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Sony's Statement Headphone

Sony's MDR-Z1R Signature Series headphones are the brainchild of their master acoustic engineer Shunsuke Shiomi. And the company has taken great care in fulfilling his vision. These headphones are one of the first to use a 4.4mm balanced headphone plug. Sony developed this new industry standard connection for balanced headphone operation, and it promises to cut down on signal noise and distortion. You'll also find this connection on the TA-ZH1ES amp that Dave used here to audition these headphones, and Sony's NW-WM1A Premium Walkman® portable high-resolution music player.

There are also more traditional headphone connections. Sony includes another silver-coated oxygen-free cable with an unbalanced 3.5mm mini plug. Plus they include a 1/4" adapter.
  • Superior sound, tangible quality - Sit back, relax and prepare to experience a new level of audio excellence. These headphones combine cutting-edge technology with the finest craftsmanship, for the ultimate listening experience.
  • 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 sheepskin 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.
  • Enfolding design structure - The enfolding design is tailored to wrap around the ear, sealing music in and keeping distractions out. Acoustics are reflected back toward your ears for the subtlest of sounds.
  • Titanium and leather headban - 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.
  • Long wear comfort-optimized - The hanger and slider are manufactured with thin and high rigid aluminum alloy, which provides optimal comfort for a long period of time without secular change.
  • 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 storage case, with
  • 0.17" balanced connection cable - The newly developed Φ0.17" balanced connection cable separates left and right sound signals, while minimizing signal transmission loss and resulting sound deterioration. The result is smoother high frequencies and superior sound quality.
  • Silver-coated oxygen-free copper - The MDR-Z1R uses silver-coated oxygen-free copper cables, designed to minimize resistance and signal-transmission loss. The result is less sound degradation, finer detail, and smoother treble sounds.
  • 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.
  • Technical:
  • Weight: approx. 14 oz (385 g) without cable
  • Dynamic type: closed, dynamic (circumaural)
  • Driver: 2.76", dome type (CCAW Voice Coil )
  • Frequency response (Hz): 4 Hz–120,000 Hz
  • Sensitivities (dB/mW): 100 dB/mW
  • Magnet: neodymium
  • Impedance (ohm): 64 Ω at 1 kHz
  • Volume control: N/A
  • Cord typle: detachable Y-type
  • Cord length: headphone cable (approx. 9.84 ft (3 m), silver-coated OFC strands, gold-plated stereo mini plug), balanced connection headphone cable (approx. 3.94 ft (1.2 m), silver-coated OFC strands, L-shaped gold-plated balanced standard plug)
  • Plug: headphone cable (gold-plated stereo mini plug), balanced-connection headphone cable (L-shaped gold-plated balanced standard plug)
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