Product Press Releases

04 October 2016
Sony announces new headphones MDR-1000X with Industry-Leading Noise Cancellation Performance
  • Industry-leading noise cancellation
  • Personalised features never seen before including; Personal NC Optimiser, Quick Attention and Ambient Sound Mode
  • High-Resolution Audio for better than ever sound

New Delhi, 04th October, 2016: Sony launches the MDR-1000X, industry-leading1 noise cancelling headphones. With flagship noise cancelling performance, this pair of premium headphones offers the most responsive cancellation of ambient sound frequency range on the market.

Extending the range of wireless and noise cancelling headphones already available from Sony, the 1000X is the first to let you own your listening experience by tailoring the noise cancelling features to your ears with a ‘Personal NC Optimiser’ function. The 1000X also showcases for the first time ‘Quick Attention’ mode that lets you place the palm of your hand to the outside of the headphone ear cup to have a conversation with someone, without taking the headset off. These unique listening experiences are realised by the newly developed SENSE ENGINE™2 feature.

These are also the first headphones with the DSEE HX™ built in to upscale compressed music from any source to near High-Resolution Audio sound quality, even in wireless mode.

The best of the best audio technology
The 1000X stands out from the crowd. A number of advancements have been put into these headphones to make them industry-leading, such as the signal processing to pursue the best noise cancelling performance with upgraded filtering process, optimised dual noise sensor technology, and newly developed ear pads.

Personal NC Optimiser
Outstanding performance is guaranteed with the innovative ‘Personal NC Optimiser’ that analyses the shape of your head and how you wear the headphones to ensure you have a tailor made experience every time you listen to your favourite track.

Hi-Resolution Audio is the chosen file format to listen to your music in the way the artist truly intended and the 1000X headphones brings the best sound right to your ears. Sony DSEE HX™ upscaling also means that non High-Resolution Audio files are as near to this standard as they can possibly be. 

Hassle free travel
Quick Attention
The ‘Quick Attention’ mode means that you’ll never miss a word spoken to you when wearing these headphones. It’s instantly activated by simply placing your hand on the side of the headphone housing to allow natural sound to flow straight through it. This means that you don’t have to remove the headphones to hear what’s happening apart from your music. You won’t even have to miss the flight attendants drink order on an airplane.

Ambient Sound Mode
Making the most of noise cancelling, the ‘Ambient Sound Mode’ setting changes the sound condition so that you can enjoy listening to music while catching the ambient sound outside. This lets you stay engrossed yet aware, catching every word being said around you.

Sony has removed the need for a wired connection while ensuring the same great sound quality but without the worry of getting tangled up in wires. Bluetooth® technology lets you quickly connect to your phone or music player. Adding to the list of features to make sure you have the highest quality listening experience is LDAC™ and the S-Master HX™3.

Smooth listening everywhere
Long days at the office or quiet time at the library are no longer a problem as the 1000X wireless and noise cancelling headphones have a mammoth 20 hour battery life4; you can take these headphones with you on a flight to a far flung destination on a single charge.

These headphones have been designed with the style conscious traveller in mind. They are as good to wear as they are to look at. With a swivel and folding structure, the 1000X can be stowed away in your bag in an instant, ready to jet off to your next destination.

Available in black colour, the new 1000X headphones come with their own durable leather case. They will be available in select Sony centres and major electronic stores across India from XX October 2016.





MDR -1000X

October 2016 (TBC)


Rs. 29,990



Specifications Sheet


MDR-1000X Hi-Res Audio Headphones


Hi-Res Audio

General Features (Headphones)


Personal NC Optimiser, Quick Attention, Ambient Sound mode (Normal mode / Voice mode)





Headphone Type

Closed, dynamic

Driver Unit

40mm, dome type(CCAW Voice Coil)



Wearing Style


Frequency Response


Cable Length

Headphone cable (approx. 1.5m, silver-coated OFC strands, gold-plated stereo mini plug)

Cable Type

Single-sided (detachable)


Gold-plated L-shaped stereo mini plug


Aluminum-coated Liquid Crystal Polymer

Weights (Approx.)

275g without cable

General Features (Microphone)

Unit / Direction / Frequency

Electret Condenser / All Direction / 100-8,000Hz

General Features (Active Headphones)

Volume Control

Touch Sensor


DC3.7V : Built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery

Battery Charge Time

Approx. 4 Hours

Battery Charge Method


Battery Life
(Continuous Playback Time)

(Music) Max. 20 hr (NC ON), 22 hr (NC OFF)
(Communication) Max. 24 hr (NC ON), 26 hr (NC OFF)

Frequency Response

4Hz - 40,000Hz


Micro USB, Stereo Mini Jack

Passive Operation



Bluetooth® / Power Output

Version 4.1 / Bluetooth power class 2





Supported Audio Format(s)


Noise Cancelling

Digital Noise Cancelling

Yes (ON/OFF Switch)



Supplied Accessories

Micro-USB cable 0.5m
Headphone cable 1.5m
In-flight plug adaptor
Flat storage case

1. As of September 1st 2016. According to research by Sony Corporation, measured using JEITA-compliant guidelines. In noise cancelling headphones market. (JEITA: Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association).
2. SENSE ENGINE is an integrated technology of Sony’s unique audio signal processing and analysing techniques. This technology provides an individualised experience for every single sound, including music and ambient sound, tailored to each user's preferences. SENSE ENGINE is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
3. In addition to most Bluetooth® codecs.
4. Max. 20 hours (NC ON/BT), Max. 22 hours (NC OFF/BT), Max. 34 hours (NC ON/Wired).

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