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Sony MDR-1000X

Sony MDR-1000X
alaScore 89

1050 reviews

Jul, 2024

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1050 reviews of Sony MDR-1000X. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. People are impressed by the design and comfort. The usability and noise isolation also get good opinions. Some have doubts about the price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Sony MDR-1000X is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Parker Hall (

Sony MDR-1000x review


Plush comfort, excellent noise cancelling, and superb sound put Sony's MDR-1000x at the head of the wireless class.

Dynamic highs and punchy bass ; Extremely comfortable ; Great battery life ; Thoughtful real-world features

Touch controls don’t always work perfectly

The Sony MDR-1000x are a feature-packed pair of noise-cancelling headphones, and the best we have ever tested overall. While some headphones offer slightly stronger noise cancelling, and others distinctly crafted sound signatures, never have we seen...

Dec, 2017

Expert review by : Vlad Savov (

Sony 1000X review: the best of Bose worlds


I had almost given up hope. In my eight years of reviewing technology, I've been through the ups of anticipating the next Sony device and the downs of actually using it so many times that I didn't...

Exceedingly comfortable ; Noise canceling doesn't get any better ; Long battery life ; Great sound quality for Bluetooth headphones

Fiddly touch controls ; Materials are sturdy, but underwhelming for $400 ; MicroUSB charging is so very 2016

Who says you can’t have wireless and noise canceling in one great pair of headphones?

Feb, 2017

Expert review by : David Carnoy (

Sony MDR-1000X review


When it comes to noise-canceling headphones -- those models that actively block outside noise like airline engines -- Bose is generally considered the gold standard, but Sony's engineers have been on a mission to beat Bose at what it does best.

The Sony MDR-1000X is an excellent-sounding, comfortable wireless headphone with effective noise-canceling that measures up to Bose's for muffling ambient noise. It has good battery life and some nifty extra features geared toward frequent travelers.

Not great as a headset; its adaptive noise-canceling is too noticeable at times.

If you can overlook a few small drawbacks, the MDR-1000X is a top-notch wireless noise-canceling headphone that's stacked with features and sounds excellent.

Oct, 2016

Expert review by : Tim Gideon (

Sony MDR-1000X


The Sony MDR-1000X wireless headphones offer solid audio performance and noise cancellation, but the industry leader costs less.

Powerful audio performance with rich lows and strong clarity in the highs. Can be used passively with included audio cable. Noise cancellation is independent of wireless functionality. Ambient mics work quite well. Functional, comfortable design.

Expensive. Noise cancellation is good, but not great. Included audio cable lacks inline remote.

Conclusions The Sony MDR-1000X looks and feels luxurious, and delivers strong audio performance and solid noise cancellation. But the Bose QuietComfort 35 costs less, sounds better, and delivers the best noise cancellation you can get. If the MDR-1000X...

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : Sam Vafaei , Marc Henney, Jean-Christophe Lamontag (



The Sony MDR-1000x are above-average headphones for most use cases with excellent noise cancelling, which makes them a good choice for commuting and traveling. They're comfortable and decently well built with a lot of features but no app for added...

Excellent noise cancellation. ; Sturdy and durable build quality. ; Great active features.

Slightly inconsistent sound when wireless. ; A bit leaky at high volumes.

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Theo Nicolakis (

Sony MDR-1000X noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones review: Better than Bose Quiet Comfort 35?


Bose is better at masking jet-engine drone, but Sony is no slouch on that score and ultimately it offers the better-sounding cans.

Excellent noise cancellation across a range of radically different environments ; Sleek, touch-sensitive gesture control pad ; Light, compact, and comfortable

Surprisingly sub-par wired performance ; Ambient sound modes are practical, not perfect ; Noise cancellation effectiveness varies by context

Sony’s MDR-1000X are stellar headphones with scary-good noise-cancelling abilities in a wide range of environments. They deliver great musical performances, and they’re loaded with high-end features. They’re a fantastic choice for music-loving road...

Oct, 2016

Expert review by : Max Mutter (

Sony MDR1000X Review


Exceptional sound quality and noise cancellation

Great sound quality, great noise cancellation

Expensive, touch sensitive controls can be a bit finicky

The offers field leading sound quality and noise cancellation, but may be slightly uncomfortable for those with larger ears. As long as these headphones feel comfy, you can't go wrong.

Jan, 2018

Expert review by : Bethany Gordon (

Sony MDR-1000X Review


The Sony MDR-1000X are the best noise-cancelling wireless headphones first and foremost because they cancel the most noise. They were also a favorite for sound quality and overall comfort in our tests and had a battery life of around 19 hours. The only...

Both with and without active noise cancelling, these headphones blocked the most external sound in our tests.

The four-hour charge time is longer than most and could be a hassle when traveling or if you have a limited number of outlets.

The Sony MDR-1000X headphones are overachievers, with top-notch noise cancelling, excellent sound quality and exceptional comfort. They are the best noise-cancelling wireless headphones we reviewed.

Mar, 2017

Expert review by : Mike Mettler (

Gear Review: Sony MDR-1000X Noise-Canceling Headphones - Hi Res Audio Central


Sony has been pushing high resolution audio harder than almost any other manufacturer, and have been implementing it into an increasingly dense line of high-quality headphones for listeners worldwide. Their MDR-1000X wireless noise-cancelling...

Jan, 2017

Expert review by : Lauren Dragan (

Sony MDR-1000X Bluetooth Headphones


Performance Build Quality Comfort Value

For several years, Bose has reigned supreme in the world of active noise cancellation. Sony is hoping to change that with the MDR1000X, their most advanced active noise cancelling (ANC) headphones to date. If the quality of noise cancelling is all that...

Jan, 2017

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