Sony MDR-1A

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  • Two cables provided
  • rich bass
  • smartphone compatible
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Sony Mdr1Ab Premium HI-RES Stereo Headphones (MDR1AB)
Sony Mdr1Ab Premium HI-RES Stereo Headphones (MDR1AB)
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Sony MDR-1A Review

If you are an audiophile that is looking forward to upgrade his headphones and make a great purchase, the Sony MDR-1A is the way to go this time. Sony has been absent in the field of top quality headsets for some years, but they managed to get back on track with this design that does not only look good, but that is also able to deliver high quality audio at all times. Of course, you should step up the game and choose at least MP3 tracks with 320 kbps sound quality if you are truly elitist about your music library.


Going back to the headphones from Sony, their design is ergonomic and it is perfect if you are looking for a headset that you can wear for prolonged periods of time. You can just put them on and soon enough forget that you’re wearing them, because they are not heavy, either. However, they are quite large and if you wear winter clothing, they might pose a bit of an issue. The ear pads are cushioned in order to maximize comfort during use.


The driver units of the Sony MDR-1A headset are aluminum-coated and they are designed to provide to quality sound, up to 100 kHz and down to 3 Hz. This way, you can be sure sound reproduction can’t get any more natural than it is with such a headset. The bass is extremely rich and even if you crank up the volume to the maximum, the sound will not be distorted, although we recommend you moderate volumes. The bass, although powerful, is not going over the highs and mids; instead, it manages to create a balance with the other two. 


The Sony MDR-1A headphones are compatible with smartphones, and you should ideally work with them while using an Android device; this OS works best with the in-line remote that you can configure according to your needs. However, you can also use an iOS device on order to enjoy your music library. The headset comes with the standard audio cable, but you can switch this one to the smartphone-dedicated cable, which features the remote and the in-line microphone, required if you want to make calls from your phone. You can download the SmartKey application from both the App Store and the Play Store in order to configure the remote of the headphones, and then you can easily control the headset from your headphone. 


The cables are silver-coated OFC ones, so that degradation of signal is kept to an absolute minimum, in order for you to enjoy top audio quality. The experience is enriched thanks to the 4-wire design, which provides support for the tight bass and for the expanded sound. The headphone package also comes with a carrying pouch. This way, you can store the headset in a safe environment whenever you need to take a break from the audio experience. 


If you are ready to pay the price for the Sony MDR-1A headphones, you can be sure you won’t regret the money spent when it comes to performance aspects.

  • The Good :
    Two cables provided, rich bass, smartphone compatible
  • The Bad :
    Rather pricy
Our score:
5 / 5

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  • The Sony MDR-1A is manufactured by Sony and was added in December 2014 in the Headphones section
  • This product has a rating of 5.0 out of 5
  • The best price of the Sony MDR-1A in Canada is $399.99 at Henrys
  • In Canada this product is available in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa-Gatineau
  • You can find this product at Henrys, Boss Sound and Communications

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