by Leo Jakobson | September 06, 2016
Sony Electronics has announced a new flagship for its line of over-ear noise-canceling headphones.

The MDR-1000X wireless, noise-canceling headphones "are not just Sony's best-ever noise-canceling headphones," said Dunja LaRosa, director and head of mobile audio at Sony Electronics, in a statement. "They are also great looking, and most importantly, fantastic sounding headphones worthy of the Sony name and tradition."

On the technology side, the MDR-1000X line features a number of industry leading noise-cancellation advancements, the company said, including signal processing that has upgraded the filtration of external sounds, improved dual noise sensor technology, and new ear pads.

Sony's new Sense Engine allows the user to personalize the noise-cancellation, using factors such as head shape and how they are worn (based on things like whether the user has glasses, which have arms that go under the ear pads). 

In addition to Bluetooth wireless capability, the MDR-1000X has an optional audio wire. This, along with the company's S-Master HX amplifier, will support high-resolution audio. And Sony's new LDAC audio coding technology triples the data transferred via the Bluetooth connection, making high resolution audio available wirelessly. In addition, the MDR-1000X is the first of Sony's headphones to include its Digital Sound Enhancement Engine, allowing them to upscale compressed music formats like the MP3 and AAC files that are common on smartphones and other portable music players to near high-resolution audio quality, the company said. 

A new "quick attention" mode allows listeners to disable the noise cancellation briefly -- for example when a flight attendant comes by to take drink orders -- by simply placing a hand on the shell of the headphones. An "ambient sound mode" allows surrounding noises to come through -- useful when one is walking or jogging on a street with car traffic. 

The MDR-1000X has a swivel and fold design so it can be packed in a flat carrying case, comes with an audio and a separate power wire, and has a battery life of up to 20 hours, Sony said. It will be available on Oct. 1 with a suggested retail price of $399.99. for more information, contact Sony Premium Incentive Sales.