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Info: Sony MDR-Z1R Headphones - Virtually Unused!

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USD $1699.00
Retail Price: USD $2299.00
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Condition: 10 - Mint (?)
Date Posted: Jun 07, 18 8:13am (PST)
About Seller: Galen Carol Audio
San Antonio, TX
United States
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Product Brand: Sony
Product Model: MDR-Z1R
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Absolutely Pristine Pair of Sony MDR-Z1R Headphones - Virtually Unused!
These were US purchased - NOT A GRAY MARKET IMPORT!

Every note, every nuance - Capture pure sound with the 2.76" HD Driver. The newly developed diaphragm with magnesium dome and liquid crystal polymer edge enables up to 120-kHz playback in High-Resolution Audio. The result is unparalleled sound purity and precision.

Pure sound, no added noise - Filtering out the unnecessary with resonance-free housing. A special acoustic filter controls the air resistance and eliminates any reverberations produced by driver movement, so that only clean, crisp frequencies get through.

Ergonomic ear pads - 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.

Titanium & leather headband - 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.

Raising the bar on audio standards - The MDR-Z1R headphones have been engineered to deliver a wider frequency range, reproducing super low and super high frequencies of up to 120 kHz. The wider dynamic range richly reproduces every minuscule sound. The result is an immersive, captivating listening experience.

Hard case for storage - The headphones and accompanying cables come presented in a stylish, leather-covered storage case, with separated compartments and a luxury satin lining.

Aluminum-coated LCP-edge diaphragm with magnesium dome - The magnesium dome diaphragm propagates vibrations generated from the voice coil to the dome part, and achieves reproduction of sound in the super-high frequency range. The combination of multiple high internal loss materials leads to less sound coloration and clear sound.

Expertly 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.


Sound & Vision: " Then I pitted the MDR-Z1R against Audeze’s LCD-XC closed-back headphones ($1,800, reviewed here in 2014) as I listened to Amon Tobin’s acid-jazz Bricolage. The beats definitely had tremendous weight on the Audeze, but switching over to the Sony opened up the sound with more depth, air, and texture. I continued with King Sunny Adé’s Live Live Juju CD; his 20-piece band’s interlocking percussion and chanting fully exercised both headphone models, whose ability to reproduce the tactile feel of hand percussion and transient details was truly spectacular. When a musician slaps his drum, the MDR-Z1R makes it sound more realistic. The Sony’s high sensitivity may be largely responsible for its impressive way with dynamics.

Introducing a Pass Labs HPA-1 headphone amp and an Arcam irDAC-II digital converter, I did a bit of time traveling with some 96-kHz/24-bit high-resolution files of the self-titled debut from Crosby, Stills & Nash. The original recordings were made in 1969 on analog tape, and their analog-ness was especially apparent on the MDR-Z1R—and that’s meant as a compliment. The in-the-studio quality of the minimally produced sessions was oh-so-clear, and I could hear the analog tape hiss coming up just before “Guinnevere.” The Audeze headphones sounded excellent but glossed over some of the analog flavor of the recording. Ah, the irony of hearing analog character via hi-res digital put a smile on my face!

I switched from vintage CSN to new hi-res files released by one of my favorite audiophile labels, MA Recordings, and the MDR-Z1R seemed to melt away and transport me directly to the sessions. The rarefied sounds of the La Segunda and Será Una Noche albums were exquisite, with finely focused and precise stereo imaging. I hope more mainstream recordings sound like this someday. Still, I find exceptional recordings here and there from mainstream labels; the Swiss Army Man soundtrack is to die for.

I also watched a few films. With one of the more natural-sounding ones, the Civil War epic Free State of Jones, the MDR-Z1R sounded more open and less inside my head than the LCD-XC. In the swamp scenes, the birds and insects seemed to come from all around. The MDR-Z1R sounded more spacious than the LCD-XC; it wasn’t even close. The Sony was also a lot more comfortable than the Audeze, and when you’re watching movies with headphones on, comfort is just as important as sound quality.

To put it simply, the MDR-Z1R is a spectacular headphone. It matches or exceeds the performance standards of the upper-echelon planar magnetic headphones I’ve heard, and I’ve heard them all. Bravo! "

WhatHiFi: "Sony hasn’t been shy about charging a premium price for these headphones.

Thankfully, the MDR-Z1R is capable of a performance that justifies such an expense.

If you want a closed-back headphone, and are willing to feed these Sonys with capable electronics, we don’t think we’ve tested a better alternative"

A.A.: "We highly recommend these for anyone looking to take their personal listening to the next level. You will be amazed at how deep you can immerse yourself in the music and let go of the world around you. That’s really what high-performance music listening is all about. When you consider how highly these headphones score in all of the key areas — comfort, build quality, design, features, and of performance — the Z1R is among the best headphones you will ever hear."

What HiFi: "These Sonys are the finest closed-back headphones we’ve heard. Feed them with quality electronics and they’ll shine." - FIVE STARS

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