REVIEW: Sony MDR-1000X

MONDAY NOVEMBER 4, 2017

Unboxing the Sony’s was much like opening a box of cereal, very functional, straight to business. It comes with a protective box and the usuals; flight, USB and headphone cables. Initial impressions are that it is well-made, things are tightly screwed together and it does look like it was manufactured to last.

 

Within minutes of listening to the 1000X reminded me a lot of the QC35. Unlike the Bose, these doesn’t get bright and painful to the ears as the volume rise. What’s more, the MDR’s noise cancelling ability walks over the 35s by a margin, taking its crown.  

PRO

Noise cancelling

Well detailed

Light, long hours listening

Range

CON

Fit, good for huge skull

Not for all genre

SPECIFICATION

20 hours of battery life

Noise cancelling

Bluetooth 4.1 with aptX

275 grams

RM 1,499

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Much like the Bose, some tunes can sometimes sound somewhat flat or linear. Electronic & RnB of recent years sound amazing on them with sufficient and tight control of bass accompanied by a clear separation of mids and highs. Despite its over-ear design, the pair of Sony plays oldies well which is especially true when listening to the voice of Karen Carpenter’s which sounded, very hearty.  Other times, tracks can sound jumbled together like in John Mayer's Neon guitar intro riff. When the right tracks are chosen, it is interesting how much detail these pair of Sony can produce which makes skipping tracks hard to do.  

" Having these headphones on,

you’re in a sphere of your own "

At 1500, it undercuts the Bose but it is tough for many buyers not be tempted by worse performing and pricier headphone makers. Then again, it isn’t as luxuriously presented as the Beoplay H8 or Sennheiser Momentum. The MDR-1000X is difficult to fault but it doesn’t replicate the sounds that can be brought about by a Bower & Wilkins PX although things can get heaty from long listening.  

Listen to:

Rachael Yamagata Elephants…Teeth Sinking Into Heart
Carpenters Gold
Kenrick Lamar DAMN.

Scoop of Walnut stool & Ideas never die skull by JayKay design studio

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