Sony MDRZX110 ZX Series Stereo Headphones

Last updated date: June 25, 2020

DWYM Score
8.7

Sony MDRZX110 ZX Series Stereo Headphones

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Overall Take

If you're searching for a set of headphones that's more basic, this set is your best bet. Even though it doesn't come with all the bells and whistles, it's extremely comfortable and lightweight. The headphones are portable, utilize a swivel design and have tangle-free cords. In our analysis of 151 expert reviews, the Sony Sony ZX Series Stereo Headphones placed 2nd when we looked at the top 19 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
6.9
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.7
28,191 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
These headphones stand out for their portability. Store them away in your bag by folding them down. Sleek-looking and lightweight. Durable cord is solid and resists tangling.
- BestReviews
Overall if you are looking for affordable headphones that have great sounding quality and looks absolutely fantastic to wear, than Sony MDRZX110 ZX Series Stereo Headphones is the right product for you.
- Chef Audio
The MDR-ZX100 is a closed-back design with 30 mm drivers and a 24 ohm rated impedance.
- CNET
Fully foldable. Very nice, rugged cables.
- The Phonograph
The over-ear headphones are equipped with comfortable ear cushions and an adjustable headband.
- Music Critic
It offers an immersive, full sound that excels in its handling of bass.
- NDTV Gadgets 360
At less than five ounces, they are lightweight, and the three and a half meter Y-cord offers a tangle-free connection.
- Old Time Music
The 4.23 ounce Sony MDRZX110 ZX cans are built with a 30mm multi-layer film diaphragm and 1.38 neodymium dynamic drivers that give listeners pronounced sound clarity with booming bass and crisp treble.
- Lifewire
The elegant folding design, good sound deliverance, and easily replaceable price will have parents and kids loving it.
- Apple Wireless Air Pods
What experts didn't like
Users report the headphone jack can break after heavy use.
- BestReviews
Not wireless like expensive competitors.
- Chef Audio
The sound is decent, the main knock against the MDR-ZX100 is that it sounds a little "canned" plugged into my iPod Classic.
- CNET
Dark and muddy sound. Recessed higher mids.
- The Phonograph
The plastic is flimsy and bendy, and does not look or feel like it can take too much abuse, so careful handling is advised.
- NDTV Gadgets 360
Some are going to want better facilities.
- Old Time Music
Can be uncomfortable when used for longer listening sessions. Relatively poor sound insulation.
- Apple Wireless Air Pods

From The Manufacturer

Maximizing your personal audio experience has never been easier than with SONY ZX-Series Monitor headphones. Built with comfort and performance in mind, there’s no need to compromise. 30 mm driver units deliver full, balanced sound for a complete listening experience from 12 - 22,000 Hz. Compact for portability yet affording listening flexibility, the swivel, folding earpads let you enjoy music in many ways. The durable, 1.2 m y-type cable resists snags and tangles so you can get caught up in your music, not your cord. Maximizing your personal audio experience has never been easier than with SONY ZX-Series Monitor headphones. Built with comfort and performance in mind, there's no need to compromise.

Overall Product Rankings

Sony MDRZX110 ZX Series Stereo Headphones
2. Sony MDRZX110 ZX Series Stereo Headphones
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 9
Bose SoundLink II Around Ear Wireless Headphones
4. Bose SoundLink II Around Ear Wireless Headphones
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 9
Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones
6. Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 10
Sennheiser RS 165 RF Wireless Headphones
8. Sennheiser RS 165 RF Wireless Headphones
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 4
Sony H900N Hi-Res Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones
9. Sony H900N Hi-Res Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 3
Sony MDRZX110NC Noise Cancelling Headphones
11. Sony MDRZX110NC Noise Cancelling Headphones
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 9
HyperX KHX-H3CL/WR Cloud Gaming Headphones
12. HyperX KHX-H3CL/WR Cloud Gaming Headphones
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 8
Plantronics BackBeat GO 410 Wireless Headphones
18. Plantronics BackBeat GO 410 Wireless Headphones
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On

Headphones are huge right now. Music fans, gaming buffs and podcast aficionados spent more than $9.5 billion dollars on them in 2016, and that number is projected to balloon to $13.8 billion in the next seven years.

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There are multiple styles of headphones. Earbuds, on-ear and over-ear headphones are the three most popular types, and they’re all available in wired and wireless versions. If you’re intimidated by the number of options you’re seeing online or in the electronics aisle, there are a number of ways to narrow down the choices and find the best headphones for your needs.

