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Sony Premium Noise Cancelling, Bluetooth Headphone, Black (MDR1000X/B)
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- Isolate yourself from external noise with industry-leading noise cancellation
- Enjoy Bluetooth wireless connectivity and Hi-Fi quality audio
- Listen to ambient sounds quickly and clearly with Quick Attention
- Hear music at its best with Hi-Res Audio
- Listen longer with up to 20 hours of battery life. Frequency response - 4 Hz-40000 Hz
- Control everything by touch with Easy Touch control
- Catch important sounds with Ambient Sound Mode
- In the Box: Carrying Case, Plug Adaptor for In-flight Use, Connection Cable, USB Cable, Warranty Card, Operating Instructions
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Isolate yourself from external noise with industry-leading noise cancellation*
Industry-leading noise cancelling performance* features a personal noise cancelling optimizer that adapts to your environment and eliminates noise in all conditions.
*Ambient noise reduction based on Sony testing of Sony 1000X, Beats Studio wl and Bose QC35 with JEITA noise cancelling standard.
Enjoy Bluetooth Wireless Connectivity And Hi-Fi Quality Audio
Connect easily to your favorite devices via Bluetooth with NFC and enjoy a near Hi-Res experience when wirelessly streaming your music with built-in LDAC enhanced codec support.
Listen To Ambient Sounds Quickly and Clearly
The Quick Attention function let you instantly hear conversations and your surroundings by simply cupping your hand over the right earcup of the headphones.
Hear Music at Its Best with Hi-Res Audio (Wired)
The 40 mm high sensitivity driver with a frequency response up to 40kHZ delivers Hi-Res Audio playback, so you can hear every detail just like the artist intended.
The built-in rechargeable battery provides up to 20 hours of continuous, wireless music playback.
Control Everything by Touch
Intuitive, easy to use touch controls allow for easy Play/Stop, track control, and volume adjust via the touch sensor control panel mounted on the housing of the right ear cup of the headphones.
Catch Important Sounds With Ambient Sound Mode
Ambient sound mode (Normal Mode) makes it possible to Hear essential everyday sounds, such as traffic, while still listening to music in the background.
Listen To Music without Missing Announcements
Ambient Sound Mode (Voice Mode) lets you to listen to your music without distraction, while still catching important announcements.
Easily Take Calls Wirelessly
Enjoy noise and hands-free calling thanks to the integrated microphone and Bluetooth profile connectivity. When receiving a call just tap on the right earcup of the headphones to answer your call and tap again to hang up.
Hard Carrying Case Included
Included hard carrying case makes it easy to safely bring your headphones with you, where you go.
|Noise Cancelling||Yes, Industry-leading noise cancelling performance||Yes, Digital Noise Cancellation||Yes, Digital Noise Cancellation|
|Battery Life||20 hrs||20 hrs||22 hrs|
|Quick Attention Mode/ Ambient Sound Mode||Yes|
|Hi-Res Audio Capability||Yes||Yes|
|EXTRA BASS On/Off||On/Off|
|Customize sound with mobile app||Yes|
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|Item Dimensions||4.5 x 6.31 x 9.5 in||2.92 x 7.29 x 9.81 in||3.94 x 7.08 x 10.25 in||4 x 7.4 x 9.9 in||5.88 x 2.5 x 9.38 in||6.5 x 1.77 x 7.87 in|
|Item Weight||0.61 lb||0.61 lb||7.84 ounces||0.53 lb||6.9 ounces||6.88 ounces|
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Sony Premium Noise Cancelling, Bluetooth Headphone, Black (MDR1000X/B)
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Music Audio quality- The Sony MDR-1000x is better than the Bose 35 hands down. Don't want to use all the technical terms about ranges and what not, but for what it's worth, if you want a great music listening experience, these are the headphones for you.
