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Sony MDR-1000X

Over-ear Bluetooth® wireless noise-canceling headphones (Black)

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Think of your average work day. Can you (A) multi-task (B) perform at a high level, and (C) look good doing it? I'm usually happy with two out of three. But the Sony MDR-1000X headphones refuse to settle. These over-ears offer cutting-edge, adaptive noise cancellation, high-fidelity sound, and the freedom of Bluetooth. Music and phone calls are delivered wirelessly from your phone or tablet — all controlled by the touch of your finger. Plus these hard-working headphones make it look easy, with a no-nonsense, well-put-together style.

Sony's "do-it-all, better" headphones

Sony MDR-1000X

The Sony MDR-1000X wireless noise-canceling headphones fold up to fit in the included case.

Think of your average work day. Can you (A) multi-task (B) perform at a high level, and (C) look good doing it? I'm usually happy with two out of three. But the Sony MDR-1000X headphones refuse to settle. These over-ears offer cutting-edge, adaptive noise cancellation, high-fidelity sound, and the freedom of Bluetooth. Music and phone calls are delivered wirelessly from your phone or tablet — all controlled by the touch of your finger. Plus these hard-working headphones make it look easy, with a no-nonsense, well-put-together style.

Personalized noise cancellation

Just about every pair of Sony headphones I've tried have been comfortable. They're flexible and padded in a way that feels almost "tailored to you." You'll find that type of physical comfort here, but Sony took personalization one step further with the MDR-1000X. Powerful internal circuitry takes your surroundings into account, then adjusts the level of noise cancellation, too. You can even choose to let in important ambient noise or voices. Sony's "Quick Attention" feature even lets you turn off the noise-canceling technology by simply placing your hand over the right earcup.

Special, aluminum-coated drivers

These headphones are designed to get maximum detail from your music. The 40mm drivers have a strong-yet-light aluminum-coated diaphragm that can respond rapidly and retain its shape, for accurate sound with a clear, detailed midrange. Specially designed vents allow air to pass through, accentuating the bass.

Higher-quality streaming

For the best in wireless sound, you can pair them up with the Sony NWZ-A17SLV Hi-Res walkman. Both devices include Sony's LDAC technology, a Bluetooth codec that efficiently streams more data, retaining the musical detail that gives songs their personality.

20 hours of battery life and touch control

When fully charged, you can expect up to 20 hours of wireless listening with noise-cancellation turned on. You can toggle it on and off using the touch-sensitive panel on the right earcup. It also lets you control music, volume, and calls with a simple tap or swipe of your finger. A built-in microphone ensures your phone calls are clear.

Product Highlights:

  • closed-back, over-the-ear headphones
  • dynamic 40mm drivers with an aluminum-coated, Liquid Crystal Polymer diaphragm for powerful, accurate sound
  • active noise cancellation circuitry adjusts to the level of external sound
  • Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity for wireless music listening and phone calls with compatible smartphone
    • aptX® and AAC decoding provides high-quality music streaming from compatible devices
    • LDAC Hi-Fidelity wireless music streaming from compatible sources
    • NFC-compatible for one-touch pairing with compatible devices
  • built-in rechargeable battery offers up to 20 hours of wireless use with noise cancellation
  • S-Master® HX amplification offers detailed playback of wireless music
  • Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) restores high-frequency signals to compressed digital formats like MP3 for more natural, expansive sound
  • built-in microphone for making calls with a smartphone
  • earcup touch controls let you answer calls, play/pause music, skip tracks, and control volume
    • quickly turn off noise-canceling by covering right earcup with hand
  • portable folding design for easy transport
  • 47-inch detachable miniplug cable for wired use
  • includes USB cable for charging
  • airline adapter included for in-flight entertainment systems
  • carrying case included
  • frequency response: 20-40,000 Hz
  • weight: 9.4 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Wireless over-ear headphones (black)
  • 5' Audio cable (right-angled 3.5mm plug)
  • 20" USB charging cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro-B USB on other end)
  • Airline adapter
  • Zippered storage case
  • Reference Guide
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty sheet

Scratch & Dent items may be missing non-essential accessories. In some cases the manufacturer's accessories have been replaced with generic equivalents.

It's as good as hyped and more. I work in very noisy environments and I was looking for headphones with excellent noise cancelling, and these SONY MDR-1000X are getting the job done. I just got the headphones so I am not able to give a comprehensive review.

Alice, Plano, TX


Sony MDR-1000X Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(35 Reviews)

Great Sound, poor connections, NC requires active pairing

Branon from Baton Rouge, LA on 3/16/2018

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Great Sound. I actually purchased this and Bose QC35 at the same time and decided to hold on to this instead. Having said that there are some nagging issues: First - Recognize that this is a "Bluetooth" noise-canceling phone. In other words, it cannot be set to noise-canceling indefinitely unless it is actively paired to a Bluetooth device. This means that you cannot use it on a plane without having your phone or computer paired with the device for the entire length of the flight! This is a known issue and continues to be true for the newer version of the headphone (Google this). If you try to use it as stand-alone noise cancelling headphone, it will switch off after five minutes! Second - It has a really bad record pairing with my windows 10 laptop. I am not sure what the problem is but even though it is paired, my computer will more of then than not, refuse to recognize it. I don't seem to have this problem with other Bluetooth devices that are paired with my computer. Overall both of these issues make using these a tad frustrating.



