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Sony MDR1RBT Premium Bluetooth Over-the-Head Style Headphones (Black)
Report Date: 01/02/2016
Based on 318 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.2
Returned or considering to return: 8.2%

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Individual Feature Rating
Packaging5.0   above average
Weight5.0   above average
Design4.8   above average
Comfortable4.7   average
Cable4.6   exceptional
Range4.6   above average
Battery4.5   above average
Fit4.5   average
Quality4.4   average
Control4.3   above average
Music4.3   average
Sound4.3   average
Noise4.1   average
Bluetooth3.9   below average
Connection3.8   above average
Light3.8   below average
Price3.7   below average
Volume3.7   average
Size3.6   below average
iPhone3.4   below average
Charging3.3   below average
Plastic3.0   above average
Treble2.9   mediocre
Button2.7   below average


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Battery

Battery:
"What I like the most about this headphone is that I can still use this headphone even after the battery is dead when I use a cable."
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"So if you accidentally fall asleep with these headphones on at night; there's no need to fear the battery will get so low, they won't be able to recharge again."
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"Philips Fidelio M1BTBL have a shorter battery life and seem to be uncomfortable to many of their buyers.2."
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"My view is that these are 2-4 year headphones, because by then, the technology will have moved forward enough to obsolete these, or something will have broken down, or the battery (which is not user-replaceable) will have reached the end of its useful life if you use the headphones regularly."
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"These headphones have a good feature, that senses when the internal battery is getting too low."
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"sound quality and battery life are good for bluetooth headphones."
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"They are comfortable, looks great, and good battery life."
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"pros:-No wires (unless you want them)-amazing battery life-good sound quality in my left ear-very comfy-nice design-good call quality (so much nicer than holding a phone in my hand at work)-low latency over bluetooth with my cellphone and my laptop."
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"Great sound, good battery life, nice fitting."
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Bluetooth

Bluetooth:
"Unfortunately these Sony Premium Bluetooth's close to $300 failed to appeal to me."
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"I've experienced this problem with Sol Republic Wireless, bluetooth headphones."
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"Bluetooth, however, is not a good choice for musicians who need to listen to and practice with instruments in real-time in a home-studio setting with a computer because the audio encoding process appears to introduce an inherent and unacceptable delay."
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"Great once u pair Bluetooth hard to start out in beginning"
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"The main problem I've found is they're not very loud when using them through bluetooth."
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"Upon first purchasing these I found out that the bluetooth that came with my motherboard was terrible."
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"Anyway here is the review; I WANTED TO RETURN THESE BUT COME ON NOW... $100 TO RETURN WITH SHIPPING AND RESTOCK FEE....Thanks INFINITY SALES.... YOU ARE INFINITELY SCREWED IF YOU Want to return :-REVIEW: I am in search of the perfect Bluetooth headphones that can withstand my workouts and appeal to the discerning Audiophile."
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"Good Sound and Bluetooth works pretty well with my iPhone."
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"All around great sounding Bluetooth headphone."
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"Easy to interface with Bluetooth devices."
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"The Bluetooth capability makes music easy to listen to without having to deal with wires."
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Button

Button:
"Would've returned them were I not OCONUS.- some of controls are not easy to locate by memory ouch (I'm using them sporadically, and muscle memory does not have enough time to set in): particularly, power and phone buttons are not that prominent, and you'll have to remember which one is on the left cup and which one is on the right as they are impossible to distinguish by touch- volume buttons too small- all controls practically inoperable when in gloves due to small button size and low profile (clearly, this would be a common problem for all wireless headphones, but I've seen a few that have larger buttons on the sides of the cups which can be used even when in gloves)- something tells me the earcup material will start disintegrating in a couple of years - just a hunch, but still- unlike some of other Sony headphones, the 3.5mm jack does not connect to a jack built into the frame, but to a jack in the earcup under a rubber seal."
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"Top 4 things I love about these:1) Comfort (especially for wear over an hour)2) Noise Isolation3) Bluetooth Sound Quality4) Design (look, button layout, materials)Top 4 things I dislike about these:1) Lack of apt-x (which is fixed in the updated model (MDR1RBTMK2)2) Lack of ability to pair to 2 devices simultaneously3) Lack of Hard Carrying case (though the tote bag is of decent quality)4) PriceThe pros far outweigh the cons...far outweigh which is why I am giving it 5 stars."
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"My only criticism are the buttons are a little tiny and hard to read."
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"I like that it doesn't have a power LED because I find them annoying, but this can also make it hard to tell whether the unit is on or off since its button rather then a slide switch but that is the extent of my complaints for the unit."
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"But they went total junk on the plastic and buttons."
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"The track button is a nasty square peg sticking out that moves way too easily, with tons of play, and has sharp edges."
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"Using a Fiio amplifier that has a bass boost button that works well (unlike bass boost through software for example which I found deteriorates the music a lot), it gives as much bass as the VModa I believe."
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"All buttons on the headphones are easily accessible once you get to know where they are."
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"The buttons are uniquely shaped and positioned to easily distinguish between each function."
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"Features:I have plenty of bluetooth headsets, and I have no problem on any of them with the play pause button working."
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"Battery is pretty decent and I like the placement of the buttons except for the call answering one which can be hard to feel."
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Cable

