84
Global
Score
84

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Sony's MDR-1 headphones are available in both wireless Bluetooth and noise-canceling varieties, as well as the traditional style. For all three models the design is largely the same, with CNET calling the fit and feel "excellent," and PC Mag describing the design as "graceful." The MDR-1 headphones are also incredibly comfortable, with Wired saying they "feel fantastic on your head," and Pocket-Lint found that they "sit securely without skull-pinching so are perfect for long periods of wear." With three types of headphones available, the audio quality might usually vary greatly between models, but not the MDR-1. Wired thinks the pair equipped with Bluetooth "sound great," and PC Mag says the noise canceling model offers "wonderful" audio performance. However, audiophiles should be careful, as Pocket-Lint says the "sound isn't particularly neutral." With the MDR-1 line, Sony has crafted a model of headphones ready to meet a wide variety of needs, while still offering a relatively uniform audio experience and comfort across the board. Just be mindful of the price, as this style and sound doesn't come cheap.

from $267.64+

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Breakdown

Design and form factor
8.5
Durability
9.0
Sound quality
8.3
Noise isolation
8.0
Comfort
9.0
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Specs

MDR-1

Type
Over-ear
Channels
Stereo
Drivers per ear
1
Inline controls
yes
Connections
3.5mm stereo
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Specs

MDR-1

Type
Over-ear
Channels
Stereo
Drivers per ear
1
Inline controls
yes
Connections
3.5mm stereo
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