Rated 5 out of 5 by Canuc Amazing
I purchase these wireless Blue Tooth head phones so I could be free from wires while playing drums. I have always been a loyal Sony customer with many other Sony ES audio components. Well, Sony hit it out of the park with the design, comfort, and audio experience from a wireless set of head phones. Thank you Sony, these are well worth the price and that's why I gave them 5 stars in all categories.
January 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Winter Excellent product
I'm really hoping that the BT audio quality drop is something that can be fixed (I've read online it's due to the inability of some headphones to use omnidirectional noise while using microphone) or else I'd have to downgrade it to 3 stars. If it can be fixed, it's well worth the 5 stars I'm giving it now.
June 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by pchoi95 Really Nice Headphones
I was a bit iffy about these headphones since I was assuming Bluetooth connection meant bad sound quality. It proved me wrong. These headphones are completely worth the $250 that I paid for it. The fake leather padding is much softer than expected, and it has caused me no discomfort thus far. I've been using these on a regular basis for the past month, and the headphones seem to be quite sturdy. No scratches, no cracks, no separation of any parts so far. Although, the ear cups sometimes have to be angled in a certain way to make it so that the mesh doesn't push up onto your ears too much. That's my only complaint, and it's hardly a complaint. They are tight enough to stay on your head while being loose enough to keep your head from popping. Long term use is no problem, but the ear cup padding might get somewhat moist.
Overall, the best headphones I've used.
All ranges of sound are clear, and they have a really good frequency range. I'd recommend this to anyone who was planning to buy a pair of worthwhile headphones.
July 15, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by JASONREY Crisp Sound from a very portable Wireless Headset
I have bought wireless headphones as I had bad experiences with wired earphones as they always at least one of them will either stop working in a few months maybe because of the stress the wires undergo due to stretching or simply due to careless handling. I was scouting for different wireless headphones in the market like that from Audio-Technica, Creative, BEATS and SONY. I chose SONY MDR1RBT as I was impressed with its aesthetic appearance and the technical specifications. I would have wanted the MDR10RDC Noice Cancelling Model but because it is not wireless, I decided to forgo it. So far I have used this RBT headphones on my flights and work-outs in the gym and it has not disappointed me. The cushions applied to the area near my ears provide acoustic comfort and in a way it blocks the noise outside. The mechanism wherein you can swivel the earcups flat to your chest appeals also to me as it enhances portability. A good buy indeed!
May 12, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by AllNamesAreTaken OK headphones, not usable for calls with iPhones
Most important: forget to use it for calls with iPhones, mic gain is too weak, no one will ever hear you. You cannot change it, not in 5S + iOS8 nor in headphones, so, dont buy them if that feature is a must for you. It works fine with Skype on my MB Pro, tho...
Sound quality: sound is overcompressed and unnatural. Bass is artificially loud, mushy and mumble. May be 'ok' for pop, but sucks for everything else.
Build quality: plastic molded in peaces and have those tiny-tiny 'joints' that accumulate dirt as h#ll, especially at corners... Also, I had very bad experience with all padded surfaces on my previous 7509HD, their pads just crumbled in less than a year, literally. Pad's material on this one looks different, so, I hope it will last longer. I use headphones for several months now, so far it's fine.
Overall: this headphones are 'ok'. But for 'ok' and unusable calls with iPhone they insanely overpriced, so, only 2 stars.
November 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rob37 Everything I wanted
Full disclosure: I'm a Sony headphone fanboy. First impressions on the MDR-1RBT are great. Overall sound is good with big bass. Bluetooth pairing is fast, reliable, and has great range. They fit snugly on my head with a fair amount of inward pressure, but after wearing them for only relatively short periods they don't seem to cause any discomfort. They appear sturdy and I'm not worried about them getting a bit of abuse. Mic quality seems good. Volume controls on the headphone augments the volume setting from the paired bluetooth device which is great. I wasn't able to get them to pair with my Nokia 920 over NFC though after mainally paired the NFC works fine to power on and off the headphones so maybe just user error.
Definitally the most I'v paid for a pair of headphones, but I'm still happy enough with the value.
November 23, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by gsimonds The Bluetooth Headphones to Beat
These headphones are terrific. I've tried many others, including the gimmicky Ziks, and as far as sound quality and comfort, the 1RBTs are the head of the class. Sure, they are pricey, but you get what you pay for. I would have liked more metal in the build for the price, but the plastic seems durable enough. Most importantly, the sound is the best I've heard. They are not bass cannons, but there is plenty of clean bass that doesn't junk up the mids/highs. I'm no audiophile, but I am very particular with wireless headphone sound, and the sound even improved after a short 5hr burn in. The range was excellent on the BT, as I was able to much further than any other BT device I own. I did not notice any static or cutoffs at 10m even through several walls.
May 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Zzzoom Superb Sound, Function, & Quality - Outstanding!
I honestly was skeptical as I fully expected this purchase to be a return. I just wanted to compare to my Beats Studio and Bose QC15. WOW was I surprised!
Sound: Every bit as good as Beats in the low end. Better in the highs. Better than the QC15 particularly at the low end. No active noise cancellation. Also works wired which will disable the Bluetooth when the cable is plugged in. No discernible difference between wired or wireless sound.
Function: The best I have ever used on a headset. Placement of controls clearly well designed and implemented. Easily distinguishable by feel and location while wearing. No Bluetooth pairing problems. Tested with Android 4.1, Mac OS 10.8, and PS3. ALL hands-free functions worked with Android 4.1 including NFC (Samsung Galaxy Note II). Wireless range approx. 30 feet. It is a great experience to be able to walk away unincombered by the cord. You forget where the audio is coming from until you get too far away and the sound starts to break up .. haa!
Quality: Comfortable and surprisingly light. Lighter than Beats but heavier than the QC15. Padding excellent. A lot of plastic but not cheap feeling in any way.
Summary: Sony had a slogan they used back in the 70's and 80's, "Sony no baloney". It represented that you might pay a little more for Sony but in return you got a wonderfully engineered product that would last a long time. There is definitely no baloney here ...
January 8, 2013