Sony MDR-ZX500 review

Cheap Sony headphones offer value but not much cheer

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  • Cheap
  • Light
  • Comfortable


  • Poor bass
  • Poor treble
  • Muddy midrange

How much should you spend on a pair of headphones?

It's a tricky question to answer because generally speaking, the more you spend, the better the product.

There are exceptions of course – Beats by Dr. Dre headphones are stupidly expensive and do not deliver proportional levels of sound quality – but on the whole the trend holds firm.

So do these Sony MDR-ZX500 headphones offer a decent dollop of audio fidelity, or are they just another also-ran pair of cans for the undiscerning ear?

Sadly, they fall into the latter category.

The ZX500's are cheap, they look good, they're nice and light and they sound better than those bundled buds.

But they're no star performers. All audio is squeezed uncompromisingly into the murky midrange, with little on offer in the way of fidelity at high or low frequencies. Your music can sound a lot better, and for not much more money, either.

So if you're looking to replace some bundled white iPod earphones with an over-ear alternative and don't want to splash the cash, the ZX500's will find a good home with you. But if you need more, you're going to need to spend a little more money.


Tech Specs

Product TypeHeadphone
Earpiece DesignOver-the-head
Earpiece TypeBinaural
Driver Size40 mm
Minimum Frequency Response8 Hz
Maximum Frequency Response25 kHz
Connector PlatingGold Plated
Connectivity TechnologyWired
Brand NameSony
Form FactorEar-cup
Sound ModeStereo
Host InterfaceMini-phone
Cable Length1.20 m
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
FeaturesNoise Isolation
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelMDR-ZX500
Product NameMDR-ZX500 Headphone
Impedance70 Ohm
Manufacturer Part NumberMDRZX500B.AE
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Enjoy crisp, clear music tracks comfortably on the move with the MDR-ZX500 headphones. Besides being able to reproduce vocal and instrumental sound with vivid audio clarity, precise mid and treble tones as well as good bass, the headphone also features improved noise isolation earpads.

Weight (Approximate)180 g