Cable:
"What I like the most about this headphone is that I can still use this headphone even after the battery is dead when I use a cable."
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"The big issue with the pair I received, and now that I've dug deeper is a known issue with them, is that the audio plug on the headphones themselves where the cord attaches can sometimes be loose causing a very annoying clicking noise especially when your walking with them on."
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"PROS:+ Comfortable+ Good seal quiets outside noise at even low volumes+ Rich full sound+ Wireless sounds great+ Bluetooth connects to PC Android iPhone+ NFC pair disconnect with android phones+ Works corded even without power+ Removable cable can be replaced when broken or if a longer length is needed."
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"It is hard to overstate how liberating it is to not be tethered by a cord."
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"I started looking to see what it was and was the cable port where you plug in your able into the headphones."
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"I wish they would have spent less on the pretty packaging, and put in couple more feet of cord."
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"The removable cord is great and it's the best headphones I've ever used for making phone calls."
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"They work very well with the supplied audio cord too."
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"All in all, they are OK. Pros:- solid construction- conservative design (no stupid logos, garish colors etc)- sound is fine- 3.5mm and USB charging cable included- sit on the head rather comfortably, earcups are quite large and softCons:- while it paired flawlessly with android phones of various manufacturers, both using nfc and manually, I have experienced problems pairing them to a Sony Vaio Duo 13 (!"
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Charging

Charging:
"Nice sound, some charging problems."
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"It's really annoying to pry it open everytime just to charge the headphones."
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"USB charge socket is hard to access."
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"When the headphones are charging, you are not able to use them."
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"I tried charging my headphones several times and realized that they didn't charge due to a connection problem - the red light went out, I figured they were fully charged."
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"I was also disappointed with the omission of an AC charger."
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"Its charge holding capacity also appears outstanding and I have charged it only once every other week or so, although it has never ever run out of power."
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"Nice sound, some charging problems."
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"I always forget to charge my devices, so I love I don't need to think about charging so much often."
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"Quick charge, long battery life, decent range, really nice build quality, comfortable, but most important, the sound quality of these headphones is superb."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"I changed the earcup pads to the XL memory foam size and it was better, but not as good as for example the Sony or KEF in comfort level."
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"In general, the headphones is really nice and comfort, the only problem I've found is microphone working on windy noisy environment - looks like it doesn't have noise cancellation, so remote side hear all the environment's sounds."
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"Out of the box comfort was as described - perfect fit , easily the most comfortable headphone I have ownedWhen first listening I was dissapointed in the sound - perhaps they needed burn in."
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"By comparison my Sennheiser HD580 and my Shure SE535 both needed the volume increased to get the same responseOne little complaint:- Although they look really cool, are comfortable, and sound great some of the materials do feel cheap."
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"The downside to this comfort is that the relatively loose grip gives only a medium level of closed headphone isolation."
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"Very comfortable for at home use, but no so good when walking around."
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"They are very comfortable and I'm happy with the sound and price so it was a good buy for me."
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"The leather is comfortable and the sound is amazing."
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"Best headphones, good sound, very comfortable"
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"Super comfortable and sound great!"
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"In conclusion, great headphones, very comfortable, great sound quality, once u get used to these u can never go back and listen to cheap headphones again !"
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Connection

Connection:
"Now that the connectivity problem is solved, I'm overjoyed with my purchase."
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"I tried charging my headphones several times and realized that they didn't charge due to a connection problem - the red light went out, I figured they were fully charged."
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"I've used wireless headphones before and dealt with the hassles of connections being lost and the hassle of getting the phones to connect."
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"I understand the need for the light, however, I think the light blinking even after you know it is connected is ridiculous."
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"Other than the hassle of having to manually forget the Bluetooth pairing with one device to switch to another (and maybe I'm just not doing it right), zero problems with connectivity."
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"[Update - Feb 2013: For whatever reason, the BT connectivity problems using iOS 6.1.2 on a iPhone 4S seem to have disappeared."
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"Connected directly to the latest iPod they sound as good as the Sony amplified if not better."
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"It never had any significant problems of interference or dropping connection to my iPhone."
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"It sounded great, comfortable for long hours(probably not in summer), flawless bluetooth connectivity and looks good too."
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"I would only recomend this item if you don't care about certain connectivity issues with it's bluetooth."
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"Easy to connect, connection is stable, sound quality is great, and microfron is really clear."
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Control

