If you’re talking about big brands in the headphone industry, it’s outrightly impossible to keep Sony by the side. They’re not just big names, but with headphones like the WH-1000XM4 and the WF-1000XM3, they also show that they bring a lot of quality too. However, superior sound quality almost always comes at a steep price. And there are people who will comfortably splash out any amount to have the best sounds filtering into their ears. If you’re not a DJ, a music producer, or a music afficionado of any kind, then it’s understandable if you want to stick to the low curve in headphone costs. In which case, the Sony MDR ZX310AP comes in as one of the best choices out there. For just under $25, you can be the proud owner of one of these headphones, and they come in a variety of colors, so you can choose whichever suits your fancy.
However, it’s not enough to just own one. You’ve got to use it too, and therein lies the million-dollar question. Can the MDR ZX310AP stand among other headphones in terms of sound for its price rate? Or did it throw quality out the window in return for affordability?
All these and more are what we attempt to uncover in this review. So, sit tight. You’re in for a short and revealing ride.
Before we commence with a comprehensive review, let’s take a look at the specs of the Sony MDR ZX310AP.
Specifications of the Sony MDR ZX310AP
- Headphone Type: Wired
- Colors: Black, White
- Driver Diameter: 30 mm
- Frequency Response: 10 – 24,000 Hz
- Impedance: 24 ohms
- Sensitivity: 98 dB
- Weight: 125 g
- Cable Length: 120 cm
Who Its For
The Sony MDR ZX310AP is a great pick if you’re the type to swallow music without spice or flavor. It may not have the crispiness or acuteness in the high, mid or low-frequency ranges, but it’s a green light if you want a headphone that performs quite well for headphones at its price range.
The Sony MDR ZX310AP is also perfect if you want a second pair of headphones. It doesn’t bring too much to the table, but it delivers sound on a pretty balanced scale and can be an excellent backup option for your more expensive headphones.
At 125 grams, the Sony MDR ZX310AP is one of the lightest headphones out there. But that doesn’t come without a cost. To achieve such lightweight, the MDR ZX310AP has an all-out plastic build, which includes the headband. Thankfully, the headband won’t get to hurt your head because of the headphone’s overall weight. Regardless, the plastic design says a lot about the strength of the MDR ZX310AP. You’d definitely not want to handle it physically like you would a $100 headphone.
In addition to that, the earcups have a light pleather padding. The cable isn’t removable, and by touching it alone, you kind of feel the lack of strength in it, like it was made out of the same cheap build as the rest of the headphone. However, it does do its job and, with proper handling, will last longer than expected. There’s a single button along the cable, which can be used for controls.
The Sony MDR ZX310AP’s mojo for comfort is it’s lightweight. Had it been heavier, it would have been an absolute no-no. The thin padding on the earcups and the absence of any at all on the headband means that at some point, you’d start feeling really uncomfortable. However, this is eliminated due to how light the MDR ZX310AP weighs.
The MDR ZX310AP may not tick any special bells when it comes to portability, but it does better than most headphones within its price range. The lightweight design means that you can carry it on your neck when taking a walk and not feel a thing at all. The earcups also have hinges that allow it to fold inwards. This will come in handy when you need to carry the headphone in a bag.
Listening to music on the MDR ZX310AP requires a working 3.5 mm audio jack. Unfortunately, if you want wireless or NFC, this headphone won’t give it to you. It’s just not built for it. But, hey, what music device doesn’t come with an audio jack? The Sony MDR ZX310AP’s cable ensures that you can listen to music with any device, anywhere.
If you want a device that you can count on every single minute of every day, you’d want to get your hands on the Sony MDR ZX310AP now. Unlike other headphones, this one doesn’t have to visit the socket. If you’re up for it, you can have it on you every single second of a 30-day boat cruise. It can take you longer than that, and all you have to do is plug it into a 3.55 mm audio jack.
The Sony MDR ZX310AP may not deliver an exciting punch with its bass sound, but you will get to hear it while listening to music. However, with certain low frequency and high-frequency sounds, it tends to go all over the place, losing concentration and clarity. But the lack of clarity doesn’t punch you in the gut, and it can easily become part of the background if you don’t pay too much attention to acute sonar qualities and just get into the music.
The midrange doesn’t deliver anything spectacular or thrilling. Sounds at midrange frequency rather come off as flat, lacking that pristine quality that you’d get from more expensive headphones; emphasis on expensive. However, the MDR ZX310AP’s sound won’t bore you to death. It may not give your heart an extra pump, but it won’t suck out the life either.
Pros and Cons
- Doesn’t need charging
- Bass can get quite fuzzy
- Mid-range is not clearly defined
- Cheap Plastic
While the Sony MDR ZX310AP may not tick any of the high and lofty boxes people dream about, it’s not an awful product, especially not for under $25. It gives you more than your money’s worth and is never a burden, even to your ears.