Sony MDR 1A Over Ear Headphone Review
The Sony MDR 1A Over Ear Headphone is excellent and comes with small vital upgrades. A fact is that the earphones a successor to the MDR-1R that has been discontinued. The earlier pair of headphones were comfortable and provided exceptional sound. But how well does the MDR-1A fair with the new changes? Read on and find out here!
Sony MDR-1A Over-Ear Headphone Design
Compared to the discontinued MDR-1R, the MDR-1A earcup designs different and has softer padding. The cushions are a bit more angled and conform better on the head. The finish is more textured and stippled, and we like the new change. However, some audiophiles prefer the smoother feature of the older version. Besides, the ear cups rotate in the opposite direction compared to the first model. Now you can rest them flat when you have it around your neck. Moreover, they weight 7.94 ounces without the cable attached and slightly lighter than the older headphones. We found they fit snug but not too snug and accommodate different head sizes.
Even the cable connector has changed and has a plated gold ring. Included, you get two standard cables of 1.2 meters. One has a one-button inline remote with microphone. You can use these headphones with iPhones and Android devices. Furthermore, Android users get the SmartKey app to customize the controls. Another nice touch is the decent carry pouch, and you can buy higher-end cables for a better sound separate as well.
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Sony MDR-1A Over-Ear Headphone Performance
Once you place the MDR-1A on your ears, you know it sounds just right. The bass, midrange, and treble are balanced and smooth. Even the stereo soundstage gives a spacious sound with a dynamic range. If you are an audiophile, you will love these over-ear headphones. The tunes sound accurate, and it has no overwhelming bass or zippy treble. On the other hand, it is comfortable to wear for hours of listening.
These new headphones sound better than the MDR-1R from the bass through to the treble. You do not get a low bass that is muddy or not clear. Even the vocals and instruments come through clear. However, when compared to the Audio Technica’s ATH-MSR7 that has a similar design trait, you do get a better sound definition. The sound is more transparent than the Sony earphones and superb if you listen to acoustic music. So with the MDR-1A you will get a midway sound between the MDR-1R and ATH-MSR7.
Sony MDR-1A Over-Ear Specs
- Color: Black
- Cord Type: Wired with two models available one with balanced-connection cable and one without
- Driver Unit: 1.57 dynamic
- Extras: Detachable Cord
- Form Factor: Over-ear, Foldable, High-Resolution Audio, Dynamic HD Drivers, and Bass Enhancing Vents
- Impedance: 24 ohms
- Included: Carry Pouch, Headphone Cord and Inline Remote with Microphone Cord
- Magnet: Neodymium
- Noise Isolation: Yes
- Warranty: 1-year
- Weight: 7.94 ounces
Pros and Cons Sony MDR-1A
What we like:
- Better bass definition through to the treble and midrange
- Earcups rotate
- Get two cables
What we do not like:
- The price
- The inline remote lacks function to use with iOS devices
Should You Buy it?
Do you want super comfortable earphones? Do you need an excellent sound balance and clarity, then the Sony MDR-1A is one of the best over-ear headphones to buy. You can enjoy a laid back listening experience without the earphones tiring you out. On the other hand, they are versatile to use and well worth considering. Moreover, it also comes down to taste as you can listen to music and enjoy watching movies with them.
We found the Sony MDR-1A fun-sounding without sacrificing detail or taste. The over-ear headphones are comfortable to wear four hours of listening. On the other hand, the bass is nice and punchy, while the mids are nicely balanced. The treble is low but can become slightly recessed depending on what you listen. Did we say they are comfortable ah yes we did? So if you are an audiophile these headphones come highly recommended. You will get comfort, style, and fantastic sound. In honesty, nothing comes close to these pair of earphones when it comes to listening audio for hours.