Control:
"I also disliked the fact that it has a volume control, meaning it has it's own inner amp making it had to control the volume (my computer and headphones) to a mid term in which sound is not enhanced artificially."
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"Would've returned them were I not OCONUS.- some of controls are not easy to locate by memory ouch (I'm using them sporadically, and muscle memory does not have enough time to set in): particularly, power and phone buttons are not that prominent, and you'll have to remember which one is on the left cup and which one is on the right as they are impossible to distinguish by touch- volume buttons too small- all controls practically inoperable when in gloves due to small button size and low profile (clearly, this would be a common problem for all wireless headphones, but I've seen a few that have larger buttons on the sides of the cups which can be used even when in gloves)- something tells me the earcup material will start disintegrating in a couple of years - just a hunch, but still- unlike some of other Sony headphones, the 3.5mm jack does not connect to a jack built into the frame, but to a jack in the earcup under a rubber seal."
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"The only slight negative is that my husband found that the volume controls on them were tricky and that he kept muting them by pushing the down volume and he couldn't get any subtlety in sound variance."
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"Controls on headphone work well3."
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"Very beautiful headphones, extremely light and comfortable, amazingly clear powerful big sound and I love the way you can control the play, rewind, fast forward, pause and repeat track with so much accuracy from the headset with out the need to handle your phone or device, my home is roughly 3000 square foot and I don't loose any connections anywhere, best b. t headphones on the market."
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"The controls are well located and easily accessible and they are, as reported, very comfortable."
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"I didn't have a problem fumbling around with the controls."
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"(I charged it only once after 1 month of use)- No difference sound quality when wired and Bluetooth mode, only wired mode is louder- Stylish- Call is very clear wireless- Very Comfortable (Bose AE2w has better comfort still)- Easy to reach the control on right cup- Secured fit- Sound leak is minimal- Good passive noise reductionCons:- delayed sound around 0.1-0.2 sec when playing games on Ipad via Bluetooth- a little heavy- when wired mode, no control on volume Forward backward (useful when battery dies when traveling)- bulky on head- the 4hz-80khz is a marketing gimmick, we cant hear beyond 20khz and 4hz is inaudible- a little hot warm on ears"
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Design

Design:
"There is a nagging problem that may be interference or it may be Sony's design - with my iPhone 4s about every 15 minutes the music stops for a second or two, then comes back on."
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"Sony's design team is still one of the best in the world."
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"Very nicely built, cleverly designed, comfortable good looking headphones."
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"The P5 is also more stylish, and the on ear design is pretty comfortable."
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"The design looks very nice and feels very well built with higher end materials."
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"In that regard I really appreciate this design."
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Fit

Fit:
"So, first of all, as many reviews point out, the ear cup is small and my ears didn't fit well inside, bundled up and so it hurt."
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"Good sound, fits well, my only complaint is they are very warm in the summer months."
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"I have larger ears from a vertical perspective and was worried about finding ones that fit."
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"Like the others, I could not find the perfect fit for me."
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"great sound but loose fit"
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"Very comfortable in weight and fit."
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"The look and quality of the leather was great, but just because of the fit, I could not keep it on for long."
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"I was needing something that's easy to wear for 10 hours straight and these fit the bill."
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"The earcups are very large and fit over my relatively large ears, no problem."
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Light

Light:
"Really quite sad that within two years of fairly light use, the plastic has broken on them."
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"The one other thing that I can't see, but I'm sure would be annoying to others, is the constantly blinking blue light on the backside of the left earcup."
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"Yes, I will be THAT person with the annoying blinking blue light."
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"The headphones are exceptionally comfortable and light but not as comfortable as my Sennheiser HD-700's."
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"I tried charging my headphones several times and realized that they didn't charge due to a connection problem - the red light went out, I figured they were fully charged."
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"I understand the need for the light, however, I think the light blinking even after you know it is connected is ridiculous."
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"And they were very very light and very comfortable, the most comfortable of all headphones I tried."
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"These are the most comfortable headphones that I've ever worn - they are very well padded and extremely light weight."
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"The ergonomics are fantastic too; over the ear, comfortable for long sessions and very light considering that they have a 30+ hour rechargeable Li ion battery."
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"Fairly light weight, with excellent separation of mids and highs."
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"The product is also remarkably light, especially for an over-the-ear model, and it is comparable to my smaller-drivers on-ears models as well."
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Music

