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My MZ-R900 sounds like crap

post #1 of 15
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I always think there is something wrong with my MD rig as it always sound so thin, at first, I thought it must be the problem of my headphone(E888s). But, on yesterday I finally have chance to audition my cousin's E90, thus as a normal procedure for fair A/B comparison between two units, I turn off all the digital mega bass at the back of his E90, plug in my E888s into E90's remote, and start to play my SP copy of I Might Be Wrong... The difference is so noticable, the sound of R900 could be described as "dry and thin" like what I described before, while the sound of E90 sounds very rich... But that is really weird, as both of them should sound very similar, so my guess is- are there something wrong with my R900. Or it is just all the R900s sound dry and thin?
post #2 of 15
Your R900 sounds exactly like the R900 I had. I also had an E80 which sounded different from my R900... Eventually I sold my R900 to one of the guys on here.
post #3 of 15
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If so I really wonder why people don't complain about R900's sound... TBH I think it doesn't even match the normal taste of the mainstream.
post #4 of 15
I have the r900 and I feel that the sound it outputs is rather flat...it dosent do anything to your music...it is giving your music to your ears "as is"

Sony is trying to make their players sound accurate...while sharps from what i remember sounded like they were ment to sound good woth rock and roll and without an amp

instead of selling it I suggest you try an amp with it perhaps tailored to your musical preferences...
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
It is still strange that E90 can sounds COMPLTETELY different from R900 tbh.
post #6 of 15
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Quote:
Originally posted by disturbed
I have the r900 and I feel that the sound it outputs is rather flat...it dosent do anything to your music...it is giving your music to your ears "as is"

Sony is trying to make their players sound accurate...while sharps from what i remember sounded like they were ment to sound good woth rock and roll and without an amp

instead of selling it I suggest you try an amp with it perhaps tailored to your musical preferences...
I don't mean I want to sell it out... I just wanna bring it to Sony for a check, as it also sucks up the battery so rapidly which is quite weird.
post #7 of 15

R900

I ahd that problem when I was recording w/ analog. With a digital recording, it sounds equal to the E90. (to my ears)
post #8 of 15
Wierd, I think my R900 and E900 both blow away the R90 by far, and both make the R90 sound warm and boomy. You sure your EQ settings aren't screwed up? With just the EQ alone you should be able to easily make the R900 smoke the R90.
post #9 of 15
I agree Vertigo!!
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
Guess like there must be something screwed up with my R900 then...

I am going to take my MD unit to Sony then, how should I describe my problem to them? I afraid they will only say it's a matter of taste rather than the problem of the unit.
post #11 of 15
Vertigo and co.,

the reason R900 doesn't blow anything out of the water IMO is exactly that it's too clear. It's as if Sony removed a good chunk of the "oomph" that should've been there. If I'm allowed to use idiotic generalization - the R900 sounded like very-low-bitrate MP3 in its lack of "body", and I don't think you're going to get more accuracy just by doing that.

And to me the R900's bass/treble adjustment doesn't alter the sound in a way I'd like to see, as in it doesn't seem to be adjusting the right frequencies. Quite like scratching a couple of inches away from the exact spot the bug bit on.

So while it might be technically perfect, it seemed to take the "fun" out of music, and that was a gripe for me. I'm not here to say who's right/wrong, though - this is just the impression my ears got last year. It really might be accuracy (hmph), and I'm not against trying another Sony.

P.S. I too found the R900's quite uneven in the way it consumes power, but since zealous R900 owners bashed me on MD-L over this, never mind. *swears*
post #12 of 15

Re: My MZ-R900 sounds like crap

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Originally posted by Silver
I always think there is something wrong with my MD rig as it always sound so thin, at first, I thought it must be the problem of my headphone(E888s). But, on yesterday I finally have chance to audition my cousin's E90, thus as a normal procedure for fair A/B comparison between two units, I turn off all the digital mega bass at the back of his E90, plug in my E888s into E90's remote, and start to play my SP copy of I Might Be Wrong... The difference is so noticable, the sound of R900 could be described as "dry and thin" like what I described before, while the sound of E90 sounds very rich... But that is really weird, as both of them should sound very similar, so my guess is- are there something wrong with my R900. Or it is just all the R900s sound dry and thin?
Did you try using both rechargeable and cell battery together? Try - amazingly, my R909 was sounding like crap for 2 months until I finally hooked up both the battery compartment with the rechargeable... and voila! it began sounding very decent, deep with excellent imaging. Interestingly, with both batteries on it also handles power far more efficiently.
post #13 of 15
I have owned my R900 for about 3 months. Use: about 2 hours a day+ 2 hours recording a day. I have never used the battery compartment. That is a great idea. I will post my experience as well.
post #14 of 15
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Originally posted by Andrew Pielet
I have owned my R900 for about 3 months. Use: about 2 hours a day+ 2 hours recording a day. I have never used the battery compartment. That is a great idea. I will post my experience as well.
Same with me owning the R909... On average, I use it 3 hours (+I often edit recordings while on the go) a day. Normally, at this usage rate, a fully recharged battery + a new alcaline battery last 12-14 days (the AA battery sometime dies a few days earlier though - depends on the type).

From my experience, using the rechargeable alone yields disappointing results soundwise; using the AA battery without the rechargeable is just horrible in every sense.
post #15 of 15

And....

Of course I use the DC plug when recording, therefore my copies are quite crisp.
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