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Sony MDR-1000X

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

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Overview

Our take on the Sony MDR-1000X

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

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Features and Specs

General
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

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Features

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.

Specifications:

  • 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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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! [ Ken  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. docs.esupport.sony .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
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