Sony MDR1R Prestige Headphones – : Some of the best headphones I have bought

I wasn’t too sure about the chrome and brown leather look, but in the flesh (well, pleather) they do have a nice, slightly retro, look to them. I’ve been a long time sennheiser user (hd 555, followed hd 558, total combined about 9 years), but i’ve been pleasantly surprised at how good these sony’s are. They’re a little warmer, less clinical, sounding than the sennheisers, with a little more oomph to the bass, but not enough to over power the mids and highs. They’re supplied with two leads — one for a mobile phone, with mic, click and volume buttons (volume only works on iphone), the other is a standard 3. The one thing i’d change is make the standard cable longer. I’d guess the cable is about 1. 5 metres, which is fine if you’re listening to a portable device. You could replace with a regular 3. 5mm jack cable, but that ruins the aesthetics of them.

Researched headset for months before deciding to buy these, and i am so happy i did. The sound quality is amazing. If you are like me, and want the very best, this headset is definitely the thing for you. I listen to a lot of rock and metal, and the sound is truly impressive, works so well for the relaxed indie music as well. They are so comfortable to wear, it’s almost like not wearing anything as they don’t feel tight on your head. Overall, by far the best headset i’ve ever had.

Some of the best headphones i have bought. Very comfortable to wear and perfect for travelling as they reduce outside noise.

Do not realise how loud these can go – the clarify is up there all the way, its only when you take them off and realise “wow, everyone can hear this as clearly as i can” that i also thought “my ears are gonna be screwed if i use these often”. A seriously quality product, and i’ve had sennheister hd555’s for about ten years now.

  • Brilliant cant stop using them ever!
  • If I had the cash I’d buy 10 to last me my whole lifetime.
  • Good quality top rated headphones at a great price

Sony MDR1R Prestige Headphones – Silver (discontinued by manufacturer)

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Great sound, beautiful design, very good packaging and service. Not recommend for those who prefer bass.

These headphones sound smooth but clear, and are well detailed. I can hear how an instrument is being played, as well as which notes. All sorts of subtle stuff can be heard, and comfort is good, too. My only complaint is that the cable is fairly short and not coiled. With a mobile phone, but not with a home stereo, where you may want to sit further from the equipment. I shall buy an extension lead.

Truly these are the best looking headphones on the market and make beats by dre look gaudy in comparison, so if you want the premium look don’t look else where. Keeping intone with the premium look is premium comfort, these cans are dream like in comfort and adjust very snugly. Now down to the actual capabilities, these are great cans for music on all devices. But if you want some bass heavy cans these are not it. I would recommend sennheiser for the perfect balance of bass and sound quality but you miss the comfort and looks. For games and movies you will notice a very average performance from such a premium brand especially on tablets and smartphones. Laptop / pc will help balance this with superior sound cards but for portable media viewing these are not perfect. There is a big con with these cans and that is exterior sound leakage, admittedly these are not noise cancellation headphones so that’s to be expected but its particularly noticeable on airplanes which is fairly disappointing. Also these don’t fold up so portability for some may be an issue. If your a sofa surfer and want some seriously good looking comfy headphones for all genres of music these are for you.

These headphones are pure quality. One of the best i have ever had.

These are the best headphones i have ever owned. I went into sony shop to try these out, to hear the quality against the others in the range. I have owned a pair of sony 1700’s for 20 years. They are still going strong, but just can’t handle the bass from the dubstep i now love to listen to. After unsuccessful purchase of pioneer headphones for christmas, i was by fussy on making sure i find the right ones this time. These were £299 in the sony shop. I was worried that these could be fake at this lower price. However having had them for a week, and listened at volume to all kinds of music i can happily say they perform as they should. They are everything you should expect from this quality of product. They are crisp and clean on the top end, without fatiguing ones ears.

Always enjoy sony products and these are no exception.

Why buy certain other trendy brands when you can get a far better sound and at a reasonable price?. Best headphones i’ve ever had.

I wrestled over buying these and kept coming back and looking at them, however being reduced to £87 and having such fantastic reviews i couldn’t really turn them down. As i understand it these were £299 when launched so represent good value. They have thought through lots of issues and having separate cables for iphone and non iphone is a bonus, plus if you break a cable you can replace it without opening the headphones. They ooze quality when you take them out of their plush lined box and the non tangle matching coloured cable is a nice touch. The sound is fantastic, although i am yet to try them on a plane as they are intended for. So far i am very impressed and hope i will still be impressed in a few years time, but so far so good.