Great sound and noise canceling

Alex from Anchorage, AK on 1/12/2018

Finally an excellent sounding noise canceling headphone that isn't made by Bose. While Bose N.C. headphones are excellent I refuse to buy their products as by and large I'm highly unimpressed by them and refuse to give my money to their advertising campaign. These headphones do an outstanding job of noise canceling and provide accurate, full, and detailed sound. I did find the control via the headphone cup to be very finicky and stopped attempting it but I loved that they amplify outside conversations when needed. It'd be nice if any music or movie would pause when you cup the can to amplify other things.

Pros: Noise canceling Comfort Sound

Cons: Finicky when controlling the cans via swiping and tapping.

Awesome headphones!

Scott from West Sacramento, CA on 1/2/2018

Got these for Christmas 2017 after returning the BOSE QC 35 II's I had asked for. (Note: The BOSE wont pair with older Android system like I have on my Samsung Galaxy S3 (only 5.1.1) and I didn't want to buy a new phone just for headphones. And, to be honest, once I did get them paired-up to my wife's iphone, the sound was disappointing. For reference, all of my home system speakers are Klipsch. I also have a BOSE SoundLink II and was hoping for the same awesome sound from a small unit but that is not the case. So... Not only did the Sony 1000X's pair-up in about 3 seconds but they sound 10X better than the BOSE. Once I got them paired-up to my Fire HD, I wore them all afternoon taking down the Christmas lights. Battery charge was still strong after 5 hrs continuous use. They were comfortable and stayed connected out to at least 20 yds from the Fire. The "finger touch" sliding volume and track change feature is VERY cool and easy to use. I chose these over the newer XMR model because I wasn't interested in paying for voice command. The Sony 1000X headphones are awesome.

Pros: Sound quality. Ease of use. Comfort. Connectivity. Battery life.

Cons: None

Sony MDR-1000X

Alice from Plano, TX on 11/26/2017

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It's as good as hyped and more. I work in very noisy environments and I was looking for headphones with excellent noise cancelling, and these SONY MDR-1000X are getting the job done. I just got the headphones so I am not able to give a comprehensive review.



Sony MDR-1000X

Robert from Georgetown, KY on 11/1/2017

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As a former owner of both Audio Technica and Bose noise canceling headphones let me say right off the bat that these headphones put those to shame. First is the Sony build quality. The last pair of Bose headphone I had were the QC15 for which I paid just as much for as I did the MDR-1000X. I have had to replace the ear pads and the switch has a short in it. I'll never risk it on Bose headphones again. My Audio Technica headphones still work just fine and are three years older than the Bose. They just are uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time. The comfort of the Sony headphones is supreme. While a little heavier than the Bose they are not uncomfortable. The noise canceling is superior to the QC15 by a whole lot. I wear these headphones in my office mostly, and I have a hard time hearing people speak when they walk in. Never had that problem with the Bose, and I love the fact that all I have to do is cover the right headphone with my hand and it allows me to hear the ambient noise. The bluetooth works extremely well. My workout headphones (Jaybirds) struggle to maintain a signal with my phone in my pocket, but I can be 20 feet away in another office and still stay connected with these. Battery last all day. And the sound stage is excellent. I can get lost in the moment with these on as the music seems to wash over me. One last thing and this may seem like a small thing, but even the headphone cable and USB cable are quality cables.

Pros: Strong Bluetooth Convenient Ambient Noise Excellent N/C Beautiful sound Long battery life Quality cables

Cons: Touch controls could be better Price

Sony MDR-1000X

Anonymous from Whittier, CA on 9/16/2017

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Works great, sounds great. Used them on a recent trip and they cut out the majority of the high pitched, very loud engine noise. And the ability to quickly and temporarily stop the noise cancelling feature, so I could hear announcements over the PA system -- that works by putting your hand over the right ear piece. I also have Bose noise cancelling earbuds and the over-the-ear headphones are definitely superior.

Pros: - Work great - Sound great - Comes with a nice carrying case

Cons: - Much larger than earbuds - More expensive than earbuds

Sony MDR-1000X

Robert from Lady Lake, FL on 9/4/2017

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Great Sound. Easy to pair.

Pros: Love the temporary pause feature by tapping right headphone.

Cons: none

Great sound and easy to pair

Joe from Sherman, TX on 9/3/2017

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I've wanted noise canceling Bluetooth headphones for so long....I didn't want the other brand, so I tried these. VERY happy so far. Sound quality is amazing. Can't wait to take them on my next plane trip!

Pros: Great sound, price and easy to setup and use!

Cons: Normal over the ears side effects...