Noise Cancelling- I wore the Bose QC 35 while playing music on the streets of Manhattan and to all intents and purposes I was in a sound cocoon, this is without fidling with the (non existent) controls . I did same with the MDR-1000xs on the streets of LA, it took me probably an hour and a half of tweaking the settings to get the same level of noise isolation, and I still don't think I've figured it all out. If you want a straight out of the box solution, go with the Bose, if you want to be able to tweak what you hear and how you hear it, and have the patience to experiment, go with Sony. Noise reduction in the real world seemed to be on par.
Bells and Whistles- See above. The Bose is a plug and play device that's a one size fits all, the Sony is one which requires you to fine tune it. Having said that, I think the controls on the Sony are much better than those of the Bose.
Bluetooth- Pairing the Bose is a snap, knowing what they are paired to is also as easy as pie. The Sony on the other hand require some work, however, if one has an NFC enabled device, then some of that work is eliminated. Having said that, for ease of pairing (and switching), Bose is the winner.
Price- Sony comes in at $50 higher. If you want more control of how you use your headphones, the premium is worth paying. If you want the path of least resistance, it isn't.
Look and feel- The Bose feels lighter and is more comfortable based on the number of times I had to adjust each pair of headphones for comfort. When it comes to the 'coolness' factor, I think both are neck and neck, though I felt cooler with the Bose QC 35.
Overall- Since this is ultimately a device with which to listen to music, the Sony is a better choice seeing as the Noise Cancellation is on par with the Bose but the 'sound' of music is significantly much better.
Update 1: Used this headset for a 2 hour check-in and pre boarding wait and a 16 hour flight from the West Coast to the Middle East, 2 major observations:
a) Headphones worked in Bluetooth NC mode for the entire 18 hours. Had a full charge when I got to LAX, battery was on low when I got to Qatar. Sound quality did not get degraded at all.
b) I had a woman and her toddler next to me for the entire flight, though he was adorable, he wailed on and off for the vast majority of the flight. Except for when I chose to look at him, I won't even have known he was crying. When I removed headphones to see if he was very loud or NC was just that effective, it turned out it was the latter. Attached pic is of him after he refused the cot and literally fell asleep with his head by my feet.
d) Proper programming sequence to get best quality sound and NC is :
i) NC - > Noise Cancelling on
ii) Ambient Sound need not be pressed except you want to hear ambient sound, then choose normal to hear everything around you or voice to hear just voices.
iii) If you really want to go the extra mile, press and hold NC for 2-3 seconds to start the optimizer, it will do as promised.
BTW Gentleman who said he heard a hissing noise on his 15 hour flight, I tried to replicate that, it happens if NC isn't on, just Ambient Sound.
*** Update 4/8/2017 ***
1. Battery life is about 19 hours before I charge, it is near to the advertised battery life. It can be better if I stop using the forward and backward function and quick attention feature.
Audio Colouring (0.5/10)
This is one component that I always share, audio colouring is where maker tune the audio reproduction of the headphone and give it the characteristic that we are hearing. Higher score simply means the audio production is not natural and balanced, but people can still like the sound, like what I have reviewed in Bluedio Victory. Lower score means the sound reproduced is more balanced and close to the original produced music quality, usually reference headphone have low score here.
Sony MDR 1000x as described at the audio quality section, gives a very balanced & natural sound with a flat response and giving each frequencies equal amplification. Thus, 0.5/10
*** Update 1/8/2017 ***
1. Ambient sound is like low pass or high pass filter concept you see in music production. When it is on, ANC is off
2. Call quality or voice recording quality is ok, I self recorded one and listened to it. Voice is clear, but your environment sound very airy. It is like a super high gain on your mixer.
3. Touch pad; you do not need to tap at the middle to pause/play or pick up calls, a single tap in any area of the touch pad will do. Similar for next track / previous track and volume change. As long as you swipe within the touch pad, this actually make things a lot easier!
4. It should be a pressure sensor at the touch pad (Just my guess!); I used my phone surface and place it on the touch pad, the instant volume decrease was activated.
*** Update 30/07/2017 ***
1. Tried connecting to two devices via bluetooth, one music player and one phone. It cannot be done. It is a single connection headphone!
