updated 08:49 am EDT, Mon September 10, 2012
Sony collaborates on new MDR-1 lineup with Katy B, Magnetic Man
Sony has added the MDR-1s, a new premium over-ear headphones series to its lineup. Sony designed the new headphones in collaboration with Katy B, Magnetic Man and audio engineer Naweed Ahmed, in a hat-tip to the success of the Beats by Dre Dre range. The MDR-1 range comprises three models, a standard version, a noise-cancelling model and one with Bluetooth connectivity.
The MDR-1 range utilized a closed-back design for maximum isolation and better bass response. They use a specially developed 40mm Liquid Crystal Polymer Film diaphragm. These are coupled with HD driver units that produce an ultra-wideband frequency response of 4Hz to 80Hz that make them ideal for listening to music in lossless formats or other high quality sources including Blu-ray and DVD-Audio. The headphones all use Sony's S-Master Digital Amplification technology digital audio processing for optimal sound reproduction.
The MDR-1RBT with Bluetooth includes an NFC chip for quick touch pairing without any need for a manual setup. Each charge on the device lasts as long as 30 hours on the go. An added feature is that when listening to Sony's Music Unlimited streaming service, users can seamlessly transition from listening their Xperia T or V smartphone speakers to their headphones with just a touch.
The MDR-1RNC incorporates a new fully automatic 'AI' digital noise-cancelling process. It uses digital dual noise sensors inside and outside the headphones paired with twin digital noise cancelling software engines to reduce up to 99.7 percent of ambient noise. Battery life is rated at up to 22 hours per charge.
The new MDR-1 range is set for an early October debut with pricing to be announced.