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Sony MDR-1A

alaTest has collected and analyzed 697 reviews of Sony MDR-1A. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Comments about the design and bass quality are on the whole positive. The portability and comfort also get good views, but there are some negative reviews about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Sony MDR-1A is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony MDR-1A

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 116 user reviews of Sony MDR-1A from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones on Amazon.co.uk. Views about the bass quality and portability are generally positive. The price and comfort also get good views, but there are some critical reviews about the reliability.

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reliability

97% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Jun, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony MDR-1A

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 91 user reviews of Sony MDR-1A from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the design and bass quality. The portability and comfort also get good feedback. Opinions are divided on the price, and many are less positive about the reliability.

sound, comfort, portability, bass quality, design

reliability

95% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Jun, 2019

Recommended by TR

Expert review by : Andrew Williams (trustedreviews.com)

Sony MDR-1A

 

Classy headphones that undercut the opposition

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

Jan, 2015

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (whathifi.com)

Sony MDR-1A review

 

A new version of Sony's over-ear headphones brings a host of new features, but how do they sound?

Stylish appearance Soft, comfortable earpads Musical delivery Excellent dynamics

Lack low-end control Vocals sound insubstantial

Apr, 2015

Expert review by : Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

Sony MDR-1A BT headphones offer Hi-Res Audio, gesture controls (hands-on) - Pocket-lint

 

Sony announced a number of new audio products at CES 2015 earlier in the year, and we recently got our hands on the MDR-1A BT headphones, which have some

Feb, 2015

Expert review by : Mike Lowe (pocket-lint.com)

Sony MDR-1A review: A-class over-ear headphones

 

It was two years ago we were first introduced to the Sony MDR range, headed-up by the self-proclaimed "prestige" MDR-1R headphones. We had to hand it to Sony, though, despite sounding almost pompous they were very impressive over-ears, delivering...

Really comfortable for long-term listening, great sound throughout the frequency range - from deep bass through snappy high-end, spatial soundscape delivers engaging listen

Loose fit won’t suit smaller heads, can slip slightly during wear so driver positions won’t engage high-end frequencies as well, simple carry case

We've been testing headphones back-to-back for a number of weeks and have found the Sony MDR-1A to be the most immediately comfortable and gratifying over-ears straight out of the box.

Oct, 2014

Expert review by (which.co.uk)

Sony MDR-1A review

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The Sony MDR-1As are an updated version of Sony's Prestige range MDR-1R headphones, with Sony targeting adopters of new high-resolution audio players and music services looking for 'an authentic and precise experience'. The MDR-1Rs impressed our...

Mar, 2015

Expert review by : David Carnoy (cnet.com)

Sony MDR-1A review:

 

Sony's MDR-1A is the successor to the discontinued MDR-1R , a "premium" over-ear that we liked a lot when we reviewed it a few years ago.

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. The headphones now sit on your neck...

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

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.

Apr, 2015

PCMAG.COM - Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Tim Gideon (pcmag.com)

Sony MDR-1A

 

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

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

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

Sony's latest addition to the MDR lineup is a thoughtfully designed, exceedingly comfortable headphone pair made with luxurious materials. At $299.99, the MDR-1A isn't cheap, and given the lack of Bluetooth or noise-canceling circuitry, that price...

Mar, 2015

Expert review by : Sam Vafaei , Marc Henney, Jean-Christophe Lamontag (rtings.com)

Sony MDR-1A HEADPHONES

 

The Sony MDR-1A are comfortable, critical listening over-ears that deliver a satisfying and well-balanced sound quality. They have a sleek-looking design, and they're surprisingly lightweight for their sturdy and durable build quality. Unfortunately,...

Great audio reproduction. ; Lightweight and sturdy build quality. ; Comfortable fit.

Poor noise isolation. ; Slightly bulky and unstable design.

May, 2018

Expert review by : David Carnoy Steve Guttenberg (cnet.com.au)

Sony MDR-1A review: A stellar over-ear headphone

 

The supercomfortable $300 MDR-1A looks very similar to its predecessor, the MDR-1R, but it sounds better and has some small but key design improvements.

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. The headphones now sit on your neck...

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

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.

Apr, 2015

Consumer review (johnlewis.com)

Excellent sound quality great design

 

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. With these what I hear is crystal...

Feb, 2018

Price comparison for Sony MDR-1A

  Store     Price
CeX Sony MDR-1A Prestige Overhead (With Mic Cable), A
Sony MDR-1A Prestige Overhead (With Mic Cable), A
£60.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony MDR-1A Prestige Overhead (With Mic Cable), B
Sony MDR-1A Prestige Overhead (With Mic Cable), B
£55.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony MDR-XB950BT Bluetooth Premium Xtra Bass...
Sony MDR-XB950BT Bluetooth Premium Xtra Bass Overhead, B
£58.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony MDR-XB950B1 Wireless Extrabass Headphones, A
Sony MDR-XB950B1 Wireless Extrabass Headphones, A
£65.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony MDR-1AM2 Headphone Over-Ear, A
Sony MDR-1AM2 Headphone Over-Ear, A
£120.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony MDR-XB950N1 Wireless Extrabass Noise Cancelling...
Sony MDR-XB950N1 Wireless Extrabass Noise Cancelling Headphones, A
£120.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony MDR1RBT Wireless Bluetooth Prestige - Black, A
Sony MDR1RBT Wireless Bluetooth Prestige - Black, A
£92.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony MDR-ZX770BN Wireless and Noise Cancelling...
Sony MDR-ZX770BN Wireless and Noise Cancelling - Black , B
£55.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony MDR-XB950BT Bluetooth Premium Xtra Bass...
Sony MDR-XB950BT Bluetooth Premium Xtra Bass Overhead, C
£55.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony MDR-XB950B1 Wireless Extrabass Headphones, C
Sony MDR-XB950B1 Wireless Extrabass Headphones, C
£52.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony MDR-XB950BT Bluetooth Premium Xtra Bass...
Sony MDR-XB950BT Bluetooth Premium Xtra Bass Overhead, A
£70.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony MDR-XB950B1 Wireless Extrabass Headphones, B
Sony MDR-XB950B1 Wireless Extrabass Headphones, B
£58.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony MDR-1ADAC Overhead with Built In, B
Sony MDR-1ADAC Overhead with Built In, B
£58.00 TO SHOP
Sony MDR-7510 Studio Headphones
Sony MDR-7510 high-quality studio headphones for demanding pro applications, including studio and broadcast...
£109.00 TO SHOP
Sony MDR-7506 Professional Monitor Headphones
The Sony MDR-7506 Professional Monitor Headphones designed for professional studio and live/broadcast...
£99.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony XB950N1 Extra Bass Wireless Noise Canceling...
Sony XB950N1 Extra Bass Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones, B
£75.00 TO SHOP
Sony MDRRF855RKC Wireless Headphones FM stereo...
Say goodbye to knots and tangles, you get the freedom to move with Sony MDRRF855RKC wireless headphones...
£74.00 TO SHOP
Sony MDRRF811RK Wireless Headphones 100m listening...
With up to 13 hours of battery life, and up to 100m wireless range the MDRR811RK gives you freedom to roam.
£74.00 TO SHOP

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