Hey guys! I was invited by Sony to an event where I got to play with some of the new stuff they launched at IFA, including the MDR-1R MK2 and MDR-10R series.
Full disclosure: I am member of a social media community / customer feedback program in Australia called Sony X that provides members special pricing offers, priority customer support and access to events like these. I am not obligated or even directly encouraged to say anything, positive or negative, about Sony products to be in this program.
However, having a soft spot for the company and a social media presence is probably why I was accepted to the program in the first place, since I am more likely than average to have something nice to say and people to say it to! Think of this like a press program for Sony fans.
Anyway, the event was very noisy so I unfortunately cannot comment on the sound of anything I heard.
This is a blurry picture of the MDR-1R Mk2. Blurry is okay because the headphone seems physically identical to the MDR-1R MK1, though I would have to have them side by side to be sure. Apparently something has been changed in the driver because the specification for frequency response now goes up to 40,000hz (chyea). You would hope the driver is different because otherwise the MK2 would be exactly the same headphone as the MK1. I listened to it briefly (literally a minute or so) and while it was noisy I can say that it has the same basic character the MK1 did.
Here is the back of the box. Amazingly, I could not find specifications listed on the box!
One thing nice to note is that the MDR-1R MK2 now comes with 3 cables - a standard cable for portable use, a long cable for home use and a smartphone remote cable.
I also got to check out the MDR-10 series. There is now an MDR-10R, RBT, RNC, and also an on-ear MDR-10C(?). The MDR-10R, RBT and RNC are all still over-ear but they are smaller and lighter than the MDR-1R. Build quality is very similar but the MDR-10 series apparently use a different driver material, not the LCP used in the MDR-1R. They are shooting for a lower price point with these. I can report that they are comfortable and light but honestly have no idea about the sound.
This is the on-ear MDR-10.
This is the MDR-10RNC.
Honestly it was difficult to tell any of the MDR-10 series apart because unlike the differences between the MDR-1 series they seemed very similar in form factor.
There should probably be a new thread about some of this gear...