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The Way The Artists Truly Intended

Enjoy the subtlest nuances of studio-quality sound in higher-than-CD quality with High-Resolution Audio. Passion for music unites every component from signal to speaker so it feels like the artist is performing right in front of you.

Pure sound for music lovers

Feel power and precision in your favorite tracks

Give your music the purity it deserves. With a frequency range extending up to 100 kHz, these High-Resolution Audio MDR-1A headphones capture the essence of each track—hear purity that’s closer to the original studio master. From deep bass to soaring vocals, sound stays true for an authentic and precise experience.

40-mm driver

Comfortable listening

Enjoy fine acoustics from a large driver and earcups that seal comfortably around your ears.

Ultra wide frequency range

Ultra-wide frequency range

Hear deep lows and euphoric highs with a full range of sound up to 100 kHz.

105 dB/mW high sensitivity

High sensitivity

Play music loud and clear from any home system or portable device with high sensitivity of 105 dB/mW.

Passion for sound

Every subtle note, precisely reproduced

Enjoy clear, balanced sound that stays true to the original recording, no matter how high the volume. A 40-mm HD driver with a light but rigid aluminum-coated liquid crystal polymer (LCP) diaphragm produces more consistent and precise sound across the entire frequency range compared with conventional LCP drivers.

What is High-Resolution Audio?

High-Resolution Audio refers to a collection of digital processes allowing the encoding and playback of music using higher sampling rates than those used in CDs.

High frequency recording

Record at a higher frequency than CD

High-Resolution Audio typically records at 24 bits/96 kHz or even 24 bits/192 kHz—much higher than CD.

Wide frequency range

Hear more realistic, emotive sound

While CDs and MP3s let you hear up to about 20 kHz, High-Resolution Audio supports frequencies above 24 kHz (as high as 100 kHz with this model) and offers wider dynamic range.

Get the real music experience

Enjoy total audio immersion when you experience the purity of High-Resolution Audio from source to speaker. You can try out High-Resolution Audio samplers free at HDtracks, now.

Keeps sound in

The enfolding design with ergonomic 3D earpads seals music in and keeps distractions out. Acoustics are reflected back toward your ears so you hear the subtlest sounds.

Enfolding design
Balanced audio

Balanced audio

With a balanced cable comprising four silver-coated copper wires, and independent ground wires for both channels (in blue and yellow), you hear clear, precise sound.

Luxurious look and feel

Make your style statement

These iconic headphones look as good as they feel, with a sleek metal headband that perfectly complements plush, black leather earpads.

Pure comfort

Hear more of your music with a closed-back, wrap-around design that fits securely over your ears. Comfortable for hours and hours of listening.

Closed back, wrap-around design

Pressure-relieving earpads

Soft leather earpads rise and shape around your ears for a snug, comfortable fit.

Closed back, wrap-around design

Seamless stitching

With smoother materials and seamless stitching, comfort and durability are exceptional.

Pack and go

Take your music anywhere. A sliding metal headband and swivel folding earcups make it easy to store your headphones in a suitcase or bag.

In-line remote and mic

Keep in touch

Use the in-line remote and mic to take hands-free calls on your Android smartphone or iPhone.

SmartKey app

Stay in control

Personalize and play your music. Customize your calls. The SmartKey app by Sony lets you control key functions from your headphones.

Specifications and Features
Give your music the purity it deserves. With a frequency range extending up to 100 kHz, these High-Resolution Audio MDR-1A headphones capture the essence of each track—hear purity that’s closer to the original studio master. From deep bass to soaring vocals, sound stays true for an authentic and precise experience.
  • High-Resolution Audio compatible

  • Responsive Liquid Crystal Polymer driver for clarity

  • Smartphone-compatible with in-line remote mic

  • Beat Response Control reduces heavy bass distortion.

  • Swivel ear cups for easy portability

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