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post #1441 of 1625
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Originally Posted by asmagus View Post

Is it true that Z1000 production was ended? What about 7520?

At least in America it has been discontinued (It looks like). This is why I quickly picked up a pair as I'm not sure when Sony will make another proper "flagship" and I've wanted the Z1000 since it came out. It's really is a shame it wasn't a bigger hit because I'm loving the sound. The build quality is off the charts amazing of course. The MDR-1R looks promising but it's not really a proper heir to the Z1000.

post #1442 of 1625

They are making way for the R1

post #1443 of 1625

There is new driver in MDR-1R or 40mm driver from MDR-7506?

In MDR-Z1000 was 50mm?

post #1444 of 1625
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Originally Posted by asmagus View Post

There is new driver in MDR-1R or 40mm driver from MDR-7506?

In MDR-Z1000 was 50mm?


Someone had impressions of it, they said it was like the z1000 with more bass. So take that as you will but that seems like it might be cool.

post #1445 of 1625

Guys quick question, which is the best suited velour pads for Z1000.

 

I have a beyer pad which I was previously using on my MDR-v6, will they work, How about Hifiman pads?

 

Did a search, didnt get anything satisfactory. Also, what kind of headphone case will fit these. I am looking for something that is not very expensive.


Edited by wrathzombie - 11/25/12 at 12:44pm
post #1446 of 1625

you can use beyer velour pads with the z1000, but im 100% sure that it will make the z1000 sound shiet because i already tried it =)

post #1447 of 1625
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Originally Posted by WhiteCrow View Post


Someone had impressions of it, they said it was like the z1000 with more bass. So take that as you will but that seems like it might be cool.

 

 

not believing until i listen to it but if it is then im pretty sure im buying it smily_headphones1.gif. not trying to derail this thread but also may get the sa3000, some people seem to say it has the same driver as the high end sa5000 (too expensive to try lol) and sounds alike, and i have read that sa5000 sounds comparable to the limited production flagship qualia.

post #1448 of 1625
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Originally Posted by M-13 View Post

At least in America it has been discontinued (It looks like). This is why I quickly picked up a pair as I'm not sure when Sony will make another proper "flagship" and I've wanted the Z1000 since it came out. It's really is a shame it wasn't a bigger hit because I'm loving the sound. The build quality is off the charts amazing of course. The MDR-1R looks promising but it's not really a proper heir to the Z1000.
Unfortunately Sony is having to drop out of the true high-end markets in a lot of product categories because the high-end markets are rapidly dying off, and Sony is in real financial trouble right now. The same thing happened with their TVs a couple of years back. There have been new "flagships" but nothing comparable to the HX900 which was designed and built to different standards. Newer models are just trying to cut costs where possible.

I really regret not having bought a pair of Z1000s when they came out. They were very late on their release over here, and were overpriced at launch. By that point measurements were out and the headphones were, in my opinion, unfairly slated based on that without anyone listening to them. So I ended up buying other headphones, which I’ve never been satisfied with and have sold on, searching for the next best thing.

Well I bought a pair of MDR-7520 earlier and have had them on all day. While not the Z1000, many people have said they are essentially the same headphone, and if that is true, it's a real shame they were overlooked. I could have bought a pair of Z1000 at a fair discount now they’re discontinued, but preferred the all black look, having PrimeSupport, and having the latest thing in case they have made improvements to them.

The graphs don’t tell how these headphones sound at all. They look like they have anaemic bass on a frequency graph, but these are the only headphones I’ve heard other than Grado’s GS1000 that manage to let you feel some impact from deeper bass notes. The AKG K550 which i had for a while measures lower but the sound from them isn’t in the same league. I'm not great at describing how a headphone sounds, but I will say that I haven’t heard anything from these that I don’t like about them yet, which I can’t say about many headphones.

They've also been very comfortable to have been on all day. Clamping force seems just right - enough for a good seal, but not enough to give me a headache as many headphones do. They’re very well padded all around, and weight seems well distributed - they feel very light for their size though due to the magnesium construction. They also seem comfortable to wear with glasses so far.

Isolation seems good, which is very important for me.

So if the Z1000 is essentially the same headphone, I would have no hesitation picking up a pair if you can find them at a good price - I'm very tempted to buy one as a spare right now before they disappear. That’s how happy I am with the 7520 purchase so far. Most headphones have made a negative impression in some area by now. (Weight, clamp force, listening fatigue etc.) I'd definitely want the Z1000/7520 over the new MDR-1R which I think are very ugly.
post #1449 of 1625
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Originally Posted by StudioSound View Post

