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Sony MDR-XD100

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Item #: 158MDRXD1H
 

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by Ralph Graves
Sony

Sony's MDR-XD100 headphones feature soft padded earcups and an open-design headband so you can listen in comfort for hours on end. Their large 40mm speaker drivers reproduce convincingly realistic sound, whether you're listening to your favorite MP3s or DVD movie soundtracks.

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Highlights:

  • lightweight, around-the-ear design
  • sealed, padded earcups
  • 40mm drivers
  • UniMatch plug adapter for mini or full-size headphone jacks
  • frequency response: 12-22,000 Hz
  • cord length: 11.5 feet
  • impedance: 70 ohms
  • weight: 6.18 oz.
  • warranty: 90 days
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Features and Specs
General
Fit Style
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Around-the-Ear
Earcup Type
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Noise-canceling
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No
Bluetooth
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No
Frequency Response
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12-22,000 Hz
Sensitivity
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100 dB
Impedance
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70 Ohms
Weight
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6.18 ounces
Cord Length
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138"
Airline Adapter Included
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No
iPod Control
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No
Volume Control
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No
Built-in Microphone
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No
Parts Warranty
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90 Days
Labor Warranty
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90 Days
Product Research
What's in the box?

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  • Stereo headphones
  • Gold-plated mini-to-standard plug adapter
  • Specifications and warranty information on the back of the package

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Features

Driver Units: The long stroke 40mm dome drivers give you a wide dynamic range for listening to movies and music.

Ear Conscious Design: This closed, over-the-ear design helps the headphones to fit the angle of any shapes of the ear naturally without squeezing the ear. The earcups swivel vertically.

Construction: The black earphones use soft black vinyl for the earpads and the headband is a black poly material.

Specifications:

  • Driver: 40 mm dome type
  • Type: Closed, dynamic
  • Power handling capacity: 1500 mW
  • Frequency Response: 12-22,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 100dB SPL
  • Impedance: 70 ohms at 1 kHz
  • Weight: 6.18 oz
 

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Quick impressions from the Lab

Comment by Marshall Advisor,

Great for the PC

Written by Marshall, Advisor, on 1/4/2012 1:26:00 PM

I recently purchased a set of these headphones to use at work. Much of the product research I need to do involves watching vendor-supplied videos. The audio tracks would distract my co-workers if played on computer speakers. So to sequester the sound and get the quality I need to understand what's being said, I need to wear headphones.

I find the 'XD100's comfortable and "good enough" for the kind of listening I do at work. I'm particularly impressed with the fit they provide over the temples of my glasses.

The best part is the headphones' clarity. Watching videos I can hear voices distinctly and the accompanying music comes through well without overpowering dialogue. While these headphones don't have the range of the mid and upper-end models I've tested, they serve their purpose. And the 'XD100's have been durable enough to survive a few accidental drops to the floor.

Comment by Marshall Chase Staff Writer - Creative,

Great for the PC

Written by Marshall Chase, Staff Writer - Creative, on 1/4/2012 1:26:00 PM

I recently purchased a set of these headphones to use at work. Much of the product research I need to do involves watching vendor-supplied videos. The audio tracks would distract my co-workers if played on computer speakers. So to sequester the sound and get the quality I need to understand what's being said, I need to wear headphones.

I find the 'XD100's comfortable and "good enough" for the kind of listening I do at work. I'm particularly impressed with the fit they provide over the temples of my glasses.

The best part is the headphones' clarity. Watching videos I can hear voices distinctly and the accompanying music comes through well without overpowering dialogue. While these headphones don't have the range of the mid and upper-end models I've tested, they serve their purpose. And the 'XD100's have been durable enough to survive a few accidental drops to the floor.

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4 out of 5

Sony MDR-XD100

Written By Anonymous, Monument, CO on Sunday, January 22, 2012
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I bought these for my kids. They came with a long cord which was nice. They use them to watch movies, play video games, etc. when we are in places that require keeping the noise at a minimum. This is not the headphones for an audiophile, but great entry level headphones.
Pros:
Comes with a long cord. Great value for the price.
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2 out of 5

Good - for cheap headphones

Written By Mister R, Florida on Tuesday, December 06, 2011
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I'll probably hand these off to the kids. the poor fit and hollow sound won't work for my "cone of silence" that I like to get into when I am listening to my music or playing games. The two stars mainly reflect the poor acoustic quality. The only reason I did not give one was because I could not expect much for the price.
Pros:
The price was nice.
Cons:
When I put them on, I realized why the price was so good. The headphones did not fit well around the ear and so it was like putting on two seashells with speakers in them. The resulting sound was a tinny and hollow and not as loud as other headphones that I have owned.
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4 out of 5

Sony MDR-XD100

Written By kathy, Wa on Saturday, April 09, 2011
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nice the kids love it and so dose grandma :)
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4 out of 5

Sony MDR-XD100

Written By Paul, Danbury, CT on Thursday, August 21, 2008
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I live in a condo and watch DVD's late at night but didin't want the volume to disturb others. These headphones are great for late night watching and helped me stay within my budget. Not outstanding sound quality and I can't say what would happen if you really pushed them to the limit but for everyday movie watching I think they are a great buy!
8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Sony MDR-XD100

Written By Chris, NORWALK CT on Thursday, September 21, 2006
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Great headphones for the pc very clear and a long cord
68 out of 94 people found this helpful
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