Sony MDR-1A Premium Hi-res
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The headphones sound great and are very comfortable.
If you're looking to get a little more out of your music, upgrading your headphones is a smart first step. The excellent-sounding Sony MDR-1A headphones will put you on the right track. Their aluminum-coated 40mm drivers are engineered for incredibly wide frequency response. That means these headphones offer glittering detail, from the deepest bass frequencies all the way through the crisp, extended highs. You'll hear more of the subtle nuances in your music — especially if you use these headphones with a high-resolution player like the Sony NWZ-A17 Walkman. Just like the MDR-1A headphones, high-resolution music can take you even deeper inside your favorite tunes.
Get more from your music with the Sony MDR-1A's spacious, detailed sound.
Your music, that's what. So Sony designed their cable to treat the audio signal with particular care. The four-conductor, silver-coated oxygen-free copper cable ensures your music is delivered accurately. That means you get the full benefit of the large soundstage and tight bass the MDR-1A headphones offer. There's also a remote cable included for use with Android™ devices. Download the free Sony Smart Key app, and you can set up the remote's multi-function button to your liking. That makes it easy to take a call or control music playback and volume with commands of your choosing.
Sony makes some of the most comfortable headphones you can find. The MDR-1As are no exception, with a fit that practically begs for long listening sessions. The softly padded earcups are just what you'd want in an over-the-ear headphone. They're also not too bulky or heavy, so you can enjoy them on the go.
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The headphones sound great and are very comfortable.
Octavio, Tucson, AZ
Average Customer Review(s):
The headphones sound great and are very comfortable.
I have owned numerous headphones in the past and after doing research found these. I wanted to go back to a wired headset and these fit everything I have been looking for. They are extremely comfortable and haven't had to take them off for anything besides when the wife is talking to me :) I paired them up with a headphone amp and wow! I'll never go back to a set of Bluetooth headphones again.
Pros: Awesome balanced sound
Cons: Lack of controls for smartphone.
The Sony MDR-1A sound awesome with my sont PHA-1a and my sony NW-ZX100HN walkman. The sound is crisp and clear and the headphones are comfortable. The price is ok and won't break your wallet.
Paired with a high end phono player, this set of headphones is on par with its competitors.
These headphones are some of the most comfortable headphones I have owned for long term use. I used to daily my Audeze El-8 headphones but they are constructed of metal and are tiring to wear. I usually stray away from plastic products but these headphones do not feel cheap at all. I enjoy the low key aesthetic witht he subtle red accent.
Pros: Lightweight High Quality Audio
Cons: Premium Kimber cable not included
Amazing sound. A bit costly but you get what you pay for. Great quality and sleek design.
Purchased from Crutchfield. Was initially disappointed,but read about a cable upgrade that was available. This cable (Sony MUC-S12SM1 Headphone Cable) is on the Sony US website (but not available yet). Purchased from a different online retailer. Arrived in pristine condition. It's an upgrade to the standard cable for Sony MDR-1A Premium Hi-res over the ear Headphones. The cable uses Kimber Kable (premium US cable company) wiring and Kimber technology. The sound improved dramatically. Detail now there. Sound stage has completely opened up. What was dull is now a wonderful, warm sound that you can listen to for hours on end. It is worth every penny and I can't stress enough on the improvement to these Cans. They are now one of my favorites.
Pros: Top Quality build Very comfortable can listen to them for hours Great potential With Cable upgrade the phones go from 2 stars to 5 stars
Cons: Sony Standard cables don't do the phones Justice. Sound with standard cables is average at best
These are by far the best headphones I have ever heard. They are truly high definition with rich, deep, bass, crystal clear highs. I still prefer loud speakers but, when circumstances dictate otherwise, they're quite the consolation! Additionally, they are beefy, unbelievably comfortable to wear (even for extended intervals), and totally isolate external noise. They are a must buy for any serious audiophile that is forced to use headphones situationally.
Pros: Awesome sound, astounding comfort, total external noise isolation, unsurpassed quality
Cons: I'm tempted to quip about the price but the old axiom, "You get what you pay for" definitely applies here.
Attractive, elegant design. Comfortable, soft earpads can get a little warm when in extended use, but not overly hot. Well made; sturdy, quality materials, yet still relatively lightweight. Good sound isolation despite not being noise-cancelling. Nice sonic performance; smooth, silky, detailed; a nice 1st step for those who want to delve into hi-resolution listening. These were not quite what I expected as I thought they would have sharp-edged high's and heavy lows; instead they give a more nuanced-neutral sound, well balanced and satisfying. I bought these to compliment my open-backed Grado SR-325's (my wife HATES to hear my music and the Grado's can broadcast to the whole room-lol). The Grado's have that sharp sound with the big soundstage feel, while the Sony's seem more more refined to quiet listening. I love 'em both.