Well done, great delivery too.

5mm jacks for the replaceable cables don’t fit the socket in the headphones very snugly. While this doesn’t affect the sound quality, it can communicate noise into the left earpiece when the cable moves e. Minor quibble, and not enough to regret the purchase.

These are wonderful headphones. I purchased them after auditioning numerous others including the bowers and wilkins p5 and the sennheiser momentum. I instinctively new id made the right decision. They have a wider soundstage them either of the above, with a really balanced, natural, warm, and detailed presentation whatever genre of music is played. They feel just right, and above all make me smile. The icing on the cake was that they were awarded a best buy accolade in which magazine. They sound even better using a fiio headphone amplifier. I have since auditioned a friends akg k451 and philips fidelio l1 headphones, both of these sounded thinner in comparison. I recently purchased as a gift the new sony mdr-1a headphones.

These are amazing headphones. They are very comfortable to wear and i have big ears and a big head. They replace my 12 year old sony mdr-f1 headphones and i am very pleased with them. These headphones are well made and feel like they will last as well. I especially like the fact the headphone lead can be replaced so that is another bonus in my book.

As an around-ear headphone at this price vary, it has amazing audio good quality. It is more a mid-treble headphone which provides apparent vocals and vibrant cymbal seems the bass is delicate but however respectable. Works far better for pop and some jazz okay with rocks and metals but not the greatest.

These headphones sound and look good. They are also perfectly madewell performed sony.

As the review title suggests, these are by significantly the most relaxed pair of cans i have at any time worn. I utilised a lot of headphones until i caught with these. They are really gentle and tiny clamping power with excellent padding on both the earcups and the headband this means you can generally snooze with these on and it will not likely harm. These aren’t just relaxed for an hour, but more than the entire day. I have had them on for eight+ several hours and they never harm me at all. They also seem fairly excellent, but i’m not substantially of an audiophile to remark on that individual place.

Properly really worth the investment decision, soft cushioned ears and detachable twine that’s thick and prolonged-lasting so you will not likely be needing to ask for a refund any time prior to the guarantee expires, as is typically the circumstance with 30quid sennheisers for illustration. The only issue: you may perhaps probable develop into so enraptured by the seem high quality that you will require to understand to be a bit additional watchful and glimpse both strategies twice in advance of you cross the street.

Good headphones, new music as i like, us with ipad in lounge when err in doorways watches the soaps, no complains for audio leakage. Good quality kit from sony and a fantastic price from amazon.

It was a reward for my partner, he prefers sony more than beats. Audio excellent is brilliant and they are extremely cozy to use.

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Sony MDR1R Prestige Headphones - Silver (discontinued by manufacturer)
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5.0 of 5 stars, based on 107 reviews

One comment

  • Colour: Black Verified Purchase
    Fabulous piece of kit, i honestly can’t recommend these highly enough. I got them in a deal and had checked out more than i can remember, before deciding on them. I’m not going to go into all the details except to say that i’m ridiculously critical and insist on very high quality to listen to all my music. As i know these things are down to individual taste and interpretation. All i can say is i love them and so in my humble opinion give them an, absolutely recommended.
  • Colour: Black Verified Purchase

    This review is from : Sony MDR1R Prestige Headphones – Silver (discontinued by manufacturer)

    Fabulous piece of kit, i honestly can’t recommend these highly enough. I got them in a deal and had checked out more than i can remember, before deciding on them. I’m not going to go into all the details except to say that i’m ridiculously critical and insist on very high quality to listen to all my music. As i know these things are down to individual taste and interpretation. All i can say is i love them and so in my humble opinion give them an, absolutely recommended.
    • Colour: Silver
      I like everything about these headphones, design and sound quality are perfect.
  • Colour: Silver

    This review is from : Sony MDR1R Prestige Headphones – Silver (discontinued by manufacturer)

    I like everything about these headphones, design and sound quality are perfect.
  • Colour: Silver Verified Purchase

    This review is from : Sony MDR1R Prestige Headphones – Silver (discontinued by manufacturer)