Music:
"Also instrument separation in music was not as good."
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"It's like missing 75% of the music!"
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"Third, and I don't know how to exactly describe this, but the soundstage was not good to my ears at all, it sounded like the music is coming from headphones, you could not be mistaken and think it's coming from real-life, or even full-size speakers in a room; and certainly not compared to the Philips Fidelio X2 or even the V-Moda M-100."
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"A friend bought these in NC unhappy ,I only want to listen to music maybe when blue tooth sounds better then wired but I dont want anything but great headphones and got themat first the Highs were very high but I tried the Korsakoff Pink Noise Oscillating CD over and over now after 90 hours they sound like Im there ,I just got the Hi Res Im way too disabled to travel from PC Amps DAC except to Doctor or worse and having these makes the time go by I have a FiiO 11 and DAC and am very happy with these I put back half a half a star since I live in Oregon they can have no water they say (like rain or maybe me perspiring from pain )I couldnt afford these but with Sennheiser 598 and my others I feel well balanced and I cant say in words how happy I am with these ."
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"- Maybe if I get picky, I may mention the bass is not quite impressive, it takes some very specific music to brighten the bass, but they are not songs I listen more often."
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"However, because the high-frequency treble is lacking, I would not recommend these headphones if you mainly listen to classical music."
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"I listen to a very random mix of music, and they sound great regardless of the genre."
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"I should be able to walk around with it to listen to music and talk without issues;3 - The cushioning is AWESOME, but the inner part of the headphones is made of a synthetic net that depending on your ear size will touch it and long usages will probably have them with the scratch burn feel."
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"The Bluetooth capability makes music easy to listen to without having to deal with wires."
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"On the other hand; these headphones don't seem to handle more popular music on iTunes well."
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"This allows the listener to block out outside disturbances; save the eardrums, and still hear hours of great music, podcasts, or radio shows clearly."
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Noise

Noise:
"I happen to also do quite a bit of traveling so I was slightly worried about ambient noise."
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"In general, the headphones is really nice and comfort, the only problem I've found is microphone working on windy noisy environment - looks like it doesn't have noise cancellation, so remote side hear all the environment's sounds."
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"The big issue with the pair I received, and now that I've dug deeper is a known issue with them, is that the audio plug on the headphones themselves where the cord attaches can sometimes be loose causing a very annoying clicking noise especially when your walking with them on."
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"The mic can be used for calls, and having used it twice, it works, but not well in noisy places."
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"Then the nastiest of all nasty, the plastic the headphones are made of; every time my fingers touch it I cringe and it makes this horrible noise inside the headphones."
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"(I recommend you do this in an unused room, or while you're away at work, because the weird noises get pretty annoying after a few hours of listening to them repeat! )"
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"If they were noise canceling that would be perfect."
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"Overall it is a great buy and extremely good sound quality just not so much noise canceling."
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"They are not NC, but set at medium volume does very well at blocking out loud noise around me."
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"They are pretty good at passive noise canceling but have no active, electronic software noise canceling such as Bose is noted for."
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"I absolutely love these Sony headphones great sound and blocks out any noise."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"The packaging is almost unbelievably nice."
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"I wish they would have spent less on the pretty packaging, and put in couple more feet of cord."
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"Nice packaging and nice looks!"
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"Good Quality - Prompt Delivery and Good Packaging by SellerSound Quality is good, but in Blue Tooth Mode...the volume is insufficient."
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"looks great in package and carry bag is thicker than I would have thought."
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Pairing

Pairing:
"All in all, they are OK. Pros:- solid construction- conservative design (no stupid logos, garish colors etc)- sound is fine- 3.5mm and USB charging cable included- sit on the head rather comfortably, earcups are quite large and softCons:- while it paired flawlessly with android phones of various manufacturers, both using nfc and manually, I have experienced problems pairing them to a Sony Vaio Duo 13 (!"
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"With the latter, pairing occurred in about 1 in 10 attempts, and was not remembered if either or both of the devices was turned off and subsequently turned on; while the same transmitter checked out fine in all respects (pairing econnecting) with a logitech BT speaker- I find the microphone totally unusable - the other party can barely hear me both when using the headphones via the phone and when using them on the PC for Skype; after many complaints I had to give up, and now I'll have to get myself another set of headphones to cover that need instead of using these overpriced ones - a major disappointment."
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"No Bluetooth pairing problems."
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"Other than the hassle of having to manually forget the Bluetooth pairing with one device to switch to another (and maybe I'm just not doing it right), zero problems with connectivity."
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"Pairing the headphones to my phone was easy just took 5 seconds."
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"All in all, they are OK. Pros:- solid construction- conservative design (no stupid logos, garish colors etc)- sound is fine- 3.5mm and USB charging cable included- sit on the head rather comfortably, earcups are quite large and softCons:- while it paired flawlessly with android phones of various manufacturers, both using nfc and manually, I have experienced problems pairing them to a Sony Vaio Duo 13 (!"
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"The sound quality is truly impressive and performs admirably when paired with an iPad, HTC one M8 and it'll blow your face off when paired to a Pioneer Elite receiver."
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"Comfort 8 10Sound Quality 7 10Battery Life 10 10Range 9 10Ease of pairing 7 10As a comparison I'll rate my DT770s plugged into a Yamaha RX-V463:Comfort: 10 10Sound Quality: 9 10"
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"*WEAR THE HEADPHONES WHILE YOU CONNECT WITH SUBSEQUENT DEVICES:I had no problem pairing these to my late 2013 iMac."
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Plastic

