Sony MDR-ZX110 Headphone Review

Inexpensive headphone with expensive sound

5 Dan Ahn 2015-01-14

Sony MDR-ZX110 Headphone Review

Sony MDR-ZX110 Headphone costs less than $20 and it sounds amazing, and even better than many > $100 headphones I’ve tried. This on-ear headphone comes with a 30mm driver and is able to produce surprisingly pleasant and deep bass while delivering clear treble. I opted for a black one without a microphone but you can get either black or white, with or without a built in mic. You won’t believe me until you try it on yourself!

I try not to judge a book by its cover but man, this packaging was so flimsy, but extremely easy to rip open with minimal waste to recycle. It doesn’t say much except for a fineprint that says “Powerful, high quality sound”. We’ll get there in a bit.

Sony MDR-ZX110 Headphone 1

The headphone features a swivel design that folds flat for portability. The entire headphone is made out of somewhat cheap feeling plastic, but the glossy and circular sides add a nice effect. The headphone jack isn’t gold plated by the way, some of you might care about that.

Sony MDR-ZX110 Headphone 2

The construction of the headphone is very intuitive, and you’ll open up the cups like…

Sony MDR-ZX110 Headphone 3

this, voila. As you would expect, you can adjust the length of the band to fit your head. I found the range of lengths to be perfect, still with extra length to spare for my head that came with 6′ 1″ body. You can also see that it comes with a Y-type cord. While I personally prefer a one sided cord for less interferance, its tangle-free material makes up for it.

Sony MDR-ZX110 Headphone 4

When you put on the headphone, it honestly feels like any other on-ear headphone at first. Its lightweight body doesn’t put any pressure on top of my head, and sits as expected with some padding as you can see. As long as you don’t go running with it, I could see this to last long before wearing out.

Sony MDR-ZX110 Headphone 5

Now, how’s the sound quality? Listening to some pop songs at first left me speechless, and couldn’t believe how such a cheap headphone could deliver the bass and clear vocal I was hearing. I won’t tell you that it sounds as good as the Sony MDR-V6 Studio Monitor Headphone that I also have, but it sounds quite amazing for its value. The 30 mm driver is able to produce not just noticeable but pleasant bass.

Sony MDR-ZX110 Headphone 6

I’ve said it enough but this Sony MDR-ZX110 Headphone sounds incredible with rich bass. Maybe I expected much less from an inexpensive headphone, but Sony did a great job with this headphone that doesn’t disappoint with its sound. If I were a kid or had any kids, I would totally get a black one for a boy and white one for a girl, but I’d definitely recommend this to everyone!

Buy on Amazon (Black: $14.85 / White: $14.36)

+ Amazing sound for the price
+ Affordable
+ Lightweight
+ Folds flat, easily portable

– Plastic may feel cheap
– No carrying pouch or case

  • Red

    Thanks, good review

  • Rico S Mario Melchert

    Thanks. Getting a pair to go with the white look of the PSVR. I have the pulse and 2.0 but that might be to much wight on the head.

    • It’s very light and may even feel cheap to some people, but hey, at this price point, it’s great.

  • Leo Zen

    Tested with just bass-heavy songs? Nothing about the mids and highs?

    • I’d consider this budget headphone to be good overall, and vocals are pretty clear. The only reason I mentioned about the bass is because I expected it to be very flat but surprised me for a < $20 headphone.

  • Aditya Irawan

    Just like what you write here, this one really gives a nice impression to me.
    I like songs with female vocals and this one does the job really well.

    • I personally don’t use it as my main headphone but would recommend it highly to those who are on budget :)

  • usandthem

    Do these headphones cancel out other noise? I need some for the gym to cancel out the god awful music they play in there!

    • Unfortunately, this isn’t a noise cancelling headphone and you will hear other noises. Noise cancelling ones tend to be more expensive but here’s my favorite noise cancelling one by Bose: and for being active on the go, I prefer Jaybird:

  • Ashish Kolwar

    Can I use it during workout without any worries?

    • Sure you can, but it’s not water resistant so you might not want to sweat on it too much. But this headphone is so cheap that it won’t hurt your wallet much :)

  • MO2PKU

    do you still use it? any problems? getting this because of the price and many good reviews.

    • I’ve been using my speakers to listen to the music lately but it’s definitely a keeper considering how affordable it is. Still works well without any issues, I’d pick one up :)

  • I love my new pair! Just amazing value as stated.