Summary: these deliver a warm sound, which i prefer. still, sound is quite balanced. clear sound, open soundstage, crisp mids, looks nice, !comfortabe! sounds like what i like. didn't use these outside, so can't comment on isolation. as for the midbass hump, that just makes it sound warmer, which i love (personal preference).
some saying isolation isn't good. if isolation was good, i would give 5 stars.
Summary: Coming from balanced armature earbuds, I found this headphone a rather enjoyable transition.
I own the PIIQ2, Beats Solo HD, and this definitely fits into another category. The overall impression of the MDR-1R is it is very comfortable piece of hardware with a very warm sound signature, you can listen to this thing for hours and it won't hurt you unlike the XBA-30.
Pros: Strong Bass that doesn't muddle the clarity of music
Summary: I have always known that sony had some good headphones for studios.
But as for the lower models I have heard before, they has not been much above some cheap Koss Porta Pro in the sound.
So yeah I always stayed away from the Sony brand, until recently when I heard some z1000. I did like them quite alot for all the detail and the over all look(abit boring but simple).
But they lacked some bass so I did put the thought off buying them, also very expensive in Norway.
Pros: Small and light. Good looking in both versions. Laid back signature with good midbass and forward mids.
Cons: Cable controlls is not the best, also the plastic would be better in metal.
Summary: Source: iPod Touch 3G ALAC filled
Amp: iBasso D12
Overall sound impression:
As somewhat a treble head and one that crave for mid-range, I have always found getting suitable portable headphones rather difficult. Most are either flat out studio headphones unsuitable for portable use or simply more that I am willing to pay for a pair of portable.
Pros: Great vocal performance, especially female vocal. Relaxed, smooth presentation with good speed. Open sounding
Cons: Isolation, Not sheep skin leather, Cable jack problem