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Sony MDR-1A

alaTest has collected and analyzed 722 reviews of Sony MDR-1A. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and bass quality. The portability and comfort are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are negative about the reliability.

sound, comfort, portability, bass quality, design

reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Sony MDR-1A is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony MDR-1A

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 116 user reviews of Sony MDR-1A from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones on Amazon.co.uk. Opinions about the bass quality and portability are generally positive. The price and comfort also get good feedback, but many are critical about the reliability.

sound, comfort, price, portability, bass quality

reliability

97% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony MDR-1AS High Res Prestige Over Head Headphones - SilverSony MDR-1AS High Res Prestige Over Head Headphones - Silver

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony MDR-1A

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 91 user reviews of Sony MDR-1A from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the design and bass quality. The portability and comfort are also appreciated. Opinions are divided on the price, and some have doubts about the reliability.

sound, comfort, portability, bass quality, design

reliability

95% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony MDR1A Premium Hi-Res Stereo Headphones (Black)Sony MDR1A Premium Hi-Res Stereo Headphones (Black)

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: David Carnoy (cnet.com)

Sony MDR-1A review:

 

Sony's MDR-1A is the successor to the discontinued MDR-1R , a "premium" over-ear that we liked a lot when we reviewed it a few years ago.

The Sony MDR-1A is a relatively lightweight, very comfortable full-size headphone that offers sound that's improved over the MDR-1R's, with better definition from the bass through the midrange to the treble. The headphones now sit on your neck...

Somewhat pricey; in-line remote lacks some functionality for iPhone users.

The supercomfortable Sony MDR-1A does a good job balancing clarity with just enough of laid-backness to make it a very versatile headphone that's well worth considering if you're looking for a full-size headphone in the $250-$300 range.

Apr, 2015

PCMAG.COM - Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Tim Gideon (pcmag.com)

Sony MDR-1A

 

Sony's MDR-1A over-ear headphones are luxurious-feeling, exceptionally comfortable, and deliver top-notch audio performance.

Fantastic audio performance with deep lows and clear, well-defined highs. Sleek design with luxurious material. Extremely comfortable fit. Ships with two detachable cables, one with an inline remote and microphone for mobile devices

Quite expensive. Not for purists seeking a flat response sound signature

Sony's latest addition to the MDR lineup is a thoughtfully designed, exceedingly comfortable headphone pair made with luxurious materials. At $299.99, the MDR-1A isn't cheap, and given the lack of Bluetooth or noise-canceling circuitry, that price...

Mar, 2015

Expert review by: Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

Sony MDR-1A BT headphones offer Hi-Res Audio, gesture controls (hands-on) - Pocket-lint

 

Sony announced a number of new audio products at CES 2015 earlier in the year, and we recently got our hands on the MDR-1A BT headphones, which have some

Feb, 2015

Expert review by: Mike Lowe (pocket-lint.com)

Sony MDR-1A review: A-class over-ear headphones

 

It was two years ago we were first introduced to the Sony MDR range, headed-up by the self-proclaimed "prestige" MDR-1R headphones. We had to hand it to Sony, though, despite sounding almost pompous they were very impressive over-ears, delivering...

Really comfortable for long-term listening, great sound throughout the frequency range - from deep bass through snappy high-end, spatial soundscape delivers engaging listen

Loose fit won’t suit smaller heads, can slip slightly during wear so driver positions won’t engage high-end frequencies as well, simple carry case

We've been testing headphones back-to-back for a number of weeks and have found the Sony MDR-1A to be the most immediately comfortable and gratifying over-ears straight out of the box.

Oct, 2014

Expert review by: What Hi-Fi? (whathifi.com)

Sony MDR-1A review

 

A new version of Sony's over-ear headphones brings a host of new features, but how do they sound?

Stylish appearance Soft, comfortable earpads Musical delivery Excellent dynamics

Lack low-end control Vocals sound insubstantial

Apr, 2015

Expert review by: David Carnoy (cnet.co.uk)

Sony MDR-1A review

 

Sony's MDR-1A is the successor to the discontinued MDR-1R , a "premium" over-ear that we liked a lot when we reviewed it a few years ago.

The Sony MDR-1A is a relatively lightweight, very comfortable full-size headphone that offers sound that's improved over the MDR-1R's, with better definition from the bass through the midrange to the treble. The headphones now sit on your neck...

Somewhat pricey; in-line remote lacks some functionality for iPhone users.

The supercomfortable Sony MDR-1A does a good job balancing clarity with just enough of laid-backness to make it a very versatile headphone that's well worth considering if you're looking for a full-size headphone in the $250-$300 range.

Apr, 2015

Recommended by TR

Expert review by: Andrew Williams (trustedreviews.com)

Sony MDR-1A

 

Classy headphones that undercut the opposition

Sony’s supremely comfortable headphones offer better value than most fashion pairs.

Jan, 2015

Expert review by: David Carnoy (cnet.com.au)

Sony MDR-1A review: A stellar over-ear headphone

 

Sony's MDR-1A is the successor to the discontinued MDR-1R, a "premium" over-ear that we liked a lot when we reviewed it a few years ago.

The Sony MDR-1A is a relatively lightweight, very comfortable full-size headphone that offers sound that's improved over the MDR-1R's, with better definition from the bass through the midrange to the treble. The headphones now sit on your neck...

Somewhat pricey; in-line remote lacks some functionality for iPhone users

The supercomfortable Sony MDR-1A does a good job balancing clarity with just enough of laid-backness to make it a very versatile headphone that's well worth considering if you're looking for a full-size headphone in the $250-$300 range.

Apr, 2015

Expert review by: (which.co.uk)

Sony MDR-1A review

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The Sony MDR-1As are an updated version of Sony's Prestige range MDR-1R headphones, with Sony targeting adopters of new high-resolution audio players and music services looking for 'an authentic and precise experience'. The MDR-1Rs impressed our...

Mar, 2015

Consumer review by: ZaWsZe85 (cnet.com)

Precise, neat and fullfilling

 

I have owned alot of good headphones like Momentum OE V1, Beats Solo 2, Beats Studio 2, Sennheiser 518, JBL E40BT and tried more. They fullfill every needs for me. I use them alot listening to music and wathcing movies in bluray quality.

Pads, light, comfortable, sound quality

Pricey - short cables

Dec, 2015

Product Specifications

Design

Color of product:Black / Silver
Headset type:Binaural
Wearing style:Head-band

Ergonomics

Detachable cable: Yes

Headphones

Acoustic system:Closed
Driver type:Dynamic
Driver unit:1.57 / 1.575
Ear coupling:Circumaural / Supraaural
Headphone frequency:3 - 100000
Headphone sensitivity:105
Impedance:24 / 48
Magnet type:Neodymium
Maximum input power:1500
Wearing style:Head-band

Microphone

Microphone direction type:Omni
Microphone mute: Yes

Other Features

Cord Length:47.2

Packaging Data

Cables included:Audio (3.5mm) / AUX
Carrying case: Yes
Manual: Yes
Quantity:1

Performance

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Maximum input power:1500
Wireless technologies:Wired

Ports & interfaces

1/8" connector:Y
Cable Length:47.2 / 47.244
Cable type:Copper
Connectivity Technology:Wired
Connector contacts plating:Gold
Device interface:3.5 mm (1/8")
Interface Type:3.5 mm (1/8")
Wireless technologies:Wired

Weight & Dimensions

Weight:7.937 / 7.94 / 8.11