Sony MDR1A headphone

Sony MDR1A

Positive Reviews
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  • Warm sound signature
  • Solid bass
  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight design
  • Solid build quality


  • Sound may be muddy
  • Reduced treble frequencies

Bottom Line

The The Sony MDRA1A over-ear headphones offer warm sound with a less fatiguing treble response, but the boosted bass has led to suggestions that the overall sound is slightly muddy.

The Sony MDRA1A over-ear headphones have received positive reviews for their comfort and lightweight design, their solid build quality and their warm sound signature with a solid bass. However, the warm sound signature and seemingly boosted bass makes the overall sound quality quite muddy according to some users and the treble frequencies have been slightly rolled off to reduce fatiguing effects on the ears. The Sony MDRA1A over-ear headphones are good for people seeking bassier or warmer headphones, but their sound reproduction does not seem to be as accurate as some had hoped.

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Critic Reviews

  • 87
    Cnet April 16, 2015

    The supercomfortable Sony MDR-1A does a good job balancing clarity with just enough of laid-backness to make it a very versatile headphone that's well worth considering if you're looking for a full-size headphone in the $250-$300 range.

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