The Sony h.ear on MDR-100AAP are average over-ear headphones, with an eye-catching design and a decent sound. They're lightweight and fairly stable, but they struggle a little in loud environments. They don't block much noise and also leak a little at higher volumes.
- Decent audio reproduction.
- Lightweight, comfortable design.
- Plasticky build quality.
- Poor noise isolation.
The MDR-100AAP are great looking headphones. They have a similar design to the MDR-ZX770BN but with more flashy color schemes. They're lightweight, above-average comfortable and will stay in place during casual listening sessions. However, they won't be stable enough for the gym. They have a poor control scheme and their build quality is mediocre at best. They feel a little plasticky and fragile.
The Sony MDR-100AAP are stylish looking headphones. Their overall design is similar to the MDR-ZX770BN. However, the earcups have a distinct style that looks a bit better than the 770BN. They have bold and bright color schemes, which are eye-catching but also come in an all-black design for those that prefer less flashy looking headphones.
The Sony h.ear on are above average comfortable headphones, thanks to their lightweight design. They exert the right amount of pressure around the ears and don't feel too tight. Unfortunately, the earcups are a little smaller than some other over-ear headphones, which may become uncomfortable for some, during long listening sessions. Also, the padding on the earcups and headband, although soft, is not that thick. Luckily this doesn't reduce their comfort level by much.
These headphones have a mediocre control scheme that offers minimum functionality. They have only one button on their inline remote, which provides call/music control. The button has a good tactile feedback. However, the lack of volume controls is slightly disappointing.
These headphones are moderately stable. Their lightweight design and decent tension, prevents them from swaying too much during physical activity. However, these are not sports headphones, and they will slip off your ears if used while running or doing high-intensity exercises in the gym. On the upside, the cable is detachable and will disconnect before yanking the headphones of your head if it gets hooked on something.
The Sony MDR-100AAP are mid-sized over-ear headphones like the MDR-ZX770BN. However, these headphones fold into a more compact format, which makes them slightly more portable. They will fit into smaller bags once folded but are too cumbersome to carry around, on your person. They won't fit into any pockets, even larger jacket pockets.
These headphones have a decent build quality but feel a little flimsy, like the MDR-ZX770BN. They have the same thin metal frame and moderately dense earcups that can handle a couple of drops without breaking. They also strengthen the earcups' hinges by making it swivel less than the MDR-ZX770BN. Unfortunately, the overall design still feels a little plasticky and not durable. Also, they may get faded and scratched by regular wear and tear, which will be a little more noticeable because of the bright colors.
The Sony MDR-100AAP have an above-average audio reproduction. The bass range is punchy and rumbles with bass-heavy tracks. Instruments and vocals are also well reproduced but lack a little bit of clarity due to the dip in the high frequencies. Furthermore, the bass extends into the mid-range, giving them a slightly boomy and muddy sound. Soundstage is also not the best due to their closed-back design, which is not ideal for critical listening.
Very good Bass Range performance. Low-bass is slightly lacking, which affects the thump and low rumble of the sound. Bass and high-bass and overemphasized by about 3dB, adding excess punch and boominess to the sound.
Excellent Mid Range performance. The response is virtually flat, except for the 4dB tilt favoring low-mid. This shifts the tonal balance towards the lower instruments, at the expense of subtle loss of detail and prominence in vocals/leads.
Average Treble Range response. Low-treble is underemphasized by about 3dB, negatively affecting the presence and detail of vocals/leads. The peak at 9KHz, could sound too sharp and piercing, however, the narrow width of the peak decreases it's intrusiveness.
- 100% Avg. Std. Deviation
Poor soundstage. Due to the closed back and small earcups, these headphones don't sound very open and don't create much soundstage. The sound of these headphones could be perceived to be coming from inside the listener's head as opposed to in front.
Decent Imaging. The amount of phase error is low, with the majority of the error located in Bass and Treble regions. However, the frequency response and phase matching of our test unit is average.
Average harmonic distortion response. The overall harmonic distortion is low, however, the peak at 5KHz which exceeds 10% of the input is quite high and could make the Treble sound slightly harsh and unpleasant.
These headphones only have passive isolation. They will struggle a little in loud environments unless you listen to your music at very high volumes. They don't block much ambient noise and would not be ideal for busy commutes or noisy flights. They also leak a little and will be audible to the people around you at higher volumes, especially in a quiet office or library.
Poor overall isolation. Considering these headphones don't have active noise cancelling, the passive isolation provided in the Treble Range by the ear cups is quite decent. But the passive isolation only becomes effective past 400HZ and does not really block any low/bass frequencies. Isolation in the mid-range is also below average.
Poor leakage performance. The majority of leakage is in the 400Hz-3KHz frequency range which is rather broad. However, the overall volume of sound that escapes the ear cups is low relative to listening volume.
No active features.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Sony MDR-100AAP Headphones
- Audio cable
- USB cable
- Carrying pouch