Sony MDR-ZX110 / Sony MDR-ZX110AP – Review

Sony MDR-ZX110


Sony MDR-ZX110 / Sony MDR-ZX110AP

| On-Ear | 30 mm Driver | Neodymium Magnet |




 


🎧 We are reviewing the Sony MDR-ZX110, the entry-level, most affordable headphone from Sony.

The Sony MDR-ZX110 are on-ear headphones that belong to the ZX series and, somehow, Sony markets (in their product page) as an over-ear headphones but their cups/earpads size and fit represents an, undoubtedly, on-ear headphone style. The drivers of the Sony MDR-ZX110 have a diameter of 30 mm with PET diaphragm and CCAW voice coils.

The Sony MDR-ZX110 have a ridiculously affordable price that is even cheaper than most in-ear headphones, reason that has made them one of the most sold headphones from the brand. Despite this, the Sony MDR-ZX110 features some specs that are only included in advanced headphones like: neodymium magnets, durable cables, a very wide frequency response of 12-22,000 kHz and an insane maximum power handling of 1000 mW.

Their construction materials is all plastics with a shiny back cup’s cover that mimics metal. The cables are outstandingly rugged and thick with a textured finish and carry a solid and nice L plug – this cable and plug construction is very unexpected from such an affordably priced headphone, even much more expensive and premium headphones do not offer this cable/plug quality.

You can find the Sony MDR-ZX110 in 3 variants:

If you happen to find them named as: Sony MDR-ZX110/BLK, Sony MDR-ZX110W, Sony MDR-ZX110-P or any similar name; do not worry they are all the same headphone with the last letters simply representing the color.

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Tests & Scores


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Weight

Sony MDR-ZX110 weight in Ounces and Sony MDR-ZX110 weight in grams.

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Accessories & Packaging

The Sony MDR-ZX110 comes inside a transparent, rectangular plastic packaging; relatively similar to other budget headphones from Sony like the: Sony MDR-ZX700, Sony MDR-ZX310, Sony MDR-ZX300, Sony MDR-V55, Sony MDR-ZX100 and Sony MDR-V150.

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Bass & Sub Bass

The Sony MDR-ZX110 bass is very punchy with a bit of sub-bass depth. Like many other similar competitors in this design/range, they are clearly mid-bass centered, boomy and boosted. For a relatively standard 30 mm dynamic driver they will provide energy and fun to many music genres that do not require very deep sub-bass.

Applying an EQ, there is a very important additional sub-bass depth and a bit more punch but not extremely.

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M

Mids & Vocals

Mids of the Sony MDR-ZX110 have a very present mid-bass bleed with strong congestion of mids and lower vocals. Recessed higher mids and lack of crispness are other characteristics of their mids – of course, no harshness will show up.

Using an EQ mids get a bit less congested but there will always be strong mid-bass bleed, higher mids gain no crispness and their overall sound style will keep on sounding congested.

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Highs & Treble

The Sony MDR-ZX110 highs are very dark and give the general sound a muddy feel, a tiny hint of detail is resolved though. Once again their strong recession makes them non-fatiguing with no piercing peaks at all and barely any sibilance.

With an EQ, some brightness is added and a bit more open sound is revealed but still everything sounds very dark.

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SL

Sound Leak

The sound leaking out of the Sony MDR-ZX110 is slightly lower than on many average on-ear headphones, this will allow you to crank the volume a bit higher before their leaking sound will be heard by nearby people.

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SI

Sound Isolation

The sound isolation provided by the Sony MDR-ZX110 is fair but not too strong. You can expect a performance a bit less efficient than on many average headphones.

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C

Comfort

The lack of padding on the headband of the Sony MDR-ZX110 reduces their comfort but their all plastics construction gives them a very light weight that does not put too much pressure on the top of the head. The tilting cups and fully foldable movements allow them to improve their fit and ease up their storage/transportation.

Despite being able to fully fold, they do not lay flat and offer more limited movements than their direct competitors: JBL T450 and Philips SHL3060.

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EQ

Response to Equalization

The response to every EQ applied was not very efficient, offering some minor improvement on some frequencies and almost none on others.

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Size & Fit

Sony MDR-ZX110 size and Sony MDR-ZX110 fit.

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Scores Scores

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Frequency Response (raw)

Sony MDR-ZX110 Frequency Response Curve

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Sony MDR-ZX110 Frequency Response Curve

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Sony MDR-ZX110 Technical Specifications

Specifications

Type Closed On-Ear
Driver Unit 30mm
Sensitivity 98dB/mW
Power Capacity 1000mW
Impedance 24 ohm
Frequency Response 12-22,000Hz
Diaphragm PET
Magnet Neodymium
Cord Y-type cord
Cord Length 1.2m
Plug Stereo mini plug
Weight Approx. 120g
Supplied Accessories none

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FAQ

Sony MDR-ZX110 FAQ

How many drivers does the Sony MDR-ZX110 have?

The Sony MDR-ZX110 is a single driver headphone. Which means that the Sony MDR-ZX110 has 1 driver per side.

What type of headphone is the Sony MDR-ZX110?

The Sony MDR-ZX110 is anon-ear headphone.

The Sony MDR-ZX110 is an open, semi-open or closed back headphone?

The Sony MDR-ZX110 is a closed back headphone.

 Does the Sony MDR-ZX110 have a microphone?

The Sony MDR-ZX110 have a microphone and a remote.

What is the price of the Sony MDR-ZX110?

You can check the most up-to-date price of the Sony MDR-ZX110 HERE.

Where can I buy the Sony MDR-ZX110?

You can buy the Sony MDR-ZX110 HERE

Which Sony MDR-ZX110 colors are available?

The colors available for the Sony MDR-ZX110 are: Black, White and Pink.

What cable do the Sony MDR-ZX110 have?

The Sony MDR-ZX110 have Y-type cables.

What cable connection does the Sony MDR-ZX110 have?

The Sony MDR-ZX110 cable connection has a 3.5mm mini stereo plug .

Are there replacement cables for the Sony MDR-ZX110 ?

The Sony MDR-ZX110 cables cannot be replaced.

Are there upgrade cables for the Sony MDR-ZX110 ?

The Sony MDR-ZX110 has fixed, non-upgradeable cables.

Does the Sony MDR-ZX110 have Bluetooth / The Sony MDR-ZX110 is a wireless headphone?

The Sony MDR-ZX110 is not a Bluetooth wireless headphone.

Is the Sony MDR-ZX110 compatible with Apple devices?

The Sony MDR-ZX110 is fully compatible with Apple devices.

Is the Sony MDR-ZX110 compatible with Android devices?

The Sony MDR-ZX110 is fully compatible with Android devices.

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DISCLAIMER
We highly discourage anyone from trying to apply our testings to your own earphones, the risk of damaging or permanently breaking your iems is absolutely probable to happen. With our standardized equalization and amplification tests we push the limits of the earphones to the extreme. If anyway you decide to do so, we cannot be held responsible of the damage done to your equipment. Do it at your own risk.

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