The MDR-1A over-ear headphones from Sony are the successors to the popular MDR-1R premium headphones. With the MDR-1A, Sony has brought some small changes that makes it a worthy successor – one of the biggest change is the rotating earcup and the two detachable cables.
The MDR-1A headphones’ first and foremost objective is to bring the purest of sound to the listener’s ears. Large 40 mm drivers and an extended frequency range on both the low end and the high end allows the MDR-1A to truly replicate the sound as intended by the original producer, be it the bone-shaking low bass lines of an EDM track or the powerful yet graceful vocals of an opera singer – the Sony MDR-1A has it all. Listeners will be able to discern details in their songs that they have never heard before with lesser headphones.
Sony’s MDR-1A premium headphones not only sound good however, they are also very comfortable to wear. An elegant blend of plastic and metal make up the handsome looking headphones. On the earcups itself is a pair of pressure-relieving earpads that sit around your ear gently, creating a comfortable but snug fit. The headband of the MDR-1A also features seamless stitching to prevent easy tearing or fraying, and provides a smooth single surface for the headphones to rest against the top of our heads.
The earcups can also rotate to fit better around our neck, resting flat against the sides of our neck when we aren’t listening to it actively. This makes it easier and more comfortable to rest the headphones when they aren’t in use.
The MDR-1A headphones is only cabled on one side, but in the box, you can find two different audio cables – both 1.2 meters long. One of the cables has a built-in in-line remote cable that works best with Android smartphones, although some features may not be compatible with an iOS device. Included in the package is also a soft carrying pouch that can safely protect the pair of headphones during travel.