84
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There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
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.

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Model
MDR-1

Key Specs

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

General

Type
Over-ear (Closed) (Single-sided cable)
Channels
Stereo

Speakers

Drivers per ear
1
Driver size
40 mm
Driver design
Dynamic
Magnet type
Neodymium
Bass boost
no

Other features

Inline controls
yes (Volume, Mute, Microphone)

Audio quality

Impedance
48 ohms
Sensitivity
105 dB

Connections

Connections
3.5mm stereo (1.2 m) (no)
Model
MDR-1RBT

Key Specs

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

General

Type
Over-ear (Closed) (Single-sided cable)
Channels
Stereo

Speakers

Drivers per ear
1
Driver size
40 mm

Other features

Inline controls
yes (Volume, Microphone)

Connections

Connections
3.5mm stereo, Wireless (Bluetooth) (Rechargeable)
Model
MDR-1RNC

Key Specs

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

General

Type
Over-ear (Closed) (Single-sided cable)
Channels
Stereo

Speakers

Drivers per ear
1
Driver size
40 mm

Other features

Inline controls
yes (Volume, Microphone)

Audio quality

Sensitivity
103

Noise reduction

Active noise cancellation
yes

Connections

Connections
3.5mm stereo
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