Best bluetooth, noise canceling headphones on the market!

John from Danville, VA on 8/26/2017

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I've been looking for some really good bluetooth, noise canceling headphones for a long time. Prior to bluetooth, I owned the Bose QC-15s which had great, clear sound and excellent noise canceling. I even purchased a bluetooth adapter that converted them to bluetooth, and they were awesome. The only problem was the bluetooth battery had to be recharged after 3-4 hours. I still have those phones as a backup, and they are still awesome. I immediately purchased Bose's bluetooth QC-35s when they hit the market and was never satisfied. They had too much bass and midrange, and the highs were non-existent. The QC-35s were not clear but muddy although they had great noise cancellation. When I saw the Sony MDR-1000Xs, I decided they were worth a try. I sold my QC-35s to a guy who only wanted them for noise canceling which worked out great for him. By the way, the 35s are great for noise canceling but that's all. So I ordered the Sony MDR-1000Xs. I've had them now for three weeks and have not been disappointed. These headphones are superior to the QC-35s by far. The noise canceling is excellent and maybe even a little better than the 35s. When you're streaming music from an iPad or iPhone, there is no comparison. The Sony headphones are far superior to the Bose for sound clarity. Plus they have lots more features. You can turn noise canceling on and off and control ambient sound. The Sony MDR-1000X headphones are a superior product in my book.

Pros: Great overall sound Sound clarity Excellent noise cancellation Many features

Cons: None

Best Over Ear Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Headphones

Curtis from Carrollton, TX on 8/18/2017

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After trying the other headsets at this price point, these are the definitely the best choice. Yes, Bose has great noise cancelling but so do these. The big difference is the way the music sounds. The Sony MDR - 1000X over ear headphones don't disappoint!

Pros: Music sounds the way it should. Noise Cancelling works well. Compared to competition - best headset "period", at this price point

Cons: Needs more volume when you want to crank it up.

Sony MDRX1000 wireless noise-cancelling headphones

Anonymous from San Jose, CA on 7/21/2017

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Had to return it as the Bluetooth connection with macbook pro (early 2015) version was unstable. Sony support asked me to reset the headset. that worked great for one session of zoom conf call. next conf call the problem came back. The bluetooth will disconnect for 2 seconds and connect back automatically. but this happens every other minute. also little heavy compared to bose QR35. other features worked great. when i was on wire, the headset was 5 stars performance. If sony has new firmware, i will be happy to test it again.

Pros: great features. like able to hear the surronding when your hand is covering the headset. support via facebook chat was good. Great sound.

Cons: Not stable. No way to collect logs via USB and send it to sony support/engineering. No way to update the firmware via USB.

Accurate Sound Reproduction

Jeffrey from Winston-Salem, NC on 7/21/2017

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These headphones are comfortable to wear, attractive, easy to use, and reproduce sound of high accuracy, without coloration. Noise cancellation is also of high quality, and the ability to adjust for different types of ambient noise is a plus. Having said all of this, I must add that its main competitor, the Bose Quiet Comfort 35 is also comfortable, attractive, and easy to use; its only real drawback is sound coloration in the form of an artificially enhanced bass output. For sheer brick wall noise cancellation, however, the Bose cannot be beat.

Pros: Great sound; ease of use; good noise cancellation.

Cons: None.


Dennis from Philadelphia, PA on 7/19/2017

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Great Sound, much better than my Bose! More comfortable and better ANC.

Pros: Sound. ANC. Comfort.

Cons: None yet

Strong sound, weak plastic

Derrick from Canton, MA on 7/14/2017

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I bought these to take advantage of Sony's LDAC technology if/when the technology gets incorporated into my smartphone. The NC is awesome as I do not ever hear my washer/dryer or dishwasher while watching television anymore. Outside the world becomes a dull buzz. I enjoy the highs and the lows of my music. However, my headphones have two big cracks in them already, one on either side where the cups fold in. My guess is that the stresses of taking on and off of one's head weakens that area and after 2 months, the cracks developed. I am sending mine back to Sony to see if they will replace them.... hopefully with an improved model.

Pros: sound, bluetooth

Cons: workmanship, plastic housing, can make your ears hot


Steve from New York, NY on 6/24/2017

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Excellent product. Easy hook up to bluetooth devices. Beautiful sound and great on an airplane with the noise cancelling feature. No wires!!! Comparison shopped to Bose Quiet Comfort 35 and found these to have better sound and better noise cancellation. Construction seems more sturdy than Bose too. Only have them a month, but so far, fabulous!