Unfortunately Sony is having to drop out of the true high-end markets in a lot of product categories because the high-end markets are rapidly dying off, and Sony is in real financial trouble right now. The same thing happened with their TVs a couple of years back. There have been new "flagships" but nothing comparable to the HX900 which was designed and built to different standards. Newer models are just trying to cut costs where possible.
I really regret not having bought a pair of Z1000s when they came out. They were very late on their release over here, and were overpriced at launch. By that point measurements were out and the headphones were, in my opinion, unfairly slated based on that without anyone listening to them. So I ended up buying other headphones, which I’ve never been satisfied with and have sold on, searching for the next best thing.
Well I bought a pair of MDR-7520 earlier and have had them on all day. While not the Z1000, many people have said they are essentially the same headphone, and if that is true, it's a real shame they were overlooked. I could have bought a pair of Z1000 at a fair discount now they’re discontinued, but preferred the all black look, having PrimeSupport, and having the latest thing in case they have made improvements to them.
The graphs don’t tell how these headphones sound at all. They look like they have anaemic bass on a frequency graph, but these are the only headphones I’ve heard other than Grado’s GS1000 that manage to let you feel some impact from deeper bass notes. The AKG K550 which i had for a while measures lower but the sound from them isn’t in the same league. I'm not great at describing how a headphone sounds, but I will say that I haven’t heard anything from these that I don’t like about them yet, which I can’t say about many headphones.
They've also been very comfortable to have been on all day. Clamping force seems just right - enough for a good seal, but not enough to give me a headache as many headphones do. They’re very well padded all around, and weight seems well distributed - they feel very light for their size though due to the magnesium construction. They also seem comfortable to wear with glasses so far.
Isolation seems good, which is very important for me.
So if the Z1000 is essentially the same headphone, I would have no hesitation picking up a pair if you can find them at a good price - I'm very tempted to buy one as a spare right now before they disappear. That’s how happy I am with the 7520 purchase so far. Most headphones have made a negative impression in some area by now. (Weight, clamp force, listening fatigue etc.) I'd definitely want the Z1000/7520 over the new MDR-1R which I think are very ugly.

 

 

 

another satisfying z1000/7520 owner!!! btw, in january i should have my ibasso dx100 or hifiman hm901 to drive it. it sounds good on my ipod classic+fiio e17 now but im looking forward to a dap that can max out the z1000's potential!!!

post #1450 of 1625
One thing I meant to ask - on the 7520, the headand and the outer shell are magnesium, but the bracket that attaches the headband to the shell appears to be plastic. (Warm to the touch, unlike the metal) Is that the same on the Z1000, or was it an all magnesium construction?
post #1451 of 1625
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Originally Posted by StudioSound View Post

One thing I meant to ask - on the 7520, the headand and the outer shell are magnesium, but the bracket that attaches the headband to the shell appears to be plastic. (Warm to the touch, unlike the metal) Is that the same on the Z1000, or was it an all magnesium construction?

The bracket is plastic and is warm to touch on my z1000, I believe they are essentially the same headphone.
post #1452 of 1625
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Originally Posted by reddragon View Post

The bracket is plastic and is warm to touch on my z1000, I believe they are essentially the same headphone.
Thanks, I was just wondering if it was silver plastic, or magnesium on the Z1000, and a cost-cutting measure on the 7520.

Because it’s a high-end Sony headphone, I assume it must be plastic for a reason other than cost-cutting.
post #1453 of 1625
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Originally Posted by StudioSound View Post

Thanks, I was just wondering if it was silver plastic, or magnesium on the Z1000, and a cost-cutting measure on the 7520.
Because it’s a high-end Sony headphone, I assume it must be plastic for a reason other than cost-cutting.

You are welcome. Probably for less weight? It doesn't feel like its going to break anytime soon though despite not being metal.
post #1454 of 1625
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Originally Posted by StudioSound View Post

Unfortunately Sony is having to drop out of the true high-end markets in a lot of product categories because the high-end markets are rapidly dying off, and Sony is in real financial trouble right now. The same thing happened with their TVs a couple of years back. There have been new "flagships" but nothing comparable to the HX900 which was designed and built to different standards. Newer models are just trying to cut costs where possible.
I really regret not having bought a pair of Z1000s when they came out. They were very late on their release over here, and were overpriced at launch. By that point measurements were out and the headphones were, in my opinion, unfairly slated based on that without anyone listening to them. So I ended up buying other headphones, which I’ve never been satisfied with and have sold on, searching for the next best thing.
Well I bought a pair of MDR-7520 earlier and have had them on all day. While not the Z1000, many people have said they are essentially the same headphone, and if that is true, it's a real shame they were overlooked. I could have bought a pair of Z1000 at a fair discount now they’re discontinued, but preferred the all black look, having PrimeSupport, and having the latest thing in case they have made improvements to them.
The graphs don’t tell how these headphones sound at all. They look like they have anaemic bass on a frequency graph, but these are the only headphones I’ve heard other than Grado’s GS1000 that manage to let you feel some impact from deeper bass notes. The AKG K550 which i had for a while measures lower but the sound from them isn’t in the same league. I'm not great at describing how a headphone sounds, but I will say that I haven’t heard anything from these that I don’t like about them yet, which I can’t say about many headphones.
They've also been very comfortable to have been on all day. Clamping force seems just right - enough for a good seal, but not enough to give me a headache as many headphones do. They’re very well padded all around, and weight seems well distributed - they feel very light for their size though due to the magnesium construction. They also seem comfortable to wear with glasses so far.
Isolation seems good, which is very important for me.
So if the Z1000 is essentially the same headphone, I would have no hesitation picking up a pair if you can find them at a good price - I'm very tempted to buy one as a spare right now before they disappear. That’s how happy I am with the 7520 purchase so far. Most headphones have made a negative impression in some area by now. (Weight, clamp force, listening fatigue etc.) I'd definitely want the Z1000/7520 over the new MDR-1R which I think are very ugly.


I think z1000 has tight, impactful, and rich bass but I wish there's a bit more subbass. For me its the vocal that amazes me the most.
post #1455 of 1625

Missing my stolen Z1000...

 

I was really eying the MDR-R1, but as stated before, it just doesn't seem like a true heir.

 

I see the price has gone up quite a bit from when I bought mine...

 

**sigh**

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