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Sony MDR-1R

Sony MDR-1R
alaScore 91

342 reviews

Mar, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 342 reviews of Sony MDR-1R. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. People really like the bass quality and price. The comfort and design also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the reliability.

sound, design, comfort, price, bass quality


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 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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


alaTest has collected and analyzed 71 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 People really like the price and portability. The design and comfort are also appreciated, whereas there are some critical comments about the reliability.

sound, comfort, design, portability, price


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

This summary is based on the products: Sony MDR1R Prestige Headphones - Silver (discontinued by manufacturer)Sony MDR1R Prestige Headphones - SilverSony MDR-1R Ultimate Over-Ear Stereo Headphones, Black

Mar, 2015

Expert review by: Tim Gideon (

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...

Apr, 2013

Expert review by: CNET (

Sony MDR-1R: Neutral tonal balance for all genres


It's true that Sony's MDR-1R headphones come with a lofty price tag, but if you're searching for highly accurate-sounding headphones with style and substance, they deserve your attention.

The Sony MDR-1R Premium Headphones ' full-size, over-the-ear design and supple leather earpads lend a luxurious feel to an extraordinarily comfortable pair of headphones you can wear for hours at a time

They don't fold flat for compact storage

Dec, 2012

Expert review by: Virginia Barry (

Sony MDR-1R


Comfortable, durable over-ears that should please most listeners

Sep, 2013

Expert review by: MacNN (

Sony MDR-1R Bluetooth headphones


The Good - Excellent design - High-quality sound, S-Master Amp - Versatile connectivity that includes NFC - Good passive sound isolation - Very comfortable The Bad - Extensive use of plastic in construction - Over-ear design is bulky - Supplied carry...

Excellent design - High-quality sound, S-Master Amp - Versatile connectivity that includes NFC - Good passive sound isolation - Very comfortable

Extensive use of plastic in construction - Over-ear design is bulky - Supplied carry pouch offers limited protection

Dec, 2012

Expert review by: (

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.

Expert review by: Mike Lowe (

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...

Nov, 2012

Expert review by: Pocket Lint (

Sony MDR-1R over-ear headphones range pictures and hands-on


Sony's already well known for its variety of headphones, but its latest MDR range looks to swing its weight in the premium consumer category. Introducing the MDR-1R series... In the basement of a London meet, Pocket-lint had the opportunity to try out...

Aug, 2012


Expert review by: Andrew Williams (

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,...

Jan, 2013

Expert review by: (

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

Consumer review by: BillinGA (

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

May, 2013

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