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:
- Sony MDR-ZX110 – version with no mic/remote
- Sony MDR-ZX110AP – version with an inline mic/remote compatible with Android devices
- Sony MDR-ZX110NC – special version with Active Noise Cancelling technology
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.
You can buy the Sony MDR-ZX110 in:
- Sony MDR-ZX110 black – Sony MDR-ZX110/BLK
- Sony MDR-ZX110 white – Sony MDR-ZX110W
- Sony MDR-ZX110 pink – Sony MDR-ZX110-P
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Sony MDR-ZX110 Review
Tests & Scores
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.
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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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.
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.
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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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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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.
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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.
Size & Fit
Sony MDR-ZX110 size and Sony MDR-ZX110 fit.
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Sony MDR-ZX110 Technical Specifications
|Plug||Stereo mini plug|
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