio headset was close and seemed to have a bit more Bass but I kept having sync issues. Only the Sony MDR1000X has Apt-X and when used with an Apt-X Blu Tooth transmitter I never have sync issues when watching TV programs. I was comparing the Sony MDR1000X and Studio while watching the same programs and scenes. As mentioned the sound quality was close and I liked the extra Bass on the Studio. The Studio was also less expensive than the Sony. I decided I wanted to ensure I would not have lip sync issues and choose the Sony over the Studio. I use the Sony headset daily and have found they are comfortable to wear for hours but can get a bit hot and have to remove them for a bit to cool off. The battery lasts as advertised and I can go a week on one full charge. The sound quality is good and stereo separation is great. For TV viewing you can hear background sounds not present when watch TV through the TV speakers! The sound canceling is excellent! This can be good or bad. The good I only hear what I am listening too. The bad I am not able to hear my young son if he wakes up with a bad dream. For me the volume control works flawlessly and it is much better than having to find a button or rocker switch. The supplied cables and case are excellent and much better than the other headset listed in this review. For me the Sony does everything I wanted from a headset for listening to TV. They are expensive but have a better build quality than the other headset and it is my hope they will last. I leave the sound canceling on full but you adjust it for voice and ambient noise. One thing I can not get to work is the control functions. I don't expect it to work with my TV using an external Blu Tooth transmitter but I did expect it to work with my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. It does not. I also cannot connect the Sony headset via Blue Tooth to my Fire TV. I could do so with all the other headsets. I am not giving this headset five stars for some connection Blu Tooth connection limitations and that they get hot while wearing. They are the best of the group I tested against for what I use them for. I could have continued using my sons $49 Lilgadgets but wanted a bit more and the ability to wear them for more than two hours at a time. I would recommend them but I will add you need to check them out yourself. Everyone's head is different and a headsets comfort level is going to be individual. I believe sound quality is also subjective and will be up to the individual to determine what sound presents they prefer.
I would recommend this to a friend
Best all purpose headphones availablePosted
These headphones, while expensive, are possibly the best you can purchase from any retailer for fulfilling multiple purposes. When wired they sound better than practically any other available pair of headphones unless you shoot for a pair of dedicated studio monitors or high end wired headphones which can easily run anywhere from $100 dollars to well over $500 and even higher depending on the brand, build quality, and specifications. The MDR-1000x are well balanced, not too bass heavy and not too tinny as well as being extremely comfortable for long periods. that said, you can get better sounding headphones if you simply want dedicated Hi-res headphones (which these are Hi-res) and if you like more bass focused headphones you may want to look elsewhere. As far as noise cancelling goes, these are on par if not better than the Bose QC35's albeit fifty dollars more expensive when not on sale. Having said that, the sonys sound better in every mode; noise cancelling on, off, wired, and over Bluetooth. Its possible they aren't quite as comfortable but the difference in comfort is negligible They have another distinguishing difference from their competitors and that is they don't look like advertisements on your head. They feature the sony name, but only faintly imprinted on the head band making it invisible from any sort of distance. The all black or tan finish on them makes them look more adult, or professional. If you feel that you want more brand recognition or want others to think you spent money on your cans, get bose, or beats, or any other brand that charges you to advertise for them. The only visible marking on these is the NFC logo on the left cup. if you want some multipurpose headphones, with great hi-res sound quality, with great Bluetooth connectivity, possibly the best noise cancelling, and comfort, you'd be hard pressed to beat these. yes there are definitely better sounding headphones out there, but as far I know there are no headphones that sound this good wired, this good over Bluetooth and are noise cancelling. There are some nitpicks though. These include a carrying case, but the case doesn't have room inside for the included cable, instead it has an outside pocket that you pretty much have to tear off to fit the cable inside of. Also the cable itself is wonderful, but it seems like sony designed the 3.5mm port on the headphones themselves in such a way that generic 3.5mm cables won't fit in it. The supplied cable clicks in the jack and makes a tight, snug fit. The other 3.5mm cables I own won't do this. They simply fall out. I'm not sure if its a defect with my set or an intentional design but I can see this being very annoying if I ever lose this cable. Another minor problem is the joints in the set are indeed somewhat noisy. I can't hear them move when I'm actively listening to music or audio, but If I move my head too much I can occasionally hear a dull creak during lulls in songs or breaks between them. its extremely minor though in my experience. I have worn these often while walking through an urban setting, deaf to the world around me, and its during these outdoor walking periods that its the worst, when my head is constantly in motion and the sun is on the plastic, but even then its a minor issue only made apparent between songs and with some focusing on the sound. In short, unless you want dedicated Hi res monitors and/or don't want to drop 300+ on a set of headphones, you will want these. They do pretty much everything you'd want a pair of headphones to do, and they do them very well.