Plastic:
"Really quite sad that within two years of fairly light use, the plastic has broken on them."
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"Some people would complain to or ask why Sony put plastic instead of metal, but I think metal is overrated on headphones."
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"the only problem I have is they are all plastic and I did't expect that for $350."
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"(I actually rate this 3.5 stars instead of a full 4.0 stars) Packaging, Style, Appearance:  Excellent 5-fuzzies rating Construction & Build Quality:  Average not-good not-bad 3-fuzzies rating Design & Features:  Excellent 5-fuzzies rating Ergonomics & Comfort:  Excellent 5-fuzzies rating Sound Quality:  Average not-good not-bad 3-fuzzies rating Competitive Pricing & Value:  Average not-good not-bad 3-fuzzies rating Positives: Along with being used as regular wired headphones, these headphones can connect wirelessly either by pairing to a Bluetooth device or by touching to an NFC-compatible smartphone. These headphones are light in weight and extremely comfortable to wear for extended periods. These are one of the most comfortable over-the-ear headphones that I have ever worn on my larger-than-average head. Even though a headphones' appearance should not matter, these Sony headphones look as good and stylish as some of the other trendier hip headphone brands on the market. It feels quite liberating to not have my ears tethered to regular wired headphones or earbuds. Operating a smartphone while wearing these headphones works well. Negatives: These premium-priced headphones are mostly made of plastic parts. The bass response is overemphasized and slightly muddy. There is not enough higher-frequency treble to add crispness and sparkle to the sound and to balance the heavy bass response; the lack of treble can really dull the sound. A 90-day labor warranty is too stingy for $400 headphones."
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"But they went total junk on the plastic and buttons."
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"Excellent sound, although a bit bass heavy, junk plastic construction, and the worst customer service on the planet; all add up to a not so wonderful product."
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"Sony really made a bad set here...They are completely plastic so durability is questionable, the audio is pretty good but I had them for 3 days and they started rattling with any bass."
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"If Sony simply used my aluminum or metals rather than all plastic these would be close to perfect"
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"They are all plastic but seem to have a very durable feel to them."
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"The plastic on these make them light, which adds to my comfort."
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"For those interested in the same bluetooth functionality but cheaper and a little less comfortable (on the ears and hard plastic band over head), Sony DR-BTN200 works just as well."
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Power

Power:
"I like that it doesn't have a power LED because I find them annoying, but this can also make it hard to tell whether the unit is on or off since its button rather then a slide switch but that is the extent of my complaints for the unit."
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"PROS:+ Comfortable+ Good seal quiets outside noise at even low volumes+ Rich full sound+ Wireless sounds great+ Bluetooth connects to PC Android iPhone+ NFC pair disconnect with android phones+ Works corded even without power+ Removable cable can be replaced when broken or if a longer length is needed."
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"Well, these headphones seem to have a power saving feature, where they actually turn off between the tracks of music being played."
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"sounds very good when power on."
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"Another feature I enjoy is how the power light (blue flashing light) is small but not annoying."
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"There are a couple of big pros:1) Battery life seems to be quite good while using bluetooth.2) I have paired it with an iPhone, iPad, and both Lenovo Apple notebooks.3) Comes with a cable as well that doesn't require battery power to work, so if your power runs out, you aren't without headphones.4) Comes with a pouch to put everything in (nothing fancy, though I'm sure they could have included something nicer for this price)5) Comfortable for extended use at the office or while traveling."
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"Another nice feature of these phones is that they come with a 3.5mm headphone cable that fits nicely with the usb cable for power in the included pouch."
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Price

Price:
"I've never had any trouble with them and am happy with them over all for the price."
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"These headphones sounded like cheap low cost fake China junk."
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"I think they also emphasize the upper mids a tad to much (really minor complaint).On the whole, for the price, I dont think you can do (much) better comfort and sound quality wise."
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"Wont regret the money I spent on it."
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"The only negative: 1) Price - they are pricey headphones."
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"There are many out there who have been using expensive cans for years and probably can pick these Sony's apart on nuances left and right, but if you're used to inexpensive headphones and are never really happy, and want to out something on that will blow your socks off, crazy expensive headphones are the way to go, and these Sony's re pretty much incredible."
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"They are very comfortable and I'm happy with the sound and price so it was a good buy for me."
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"If you've got the money to buy these, I would highly recommend them."
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"These headphones are amazing and we'll worth the price."
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"Great headphones, highly recommended for the price! "
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"sound is nice, but the overall feel is still a little on the cheap side."
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Quality

