Sony Headphones, Earphones, and IEMs


What Are Some of the Best Sony Headphones?

Many an audiophile today would say that Sony makes some of the best headphones on the market, and we at Moon Audio agree! Sony headphones have certainly evolved over the years. From the first MDR-3 Walkman headphones in 1979 to the latest in High-Resolution Audio technology, Sony has cemented itself among the world's best audiophile headphones. From wireless headphones and earbuds with Active Noise Cancelation (ANC) to traditional over-the-ear wired headsets, Sony manufacturers a variety of on-ear and in-ear options for a range of audio tastes and budgets. When choosing a pair of Sony headphones or earphones, you need to consider your listening goals and ergonomic scenarios.

  • Is convenience of utmost importance to you?
  • Will you be listening at home, on the go, or both?
  • Are you looking for a noise canceling headphone?
  • Do you want a wireless headphone with Bluetooth connectivity?

Once you determine the best headphone type for you, then you can think about the secondary features and/or bells and whistles that you desire.  

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Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

Discover industry-leading noise cancelation that lets you hear every word, every note ... regardless of your environment. The WH-1000XM5 features additional microphones that assist in isolating sound for a reproduction of even more mid and high-frequency sounds. To maximize noise-canceling performance, these headphones incorporate two technologies: A personal noise-canceling optimizer, designed specifically for you, and Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing, designed specifically for air travel. With Sony's proprietary LDAC codec, which transmits about three times more data than conventional Bluetooth, you'll enjoy high-resolution audio content in exceptional quality, as close as possible to that of a dedicated wired connection.

Sound signature: Fun

Good for: Rock and Roll, Rap, EMD, R&B, Pop

Dragon Cable Recommendation: Silver Dragon Portable Headphone Cable. This cable will provide tons of detail, great energy, and a fantastic soundstage with lots of air.

Key features:

  • Industry-leading noise cancellation
  • Premium sound
  • Up to 32 hours of battery life
  • Smart Listening Technology
  • Ambient Sound Control
  • Touch-sensitive control features

Sony WF-1000XM4 Wireless Noise Cancelling Earbuds

An exceptional listening experience that’s tailored just for you. The WF-1000XM4 True Wireless earbuds take industry-leading noise cancelling and audio quality to the next level. Made to fit every ear, they offer a personalized experience that adjusts to every situation. Everything in the WF-1000XM4 has been designed from the ground up, such as the new Integrated Processor V1, specially developed by Sony, that cancels more noise than ever; a new driver unit with more performance; noise-sensing microphones; and innovative Noise Isolation Earbud Tips with a more stable fit. They sound so good, you just might think you're listening to full-size headphones.

  • Industry-leading noise cancelation
  • Exceptional sound quality
  • Speak-to-Chat
  • Superior Call Quality
  • Water resistance
  • 8 hours of battery life

Sound signature: Fun

Good for: Rock and Roll, Rap, EMD, R&B, Pop

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Sony MDR-Z1R Premium Headphones

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The Sony MDR-Z1R Premium Headphones combine cutting-edge technology with the finest craftsmanship, for the ultimate listening experience. The newly developed diaphragm with magnesium dome and liquid crystal polymer edge enables up to 120-kHz playback in High-Resolution Audio. The result is unparalleled sound purity and precision.

Key features:

  • High-Resolution Audio compatible
  • Responsive magnesium dome with liquid crystal polymer-edge diaphragm for clarity
  • Resonance-free housing
  • Silver-coated oxygen-free copper cables
  • Ergonomic sheepskin earpads

Sound signature: V-shaped, bass-heavy

Good for: Rock and Roll, Rap, EMD, R&B, Pop

Dragon Cable Recommendation: Silver Dragon Premium Headphone Cable for Sony. This cable will provide tons of details, great energy, and a fantastic soundstage with lots of air.

Sony IER-Z1R Earphones


Hear astonishingly faithful sound reproduction with the IER-Z1R Signature Series Premium Hi-Res in-ear headphones. A custom high-resolution HD hybrid driver system and refined-phase structure, along with the sonic purity of a 0.17" balanced audio connection, elevate your listening experience to the one you can feel.

Key features:

  • Optimized for High-Resolution Audio reproduction
  • HD hybrid driver system (2 dynamic/1 Balanced Armature)
  • Refined-phase structure for extensive sound
  • 0.17" balanced, and conventional 0.14", connection cables supplied

Sound signature: Fun, clear, resolving

Good for: All genres



Sony IER-M9 In-Ear Monitors

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Discover a new realm of musical expression. On stage, the IER-M9 in-ear monitor headphones authentically reproduce raw emotion and musical nuance. With a Penta Balanced Armature system including magnesium super tweeter, integrated magnesium inner housing and an optimized sound path, these stage monitor headphones faithfully reproduce even the most subtle sounds and emotions.

Key features:

  • Penta BA system
  • Magnesium diaphragm super tweeter
  • Sony's original design BA Driver Units
  • Light and durable magnesium outer housing
  • Pre-formed ear hanger for stable fit

Sound signature: Balanced, resolving.

Good for: Classical, jazz, folk, blues, classic/acoustic rock.

Sony | Headphones Connect App

Customize your Sony headphones by using the Headphones Connect app, available for iOS and Android. Quickly connect to your iPhone or Android phone, and everyday music becomes even more enjoyable. When you connect the smartphone (with the “Sony | Headphones Connect” app installed) and the headset via the Bluetooth function, you can do the following:

  • Easy pairing
  • Display the remaining battery life of the headset
  • Display the Bluetooth connection codec
  • Adjust the noise canceling function and Ambient Sound Mode (ambient sound control)
  • Use auto adjustment of the noise canceling function by behavior recognition (Adaptive Sound Control)
  • NC Optimizer (Optimizing the noise canceling function)
  • Change the sound localization
  • Select the sound effect mode (Surround (VPT))
  • Select the Equalizer setting
  • Customize the Equalizer setting
  • Switch the sound quality mode by setting the Bluetooth connection mode
  • Set the DSEE HX (completion for high-range sound) function
  • Change the function of the NC/AMBIENT button
  • Auto power off setting
  • Adjust volume
  • Play music/ pause, fast-reverse/ fast-forward
  • Check the connection status and the settings of the headset
  • Check the headset software version
  • Headset software update
  • Switch the voice guidance language
  • Voice guidance on/off setting
  • Touch sensor control panel on/off setting

The operation of the “Sony | Headphones Connect” app depends on the audio device. The app specifications and screen design may change without prior notice.