I would recommend this to a friend
Fantastic Sound for Wireless Headphones!Posted
The first time I turned these headphones on and let some music run through them I was immediately happy. These have hands down the best sound I have heard from a wireless noise canceling over the ear set to date. And I do own the latest wireless headphones from Sony's two leading competitors. Hint: Their names rhyme with Nose and Meats. First, let's talk about the sound quality. While I'm no audiophile, even I can tell that wireless headsets typically don't produce the same quality sound that a wired set would. It's hard to describe sound; but where the competitors sound signatures are either flat or artificially tuned to have a lot of bass the Sony's just sound natural. I really enjoy listening to movie soundtracks on these, I can close my eyes and it sounds like I'm sitting in a concert hall listening to the orchestra. I've mostly been enjoying them through my iPhone or Mac which doesn't have the LDAC support (currently found on most Sony products). I can only imagine how much better they would sound if your source supported high res audio. The noise cancelling is on par or better than the rest of the pack. There is a setting to control the ambient noise level although I admit I haven't had much of a chance to see what the different modes will do. As far as I can tell it seems to turn off the noise canceling and allow some sound through. It has two settings: normal and voice. Personally, I prefer to leave the noise canceling on. Even with no audio playing it will block out almost all the ambient noises including the TV in the other room and my loud keyboard leaving me with just silence. It's worth noting I can not turn off the noise canceling feature on the other headphones I own. (not sure I'd want to but still) One of the coolest features of these cans is the ability to temporarily disable the noise canceling to have a conversation with some random passerby or the flight attendant simply by cupping your palm over the right ear piece. Speaking of the right ear piece, all of your volume, rewind, ff, and play/pause are there as well. There are no discreet buttons, simply swipe up/down for volume, left/right for tracks and tap for play/pause. It's very slick and the only downside I can say about this feature is that sometimes I inadvertently change the volume or track by accidentally touching the right ear cup. The headphones are well made, with premium materials. I have the black version. They also are very comfortable and I can wear them for extended periods of time. Included in the box is a flattened travel case and an audio cable for wired listening, a USB power cord for charging and an airplane headphone adapter (what airline still uses these?). One of the only things I could find wrong with these are that they do have some sound leakage at medium to high volumes. And not really a negative but a wish for the next version is to have the ability to pair with multiple devices. These days I am moving from my laptop, to my phone, tablet, or streaming device and an easier way to stay connected to more than one device would be helpful. There are other headphones on the market that have this feature (which I own) and I find it very helpful.
I would recommend this to a friend
A Delight to OwnPosted
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. PROS: - 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 - Comfortable CONS: - 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.
I would recommend this to a friend
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Headphones Made with Great FeaturesPosted
I got these headphones recently and I cannot set them down. I must look funny driving around with a huge headset but they have easily transitioned into my life! If I want to skip a song all I have to do is swipe the right ear pad, or swipe up to raise volume, or best of all place my hand on the right ear pad and it mutes the music altogether so I can listen to external noises like a friend talking through my favorite track. Taking calls is super easy and I was told I sound crystal clear so that made me feel great also. The sound is pristine and lively as though i'm sitting in the grass at one of my favorite concert venues. Leon Bridges never sounded so cool! Another sound test for me was listening to a rainstorm with these guys because a lot of the time I need a break from listening to my dogs rough house. Again, the headphones take me to a headspace like no other headphones have. The ear pad is made of some kind of soft leather that just feels great on my skin, and I don't feel like I'm going to sweat off the headphones after a long time wearing them. Overall a great purchase for someone who likes to listen to an audiobook and just kick back, or for the audiophile like myself who wants to really feel the music like never before. Give these a try and do yourself a favor, just sit back and enjoy. They sounds as great as they look and they come with a carrying case, the charging wire, and AUX cable to plug in to your device in case you don't want to use bluetooth.
