The Sony MDR-ZX110NC are mediocre headphones that have decent audio reproduction and don't leak much sound. Sadly, they feel cheaply made and poorly isolate listeners from ambient noise. They don't fair well in loud environments and also have no control options for your audio, which is disappointing.
- Decent audio reproduction.
- Minimal leakage.
- Flimsy build.
- Poor noise isolation.
- Unstable fit; easily falls off your head.
The MDR-ZX110 are lightweight, decent-looking headphones. Unfortunately, they are not durable or stable on the head. Their all-plastic design is a little cheap and poorly padded, and they do not offer any control over your audio. On the upside, they are not too tight on the head which adds a little to their comfort level.
The MDR-ZX110NC are decent-looking headphones but offer nothing remarkable with their style. They have a matte all-black color scheme. The ear cups have a stylized back cover that adds a little more flair to the design. These headphones won't stand out, but their understated style will work for some.
The MDR-ZX110 have a lightweight design, and the headband does not exert too much pressure on the ears. However, the lack of padding on the headband and the slightly stiff ear cups that do not swivel, make these headphones a little uncomfortable. Also, the small ear cups of the on-ear design might not be for everyone.
These headphones do not deliver a stable fit. They will easily slip off your during high-intensity activities like jumping and running. They don't apply enough pressure to maintain their position when you tilt your head. The audio cables are also non-detachable, which will pull the headphones of your head if they get caught on something.
The Sony MDR-ZX110NC are above-average portable on-ear headphones. They conveniently fold up into a much more compact format and can easily be carried around in a bag and will fit in some larger pockets. However, they are not as small as some other on-ear models headphones and will still feel a little cumbersome for some listeners.
The build quality of the MDR-ZX110 is below-average. The all-plastic design and thin headband looks cheap and does not feel durable. The headband might snap under moderate physical stress, and the unique hinge mechanisms are additional weak points to an already fragile design. The ear cups, on the other hand, are relatively dense, which is a plus.
The MDR-ZX110NC have a decent sound reproduction. Instruments and vocals are at the forefront of the mix and sound forward. Unfortunately, they lack a bit clarity and can sound sharp with some tracks. Bass is missing a little low-end rumble, which fans of bass-heavy music may find disappointing. Harmonic distortion is somewhat noticeable but shouldn't be a significant issue.
Average performance. These headphones lack low-bass, which is responsible for the thump and rumble of kicks and low-frequency effects. The bump in high bass tends to muddy up the sound a little bit.
Decent performance. The response is mostly flat, but overemphasized by about 3dB, making the sound of these headphones mid rangy and boxy.
Poor and inconsistent performance. The dip surrounding 5KHz negatively affects the clarity and intelligibility of vocals/leads. The 10dB bump at 8KHz tends to make the sound sibilant and too sharp.
Decent distortion results. At 90dB SPL the overall amount of harmonic distortion is low, except for the bass region. At 100dB SPL there is a general rise in distortion which remains within good limits, again except for the bass range.
Noise isolation is weak. These headphones barely cancel ambient noise and would not fair well in loud environments. Their active isolation is not sufficient for the level of noise involved in commuting or traveling. On the upside, they won't disturb the people around you even at high volumes because they don't leak much.
Poor isolation. The active noise cancelling on these headphones does very little, failing to achieve more than 3dB of isolation at any point. The passive isolation is also subpar, starting to isolate at around 400Hz, maxing out at 26dB of isolation at 4KHz which is still below average.
Good leakage performance. The majority of the leakage is happening above 1KHz which is good. In addition, the overall level of the leakage is also low. Listening to music at loud volumes should not be an issue in most situations.
The ZX110NC only have noise canceling as an active feature. This makes them less versatile for other use cases except as noise canceling headphones, as they lack both wireless features or an app, to enhance and customize their sound. On the upside, the AAA cell delivers an excellent 87 hours of continuous playback, which is ideal for road trips without needing to change the batteries throughout the day.
The MDR-ZX110NC have very long battery life that will easily deliver a weekend's worth of continuous playback. They use a AAA battery but thanks to the long battery life you won't have to swap out the battery as often. Unfortunately, they have no power saving features, but on the upside, they can be used passively when the battery runs out.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Sony MDR-ZX110NC Headphones
- Airline adapter
- AAA Battery