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Sony MDR1R Premium Over-the-Head Style Headphones (Black)

by Sony
4.2 out of 5 stars 322 customer reviews
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  • 40mm Liquid Crystal polymer film diaphragms (5-24Hz)
  • Beat Response Control for improved bass and transient response
  • Comfortable ear pads deliver powerful bass response and long-term comfort
  • Enfolding structure for comfort and improved acoustic seal
  • Inward axis structure delivers optimum fit
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Countless details combined to deliver: precision sound quality, thoughtful design, and long-term comfort. Available in three models, including Bluetooth and Digital Noise Canceling capable models, Sony MDR-1R headphones offer premium style with performance for a headphone experience without equal.

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User Manual [208kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.2 x 3.1 inches ; 8.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B009A6CZ30
  • Item model number: MDR1R
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (322 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 17, 2012

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I have used so many headphones over the years that it's not easy for me to get too excited by yet another pair of them. These Sony MDR-1RBT headphones got me excited. Wow is an understatement.

When you pay a lot for something, it's nice to receive the item in packaging that is reflective of the quality of what you've purchased. These headphones are presented very elegantly in the box they come in. When you open the box the headphones are on display as if in an art gallery. They are nestled in a tufted black cloth that just exudes quality. On the other side of the opened box is a compartlment that you flip open and inside there is the very nice carry bag and cables that are included with this headphone. A USB to microUSB charging cable and 3.5mm male to male connecting cable (5') are included. The connecting cable has gold plated tips to ensure good conductivity.


-Power source: DC 3.6 V: Built-in lithium-ion battery
-Mass: Approx. 297 g (10.48 oz)
-Operating temperature: 0 °C to 40 °C (32 °F to 104 °F)
-Usage hours: Approx. 30 hours
Standby time: Max. 200 hours
-Charging time: Approx. 6 hours
-Charging temperature: 5 °C to 35 °C (41 °F to 95 °F)
-Receiver Type: Closed, Dynamic
-Driver units: 40 mm
-Frequency response: 4 Hz - 80 kHz

-Microphone Type: Electret condenser
-Direction characteristic: Omni directional
-Effective frequency range: 100 Hz - 4,000 Hz

Ahhh, the headphones. They are just so simply elegant. The headband and earcups are covered in a very supple and extremely soft material that looks convincingly like leather but I'm quite certain it's pleather. Comfortable is the key word here. The headphones themselves are very light in weight compared to others I've worn.
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Finally! Sony MDR1R Phones. The BEST headphones I have EVER heard!

I am well over 50, so I have followed a lot of inferior bread crumbs to reach this conclusion.
These phones are intended for LISTENING (NOT MONITORING) all genres of music. PERIOD.

Of course, considering the tight initial, off the shelf build quality of these phones, they sound pretty crappy right out of the box. Give them at least a few hours for break-in period

Current Personal Equipment:
Zune 120gb Player
Sony NWZ F806 Player
Sennheiser 380 headphones
Grado SR60 (not inferior SR60i)
*Sony MDR1R Phones

-unbelievable sound - check
-Beautifully rolled off highs, before any harshness can be introduced - check
-Wonderfully fat midrange - check
-Deep, (tight), moving, bass without muddiness - check
-Hearing new sounds and nuances in previously played tracks - check
-All the above even at low volumes - check
-No need for amplifiers or other peripheral equipment - check
-Sounds equally good when listened to from MP3 player, laptop, desktop, amplified sound system - check
-Really cool, high tech appearance with great engineering and build quality - check

-Reveals the shortcomings of the Sony NWZ F806 Player's sound chip (YES) - check
-Reveals the shortcomings of the Sennheiser 380 headphones - check
-Better, (unbelievable), better than my beloved vintage Grado SR60's - check

One of the most revealing tracks in my collection (believe me, they ALL sound GREAT!):
Donna Summer's "Love to Love You Baby" (Album: "The Journey") 16:45 min-256kbps
(full orchestra after the bass solo, high flute, horns, violas, strings, etc).
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[Update - Feb 2013: For whatever reason, the BT connectivity problems using iOS 6.1.2 on a iPhone 4S seem to have disappeared. Not sure whether the problems I was having was due to interference, what was running on my iPhone at the time, or a combination (or something else), but no problems anymore. I guess if I get the same problem again in the future, I'll just restart the iPhone and see if that helps. Sounds great, and great to use a headphone without wires!]

[Update - Feb 2013: Well, unfortunately iOS 6.1.2, at least on an iPhone 4S, has created all kinds of issues with this Bluetooth headphone. Skips, pauses, etc. It worked PERFECTLY with iOS 5.1. Hopefully, Apple will fix this, but if you plan on pairing these with an iPhone running 6.1.2, do so at your own peril. On the other hand, I highly doubt it's a problem with these headphones, as opposed to the iOS update Apple pushed out.]

I was hesitant to order these because some of the early impressions seemed lukewarm, but I decided to give them a try. After two days of using them to listen to music and watching a movie on my iPhone 4S and iPad (3 Gen), I like them so much that I kept them over a pair of Sennheiser Momentum headphones, which also are great headphones for their intended application. There aren't that many reviews of these on the web yet, so I'll go into more detail here because I'm really impressed with the MDR-1RBT.

Bluetooth headphones have had a mixed record to date (including the Parrot Zik), but these easily exceeded my expectations. Unless you are expecting audiophile-level sound (in which case you ought to be looking at a full-blown home rig, not something to be used with a portable device), the balance of convenience and sound that the MDR-1RBT provide is remarkable.
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