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Best headphones I've ever ownedPosted
Best features: excellent, natural sound with a spacious stage; well built; very light and comfortable; long battery life; no wires Cons: expensive; could be slightly louder This is both my first pair of wireless headphones and noise cancelling headphones. I had resisted adopting either technology for years, mainly due to skepticism of the performance of those technologies while being perfectly happy with the higher end Etymotics earbuds that I have listened to for thousands of hours over the last decade. I love these headphones. The lack of wires is so liberating. The sound is very natural and the sound stage feels huge compared to any other headphones I have ever tried. While I think they could be a little bit louder, the noise cancelling makes it so that I find myself more frequently wanting to turn the volume down than up. These headphones remain super clear even when listening at lower volumes. When paired with the superb NR, the natural response curve and clarity at low volumes makes for an impressive experience. I honestly did not expect to be so blown away by these headphones. The NR works very well, but I haven't taken these on a flight yet to test the real value of this feature. If you enable the NR without any audio playing, voices drop to a barely audible murmur and other more consistent sounds, like the growl of our HVAC system, completely disappear. Once any audio is playing, even at very low levels, outside noise including voices can't be heard. I'm heading out on a flight tomorrow, so I'm excited to give these a real test. A note about testing these headphones in the store: while the MDR-1000x sounded good during the demo, I thought that Bose had selected a better playlist to highlight the strengths of the QC35. If I had based my decision to purchase on the in store demonstration alone, as I wasn't able to listen to the MDR-1000x using my phone as a source, I would have probably picked the Bose QC35. They were priced equally at the time, so I let the online reviews sway me toward the MDR-1000x. Once I took the headphones home and tested them with my own music, any insecurity over the decision to pick the Sony fell aside and I felt confident with my pick. The only hesitation I have to these headphones is the price. They are expensive, but I can't imagine seeing a product that seems so perfect priced much lower. I'll report back on the NR after my trip.
I would recommend this to a friend
Comfortable, high quality sound & featuresPosted
Sony - 1000x Over-the-ear Wireless Hi-res Headphones are great. They are comfortable to wear, even for hours. These are BT headphones but you can plug in also if you demand the very highest sound quality. I found the BT connection to be excellent as was the sound quality. They will also connect through NFC. The noise canceling ability of these headphones is also excellent. If you need more surrounding ambient sound while listening to music or TV, you can set them to Normal so that you'll hear ambient noise through the built-in microphones. You can also set them to Voice and most ambient sound but voices is cancelled. Of course, by default they will cancel all noise, which gives you the best listening experience. If someone talks to you while the headphones are in the default setting, you can put your right palm against the outside of the right headphone and the noise cancellation is stopped allowing you to hear the conversation without removing the headphones. There are similar finger touch operations you can use on the right headphone to take phone calls, disconnect, raise/lower volume, play/pause, track seek etc. You can use the headphones as they come out of the box for automatic noise cancelling purposes, or go through a short Personal Noise Canceling Optimizer to maximize noise cancellation where they will analyze how the headphones set on your head, whether you wear glasses or earrings etc., for optimum noise cancellation. Sony claims 20 hours of battery life with continuous, wireless music playback, but I haven't proved this claim. I've used them for several hours at a stretch, and it didn't take very long to charge them afterward. I suspect Sony's battery life claim is probably accurate. You do have to charge them through a USB connection from you computer. I would have given a 5-star rating but for two things: you may think this is picky, but the headphones while not heavy are not light either. They feel substantial and have some weight. They felt fine on me, but my wife who is smaller than me felt the headphones were just a touch heavy on her head. Part of that may have been that she's not used to using headphones for any reason. The other item is the instructions are not written but rather given in sequences of drawings (good drawings) to explain how to do this or that. I figured things out without too much difficulty, but a little written instruction along with some of the drawings would have been perfect.
I would recommend this to a friend