Quality:
"Do not expect boosting bass, neither something extremely loud, but something balanced and not 100% clear sound quality."
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"That said, quality is good but not great."
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"While the overall sound quality was good, I was just disappointed with the lack of bass and had to return them."
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"So i bought them and started using them, and felt they were better than the Senns not only in comfort but in sound quality too, (since they have more base and I was listening mostly to Hip Hop).Switching between these couple of headphones made me realize the difference between each one, and the progress i was making, which got me excited and started reading reviews and comparing different models, which got me to a conclusion that my beloved XB610 are not even present in the audiophile community and we considered as OK heaphones..So one day I was at the local SONY dealer, and the MDR-1Rs were on sale, 100$ instead of 300$ !"
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"The HD202 were great for me, as far as sound quality is involved, but there was one problem, they were uncomfortable and made my ears extremely hot.."
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"(I own the QC15 and for using in planes it's great, even if the sound is not excellent - in the end it's better than a higher quality sounding pair of headphone with no noise cancellation, because it so effectively removes the engine noise that you can at least actually hear just the music not the plane)."
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"The batteries last as long as they say and the sound quality is very good."
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"Great sound quality."
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"Sound quality wise, they are phenomenal."
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"I live in Brazil and since usually out customer support is terrible and they don't care about anything, I reached out to Sony International today, spoke on chat to a Christopher (C75E) which basically focused on one issue (the mic dropping the sound quality if activated) and not on my overall terrible experience and therefore only told me to go somewhere to fix it."
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"The sound quality is very good."
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Range

Range:
"I found the severe mistake in description on this headphones - the Frequency Range is 4 - 80 000 Hz That's why this model is just superior!"
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"It was not, Wow, these sound as good as if not better than the best wired competitors in this price range."
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"I found the severe mistake in description on this headphones - the Frequency Range is 4 - 80 000 Hz That's why this model is just superior!"
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"Good range."
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"Overall a solid buy for under $270 , the best BT headphones I've heard in this price range."
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"The sound is incredible , excellent sound stage and mid ranges."
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"At the same time, they do have a good amount of bass while holding true to the clarity of the high and mid range - I am very happy with these headphones !"
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Response

Response:
"So for Sony to publish a frequency response for these headphones of 4 Hz to 80 kHz is absurd because (1) playing frequencies higher than 30 kHz is pretty useless unless you are buying these headphones for a bat, or for your pet dog, cat, or hamster, who can hear the ultra-high frequencies far better than humans, and (2) more importantly, the 40mm drivers used in these headphones cannot accurately reproduce either a very low earthquake-shaking 4 Hz frequency or an extremely high 80kHz frequency."
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"These are quite comfortable; the sound stage is just about right; frequency response is too bass-heavy (worth 1 start deduction), but not excessively so; the sound quality (other than the bass) is quite good on what I've heard so far via internet radio w Bluetooth (Verdi Requiem, #4 of Richard Strauss's 4 last songs and J. S. Bach cantata BWV 35)."
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"I was really hoping that these headphones would have excellent performance and bass response for my electronic music favorites."
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"They are indeed beautiful cans - and the music sounds great, with decent bass response."
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"The bass response is great, but not overpowering."
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"The bass response is crazy good and tight without being boomy and over bearing."
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Size

Size:
"I changed the earcup pads to the XL memory foam size and it was better, but not as good as for example the Sony or KEF in comfort level."
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"So, first of all, as many reviews point out, the ear cup is small and my ears didn't fit well inside, bundled up and so it hurt."
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"Would've returned them were I not OCONUS.- some of controls are not easy to locate by memory ouch (I'm using them sporadically, and muscle memory does not have enough time to set in): particularly, power and phone buttons are not that prominent, and you'll have to remember which one is on the left cup and which one is on the right as they are impossible to distinguish by touch- volume buttons too small- all controls practically inoperable when in gloves due to small button size and low profile (clearly, this would be a common problem for all wireless headphones, but I've seen a few that have larger buttons on the sides of the cups which can be used even when in gloves)- something tells me the earcup material will start disintegrating in a couple of years - just a hunch, but still- unlike some of other Sony headphones, the 3.5mm jack does not connect to a jack built into the frame, but to a jack in the earcup under a rubber seal."
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"The only real downside is that the headphones let a small amount of ambient noise in."
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"If the head size isn't an issue I Strongly recommend these headphones."
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"These sound better than both my Monster DNAs and Sol Tracks HD (though by a very small margin).Bass is good, comparable to my models, and highs are good as well."
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"I recommend them if you don't mind about some very small shortcomings."
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"Cons:--Size: They're pretty big."
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"Despite they're size I think they look pretty cool."
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Sound

Sound:
"Do not expect boosting bass, neither something extremely loud, but something balanced and not 100% clear sound quality."
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"While the overall sound quality was good, I was just disappointed with the lack of bass and had to return them."
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"However, when I received my headphones I started using them and I noticed a weird clanky sound when I was walking."
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"So i bought them and started using them, and felt they were better than the Senns not only in comfort but in sound quality too, (since they have more base and I was listening mostly to Hip Hop).Switching between these couple of headphones made me realize the difference between each one, and the progress i was making, which got me excited and started reading reviews and comparing different models, which got me to a conclusion that my beloved XB610 are not even present in the audiophile community and we considered as OK heaphones..So one day I was at the local SONY dealer, and the MDR-1Rs were on sale, 100$ instead of 300$ !"
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"The HD202 were great for me, as far as sound quality is involved, but there was one problem, they were uncomfortable and made my ears extremely hot.."
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"There's a decent amount of bass but it doesn't go very deep, and frankly doesn't sound good."
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"Really nice sound."
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"They are very comfortable and I'm happy with the sound and price so it was a good buy for me."
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"The batteries last as long as they say and the sound quality is very good."
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"When working with an equalizer the sound also is perfect."
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"The leather is comfortable and the sound is amazing."
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Treble

Treble:
"And no harsh treble unpleasant brightness."
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"But I found that it clearly lacked treble and the sound was not clear, not high-definition, and it sounded very muffled."
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"Interestingly, the QC3 sounds very warm and not harsh at all, but it lacks treble and clarity so much that the sound is not clear at all, it's muffled."
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"Maybe on some specific songs it can work, but to me it's unpleasant, the harshness of the treble and how it sounds digital (as in heavily compressed music that you're streaming online from a bad website and with digital artifacts).2."
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"However, because the high-frequency treble is lacking, I would not recommend these headphones if you mainly listen to classical music."
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"These headphones have a problem with sibilance and harsh treble."
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"As a final note before the comparison: it seems that some people want more treble overly bright headphones to have a very clear and open sound."
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"Headphones don't need a lot of harsh treble to be clear....The Fidelio X2 is PERFECTLY clear, but NOT harsh at all, and NOT bright (glad I found it!"
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"Yes, some of those may have very different characteristics, but that I tried them in my quest for warm, natural-sounding headphones that would have adequate bass but yet would also be clear WITHOUT any harsh treble or being too bright.3) I've found a very significant difference of opinion in reviews, at times wondering if I was listening to a completely different pair of headphones than some reviewers."
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"The treble ,as said by someone else, is really great but it lacks bass."
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"Even the Harman Kardan CL I find are great sounding pair of phonesAll in all despite wanting these to be one of my go to pairs of headphones I found that comfort alone was not the determining factor and sadly will be moving them onLike all things with headphones - it is your own opinion that counts but I have found that making sure you get to try them side by side with the same music source is the only way you will find what suits you best10 10 for comfort5 10 for treble5 10 for bass impact7 10 for mids"
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Video

Video:
"FeaturesIf you want to hear a live sound leak test then refer to my original YouTube video as I wasn't able to keep the full length in this video."
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"With all Bluetooth headphones there is a noticeable delay in sound reproduction, so Bluetooth headphones are not a good choice for movies, as you will be watching people speak, but you will be hearing them with a delay.13."
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"pleasantly surprised that I can watch movies and not have issues with the audio lagging behind the video!"
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"They sound great and they work great for watching tv movies."
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"The Sony's are by far the most comfortable headphones I have worn in a long time, great for watching movies and music."
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"ENJOY the video!"
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"The audio while watching movies on my Kindle Fire is very clear, and the sound is very balanced."
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Voice

Voice:
"Voices sounded thin again the mids were missing, it sounded more like a subwoofer with a harsher tweeter."
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"It just threw me to not be able to hear my voice in the conversation."
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"- Robin Thicke: Lost Without you (Perfect for the voice testing and bass punch).The Sony are giving a fair rendition of this track."
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"The tracks will be the following:- Ultrasone Sound test Siley Put short (Jazz, Binaural recording perfect for localization of sounds).- Ultrasone sound test Wellen track 7 (sound of water waves perfect for the head stage definition).- Vivaldi: The 4 seasons - Winter III - Allegro (Classical music).- Frank Sinatra: How insensitive (Jazz, good also for localization of sounds).- Giants of Jazz Play Brassens: Le pornographe (Jazz, excellent also for localization of sounds).- Robin Thicke: Lost Without you (Perfect for male voice testing).- Michael Jackson: Man in the mirror (Perfect for male voice testing and clarity).- Fiona Apple: hot Knife (Perfect for female voice and voice harmonies).- Pink Floyd: Astronomy Domine (Rock and excellent also for the localization of sounds) from the album Piper at the gates of Dawn."
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"The mids were there, not missing, with again warm natural male female voices."
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"Sony headphone is my beloved, I tried SENNHEISER, audio-technica and AKG at the price before but Sony is always my cup of tea, I love their voice."
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"- Fiona Apple (perfect for female voice bass and voice harmonies)It is the same for Fiona as it was for Michael, I have a slight preference for the rendition of the Sony as compared to the Yamaha."
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"- Michael Jackson: Man in the Mirror (Perfect for the voice testing and clarity).Maybe because of the more recessed mids but the Sony do sound slightly better than the Yamaha with Michael Jackson."
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Volume

