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Sony MDR-1R

alaTest has collected and analyzed 262 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the usability and bass quality. The comfort and design are also appreciated. Reviews are divided on the value for money. Some have doubts about the reliability.

sound, design, comfort, bass quality, usability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Sony MDR-1R is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: review summary for Sony MDR-1R


alaTest has collected and analysed 52 user reviews of Sony MDR-1R from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on

sound, comfort, bass quality, usability, portability

value for money, reliability

92% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony MDR-1R Ultimate Over-Ear Stereo Headphones, BlackSony MDR1R Prestige Headphones - SilverSony Ultimate Over-Ear Stereo Headphones - Black

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Sony MDR-1R


The Sony MDR-1R is a powerful, clean-performing pair of headphones that's comfortable to wear and lends itself well to multiple genres of music.

Solid audio performance with strong bass, crisp highs, and no distortion at top volumes. Extremely comfortable. Comes with two detachable cables, one with inline microphone and remote control

No included headphone jack adapters

Sony's forays into headphones of late have often been focused on boosted bass, or even co-branding with television shows (like the X Factor), so it's refreshing to see a no-nonsense, high quality pair like the MDR-1R. At $299.99 (direct), it's priced...

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Sony MDR-1R


Comfortable, durable over-ears that should please most listeners


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Sony MDR-1R


Designed with bass in mind, the Sony MDR-1R headphones reproduce the all the lows of your music library. From the high sensitivity to the low frequency response, these bass headphones deliver some intense beats. Despite their plastic exterior and...

The Sony MDR-1R's excellent sound quality and light convenient styling make them one of the best bass headphones on the market

The on-ear design doesn't lend itself to heavy bass presentation, and the soft carrying case doesn't quite provide adequate protection

The Sony MDR-1Rs are a great choice for deep bass headphone because of their range of sound quality and light design.

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Sony MDR-1R 'prestige headphones' review


When a company sticks its neck out to brand its headphones as "prestigious" it's got to be pretty confident that they deliver in both the style and sound departments. The Sony MDR-1R over-ear headphones sure do look suave in their brown and silver...

Eventually very comfy, great sound, lots of mid-high frequency range 'snap' yet enough bass to deliver a rounded sound, attractive design

Exposed drivers can touch against ears, bass doesn't rumble as much as the higher-spec versions, not necessarily perfect for on-the-go listening, Sony Store price is too steep, really low frequencies not as impactful as might be expected

They promise prestige and the Sony MDR-1R over-ear headphones sure do deliver. Stylish, comfy, and well versed in delivering quality, well-separated audio. The Sony Store price is over the odds to pay though, and the lowest frequencies don't hit as...


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Sony MDR-1R


Classy and comfortable, these are bassy headphones for sophisticates.

Superb design ; Excellent comfort ; Good bass management, overall sound quality

Some mid-range thickness, tame treble ; Expensive

The best bit about the top-quality £300 Sony MDR-1R Prestige headphones is how easily they skip between roles as a portable and at-home pair. They look great, feel great and sound great too. You can get similar of better sound quality for less money,...

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Sony MDR-1r


Detailed and airy, but could do with more kick

Natural, warm, spacious sound

Could do with more power at the low end

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Best Headphones I Own


I just got a pair of these for review on Amazon and they blew me away. I own headphones from many of the top makers like AKG, Ultrasone, Sennheiser, etc. and for comfort and sound, these I now consider my best. Ample bass, full midrange and treble...

Excellent, Full Sound, Quality Build, Case and Soft case included

Cord is on the short side

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Great Headphones


I had bought Beats Studios and found myself wanting more out of my headphones. I did some research and these headphones kept coming up so a few months ago I purchased a pair...I will never look back. These headphones are top-notch. The price may scare...

Comfortable, Good sound quality, Good bass

Carrying pouch, and that is it

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sometimes I don't get it, sony


Almost perfect! Amazing! Everyone must say this! I use it on my walkman z which I think is the perfect match, but why I can't use the remote mic to control the volume on sony's own device walkman z? And plz give the walkman z android 4.0, walkman z in...

lightweight, sound quality, good-looking

remote mic with walkman

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Incredible Engineering Once Again


So far as I have been able to discern, these headphones are an incredible feat of engineering. They sound much better than almost any other headphone in their price bracket. That being said, the build quality leaves something to be desired. With a pair...

Clarity, Comfort, Range, Versatility, Accurate sound reproduction, swappable cables

Price, Build quality

Product Specifications


Active Noise Cancellation: No
Dolby PL / AC3: No
Earclip: No
Neckband: No

General Features

Ear Canal Headphone:Not Applicable
Product Type:Headphones
Signal Connection:Wired