Sony MDRRF985RK Wireless Headphones

Last updated date: November 18, 2019

DWYM Score
8.3

Sony MDRRF985RK Wireless Headphones

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 203 expert reviews, the Sony Sony Wireless Over-Ear Headphones placed 9th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note April 8, 2020:
Checkout The Best Wireless Over-Ear Headphones for a detailed review of all the top wireless over-ear headphones.

Expert Summarized Score
8.3
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.1
5,750 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The design is sleek, fully sealed and you’ll basically be isolated from different sounds coming from the environment.
- Nerd Tech
January 31, 2015 | Full review
These wireless headphones from Sony offers wide and comfortable ear cups, a wide wreless rnge up to 151 feet and long battery life up to 25 hours.
- Mashable
October 11, 2018 | Full review
Sound quality is very good. There is enough bass to bring some sound effects (like explosions, gunshots, etc.) to life.
- Audio Reputation
September 23, 2019 | Full review
The sony mdrrf985rk wireless rf headphone has a commendable noise cancellation system (targeted at noise reduction) that reduces background noise for the best of audio clarity. This noise cancellation system brings that relishing smoothness to your audio experience providing the best of sound quality while eliminating disruptive background noise.
- The Smartest Buyer
May 12, 2017 | Full review
The bass is great and is clearly felt while watching movies, especially if an action scene kicks in.
- Gadgets Deck
September 18, 2019 | Full review
It has a sleek design with fully sealed isolated construction that cuts off surrounding sound. Ideal for using at home or taking a break at the office, these Sony Wireless Headphones has padding that keeps the ears comfortable for hours and does not leak any sound even at high volumes ensuring complete privacy.
- Wireless Headphones Guru
January 6, 2018 | Full review
The comfortable headband of the headphones makes their usage highly convenient. The headphones deliver a smooth and intrusion free reception up to 150 feet through RF signals.
- Best in Tech
The Sony MDRRF985RK wireless headphone has reasonable price. It is a lightweight unit that offers a great comfort. This headphone has great performance as compared to its very affordable price. It is also easy to recharge it fast.
- Best Wireless Headphones
April 16, 2014 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The only thing that could be considered a downside as far as sound quality goes is that if you want the deepest/tightest bass, you’d be better off getting more expensive headphones
- Nerd Tech
January 31, 2015 | Full review
Unreplaceable battery.
- Mashable
October 11, 2018 | Full review
These headphones are slightly overpriced.
- Audio Reputation
September 23, 2019 | Full review
While the signal reception could be great, there are some moments when it is not that smooth. Sometimes you would have to deal with signal interference. In such moment you are at the biting end of signal interference, plug out and plug back the power cable however. This signal issue could also pop up when you are connected to your TV.
- The Smartest Buyer
May 12, 2017 | Full review
The build quality on the headphones is certainly not the best around although the matte black finish does give them a great look.
- Gadgets Deck
September 18, 2019 | Full review
May produce a hissing or clicking sound when there is an obstacle in between
- Best in Tech
The instructions are written poorly and some people claimed that there is no access to the battery compartment of this headphone system.
- Best Wireless Headphones
April 16, 2014 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Untangle your mind and relax with crisp, personal audio without wires. They also feature a comfortable headband and long battery life up to 25 hours. Best of all, one simple setup is all it takes to achieve optimal RF signal reception and you're on your way to cordless freedom. General information manufacturer Sony corporation: general information manufacturer part number mdrrf985rk: general information manufacturer website address Sony: general information brand name Sony: general information product model mdr-RF985rk: general information product name wireless stereo headphone system: general information product type headphone: miscellaneous package contents wireless stereo headphone system Rechargeable Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery: warranty limited warranty 1 year: technical information connectivity technology wireless: technical information wireless technology rf: technical information wireless operating distance 150 ft.: technical information sound mode stereo: technical information minimum frequency response 10 Hz: technical information maximum frequency response 22 kHz: technical information connector plating nickel plated: technical information features tangle-free cable, corrosion resistant: battery information Rechargeable Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery: battery information maximum battery run time 25 hour: earpiece design over-the-head: earpiece type binaural: earpiece controls power switch: earpiece driver type ferrite: earpiece driver size 1.57": earpiece sensitivity 100 db.: interfaces/ports host interface mini-phone: physical characteristics color black: physical characteristics form factor ear-cup: physical characteristics weight (approximate) 10.59 ounce:This product comes with a warranty of 90 days labor and 1 year parts.

