Monday, October 3, 2016

Product Review: MDR1000X/B Over-the-Ear Wireless Hi-Res Headphones - Black

These Sony - MDR1000X/B Over-the-Ear Wireless Hi-Resolution Headphones are pretty incredible. You can pick them up at BestBuy for $399.99. That is a bit pricey, but read the rest of my review to find out why they may be worth your investment.

I want to start this review with the fact that I have never owned such a high end set of headphones, or any noise cancelling set of headphones. I wasn't sure what to expect, but after using them for a week and putting them through several different environmental tests, I am really impressed. Here are some of the specs for these headphones. 
  • Industry-Leading noise cancellation (via dual Noise Sensor technology using internal and external microphones to detect and offset ambient sound.
  • Close-fitting urethane foam earpads surround you ear and lock out distractions.
  • High Resolution audio (when connected via the supplied wire)
  • Bluetooth wireless connectivity (BestBuy's specs page boasts that the battery lasts up to 20 hours of continuous, wireless music playback.)
  • Ambient Sound mode
  • Quick Attention function - Lets you instantly hear conversations and your surroundings by simply cupping your hand over the right ear cup, it pauses the music, and uses it's external microphone so you can carry on  a conversation.
  • Touch controls makes adjusting volume, skipping tracks, and answering calls a breeze.
  • Hard carrying case is included with an adapter for frequent flyers, audio cable and charging cable.
Just a note on the performance of the noise cancellation processing of this unit. I was using the headphones to listen to music while I was vacuuming our house. I was in the middle of twisting my head and felt the earpad lift slightly from my head around my glass's frame, and at the same time I heard more of the vacuum for a few milliseconds, and then the processor eliminated it immediately. 

The audio performance from the powerful 1.57" drivers with Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) diaphragm, handles heavy beats, and can reproduce a full range of frequencies up to 40 kHz.
That sentence is full of technical jargon, let me explain in layman's terms, the sound from these headphones are incredible. They are crystal clear with plenty of bass, but a perfect balance for high quality reproduction of music.

I have had numerous over the ear headphones, and quite often to wear them for more that an hour or so, were uncomfortable. These are very lightweight and comfortable, I actually forgot they were on.

The only con I can really find with these headphones is I fear that they may be priced out of some consumers budget. If you are a traveler or a audiophile these high end headphones may be what your are looking for. They are definitely designed with attention to detail. Ultimately, you do get what you pay for. I would recommend these to a friend or my blog reader.

** I have a material connection regarding this piece of equipment or its manufacturer. **

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