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SONY IER-Z1R

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  1. djansia
    Thanks a lot Peter.
    What are the differences between the two IEMs for you? What led you to prefer IERs? We are talking about sound obviously.
    Thanks again.
     
  2. Peter Ruby
    The Z1Rs are better in every way. I especially like the separation, crazy soundstage and bass response.

    Nothing against the 846s but they’re dated, so you can’t expect them to hold up. They’re also half the cost.
     
  3. wazzupi
    Where can i get the cable ?
     
  4. Peter Ruby
    I posted a link to their Facebook page a page or two back. I’m sure you can contact them through it.
     
  5. DrummerLeo
    OK, I received Z1R today. So now I have owned all the IEMs you mentioned above. My personal preference is Z1R> Solaris>Legend X as of hybrid IEMs, the gaps aren't large but they are there.
    The reason why I love Z1R more than others is that it is so unique as a IEM. It reminds the old days I was enjoying Denon D7000, it sorta has a vintage feel from the bass decay and treble timbre. Although Z1R is not very comfortable to wear, but it is extremely comfortable to listen. However, the downside of the Z1R is the mid is a little bit thin and recessed. It is fine when listening to classics and instrumental jazz, but when comes to pop or vocals this specific shortcoming was magnified.
    Solaris is a good headphones but in compassion to Z1R it just lack of attitudes and emotional touches. Solaris is like a smart young man just out of college who has enough knowledge to make a life, but does not clear about what life is.
    LX was my guilty pleasure for a very long time. However, the more experience I have the more I feel its tonality is a little off. My attitude towards LX is more like a love and hate at the same time, I have a similar attitude towards EE's previous flagship Zeus-XR. They are not for all genres, but for the genres they are good at, they are really good.

    Then for the only BA you mentioned--qdc Anole, IMO, it is closer to Solaris than Z1R in terms of overall tonality. It is a very youthful sound. Solaris has advantages in soundstage width, while Anole has advantages in soundstage depth. Solaris is a little bit flatter, while Anole has a dip in upper-mid(around 6k), but slightly more sparkles in treble.

    As you can see, I work for UM, so it is understandable you think I may have bias to these headphones. But as a matter of fact, both me personally and the Unique Melody as a whole are very humble and honest. We believe we need to share with the community and learn from the community. So I am describing these headphones as objective as I can. Also, as a employee of a headphones company, I think we need to learn some ideas from Z1R such as the treble timbre. As an audiophile, I hope all other headphones manufacturers can learn something from Z1R.
     
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  6. Redcarmoose
    So funny you mention the AH-D7000 full-size. As that was my favorite headphone 9 years ago and come to think of it your right as far as the IER-Z1R sound signature. That Denon also had a recessed midrange and the bass response was parallel as with not enough juice it was muddy.....but powered right the bass became tight and controlled though still boosted. The treble is also characterized the same with some folks finding the treble slightly too intense.

    Though.....I think the lower midrange is different?

    But I think the IER-Z1R is actually slightly more advanced as it doesn’t have some of those wood cup resonances in places like the Denon 7000 did? Crazy too as Foster Corp and Sony are both on the same island.
     
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2019
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  7. purk Contributor
    That’s a very high praise. Thanks for writing it.

    Also I actually like the IER-Z1R even more so than the Denon D9200.
     
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2019
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  8. DrummerLeo
    Yeah, they do share some similarities, but off-course not identical. IMO both of them are "fun and refined". I can't recall exactly how D7000 sounds like (they were "robbed" by my mother years ago), but after years the only impression of D7000 in my mind was fun and elegant. I'm expecting Z1R will have the same effect to me.
     
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  9. Redcarmoose
    The “vintage feel” you speak of......could in fact be termed “Hi-Fi”?
     
  10. DrummerLeo
    That is hard to answer, I mean everyone has different view of what "Hi-Fi" is. Some say "Hi-Fi" should be a realistic reproduction of music which in this term Z1R and D7k are not even close to "Hi-Fi", U18t, pp8s and our Mason V3+ are closer to this definition IMO. Others say "Hi-Fi" should be a artistic interpretation of music through audio gears, in this term Z1R, D7k, VE Erlkonig, Tia Fourte and our Mentor V3+ are counted.
     
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  11. Vitaly2017
    Hey does anyone know where I can find triple flinge or dual eartips. But ones that has the softest silicone so it can super comfortable?



    Can someone also share a few thought ier-z1r vs mdr-z7m2 and ndr-1am2 please
     
  12. purk Contributor
    The IER-Z1R is to me a better headphones. It is more musical and nearly match the sense of space that you can get from the Z7 MK2. Bass wise, the IER-Z1R is excellent while the Z7 MKII is more reserve but it is still has less bass quantity than from the MDR-Z1R. The IER to me is just very musical while still sounding very technically competent at the same time. A real gem IMO and rare combination indeed not considering its tiny size.
     
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  13. Jalo
    I bought mine from Aliexpress. There are many brands you have to try a few of them to find the right one for yourself. Fortunately they are not too expensive.

    With my recently acquired aftermarket cable for the IER, it almost turns my IER into a new phone. The fact that it can do that suggest two possibilities, first the IER is a very transparent and highly resolved phone that can reveal changes in the upstream source, second, the IER has a lot of capabilities that has not been revealed or explored by the stock cable. I like to hear more feedback from everyone how what the IER can do under different setup.
     
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2019
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  14. candlejack
    It's amazing what cables can do these days.
     
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  15. fiascogarcia
    Yeah, I've not had a cable that makes a profound difference, but I do believe I hear small changes in timbre of voices and instruments between cables. I had to try out my favorite, the Eros bespoke 8 wire, and it does add a touch of a tighter bass and better separation with the lower midrange, but I could accomplish close to the same effect with the equalizer on the WM-1Z that I use. I personally think the stock cable is very good and well matched with the Z1R. Having said that, I won't criticize anyone that thinks otherwise or just plain likes the bling factor. IMO
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