Summary: If I can describe these in one sentence, it would be this: "They are the very portable edition of MDR-ZX700 with replaceable input cables."
There in lies the rub. They sound nigh incredibly close to the MDR-ZX700 in all regards. The overall balanced approach that worked for MDR-ZX700, with all its plusses and minuses, are back in near perfect form in the MDR-1R. In essence, the MDR-1R is the refined version of MDR-ZX700.
Pros: Comfortable beyond belief. Replaceable Cables. Sounds Just Like MDR-ZX700
Cons: Weak Accessory Pack. Cable Rattle Issues. Sounds Just Like MDR-ZX700
great sound and design poor ambient noise isolation.
24 March 2013
Summary: all in all one of the best headphones I've owned. recommend them for home use and not places with a lot of ambient noise like in the subway, on an airplane, or even on a noisy street.
Pros: -great design, -very good sound quality bass not overpowering, -great for watching movies you forget that you have them on, -very comfy, -excellent build quality, -good price when compared to the competition
Cons: -not the best ambient sound isolation, -trebles aren't great
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: 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
Excerpt: These are everything I would want in a pair of headphones. This being said for $300. The leather is beyond genuine, and you actually look forward to putting these sony MDR's. These literally are perfect for the price seeking head-fi junky. My only complaint is the bass. There isn't much. You def need to push these through an amp, or a respectable sound source. I use them on the run so I hook them up to an ipod, but I also have a Digizoid ZO2 and an LOD.
Pros: Comfortable, Durable, Good Value, Great Sound, Lightweight, Stylish
Summary: Truly these are the best looking headphones on the market and make Beats By Dre look gaudy in comparison, so if you want the premium look don't look else where. Keeping intone with the premium look is premium comfort, these cans are dream like in comfort and adjust very snugly. Now down to the actual capabilities, these are great cans for music on all devices! But if you want some Bass heavy cans these are not it.