Sony MDR-Z7m2

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Enjoy premium sound with High-Resolution Audio

Take your digital music collection to another level with High-Resolution Audio. By digitally capturing music at a higher rate than CD, High-Resolution Audio allows you to get closer to the original studio recording and enjoy your music just as the artist intended.


An audio experience you won't want to leave
Lose yourself in the music you love, enjoying enhanced sound quality and hours of listening comfort. The MDR-Z7M2 provides elegant audio reproduction, from highs to lows, with 70mm HD drivers, aluminium-coated Liquid Crystal Polymer diaphragms, Fibonacci-patterned grill and a larger magnet that's twice the volume of the magnet used in its predecessor. The result is the reproduction of a three dimensional, spatial sound experience existing in live atmosphere.



70mm HD driver units deliver wide, spacious sound
Newly developed HD driver units with a large diameter of 70mm are designed to cover your ears and produce a plane wave front similar to that in a natural sound field, and reproduce frequencies from 4Hz to 100kHz. Every note stays clear across a spacious sound stage, preserving the emotion and energy of the original recording, with true vocal clarity and precise bass response.



Evolving the sound of the Signature Series
Our MDR-Z1R headphones remain the pick of audio enthusiasts, and now its key technologies are more accessible in the new MDR-Z7M2. Premium sound for an audio experience you can lose yourself in for hours.









Smoother high-frequency response
Inherited from MDR-Z1R, the MDR-Z7M2 has a Fibonacci-patterned grill that reproduces the intended sound properties smoothly - a particular challenge with ultra-high frequencies.




Fibonacci-patterned grill
Made of solid resin, with thinner frames, the Fibonacci-patterned grill achieves both strength and thinness to minimise sound damping from the grill at ultra high frequencies.


An aluminium-coated LCP diaphragm
The dome of the diaphragm has been upsized and its profile has been optimised, which enables clear sound at mid-low range, and brilliant sound at mid-high range. Combining aluminium and LCP, material specific resonance is cancelled and delivers natural sound with low colouration.


Approx. 200% bigger Dynamic Neodymium Magnet
With a newly developed, bigger magnet that's double the volume of the MDR-Z7, the MDR-Z7M2 establishes more driving power and a fast response to high resolution signals, which results in sharp clarity of sound.


Lose yourself in the world of high quality audio
Stay connected to premium sound with a 4.4mm balanced connection cable and silver-coated oxygen-free copper cables - they're all in the box.





4.4mm balanced cable connection
Enjoy clear, precise and dynamic sound with a 4.4mm balanced connection cable, which separates left and right sound signals, while minimising signal transmission loss and resulting sound deterioration.


Silver-coated oxygen-free copper cable
Silver-coated oxygen-free copper cables minimise resistance and signal-transmission loss. The result is less sound degradation, finer detail and smoother treble sounds.



Ergonomic earpads
A combination of three-dimensionally sewn synthetic leather surfaces and very thick, low-repulsion urethane foam cushion ensures an ergonomic shape designed to fit the unevenness of the head and gives even pressure throughout the area. By increasing air-tightness, sound leakage is reduced and sound optimised with heavy powerful bass.




Aluminium-alloyed hanger and slider
Aluminium alloy is used for hangers and sliders, which form the backbone of the headphones. These guarantee both lightweight and long lasting durability over the years.


Comfortable earpad materials
Soft urethane foam cushion with moisture-absorbing and releasing characteristics were chosen for the surface of the earpads to reduce the feeling of stuffiness and provide a comfortable extended listening experience.


SPECIFICATIONS & FEATURES
MDR-Z7M2 headphones deliver premium sound that you can lose yourself in for hours. Inheriting technology from the acclaimed MDR-Z1R, they have a 70mm HD driver unit with Fibonacci patterned grill, 4.4mm balanced connection and are designed for wearing comfort, delivering an audio experience you won't want to leave.

