Last year Sony have revamped their MDR lineup, MDR stands for "Music Deserves Respect". It's rumored that their entry level offering offers build, design, comfort and sound quality that performs above its price tag.
Sony MDR-ZX100 Headphone Review & Giveaway!
In result, we got their budget portable headphone offering named MDR-ZX100 for review to find out what's that buzz is all about below:
Specifications

  • Open Air Type: NO
  • Dynamic Type: YES
  • Circum Aural Type: NO
  • Capacity (mW): 1000
  • Driver unit (mm): 30 (Dome type)
  • Diaphragm: PET
  • Frequency (Hz): 12 - 22,000
  • Sensitivity (dB/mW): 100
  • Magnet: Ferrite Magnet
  • Impedance (Ohm) 24
  • Cord type: Both-sided
  • Cord length (m):1.2
  • Plug Gold-plated: Stereo Mini
  • Weight (g): 20
  • Price: P 1,290.00


Review 

*Please take note that this review is subjective consisting of my personal opinion and views

None, quite acceptable because of its cheap price. Unfortunately even the way cheaper Superlux HD572 have a carrying pouch included.

Build Quality

Sony MDR-ZX100 Headphone Review & Giveaway!
Cables are thick! That Gold Plated L Plug are well built!
Great! Sony delivers this very well on these product! It's all plastic but it feels durable. Fortunately it does not feel like it's just an entry level offering. It feels very solid and I'm quite sure that these can withstand abuse very well. The cable design is semi-flat, fairly thick and looks quite durable too! In my opinion the cables used in MDR-ZX100 is even better than Sony's pricier headphones because they're using full flat cables on those. (I'm not a fan of flat cables) It's 3.5mm plug is L type and has good texture in it too.

Overall, MDR-ZX100 is really really solid for the price! It even feels more solid than Audio Technica's ATH SJ11-55 which cost a lot more than this.

Functionality


Sony MDR-ZX100 Headphone Review & Giveaway!
That red marker means right!

Superb! ZX-100 features a very simple headphone that swivels ala DJ style and adjustable depending on the size of the wearers head. Personally, I think that this is perfect for travels for those who prefer headphones over earbud and in ear monitors.



In addition to that, it has a red marking which indicated the right side of the ear-cups which makes it easy for us to identify "left" and "right".

Comfort

Sony MDR-ZX100 Headphone Review & Giveaway!
It looks so fluffy!
Just Right! The ear-pads used in MDR-ZX100 are fairly soft, plus this headphones just have the right clamp most of the time. It tends to get uncomfortable after 5 hours of use though, yet this is are really comfortable to use under 3 hours.

Isolation

Just Right! It has good isolation on par with ATH SJ33 unlike the open cans like porta pro's, tracks, jays and sennheiser px100 because of its closed design. Unfortunately, it's not that big enough to cover your entire ears for full isolation. It isolates well enough to give you the best music possible, yet you can still hear the necessary outside noise to keep you safe during commutes and crossing the streets.

Style


Sony MDR-ZX100 Headphone Review & Giveaway!
Pretty Stylish Dude!
Man! This looks really classy! It's not too big or too small, it's not overly designed and it does not look like cheap. It has that simple Sony logo on the side of the cups which I must admit looks sexy!

Portability

It's very compact and lightweight. Could be carried around anywhere without that much of a hassle.

Sound Quality

Good! Wow man for under 2000 Pesos, this headphones rocks! It has a nice taste of tonal balance. Bass is there, it's good but not overly done! Vocals are clear and clean. I must admit that its Mids are it's strong point. Highs are a little thin sounding but acceptable for the price and Lows is just right but doesn't extend that deep.

For the price I have no complaints on this one, and it performs better than my old trusty portable Superlux HD572 except in the high's department.

Value

Cheap yet Good! For Non Audiophiles this is a real steal under 2000 Pesos. Yes, it's not as good as the budget heavyweight full sized cans from Superlux, but as a stylish portable small can this is amazing!

Verdict

This is a great budget can for those guys on the go, you get good sound quality for the price without compromising much of the build quality, comfort and STYLE. The size is just right, it's a little bigger than Audio Technica SJ11 and about the same size of Coloud Boom and it looks great on people! For non-audiophiles who just want to enjoy music without worrying about its technicalities this one is a good buy! The sound not overly bassy and have a nice balance. Plus this one is actually very affordable which won't hurt our pockets that much.


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