Sony MDR-1000X review

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  • Sony MDR-1000X
  • Sony MDR-1000X
  • Sony MDR-1000X
  • Sony MDR-1000X

Plush comfort, excellent noise cancelling, and superb sound put Sony’s MDR-1000x at the head of the wireless class.

- Parker Hall, Digital Trends 

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Size 16 x 11 cm (6.3 x 4.3 in)
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Critic Reviews


TechGearLab

Exceptional sound quality and noise cancellation

from TechGearLab

The Sony MDR1000X offers field leading sound quality and noise cancellation, but may be slightly uncomfortable for those with larger ears. As long as these headphones feel comfy, you can't go wrong.

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The Sony MDR1000X offers field leading sound quality and noise cancellation, but may be slightly uncomfortable for those with larger ears. As long as these headphones feel comfy, you can't go wrong.

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Alphr

These premium Bluetooth headphones edge out ahead of Bose

from Alphr

The Sony MDR-1000X sets a new high bar for Bluetooth ANC headphones. They might not quite match the Bose QC 35 when it comes to high-end noise cancellation, nor for staying on your head – but when it comes to sound quality they’re unbeatable. In fact, I’d go as far as to sa...More

The Sony MDR-1000X sets a new high bar for Bluetooth ANC headphones. They might not quite match the Bose QC 35 when it comes to high-end noise cancellation, nor for staying on your head – but when it comes to sound quality they’re unbeatable. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that these as the best overall Bluetooth ANC headphones that money can buy. If you want to get the best from your music, and you’ve got the money to spend, get the Sony MDR-1000X.

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Expert Reviews

Sets a new high bar for Bluetooth ANC headphones

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These headphones don’t provide the same level of isolation or comfort as the Bose QuietComfort 35s, but sound quality is peerless.

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These headphones don’t provide the same level of isolation or comfort as the Bose QuietComfort 35s, but sound quality is peerless.

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InnerFidelity

The sound is pleasant, the features attractive, and it's dead sexy looking

from InnerFidelity

The Sony MDR-1000X is an absolutely terrific looking and comfortable wireless, noise canceling headphone. The feature set includes controls to achieve various levels of isolation from the outside world. All levels of isolation can be instantly defeated by placing your right palm against the right...More

The Sony MDR-1000X is an absolutely terrific looking and comfortable wireless, noise canceling headphone. The feature set includes controls to achieve various levels of isolation from the outside world. All levels of isolation can be instantly defeated by placing your right palm against the right ear cup, which mutes the music and opens mics to the outside world so you can quickly hear announcements or hold a short conversation with a flight attendant.

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VR-Zone

Sony’s best noise-canceller yet

from VR-Zone

The Sony MDR-1000X has great build-quality and battery life, is lightweight and comfortable to wear. Its noise-cancelling is comparable to the Bose QC35 in many ways. Its 5-minute shutdown timer (while not connected to anything) is not a deal-breaker but remains a small annoyance. At S$599, I wil...More

The Sony MDR-1000X has great build-quality and battery life, is lightweight and comfortable to wear. Its noise-cancelling is comparable to the Bose QC35 in many ways. Its 5-minute shutdown timer (while not connected to anything) is not a deal-breaker but remains a small annoyance. At S$599, I will rate the 1000X as moderate value for money compared to its rival.

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The Verge

The best of Bose worlds

from The Verge

Sony’s MDR-1000X is the pair of headphones to present to anyone arguing, as I did until recently, that you can’t have a headphone that does everything well. Wireless radios, noise canceling chips, and batteries big enough to power them are complications that headphones don’t nee...More

Sony’s MDR-1000X is the pair of headphones to present to anyone arguing, as I did until recently, that you can’t have a headphone that does everything well. Wireless radios, noise canceling chips, and batteries big enough to power them are complications that headphones don’t need, I thought, and would lead to unhappy compromises. But Sony compromises neither sound nor comfort with the 1000X. With their collapsible design, excellent carrying case, and wireless freedom, these headphones are a traveler’s best friend — whether on a long-haul flight or a daily underground commute.

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Digital Trends

The new gold standard

from Digital Trends

The Sony MDR-1000x are a feature-packed pair of noise-cancelling headphones, and the best we have ever tested overall. While some headphones offer slightly stronger noise cancelling, and others distinctly crafted sound signatures, never have we seen each individual element so combined so well. In...More

The Sony MDR-1000x are a feature-packed pair of noise-cancelling headphones, and the best we have ever tested overall. While some headphones offer slightly stronger noise cancelling, and others distinctly crafted sound signatures, never have we seen each individual element so combined so well. In the case, the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts.

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Sound Guys

Sony got everything right

from Sound Guys

Overall, the Sony MDR-1000x headphones are exactly what Sony needed. It’s definitely expensive at $400, but that’s not unheard of in the class of Bluetooth ANC headphones that it’s competing in. The active noise cancelling was just as good as, and sometimes even better than the...More

Overall, the Sony MDR-1000x headphones are exactly what Sony needed. It’s definitely expensive at $400, but that’s not unheard of in the class of Bluetooth ANC headphones that it’s competing in. The active noise cancelling was just as good as, and sometimes even better than the QC35s. These definitely tend towards the warmer end of the spectrum, so if that’s not your cup of tea you might find these disappointing, but again it’s right up my alley. Once you get the hang of the touch controls they do become fairly intuitive, but they’re still a little hit or miss. That said, they work more often than they miss and the ease of use definitely makes it a handy feature.

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GSMArena

Well worth it

The Sony MDR-1000X are priced at $400 in the US. The price is on the steep side, but when you consider what you are getting, it's well worth it. The audio performance alone is commendable and when you add the fantastic noise cancellation and comfort, not to mention the battery life and the 1000X...More

The Sony MDR-1000X are priced at $400 in the US. The price is on the steep side, but when you consider what you are getting, it's well worth it. The audio performance alone is commendable and when you add the fantastic noise cancellation and comfort, not to mention the battery life and the 1000X comes across as a really good deal overall if you have the cash. With phones starting to ditch the headphone jack, this could be a worthwhile purchase. And I can say from experience, the design goes great with the new all black iPhone 7.

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TechCrunch

A solid foundation for a great-sounding pair of headphones

from TechCrunch

The $50 premium over Bose could prove tough when it comes to convincing consumers to switch over. But Sony’s first real shot at the QuietComfort 35 makes a pretty compelling case. They’re a well-rounded pair of headphones with great sound and noise cancelling, excellent battery life a...More

The $50 premium over Bose could prove tough when it comes to convincing consumers to switch over. But Sony’s first real shot at the QuietComfort 35 makes a pretty compelling case. They’re a well-rounded pair of headphones with great sound and noise cancelling, excellent battery life and comfortable build. They also bring some interesting features like ambient awareness to the tap. It might not be enough to knock Bose from its perch, but it should put the company on notice.

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