  • High-Resolution Audio compatible


  • 70mm HD driver units with aluminium-coated liquid crystal polymer diaphragm


  • 4.4mm balanced cables and silver-coated oxygen-free copper cables


  • Ergonomic earpads
DRIVER UNIT
70 mm, dome type (CCAW Voice Coil)
FREQUENCY RESPONSE
4 Hz - 100,000 Hz
CORD LENGTH
Headphone cable (Approx. 3 m (118 1 / 8 in) , silver-coated OFC strands, Gold-plated stereo mini plug) , Balanced-connection Headphone cable (Approx. 1.2 m (47 1 / 4 in) , silvercoated OFC strands, L-shaped gold plated balanced standard plug)
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Latest reviews

Pros: Soundstage
Instrument seperation
Relaxed sound signature
Good treble
Bass (with EQ)
Cons: Lack of Bass (w/o EQ)
Odd sounding mids
Preamble:
Bought these brand new direcly from Sony Australia with my own money. Though are a ridiculous discount ($440 AUD - they are $1300 New). As Such, i will be rating these in terms of a <$500 AUD (<$350 USD) set of cans. As if they were to be rated at the RRP, i would give them a 2.5 - 3/5

Comparators
Campfire Audio Cascade

Source
Hiby R5
Macbook Pro

Tracks
Bass response: Drake MIA, Ed Sheeran South of Boarder
Mid response: Ed Sheeran South of the boarder, Toto Africa, Sam smith How do you sleep
Treble response: sam smith How do you sleep, Dj snake You know you like it

Packaging
Not bad.
The cables are really good. And cool of sony to include a balanced 4.4mm out of the box.
Only caveat, the 3.5mm SE cable is retardedly long. Like 2m long.

Build
Very nice build quality.
Aluminum finishings everywhere

Fit
Head band and pads are supple and comfortable to wear for extended periods of time
The sony is more comfortable than the Cascades, as the cascade i noticed kept having point tenderness on the top of my head.

Sound
  • Bass: Lackluster at best. But... Responds really well to EQ. It's really biazzare, as the older borther to the Z7m2 the Z1R has very good, overly emphasized bass. It has a slow decay and isn't visceral without EQ. With EQ it sounds really nice. A boomy, yet controlled sound. The Cascades easily win here. Boom BOOM BOOM.
  • Mids: Decent, though at times it feels very ?distant. I know that's a weird way to describe a sound signature but it's what it sounded like. Even still, the Sony manages to beat out the Casade, in which the mids are recessed.
  • Treble: Nicely done, has an airiness to it. Isn't silibant at all (the cascade had harsher sound treble). Not much else to remark here.
  • Stage: The stage is wide. It is better than the cascade (which has a congested characteristic). Of course not as wide as an open back set of cans, but decent.
  • Instrument seperation: I think the Z7m2 does really well here. It is able to seperate instruments very very well.
  • Reproduction accuracy: In comparsion to the Cascades, the Z7m2 wins here. However, neither are awefullly good at accuracy. particularly the m2 which the FR is hard to gauge when listneing to them.
Summary
Again, at 1300 AUD RRP, these are, in no way, worth it. At $440 AUD, the case for these becomes more convincing. I wasn't able to pin down a genre these shone at, but it seemed to me, it was very good at instrumental stuff (although i, myself, don't listen to too much instrumental stuff). Further, if these are bought at the RRP i would rate these a 2.5/5. But, at $450, i think they are definetly a 4/5, down to the laid back easy to listne to sound signature and good response to EQ.
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XM3orZ7m2
XM3orZ7m2
@dhruvmeena96 I'd highly suggest EQing them for more bass. They are certainly more capable due to more vents, 2x larger magnet and newer driver design.
jb2unique
jb2unique
Nearly gave up on these and whoa, EQ saved me from feeling like I made a bad purchase ☺
XM3orZ7m2
XM3orZ7m2
@jb2unique check out the recent 10 pages in the z7m2 thread, we discuss our EQ set ups :)

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