Sony Introduces New MDR-ZX, MDR-EX Series Headphones That’s Designed For Smartphones

Are you tired of using those stock headphones that come with your Android smartphone? You are not alone as a lot of people have been complaining of the uninspiring sound that comes out of these headphones. If you regularly use your smartphone to listen to music then your best option is to replace these.


One of the best options for headphones right now is the recently released MDR-ZX and MDR-EX models from Sony that’s designed to be used for smartphones as well as other music players.

There are three new models under the MDR-ZX series which are characterized as headband headphones. The MDR-ZX750BN is one of the top of the line models that features Bluetooth allowing it to easily pair with any device. It also has an NFC feature that allows you to simply tap it to any NFC-enabled smartphone to create an instant wireless connection.

This model features 40mm drivers that provides a crisp sound over a wide range and is able to block 98 percent of ambient sound. This makes it perfect for use while listening to your favorite tracks since there is going to be less outside distractions. There’s also a built-in microphone that allows you to easily switch between listening to music and placing a call.

Its lithium ion battery can provide up to 13 hours of non-stop wireless music listening with noise cancellation on.

Key Specs

  • Headphone type: Closed, dynamic
  • Wearing style: Headband (Circumaural)
  • Driver unit: 40mm
  • Magnet: Neodymium
  • Power Handling Capacity: 100mW
  • Frequency response: (A2DP) 20 Hz – 20,000 , 8 Hz – 22,000 Hz (with supplied cable)

Another model in this series is the MDR-ZX610AP that is also equipped with a 40mm driver allowing the user to “hear every note with exceptional clarity and high sensitivity.” When paired with a smartphone the accompanying Smart Key app which can be downloaded from the Google Play store expands the function of the in-line remote control and microphone.

Key Specs

  • Headphone type: Closed, dynamic
  • Wearing style: Headband (Supra aural)
  • Driver unit: 40mm
  • Magnet: Neodymium
  • Power Handling Capacity: 1000mW
  • Frequency response: 6 Hz – 25,000 Hz

The third new model under this series is the MDR-ZX310 which uses 30mm drivers and makes use of a foldaway design making it perfect for everyday listening.

The MDR-EX series on the other hand are in-ear type headphones having three new models namely the MDR-EX650AP, EX110, and EX15. The top of the line model is the MDR-EX650AP which uses a 12mm EX driver and is said to be “re-engineered for an even more comfortable fit while boosting sound quality.” Its housing is made of solid brass, the same material used in musical instruments, and it also comes with an in-line mic cable/remote making it easy to switch between listening to music and making or receiving calls.

Key Features

  • Headphone type: Closed, dynamic
  • Wearing style: In-ear type
  • Driver unit: 12mm
  • Magnet: Neodymium
  • Power Handling Capacity: 100mW
  • Frequency response: 5 Hz – 28,000 Hz

The other models in this series are the MDR-EX110 and EX15 and are described as “affordable step-up in sound quality from your digital music player’s bundled earbuds.”

via sony


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  1. You mean at least $50. 🙂 Even SNS is supposed to be too expensive, without the value for money. But I haven’t tried it yet.

  2. Beats is supposed to be good. But I never liked them, don’t know why! You should try Sony’s, you won’t regret.

  3. Interesting! I’m going to have to do some shopping around. Skullcandy may sound nice, but I’m not a huge fan of their designs. I may just have to take a risk and grab Sony’s earphones. 😉

  4. Apple has an upper hand compared to Sony IMO. But there are better earphones than Apple’s. I love the Skullcandy pairs that I have. Also, the Sennheiser headphones are not bad, but they need to have a bit more bass.

  5. Yeah, Apple also has been very good with their earphones. I really liked the pair that ship with the iPhone 5S. They are really good.

  6. Even I’ve heard from some people that Sony has sold its consumer electronics unit and is concentrating only on the medical electronics unit.

  7. Base? Did you mean bass? If so, there’s no doubt there’s enough bass. Sony knows what they’re doing when it comes to headphones.

  8. I agree, when it comes to audio, Sony is, one of, if not the best top dog in the industry. Can’t wait to see what these are like.

  9. Sony is definitely one of the best when it comes to audio technologies, however, Apple’s Earpods are really amazing too. Wonder what Sony’s are like compared to it.

  10. Not too big on the headphones, but the earphones look pretty wicked. However, I can’t see them beating Apple’s Earpods, as those things are wondrous. We’ll see.

  11. I have a lot of headphones and earphones from different brands. Sony is also one of the best in the lot. I’ve always loved Sony’s music systems.

  12. So many positive comments about Sony headphones. I think its time to give the brand a try. And that too with the new headphone series made for smartphones. I hope they live up to the expectations.

  13. Actually, the consumer electronics division of the company has already been sold to another company. I read about it at least a year back.

  14. Well said. but I’ve heard Sony is losing money in its other businesses. Hopefully they can stay in business and continue to give us quality products in the future.

  15. Sony had been my top pick for affordable but quality headsets. They always seem to make good ones at a discount.
    Good job Sony.

  16. I agree, these people always make really good music systems, not only headphones. But now that these are made specifically for smartphones, have to see the difference.

  17. Sony makes good headphones. I agree. And these look very new age. I hope they have enough base.

  18. I have three MDR series headphones, two are almost 3 years old, and the other is at least 7 years old. They still rock my world. I’m not able to find a worthy replacement for these. Sony is just awesome in this department.

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