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Sony MDR-1A Premium Hi-res

Over-the-ear headphones

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Overview

Our take on the Sony MDR-1A Premium Hi-res

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.

Next-level listening

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.

Sony MDR-1A Premium Hi-Res headphones

Get more from your music with the Sony MDR-1A's spacious, detailed sound.

What's in a cable?

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.

Comfort comes standard

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.

Product Highlights:

  • over-the-ear, closed design
  • 40mm dynamic drivers
  • includes two detachable cables:
    • 47-inch cable with in-line remote and microphone for taking calls and controlling music with an Android device
    • 47-inch miniplug cable (no remote)
  • Sony's free Smart Key app for Android lets you customize the functionality of the remote
  • earcups are softly padded for long-lasting comfort and fold flat for easy storage
  • carry pouch included
  • frequency response: 3-100,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 105 dB
  • impedance: 24 ohms
  • weight: 7.9 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Over-the-ear stereo headphones
  • 49" Audio connecting cable (right angled 3.5mm plug)
  • 49" Audio connecting cable with in-line 1-button remote/microphone (right angled 3.5mm plug)
  • Storage pouch
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty sheet (US)

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.

Raymond, Lawton, OK

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Features and Specs

General
Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 3.27" x 3.98"
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls Yes
iPhone Control Yes
Lightning Connector No
Android Control Yes
Frequency Response 3-100k Hz
Sensitivity 105 dB
Impedance 24 Ohms
Weight 7.94 ounces
Cord Length 49" + 49"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Volume Control No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

Features

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.

Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 3Hz - 100kHz
  • Impedance: 24 ohms at 1 kHz
  • Power Handling Capacity: 1500mW
  • Sensitivity: 105dB / mW
  • Weight: 7.94 ounces (w/o cable)

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Why did you buy this?

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 ]

2 questions already asked

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 ]
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