Originally Posted by reddragon
you know if you go back far enough on the z1000 thread back when it first came out, if i remember right, there were people comparing the z1000 to lcd2 or denon d5000/7000, some say they are close in performance, some say they are not, so all opinions i guess.
Yup. I read the entire Z1000 thread, probably more than once, haha. I think people had high hopes for Sony because they called the Z1000 a flagship and When Sony makes a Flagship people think R10. Plus the LCP diaphram is a cousin(?) some what related to the biocellulose diaphram of the R10?
Yeah so even much vaunted reviewers like Muppetface was comparing them to the HD800 and coming away somewhat pleased. But if you ask me the Z1000's are amazing, and I love them to death. I did a direct comparison of them against the LCD-2 R2, and HE-500, using Lyr/Bifrost over a period of months. The Z1000 of course do "lose" against these two heavy weights, but man they put up a fight, When considering how light/comfortable they are and how easy it is to amp them, they're really a hidden gem. It's sad everyone pretty much ignored them on Head-Fi. The resolution and clarity Sony achieved using a traditional dynamic driver is amazing. Not planar magnetic resolution, but it's right below. The driver is slower than Orthos and maybe even Tesla, but the rigid drivers provide insane clarity.
As hard as it was to believe the 7520 improved upon the Z1000 in everyway, I can think of and to me is a more "perfected" version of the Z1000. Now that cable sucks... thinking about Brian BTG audio to sort this little messy cable problem out for me.
But yeah reddragon you definitely should also try the 7520. It's pretty nice as well.
Edited by M-13 - 3/22/13 at 2:29pm