Worth every penny

Kevin from Beach lake,pa on 6/18/2017

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Let me start by saying I've never owned a pair of these that I had fun so I did a lot of research read a lot of reviews and finally decided on going with the Sony since I have nothing to compare it to I will write it on its own Merit the fit is perfect the sound quality is phenomenal the noise cancelling circuitry Works Beyond expectation I can ride on my Kubota tractor and I don't know whether the engines on or not yet hear awesome music playing. I have not tested battery life beyond 5 straight hours however to this point awesome product

Pros: Superb sound excellent noise reduction affordable for the quality

Cons: None

Amazing noise cancelling, rich, full sound

David from Utah on 4/25/2017

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Between Sony's MDR-1000x and the Bose Q35, its my opinion that Sony takes the cake. Testing both out in a noisy electronics store (music playing in the back ground, PA making announcements, people talking, etc) There was extreme background silence with Sony's Noise cancelling system. Not so with the Bose Q35 where I could still hear background including someone else's playing a stereo (a little too loud, very annoying when your trying to listen to discern the quality of a set of head phones) With Sony's MDR 1000X, it was pure silence! If you cannot remove the noise you don't want to hear, how can you surround yourself in a musical experience? That is the first test. The next was the reproduction of sound. Here again, its my opinion the sound from Sony is richer all around period. In the end, Sony won out. That was a few weeks ago. With the Sony in my possession, I get to listen when I want. One thing I had heard in other reviews is that some indicate their ear drums ache at times. It is believed this is due to Sony having such a good seal around the ears. I admit, I too have experienced this and it seemed to happen only in Bluetooth mode as opposed to being tethered. I had my wife try them both tethered and in Bluetooth, she did not experience the internal ear ache. So, I will continue to experiment, after all Crutchfield offers a 60 day return policy which is welcomed policy. I have to say, I love listening to the "better than live concert" sound (no background noise)

Pros: Outstanding noise cancelling, rich, full sound

Cons: Ear drums can ache at times...and not due to loud play back but possibly sound wave compression due to such a tight seal around the ears (this is my untrained ear's opinion) Wife did not experience this, and I do not every time, just a couple times so far. Will need to see if this happens on a reoccurring basis or a not. Hence a 4 star out of 5.

Sony MDR-1000X

William M from Phoenixville, PA on 4/14/2017

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Bought these for my adult daughter, she loves them



Highly recommended

Anonymous from Lansing,MI on 4/11/2017

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Now I have to admit, these are the first pair of ANC headphones I've owned but I couldn't be happier. When I first received them and tried them at home they were effective but didn't wow me. I think primarily it was because it was a low noise environment so there really wasn't much to cancel to begin with. But I just got off my first flight with them and all I can say is wow. The engine noise was almost completely eliminated, I watched a couple videos and it sounded like I was sitting in my living room at home. The features of this set eclipse any other set in this category so they are just a nice no compromise product.



Better than my Bose QC35

ReyRey from Covina, CA on 4/10/2017

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Beats the Bose QC35 in every category except in weight department. These cans are the best cans I've ever owned to date. The control options are intuitive and responsive. The Noise Cancellation modes are available unlike in Bose. The sound quality is better than Bose, I can hear more details especially when listening to Classical music.

Pros: NC options compared to Bose QC35 and more detail sound clarity.

Cons: Expensive but better than the alternative

Sony MDR-1000X

Derek from Fort Bragg, NC on 4/10/2017

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I wanted to buy some noise canceling headphones for my wife that also had good audio specs. She had both the Bose Q35 and the MDR 1000x to compare. Most the other review comparisons have gotten it right...Q35 are lighter, simpler to use, but in the end, even though I thought the simplicity of the Q35 might cause my wife to pick those, she went with the Sonys. She said set up was still pretty easy, she likes some of the cool technology, NC is as good as the Bose, they are a sturdier build, and, most importantly, she was blown away by the sound. She is not one to use hyperbole or get too excited about this stuff, but she said that after listening to music on the Sonys, the Bose sounded very poor quality.

Pros: Sound, technology, build quality

Cons: Slightly more complicated to use when compared to Q35


BIG R from Western PA on 4/4/2017

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I started this journey (like many others) blindly trusting the bose name for quality and opted for the Quiestcomfort 35's w/o even exploring the market. I will say, the bose headphones have only one plus versus the sony's, they are slight lighter and the ear padding is slightly larger and softer. My ears fit fine however in the sony's. Otherwise, a 1-1 comparison, the bose headphones are inferior in almost every category. I ride the train to work most days and the bose cans allow much more ambient noise in, and do next to nothing to combat the dreaded train track drone that drives me nuts, in addition to not blocking much in terms of others talking, coughing, sneezing, etc.!!! The sonys eliminate about 75% of the drone and talk, MUCH better again by comparison. The sound is also better on the sonys, deeper, more tonal, and much richer as comparison. The sonys features are also great! Being able to not have to mess with my phone and being able to change tracks, adjust volume, and even pause and mute with the right hand is a feature light years ahead of the bose system. The one drawback is the sony's, and thus the 3 star rating.(the bose by comparison gets a ZERO star in this category fyi), I don't know what's going on with the wireless Bluetooth technology on these things but when I walk with the cans playing the tracks skip every minute or so? IMO unacceptable for an expensive set of cans. If sony figured this out it would be 5 stars hands down.

Pros: sound quality easy of use sound construction

Cons: not as comfy as QC35s Bluetooth technology needs help! Skips music constantly while walking, unacceptable. Would be nice if carry bag had sleeve to hold charger and cord.

