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Merging comfort with great sound

When you're choosing a pair of headphones, comfort can be every bit as important as sound quality. Sony hit the mark on both counts when they designed their MDR-10R headphones. They deliver clear high-frequency detail and natural midrange, while Sony's Beat Response Control offers up a nice dose of tight bass. It's a sound signature that's as pleasing as the exceptional comfort these headphones offer. The soft padding on the headband and earcups make these headphones practically disappear on your head. If you've ever worried that over-the-ear headphones might be too uncomfortable for longer listening sessions, these could be the ones that change your mind.

In-line remote and mic for Apple® and Android™

The MDR-10R headphones come with two cables, one of which has a built-in remote and microphone. The microphone lets you take calls with your smartphone, while the remote offers playback and call control with the push of a button. It's compatible with Android and Apple devices. If you're an Android user, you can even download Sony's free SmartKey™ app. It lets you customize the remote button for various functions, including volume control.

Take 'em out and about

Think over-the-ear headphones are just for home listening? These lightweight headphones will change your perception. Their supreme comfort makes them excellent for travel, commuting, or lounging in the coffee shop. The closed back, over-the-ear design helps keep external noise at bay. Plus, the swiveling earcups make them flatten out for easy storage. Slip them into the included carrying pouch and stash them in your bag so you can enjoy great sound from your smartphone anywhere you go.

Product Highlights:

  • comfortable, lightweight, over-the-ear design
  • 47" mini cable with in-line remote and microphone lets you control music and take calls with an Apple or Android smartphone
  • 47" standard (no remote) mini headphone cable for use with other listening devices
  • download the free SmartKey app for Android to customize the in-line remote's button functions for your smartphone or tablet
  • Sony's Beat Response Control delivers deep, tight bass
  • 40mm dynamic drivers
  • earcups swivel for easy storage
  • carrying pouch included
  • frequency response: 5-40,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 100 dB
  • impedance: 40 ohms
  • weight: 6.4 oz. (without cord)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Sony MDR-10R Reviews

Average Customer Review:

1 Review


Written by: Ray from Raymore, MO on March 7, 2014

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  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Build Quality
  • Comfort
  • Noise Reduction
  • Sound Quality

I bought these headphone looking for a good sound quality. I was not disappointed. They are everything I expected. They look as good as the picture shown on the Crutchfield site. They are very comfortable to wear and I think they are very good at blocking external noises. I like that the ear pads swivel for storage and travel. The L shaped connector is a great feature. The quality seems very good and the ear pads are very soft. All of these things make it a great value, but the sound is the most pleasing feature. My next set of headphones will be wireless Sony MDR-10BT.

Pros: Excellent sound and comfort.

Cons: None

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What's in the box?

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  • Over-ear headphones (black)
  • 47" Straight audio cable (3.5mm plug)
  • 47" Smartphone control cable with in-line mic/1-button remote (3.5mm plug)
  • Black carrying pouch
  • Operating Instructions
  • Limited Warranty sheet
  • Online product registration sheet

Features and Specs

Fit Style Over-the-ear
Earcup Type Closed
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Frequency Response 5-40k Hz
Sensitivity 100 dB
Impedance 40 Ohms
Weight 6.35 ounces
Cord Length 47" + 47"
Airline Adapter Included No
iPod Control Yes
Volume Control No
Built-in Microphone Yes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


Overview: The Sony MDR-10R Hi-Res stereo headphones combine comfort and portability into one package. The plush and soft earpads give you hours of comfort, and provide a wrap-around feel with acoustic sealing for excellent sound quality. The headphones come with two interchangeable straight cables, including one designed for smartphones, and a black carrying pouch.

Swiveling Ear Cups: The ear cups on the MDR-10R swivel out to let you listen to external sounds or carry on a conversation. When not in use, the swiveling ear cups fold flat for easy storage in the included pouch.

Drivers: The MDR-10Rs have newly-developed 40mm HD driver units that deliver accurate and balanced sound with powerful lows and extended high frequencies.

Beat Response Control: Today's high energy music with its driving bass notes is demanding for headphones. The MDR-10R's Beat Response Control is a special acoustic design that helps control airflow and diaphragm movement to give you tight, deep bass response.

Detachable Cords: The headphones come with two 47" detachable cords. These tangle-free cord are terminated with a right-angled 3.5mm miniplug that fits into most smart devices, even with a hard case. You can choose between the following cables:

  • Smartphone Cord: This cable includes an in-line microphone/one-button remote that is compatible with most smartphones. The one-button remote lets you play/pause your music, and answer/end calls, while the built-in microphone lets you make hands-free calls. With the downloadable SmartKey app for Android, you can customize the functionality of the in-line remote.
  • Audio Cord: This cable is for audio listening only--no in-line remote or microphone.

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