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Sony MDR-ZX300 Headphones

50% Positive Reviews
Rated #584 in Over-Ear

Posted

Pros: Build quality, Price, Isolation

Cons: Short cord, Sound Qualty

Bought these off of sonicelectronix.com on a whim. Read a few reviews a while back and figured I'd try them out myself. So far I'm pleased as long as I remind myself they were $20.

Overall these are pretty good, having a decent sound quality. I have had headphones that I throw in the donate bin as soon as finish the first song. These are not them.

 

As far as sound quality goes, I was initially underwhelmed. The bass was decent, a little punchy. The mids and highs are recessed. If I listen for them I will hear those really low notes a subwoofer plays sometimes. The mids and highs are there, just kind of distant. It does sound clearer with a higher quality source though. I have a 320KB MP3 of You Got to Go remixed by Seven Lions that I'm listening to now on my PC (at full volume and this PC has been able to drive every set of cans I have loud enough, even the ATHM50s I have), and I'm enjoying it. The highs are still slightly recessed, but the mids have stepped closer to their rightful spot, without losing bass. Those subwoofer notes can be heard naturally, but are recessed.

 

For volume these get loud enough. If I turn it up, it hurts my ears before they distort, though they distort a few clicks up from the amp from there. I have a LG Nitro HD I use at work with Pandora, and with these I keep it around half volume. My phone has, in my opinion, a lousy amp, so on max these phones get loud, but not nearly too loud.

 

Built quality is OK. everything is plastic, but it feels like hard plastic, except for the headband, which feels a bit more flexible. Not a bad thing considering it needs to fit many sized heads. My head is rather large, but these fit well without getting uncomfortable. I wear them for up to three hours at a time at home. The cushions do feel a bit plasticy, but after about 10 minutes they become softer as they warm up. Cord feels rather strong. The rubber sheath feels like the cheap kind, but is thick to make up for it. One wire goes into each cup. I bought the blue set and I like the shiny blue exterior on the cup with the word SONY in chrome. The cord length is short though. My regular (and quiet) PC Is 4 feet away an if I lean left past a 35 degree angle it pulls tight. A bit frustrating, but I have a set of Panasonic RP-HTF600 that I wear normally that have a longer cord. There is a red indicator on one side that notates the right side is that one. Makes it easier for me.

 

Isolation is good for this type of headphone. These are on-ear and closed. As soon as you put them on, ambient sound like A/C is gone. I, however have a PC with several 80mm fans 4 feet from me and a glass front minifridge 10 feet from me that make a considerable amount of noise. At about 20% volume these are no longer heard. Someone knocking on my door won't be heard after about 60%. I can use these at work at about 30% on my laptop without anyone hearing me. Not bad at all.

 

So in closing these are a good value for the price. Pick em up and give them a go.

Posted

Pros: Look, build, cable

Cons: Sound, everything else

These were my daily driver headphones for a few years in middle/early high school. I bought them in the black/dark grey color scheme I used these when I obtained my first computer that pushed enough power to anything other than surf the web. I had cheapo desktop speakers which didn't sound very good, and also did not work well with my habit of staying up late. I had a friend who had the MDR-ZX100, and said they sound fine. Also I liked the way they look, and still do.

 

The build for these is actually pretty good for the price. The almost entirely plastic construction is above garbage tier, but nothing special. The cable is quite nice. The material is thick, but light. entanglement is not really a problem with these relative to most other headphones. The cable also ends in an angled 3.5mm jack.

 

The comfort is exactly what you should expect. If you like on ear, you will likely be fine comfort wise. The pads will chafe after a while. The headband does get a bit looser over time if that is a concern. These can clamp a bit, especially new. Keep in mind that I find almost everything to be kinda clampy.

 

Sound: not good. In my personal, undocumented headphone shootout; the Sony MDR-ZX300 came 11th out of 12 for sound quality. They only beat a super budget pair of Go-Groove Earbuds. The soundstage is nearly non-existant, and they failed the CS:GO test. The bass is muddy, and overpowering. The mids are lacking, and the treble is veiled. They sound a bit v-shaped as well.

 

Feature song: I didn't find anything that I thought was "good" on these. Perhaps an electronic song? Darude - Sandstorm?

 

Conclusion: For any price, these are not very good. If you only care bout the look, build and cables: these are fine for $20. If you care about sound, almost everything I have tried has been better. Instead of these, I would get the Monoprice 8323, or the Koss KSC75. I'm sure there are many more alternatives that are better. I still keep these around because they produce sound in a pinch, and the only other option is the garbage can, since I would not even give these away.

 

I do all my testing with a FiiO e10, and all kinds of audio files. Please feel free to leave feedback, suggestions, questions, and especially recommendations.

Sony MDR-ZX300 Headphones
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Description:

Designed for use in and out of the studio, these MDR-ZX300 ZX Series stereo headphones feature high-quality audio components; pressure-relieving, urethane-cushioned earpads for greater comfort and a noise-reducing, supra-aural design. Boasting 30mm drivers AudioDriver Unit : Closed supra-aural, Dynamic 30 mm, dome type CCAW Voice CoilFrequency Response : 10 - 24,000 HzImpedance : 24 ohms at 1 kHzSensitivity db : 102 dB/mWGeneral

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DetailValue
BindingElectronics
BrandSony
EAN0027242807792
FeatureHigh quality, large driver units accurately reproduce a broad, dynamic frequency range A rugged Y-type design makes for a tangle-free experience Efficient Neodymium drivers reproduce clear mid-range and low-end sound Take the discomfort out of the equation and enjoy your extended music sessions in comfort
LabelSony
ManufacturerSony
ModelMDR-ZX300/WQ
MPNMDRZX300W
PublisherSony
StudioSony
TitleComfort and style collide in the MDR-ZX300 ZX Series stereo headphones, which feature 30mm drivers; cushioned, pressure-relieving earpads and a supra-aural design.
UPC027242807792
Item Weight0.26 pounds
Package Height2.9 inches
Package Length9.7 inches
Package Weight0.55 pounds
Package Width7.7 inches
PackageQuantity1
PartNumberMDRZX300W
ProductGroupCE
ProductTypeNameCONSUMER_ELECTRONICS
UPCList - UPCListElement027242807792
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