Awesome comparison, very good information and details. I was wondering about the 10R being better than the 1R. The pictures suggested a lower end model to me (fixed cables vs removable cables for starters). I wasn't thinking to buy the 10R and your observations just confirm my initial hunch.
For people who do not own the 1R and may not be able to afford it, do you think the 10R is similar enough to meet their desires?
yo, you can find the MDR-1Rs at $194 at amazon and I've seen em go as low as $188 (you just have to be patient - I think they were at costcentral), which is basically the same price point as the 10r I believe.