Sony MDR-1000X

Zoe from Evanston, IL on 3/23/2017

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Great product! The only concern before I bought this NC headphone is a lot people keep telling that MDR is not comfortable as Bose QC35, but after having it for a week or so, I don't think "not comfortable as QC35" means not comfortable at all. I can wear it for 2hrs without any discomfort. Overall, it's worth the price. I will recommend to anyone :)



Sony MDR-1000X

Anonymous from Rochester, NY on 3/6/2017

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I'm very pleased with these headphones. The sound is clear. Spoken word, orchestral, choral, both vocal and instrumental solo music - all sound better than one might anticipate from a mediated source. I have tested the MDR-1000X while using a vacuum cleaner and while others in the house were using the TV. The noise cancellation is amazing. I will be able to test it on a plane in just over a week, but expect to be equally pleased with the results. Control gestures are intuitive and work as described.



Good sound, excellent noise cancellation, not made for big ears

Ian from Seattle, WA on 3/2/2017

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Sound is decent but I wasn't blown away by them. Ear cups are small and shallow. If you have big, stick-out ears like I do, these will get uncomfortable really quick. Noise cancellation is very good, almost on par with Bose. I tested these and my friend's QC 35s and the only difference was the Sony had a slight hiss when NC is on. They're much more versatile though, as you can change what gets blocked out and also turn NC off, which isn't an option on the Bose. I also had no Bluetooth disconnects on the Sony. The Bose would drop repeatedly even with my phone in my pocket.

Pros: NC is on par with Bose Ability to adjust NC and turn off Bluetooth connection is strong

Cons: Earcups are cramped for big-eared folks touch controls are finicky Bulky as all get-out

Best noise cancelling headphones out there

Anonymous from North Chicago, IL on 2/21/2017

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These are the best noise cancelling headphones I have owned! One can hear everything from the highs, mids, and lows. A very good balance of bass and treble. Battery life is over 20 hours!



Cant beat these, best out there...period

Mike from Highland Lakes, NJ on 1/23/2017

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Very comfortable for me, way better than any other competing headphones that I tried on, feels like they were made for my head/ears. Noise canceling I find to be superior to Bose and Sennheiser. Sound quality is amazing. Ease of use is very intuitive and straight forward. Very high quality all around. I really wanted to like any other brand more than Sony as I've always felt that Sony electronics are overpriced because you are paying for the name, but they beat every other set of 'phones I tried in every category. A bit more expensive than the Bose QC35, A bit less expensive than the Sennheiser Momentum 2, but beat the pants off of both of them.

Pros: Fit, Noise Cancellation, Sound Quality, Battery Life, Style, Ease of Use

Cons: A little pricey but in line with other high ANC Headphones

Great, must buy

Rohit from Jersey City, NJ on 1/19/2017

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Amazing noise cancellation feature and excellent sound. The call feature works but the voice to the other side is a bit low, still rating it 5 star as the purpose is mainly music.

Pros: Excellent noise cancellation and excellent sound. The new features on touch control and ambient noise features are just great.

Cons: Voice for call i a bit low

Sony MDR-1000X

Anonymous from Philadelphia, PA on 1/17/2017

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The best headphones i've ever purchased



Huge Sony Fan

W from Lacombe, LA on 1/16/2017

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A huge Sony fan, so was glad to discover the MDR-1000X head set. I just lost my Original Beats purchased in 2008 due to the batteries leaking and destroying them. Purchased based on reviews others posted. This was a no brainer since all of my TVs, stereo equipment, cameras are Sony. Once opened and tested, the first impressions were outstanding. I have used Noise Iso headphones before, but most had some form of leakage. The MDR-1000 is an active noi-iso set that truly shines. Taking it through the paces makes it easy to except the cost to purchase this headset.

Pros: Quality, Style, performance, material

Cons: Cost, case

Home Run by Sony -- Love These Cans!

Jason from New York, NY on 1/8/2017

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Blown away first by the NC on these cans, and just as quickly the audio quality. Clean, crisp, well-balanced, well suited for all kinds of music. They're my favorite piece of new tech and I find myself listening to them around the house for the quiet intimacy they provide. Did an audio test over the holidays with a friend and his Bose QC35s. Same audio files, same source. Have to say I handily preferred my Sonys for both audio quality and NC. The Q35s were very good but not quite as clean and clear as my Sonys. Wore them on two cross-country flights over the holidays and was extremely impressed. My previous NC headphones (PSB) just can't compare to the Sony's which did an amazing job of filtering out the engine noise and providing a beautiful listening experience. Highly recommended!

Pros: Excellent noise cancelling. Clean, crisp, well-balanced high-quality audio. Comfortable. Light. Hand gesture controls. Long-lasting battery.

Cons: Price (more expensive than Bose) but I used my Crutchfield points and saved a bundle. Wish the carrying case was just a little thicker/tougher.

Sony MDR-1000X

Anonymous from Staten Island, NY on 1/1/2017

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Better than the QC-35!

