Sony MDR-1A Premium Hi-Res Stereo Headphones (Black)

Model #MDR1A/B

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Packaging Info

Package Weight 2.1 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.4 x 9.2 x 4.5"

General Information

Cord Single-sided, detachable
Remote Control Multi-function button / SmartKey app (with supplied Smartphone Control Cable)
Impedance 24 Ω at 1,000 Hz
Driver 40 mm , dome type, Aluminum-coated Liquid Crystal Polymer Diaphragm
Volume Control No
Power Handling 1500 mW (IEC)
Sensitivity 105 dB/mW
Type Closed, Dynamic
Case Type Carrying pouch
Intended Application Portable and home
Design Over-the head
Headband Yes
Plug Gold-plated plugs: stereo mini an L-shaped four conductor mini
Cable Length Headphone Cable: 3.9' (1.2 m) Smartphone Cable: 3.9' (1.2 m)
Weight Without Cable: 7.94 oz (225 g)
Frequency Response 3 to 100,000 Hz
Microphone In-line electret condenser (with supplied smartphone control cable)
Expert Reviews
16 April 2015

The supercomfortable Sony MDR-1A does a good job balancing clarity with just enough of laid-backness to make it a very versatile headphone that's well worth considering if you're looking for a full-size headphone in the $250-$300 range.

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    The Sony MDR-1A is a relatively lightweight, very comfortable full-size headphone that offers sound that's improved over the MDR-1R's, with better definition from the bass through the midrange to the treble.

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    Somewhat pricey; in-line remote lacks some functionality for iPhone users.

Pc magazine.32817846
9 March 2015

Sony's MDR-1A over-ear headphones are luxurious-feeling, exceptionally comfortable, and deliver top-notch audio performance.

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    Fantastic audio performance with deep lows and clear, well-defined highs. Sleek design with luxurious material. Extremely comfortable fit. Ships with two detachable cables, one with an inline remote and microphone for mobile devices.

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    Quite expensive. Not for purists seeking a flat response sound signature.

6 June 2017

When someone asks you how do you enjoy your music, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Would it be you sitting in a room with speakers blasting tunes, or maybe you sitting in your reading corner with headphones on with a good book, or even on your evening jog with earphones pumping adrenaline...

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    Great overall sound, Incredibly comfortable

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    Cups could be just a tad bigger

Sound review.34815418
19 March 2015

Others are fascinated by the premium look and have a hard time choosing the colours available which are black and silver. Everybody loves these headphones, the price is reasonable, they are stylish, portable and the sound is superb.

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    Stylish. Portable. High-Res Audio.

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    Cable short Need a big head.

Android guys.34583049
20 May 2016

The Sony MDR-1A is an all-around great over-ear headphone. It has both attractive form and ergonomic function. You won't get features galore, but the rotating earcups and removable cable should do the trick for most users. The sound is impactful while being composed and detailed.

Unbox ph.34296006
2 August 2015

In a nutshell, the Sony MDR-1A is ridiculously comfortable, beautifully designed, and delivers outstanding upper half register. It’s not well suited for bassheads but if you’re the type that loves listening to tracks that are not dominated with bass, this is worth every peso.

Major hifi.34842338
14 May 2015

I often have a habit of writing Sony headphones off as old, boring headphones. Maybe because Sony’s monitors have been around since Jesus was a Cub Scout, or maybe because Sony’s offerings get overshadowed by those from other manufacturers. Well, the $289 Sony MDR-1a just landed on my desk.

5 February 2016

Sony audio may not be the one we normally associate with audiophile quality, but that perception might be changing. Released late last year, the Sony MDR 1A is the successor to the MDR 1R. Sony claims that it is superior to its predecessor, a claim we were keen to verify.

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    Light, Comfortable

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What hi fi.32817832
21 April 2015

Comfortable headphones that are an enjoyable listen – they have a lot going for them

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    Stylish appearance, Soft, comfortable earpads, Musical delivery, Excellent dynamics

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    Lack low-end control, Vocals sound insubstantial

Trusted reviews.33834858
20 January 2015

Sony’s supremely comfortable headphones offer better value than most fashion pairs.

User Reviews
26 February 2018

I have owned numerous headphones in the past and after doing research found these. I wanted to go back to a wired headset and these fit everything I have been looking for. They are extremely comfortable and haven't had to take them off for anything besides when the wife is talking to me :)I paired...

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    Awesome balanced sound

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    Lack of controls for smartphone.

Head fi.34136598
27 October 2016

First of all, above any other factor, these are just SO COMFORTABLE!! There are very expensive headphones I used that sound really good but feel like someone is trying to crush my head.

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    - Unbeatable comfort, a bit more bass than usual (but it is good bass), good articulation between instruments, looks really good

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    - Highs might be a bit too much for some people, no 1/4 adapter, all cords are for on-the-go, needs time to burn in

19 April 2017

Pros: These Sony headphones are light, comfortable for wearing for long periods, and have great sound. They are not 100% faithful 'studio reference' headphones, with a touch more both bass and treble - but not enough to offend the ears.

Ncix com.34769895
9 July 2016

very good clear and clean sound.comfortable to wear.

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    nice clean sound

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    noyhing if on sale

5 March 2018

I have downloaded and ripped quite a number of 16 bit/24 bit FLAC Lossless tracks to play on my Hi Res Sony Walkman (and my new computer) with the MDR-1A Headphones. The sound quality and detail is superb. I absolutely love listening to my music again . Hi Res has reignited my passion.

John lewis.33656000
20 February 2018

I bought these headphones to use for 24 track recording and they are just excellent. I have previously had inaccuracies in sound replication between headphones and the professional out-put reference monitors I use.

John lewis.33656000
20 February 2018

These headphones were exactly what I was looking for - simple, practical design with no compromise in sound! They come with a durable bag to protect them when you're out and about and two 3.5mm audio cables.

23 January 2018

The Sony MDR-1A sound awesome with my sont PHA-1a and my sony NW-ZX100HN walkman. The sound is crisp and clear and the headphones are comfortable. The price is ok and won't break your wallet.

27 December 2017

Ordered as a present and function well. However a slight rattle was noticed and returned for replacement in around 3 months. The headband and ear padding also seem to have worn down a lot more quickly than my own MDR10-RBTs

13 December 2017

I have purchased two of this model of headphone and both have been used by my gaming sons who say they are a great sound but the ear muffs have failed on both pairs in the same place(the black PVC ear muffs peel apart revealing the foam inner). Sony have refused to replace or repair the the fault.

Product Highlights
  • 40mm ALCP Dynamic Drivers
  • 4-Conductor Cable for Signal Separation
  • 3 to 100,000 Hz Frequency Response
  • Upgradeable to Kimber Kables
  • Includes Android Smartphone Cable
  • Customize Control with SmartKey App
  • Includes Headphone Cable
  • Includes Carrying Pouch
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