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Sony MDR-F1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 24 reviews of Sony MDR-F1. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Reviewers really like the durability and portability. The comfort and design are also appreciated, whereas the treble quality and bass quality get negative opinions.

sound, design, comfort, portability, durability

price, reliability, bass quality, treble quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Sony MDR-F1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 73/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Sony MDR-F1 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on Views about the durability and bass quality are generally positive. The comfort and sound are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed opinions about the portability and price. There are some less positive opinions about the reliability.

design, sound, comfort, bass quality, durability


100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sony MDR-F1 Full-Open-Air Headphones with Impedance Compensator

Feb, 2016

Consumer review by: xrunas (

The final solution for me and my wife


I bought these phones in Czech Republic from local Sony dealer. I had the HD-600 for 3 years and wanted to try the MDR-F1 just to know how good they are. I auditioned them in a noisy shop and even there they sounded to me more "right" than my beloved...

beautifully coherent, non-headphone, speaker-type sound, looks great

low efficiency, pick up noise from some sources

Sep, 2002

Consumer review by: ratnarat (

Sony's high-tech luxury for your ears


The Sony MDR-F1 is a relatively little-known and almost mysterious headphone that you won't find at your local Best Buy. Read on to learn it's secrets and whether it's right for you.

Excellent build/materials/comfort, fantastic sound, light, quality, fully open

Price, inappropriate for noisy/public places due to open design

Aug, 2002

Consumer review by: raizelbt (

comfortable and clean


These pare of cans sound very good, in fact better than Sennheizer 570 (at least for me). I use them for various types of music from classic to rock (Hammerfall in particular) and found MDR-F1 to be simply outstanding. I don't feel that bass is...

very comfortable, clean sound, no need for special amplifier

Low impedance, Low efficiency. Slightly recessed high treble

Feb, 2002

Consumer review by: Tomo_Ishigami (

F1 Is Light and Comfortable, But No Bass


This is an interesting pair. Unlike other Sony headphones, this pair is fully open headphones. Although there is no protection from outside noise, the sound is airly and wonderful at times. There is no annoying resonance.

Mid and High are good. No annoying resonance. Light and comfortable. Any Source

No bass. A bit expensive for the performance you get. You hear outside noise

Jul, 1999

Product Specifications

Your personal audio experience begins with Sony's MDR-F1 Full-Open-Air stereo headphones. Featuring a Full-Open-Air system for a wider stereo soundstage, a Newly Developed Extra-Large Driver Unit with an Acoustic Bass Lens, and Ecsaine head and ear pad material, these headphones bring you exploding sound and comfort as you listen. Its Magnesium Alloy Frame and Super Duralumin Headband add to its creative design.

Audio Input

Type: None

Audio Output

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Headphones Form Factor:Ear-cup
Headphones Type:Binaural
Product Type:Headphones
Response Bandwidth:10 - 30000Hz
Sound Output Mode:Stereo

Audio System

Recommended Use:Home audio system

Dimensions & Weight



Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony MDR

Remote Control

Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty