Review: Sony MDR-1000X Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones

By Libby Jane Charleston
on 15 May 2017

Sony’s MDR-1000X are the most fabulous headphones for anybody keen on the noise-cancelling feature.

Sony claims its new headphones effectively control noise like never before and I’d agree – no matter how noisy the room was when I tested the MDR-1000X, I could completely ‘zone out’ and enjoy the music.

New high sensitivity drivers work by filtering out unwanted noise, while Dual Noise Sensor technology uses internal and external microphones to detect and offset ambient sound. The headphones also feature close-fitting urethane foam earpads, which make the experience even more pleasurable.

I love that you’re able to turn down the music for a conversation without having to take headphones off. All you need to do is put one hand over the headphones to instantly decrease music volume.

The Digital Sound Enhancement Engine HX (DSEE HX) upscales compressed digital music files (MP3, ACC, ATRAC and WMA) and makes them very close to the quality of High-Resolution Audio.

It works by restoring the high-range sound lost in compression. DSEE HX produces your digital music files in beautifully rich, natural sound.

Put simply, you’re able to listen to music that stays true to the original recording with High-Resolution Audio. It’s optimised for High-Resolution Audio, S-Master HX reduces distortion and allows you to enjoy all the subtleties of your music.

These headphones also include a powerful 40mm driver with Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) diaphragm for handling heavy beats, and can reproduce a full range of frequencies up to 40kHz.

You can completely ‘zone out’ and enjoy the music, no matter how noisy is the place you are.


Each cup houses a 40mm closed dynamic driver encircled by thick pads – I like that Sony opted to go for over-ear headphones, making them very comfortable for extended use.

You’ll find on the cups two ports – a 3.5mm aux and microUSB port to be used for charging. The headphones come with a USB-to-microUSB charger, as well as a long cord so you’re easily able to charge via your laptop.

Sony claims the headphones can go 20 hours with both active noise cancelling and Bluetooth turned on, (or about 22 hours without noise cancelling) which is a remarkably long battery life.

The Sony MDR headphones can go for 20hours even with the noise cancelling option.

In place of touch controls, the headphones’ right earcup is touch-activated. So, all you need to do is tap twice to either pause or plays your music. If you swipe left, it can rewind, or swiping right moves the music forwards while swiping up or down controls the volume.

A great advantage of touch controls is that you’re able to use the headphone’s built-in microphones to answer any phone calls – all you need to do is double tap the right earcup. This only works when it’s in wireless mode. Any phone calls I decided to take using the headphones were remarkably clear.

Overall, the noise cancelling works very well, and the music sounds amazing, making this an entirely superior set of headphones. Highly recommended – but they don’t come cheap at AU$699.99. Visit for more information.

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