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Hey guys, I joined just so I could make this post. Right now, I have about a $300 budget to buy new headphones. My favorite and most expensive pair right now are the Sony MDR-7506, so I really don't have much experience with extremely HQ headphones. I tried on a pair of the MDR 1R, and I immediately fell in love, even before I started playing the music. I think this might be to lack of experience of listening to actual audiophile headphones. I'm going into college, so I'm looking for a nice pair of headphones that I can study with for hours. Comfort comes first, sound quality comes second, and build structure comes third. Am I making the right choice with the 1Rs? What are some other suggestions too? Thanks bros.

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Originally Posted by brenen22 View Post

Hey guys, I joined just so I could make this post. Right now, I have about a $300 budget to buy new headphones. My favorite and most expensive pair right now are the Sony MDR-7506, so I really don't have much experience with extremely HQ headphones. I tried on a pair of the MDR 1R, and I immediately fell in love, even before I started playing the music. I think this might be to lack of experience of listening to actual audiophile headphones. I'm going into college, so I'm looking for a nice pair of headphones that I can study with for hours. Comfort comes first, sound quality comes second, and build structure comes third. Am I making the right choice with the 1Rs? What are some other suggestions too? Thanks bros.

Yes, as of now the MDR-1R pretty much has the best comfort for it's price, and it is generally on sale for around $200.

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The 1R are indeed beautiful and it's easy to fall in love with the design. They are also one of the most comfortable headphones I've ever tried. The sound signature is quite different from 7506 though, so you'll have to decide whether the sound is for you. 1R is a lot warmer and thicker in the mids, with less treble. But they are are very technically capable, so if you want more treble or sub bass they will respond well to EQ.
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Do you have a Sony store near you? You can try the 1Rs at the store and see if you like them. I have the MDR-V6 (pretty much same as the MDR-7506) and had a chance to a/b the two. For me the 1Rs were just too bassy. I'll agree with what has been said about comfort though!
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I didn't find them overly bassy per se, as the mids are almost as prominent as the bass. However they do sound very thick, warm, and even dark because the treble is subdued. They may sound more balanced with a good amp though. I only heard them through my iPhone.
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Since you already tried the MDR-1Rs and know you like them, I'd go with it. You might order another pair of headphones and not like them as much. The MDR-1R also seem stylish enough for wear out in public in college. smily_headphones1.gif
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