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Sony MDR EX1000 Reviews

lin0003

Exceptional IEM

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Pros: Fast Bass, Nice Mids, A Lot Of Accessories, Build Quality, Detachable Cable

Cons: Isolation, Bright Treble

First of all, I’d like to thank Mach3 (Peter) for generously lending me his Sony EX1000s. I am not affiliated nor against Sony in any way.   Introduction Sony needs no introduction to the audio world and I’m sure that a lot of you would have heard Sony EX1000 as Sony’s previous flagship IEM. The Sony EX IEM line has been replaced with the newer XBA line, which many, including me believe is inferior to the EX line. The new Sony flagship, the XBA-4 has a dark sound signature while the EX1000 has a bright sound. This is now discontinued I believe, but they can still be bought. Sorry for the bad photo quality   Testing Gear & Accessories All testing was made...
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k3oxkjo

REVIEW: Amused to death with the Sony MDR EX-1000 IEM

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Pros: Sound Quality, construction

Cons: May be too vivid for some

When it comes to portable audio, it just doesn't get much more portable than an IEM and a Ipod/Zune/Sansa etc. Even tethered to one of the small battery-powered headphone amps, we are talking about something that fits in a coat pocket. And if, like me, you commute 2 - 3 hours a day, anything that amuses during this "dead time" is a good thing.   Recent years have seen an explosion of new IEM's upping the ante in sound quality (and price). So I bought a representitive sampling of units to see just what level of quality is attainable. The first round was between Westone 3, ER-4P and a Shure unit (whose number I forget). The Shure won this battle, but I wasn't really thrilled...
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jinx20001

excellent, high quality IEM's

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Pros: tight bass and very detailed, excellent midrange clarity, highs clear and crystalline in presentation. excellent quality build.

Cons: that crystalline high presentation can be a little tiresome at higher volumes. getting great fit takes time.

have had these aswell as other high end IEM's and these are truely excellent however not my personal fav's.   these IEM's produce a wonderful full airy sound, among the clearest sound i have heard there is no such thing as veil with these the presentation is top quality and they were clearly designed to sound ''high definition'' to the average consumer, what does stick out tho is the sharp high presentation with anything but the highest quality recordings and at higher volume is van take away a little from the sound.   bass is excellent and you can tell immediately the driver is tight and strong designed to give a tighter sound and nothing about the sound is flabby at all....
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a_recording

Sony MDR-EX1000: A Dynamic Masterpiece

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Pros: Comfortable design, fantastic build quality, beautiful and emotive sound

Cons: No Isolation and wind noise issues restrict portable use, rawness and grain to the treble

Along with the summary below, I have a review thread comparing the Sony EX1000, 7550, XBA-4 and XBA-40 here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/608553/review-comparison-two-flagships-pass-in-the-night-sony-xba-4-review-vs-the-mdr-ex1000-updated-with-7550-and-xba-40   I also have a comparison review on youtube of the EX1000 vs the 7550. If you like the video check out my channel for more reviews :)     Note: In the review I state that the EX1000 is made in Thailand, this is incorrect. It is made in Japan.   Summary   BUILD   The EX1000's have incredible build quality and feel like jewellery in your hand thanks to the premium magnesium alloy...
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mark2410

Sony MDR-EX1000 Quick Review

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Pros: Super open sounding, Beautifully relaxed, Sony “house sound” nostalgia.

Cons: Its rather expensive, highs have a jumpy spike in them, isolate meh.

Sony MDR-EX1000 Quick Review   (Thread here, http://www.head-fi.org/t/656811/sony-mdr-ex100-quick-review )   Thanks to SwimSonny for the loan.       Brief:  Sony shows what it can do when its wants to.   Price: Circa £400   Specification:  Driver Unit 16mm, Dome type (CCAW adopted), Sensitivity 108dB/mW, Power Handling Capacity 200mW, Impedance 32ohms at 1kHz, Frequency Response 3-30,000Hz, Magnet Neodymium, Cord 7N-OFC litz cord adopted Y-type / Detachable Cord Length 1.2m / 0.6m, Plug L-shaped stereo mini plug (Gold) (1.2m cord) / Stereo mini plug (Gold) (0.6m cord), Weight (Without Cord)  ...
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justanut

One of the best dynamic in ears

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Pros: Deep impactful bass, Soundstage

Cons: Bright treble

  Got my EXK couple of days back fresh from Japan :) Late to the party but what the heck~ Wanted a pair of dynamic IEMs to complement my TF10s while waiting for K3003 to cool off a little on the price hehe.. (would definitely help if they came out with a version with removable cables too!)   Out of the box virgin listen was kinda disappointing. Sibilance is really pretty bad... not just on female vocals but also on some male vocals as well. Crossed my fingers and started burning em in on white noise over 30 hours with volume set to 2 notches above my usual listening volume.   Happy to say that miraculously I haven't been detecting much sibilance hence. Some...
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Airwin

Sonys best

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Pros: amazing soundstage, homogeneity

Cons: nothing to complain

To make it short: Get one if you find them, the EX1000 are Sonys best inears, maybe for a longer time. Use a fitting player that can handle the impedance, and you get breathtaking results. One of the very best soundstages I ever heard, no BA comes close to it.   Frequency response ist good, highs can be sometimes 'special', but it is not a big deal. IMHO it's more problematic if the player is sensible to the slight impedance peak around 5 kHz. Try it out. Also try different eartips ... but you know, for sure.   Some people say, the EX1000 is close to $ 1k customized BAs, and so I do! It's a real bargain now, and a shame, that Sony discontinued it.
maxmays1

Extreme Detail (BEST IEM's For Studio Recording)

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Pros: Extremely detailed, High pass emphasized, Flat but detailed Mids , controlled low end, comfortable(IMO), sleek design,dynamic drivers

Cons: power hungry, Lack of impact and power from bass, not as airy as one would expect(in comparison to over the ear cans), despises low quality recordings

  I find this to be an extremely detailed pair of IEM, these being my first and only pro IEMs i find myself comparing these to my Beyerdynamics, Although it's hard to find similarities between the variants but i seem to notice the level of detail these offer are far more impressive, which is not always a good thing. In some cases almost to much detail because these let you notice the slightest mistakes in audio recordings, they scrutinize everything like a oscilloscope. To me this is only a problem because its ported directly into your ear without letting any sounds resonate away from the ear or diffuse like it would with over the ear Cans which makes them sound more atmospheric...
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tamleo

Unique and beautiful iem

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Pros: Very forward and liquid mids, wonderful quality and quantity of treble(special, one of the best detailed and airy iem(special), solid bass, good build

Cons: slightly lack of low mids and mid-bass, bass could be more detailed&faster, uncomfortable to wear,cacophonous for some,too emphasis on high-mids

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