In any case, the MDR-Z1R has risen in price now - it's AUD 2,500 on the official Sony site. That's very much in line with the official MSRP of $1,800 in the US market. The thing is, I've seen varying prices for the Sony; it was launched at over $2,000 a few years ago. Hence, the value has dropped a fair bit over time, but I think it has settled at a comfortable spot right now. For anyone looking to get an MDR-Z1R, now's the time.that’s so interesting - wow. The price in Australia might be due to the fact that it was never actually sold here. Mine is going to be a special order directly from denon through the local distributor.
Custom order + shipping + customs might be the reason it’s 2800. Kind of cool that I would have one of the few 9200s in Australia though!
also, the Z1R was actually 1600 AUD at one point in Aus a year or two ago. It’s relatively affordable in Australia. It was such a comfortable and well built headphone (though I didn’t like the plastic on the cup frames - they creaked a bit) but I found the mids too recessed for my liking. It felt like the vocals were so far back that I’d have to turn up the volume to hear them.
Well, back to the AH-D9200..