    I have owned these headphone almost since their release a couple of years ago; i find them to be perfect all round headphones. The sound quality achieved from these in my opinion is second to none compared to others within this price range, with the right eq to personal taste i would say they are almost perfect. 4 stars instead of 5 because after a year the volume control stopped working on the headphone wire, however this was fixed by buying a £5 replacement.
    • Colour: Silver Verified Purchase
      I have owned these headphone almost since their release a couple of years ago; i find them to be perfect all round headphones. The sound quality achieved from these in my opinion is second to none compared to others within this price range, with the right eq to personal taste i would say they are almost perfect. 4 stars instead of 5 because after a year the volume control stopped working on the headphone wire, however this was fixed by buying a £5 replacement.
  • Colour: Black

    This review is from : Sony MDR1R Prestige Headphones – Silver (discontinued by manufacturer)

    I’m really delighted with these headphones. They offer comfort, great sound and isolation is good aswell. What’s really good about them is that they fit right round the ear which is something i love ?. Bass response could be a bit better but they still sound great and i don’t know why anyone would be disappointed purchasing these.
  • Colour: Black

    This review is from : Sony MDR1R Prestige Headphones – Silver (discontinued by manufacturer)

    I’m really delighted with these headphones. They offer comfort, great sound and isolation is good aswell. What’s really good about them is that they fit right round the ear which is something i love ?. Bass response could be a bit better but they still sound great and i don’t know why anyone would be disappointed purchasing these.
  • Colour: Black

    This review is from : Sony MDR1R Prestige Headphones – Silver (discontinued by manufacturer)

    I was blown away by the quality of these headphones – they really enhance general listening, and can pack a punch. If you like listening to bassy music then you won’t be disappointed by these. Sony really do not struggle with bass. Also – despite being a premium brand, they are not as popular as beats, sennheiser, or bose, which is to our advantage, as their price is much lower in order to compete, but they provide the same premium quality we have come to expect in all sony products. If mine broke, i would not hesitate to buy again. They are the same quality as a set of beats that are £50-100 more expensive.
    • Colour: Black
      I was blown away by the quality of these headphones – they really enhance general listening, and can pack a punch. If you like listening to bassy music then you won’t be disappointed by these. Sony really do not struggle with bass. Also – despite being a premium brand, they are not as popular as beats, sennheiser, or bose, which is to our advantage, as their price is much lower in order to compete, but they provide the same premium quality we have come to expect in all sony products. If mine broke, i would not hesitate to buy again. They are the same quality as a set of beats that are £50-100 more expensive.
      • Colour: Black
        Bought my headphones in january 2015. Had three pairs of sennheiser before and they all broke, either the cables or the frame. So i bought these and fell in love. Super built quality, impressive sound, super comfortable, slick and modern design, lightweight. Therefore, i take them with me everywhere i go. I would definitely buy another pair.
  • Colour: Black
    Bought my headphones in january 2015. Had three pairs of sennheiser before and they all broke, either the cables or the frame. So i bought these and fell in love. Super built quality, impressive sound, super comfortable, slick and modern design, lightweight. Therefore, i take them with me everywhere i go. I would definitely buy another pair.
    • Colour: Black
      Excellent headphones, not perfect but very enjoyable. I own quite expensive headphones and hi fi and have been through quite alot of different hi fi products in my time. If one thing is true it’s “you can’t please everybody all of the time” you may consider this when you read the more negative reviews. Many a time when trying a new item i have felt sorely disappointed as sound signatures differ greatly over the board but i have gotten to the stage where i can hear if something going to grow on me from first listen and that’s the case with these headphones. They are not an audiophiles dream headphone by any means but give them a chance an after your brain adjusts to there signature your toe will be tapping with a smirk on your face.
      • Colour: Black
        Excellent headphones, not perfect but very enjoyable. I own quite expensive headphones and hi fi and have been through quite alot of different hi fi products in my time. If one thing is true it’s “you can’t please everybody all of the time” you may consider this when you read the more negative reviews. Many a time when trying a new item i have felt sorely disappointed as sound signatures differ greatly over the board but i have gotten to the stage where i can hear if something going to grow on me from first listen and that’s the case with these headphones. They are not an audiophiles dream headphone by any means but give them a chance an after your brain adjusts to there signature your toe will be tapping with a smirk on your face.
  • Colour: Black Verified Purchase
    Bought these originally for low home usage, maybe a few hours a week when i really needed to unwind, and carried a standard pair of £40 earphones for day to day because i was so afraid of breaking the super expensive ones. Well, the £40 earphones broke about six to eight months ago and i didn’t have the cash to replace them so i reluctantly made these my every day headphones. Amazing sound – rediscovered so many songs that i’d listened to a hundred times over, noticed a bunch of instruments that were muffled out on my old earphones. Incredibly sturdy – i’ve dropped them, pulled them off desks (remove headphones, leave ipod in pocket, walk away) countless times, worn them in light drizzle and pounding rain (always dry them off before storing after) with no loss in function or quality. Really comfortable – i’ve happily worn them all day before, though my bf complains no end about them, (i think maybe he just has huge ears). Prior to this i had a pair of sennheiser hd558s which i thought were a revolution in sound at the time. I only used them at home for 2-3 hours a week, and they broke in just over a year.
  • Colour: Black Verified Purchase

