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Sony Over-Ear Headphones - MDR-10R Reviews

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Decent but ultimate disappointing.

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Pros: Very comfortable, excels at certain genres

Cons: Bass hump kills a lot of details, recessed vocals and darker than average presentation

Oh wow, I actually have a set of headphones that I can review that was released quite recently.  And by those, they are the MDR-10R family.  Released in Sept. 2013 at MSRP of $200/$250/$300 ish for normal, Bluetooth, and Noise Cancelling Editions, they have gone down to more affordable and reasonable price of $100 (10R)/$150 (10RBT/RDC)/$200(RNC), pending your local retailer availability of course. Their heritage isn't tied to the nigh legendary MDR-R10 as its name would suggest. For the record, the Sony MDR-R10 is considered the magnum opus of Sony Headphones (not unlike the Sennheiser HD800s) but to the previously high end MDR-1R.  And they all can probably trace their...
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Great design, boomy bass, muffled mids.

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Pros: Comfortable, lightweight, detachable cables

Cons: Boomy bass, muffled vocals, nasal treble, unbalanced sound

Disclosure: I received these headphones from Sony Australia as a review sample to keep.    Here is my video review of the 10R, as well as some brief notes about the sound and build of the headphone. Please check out my channel if you enjoyed the video!     Summary:   The 10R has a comfortable, lightweight design that is pretty much best in class for the ~$99 street prices I've seen for this headphone. However, the sound is extremely unbalanced, skewed towards a very boomy low end with vocals that sound muffled, while simultaneously having a peaky treble region that while it isn't super sibilant, ends up sounding somewhat nasal. Overall I really did...
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