Pros: Comfy, elegant, smooth neutral sound.
Cons: Not much to complain about
Good Headphones. Very comfortable and well made with excellent sound. I am not an audiophile but I know great sound when I hear it. I own several pairs of headphones and these are the best by far.
Pros: Comfortable with excellent sound
The Sony MDR-1A: Here is the low down. Sound great, light and sooo comfortable, solid build. I bought into the V Moda M 100 Crossfade hype and actually ordered those first. They do look cool and are well built but I really disliked the sound which I found very compressed and lacking clarity. Before returning the V Moda's, I had the MDR-1As delivered and compared side by side through a Audioengine D1 DAC. For me, no comparison. Maybe some folks like their headphones to alter the music they are listening to, but if you want to hear the full music experience as it was recorded, buy the Sony MDR-1As. And Crutchfield rocks as usual.
Pros: amazing sound, light but solid build, cushy comfort.
Cons: would have liked a longer cable
These are hands down one of the best sounding headphones, both in their price range and higher. Although a closed-back design, there is a very wide and detailed sound space. I listen to a fairly wide variety of music, including rock, jazz, classical, and acoustic, these headphones handle them all with aplomb. Well recorded sources sound astounding, with a lushness and level of detail that is incredible; you probably will hear elements you had not heard before in some pieces. These cans are also incredibly comfortable, I can wear them for several hours without fatigue or pressure. Seems a little break in time can help, as they sound better now than when I first received them.
Pros: Very accurate cans with a large soundscape that will cause you to want to listen to your music with them frequently.
Cons: Not cheap (however, they are worth it). Should come with a longer cord, but Crutchfield has a great extension cord at a reasonable price (problem solved).
I really enjoy theses headphones. They are more comfortable on my large head than my previous pair of Bose, but the noise reduction is not there the same. Sound quality is excellent
Pros: confort, make quality
Cons: no active noise reduction
I am a big audiophile and have several pair of headphones. My main criteria in this set was for a very comfortable set that had above average sound. Many times i wear them for hours at a time when traveling and some of my other pairs are uncomfortable after hours. These are VERY comfortable and exceeded expectataions in both comfort and sound.
Pros: Very comfortable. Above average sound, good highs, above averaged mids, average lows.
Great sound, close to Studio quality. Using Alien R4 + Windows 10 64 bit. Realized that the VLC player equalizer modifies sound much more than previous headphones delivered. Took a while to figure out the best sound level and adjustments. Can use for hours in comfort. Often use glasses, and no discomfort around ears.
Pros: Precise sound, Beyond my hearing range.
Cons: Expensive but well worth it!
I've never bought high end headphones before, but I needed a good set of headphones for listening to music at my PC. I have a set of Sony in ear buds that I use for exercising, but the sound quality wasn't there. I got to researching and these came up. I wasn't planning on spending this much on headphones, but I have NO regrets about it. I was hearing things in my music I had never noticed before. They're incredibly comfortable. The first night I easily wore them for 4 hours straight with no fatigue at all. They seal around my ears really well and cut out most of the outside noise. The entire range is crisp and clear and the sound is balanced. I was surprised with the amount of bass at first, but I think it was because I was coming from small in-ear headphones. The bass is NOT overwhelming or punchy. If you're wanting something to rattle your brains out, these may not be for you, though I don't listen to that type of music, so I can't say for sure how they would perform with it. The same goes for the treble, it's not over the top. If you're on the fence about these, don't be. Get them. You won't regret it.
Well, I went kinda nuts looking for a headphone that was A) Comfortable B) Warm bass, punchy but not over the top C) Had a nice top end and clear mid D) Fold-able so I can throw into my business brief and lastly good noise reduction, not perfect but good. Tall menu huh? Lets see, Bose.. cheap build fell apart. Bowers and Wilkins nice sound bass was not there. Another Sony pre generation of this model. Blah PSB Love them for home and serious listening. H & K , Voda etc etc Luck me I walk into the Sony flagship store and with my portable I auditioned everything they had and was blown away by these phones. Almost after a month of listening I almost did not make a meeting because I refused to stop listening to a tune that was rocking my brain. Get entertained the way music ought to be, buy this headset
Cons: The phone cord kept rubbing against my jacket collar. Switched cords problem solved,
I paired this with the three hundred dollar Sony Hi Res portable player and the sound was terrific. The headphones are very comfortable to wear, and provide a high-level of clarity and sound dimension. For the money, it's a great combination I would recommend to anyone who seeks the best and sound.
Pros: Sound clarity and dimension. Comfortable to wear.
