Sony Stereo Headphones MDR ZX110

Sony Stereo Headphones MDR ZX110 are mediocre mixed usage headphones that have decent audio reproduction and don’t leak much. Unfortunately, MDR-ZX110NC feel cheaply made and poorly isolate listeners from ambient noise. MDR-ZX110NC don’t fare well in loud, noisy environments and also have no control options when connected to your phone which is disappointing.

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Sony Stereo Headphones MDR ZX110
On-ear

Enclosure:
Closed-Back

Wireless:
No

Noise-Cancelling:
Yes

Mic:
No

Transducer:
Dynamic

Conclusion The headphones are compact and fit over my large melon head. The sound quality is really good for the price and are comfy. They can feel a little flimsy, but that’s due to the fact they can be folded up to save space.

 

Sony Stereo Headphones MDR ZX110 Decent audio reproduction
Sony Stereo Headphones MDR ZX110 Minimal leakage

best headphones Flimsy build
best headphones Poor noise isolation
best headphones Unstable fit; easily falls off your head

The Sony Stereo Headphones MDR ZX110 are an affordable package that offer swivel folding design for maximum portability. Featuring Neodymium dynamic drivers, these headphones deliver on precise sound through their lightweight 30mm driver units that are highly responsive to bass. Designed with a sensitive diaphragm, your music can be turned up without needing an amp to keep the audio quality. The cushioned earpads have been crafted for absolute comfort as they have a self-adjusting headband so you can enjoy your music for longer. The in-line remote and mic have call, pause and play functionality so not only will you be able to switch seamlessly between songs, but you’ll take hands-free calls by the mere press of a button.

 

Design

Has Stereo Speakers
Has An Over-the-ear FoamX
Has A Detachable CableX
Has A Tangle Free Cable
Weight120g
Cable Length1.2m

Sound Quality

Impedance24 Ohms
Highest Frequency22000Hz
Lowest Frequency12Hz
Sound Level Pressure98dB/mW

Microphone

Has A Noise Cancelling MicrophoneX

Power

Has A Rechargeable BatteryX
Has A Battery Level IndicatorX

Connectivity

Can Be Used WirelesslyX
Compatible With PlayStationX
Compatible With Xbox LiveX
Has A 3.5mm Male Connector

Features

Can Be Used As A HeadsetX
Has A Mute FunctionX
Control Panel Placed on A DeviceX
Has An In-Line Control Panel
Travel Bag IncludedX

 

Design
The Sony MDR-ZX110NC are lightweight, decent-looking headphones. Unfortunately, they are not durable or stable on the head. Their all-plastic design is a little cheap and poorly padded, and they do not offer any control over your audio. On the upside, they are not too tight on the head which adds a little to their comfort level.
StyleComfort
These Sony headphones are decent-looking headphones but offer nothing remarkable with their style. They have a matte all-black color scheme. The ear cups have a stylized back cover that adds a little more flair to the design. These headphones won't stand out, but their understated style will work for some.The Sony MDR-ZX110NC have a lightweight design, and the headband does not exert too much pressure on the ears. However, the lack of padding on the headband and the slightly stiff ear cups that do not swivel, make these headphones a little uncomfortable. Also, the small ear cups of the on-ear design might not be for everyone.
PortabilityBuild Quality
The Sony MDRZX110NC are above-average portable on-ear headphones. They conveniently fold up into a much more compact format and can easily be carried around in a bag and will fit in some larger pockets. However, they are not as small as some other on-ear models headphones and will still feel a little cumbersome for some listeners.The build quality is below-average. The all-plastic design and thin headband looks cheap and does not feel durable. The headband might snap under moderate physical stress, and the unique hinge mechanisms are additional weak points to an already fragile design. The ear cups, on the other hand, are relatively dense, which is a plus.
StabilityControls
These headphones do not deliver a stable fit. They will easily slip off your ears during high-intensity activities and would not be suitable for running or any kind of sports use. They don't apply enough pressure to maintain their position when you tilt your head. The audio cables are also non-detachable, which will pull the headphones off your head if they get caught on something.Button layout and functionality is disappointing. There is only one noise canceling switch, which means you will have no control over your audio.
Sound
This Sony headphone is an average sounding pair of closed-back on-ear headphones. They have a deep and powerful bass, a very well-balanced mid-range, and an even treble. However, their bass delivery is prone to quite a bit of inconsistency across multiple users and the treble lacks detail and brightness. Overall, their sound profile is rather heavy in the bass range, and veiled in the treble range. This makes them a decent choice for fans of bass-heavy genres like EDM and Hip-hop, but are not the ideal choice for classical or vocal-centric music since they won't produce the most present and detailed vocals and lead instruments.
BassMid
The Sony MDRZX110NC has good bass. Low-frequency extension is at 25Hz, which is great. Low-bass is also within 0.2dB of our target, suggesting a balanced production of thumping and rumbling sounds. However, mid-bass and high-bass are consistently overemphasized by more than 4dB. This results in a bass that is slightly too heavy and muddy. Also, their bass delivery varies significantly across users, and is sensitive to the quality of fit, seal, and whether you wear glasses. The response here represents the average bass response and your experience may vary.The mid-range is great. The overall response throughout the range is quite flat and even, suggesting a clear and well-balanced reproduction of vocals and lead instruments. Low-mid, is slightly hyped, which could thicken vocals a bit, but the effect will be quite subtle. Mid-mid is flat and virtually flawless, but high-mid is slightly overemphasized similar to low-mid. This could make the mid-range a bit forward and intense, but again, at 1.5dB, the effect will be very subtle.
Isolation
Noise isolation is weak. The Sony MDRZX110NC barely cancel ambient noise and would not fare well in loud environments. Their active isolation is not sufficient for the level of noise involved in commuting or traveling. On the upside, they won't disturb the people around you even at high volumes because they don't leak much.
Noise IsolationOverall Leakage
The Sony MDR-ZX110NC have a poor isolation. The ANC (active noise cancelling) system of these headphones don't seem to be doing much, and the performance is nearly identical to when the ANC is off. Sony MDR-ZX110 don't provide any isolation in the bass range, where the rumble of airplane and bus engines sits. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they achieve 5dB of isolation which is inadequate. In the treble range, occupied by sharp S and T sounds, they reduce outside noise by 21dB, which is average.The leakage performance is great. The significant portion of the leakage is concentrated in the treble range between 2Khz and 5KHz, which is a narrow range. The overall level of the leakage is quiet too. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at 32dB SPL and peaks at 47dB SPL, which is just below the noise floor of an average office.
Microphone
The Sony MDRZX110NC do not come with a microphone.
Battery
The Sony MDR-ZX110NC have very long battery life that will easily deliver a weekend's worth of continuous playback. They use an AAA battery but thanks to the long battery life you won't have to swap out the battery as often. Unfortunately, they have no power saving features, but on the upside, they can be used passively when the battery runs out.
Connectivity
These wired headphones do not support Bluetooth. They have a simple non-detachable cable with a 1/8TRRS connector and no in-line remote. This means they will only provide audio when connected your phone, console controllers, or audio devices. They have nearly zero latency since they're wired but will not have the convenient range of wireless headphones.
BluetoothWired
The Sony MDRZX110NC are wired headphones and do not support Bluetooth.These headphones have a non-detachable cable with a 1/8"TRRS connector. They do not have a mic or an inline remote so they will only provide audio when connected to most devices.
Wireless RangeBase/Dock
The Sony MDR-ZX110NC are wired headphones limited by the range of their relatively short audio cable.There is no charging dock or base for these headphones.

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