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alaScore 94

192 reviews

Sep, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 192 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the bass quality and comfort are on the whole positive. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are negative about the value for money.

sound, usability, design, comfort, bass quality

value for money

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Sony MDR-1RBT is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 192 reviews)

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


alaTest has collected and analysed 45 user reviews of Sony MDR-1RBT from 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

sound, usability, value for money, comfort, bass quality

build quality

93% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony MDR1RBT Wireless Bluetooth Prestige Headphones - Black Sony MDR1RBT Wireless Bluetooth Prestige Headphones - Black

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Although the Sony MDR-1RBT headphones are pricey, they are well worth it. You will find that the headphones exhibit amazing audio whether you are listening to music or watching a movie. These headphones have a beautiful design and are built to last. If...

The over-the-ear design and soft leather earpads work with active noise-cancelling features to immerse you in music

The insides of the earcups can press on bigger ears and cause some pain

These headphones get our full recommendation. They're stylish and they play music the way it was meant to be heard.


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Sony MDR-1RBT Bluetooth/NFC headphones


Cut the cord - Sony's NFC-enabled Bluetooth headphones are ultra-convenient

Excellent wireless and wired sound quality ; Convenient via Bluetooth and NFC ; Rechargeable, works in passive mode

Expensive ; No active noise cancelling

Sony’s MDR-1RBT headphones sound equally good whether you’re listening wired or wirelessly. Hooking up with Bluetooth does give a bit of a bump to bass and treble, too, as well as the convenience of no cords. The convenience of NFC - if you’ve got a...


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Sony MDR-1RBT review: Hands-on


The Sony MDR-1RBT forms one third of the brand's new MDR-1 range of headphones and marks Sony's first step into the premium cans arena

Our first impressions of the Sony MDR-1RBTs (as well as its MDR-1 and MDR-1R siblings) were certainly good. We were impressed by the overall sound quality and well as the overall look and the swift and reliable Bluetooth pairing. We'll bring you more...

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Sony MDR-1RBT review


This review assumes you know what NFC is, and assumes that you've got a NFC-enabled mobile phone to make best use of the MDR-1RBT with. If you're not sure what it is or if you've got it, read this primer on Wikipedia. See all audio reviews.

Sony’s MDR-1RBT headphones sound equally good whether you’re listening wired or wirelessly. Hooking up with Bluetooth does give a bit of a bump to bass and treble, too, as well as the convenience of no cords. The convenience of NFC - if you’ve got a...

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Great sound quality. No difference between wired and wireless. Would happily recommend. As mentioned in cons there is only a soft cover case and the charging wire is only about 2ft but nevertheless still very happy with this sony product. Wireless...

great sound quality, bluetooth connection works great

soft cover case, short charging wire

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Superb Sound, Function, & Quality - Outstanding!


I honestly was skeptical as I fully expected this purchase to be a return. I just wanted to compare to my Beats Studio and Bose QC15. WOW was I surprised!

Sound Space is superb, well balanced. Excellent Controls

Soft Case only .. Why

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I purchase these wireless Blue Tooth head phones so I could be free from wires while playing drums. I have always been a loyal Sony customer with many other Sony ES audio components. Well, Sony hit it out of the park with the design, comfort, and audio...

Awesome sound & base

Non yet

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a few things to note before buying..


l've tried everything so far to get these to work on my macbook pro, which is boot camped with a clear install of windows 8, which Sony says will make these headphones compatible with.

works on most phones tried, it's sound quality is amazing

doesn't work on Apple iOS6, win 8 or a duel boot pc/laptop

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Everything I wanted


Full disclosure: I'm a Sony headphone fanboy. First impressions on the MDR-1RBT are great. Overall sound is good with big bass. Bluetooth pairing is fast, reliable, and has great range. They fit snugly on my head with a fair amount of inward pressure,...

Stylish, audio quality, build quality

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Excellent headphones


These are excellent, they blew me away. They are the best BT headphones I've ever heard, and I've heard a lot. There is no difference between BT and the wired connection when it comes to quality.

BT, sound quality, clarity

no iphone cord