Cable replaceable/detachable: Yes, and includes 2. A 47-inch cable with in-line remote and microphone for taking calls and controlling music with an Android device, and a 47-inch mini-plug cable (no remote)
The top end remains intricate, smooth, and clear without becoming sibilant. What does sibilant mean? This is the MDR1A’s best character in my opinion, a long with a very natural and present mid-range. Timbre seems to be very accurate for the most part, with vocals and instruments coming through with good precision. What is Timbre?
The bass is the trouble area; it’s too bloated and artificial sounding for a headphone in this price range. There’s really no excuse for it to be honest. I have no idea what made Sony ruin an otherwise perfectly good sound signature with an overblown bass, but I digress.
Comfort wise these are nothing short of exemplary, and though the build is extremely solid, I expected them to be heavier. That said, the materials used are solid, with hints of metal and the majority being plastic. The ear-cups feel extremely soft and supple, and I don’t get the impression that they will peel or crack over time like Sony’s entry level models (The V6 and MDR 7506).
That said, plugging into an amp or DAC of some sort never hurt. I always recommend the Schiit Magni/Modi combo for people who want to get their feet wet. It’s an amp that will work with the majority of headphones due to it’s very low output impedance.
I would say they do well with most genres, with their natural sound being the deciding factor. I listened to mostly Rock, Acoustic, and Jazz with them. They will work for bass heavier genres, but again keep in mind that bloat.
An extremely comfortable set of headphones with a great build. The overall sound is very good with the exception of that bass. Treble and mid-range are very extended and natural, though it may sound slightly artificial at times. Your mileage may vary.
I would recommend these if not for the weird bass response. If you’re looking for a strictly bass head experience, I like the V Moda Crossfade M100 as the solution. Interested in learning more?
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