Sony MDR-1R Premium Headphones

Wearability, comfort, audio quality—three qualities honored in each and every headphone nowadays, but only a few has perfected this expected scheme. I call it love-at-first-sight, but when I saw and had a hold of the new MDR-1R of Sony, I just know what luxury and prestige meant. I am not really a huge fan of Sony and its products, but I know they do those with utmost delicacy; this attitude is seen in this new model. I am a bit shaking to hear about its $300-price, but if it works pretty well to make me wear it all day long indoors and outdoors, there’s not any reason I won’t be buying it.

Coming in silver-and-brown or black-and-red, the Sony MDR-1R has all that beauty I personally would desire. I am not that sure as to what material the MDR-1R is made out of, but at simple looks, the headphone is just as cool and sturdy as it promises. Aside from the colored stripe that comes with each cup, I love the y-shaped thick metal fork that surrounds the closed-back cover halfway. The MDR-1R does not fold in for that easy storage, and this, I think is an unfortunate thing making it only good for indoors and fairly well for travels. However, the MDR-1R is still flexible enough for different shapes of head, plus the swiveling cups that should conform well to the angle of the ear.

Aside from the minimally cushioned band, the memory foam on each cup is coated with genuine leather, I assume. The cups are over-the-ear type, so it surrounds the outer of the ear with comfort and ergonomics. The comfort as per my test took me deeply and I just love it. However, one potent down of this headband is the shelled drivers on the inside of each foam, that if you have a bigger, protruding ear, you’ll sure not love at all. The cups can be also too big for people with smaller heads or ears, and unfortunately, the Sony MDR-1R does not come with different sizes.

Adding to the Sony advantage is the detachable cable, which means more peace of mind because cables are easily replaced even by 3rd-party ones. Included in the premium package, fortunately, are two cables: one plain cable, and the other has a 90-degree jack with remote control for Apple devices capable of picking up calls aside from controlling music playback. The cables are also well stitched, with a somewhat serrated side, and perform well on its own to prevent tangling.

However, unlike some competitors, the package does not come with a 3.5mm-to-6.3mm adapter, so you’d better be prepared if you want to use it somewhere else. Featured in the Sony MDR-1R is its 40mm driver with Liquid Crystal Polymer diaphragm that is good for balancing the frequencies from within and for accurately reproducing the sound. Adding to this, the company also boasts of the ‘silent joints’ made out of silicon that is said to withstand the mechanical rattles from within, so users will not hear any vibrations that can cause an amount of discomfort in no time.

Better than these, the Sony MDR-1R has a solid frequency range from 4Hz to 80,000, and this is manifested in the sound quality: as for me, the MDR-1R sounded not to richly, but the frequencies are well-gapped between each other. Highs are as clear as the mids, which I think is rare, but the bass and the other low frequencies sounded a little flat albeit uncompromised. Overall, the MDR-1R sounded just as tender as it should be, though I still won’t recommend it for DJs and audiophiles.

The Sony MDR-1R is a very lovable piece of sound equipment in a not-so-lovable price. Having it can surely boost an extra bragging right, thinking that it also does not forget being a fashion item in the most modern of ways. Though a little flat in bass, the MDR-1R is really something you’d love to wear all day long without worrying about quality breakdown.

Sony MDR-1R Premium Headphones Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 13,000.00

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