Sony announces the MDR-1000X, its noise cancelling wireless headphones


Sony has announced the launch of its MDR-1000X noise cancelling headphones. Although not the first pair of wireless noise cancelling headphones from Sony, the 1000X is the first to let users tailor make their listening experience by manipulating noise cancelling features with a ‘Personal NC Optimizer’ function. It also showcases a feature called ‘Quick Attention’ for the first time that will let users place their hands to the outside of the headphone ear cup to have a conversation with others, without taking the headset off.

These unique listening experiences are made possible by the newly developed SENSE ENGINE feature. The MDR-1000X is also the first pair of headphones with the DSEE HX built in to upscale compressed music from any source to near High-Resolution Audio sound quality, even in wireless mode.


A number of advancements have been put into these headphones to make them stand out of the crowd, such as the signal processing to pursue the best noise cancelling performance with upgraded filtering process, optimized dual noise sensor technology, and newly developed ear pads.

The ‘Personal NC Optimizer’, which we mentioned earlier, analyses the shape of your head and how you wear the headphones to ensure you have a tailor made experience every time you listen to your favorite audio file, be it a podcast, or music or while watching a movie.

The ‘Quick Attention’ mode means that listeners will be able to hear everything others are saying to them even while wearing these headphones. It’s instantly activated by simply placing one’s hand on the side of the headphone housing to allow natural sound to flow straight through it. Making the most of noise cancelling, the ‘Ambient Sound Mode’ setting changes the sound condition so that the music can be enjoyed while catching the ambient sound outside.


Another big plus is that Sony has removed the need for a wired connection while ensuring the same great sound quality but without the worry of getting tangled up in wires. 4.1 Bluetooth® and NFC technologies lets the headphones quickly connect to a phone or music player. Adding to the list of features to ensure the highest quality listening experience is LDAC™ and the S-Master HX™.


Battery life is no longer an issue since these beautiful head-cans come with a 20 hour battery life, meaning that these headphones can be used on a flight to a far flung destination on a single charge. These headphones have been designed with the style conscious traveler in mind. The headphones come in black or gray beige and are as good to wear as they are to look at. With a swivel and folding structure, the 1000X can be stowed away instantly with their very own durable leather case.


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