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alaScore 94

48 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 48 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the build quality and noise isolation. The comfort and design are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the value for money.

sound, design, comfort, noise isolation, build quality

value for money

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

Review analysis

(Based on 48 reviews)

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The Sony MDR1-RNC offers laudable audio quality and solid noise cancellation, but despite top-notch performance, it's priced too high.

Distortion-free audio performance with rich bass and crisp highs. Outputs audio in passive mode. Extremely comfortable. Includes two detachable audio cables, one with inline remote and microphone for mobile devices

Overpriced compared with similar models. No battery charger or ¼-inch adapter included

The world of noise-canceling headphones is littered with Bose wannabes, so it's refreshing to see a pair that has its own look. The Sony MDR1-RNC offers solid noise cancellation and excellent audio performance, but its $499.99 (direct) price is tough...

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The Sony MDR-1RNC headphones are well designed and a joy to listen to. Find out what makes these high-quality sound cancelling headphones so good.

The sound quality is so brilliant you’ll discover new levels in your favorite songs and movie scores

Noise is only reduced up to 13 decibels via the active noise cancellation feature

These comfortable, easy to listen to headphones are a fabulous pick all around.

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I got these the Sony head phones because I was tried of the cord on my ear buds getting in the way when I went to the gym, and even walking around my house. I use these head phones at the gym and they fit great. I don't feel like their going to fall...

Great fit. comertable. loud. great sound

Ears get kinda wetty, price


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Great compromise between good sound and NC


This headset is ideal for someone who wants simply the best of both sound quality and noise cancellation beyond all else. however it comes at a price, literally and figuratively. The biggest draw back being the size and the weight, the NC500(600)D is...

Sound quality, Noise Cancellation, Normal wearing comfort

Big and Heavy, uncomfortable to sleep with

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Outstanding headphones for home and on the go!


I've been searching for a pair of great headphones for the last month or so which has consisted of reading numerous product reviews, watching online videos, and personally sampling some models at local electronic stores.I ultimately decided to purchase...

Sound Clarity, Lightweight, Comfortable

Not fully foldable

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Sony MDR-1RNC noise cancelling over-ear headphones review


We've had the Sony MDR-1RNC noise cancelling over-ear headphones in the Pocket-lint offices for weeks now and have been using them non-stop - while at work, when commuting, out on the streets and at home. We already had a lot of love to give to the...

Comfy, stylish, great sound, lots of mid-high frequency range 'snap' yet enough bass to deliver a rounded sound

Active noise cancellation strips back the sound, exposed drivers can touch against ears, not necessarily perfect for on-the-go listening as wind catches external mics when noise cancellation is on, price is too steep

Prestigious, stylish, decent sounding - there's a lot of good to be said for the MDR-1RNC headphones. But the huge price and stripped-back sound of the noise cancellation mode are bothersome and therefore we see no reason to buy these over the...

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High in luxury, with slightly mixed noise-cancelling

Lovely build quality ; Excellent detail

Noise-cancelling brings brightness ; High price

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Review: Sony MDR-1RNC


These are great active noise-canceling headphones that reproduce an impeccable amount of detail and reduce noise better than most of the competition. However, they're quite pricey and can sound overly bright at times.

Detailed, transparent sound that surpasses most other noise-canceling headphones; solid, yet stylish design; comfortable; effective active noise-cancellation; sound great on passive mode

Bright sound signature can be grating to some listeners; very expensive

(Credit: Shawn Low/CNET Asia)These are great headphones that have an amazing amount of detail. Audiophiles who enjoy a pair of detailed and transparent sounding headphones would appreciate these, but we fear that many mainstream consumers may find that...

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The Sony MDR-1RNC noise-cancelling headphones claim to offer 99.7 percent noise cancellation. While that's all good and well, it's not ideal if the sound quality of what you do Sony MDR-1RNC has no tags.

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The Sony MDR-1RNC noise-cancelling headphones claim to offer 99.7 percent noise cancellation. While that's all good and well, it's not ideal if the sound quality of what you do Sony MDR-1RNC has no tags.


Product Specifications


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

General Features

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