2. While headphone is on, you can press the ON/OFF button once, and there will be a voice to tell you whether your battery level is high or low.
3. Its really comfy even after hours of wearing. =)
4. Sounds are being reproduced accurately. Its towards the dry and less warmth direction. No Boomy bass. More info on Audio Quality, look below!
5. If you want to connect to another device via bluetooth while headphone is already on and just got disconnected from previous device. You need to off the headphone. Then press and hold the ON/OFF button again till you hear "Bluetooth Pairing" this will then make MDR 1000x visible to your devices.
6. Slight pulsing tone when ANC is on and nothing is being played.
*** 27/07/2017 ***
Sony, with a wealth of experience in audio products and technology have successfully created a super sonic headphone that can make consumers part with their money willingly. The MDR 1000x defines sophistication and minimalistic beauty. It is an elegant creation from Sony, with the superb audio qualities it carries, there is no reason why we shouldn’t give attention to this pair of Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Headphone.
If you are deciding between MDR 1000X or others, the competition will need to be good with their ANC, Audio reproduction, weight and comfort. Below are the strengths of MDR 1000x
1. Balanced, flat frequencies reponse and natural sound
2. Hi Res Audio support (Future Proof)
3. Soft leather cushion
4. Ideal weight, not too heavy nor too light
5. Excellent ANC technology
6. Extra thoughtful feature like instant decrease of volume
7. Strong Bluetooth connection
8. Able to enhance lossy format music with DSSE HX
*** My review might be a little lengthy as I tried to give you the best details possible in this review, hope it will help you! ***
Before I opened the box, I was expecting the box containing the headphone and accessories to be of good quality, something like what we will see in Monster Turbine products. Yes, Indeed, it is just what I expected. A beautiful black box with the silvered coloured word “Sony” printed on it and nothing else. It is clear that Sony adopted a minimalist approach to the design and outlook of the product, and I liked that.
Upon opening the box, you will be greeted by a semi hard black oval-ish circle carrying case. It feels like faux leather on the outside of the case. To the end of the zipper, you will find a strap which gives you convenience when holding on to the carrying case, you can also hook it on to the hooks you have on your wall!. It’s a nice touch to it.
At this moment, you would have picked up the case and opened it up. TADA~~ MDR 1000x is sitting nicely inside. The interior of the case is made up of black fabric and there is a small pocket inside the carrying case which you can use it for your audio jack connector. The small pocket is located on the standing separator inside the case that will assist you to place your headphone back nicely once you are done with it.
On the other side of the box, you can open it and you will find the accessories; usb cable, a charging plug for flight, audio cable x1 and a manual.
The headphone feels light, lighter than expected. I expected it to be a lot heavier than a normal wired headphone like AKG k240 MKII, but no, it is only heavier by a small margin. I am thinking of the additional battery and driver which will add on to the weight, however it is not the case. I like the weight of the headphone. For MDR 1000x its different, its weight is enough to make you feel it on your head, but there is no pressure from it.
A concern all headphone users have, the comfort level of the headphone. It shouldn’t be clamping so tight that we get headaches and our ear feel sore after a short period of usage. MDR 1000x excel in this area, having owned and used headphones for my music production study and works with brands like AKG, Shure, Sony, Audio Technica etc.. I found that MDR 1000x sit nicely and comfortably on my head, with the soft leather cushion of the headband and earpad, you will feel the existence of MDR 1000x on your head and nothing more.
There is no tight clamping feel on my head and no sore ears after 3 hours of usage. I have a fairly huge head, its Large for my headgear. It is comfortable on our ears and our head, no warm and sweaty feeling. Maybe if we wear it for a longer period in a room with poor ventilation, we might start to perspire around the ear. It feels very comfortable on my head and ears.
Built Quality (9.5/10)
Mostly plastic on the earcup, and metal band over the top, joint of the headphone on the side are made of plastic too. However the plastic feels strong and sturdy, in fact, the whole headphone feels like it is of good quality. I have read that others experienced creaking sound when turning their head with the headphone on. I have heard none of that.
