Originally Posted by elektron
I really don't understand why you keep insisting that this is the case when all publicly available information suggests just the opposite:
1) Sony discontinued MDR-1R when MDR-1A were released (i.e. the latter replaced the former). Hint: the same will happen with MDR-1RBTMK2 in the first half of this year.
2) There is a thread on here called "Sony MDR-1A - Sony's latest update on the 1R", with not a single post in the 26-page discussion contradicting this statement.
3) Then there are professional reviews like this one, with the opening statement asserting that:
I presume the journalist got this information from Sony along with the review sample.
I could go on, but I don't see the pont...
If you know something we don't, would you mind sharing it with the rest of us?
You are also suggesting that the 1A series doesn't sound better than the 1R series.
Once again, this goes against all available evidence, including technical information such as the driver specs, as well as the professional and enthusiast comparisons (both here and on Amazon), with many of the 1R owners upgrading to the 1A after hearing them.
And these are just the passive versions. The MDR-1ABT will have the advantage of improved electronics / active circuitry compared to last year's 1RBTMK2 (not to mention the inclusion of LDAC with a compatible source). So, in theory at least, the improvement in the sound quality will be even greater.
And you still keep insisting that the 1ABT are NOT MEANT to sound better than the 1RBTMK2??
While I appreciate your dedication to the cause of finding the perfect bluetooth headphone, the fact that you are giving advice based on factually incorrect information does not help anyone.
P.S. Not sure what point you are making in regards to AptX. It will not make bad headphones sound good. But what it will do is give you the ability to listen to CD-quality FLAC without compression. That's all. If you only listen to MP3s then you shouldn't care about AptX as it won't make any discernible difference in this situation.