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Designed for the sounds of today

Press Release   •   Aug 29, 2012 16:45 CEST



Ultimate sound quality, comfort wear and design are beautifully harmonised in the new MDR-1 range of premium

The standard MDR-1R features a specially-developed 40mm Liquid Crystal Polymer Film diaphragm. This innovative structure delivers the rigidity and lightness that’s essential for balanced, highly accurate reproduction of today’s up-front vocals and mid/high range sounds.

The MDR-1R also includes specially-engineered HD driver units that assure ultra-wideband audio performance extending from 4Hz to 80kHz – a match for today’s high resolution music sources. The high-compliance diaphragm and light-weight voice coil together assure quick responses for rich, powerful lows and extended highs.


Long-term wear comfort is assured by pressure-relieving cushions. These provide a supportive, wrap-around feel plus a highly effective acoustic seal, further reinforcing the headphones’ powerful sub-bass reproduction. There’s also a unique hanger structure that moves the headphones’ housing axis inward for the ultimate in stable fit and comfort.

Every detail of the MDR-1R has been crafted for an immersive, uninterrupted music listening experience. Physical joints between earcups and headband are via smoothly-articulated silicone rings. This cuts mechanical noise for rattle-free enjoyment of the quietest, most detailed musical passages.

Painstaking attention to detail extends to the newly-developed cable. Featuring tiny grooved serrations on its surface, this innovative design cuts friction between cable surfaces and reduces the source of frustrating tangles.

The MDR-1RBT brings the same innovative sound processing technologies to music lovers who demand the freedom of clear, crystalline sound without wires. The headphones can be paired easily with smartphones or other Bluetooth®-enabled sources, and offers a lengthy 30 hrs battery stamina between charges.

One-touch function* makes it easy to enjoy music and photos across a range of NFC enabled devices from Sony. Just touch to instantly establish a wireless connection between devices, with no need for any Bluetooth or Wi-Fi set-up.

If you’re enjoying

Also available, the MDR-1RNC offers fully automatic ‘AI’ digital noise cancelling that delivers an even more immersive musical experience. Digital dual noise sensors – inside and outside the headphones housing – are teamed with twin digital noise cancelling software engines. Together, this combination reduces 99.7% of ambient noise.


With a generous battery life of 22 hrs between charges, the MDR-1RNC is perfect for long-distance travellers – or anyone who wants to immerse themselves in pure sound without distractions at home or in the office.

S-Master Digital Amplifier technology in MDR-1RBT and MDR-1RNC models assures ultra-detailed reproduction. Sony’s Digital Sound Enhancement Engine in both headphones also improves frequency response with heavily-compressed audio sources.

The MDR-1R standard headphones, MDR-1RBT Bluetooth® wireless headphones and MDR-1RNC noise cancelling headphones from Sony are available from the beginning of October 2012.

* The Near Field Communication (NFC) Forum is a non-profit industry association that promotes the use of NFC.