The best Sonys I've ever had. No muffled sound clear highs, mids, solid bass.
Pros: light weight, comfort, high quality sound!
|Earcup Width x Height||3.27" x 3.98"|
|Mic For Taking Calls||Yes|
|Frequency Response||3-100k Hz|
|Cord Length||49" + 49"|
|1/4-inch Adapter Included||No|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Overview: The Sony MDR-1A high-resolution, over-ear headphones feature exceptional sound quality. These ultra-comfortable headphones have soft urethane cushions that provide an acoustic seal around your ears. Silicon rings around every moving axis provides smooth and silent earcup movement. Two cables are included with the headphones, including one with an in-line remote/microphone, along with a black storage pouch with a drawstring closure.
Drivers: The MDR-1A is equipped with 40mm ALCP (Aluminum-coated Liquid Polymer) dome-type drivers that deliver a wide frequency response, ranging from sub-harmonic lows (3 Hz) to ultra-sonic highs (up to 100kHz) for natural, soothing sound reproduction.
Detachable Cables: The headphones come with two 49" detachable cables with silver-coated OFC (oxygen-free copper) conductors. OFC cable ensures maximum signal transfer with minimal degradation. These 4-conductor cables have separate ground and signal cables for each channel for enhanced separation, expanded sound, and tight bass. One cable comes with an in-line remote/microphone that is compatible with most smartphones, including iPhones, Android, and Blackberry. The other cable is strictly a stereo audio cable without a remote/microphone.
SmartKey: Designed for Sony Xperia Android smartphones, the SmartKey app, available for free download from Google Play, allows you to personalize the functions of the in-line one-button remote.
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To hear hi res files [ Octavio Oct 28, 2018 ]
past history with Sony headphones [ Marcelo Nov 28, 2017 ]
I researched many headphones and the mdr 1a appeal to my needs, I also have the sony mdr v6 headphones that are over 25 years oil and still sound great. [ Glenn Nov 24, 2017 ]
Great reviews and build quality. [ Brian Aug 10, 2017 ]
the reviews [ Nick Apr 04, 2017 ]
I have a pair which I received for a work anniversary award and they are the best headphones I have ever heard, and very comfortable. [ Timothy J. Dec 27, 2016 ]
excellent previous experience with Sony headphones. great reviews [ Michael Oct 31, 2016 ]
Liked the reviews I read on these headphones. [ Karl Aug 30, 2016 ]
I enjoy Sony headphones, and these seemed like a great upgrade from what I already had. [ Andrew Jul 08, 2016 ]
I needed a some good closed back headphones for recording in the studio. [ Mikal May 07, 2016 ]
Sony brand name. Superior quality. [ Steven Mar 22, 2016 ]
Cnet review. [ Frank Feb 15, 2016 ]
Reviews. [ MILES Jan 12, 2016 ]
I am a professional voice actor and cannot say enough great things about these headphones. Nothing else compares. Buying these for a gift for someone who will appreciate the outstanding quality. Also, the highest rated set of headphones by CNET in 2015. [ Laurie Dec 17, 2015 ]
Comfort [ Randolph Dec 12, 2015 ]
My pair came with a cable that included the microphone and one without. The one without should plug into a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack. Depending on your stereo you may have the larger 1/4" headphone jack. You'll need a 3.5 to 1//4 adapter in that case, but should not cost you very much. [ Jed Jan 03, 2018 ]
If your stereo has an aux female then a standard cable with or w/out the adapters will work fine. The smaller size, think phone, iPod, iPad etc is what the standard size is for these. Remember that most tv's do not have the proper aid built in. You need a different headphone set for that. They are a solid headphone purchase a our large family work horse. [ JOHN Dec 31, 2017 ]
The MDR-1A comes with 2 cables, both will work on a receiver, however you may need a 3.5mm to 1/4" jack converter depending on your receiver. Consider that the cables in the box are only 1.2 meters long... just enough if you sit in front of the receiver. If you want a longer cable you may want An extension cord or to simply replace the whole cable. The plug on the headphone side is a standard mini-stereo 3.5mm, so if you have a 1/4" plug in your receiver a longer cable like this would do: https://www.crutchfield.com/p_979CMS110/Hosa-Stereo-Mini-to-1-4-Adapter-Cable-10-feet.html?tp=63670 [ Massimo Dec 31, 2017 ]
Both cables should be compatible with any device, one of the two has a microphone that works fine with smartphones. I have tested them with 4 devices so far (iPhone6, laptop, desktop computer and a Samsung tv). Second difference is that one cable (the one with mic) has an L shape connector that I find more comfortable with portable devices that fits in the pocket. [ Massimo Feb 11, 2017 ]