Summary: So here is my review of the MDR-1R.
Its a good looking headphone. nothing to complain about. It is by far my best looking headphone, but that is easy to do :)
The build is good, solid feeling and not a flimsy feeling piece of plastic. There are a few issues though:
First the jack on the headphone to accept the cable has no means of locking the cable in or preventing it from getting slack, So make sure that you don't change the cable constantly,...
Pros: Good overall sound. Clear mids and clean treble with the Blu Tack mod
Cons: Bass has a little upper bass bump and lacks some extension, Mids are a bit forward, Hinge and wind noise issues are present on the go.
Just as a disclaimer, everything mentioned in this review pertains strictly to the headphone POST dynamat mod- this is not a comparison nor a review of the original headphones.
If curious about the dynamat mod, refer to this thread:
So, having owned these headphones for a while (200+ hours approximately) I felt it was time for a review.
Summary: OK, I have an "almost complete" impressions of the MDR-1R. If you guys are ok with something that's almost, but not completely done, here you go. sNaturally I'll be padding this post and updating it as I complete it and will inform readers of the update :-
Notes: No unboxing pix. Go see Jude's Gallery for it's unboxing.
Comfort And Design
These are extremely comfortable headphones. Probably the most comfortable headphone I've ever worn.
Pros: One of the most comfortable circumaural headphones
Cons: Feels fragile for its price, SQ is decent but strong competition for the same price
Summary: I've listened to these for ~30 hours now, and despite them being a little warmer than I expected I've come to really appreciate their easy going sound signature. The mid-bass is a little pronounced, but it's enjoyable rather than overwhelming - I certainly wouldn't describe them as a bass-head 'phone.
Despite the warm sound signature, there's still a very good level of detail that adds to the enjoyment of well recorded music.
Summary: Along with the summary below, I have made a review thread comparing the Sony MDR-1R with the Sennhesier Momentum, MDR-Z1000, Logitech UE 6000, Audio Technica ATH-M50 and AIAIAI TMA-1 here:
I also made a Youtube review if you would like to get a better look and brief review of the MDR-1R's.
Pros: Attractive and comfortable design, enjoyable tuning, natural soundstage. Cheaper and better than the Z1000.
Cons: Bass still a little loose, pleather isn't the most breathable, non-locking jack mechanism, jack rattle issue
Summary: A solid headphone that is very comfortable. Great value for what I payed for it. Far more neutral than I thought it would be. Very very good design, but the build quality isn't very solid, and there is some creaking.
Pros: Comfort, Isolation.
Cons: Squeaky when swiveling or moving earcups, Soundstage is average.
Summary: As an over-ear headphone at this price range, it has fantastic sound quality. It is more a mid-treble headphone which offers clear vocals and bright cymbal sounds; the bass is subtle but still decent. Works better for pop and some jazz; okay with rocks and metals but not the best.
Summary: I needed a pair of headphones for mutiple uses at home (Laptop/Drum-Kit/TV), but mostly music. I had quickly heard a pair in Black in a well known retail store, and thought I'd try a pair at home properly when I saw them in Silver. They come in a nice presentation box (although mine had suffered too much damage in posting to warrant keeping, so set was sent back), with 2x cables (detachable from the left side can).