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Sony MDR-100AAP Review

Posted by Corey Colligan on


I’d like to start off by saying I’m not the biggest fan of the Sony’s headphone line. I do, however, have a strong interest for entry level headphones from about $200 to $300, which I feel Sony has spearheaded to much success with their h.ear on headphones. 

By looking at the shrinkwrapped packaging it’s be easy to assume there’d be a very no- frills unboxing but under the clear plastic is a box cut with satisfying accuracy, each corner sharp and the tab to open sliding out with ease. Down slides a satin black box with the Sony logo stamped in the center. Straight and to the point, the box opens and there are the headphones, as nice in person as they are in photos. Held in with white soft touch twist ties, I remove the plastic cradle to untwist the ties from the back and find the cable and soft pouch underneath. The pouch is a tough canvas that closes with drawstrings. The cable is flat and feels premium. It includes a mic with single button control for pause/play and answer or cancel call functions. The cable itself has a serrated feel which I assume is to help prevent tangles. The ends of the cable are chunky and assure a confidence in their build. The end that plugs into your phone executes at a 90 degree angle and the strain relief get’s about a 6 out of 10. The side that plugs into the headphone is a standard eighth inch plug but uses a proprietary locking mechanism. But It’s good to know that I could, at least, replace the cable instead of the whole headphone if the cable were to break.


Onto the headphones. As far as aesthetics go, they’re some of my favorites. Somewhat reminiscent of the TMA 1’s, maybe a cross between the TMA’s and the Kef M500’s but with a much more practical execution than the TMA’s. The build is both plastic and aluminum and the transitions between the two materials are seamless. My only gripe is that they didn’t use metal for the yoke. Left and right are made very visible (the right indicator being on a red dot) but don’t take away from the design. They’re some of the more comfortable headphones I’ve used. They’re very lightweight and the earpads are plush and deep enough that my ears were fully encapsulated. Isolation wasn’t the greatest but improved once music was playing.


The signature was on the funner side compared to some other Sony headphones. The bass is emphasized but tight and doesn’t feel overpowering. The mid range is decent and helped in genres like rock where the treble is rolled off. To sum it up, This Is A Good Sounding Headphone. I think most people will enjoy it. And thought they cater more towards electronic music they were still pleasant all-rounder.


These days, more and more people are looking for a good pair of headphones without having to commit hours to reading in esoteric forums or commit to the high prices. The average consumer could buy this headphone, feel good about the way it looks, enjoy the sound and the comfort without feeling alienated by all the details. So, Sony, thanks! I’m excited to see what you guys do next.