Performance Build Quality Comfort Value PRICE $300 AT A GLANCE Plus Sweet mids, solid bass Super comfortable Sporty look Minus Reticent highs Plastic construction THE VERDICT These full-size headphones are comfortable, sweet sounding, and suitable for portable signal sources. Some companies jump into the now-trendy headphone category on a wing and a prayer. Sony, on the other hand, is the steward of Sony Music and the master of numerous audio product categories, including a long history in headphones. So a set of midpriced ’phones from Sony raises high hopes. With the MDR-1R, they are largely fulfilled. I like these headphones, not because they’re perfect, but because they feel right.