The Sony MDR-1000X is a hi-res audio headphone with the best noise-canceling function. Furthermore, the headset can give the Bose QC35 a run for their money.
While the earphones came into existence in 2016 and replaced with new models over the years, it remains a top option if you want to shut out the outside world.
But are they better than the Bose brand? Find out here everything you need to know about these fantastic pair of headphones.
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Sony MDR-1000X Review
Sony MDR-1000X Design
The Sony MDR-1000X is big on the look, but it is better on sound. You get a simplistic design available in black or beige. Sony has been using the same design with their line for years.
You find the microphones placed on the exterior of each earcup. Inside each, can you have a 40mm dynamic driver covered with faux leather pads?
The over-ear headset engulfs your ears, making them comfortable to wear for prolonged use. For ease of storage, the hinges on the earcups help a lot and have a plastic headband.
The band is flexible, but you still need to be careful not to flex it too much. We felt the bridge could be a bit sturdier as the most breakage happens in this section.
Underneath both earcups, you have the ports for using the standard 3.5mm audio cable and micro USB cable for charging.
While you do get the charging cable with the headset, it does not come shipped with a wall converter. Therefore, you need to use your PC or laptop to charge the device.
The cord is long and gives you access to your portable device with ease. On the right earcup, you have the touch-sensitive buttons to control playback.
On the other hand, there is a microphone to answer calls by tapping on the right earcup as well. Alternatively, you can also call up the voice assistant of your phone.
When used with your phone, the sound is exceptional, and callers can hear you clearly without problems. However, you can only use the touch controls with the wireless mode.
When you connect it to your mobile device, you will not be able to control the function from the headphones. Furthermore, the headset supports NFC as well, that is great news for Android users.
On the other hand, you cannot connect the earphones to more than one device.
Sony MDR-1000X Performance
In our books, the MDR-1000X is the king of audio performance with outstanding noise cancellation and voice pass-through. What makes the headphones stand out from Bose is that it identifies diverse types of audio signals.
During our test on a plane listening to music, we could not hear the engines roar at all. The sound is blocked out entirely, even when on a bus or train.
So no matter where you use the headset, it blocks out ambient sound. Now, on a busy street, this may not be a good safety measure as you do want to hear some background noise around you.
But to make up for it, we found the Quick Attention mode impressive. You can cup the right speaker to drop the volume to let in noise.
The function worked well in the office and train station to hear important information. When it comes to listening to music, the resonance is outstanding.
Moreover, the headphone supports Hi-Res audio, as well. No matter what genre of music you listen to, it is crisp with crystal-clear mids and sparkling highs.
What’s more, the battery offers up to 20-hours playback with the active noise-canceling on. In standby mode, you get up to 34-hour with ANC, but you cannot swap the battery out.
Sony MDR-1000X Specs
- Battery: 20-hours playback with ANC on and 34-hour in standby mode with ANC on
- Color: Beige or Black
- Cord Type: Wired or Wireless
- Extras: Digital Noise Cancelling, Compatible with Hi-Resolution Audio Device, and Swivel-fold Design
- Form Factor: Over-ear
- Included: Carrying Case, Charging Cable, and Aux Cable
- Noise Isolation: Yes
- Warranty: 1-year
Sony MDR-1000X Pros and Cons
What we like:
- Excellent noise cancellation
- Fantastic battery life
- Comes with LDAC codec
- The quick attention mode works well
What we do not like:
- The ambient noise mode is a bit finicky
Should You Buy It?
Yes, if you fly a lot, you get excellent noise cancellation that surpasses even Bose. With the quick attention mode, you can quickly hear announcements during your flight.
The battery life is long enough for you to take extended trips that take hours. You get a premium headphone that is comfortable to wear.
However, if you want a pair of earphones with updated noise canceling, you can always consider the WH-1000XM2 from Sony as well.
We found the Sony MDR-1000X headphone a gem for sound and comfort. The noise-canceling is outstanding, and the NFC works effortlessly.
Everything about the headset is superb from the Quick Attention Mode, design, to using it with a wide selection of audio devices.
The touchpad is intuitive to use, but the ambient sound mode does have some hiccups allowing in background noise. But to make up for the hiccup, you can place your hand over the right earcup to mute the sound.
The travel case is superb as well and will keep your headset secure and protected at the same time. Unfortunately, you can only pair the MDR-1000X with one device.
Considering all of the above, Sony MDR-1000X remains one of the best noise-canceling headphones.