Originally Posted by Trunks159
Please compare the 1r and 1rmk2!
Iv'e only had a short listen to them and since I want to give you my first impressions of them since you want to know how they compare to the original 1R's it'd be easier for me to do it this way. They pretty much look identically the same, I can't seem to notice anything different. It's disappointing that they couldn't even change the labeling on the headphone to "MDR-1RMK2" but that's just me.
In the sound department which is what your most interested in, It's actually remarkably similar to the original 1R's however from MY OWN EARS the bass seems to be just a tad more extended and smoother. unfortunately I can't really tell you whether I can hear any differences in the MIDS and HIGHS becasue I can't really remember back to the 1R's but I can be save to say that it's some what improved.
I think price is the second most important factor on whether it's worth every penny. In my honest opinion I wouldn't pay $299.99+shipping out of my own pocket for these headphones. I do really love these but for some reason the price tag doesn't give it justice. for example if did pay the RRP I'd still be happy with them but I wouldn't consciously think to myself that these are what I expected for how much I paid. I paid $224.96 from Sony's boxing day sale and for that price it's a steal, if you can find it around the $200-$250 range I think it's a good deal if you want a really good headphone for the casual listener.
Unfortunately with my bad luck, My headphone has small chrome chip marks near the hinge underneath the MDR-1R labeling where the hinge turns. However Sony is already in the process in hopefully organizing a replacement for me if they approve.