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Yamaha Pro 500 vs. Sony MDR 1-R

post #1 of 41
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I'm going to be making my first decent headphone purchase and have been reading countless reviews that have lead me to these two choices. I have about $400 give or take to spend and prefer closed headphones. Which pair between the yamaha 500 and the sony 1r would best in your opinion?

post #2 of 41

Sony MDR-1R hands down no contest. $300 on those & spend the last $100 on a amp.

Or try the Sennheiser Momentums ($350).

 

If you want bass emphasis, you can save $100 and get the highly-rated V-Moda M100 for $300. There is no reason to spend $400 on a pair of plastic headphones that ripped off the Beats design and has an extremely colored v-shaped sound signature from a brand that has never made a single pair of headphones before in its life. For the Yamaha Pro 500, you are seriously overpaying/getting ripped off.

 

Of course, this is just my personal opinion.

post #3 of 41
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Originally Posted by money4me247 View Post

Sony MDR-1R hands down no contest. $300 on those & spend the last $100 on a amp.

Or try the Sennheiser Momentums ($350).

 

If you want bass emphasis, you can save $100 and get the highly-rated V-Moda M100 for $300. There is no reason to spend $400 on a pair of plastic headphones that ripped off the Beats design and has an extremely colored v-shaped sound signature from a brand that has never made a single pair of headphones before in its life. For the Yamaha Pro 500, you are seriously overpaying/getting ripped off.

 

Of course, this is just my personal opinion.


How can you even compare if you have not even heard Pro 500?

 

Well I have both of them and I think SQ-wise Pro 500 is clear winner. But I still love both of them. Sony MDR-1R are just so light and comfortable. And they are so smooth sounding that you can enjoy music much longer. But when you A/B with Yamaha they almost sound veiled and muffled. Music is much more engaging with Pro 500 so it makes music much more interesting. But anyway you can read more here.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/628488/yamaha-pro-headphones

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/653626/yamaha-hph-pro-500-review


Edited by Habu - 3/4/13 at 4:00am
post #4 of 41
MDR-1R is really quite poor as compared to Momentum. If Yamaha Pro 500 sounds as gd as Amperior, then it is worthwhile getting one.
post #5 of 41
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MDR-1R is really quite poor as compared to Momentum. If Yamaha Pro 500 sounds as gd as Amperior, then it is worthwhile getting one.

Have you even heard the MDR-1R? it's not poor in comparison - it's actually the closest competitor (as far as I know as I havn't heard the Yamaha) in the price range.

post #6 of 41

I have heard MDR-1R and I heard it many times. In the end, I just felt that MDR-1R just sounds too weak when compared to Momentum.

post #7 of 41
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I have heard MDR-1R and I heard it many times. In the end, I just felt that MDR-1R just sounds too weak when compared to Momentum.

Describe 'weak'. It's not a term used very often (if at all) to describe the sound of a headphone.

post #8 of 41
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Originally Posted by xanlamin View Post

MDR-1R is really quite poor as compared to Momentum. If Yamaha Pro 500 sounds as gd as Amperior, then it is worthwhile getting one.

 

Having compared the MDR-1R and Momentum side by side for a few weeks, I think the MDR-1R is the far better value.

 

The Momentum sounds a bit more balanced stock due to the MDR-1R's midbass, but once EQ'ed, the Momentum doesn't sound nearly as good.

 

I think the Momentum is overrated and overpriced. Unless you have mini ears and a liking for the design, I'd go with something else.

post #9 of 41
Fair enough, I didn't get the Momentum too as I find the Amperior far more exciting. Have you heard the MDR-1RNC? I tot it sounded quite good, even better than MDR-1R.
post #10 of 41
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Originally Posted by xanlamin View Post

Fair enough, I didn't get the Momentum too as I find the Amperior far more exciting. Have you heard the MDR-1RNC? I tot it sounded quite good, even better than MDR-1R.

 

I have not. I'm surprised to hear that though, because from the reviews I've seen, the NC feature can have a degrading set on SQ or vice versa.

 

But to add to the above, $300 for the MDR-1R isn't the best value either. But now days, it seems to be around $250 which is pretty decent. It dipped to $190 once, and I regret not picking it up at that price.

post #11 of 41
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Originally Posted by Katun View Post

 

Having compared the MDR-1R and Momentum side by side for a few weeks, I think the MDR-1R is the far better value.

 

The Momentum sounds a bit more balanced stock due to the MDR-1R's midbass, but once EQ'ed, the Momentum doesn't sound nearly as good.

 

I think the Momentum is overrated and overpriced. Unless you have mini ears and a liking for the design, I'd go with something else.

+1 Momentums are nice looking in my opinion but those damn ear cups are just to small. MDR-1R are great.

 

I do not know what all you wish to use these headphones for, but personally with your budget I would get the Mad Dogs with Alpha Pads and get a decent 100 dollar amp. 

 

cheers

post #12 of 41
Check out eBay for some great deals on MDR-1R.
post #13 of 41
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Originally Posted by money4me247 View Post

Sony MDR-1R hands down no contest. $300 on those & spend the last $100 on a amp.

Or try the Sennheiser Momentums ($350).

 

If you want bass emphasis, you can save $100 and get the highly-rated V-Moda M100 for $300. There is no reason to spend $400 on a pair of plastic headphones that ripped off the Beats design and has an extremely colored v-shaped sound signature from a brand that has never made a single pair of headphones before in its life. For the Yamaha Pro 500, you are seriously overpaying/getting ripped off.

 

Of course, this is just my personal opinion.

 

Not that this makes a big difference in this discussion, but just to get the facts straight:

Yamaha was making some of the top headphones available for the consumer market

as far back as the late 1970's. 

 

And its pedigree as a serious music company is at least as good as Sony's

if not better.

post #14 of 41
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Originally Posted by zazex View Post

 

Not that this makes a big difference in this discussion, but just to get the facts straight:

Yamaha was making some of the top headphones available for the consumer market

as far back as the late 1970's. 

 

And its pedigree as a serious music company is at least as good as Sony's

if not better.


Interesting fact, I've never heard of Yamaha as a headphone maker, did they get out of that business at some point?

Any models you remember from the top of your head?

post #15 of 41
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Originally Posted by Andrew_WOT View Post


Interesting fact, I've never heard of Yamaha as a headphone maker, did they get out of that business at some point?

Any models you remember from the top of your head?

 

 

The 'HP-1" - just looked it up & there it is - :-)

http://wiki.faust3d.com/wiki/index.php?title=Yamaha_HP-1

 

Yamaha also made an HP-2 and HP-3; perhaps there were others as well.

 

 

edit: added link


Edited by zazex - 3/4/13 at 7:50pm
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