Alex from Sierra Vista, AZ on 12/29/2016

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These headphones do as advertised! The noice cancelling technology is comparible if not slightly better the the Bose QC-35. The sound quality is fantastic. The touch features work amazingly well. Being able to quickly listen and understand someone or an announcement by simply placing your hand over the ear cuff is super convenient and effortless. If you are looking for a good set of headphones to work out in or if you do a lot of travelling like me, these are definately the headphones for you!

Pros: Easy to set up and use Great noise cancelling Awesome sound quality Effortless touch controls Proximity sensor is so convenient Able to turn the noise cancelling feature on/off for battery conservation Long lasting battery Quality materials Beautiful design

Cons: Because the headphones create such a tight seal, they create a slight pressure in the ears when using the noise cancellation feature. But I easily got used to it after a day or so.

excellent looks, light weight, down right awesome sound

William from Houston, TX on 12/3/2016

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I have used for two days now, I can say they are excellent! very appealing design and color, light weight, easy to setup, easy to answer calls, they block out the world while you are listening to music, very nice compact case, I purchased the Grey/Beige>>>awesome color combination<<< the only issue I found is that you have to call Sony and register by phone with Sony *new product* took about two minutes at best

Pros: for me they are best out there currently!

Cons: none

Best in class wireless, ANC, premium sounding headphones

John from Los Angeles. CA on 10/12/2016

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I have tried several different brands of wireless and noise-cancellation headphones; the Definitive Technology Symphony 1 (not comfortable, average sound at best) to the flagship Bose QC35 (good quality build, great sound dampening, not-so-great audio quality) and the Audio Technica ANC-9 (too much odd static/interference). I was nervous about spending $400 on a pair of headphones given my lack of success in finding a quality pair of headphones that hit all of the beats of quality sound, quality noise cancellation, and quality wireless music reproduction. While not quite as comfortable as the Bose QC35s, they are very similar in the quality of the materials and overall build; I have used them for about 10 hours (so far about 1/2 through the advertised 20 hours) and have not experienced discomfort. Sound quality wise, they sound better when using a wired connection, but the wireless sound is the best I have encountered so far; the midrange is fully reproduced with the low frequency being present but not overpowering. They come very close to Bose in terms of noise cancellation; when using the auto-adjust feature I found they could be just as silent as the Bose, the whole world seemed to melt away and I was able to hear notes in songs I was missing out on prior to using the MDR-1000X. In sum, these are great sounding headphones, that make sound you don't want to hear go away, for the price you cannot do much better. It was worth the wait to get my hands on these.

Pros: Wireless/wired sound, build quality, ANC quality near best in class (improves with use of the adjustable ANC adapt controls), comfort, battery life, ease of pairing, warm/neutral sounding headphones

Cons: Price, headphone music control takes some getting use to, not quite as comfortable or "tomb-like" ANC as the Bose QC35, don't have same depth of field sound-wise in powered-down mode


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Features and Specs

Fit Style Over-the-ear
Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 3.141" x 3.989"
Noise-canceling Yes
Mic For Taking Calls Yes
iPhone Control Yes
Lightning Connector No
Android Control Yes
Frequency Response 4-40k Hz
Sensitivity 98 dB
Impedance 14 Ohms
Weight 9.8 ounces
Cord Length 60"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Storage Case
Charging Case No
Volume Control Yes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


Overview: The Sony MDR-1000X Hi-Res stereo wireless headphones combine comfort, wireless convenience, and portability into one package. The headphones have Bluetooth wireless technology, as well as the easy pairing of NFC. Advanced Noise Canceling shuts out ambient sound so you can hear only your music or phone conversation. 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 a straight audio cable for those times when you can't (or don't want to) go wireless, an airline adapter, a USB charging cable, and a black zippered carrying case.

Bluetooth 4.1: The MDR-1000Xs feature Bluetooth 4.1 to wirelessly deliver crystal clear audio within a range of approximately 30 feet (10 meters). With built-in AAC, SBC, and apt-X codec support, you can stream your favorite music from a compatible digital music player, smartphone, tablet, or computer. It is also compatible with LDAC, a Sony-developed codec that enables the transmission (at up to 990 kbps) of High-Resolution audio over Bluetooth. You can also connect the headphones to two Bluetooth devices simultaneously--one for music listening, and one for making phone calls. The headphones are compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles: Headset Profile (HSP), Hands-Free Profile (HFP), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), and Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP).

NFC: With compatible Android smartphones (Android 2.3.3 or later), you can pair with the headphones using NFC (Near Field Communication) using the one-touch connection method. By simply touching the device to the "N" mark on the left ear cup, the phone and headphones are instantly connected.

Touch Controls: The headphones have a built-in touch panel on the right ear cup for controlling music playback as well as phone calls. When listening to music, you can swipe forward to skip to next track, or swipe backward to skip to previous (or current), and tap to pause/play. When a call is received, you can double-tap the touch sensor to answer the call, and double-tap again to end the call. If the call was received while you were listening to music, the music will resume automatically after the call.