Volume:
"I also disliked the fact that it has a volume control, meaning it has it's own inner amp making it had to control the volume (my computer and headphones) to a mid term in which sound is not enhanced artificially."
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"Strangely, with higher volumes, sometimes it didn't sound as good and it could become harsher sounding."
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"By comparison my Sennheiser HD580 and my Shure SE535 both needed the volume increased to get the same responseOne little complaint:- Although they look really cool, are comfortable, and sound great some of the materials do feel cheap."
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"It a recent work from 2010, but it just always sounds horrible to me when played at any kind of volume."
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"The only slight negative is that my husband found that the volume controls on them were tricky and that he kept muting them by pushing the down volume and he couldn't get any subtlety in sound variance."
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"They can be set to the lowest volume level, and they still sound great."
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"They are not NC, but set at medium volume does very well at blocking out loud noise around me."
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"Good Quality - Prompt Delivery and Good Packaging by SellerSound Quality is good, but in Blue Tooth Mode...the volume is insufficient."
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"Instrument separation is good and volume is loud enough."
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"Much less fatigue, bass thumps with enough impact but yet doesn't drown out everything else, and it sounds great no matter the volume level, an issue I noticed with the AKGs I had."
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Weight

Weight:
"Very comfortable in weight and fit."
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"Extremely comfortable and lightweight."
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"These are the most comfortable headphones that I've ever worn - they are very well padded and extremely light weight."
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"Fairly light weight, with excellent separation of mids and highs."
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"I could never find the right balance between pressure against the tops of my ears or against the top of my head in order to comfortably share the weight."
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Wireless

Wireless:
"I've experienced this problem with Sol Republic Wireless, bluetooth headphones."
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"Would've returned them were I not OCONUS.- some of controls are not easy to locate by memory ouch (I'm using them sporadically, and muscle memory does not have enough time to set in): particularly, power and phone buttons are not that prominent, and you'll have to remember which one is on the left cup and which one is on the right as they are impossible to distinguish by touch- volume buttons too small- all controls practically inoperable when in gloves due to small button size and low profile (clearly, this would be a common problem for all wireless headphones, but I've seen a few that have larger buttons on the sides of the cups which can be used even when in gloves)- something tells me the earcup material will start disintegrating in a couple of years - just a hunch, but still- unlike some of other Sony headphones, the 3.5mm jack does not connect to a jack built into the frame, but to a jack in the earcup under a rubber seal."
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"Other than that, they sound pretty comparable to the BEATS wireless, which are over-rated and mine broke."
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"I had purchased a set of the Klipsh Image One wireless bluetooth and they do not have this problem, but are not as nice as the Sony models."
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"I've used wireless headphones before and dealt with the hassles of connections being lost and the hassle of getting the phones to connect."
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"Although they do have their share of problems, Sony MDR1RBT Wireless Bluetooth Prestige Headphones are arguably the best Bluetooth headphones currently available on the market."
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"These are great wireless headphones; I've always loved the sound reproduction Sony puts in their products, ever since the days of the Sony Walkman."
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"The wireless feature is very nice and I almost never use the cord."
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"I chose the Bluetooth version of the MDR - I' mean, this is 2014 and wireless is pretty mature!"
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"LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the wireless feature because I have a tendency to just get up and walk to the printer and forget that I'm still connected to my pretty fancy and fairly expensive smart phone."
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"Other than that, they sound pretty comparable to the BEATS wireless, which are over-rated and mine broke."
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iPhone

iPhone:
"Problem was, (1) I was having some trouble accessing my FLACs from my iPhone iPad with a suitable program and (2) I needed wanted a good pair of cans to do my music justice."
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"these headphones are not compatible with iphone :( apart from that, i very much like the sound quality as well as its bluetooth function"
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"Only gripe and this has nothing to do with Sony or Apple but at this point they will only work with iOS 5 and below......when I got my new iPhone 5 (which was iOS 6) I was unable to connect.....bummer....gave up the iPhone 5 and kept my Sony headphones and reverted back to my iPhone4."
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"Not sure whether the problems I was having was due to interference, what was running on my iPhone at the time, or a combination (or something else), but no problems anymore."
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"[Update - Feb 2013: For whatever reason, the BT connectivity problems using iOS 6.1.2 on a iPhone 4S seem to have disappeared."
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"Good Sound and Bluetooth works pretty well with my iPhone."
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"It never had any significant problems of interference or dropping connection to my iPhone."
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"I can even talk to Siri on my iPhone so easily."
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"There are a couple of big pros:1) Battery life seems to be quite good while using bluetooth.2) I have paired it with an iPhone, iPad, and both Lenovo Apple notebooks.3) Comes with a cable as well that doesn't require battery power to work, so if your power runs out, you aren't without headphones.4) Comes with a pouch to put everything in (nothing fancy, though I'm sure they could have included something nicer for this price)5) Comfortable for extended use at the office or while traveling."
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"The pairing was super easy to make with my iphone."
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