Pros / Battery life is much longer than many comparable models at 30 hours, or 200 hours on standby.
Cons / It doesn't support active noise cancellation.
Verdict / The Sony MDR-1RBT headphones deliver a rich listening experience you wouldn't expect from Bluetooth headphones.
If you're looking for comfortable headphones with top-notch sound quality, the Sony MDR-1RBT Bluetooth headphones are a terrific choice. Sound quality is both balanced and robust, which is a rarity for Bluetooth devices. Not only are they easy to connect, but they are comfortable enough for all-day listening too.
Unlike comparable models, these headphones are consistently strong across its design, from performance to user-friendliness to connectivity. For this standard of excellence, the Sony MDR-1RBTs win the Top Ten Reviews Silver Award for our Bluetooth headphone comparison.
- Battery Life
- Wireless Range
These are just one version of the MDR family of headphones. The Sony headphones have an extremely high sound quality due to the many high-class design components. Starting with the 40 mm drivers, this set has a wide range of sound for all genres of music. As these drivers are larger than most, it has a highly detailed soundscape with both natural bass and clear trebles.
The frequency range depends on whether you're listening wirelessly or with the detachable cord. You'll hear a 20Hz to a 20kHz range via Bluetooth, which is about average for Bluetooth devices. However, with the cord plugged in, you'll get a 4Hz to an 80kHz range, which is well beyond the range of human hearing.
Although this set doesn't have active noise cancellation, it does have a passive mode so you can continue to use the headphones even when the battery dies. When it comes to sound quality, convenience and features, the Sony headphones outshine many comparable models.
The MDR headphones are an over-the-ear design, completely covering your ears. Although the headphones are not noise cancelling, the design does seal out some ambient sound. The appearance is sleek and conveys a good sense of quality. While the design looks metallic, the parts are actually plastic and the whole set weighs 10.78 ounces. However, this does not detract from the sense of quality that Sony puts into these headphones. Everything on the MDRs feels like it could stand up to some abuse, more than the best Bluetooth headphones we reviewed. The leather ear cups are extremely comfortable for most people but do feel heavy and a little warm after an extended listening session.
The right ear cup houses all the buttons, such as volume, forward/back, pause/play and a multifunction button that answers phone calls and pairs the headphones with other Bluetooth devices. Also, a built-in microphone lets those on the other line hear you clearly.
The MDR headphones last up to 30 hours on one charge, which is great if you're on the road. They also last for up to 200 hours in standby mode. The headphones fold flat so you can easily store them away.
Similar to the small Bluetooth headsets you use with your phone, these headphones are extremely easy to connect with all of your devices. You can connect wirelessly via Bluetooth or NFC (near-field communication) with compatible phones, tablets, computers and music devices. You can also place your connected device up to 30 feet away and still be able to hear audio. If you want to listen in wired mode, you can save the battery by plugging in the detachable cable. This is extremely handy when your battery runs out and you want to keep listening.
Help & Support
Should you need to contact Sony directly about your headphones, you can reach representatives via email, phone or live chat. So few companies offer real-person chatting, so it's convenient to find quick answers from Sony technical support. You can also download manuals, specifications and warranties. There are videos and tutorials that can help with the pairing of the MDR Bluetooth headphones, which have a one-year warranty.
These top Bluetooth headphones present amazing audio whether you are listening to music, talking on your phone or watching a movie. For such solid headphones, the Sony MDR-1RBT are some of the most comfortable headphones we reviewed. These headphones are also beautifully designed and built to last.