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post #961 of 2726

Really want to give these a try someday... Would be nice to have a closed headphone with matching looks to my 007 MK1's o2smile.gif

 

The Sony stores here in Toronto don't seem to have the wired version out for demo though... only the noise cancelling version..

post #962 of 2726

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Originally Posted by MrGuzmanWhite View Post

Perhaps mine is a defective one?

Not likely, Unless there's an audible odd-order distortion goin where you hear the smearing happens. A simple way for checking might be to test with some pure test tones, using SineGen i.e, And listen if something is not sounding linear. You can also use it to test for phase accuracy (going 180 degrees either way) which maybe also cause a smeared/congested sound field. What's the sound source you used btw?

post #963 of 2726

Thanks for the advise on the testing, it is too complicated for me to do that test, I fear.

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What's the sound source you used btw?

I use MP3 320 kbps playing from the computer or iPhone 4. At the computer I use a DAC headphone amplifier, the NuForce Icon HDP, that is feeding the headphones.

post #964 of 2726
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One thing you can test is to make the pads deeper, stuff for example a half piece of kitchen papertowel rolled into a tube underneath the pads per cup to make it deeper, this would probably do what you like to the sound as from my experience with moving the drivers away from the ears, you get less forward/"in-your-face" midrange/less smeared sound, better separation.

You are very creative, it always mazes me how many tricks you all know ... headphone listening is science and "art"

post #965 of 2726

anyone tried the bluetooth version of the 1R? any impressions with it? my friend is interested with it but we dont have any demo units for any 1R model here in our country

post #966 of 2726

Do you want to make a Sony Headphone that sounds much much better than the new MDR-1R and cost $50 (at amazon)?

 

Simple.

 

I have the an old Sony MDR-V600 (similar to the V6 but now discontinued) and I did the mod described here (takes 5 min to do) and you will have a fantastic Sony headphone that has much better tonality, from base to mids to highs, very flat but enjoyable curve (for sound purity) and much much much better soundstage!

 

I just did this mod into my old MDR-V600 and have been playing all types of music side by side with the MDR-1R, and the mod-V600 beats the MDR-1R in 90% of the songs I play. Your mileage may vary, but certainly I can tell you that this is a very attractive way to get a fantastic pair of Sony headphone at a very cheap price.

post #967 of 2726
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Originally Posted by MrGuzmanWhite View Post

Thanks indeed for your kind feedback. Yes, this is what I tried to describe, thanks a lot for expressing this in a more technical manner. Of course the Sony MDR-1R sounds overall very good, but it is not the SQ I expected at the $300 price point for the type of music I listen to, unfortunately. I love Sony as a brand, and the design of the MDR-1R is perfect, so was hoping for it to me my new headphone.

 

Maybe it is a question of breaking in the headphone (so far has played just about 15 hrs)?... but I am skeptical that a mayor defect will be resolved by breaking in longer.

 

If you think that the Sonny MDR-1R doesn't "smear" the sound, has large soundstage and great accuracy for the spatial resolution of sounds (for a closed can), and provides an accurate sound while being alive and vibrant with the music (not boring) I may need to get a new unit.

 

Perhaps mine is a defective one?

From my brief audition with them this weekend, it sounds like you have a defective unit, or you just don't like the sound signature.  I thought they sounded really resolving and had great separation.  Bass was not as tight as my Shure 530s, but had nicer treble, pretty forward mids, and in my opinion had pretty nice soundstage( certainly better than I could've expected).   At first I thought they sounded a little boring( not in terms of treble, just not exciting), but the more I listened to them, the more I liked them.  I think I'm going to be selling my Shures for them, just since I'm tired of fiddling with a proper fit, and want something that looks awesome too 

post #968 of 2726

Thanks DivergeUnify

 

 

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From my brief audition with them this weekend, it sounds like you have a defective unit, or you just don't like the sound signature.

I will go to the Sony store tomorrow and will check the demo unit they have with mine to see if there is a difference. Nothing to lose at this stage.

 

P.S. By the way, I am not sure how to quote as a response to an user so that the previous post is referenced. How do I do that?

post #969 of 2726

On the bottom right of each post there is a button called "quote, click on that smile.gif

post #970 of 2726
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Originally Posted by john53 View Post

I will give it some time playing music to see if it gets better though,because I also hear some good things,like a smooth overall,non offensive sound,good detail and good imaging.But for the moment,the SHURE SRH 840 sounds clearly better.But the sony is easy to drive too,straight out of the ipod,and is very comfortable with good fit,so I'll give it some more time for sure.But for the moment,sound is not worht the 200euro I paid for it.

 

 

Yup. To my ears too!

Heck, the 440s with 840 earpads are better sounding to me... Maybe it's just the signature that I like... (from Shure)

post #971 of 2726

Amazon has the V6 for $50 at the moment, I own them and simply adore what I hear out of my Walkman > Fiio E7 setup.

I think I will definitely pass on these, my mind is made. They seemed pretty neat from the promo tho, pretty sad.

post #972 of 2726
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Amazon has the V6 for $50 at the moment

 

It was $40 yesterday.

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post #973 of 2726

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Originally Posted by Mickice View Post

I think I will definitely pass on these, my mind is made. They seemed pretty neat from the promo tho, pretty sad.

 

What's really sad here is the herd-mentality that you display here, Conforming with the common "Oh X is better to me than Y" abstracts when you have at least one review (AnakChan) and two other solid, well clarified impressions (a_recording, jude) that back the sound of these as very solid in the least and outstanding at the most.

post #974 of 2726
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Originally Posted by HiFiGuy528 View Post

 

It was $40 yesterday.

I paid $100 for mine and I'm not even bothered. :) Bought a pair for my brother the other week off Amazon for $65 and still not bothered, it's a steal at any of these prices!

post #975 of 2726
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Originally Posted by Dyaems View Post

anyone tried the bluetooth version of the 1R? any impressions with it? my friend is interested with it but we dont have any demo units for any 1R model here in our country

Please forgive my really rough draft notes. Not expanded, not cleaned up, not even minced.

MDR-1R vs MDR-1RBT (wireless)
1R has more forward mids than the 1RBT
1R seems to have somewhat similar soundstage than the 1RBT
1RBT sounds more digital whereas the 1R seems to be more fluid
1RBT has the deeper bass than the 1R
1RBT could sound a little more sibilant than the 1R

MDR-1R vs MDR-1RBT (wired)
??? Different but not listened long enough to detail down the difference.

Comfort
1RBT seems to clamp more than the 1R.
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