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The MDR-SA1000 headphone set features a 50mm diameter HD drive unit.

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capable of very accurate sound reproduction

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comfortable enough to wear for hours at a time

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bass is very tight and accurate, doesn't get boomy or muffled

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durable enough to last for years without any loss of sound quality at all

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mids and highs are extremely clear and richly rendered

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low end is a little weak, will need some bass boost from the source

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cheap sound sources or highly compressed audio sounds dramatically poor, flaws become very apparent

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hinges make a clicking noise when you move, goes away if you oil them

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The Sony MDR-SA1000 is a high-end set of high definition sound producing headphones with a Circum-aural design (completely covers the ears) and a custom tailored headband to provide excellent listening comfort. According to Sony the SA1000 headphones are "designed perfectly for long-wearing comfort with a combination of crystal clear HD sound". The MDR-SA1000 headphone set features a 50mm diameter HD drive unit, and provides a super wide frequency range for use with the nanocomposite diaphragm. The MDR-SA1000 headset also includes additional features such as a 360kJ/m3 high power neodymium magnet, gold plated stereo plugs to maximize sound efficiency, comfortable ear pad fittings designed with pressure dispersing cloth material for enhanced wearing comfort, a 3.5m cloth coated wire with an oxygen free highly conductive core, and a fully adjustable, lightweight, headband for custom fit. The Sony MDR-SA1000 headphone set was released on March 3, 2003 and has an MSRP of $199.99, which is listed on the official Sony website.

Key Specs
  • Circum-aural (completely covers ears) ear-bud design
  • Comfortable cloth material fitted ear pads with pressure dispersing design
  • 3.5 Cloth coated wire with an Oxygen free copper core
  • Gold plated stereo plugs
  • Fully Adjustable Headband, with a lightweight design, for custom fit
  • Frequency Response: 8Hz - 80,000Hz
  • Driver Unit: 50mm, dome type
  • Impedance: 70 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 100dB/mW
  • Power Handling Capacity: 1,500mW
  • Magnet: Neodymium (360kJ/m3)
  • Release Date: 03/03/2003
  • MSRP: $199.99
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