“The most important factor to consider when shopping for headphones is the environment it’s going to be used in,” says music and video producer Calvin West.

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At the gym? At home? On the train? For example, if you’ll be outdoors a lot or wearing the headphones on the bus while you commute to work, consider headphones with noise-canceling properties, West suggests.

Earbuds, or in-ear headphones, sit just inside your ear canal. Soft silicone tips fit snugly inside your ears, and some models come with different sizes for a customized fit. Other models have secure-fit eartips that create a stronger seal in your ear canal for a more secure fit.

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Earbuds are available in standard wired versions, wireless versions (which connect around the back of your neck with a small wire but do not need to connect to your device with a wire), and true wireless versions (where both earbuds operate independently with no wires at all).

On-ear headphones, which are sometimes called supra-aural headphones, are larger, with soft ear cups made from real or synthetic leather. They sit on top of your ears and allow more sound in while you’re listening, which makes them great for times when you want to listen to music without completely canceling out surrounding sounds. They’re also more lightweight and portable than heftier, full-coverage over-ear headphones.

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Over-ear headphones enclose your entire ear in soft ear cups. They’re the largest headphone option, and they boast advanced features like noise cancellation and higher sound quality than other types of headphones. They’re great for wearing indoors while you’re focused on work, playing video games or enjoying high-definition sound on your smart TV. They tend to be a bit bulky to take with you when you’re commuting, but the total noise cancellation option makes them great for long flights.

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Some over-ear headphone models have active noise cancellation as well as ambient sound modes for different listening scenarios. Other types of over-ear headphones come with a transmitter that connects to your home audio or entertainment system for a more robust digital listening experience.

DWYM Fun Fact

You owe your favorite pair of headphones a salute. The first pair of modern audio headphones were picked up by the U.S. Navy in 1910 after being repeatedly rejected by private sector investors. Mormon inventor and engineer Nathaniel Baldwin invented them on his kitchen table; the Navy’s eventual investment made him a rich man. They ordered 100 pairs and sparked a headphone revolution. Unfortunately, Baldwin never patented them, so the German company Bayerdynamic made some serious cash when they created the first pair for home enjoyment in 1937. Baldwin also wound up bankrupt after using his payout from the Navy to make a less-than-sound investment in the Mormon polygamous movement. Whoops!

The Buying Guide

  • If you’re picking out new headphones, the first order of business is choosing between wired and wireless. Wired headphones are generally more reliable, since they don’t rely on a Bluetooth connection to connect you to your music, but wireless technology is quickly catching up. You can get more bang for your buck in terms of sound quality with wired headphones, too, and you’ll never have to worry about your wired headphones running out of battery. However, the freedom of wireless headphones outweighs their downsides for many people, and high-end styles have up to 20 hours of battery life per charge.
  • Next up: what activities will you be doing while you wear your headphones? Gym rats will benefit from earbud styles. Their cone-shaped silicone tips fit securely in your ears, staying in place during very active sweat sessions. Plus, the in-line mic and volume control helps you answer calls or switch songs without fumbling with your phone. If you’re relying on headphones to help you focus while working from home or enjoying your favorite music, a pair of plush over-ear headphones can provide premium sound and comfort with active noise cancellation.
  • How portable do you need your headphones to be? Earbuds are lightweight and fit into a purse, pocket or briefcase, but wireless and true wireless versions are easier to lose. If you’re not planning on taking your headphones far from home, on-ear or over-ear options make more sense; you can enjoy their superior sound quality without worrying about hefting them around.
  • If you’re going to drop your hard-earned cash on headphones, you’ll want to take steps to care for them to keep the music playing. Wired headphones need cable care; you’ll want to wind up the cable and secure it with a twist tie or velcro rope while not in use. Make sure you don’t leave your headphones in areas where it becomes extremely hot or cold (like inside your car during chilly winter days or hot summer nights). Those temperatures can damage the internal audio components.
  • Keeping your headphones clean also contributes to their life span. Earbud-style headphones need special attention since wax buildup can affect sound quality and hygiene. Removing the silicone ear tips, rinsing them with warm water, and drying them with a soft cloth should be part of their regular maintenance. All types of headphones should be wiped with a damp, clean cloth and dried if they’re exposed to excessive sweat or moisture. Make sure to keep your charging port clear of crumbs and debris for reliable charging, and store on-ear and over-ear headphones in a hard case when they’re not in use.