A good build quality needs to be time tested, thus even though it might seem to be of a quality built, I believe some period of usage will give a fair verdict on this. It definitely have a stronger built than those you seen with glossy plastic materials. I will update after some period of use. The earpads and headband cushion are made of soft synthetic leather. Perhaps it will last for the next 3 to 5 years before changing.
Unlike some headphone I have, where you can clearly see a small misalignment of stitching or uneven-ness on the surface of the headphone, MDR 1000x has nothing of this sort. It is a clean, polished item and it is hard to find a flaw to pick on. It seems so perfectly crafted and with attention to every tiny details.
Microphone Quality (10/10)
Yes, it is good. Call receiver on the other end reported a crystal clear voice. Even sitting infront of my fan and making the call, the voice is audible and clear. I used it for gaming with my friends too, playing Left 4 Dead 2, they too have reported a clear voice from my end.
Bluetooth Quality (10/10)
It is the strongest among all my pairs of Bluetooth IEMs and headphone. Pairing it with my S7edge it easy and fast, get it done within 5 seconds. Press and hold the on button on the left earcup of the headphone and the voice will prompt you that the headphone is on. Once connected with your device, it will prompt you again and you are good to go with a cable-less audio fiesta.
First up I tried by putting my phone in my left pants pocket, there is no interruption in music playing. (Usually there will be some interruption on my other IEMs like Remax S10 and Creative 250). After that, I placed the phone in my room and I walked around the house, blocked by concrete walls, and there is no interruption.
The Bluetooth range seems to be working as advertised. This is the only headphone that has no interruption in music playing among the rest. Even my Bluetooth speaker by creative gets regular hiccups when I take my phone away and move to a room separated by a concrete wall.
Ease of Music Control (9/10)
This will take some time to get used to it, I feel that it is harder to skip tracks, play/pause music and increase/decrease music. Playing/Pausing music is easier, as it only requires one single tap near or in the middle of the right earcup, which usually we will get it done on the first try. What is harder is getting use to swiping left and right for backward and forward of tracks and swiping up and down for increase and decrease of volume.
Why is it difficult? It is because I need to have a mental estimation of where my finger will land, I do not want to pause the track when I want to increase of skip tracks, nor do I want to skip tracks when what I want to do is just to pause the music. Therefore once you can get over the part where you are unsure of where you are tapping, it is really easy to control the music.
Afterall the touchpad is a new technology which other than MDR 1000x, I only experience it on my Bluedio Victory. I guess we just need some getting used to it. I welcome innovative and creative technology thus it gets a score of 9 rather than 8.
ANC Quality (10/10)
The noise cancelling is functioning as advertised. There is a dedicated button on the left earcup that once pressed, will activate the function. You will hear several tones when you on the ANC function. I need to say that it cancel off almost 90% to 99% of the environmental noise depending on what kind of noise we are referring to.
I tested it while a vacuum is on, it managed to cancel off about 90% I would say of the noise from a vacuum cleaner, leaving some higher frequencies which is still audible. On the other hand, I tested it in my office and found that it gave me a complete silent environment, almost 100% noise cancellation I would say. I was having my humidifier on which gives a constant low droning noise and some colleagues who were having their conversation beside. I could hear none of it.
I did not hear any hiss sound when ANC is on. It is superb. Compared to ANC I tested from Audio Technica and Bose before, this one stands out and is probably the best among them.
Audio Quality (10/10)
The MDR 1000x is not what I expected it to be, there is no doubt about it’s audio quality which is on par with many top brands in the market. I expected the headphone to sound bright and with more warmth, afterall they are not making it for studio referencing, so I expected them to colour the audio quality a bit, to make it sound interesting and “awesome”. But I found the sound produced by the headphone to be titled towards a balanced tone, less warmth and flat frequency response. This is the results I got when I run it through my usual music playlist when I am testing out audio equipment.