Noise Canceling: The MDR-1000X headphones feature utilizes Dual Noise Sensor technology with internal and external microphones to detect and offset ambient sound. Low-frequency noise from vehicles, as well as mid- and high-frequently sound, including voices, are dramatically reduced, compared to the previous Sony noise-canceling model.

Automatic AI Noise Canceling: The Automatic AI (Artificial Intelligence) Noise Canceling function offers three levels of noise canceling. The system constantly analyzes the ambient sound, and automatically selects the most effective noise canceling mode. NC Mode A is most effective for reducing noise in an airline cabin. NC Mode B reduces noise mainly heard on a bus or train. NC Mode C cancels environmental sounds typically found in an office, such as air ventilation and office machinery. The Personal NC Optimizer lets you customize the noise canceling to the headphone wearer, analyzing the face shape, hair style, and presence (or absence) of eyeglasses. Pressing the NC button on the left ear cup starts the analyzing process.

Ambient Sound Mode: The Ambient Sound mode lets you hear ambient sound through the microphones embedded in the left and right ear cups, while you listen to music. Pressing the Ambient Sound button (on the left ear cup) once switches to Normal Mode, and allows you to hear sounds, as if you were not wearing headphones. Pressing the button again activates the Voice mode, and allows you to hear sounds in the range of the human voice. This is helpful if you're waiting for boarding announcements at the airport or train station.

Quick Attention Mode: The Quick Attention Mode lets you hear a conversation without removing your headphones. By covering the right ear cup's touch sensor with your hand, the music is instantly turned down and the noise canceling function is turned off. When you wish to resume listening to your music, you can deactivate the Quick Attention mode by removing your hand from the sensor.

Digital Sound Enhancement Engine: When music is compressed (MP3, AAC, WMA, etc.), some of the high frequencies are lost, and the music sounds dull. Sony's Digital Sound Enhancement Engine HX (DSEE HX) restores the lost frequencies and takes them closer to High-Resolution Audio, producing rich, natural-sounding music.

Drivers: The MDR-1000Xs have newly-developed 40mm HD driver units Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) diaphragms, that deliver accurate and balanced sound with powerful lows and extended high frequencies up to 40 kHz.

Rechargeable Battery: The MDR-1000X has a built-in 3.7-volt Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery that charges via the supplied USB charging cable. Charging time is approximately 4 hours. A fully-charged battery provides the following battery life:

Activity Noise Canceling On Noise Canceling Off
Continuous Communication 24 hours 26 hours
Continuous Music Playback 20 hours 22 hours
Standby Time 34 hours 120 hours

Supplied Audio Cable: The headphones come with a 5' cable that you can use when the battery is exhausted, or when you wish to save battery power. The tangle-free cord is terminated with a right-angled 3.5mm miniplug that fits into most smartphone cases. An airline adapter is included for listening to in-flight entertainment while traveling.


  • Frequency Response:
    • Active (Bluetooth): 20 Hz - 20 kHz (44.1 kHz sampling); 20 Hz - 40 kHz (LDAC 96 kHz sampling, 990 kbps)
    • Passive (With Audio Cable): 4 Hz - 40 kHz
  • Sensitivity (1 kHz):
    • 103 dB (with connected cable, unit turned on)
    • 98 dB (with connected cable, unit turned off)
  • Impedance (1 kHz):
    • 46 Ω (with connected cable, unit turned on)
    • 14 Ω (with connected cable, unit turned off)
  • Dimensions (Ear Cup): Width 3.141", Height 3.989", Depth 1.948"
  • Weight: 9.8 ounces (without cable)

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

Crutchfield asked  
Why did you buy this?

