MDR-M1ST vs MDR-7520
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This just come to my head and I wonder which one should be better. Does M1ST, 7520 support 4.4mm balanced ? Guess the latter doesn't.
 
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The M1ST doesn't come included with a 4.4 but the 3.5mm jack on the headphone cup is 4 pole so a 1AM2 4.4 cable should plug right in and work fine.
 
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I owned the MDR-7520's for a bit, and to be honest, I thought they sounded pretty bad. Flat, dull, congested.
Definitely not worth the $500 Sony was originally asking for them, or even the $400 they are currently selling for. I'd take the $150 ATH-M50x over them any day of the week.
Hopefully the MDR-M1ST will be a much better headphone.
 
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Really ? Then I'm glad that I haven't purchased 7520 then. I have kimber 4.4mm + pha-2a and wish mdr-m1st would compatible with balanced connection.
 
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I already have that cable heh heh. Just wonder if it would work.
Yep it'll work! And I'm curious to see what kind of changes you get from it. I just got a Kimber cable in the mail today to pair with my Z7 and it is legit. Like no longer need to EQ my Z7 type legit.
 
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Yep it'll work! And I'm curious to see what kind of changes you get from it. I just got a Kimber cable in the mail today to pair with my Z7 and it is legit. Like no longer need to EQ my Z7 type legit.
Glad to know that. Worth added it to my collection.
 
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I just received a M1ST and I have also a 7520 and CD900ST.

To my ears the M1ST is a happy middle ground between the CD900ST (which actually bought twice) and the 7520. The 7520 has better bass than the CD900ST but the tuning sounded rather distant which I suspect was aimed at making the 7520s sound like speakers. The M1ST improves on the bass of the CD900ST and achieves a good middle ground between sounding distant and the intimate feel of the CD900STs.

IMO the sound of the M1ST is good enough to do monitoring(sufficiently detailed) and mastering (sound field akin to a near field speaker), whereas both the 7520 and CD900ST are more like one trick ponies. Bonus is that the M1STs are lighter and more comfortable to wear for long sessions than the 7520s, and the clamping force is not as strong as the CD900STs.
 
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I just received a M1ST and I have also a 7520 and CD900ST.

To my ears the M1ST is a happy middle ground between the CD900ST (which actually bought twice) and the 7520. The 7520 has better bass than the CD900ST but the tuning sounded rather distant which I suspect was aimed at making the 7520s sound like speakers. The M1ST improves on the bass of the CD900ST and achieves a good middle ground between sounding distant and the intimate feel of the CD900STs.

IMO the sound of the M1ST is good enough to do monitoring(sufficiently detailed) and mastering (sound field akin to a near field speaker), whereas both the 7520 and CD900ST are more like one trick ponies. Bonus is that the M1STs are lighter and more comfortable to wear for long sessions than the 7520s, and the clamping force is not as strong as the CD900STs.
Thanks ! M1ST is not available in my country so I've to get more information as much as I can.
 
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Thanks ! M1ST is not available in my country so I've to get more information as much as I can.
I’m lucky to be situated in Asia with access to buying service that allows me to get stuff from Japan at reasonable cost. Looking to get the Bispa 4.4mm cable for m1st in my upcoming japan trip, and will report back if i get it.
 
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