SONY IER-Z1R
Feb 12, 2021 at 6:35 AM Post #9,691 of 10,526

OlosAftia

Head-Fier
Joined
Oct 20, 2020
Posts
60
Likes
70
Location
Alba
Last edited:
Feb 12, 2021 at 8:26 AM Post #9,693 of 10,526

drlorks

100+ Head-Fier
Joined
May 10, 2015
Posts
315
Likes
489
Location
Isle of Man
MUST... RESIST... URGE... THINK... IMPORT... DUTY...

Edit: Just realised they don't do UK.

I'm in the UK (well Isle of Man - but same for customs/VAT purposes) and I got mine brand new and sealed from @xanlamin via this website at a great price for UK - but don't expect a warranty from Sony UK if the oem sony cable breaks/fails - despite xanlamins best efforts....
 
Feb 12, 2021 at 4:11 PM Post #9,694 of 10,526

Tristy

Headphoneus Supremus
Joined
Nov 21, 2018
Posts
2,416
Likes
3,076
Location
England
MUST... RESIST... URGE... THINK... IMPORT... DUTY...

Edit: Just realised they don't do UK.
Amazon UK ... they do a instalment plan as well. Well, I got offered it.
 
Feb 12, 2021 at 4:19 PM Post #9,695 of 10,526

riverground

1000+ Head-Fier
Joined
Oct 22, 2015
Posts
1,062
Likes
2,336
Location
Toronto, ON
Amazon UK ... they do a instalment plan as well. Well, I got offered it.
Why doesn’t Amazon Canada have this... 😭
 
Feb 12, 2021 at 5:32 PM Post #9,696 of 10,526

CrocodileDundee

Headphoneus Supremus
Joined
Aug 15, 2017
Posts
1,881
Likes
1,930
Location
Australia/Brazil
AUSFF is your answer.

A number of us here got ours from A2A during BFCM 2019 and shipped them home via AUSFF. In my case, it was USD1070 for the IEMs + USD65 for the express shipping (3 days to Singapore). Unbeatable.
They're on sale again for 1799 AUD on A2A.
 
Feb 12, 2021 at 7:38 PM Post #9,697 of 10,526

gikigill

Headphoneus Supremus
Joined
Jan 29, 2012
Posts
4,239
Likes
1,008
Location
Australia
Picked up both the Z1R. Got the IER and waiting for the MDR.

This should be interesting even though the MDR isn't my cup of tea but I,ll give it a second chance.

EDIT: Is it me or headfi or my browser as there are so many spelling errors being generated when I posted.
 
Last edited:
Feb 14, 2021 at 4:34 AM Post #9,698 of 10,526

Neweymatt

100+ Head-Fier
Joined
Jun 11, 2020
Posts
430
Likes
391
Location
NTL
Bummer A2A ran out of stock so quick, but good news is Sony AU price matched for me, so ALL GOOD!

This, and the fantastic deal I got earlier this week on a practically brand new SXC8 cable + XL pads for my CFA Cascade, I feel I've won Headfi for the week :beyersmile: Either that, or I'm due to check in with Bassheads Anonymous any day now...
 
Feb 14, 2021 at 10:21 AM Post #9,699 of 10,526

lucasratmundo

100+ Head-Fier
Joined
Dec 30, 2020
Posts
123
Likes
204
Location
UK
Got my Z1R two days ago and I'm really impressed. I had high expectations as I also have the U12t and MEST. My main concern was comfort/fit given everything that I've seen online about it. I have a large-ish collection of tips so I tried a bunch of them straightaway in addition to the ones that come in the box. I'm happy to report that the Final Type E and Spiral Dots have given me a great balance between sound quality and comfort. The Comply TS400 tips also worked well with a more relaxed treble but not as much as the others in terms of comfort/convenience.

Sound wise, here's my take on how the Z1R compares with other IEMs:
  • Bass: Z1R > MEST > U12t.
  • Tuning: U12t > Z1R > MEST.
  • Detail: Z1R > MEST > U12t
  • Comfort: U12t > Z1R > MEST
The U12t are still my favourite all-rounders but the Z1R are definitely the most fun!
 
Feb 14, 2021 at 10:31 AM Post #9,700 of 10,526

Tristy

Headphoneus Supremus
Joined
Nov 21, 2018
Posts
2,416
Likes
3,076
Location
England
Got my Z1R two days ago and I'm really impressed. I had high expectations as I also have the U12t and MEST. My main concern was comfort/fit given everything that I've seen online about it. I have a large-ish collection of tips so I tried a bunch of them straightaway in addition to the ones that come in the box. I'm happy to report that the Final Type E and Spiral Dots have given me a great balance between sound quality and comfort. The Comply TS400 tips also worked well with a more relaxed treble but not as much as the others in terms of comfort/convenience.

