Sony has been pushing high resolution audio harder than almost any other manufacturer, and have been implementing it into an increasingly dense line of high-quality headphones for listeners worldwide.
Their MDR-1000X wireless noise-cancelling headphones fit this business plan perfectly. They’re the company’s most technologically advanced headphones to date, and the latest in a long line of offerings to take direct aim at Bose. Pairing excellent sound and comfort with top-flight noise cancellation, the MDR-1000X are a slam dunk and absolutely worth considering, even with a hefty $400 price point, according to reviewer Parker Hall in a review on our partner site, Digital Trends.
The earpads are cloaked in puffy leather that reminds you of grandpa’s big old Cadillac, and, combined with equally soft padding underneath the headband, an absolutely awesome suspension system creates one of the most comfortable pairs of headphones we have ever had the pleasure of wearing, Hall continues.
Even after many hours with glasses on, the MDR-1000X remained a sheer delight on our heads, never once approaching the nagging discomfort often associated with large over-ear headphones. You can thank their light weight for their comfort, too: The MDR-1000X use high-quality materials and feel extremely sturdy, but at 9.7 ounces, they’re lighter than many competitors.
Beneath their businesslike exterior, the MDR-1000X show off a myriad of technologies, including touch controls for play/pause, song skip, and volume adjustment, accomplished by swiping or tapping the outside of the right ear cup.
Alongside sophisticated noise cancelling, the company uses special LDAC technology to deliver audio at what it claims is three times the quality of standard Bluetooth streaming, and “up-scales” wireless music from high resolution audio devices using a special chip. All of this to say: Sony wants these headphones to sound awesome, even when wirelessly connected, and they absolutely do.
The massive soundstage in Carl Broemel’s fantastic 2016 single “4th of July,” for instance, sounded dynamic and beautiful, with full bass tones that hit our ears like a melty piece of chocolate cake hits your tongue. Above, sound is precise and articulate, with clean electric guitar and vocal harmonies that ride above the low end beautifully. A well-rounded midrange fills out tenor and alto vocals, and lends realism to a wide range of instrumentation.
Read more of Hall’s MDR-1000X review on our partner site, Digital Trends.
For another reviewer’s take on these ‘phones, go here on HRAC.