Review: Sony MDR-ZX770BN Bluetooth Noise-Cancellation Headphones

Sony’s New Wireless Bluetooth Noise-Cancelling Headphones

I have a confession to make. I purchased Sony’s new MDR-ZX770BN headphones today knowing very well that I may return them. I really wanted to try these headphones out in order to let my readers know if these are a good buy for $229. The fact that I can’t quite get myself to return these should let you know the answer.

Needless to say, I am impressed. At first, I thought the sound was rather tinny. But then I realized I had to set the headphones to the best sound profile by pressing the power button and holding the volume up button at the same time. Then, the sound was great–almost as good as my Bose QC25 Noise-Cancelling headphones. However, those need wires.

The first thing one will notice is that even though these headphones are big, they feel great on your head and on your ears. I need to go try to work out with these for an hour to see if I have the same opinion and I will update this review if my opinion about the comfort changes. But so far, I am impressed.

The best thing about Sony’s new headphones is, of course, the sound. I’ve been listening to EDM music for about 2 hours on Spotify and the sound is almost as good as the sound coming from expensive wired headphones. When the volume is turned up too high, the bass distorts a little bit, but most should not have to turn the headphones up to the volume where it starts distorting.

I am happy to say that volume is not an issue with the Sony MDR-ZX770BN. It’s more than loud enough with the iPhone 6 Plus and it’s adequately loud enough with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. The headphones add an “oomph” to the Edge that it’s regular music player lacks.

So, how does the noise-cancellation feature work? I’d say it works well, but not as well as it works on Bose headphones such as the QC 25. Unlike the latest Bose SoundLink On-Ear Bluetooth headphones, at least these have some type of noise cancellation. They also sound better, in many ways, than Bose’s more expensive Bluetooth headphones sound.

One slight disappointment: The Sony MDR-ZX770BN headphones don’t come with a case, but rather a cloth bag. They also don’t fold up. Still, these are going to be my number one choice for listening to music in the next couple weeks. Unfortunately, for my bank account at least, the Sony MDR-ZX770 BN Bluetooth Noise-Cancellation headphones are a keeper.

About Daryl

Daryl Deino has been a technology enthusiast since 1995 and has written for several newspapers and technology sites. Please reach him at [email protected]
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