Sound wise, here's my take on how the Z1R compares with other IEMs:
  • Bass: Z1R > MEST > U12t.
  • Tuning: U12t > Z1R > MEST.
  • Detail: Z1R > MEST > U12t
  • Comfort: U12t > Z1R > MEST
The U12t are still my favourite all-rounders but the Z1R are definitely the most fun!
Interesting that you put the Z1R ahead of the MEST for detail retrieval. I was under the impression that the MEST was a bit of a detail monster. While im here, how does the MEST and U12t pair with the SE200?
 
Feb 14, 2021 at 10:40 AM Post #9,701 of 10,526

lucasratmundo

100+ Head-Fier
Joined
Dec 30, 2020
Posts
123
Likes
204
Location
UK
Interesting that you put the Z1R ahead of the MEST for detail retrieval. I was under the impression that the MEST was a bit of a detail monster. While im here, how does the MEST and U12t pair with the SE200?

Detail retrieval is a nuanced topic about these IEMs I guess. Here's my take: Z1R has more detail in the bass than the others, MEST is a very close second. MEST is super detailed in the mids, the Z1R is not too far behind though. U12t is pretty strong on clarity (macro detail) vs micro detail.
 
Feb 14, 2021 at 5:44 PM Post #9,702 of 10,526

sabloke

1000+ Head-Fier
Joined
Aug 18, 2015
Posts
1,225
Likes
536
Location
Adelaide, Australia
Here's my take: Z1R has more detail in the bass than the others, MEST is a very close second. MEST is super detailed in the mids, the Z1R is not too far behind though.

Thank you, I just saved one MEST pair's worth :). Sticking with the Z1Rs then as for me bass is where it's at!

Does anyone know, is IER-M9 a good pair to Z1R or are they too close in terms of timbre and tuning? Still thinking about grabbing a pair while on sale.
 
Feb 14, 2021 at 5:55 PM Post #9,703 of 10,526

grooveriders

100+ Head-Fier
Joined
Jul 12, 2020
Posts
184
Likes
154
Location
Thailand
Thank you, I just saved one MEST pair's worth :). Sticking with the Z1Rs then as for me bass is where it's at!

Does anyone know, is IER-M9 a good pair to Z1R or are they too close in terms of timbre and tuning? Still thinking about grabbing a pair while on sale.
The tuning is quite different, If I didnt know I would say that it is a competely different iem fom different company. If you love the z1r bass, you would be dissapointed in the m9 bass (good bass for BA but cant compare to DD on the z1r). Mids: I found that the mids and seperation are better on the M9. Treble is not as extended and "airy" as the z1r. overall timbre on the M9 is better for me as the z1r sounds too mettalic/clean.
 
Feb 14, 2021 at 7:21 PM Post #9,704 of 10,526

PortableAudioLover

500+ Head-Fier
Joined
Dec 22, 2018
Posts
525
Likes
102
Location
Canada
Got my Z1R two days ago and I'm really impressed. I had high expectations as I also have the U12t and MEST. My main concern was comfort/fit given everything that I've seen online about it. I have a large-ish collection of tips so I tried a bunch of them straightaway in addition to the ones that come in the box. I'm happy to report that the Final Type E and Spiral Dots have given me a great balance between sound quality and comfort. The Comply TS400 tips also worked well with a more relaxed treble but not as much as the others in terms of comfort/convenience.

Sound wise, here's my take on how the Z1R compares with other IEMs:
  • Bass: Z1R > MEST > U12t.
  • Tuning: U12t > Z1R > MEST.
  • Detail: Z1R > MEST > U12t
  • Comfort: U12t > Z1R > MEST
The U12t are still my favourite all-rounders but the Z1R are definitely the most fun!
Is this for custom version mest ?
 
Feb 14, 2021 at 7:36 PM Post #9,705 of 10,526

michaelc

100+ Head-Fier
Joined
Jun 1, 2012
Posts
231
Likes
249
The tuning is quite different, If I didnt know I would say that it is a competely different iem fom different company. If you love the z1r bass, you would be dissapointed in the m9 bass (good bass for BA but cant compare to DD on the z1r). Mids: I found that the mids and seperation are better on the M9. Treble is not as extended and "airy" as the z1r. overall timbre on the M9 is better for me as the z1r sounds too mettalic/clean.

What source/Amp that you are using to drive z1r?
 

Users who are viewing this thread

Top