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Sony MDR-1000X Headphones
  • Packaging
  • Design
  • Performance
  • Price
  • Company


Good: The Sony MDR-1000X is indeed an outstanding pair of headphones. The sound quality is excellent, the audio performance is superb, and I really appreciated what they did with the Quick Attention Mode feature.

Not so good: The deal breaker is really the price. Although Sony MDR-1000X is hands down one of the best premium headphones in the market, you can also obtain the same excellent quality in Bose, for a lower price.

Sony MDR-1000X Headphones Review

It’s not a surprise that Sony came up with another equally impressive pair of technologically-advanced headphones to compete with the top leading brands. The Sony MDR-1000X is expensive; in fact, it is one of the most pricey headphones in the market. But it made me really curious about its quality. If a brand is confident to offer a pair of headphones that are more expensive than the front-runner, then there must be something super special about it. Today, I’ll be doing a review on the Sony MDR-1000X, and join me as I discuss the reasons how this premium pair of headphones has still managed to be one of the crowd’s favorites regardless of its price! Enjoy my Sony MDR-1000X headphones review below:

Packaging and Design

Long before getting myself a pair of Sony MDR-1000X headphones, the look and design alone got me pretty adrenalized! The design is simple, yet very sleek and modern-looking. The headphones are folded and placed inside a zipper soft case, making an adequate protection for the MDR-1000X. The headphones itself looks and feels very durable, along with its headband, the hinges, and connectors, as well as the earpads. The material doesn’t look cheap, which is naturally expected given its price. The earcups are covered with a faux leather padding, which I thought would be irksome and clammy after long hours of usage, but it was actually comfortable to wear even for extended periods of time.

The Sony MDR-1000X is available in two colors – black and beige. The colors are very simple, yet I still had a hard time choosing between the two because they’re both sleek and remarkably elegant. The buttons and the USB port for charging are placed at the bottom of each earcup. They are not noticeable, which is also a good point, design-wise.


Given its price, it is just natural to look forward to getting your money’s worth. The sound quality and its noise-cancellation feature are expected to be flawless, as the leading brand had already gifted us with that, except for a comparatively lower price. As assumed, the MDR-1000X made good on its guarantee to give us supreme sound quality and an outstanding audio performance.

As previously mentioned, Sony has probably the most technologically-advanced headphones out there, and it doesn’t come as a shock that their noise-canceling feature is no doubt one of the best, if not the best. MDR-1000X has this Quick Attention Mode that controls both the volume and the mic of the headphones as soon as you cup the right speaker. This means that when you suddenly need to pay attention to your surroundings or immediately start a conversation, you just have to tap the right earcup to instantly turn down the volume of the music and let all exterior noise enter even while wearing the headphones. If truth be told, this one feature is what separates the MDR-1000X headphones from the others. I find this super helpful especially in commutes and travels.


Listening to music using my MDR-1000X is an awesome experience. It still doesn’t quite rise to Bose’s noise-canceling tech, but other than that, I have nothing to complain about. The sound quality and the performance are almost impeccable, with the bonus of the Quick Attention Mode. So yes, the Sony MDR-1000X is absolutely recommendable to those looking for quality premium headphones that you can use anytime, anywhere. I hope you enjoyed my Sony MDR-1000X headphones review. 🙂


How long is the battery life of the Sony MDR-1000X?
Battery life (continuous music playback): 20h with ANC on
Battery life (in standby mode): 34h with ANC on
Changing battery is not an option

Which smartphone/brand of device is compatible with these headphones?
Sony MDR-1000X is compatible with any brand of smartphone and any music device. But it definitely works best with devices with Bluetooth or NFC. Naturally, it would make the experience even better if the device plays music well and doesn’t have issues in converting or altering the quality of the music.

Does the package come with its own charger already? Or do I have to purchase a separate charger?
Each Sony MDR-1000X comes with a USB charging cable, which can be connected to a laptop or an adaptor.