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- Hear the difference with massive 70 mm HD drivers, enjoy full range sound up to 120Khz frequency response, hear music at its best with Hi-Res Audio compatibility.Connectivity Technology: Wired
- Keep sound Stable with a resonance-free, all-metal Housing, smooth sound at all frequencies with a Fibonacci-patterned grill, ergonomic Ear pad design
- Beta titanium headband, genuine leather headband, separated ground cable, silver-coated OFC, made in Japan
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Hear the difference with massive 70mm HD drivers
Capture every note and nuance with the pure sound of a dynamic, closed-back circumaural design with 70mm HD Drivers. The 70mm HD drivers are improved with a newly developed Liquid Crystal Polymer diaphragm and magnesium dome, that dramatically reduces spatial resonance. The result is unparalleled sound purity and precision.
Enjoy full range sound up to 120kHz frequency response
The extended frequency response— spanning 4 Hz to 120 kHz—is designed for today's broad variety of music styles. The 4 Hz low end of the frequency range offers more than enough latitude for even the deepest sub-bass notes. At the 120 kHz high-end, you’ll be able to enjoy vocal melodies, subtle audio harmonics and tonality, giving your music more life and realism.
Hear music at it best with High-Res Audio
Take your digital music collection to another level with High-Resolution Audio that gets you closer to the original studio master recording so you can enjoy your music just as the artist intended.
Keep the sound pure
Filter out unnecessary noise with the resonance-free housing. A special acoustic paper filter (developed using Canadian softwood fibers and formed using the Japanese paper technique of Washi) controls the air resistance and eliminates any reverberations produced by driver movement, so that only clean, crisp frequencies get through.
Smooth sound at all frequencies
Fibonacci-patterned grills reproduce the intended sound properties smoothly at all frequencies.
Listen in cushioned comfort
The ergonomically crafted headphones are designed to comfortably encase your head in sound; preventing any from leaking and effectively delivering powerful lows. The genuine sheepskin ear pads cushion your ears in luxurious softness.
Enjoy lightweight luxury
The titanium and leather headband is flexible and light, yet durable, for a more natural over ear fit. Beta titanium has high elasticity which will return to its original shape even when bent. Genuine leather adds sturdiness and comfort.
Ensure superior sound quality with a separated ground cable
The newly developed 4.4Φ balanced connection cable separates left and right sound signals, while minimizing signal transmission loss and resulting sound deterioration. The result is smoother high frequencies and superior sound quality.
Minimize resistance and signal loss with silver-coated OFC cables
The MDR-Z1R uses silver-coated oxygen-free copper cables, designed to minimize resistance and signal-transmission loss. The result is less sound degradation, finer detail and smoother treble sounds.
Engineered and crafted in Japan
Sony products made in Japan are synonymous with absolute quality and performance, and the MDR-Z1R headphones are no exception. They are lovingly crafted with only the finest components and manufacturing techniques; resulting in exceptional sound quality.
Enfolding design structure
The enfolding design is tailored to wrap around the ear, sealing music in and keeping distractions out. Acoustics are reflected back towards your ears for the subtlest of sounds.
Hard case for storage
The headphones and accompanying cables come presented in a stylish storage case, with separated compartments and a luxury satin lining.
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|Item Dimensions||6.22 x 8.56 x 9.28 in||2.92 x 7.29 x 9.81 in||5 x 5 x 5 in||6.3 x 8.6 x 9.2 in||8.67 x 9.45 x 4.33 in||9 x 12 x 12 in|
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Compromise nothing with Our signature Series Hi-Res audio headphones that deliver up to 120Khz frequency response, industry-leading sound design and the highest quality materials for an unmatched listening experience.
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Still, this might be as closest as Sony got to the R10/CD3000 in recent years... Are they very good sonically? Yes. Are they good enough to surpass the old classic or even justify the current MSRP cost? I'm not sure yet... I'll tell you in a few days. But whoa... have I mentioned how outstanding they are in materials/assembly?
Will leave it at 5/5 for optimism and adjust down if sound doesn't live up to the rest.
[EDIT] After three weeks of ownership, raised score to 95/100. Opinion is as follows:
-Outstanding build quality. Top notch materials and machining/assembly. Super simple design, nothing added beyond what is necessary for sound. No decoration, no useless plastic, nothing. Function over form. Even the case is very well built, wood frame, about 5kg.
