Looks like they're trying to target that Amperior/ M100/ DT1350 segment but with the NC twist.
It should be available for listening at the Sony showroom in Ginza, Tokyo.
Count me very excited too!
I kind of doubt that they are made of any kind of metal, considering that in the press release they make a big deal about the silicone rings in the headband joints, but not a peep about any premium materials in the earcups.
These seem like they will be an evolution of the Z1000's LCP driver with a decent bass response. The silver / brown one looks pretty darn nice.
Considering the extra circuitry in the noise cancelling and NFC models (the earlier link talks about slightly deeper cups) I wonder if they are tuned differently as well.
It's funny how the design seems to share a grab bag of characteristics from many other Sony headphones:
Earcups: 7506, V6
Headband: ZX700, Z1000
Inside cup: Qualia 010
Not saying it will sound anything like any of these, but it does seem like the design was inspired by bits of their own design history.
Well, I much prefer the MA900 to the Z1000. Hopefully this pans out well too.
Big writeup about these headphones at Sony Japan:
Quickly, someone translate! Lol.
Haha. Very funny.
So apparently I can make out two things from the MDR-1 article. One is that: they chose MDR-1 to reference the F1 and Qualia 010 and position this absolutely as a flagship product.
Second was that the design influences which are really obvious from the Z1000 and V6 / 7506 / CD900ST were from their desire to make a stylish headphone where the style came from established principles of functionality and design rather than trying to do something that just looked nice.
Classic Sony marketing write-up, but I really cannot help but be excited. -___-
i wonder when it will be released.. 2013 im guessing? im really digging the looks of this and bonus points that they didn't copy the design of beats. doesnt matter if they sound bad, theres always modding the internal cups if it does sound bad =)
Thought it says in the write ups, November.
Which is coincidentally my birthday month. <____<