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Sony MDR-1A Headphone - Black (International Version U.S. warranty may not apply)
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|Item Dimensions||9.21 x 4.65 x 9.06 in||9.5 x 11.1 x 4.5 in||6.5 x 1.5 x 7.75 in||4 x 10 x 9 in||8.5 x 4.5 x 9.5 in||16.73 x 8.46 x 9.84 in|
|Item Weight||0.5 lb||7.94 ounces||4.94 ounces||1.85 lbs||1.75 lbs||—|
Headphone unit * 1
Type: Sealed dynamic type
Driver unit: 40mm dome type
Sensitivity: 105dbB / mW
Play frequency band: 3-100000Hz
Impedance: 24Ω (at 1kHz)
Maximum input * 2: 1500mW (IEC)
Cord Length: about 1.2m, silver-coated OFC line
Code Type: One soup
Input Plug: Gold-plated L-type stereo mini plug
Mass * 3: about 225g (not including cable)
Method: electret condenser
Directional characteristics: omnidirectional
Effective frequency band: 20Hz-20,000Hz
Open circuit voltage level (0dB = 1V / Pa): -40dB (0db = 1V / Pa)
Carrying pouch: Yes
Connection cable: headphone cable (about 1.2m), microphone / remote control with headphone cable (about 1.2m) Instruction Manual: Yes
* 1 product with a receiver includes a receiver unit
* 2 IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) is measured by standard.
* 3 code is not included
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The first thing you'll notice on these headphones is the distinct jack placed on the left driver which you would plug in your headphone cable. These are some very classy headphones without it looking too expensive. You can tell the quality; it's just not very showy. And that's what I Iike. From a distance it looks like your typical "over the ear" headphone but on closer inspection you'll start to see its Identifying features. The matte finish on the enclosure that incase the drivers, the off-center "Sony" logo, the seemingly brushed metallic brackets which controls the swivel mechanism. It's all here and glorious. Which leads me to…
I never felt a more comfortable set of cans. Like two soft Marshmallows gently placed on each ear. Ahh. But for what they look like (driver size is a bit much for me) these are surprisingly lightweight and doesn’t squeeze your head like a zit. (:/ ) Anyway, they kind of rest on your head while being securely placed. You'll almost forget you have them on…almost. There is one drawback; the driver cups are a little too shallow and depending on the size of your ear, the tips of your ears may touch the hard material inside. This may cause a slight irritation and even through that, you will not find any other headphone more comfortable. It truly needs to be experienced.
And as Comfortable as these headphones are, it manages to be very sturdy. No creaking or noise of any kind. They can take a beating though I wouldn't advise you go out beating on the things. I don't approve of any form of domestic violence. Not cool man…The pillowy soft cushion retains its shape in long use although I worry for the material. I just can't see how something so soft lasting but we shall see.
Enough of the looks and feels! Let's move onto the main attraction! I knew something was amiss when different tracks displayed different sound signatures; then it occurred to me the cans are highlighting the track as it was recorded. The Hi-Res, broad frequency range extending from 3 kHz up to 100 kHz will not sweeten your tracks. Think of it like this: for the Windows users' placing your PC in "Safe Mode" limits the color bit rate displayed. So if light blue needs to be displayed, the OS will select an approximate color since the limited color bit rate is unable to display subtle color variations. Sounds in the MDR 1A are played as they are which can suck or be amazing.
Some people will say, "What's the point? The Human ear's range is 4 times less than the listed specs!". True. But just because we can't perceive it doesn't mean it ceases to exist. Allow me to give you a breakdown of the specific sound values of the MDR 1A.
Bass-As mentioned earlier most human ears perceive sounds as low as 20 kHz but the headsets can produce lows in the 3 kHz range. And while you may not hear it, you sure as heck can feel it. Bass so low, you'd swear there was a rumble pack in these things. Not only are they powerful, they are surgically precise cutting through outside noise like a samurai.
Mids- Here's where things may get confusing. If you do your research you will find hearing differs from person to person and because of this, it may have a serious impact on flat signature headsets. The human ear will compensate for deficient sounds and in this case will make flat signatures sound muddy and bass heavy. As a result of hearing damage most people prefer cool signatures (treble heavy, mid deficient) as it gives the illusion of analytical signatures.
Treble based sound waves are delicate and can be easily distorted with bass waves; resulting in loss of clarity (Beats by Dre). But then you'll get cans with balanced signatures that favors the mids or bring mids closer to the front of the soundstage which is what the MDR 1A accomplishes. This might give a warm/congested feel which may be unsavory to people looking for analytical signatures. Again, this is all based off the track. You must use high quality tracks with a high quality audio system to use the MDR 1A to its potential and I can guarantee most "Youtube" reviewers will not do.
Treble-You will hear the phrase "burn-in" thrown around a lot. Rather the skeptics or avid believers there's a lot of buzz surrounding it. To put blunt, it exist and is necessary for higher end headphones. The glues and material after assembly leaves the drivers stiff, distorting sound, specifically treble. For these headsets the trebles are harsh and recessed out the box. Reviewing these immediately is not recommended. There are many ways to allow burn-in on the web but I found allowing music to be played at high volume for extended periods of time will loosen the material to allow for more flexibility. This will allow the treble to mature and become more accurate. Sibilance for these cans is a little recessed and depending on your sensitivity could be good or bad. These things are hard to judge as hearing can vary so it is advised to test them for yourself but make sure you test mature headsets.
Soundstage-The soundstage is wide, almost like a mixture of open and closed cans. You get a sense of space for sure with these headsets so no "tunnel" sound here. As long as you are aware of the headsets they might not sound as open but forget that they're on and you may get spooked at how accurate sound placement is. I thought a plane was flying over my head on an ASMR session…lol
All and all these are some natural sounding cans so you might not want to use them for analytical purposes; you shouldn't be mastering with cans anyway…Oh and by the way these things get loud! If you're looking for loud, balanced headsets look no further.
After a few hours of break-in, the sound quality is excellent. I also currently have Beyerdynamic DT770's and AKG 701's. The AKG's are very good, but they leak too much sound and bother everyone else in our house. The 770's are also very good and comfortable, but to me the MDR-A1's are a bit more accurate and detailed.
11-21-2016 update - I've had these headphones for quite a few months now and I have found that the longer I use them, the more I enjoy them. Either the sound on them has improved as they broke in, or my ears just have become more used to them, but they are my favorite headphones and I would continue to recommend them. No quality issues at all, with regard to the warranty. I would recommend that you purchase an extension cable for them if you plan to use them with anything other than a portable device.
They are very comfortable and at this price point, they are a good value.
However, I did have to return these because my ears just couldn't take the heat (it became a problem for me about about a hour).