The bass packs punch and sound full bodied, it is not too overpowering that mid and high frequencies are pushed to the back. Details of bass notes can be heard clearly and each note is clearly distinguishable from the others. Which is what I expected from referencing/studio headphones.
The mids is interesting, while many other headphone will make it to sound more in your ears , MDR 1000x did not take that approach. Like I mention, all frequencies seems to take equal percentage of attention and standing at the same level while you are listening your music. The mid is clear and clean, it sounds “uncovered” and I like it that it reproduces the mid frequencies nicely and it doesn’t make it sounds like it has a veil covering over it.
The highs, the area that has always been overlooked. This time round, it is different, it gets the attention it deserves. The highs is on the point; it doesn’t gets so sharp that you will feel like it will pierce through your ears, nor it is soft that it became hidden behind the bass and mid. The highs here are crisp and clear, it is distinct and does little colouring to the audio quality.
The soundstage is surprisingly balanced too. It is not too wide, and not too close, which make it sound closed yet with enough space between the music and your ears, it does not sound too in your face. Even though the sound stage does not sound as wide as my semi open headphone (and it should be that case, as semi open can will give a wider feel to it) it gives adequate space, and it doesn’t sound “airy”
The audio quality of MDR 1000x is fantastic and natural sounding, the amplification of the 3 different section is equal, none of them took the centre stage, and they sound equal, balanced with a flatter frequencies response albeit it is titled towards the direction of less warmth. These are qualities of headphones that I look for, as I prefer sound signature like this, rather than massive colouring of the music which will not bring out the original, intended sounds that are being recorded. So these are definitely near the studio referencing sound qualities
Thoughtful Addition – Instant Decrease of Volume
In addition, there is a pretty thoughtful feature, which is the instant decrease of music volume by cupping the right earcup. This is a gesture that I took about 5 minutes to get it figured out. It seems that many are saying that a cupping action will do the job, but I tried it that way and it just couldn’t be done. I managed to activate the feature by simply putting 3 fingers on the right earcup, the result is instant, and the outside world is amplified immediately together with our voice when we are speaking. It is nice to have that, rather than a button to activate the function. I find this more convenient on a daily usage basis.
Other Innovative & Useful Additions
- Sense Engine
- High Quality Wireless Audio With LDAC (Work with Xperia Premium XZ and recent Walkman series)
- Hi-Res Audio Compatible
- DSEE HX (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) – Recover the high range sound lost in compression, lossy format like mp3
- Two ambient mode which allow you to have either more environmental sounds coming in or hearing conversations from outside
This should be a top choice in ANC headphones.
*** Verdict ***
I was asked several times if MDR 1000x is better than QC 35.
If we are talking about the audio quality, both are on par, you cant go wrong with either one.
I was also asked if MDR 1000x is a better purchase compared to QC 35
The answer is yes. Definitely worth your dollar. Why?
1. It is a geared towards a "Smarter" headphone, a gestured controlled instant volume decrease, together with the Sense Engine Tech
2. It incorporate technology to make it better, Bluetooth LDAC which gives 3x more bandwith for transmission. A touch control. Their DSEE HX which can restore some sound range lost in compression in lossy music format like mp3
3. Its design is sophisticated and elegant
4. Hi Res Audio
5. It is created with greater convenience for consumer in mind. Not just an ANC headphone.
Thus yes, MDR 1000x is a better value purchase!
I purchased this item in Singapore at its retail price as I am anxious to get it. =)
I am a regular Amazon Prime Shopper and Reviewer thus I decided to put my review here so folks like you can have an idea of the headphone.[...] It tells Amazon that folks are in fact reading reviews like this! Thanks!
For context, I always keep my headphones in my case and I never sleep in them. I'm very careful with my things. They are strictly for work and travel so no extreme use here. Unfortunately it seems that even with babying the headphones, they just won't last. I paid way too much for these for them to break after less than one year. They are still operational but once the headband fully detaches from the ear cup, I guess I'll chuck these in the rubbish bin and seek out some higher quality Bose headphones.