These are with out a doubt the best sounding headphones at any price point period. The sound is absolutely warm not too bright or harsh. I currently own an expensive Ultimate ears IEM and never found an over the ear headphone that sounded good enough until now. I am very hard to please when it bcomes to electronics but let me tell you, if you can afford these headphones you wion't be dissapointed at all.
Pros: Sound and build quality.
Cons: Price but you get what you pay for.
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Recommended for mastered music only!!. High end headphones have a tendency of driving people away because of exaggerated panning and spikes in songs.. Songs that were not made with proper technique or modern style would hate this headphone as well. Anyway, Sounds great plugged into a Mp3 radio, no need for an amplifier so much. However, plugged into a amplifier......The sound is beautiful. Its a soft "stereo" sound signature. That means there is a slight bass boost and or coloration. Kind of a tall sound stage. Not that precise like the HD800S, for instrument placement and panning. But it does deliver the song somewhat close to the original. I would consider these headphones for professionals to listen to there final mix with bass and color. Way too expensive if not used properly. Same for all high end headphones. Plus most people don't even care about headphones. They listen to stereos and radios. Very quality built. Extremely lightweight compared to LCD's, Focal's, and ZMF headphones. The leather is soft on the headband and earmuffs. The stock cables sound well and are durable. Not bad for silver plated copper. The MDR-Z1R sound is optimal with different cable metals as well. A tough investment. I emailed Sony about burn in and they said no burn in required. I still gave them a 2 day burn. This tells me if they were built well and not crap. I don't think headphones need that much of a burn in. The most would be 2 days, maybe just 24hrs. Anyway, great headphone.
Pros: light, comfortable, good cables, leather type display case
Cons: expensive, for great mixes only, no micro fiber cloth included
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