Researched the 1000X vs Bose 35 and this is the hands down winner in every article comparing them. [ Matthew  Oct 13, 2017 ]
Price [ Tom  Sep 24, 2017 ]
It is as advertised. No external noise. [ ARNOLD  Sep 17, 2017 ]
Sale price, read a lot of positive reviews [ Stewart  Sep 03, 2017 ]
Reviews suggest this item may be the first to surpass Bose for ANC and the sale price made it a cheaper option. The feature allowing conversation without removing the headphones put these over the top. [ Timothy  Aug 25, 2017 ]
Read the helpful information, compared options, saw sale price! [ Robert  Aug 05, 2017 ]
Needed a replacement for my most uncomfortable Bose QC3 Headphones. Demo'd them in an Airport Shop and fell in love with them. Comfortable, light weight and wireless! Sound quality is awesome. Sold! [ WOLF  Jun 24, 2017 ]
Generally rated better than Bose QC35, in particular the sound quality. [ R  Jun 24, 2017 ]
It was the best choice for value plus great reviews by other Crutchfield customers. [ A  Jun 22, 2017 ]
had old sony thats not available ps don't need account [ john  Jun 12, 2017 ]
Online reviews [ Francis  Jun 11, 2017 ]
Excellent reviews. Previous Sony products have been excellent. [ Christopher  May 25, 2017 ]
Good reviews online, for noise cancellation and sound quality. Touch control is neat. [ Wenzao  May 01, 2017 ]
CNET review, Wireless, already own Sony corded headphones. [ Ed  Apr 19, 2017 ]
Good reviews [ gregory  Apr 18, 2017 ]
Solid reviews and seems like it will do everything I need it to. Went with this over the Sennheiser HD1 over ear due to price. I would assume the Sennheisers will sound a little better, but these are bluetooth noise cancelling headphones so the difference in sound won't be enough to justify the $150 difference in price. [ Adam  Apr 12, 2017 ]
went with sound system brand [ Milonis  Apr 11, 2017 ]
It's the best in class. [ Tanvir  Feb 15, 2017 ]
These headphones where my pick for the best Noise Canceling and Higher quality sound of Bose QC35 and Sennheiser PXC 550. They are comfortable and light weight for extended wearing and they have some neat features the other options do not. [ John Skylar  Feb 09, 2017 ]
Read Jude's review at Head-fi [ Michael  Dec 11, 2016 ]
I've been a Sony customer for years and I'm satisfied so far with everything I have. So I'm going to take my chances and spend $400. [ Rene  Nov 08, 2016 ]
Brand [ Stephanie  Oct 07, 2016 ]
have wanted it for a year and it is now on sale [ Lamar  Aug 27, 2017 ]
Looking to upgrade my Bose QC15s. Wanted bluetooth. Considered the Bose QC35s, but most reviews said that these Sony MDR1000X sounded better. Hopefully the reviews are correct. We will see. [ David  Aug 01, 2017 ]
Airport [ Ali  Jun 24, 2017 ]
Highly rated by majority of users who bought it. [ Joe  Jun 23, 2017 ]
Support for multiple Bluetooth standards compared to other brands [ RAJ  Jun 23, 2017 ]
Picked up the black pair for myself last week and my wife was impressed, so the silver pair is for her. [ paul  Jun 07, 2017 ]
I am impressed with the Sony's features vs the competition, (BOSE). [ Thomas  May 25, 2017 ]
Product Reviews [ Steve  Apr 03, 2017 ]
The headphones have great reviews and I wanted sometime with a little more "pop" than solid black! [ Kenneth  Mar 05, 2017 ]
Great reviews, great investment (audio books during commute) [ Tyrone  Jan 19, 2017 ]
Due to positive reviews and brand name. [ Walter  Dec 21, 2016 ]

5 questions already asked

Yes you can hear what is being played at high volumes if sitting next to someone. My wife said she can clearly hear what I'm listening too. I love all the features of these headphones and this issue doesn't bother me like it would someone else. [ James  Mar 31, 2017 ]
I've got two pairs of these and no leakage. Outstanding sound compared to Bose. I'd maybe make sure the fit is secured on your ears. Maybe just an adjustment [ Stephanie  Mar 31, 2017 ]
There is plenty of other noise on a plane to drown out anything coming from these headphones. I have never had anyone complain and I am on a plane every week. [ John  Mar 31, 2017 ]
I believe computer only as this page of the manual says it must be connected to a powered on computer not other USB devices such as a USB hub. .com/portable/MDRXB950BT_help/en/contents/TP0000536371.html If it can't work with a USB hub I would assume it also can't work with an external power supply. [ Jake  Jan 08, 2017 ]
Either [ Daniel David  Jan 08, 2017 ]
They can be charged with any micro USB charger, wall or computer [ imtiaz  Jan 07, 2017 ]
I charged mine with an Anker 5 port charging station with no problems. I have also used the charging station to charge Android and Apple iphones, tablets, Kindles etc., also with no problems. [ John  Jan 07, 2017 ]
Either is fine. Won't work when it's being charged tho. [ Man Chung  Jan 07, 2017 ]
I use a wall charger. It charges pretty quick and have not given me any issue. The battery last for a while. [ Alex  Jan 07, 2017 ]
It has a what I think is the universal cell phone cord (I have always had an iPhone so I am not similar with the other cords). I have plugged it the cord it can with into my computer and in to a USB wall outlet adapter and have had no problem. I have had the for a few weeks took them on a cross country trip. Very comfortable great battery life, sound quality and love the noise canceling!! These are my first noise canceling head phones so I don't have anything to compose them to. [ Jonathan  Jan 07, 2017 ]
I charge these using a micro USB cable connected to a USB power outlet without any issue. [ John  Jan 07, 2017 ]
I use a wall USB charger , enjoy them [ Randy  Jan 07, 2017 ]
It can be charged with pretty much any micro-USB charger and doesn't have to be just via computer. [ Pai  Jan 07, 2017 ]
I tried them both side by side paired with my own phone in a local big box store. There was a lot of background noise in the store and both sets seemed very good at noise cancelling. The QC35's were a little more comfortable, but the sound on the Sony's was noticeably better. [ Bob  Jan 09, 2017 ]
Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Krissy  Jan 08, 2017 ]  Staff