Rated 4 out of 5
by privater Great Product and Value with some cons
I bought this headphone because it's Sony's first bluetooth headphone which support apt-X, after hours of play, it almost got everything right, but apt-X. After 3+ hours of search I finally nailed it, but I'm afraid most of the people who bought this might never use apt-X in the first place.
long words short:
check here to turn on High Quality mode:
The default mode is use inferior SBC codec, you have to turn on the headphone with Power + Volume + to boost it to High Quality mode then get apt-X support. Then turn on your Macbook to enjoy the apt-X support best audio quality.
The worst part is Sony didn't have any info of this in their product manual or setup notice, it's a completely shame you have to search online to find there vital mode changes.
February 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Avalaunchmods READ THIS
Amazing headphones but i came here and made an account just to tell you this important part, to use APT-X codec that is the best audio quality you can get you have to put the headphones in "Sound Quality" mode. Here is the link to Sonys help site telling you how-
You have to press the Volume up+ and power to turn them on and the light will blink blue 3 times. Only then will the headphones be in APT-X compatible mode!!!!!!!
I am a crazy audiophile and I use the mdr-10's on my pc, so i bought these BT ones to use with my phones etc, I listened and was very upset at how distorted the sound was. I used a logcat to detect that the codec was SBC. After investigating I found that link. Now im running 24bit@44Khz with APT-X. its wonderful these headphones are by far the best I found.
//Tech rant end
Hope this helps!!
October 18, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by LTO1996 Good Purchase
Just bought the MDR-10RBT headphones. So far all went well. It was easy to pair them with my iPad, Blackberry, and Mac. The sound is very good, with just the right amount of bass and great volume. They fit well and are not uncomfortable. However, I have only worn them for about an hour. The range is good. I can walk all over the house, upstairs/downstairs and keep a connection. One strange thing happened today, I turned them on to pair with my iPad and music was already playing. I don't know where the music was coming from, possibly picking up another device that was not in my home. After turning them off and back on twice I was able to connect. I also had an error message the second time I tried to connect to my Mac. I may need to re-boot the Mac? My problems are likely inherent to BT technology rather than the headphones. Overall I am please.
December 20, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by mmkoakland Very poor pairing ability
As a headphone set, it's great. Unfortunately it paired with only one of my many devices I have. I have two smart phone (relatively new) and ipad mini, and two laptops. It paired with only one of my phones. I tried everything possible to pair it with other devices (all new devices), but it never happened.
Then suddenly it quit pairing with the only device that was pairing before. So this now has to be connected with a cable - which makes this product non-wireless.
I don't know if I got a defective product or what. I guess I will try Bose product next.
November 15, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by sumitsan Poor paring ability
I have been trying for couple weeks now to pair these headphones with my iPad air or mac 2010 or my windows 8 pc and it is not even detected by any of my devices. I first paired it with my phone (iphone 6) so it now only works with my phone. I tried to pair it with another iphone 6 in our household but phone did not even detect the headphones. Really, really disappointed with Sony. I guess these headphones are going back and will have to look elsewhere.
December 16, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Rijk Way too much bass
The sound is totally unbalanced. There's WAY TOO MUCH bass in the mid range. This track for instance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-uSnRVy0Fs sounds good as long the bass isn't playing — after that all you can hear is the bass. It's really not pleasant to listen to.
Really unfortunate, because otherwise it's a great headphone! The BT functionality is pretty nice (although I have to note that aptX doesn't work on a Mac when there are other BT devices connected, like a mouse or keyboard..), and the calling functionality works well. Also, the button placement is good. It fits well, although the earpieces feel kind of cramped and your ears get pretty warm after a while.
So I want to like it but I don't. I'd give it two stars but that rating says "Fair", and I really wouldn't call it that. A company like Sony should be able to make a better sounding headphone. This is beyond personal preference.
September 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by kecobo Great Highs and Great Lows
I have purchased several headphones from Sony in the past year and I have to say that these are by far the most impressive and provide everything that I need for everyday use on my devices.
> The 40mm drivers deliver rich bass and excellent clarity. From dubstep to orchestral, the sound quality that you get is consistent and full. I enjoy hearing the subtle nuances that you can't hear from the competition. I've tried Beats and Bose and only the Bose come close, but not for the price.
> The mic. I use these headphones on my MacBook Pro (Skype) with customer and stakeholders. They tell me that I sound much clearer than my lan phone and other headphones that I have used. The mic delivers and I no longer echo like when using stock/entry level headphones with a mic option.
> The Bluetooth/NFC. Pairing is a breeze! Connected to my MacBook Pro, iPad, iPod, PS3, PS4 and Nexus phone in less than 10 seconds. These have yet to drop connection or fade in and out like some bluetooth devices can. It works up to and if there are no obstructions beyond the 30ft to about 40ft.
> Comfort. Most headphones cover to much or not enough, but these are the Goldielocks. I have worn these for up to 8 hours with no issues, weighty feeling on my neck or that tightness on the head.
My only improvements would be
> To have these fold up like the MDR-X10's to easily port around
> Have a nice travel bag that would close and lock. I went to the hobby shop and got some velcro to make the bag seal, which is a workable solution.
I love my other Sony headphones (MDR-X10, Playstation Pulse Elites) and these headphones deliver the same quality as they share the same technologies. However, these give me the freedom to move without the need for wires or an adapter.
February 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Alkasaga Best Headphones to DATE...
What an amazing quality of workmanship, the design is light and tight, and fitting everything tight; the sound continues to flow with no interruption even at 10' plus front my Nexus 5. An overall great purchase.
September 15, 2014