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An Overview On Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

In recent years, over-ear headphones have made a resurgence as some consumers have traded in their earbuds for better sound. Some over-ear headphones also feature noise-cancellation functionality, which comes in handy while you’re traveling. But as Digital Mom Blog’s Molly Thornberg points out, today’s consumers want the same wireless functionality that they can get with wireless earbuds.

“Wireless over-ear headphones are traditional headphones that go over the ears, but don’t have a wire,” says Thornberg, who regularly writes about technology on her blog. “This popular style of headphones connects to a device via Bluetooth, giving you the freedom to listen without having to worry about a wire.”

But there are a few things to consider when you’re picking out a pair of wireless over-ear headphones. You’ll need to make sure you choose a pair that provides reliable Bluetooth connectivity, not to mention one-touch linkup. Trying to connect devices via Bluetooth can easily get frustrating.

If you’re buying over-ear headphones for noise-isolating functionality, you’ll first want to check to see whether the pair you’re considering includes active noise-canceling. Headphones with that feature automatically create a sound wave that blocks out the level of noise detected around you. Some headphones simply create a seal around your ear and have you play music to block out noise, but active noise cancellation can be especially beneficial if you work in noisy environments or you travel via airplane.

It’s also important to consider sizing when you’re choosing a pair of over-ear headphones. Unlike earbuds that slip into almost any size ear the same, over-ear headphones need to work with the circumference of your head. Many come with adjustable headbands to help create that perfect fit. An ill-fitting pair of over-ear headphones can make it tough to get that seal you need to shield your eardrums from all that crowd noise around you. If you’re buying headphones for younger adults or you have a larger head size, you may want to measure your own head and compare it to the headband size before buying.

DWYM Fun Fact

The first pair of audio-emitting headphones was invented at a kitchen table. Although in-ear headphones were patented in 1891, engineer Nathaniel Baldwin put the first pair of over-ear headphones together in 1910, using his kitchen table as a work surface. The invention didn’t take off immediately, however, but the U.S. Navy eventually ordered 100 pairs, padding his bank account generously. His wealth was only temporary, unfortunately. Baldwin put his money to work in support of the Mormon polygamous movement – a decision that eventually bankrupted him. Headphones made their way to the mass consumer market in the late 1930s, when Bayerdynamic began marketing the first pair of over-ear headphones for home use.

The Wireless Over-Ear Headphone Buying Guide

  • When it comes to noise cancellation, no two pairs of headphones are equal. It’s important to first distinguish between active and passive noise cancellation, with active noise cancellation generating sound waves to keep outside noise from getting to your eardrums. Passive noise cancellation simply uses the build of the earcups themselves to keep noise out. Some may prefer the passive approach in situations where they still might need to hear, such as on an airplane when a pilot could come over the intercom with important announcements..
  • If you’re using your headphones while exercising or working around the house, make sure you choose a pair with controls that you can easily reach. Relying on your smartphone to pause or adjust the volume can be problematic when you’re wireless since your device may be on the other side of the room. But it’s also important to make sure the controls aren’t in a location where you might accidentally press them, especially if you plan to wear them while lying down.
  • As with other wireless products, wireless headphones require a battery for the Bluetooth connection. Some over-ear headphones have batteries that last as long as 30 hours, which will come in handy if you’ll be away from the charger for a while.
  • The best thing about wireless headphones is that they give you the freedom to roam around without your phone on you. That means if you’re cleaning or exercising, you can simply set your phone down nearby and enjoy a hands-free listening experience. But it’s important to check just how close to your device you’ll have to stay while listening. “Find out how far the headphones can play from the connected device,” Thornberg advises. “Wireless range can vary from 10-100 meters.”
  • As with earbuds, wireless over-ear headphones can be used for phone calls. To have that capability, though, you’ll need to make sure your headphones have a built-in microphone.
  • One of the best things about modern over-ear headphones is how comfortable they can be. Many feature earpads made using faux leather, also known as protein leather, and the cups are padded for extra comfort. You may not plan to wear your headphones for hours at a time, but someday when you’re on a long flight or trying to buckle down and study for a big test, you’ll appreciate a pair that doesn’t hurt your ears after a while.
  • No matter what other features your headphones offer, it won’t matter if the sound quality is poor. Research the speakers that are built into your chosen pair. Whether you listen to music, podcasts, movies or audiobooks using your headphones, true-to-life sound is essential, as is a deep bass response.
  • If you’re spending money on something, you’ll want a pair that lasts. The headbands on many headphones are made of plastic, but they’ll also probably have sliders to allow you to adjust the fit. Check the construction of all of this, as well as the stitching on the earcups, to make sure you’re buying a pair that will give you years of reliable use.