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alaScore 89

78 reviews

Aug, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 78 reviews of Sony MDR-1RNC. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. People are impressed by the usability and price. The design and comfort also get good views.

sound, comfort, design, price, usability

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 89/100 = Very good quality.

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


alaTest has collected and analyzed 54 user reviews of Sony MDR-1RNC from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on Reviews about the price and usability are overall positive. The comfort and design are also appreciated.

sound, design, comfort, usability, price

98% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony MDR1RNC Noise Cancelling Prestige Headphones - BlackSony MDR1RNC Noise Cancelling Prestige Headphones - Black

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: Tim Gideon (



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...

Apr, 2013

Expert review by: (



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.


Expert review by: Mike Lowe (

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...

Feb, 2013

Expert review by: (



High in luxury, with slightly mixed noise-cancelling

Lovely build quality ; Excellent detail

Noise-cancelling brings brightness ; High price

Expert review by: (



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.

Jun, 2013

Expert review by: Anthony Caruana (

Sony MDR-1RNC headphones


Given that Sony practically created the mobile music business, it's not surprising to find that its entrant into this premium category is very solid. In fact, we only had one gripe with the MDR-1RNC headphones that stopped us from giving these a higher...

Good sound; USB charging


There’s a lot to like about these headphones. The noise cancellation is excellent and makes listening to music a pleasure. There’s faithful reproduction of sounds that makes you feel like you’re with the performers. If they were a little...

Apr, 2013

Consumer review by: Sturmzinck (



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

Jan, 2013

Consumer review by: spkg (

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

Nov, 2012

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