    This review is from : Sony MDR1R Prestige Headphones – Silver (discontinued by manufacturer)

    Bought these originally for low home usage, maybe a few hours a week when i really needed to unwind, and carried a standard pair of £40 earphones for day to day because i was so afraid of breaking the super expensive ones. Well, the £40 earphones broke about six to eight months ago and i didn’t have the cash to replace them so i reluctantly made these my every day headphones. Amazing sound – rediscovered so many songs that i’d listened to a hundred times over, noticed a bunch of instruments that were muffled out on my old earphones. Incredibly sturdy – i’ve dropped them, pulled them off desks (remove headphones, leave ipod in pocket, walk away) countless times, worn them in light drizzle and pounding rain (always dry them off before storing after) with no loss in function or quality. Really comfortable – i’ve happily worn them all day before, though my bf complains no end about them, (i think maybe he just has huge ears). Prior to this i had a pair of sennheiser hd558s which i thought were a revolution in sound at the time. I only used them at home for 2-3 hours a week, and they broke in just over a year.
    • Colour: Black Verified Purchase
      Well worth the investment, soft cushioned ears and detachable cord that’s thick and long-lasting so you won’t be needing to request a refund any time before the warranty expires, as is normally the case with 30quid sennheisers for example. The only problem: you may likely become so enraptured by the sound quality that you will need to learn to be a bit more careful and look both ways twice before you cross the street.
      • Colour: Black Verified Purchase
        Well worth the investment, soft cushioned ears and detachable cord that’s thick and long-lasting so you won’t be needing to request a refund any time before the warranty expires, as is normally the case with 30quid sennheisers for example. The only problem: you may likely become so enraptured by the sound quality that you will need to learn to be a bit more careful and look both ways twice before you cross the street.
  • Colour: Black Verified Purchase
    A very good par of headphones the sound quality is amazing particularly good for quieter pieces such as norah jones and ed sheeran album also excellent. Not to heavy on the base allowing the mid range and higher definition of the music to come through, also like the fact that the headphones are light and easily transportable as well. These headphones came up as a best buy in the which survey and i can see why .
    • Colour: Black Verified Purchase
      A very good par of headphones the sound quality is amazing particularly good for quieter pieces such as norah jones and ed sheeran album also excellent. Not to heavy on the base allowing the mid range and higher definition of the music to come through, also like the fact that the headphones are light and easily transportable as well. These headphones came up as a best buy in the which survey and i can see why .
      • Colour: Silver Verified Purchase
        Research paid off with these beauties, so good i bought my dad a pair for his seventieth birthday, happy as a pig in the proverbial.
  • Colour: Silver Verified Purchase

    This review is from : Sony MDR1R Prestige Headphones – Silver (discontinued by manufacturer)

