The supercomfortable Sony MDR-1A does a good job balancing clarity with just enough of laid-backness to make it a very versatile headphone that's well worth considering if you're looking for a full-size headphone in the $250-$300 range.
Headphones are available in a zillion styles, sizes, and price ranges. To help you cut through the clutter, we've assembled a list of top headphones by type and price.
The MDR-XB950BT Extra Bass Bluetooth Headset is a $199.99/AU$249.95 wireless headphone that -- you guessed it -- serves up a generous helping of bass.
They've been around since 1991, but the Sony MDR-7506s are still great sounding -- and fitting -- headphones for less than $100.
They may be close to 30 years old, but the comfortable fitting Sony MDR-V6s are arguably the best-sounding headphones for under $100.
It's true that Sony's MDR-1R headphones come with a lofty price tag, but if you're searching for highly accurate-sounding headphones with style and substance, they deserve your attention.
If you can't afford Bose's QuietComfort noise-canceling headphones, the attractively designed and more affordable Sony MDR-NC200Ds are worth your consideration.
The $300 MDR-1A looks very similar to its predecessor, the MDR-1R, but it sounds slightly better and has some small design improvements.
Sony's entry-level, full-size headphone is a relative bargain
The Sony MDR-10RBT gets you about 75 percent of the way to the Beats Studio Wireless for a lot less money.
At less than $100 online, these two classic 'studio' headphones are bargains, offering excellent sound and comfort.