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Sony MDR-1RBT Impressions?

post #1 of 33
Thread Starter 

I realize that there are some comments re. these headphones in the big MDR-1R thread, but is anyone aware of a good, detailed review of these headphones?  Or, if you have them, I'd be interested in your impressions.  I recognize that the compression inherent in sending audio through bluetooth will have a negative effect on sound, but if it's minimal, that's a fair trade-off to me for not having a wire.  This seems to be the most promising BT headphone out there. 

 

Thanks in advance.

post #2 of 33

Jude put something together in Holiday Gift Guide

http://www.head-fi.org/a/2012-head-fi-holiday-gift-guide-wireless
 

post #3 of 33
Thread Starter 

Thanks (I think).  I was a bit on the fence about these, but that review makes them hard to resist!  Hopefully, the OS6 problems have been solved.  There seems to be conflicting information on that point on the web.

post #4 of 33

I love these headphones but I can't seem to get it to pair with my windows 7 pc. 

post #5 of 33
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Originally Posted by Deihmos View Post

I love these headphones but I can't seem to get it to pair with my windows 7 pc. 

Have you held power down for 7 seconds to put it into pairing mode? My PC couldn't see them until I did this. They pair ok, but initially there was a large lip-sync issue of around 1/4 of a second. I reinstalled the drivers, and changed BT properties for them to Audio sink only, and now the delay whilst there is much smaller. The Parrot Ziks I tested had no discernible delay at all, but the 1RBTs and UE9000 had maybe about 1/10th of a second or so.


Edited by JimBob1971 - 1/23/13 at 3:15am
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What OS are you using? It worked with windows 8 but not 7.
post #7 of 33
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What OS are you using? It worked with windows 8 but not 7.

Windows 7 (Ultimate edition, I think).

post #8 of 33

Does not work. Did you actually get anything to play with the headphones? I got it to connect but nothing plays and it is listed as disconnected in sound device manager.


Edited by Deihmos - 1/26/13 at 6:13pm
post #9 of 33
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Originally Posted by Deihmos View Post

Does not work. Did you actually get anything to play with the headphones? I got it to connect but nothing plays and it is listed as disconnected in sound device manager.

Yes, it played ok, but with a delay. Try setting them to default devices in Audio device manager.

post #10 of 33

Hello there,

I'm new in this forum.

I have a MDR-1RBT for christmas.
It worked fine with my phone (Samsung Galaxy S2).
But with Windows 7 Ultimate, I can only listen, the mic have a bug :

When I enable the mic (Mono Audio Mic) in win 7, and I loopback the mic to speaker, the speaker muted...
I see the volume bar change, (green variation) in this speaker so, I think windows send sound (mic) to the speaker but the headset doesn't play it..

If I disable the mic, I can listen sounds and musics again...
I don't know what is the problem, I've try to switch my Bluetooth USB Dongle 2.1 to a 3.0 USB Dongle, same things...


Do you have this problem ?

Thanks

(sorry for my bad english, I'm French)

post #11 of 33

Guys, can u help me out a bit?

i wanna get the mdr-1rbt's but am not sure weather I should get them or not.

i will only get them if their WIRED performance is as good as the mdr-1r's.

the bluetooth is not very important to me but just a bonus feature.

oh and do they seem too heavy or are they just as comfy as the mdr-1r's???

post #12 of 33
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Originally Posted by akash neagi View Post

Guys, can u help me out a bit?

i wanna get the mdr-1rbt's but am not sure weather I should get them or not.

i will only get them if their WIRED performance is as good as the mdr-1r's.

the bluetooth is not very important to me but just a bonus feature.

oh and do they seem too heavy or are they just as comfy as the mdr-1r's???

I have the -1RBTs, and although I haven't heard the -1Rs to make an A-B comparison, I would have to imagine that they they are very close in sound, but not absolutely the same.  They sounded good enough that I gave my brother my Sennheiser Momentums.  I have A-B'd them against a pair of PSB M4U 2s, as well as my Westone custom IEMs.  In all candor, the Westone's are clearly better than either (and should be, given the cost), but the PSB's in Active mode are a little fuller and more dynamic.  That's the main "deficiency" I noticed with the -1RBTs - the dynamic range of the music is somewhat compressed (i.e., the softs and louds are not as soft and loud compared to a good wired headphone), which I assume is a function of the Bluetooth compression/transmission.  This may actually be a plus for a lot of folks.  If you do a very careful A-B comparison, you could sense that the sound had more grain and was a bit thinner (or less rich) than a good wired headphone.  But, even though you say that BT capability isn't important, it's awesome to not be tethered by the cable.  Unless you are doing critical listening, the sound quality is more than adequate.  On an absolute basis, I think that the sound is very good to excellent, but not quite at the same level of a good wired headphone.  But it's probably the best sounding BT headphone out there.  I really like them, and they are very comfortable, even with glasses.

post #13 of 33
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Originally Posted by JulesK View Post

I have the -1RBTs, and although I haven't heard the -1Rs to make an A-B comparison, I would have to imagine that they they are very close in sound, but not absolutely the same.  They sounded good enough that I gave my brother my Sennheiser Momentums.  I have A-B'd them against a pair of PSB M4U 2s, as well as my Westone custom IEMs.  In all candor, the Westone's are clearly better than either (and should be, given the cost), but the PSB's in Active mode are a little fuller and more dynamic.  That's the main "deficiency" I noticed with the -1RBTs - the dynamic range of the music is somewhat compressed (i.e., the softs and louds are not as soft and loud compared to a good wired headphone), which I assume is a function of the Bluetooth compression/transmission.  This may actually be a plus for a lot of folks.  If you do a very careful A-B comparison, you could sense that the sound had more grain and was a bit thinner (or less rich) than a good wired headphone.  But, even though you say that BT capability isn't important, it's awesome to not be tethered by the cable.  Unless you are doing critical listening, the sound quality is more than adequate.  On an absolute basis, I think that the sound is very good to excellent, but not quite at the same level of a good wired headphone.  But it's probably the best sounding BT headphone out there.  I really like them, and they are very comfortable, even with glasses.
Thankyou soo much for your reply.
It was really helpful.
But it has made me even more confused!!!
What I mean is that if I am able to get better sound at lower price they y pay more for bluetooth???
post #14 of 33

These were my very brief impressions comparing the 1RBT to the 1R :-

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/625015/sony-has-new-headphones-mdr-1r/960#post_8894330

post #15 of 33
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post

These were my very brief impressions comparing the 1RBT to the 1R :-

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/625015/sony-has-new-headphones-mdr-1r/960#post_8894330

this is exactly what i wanted!!!!
i was just wondering if you could give me some info on the wired difference as I am going to be listening to most songs wired.

i want the one which sounds the most natural...

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