    Research paid off with these beauties, so good i bought my dad a pair for his seventieth birthday, happy as a pig in the proverbial.
    • Colour: Black
      Mdr-1r are great headphones. Possibly less marketing aura compared to beats, but they sit great, no discomfort for ears (also, if you have big ears, they may touch internal mesh). These are definitely not studio monitors. But ok for enjoying the music. Mine had 2 cables – plain one and another with 3 buttons. Buttons should work on apple devices, on android only central button works (possibly this will depend on device – i have samsung galaxy s4). You will also get a soft case, really nice looking. Although the hard case from headphonemate seems to be a better option.
      • Colour: Black
        Mdr-1r are great headphones. Possibly less marketing aura compared to beats, but they sit great, no discomfort for ears (also, if you have big ears, they may touch internal mesh). These are definitely not studio monitors. But ok for enjoying the music. Mine had 2 cables – plain one and another with 3 buttons. Buttons should work on apple devices, on android only central button works (possibly this will depend on device – i have samsung galaxy s4). You will also get a soft case, really nice looking. Although the hard case from headphonemate seems to be a better option.
  • Colour: Black Verified Purchase
    Sound quality is excellent, bass not over powering. Very comfortable to wear, light and they do fit over the ear, some that claim to do not. I was delighted with them at first but after a bit of wearing i notice a knock every time i moved my head, i traced it to the jack plug connection on the left ear piece, the connection is loose and any movement transfers a knocking noise through the ear piece which gets annoying after a while. The bracket that holds the right ear piece in place was a bit loose and also caused a knocking noise. Sitting at home in a chair without moving your head these would be excellent, but if you want to use them on the move and are a bit sensitive to unwanted noises, as i am, i would not recommend buying these. I have since seen on a few blogs that the loose jack plug connection is a common complaint with these headphones, i have returned mine and ordered the sony mdr-1a prestige overhead headphones as i have read that they are an improvement on the mdr-1r as they have better sound and the loose cable connection has been rectified.
  • Colour: Black Verified Purchase

    This review is from : Sony MDR1R Prestige Headphones – Silver (discontinued by manufacturer)

    Sound quality is excellent, bass not over powering. Very comfortable to wear, light and they do fit over the ear, some that claim to do not. I was delighted with them at first but after a bit of wearing i notice a knock every time i moved my head, i traced it to the jack plug connection on the left ear piece, the connection is loose and any movement transfers a knocking noise through the ear piece which gets annoying after a while. The bracket that holds the right ear piece in place was a bit loose and also caused a knocking noise. Sitting at home in a chair without moving your head these would be excellent, but if you want to use them on the move and are a bit sensitive to unwanted noises, as i am, i would not recommend buying these. I have since seen on a few blogs that the loose jack plug connection is a common complaint with these headphones, i have returned mine and ordered the sony mdr-1a prestige overhead headphones as i have read that they are an improvement on the mdr-1r as they have better sound and the loose cable connection has been rectified.
    • Colour: Silver Verified Purchase
      Took a little while to burn in, but after that, sounds great. Design is great, in terms of comfort and in terms of the way it folds and extends. Brown color is a matter of personal taste but i think looks good.
  • Colour: Silver Verified Purchase

    This review is from : Sony MDR1R Prestige Headphones – Silver (discontinued by manufacturer)

    Took a little while to burn in, but after that, sounds great. Design is great, in terms of comfort and in terms of the way it folds and extends. Brown color is a matter of personal taste but i think looks good.
  • Colour: Silver

    This review is from : Sony MDR1R Prestige Headphones – Silver (discontinued by manufacturer)

    Now had these 12 months using daily. They are my pride and joy, stunning sound and amazing build quality. You can definitely feel hoe they justify the price.
    • Colour: Silver
      Now had these 12 months using daily. They are my pride and joy, stunning sound and amazing build quality. You can definitely feel hoe they justify the price.
  • Colour: Black Verified Purchase

    This review is from : Sony MDR1R Prestige Headphones – Silver (discontinued by manufacturer)

    Great headphones for sound quality 5 stars. The headphone lead is connected separately and this led to it being broken in the first week which was annoying. So on those grounds i give it 3 stars.
  • Colour: Black Verified Purchase

    This review is from : Sony MDR1R Prestige Headphones – Silver (discontinued by manufacturer)

    Great headphones for sound quality 5 stars. The headphone lead is connected separately and this led to it being broken in the first week which was annoying. So on those grounds i give it 3 stars.
    • Colour: Silver Verified Purchase
      Had a pair of these for about a month now, picked them up when they were on sale at ~£80. They are by far the nicest, most comfortable, gorgeous headphones i’ve used (definitely prefer them in silver and brown). The sound quality is fantastic, with the low ends sounding punchy, but not too loud, and mid-high ends never sounding harsh.
  • Colour: Silver Verified Purchase

    This review is from : Sony MDR1R Prestige Headphones – Silver (discontinued by manufacturer)

    Had a pair of these for about a month now, picked them up when they were on sale at ~£80. They are by far the nicest, most comfortable, gorgeous headphones i’ve used (definitely prefer them in silver and brown). The sound quality is fantastic, with the low ends sounding punchy, but not too loud, and mid-high ends never sounding harsh.