-Excellent soundstage/imaging/positioning for closed cans. This is the closed cousin of the the HD800[S] in sense of space.
-Great sound isolation (Truly closed, not semi, which can be a plus in some scenarios). Despite that, they still sound airy and resonance is very low.
-Nice thin, light cable, not microphonic, nice ridges and great grip. No need for 2kg cables (cof-cof-Utopia-cof)
-Sweet,sweet mid-range.Not laid back but not in-your-face. Diana Krall on DSD sounds natural and captivating.
-Higher mids and treble are on the warm side but still excellent resolution. All the detail is there without being sibilant or harsh.
-Tight, punchy bass with great extension. Not a silly bloated Z7. Combined with the previous darkish-tonality and soundstaging you get a signature that does give a sense of live speakers. Massive Attack's Blue Lines? Check. Hotel California? Check. Chemical Brothers? Check. Telarc's classical and opera? All Chesky binaural recordings? Check. and so on and on...
-Very easy to drive. Impedance/sensitivity help. No need to spend 30-100% of the headphones cost in amping.
-Comfort is excellent, they fit and feel lighter. Despite a sense of warm up normal with leather pads, they're flawless.
-Despite high quality, bass can be fatiguing in some tracks. They're very rare but I hit a few, "few" as in single digit amount. They're great on jazz, classical, pop, rock and pretty much anything without an insanely bloated bass mastering. Fleetwood Mac's "Rhiannon" Live is a negative exception, it's like a punch in the face when the bass guitar enters at around 1:30s. But I didn't experience that bass fatigue with many tracks, the deep sub-bass extension on Massive Attack's "Unfinished Sympathy"? No problem! It sounds tight and precise, just right. The murderous sub-bass on "Why So Serious"of the Dark Knight OST, that makes many headphones pop and die...Just perfect, a visceral thump that is a close to full-size speaker sound as you're going to get with headphones.
-Soundstage is airy and holographic but still not as good as on the HD800/HD800S. But good luck finding closed headphones that match those...
-Just realized I don't have enough complaints, so I'll complain about the price and say that these should be landing in the 1.6-1.7K bracket for perfection. What else.. hmmm, you might want a slightly brighter sound if that's your style, but I usually prefer very bright signatures and still enjoy the Z1R a lot.
Put Chesky's Macy Gray's "Stripped" or Melissa Menago's "Little Crimes" albums playing in these and you will see how amazing they are. The level of detail in both is fantastic, bass, mids, treble just right. The airy sense of the recordings, the great positioning and layering. All there. In fact, I recommend these two Chesky albums to any audiophile who wants to test gear.
-95/100. I'm taking the other 5% because I do prefer a bright sound in general and these are bright, but could be a tiny bit brighter to please my old ears. They are good, very very good. MDR-CD3000/MDR-R10 level of good? I think so, if you get past the aura of untouchable godliness of the R10, these are a totally modernized superior new tool (this has been admitted by the designer of the R10, now mentoring one of the Z1R designers). The only question is if they're worth the full MSRP price. Maybe.
-I'd recommend these for any type of music that isn't very bass-heavy naturally, and from that I mean ridiculously poorly mastered super bassy.
[Disclaimer] All photos are of my set and I didn't get anything for this review except spending my own money. Ah. That's how reviews sound better.
The design and comfort is absolutely top notch as well.
Note, if you prefer headphones with very strong highs/treble, these are not for you. The treble is accurate, yet laid back compared to other headphones which seem to need to shoot the treble in to your ears in the guise of being 'high resolution'.
Sony really stepped it up in all respects with their Z1R headphones. They're made in an in-house artisan department within Sony as well, not mass produced.
Comprehensive but not complete list of all headphones I own and have owned:
Shozy Zero earbuds
Apple Ear Pods (hate them for music, only use for phone calls/podcasts)
Focal Utopia (loaner)
Sennheiser HD800 S
Cardas A8 Ear Speakers
AKG K702 65th Anniversary Edition
Cardas Ear Speakers
V-Moda Crossfade M100
Accidentally Extraordinary 51st Studio
BeyerDynamic DT880 Premium
Ultrasone Pro 900 S
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