- Jun 29, 2001
I'll have to agree. Having heard the Z1R(at length and multiple times) and M50X, they aren't even comparable, the fidelity of the Z1R is far far greater, the M50X is so unpleasant and fatiguing to listen to, I threw them off with disgust, like you said the treble is unpleasant and the mids are grainy, the M40X(which I own) has the same problem but it's somewhat tolerable as it tones down the treble..
The M50x comment was certainly a joke in the sense "given the price, I prefer the fun with the M50X". But it's quite out of proportion. I mean... the M50x is a toy compared to the Z1R, so I think Tyll used it to say he really hates the Z1R and even some cheap s#@t would be better.
More realistic comparisons would be perhaps an Eikon. I know people who love the Eikon over the Z1R, but I also know someone who has both (And IMHO has a good ear, plus an Utopia and a few other interesting beasts) and considers the Z1R superior in pretty much every area.
Respect for Tyll's opinion going against the grain (except in certain other forums, perhaps) but given MANY reviews by credible users (and some semi-credible pro reviewers) in this case I think his disliking is a bit too extreme. A clear case of personal taste, more than technical criticism (going beyond measurements here).
Or maybe he needs a few more pairs to compare. You never know, after the episode with the beryllium star.