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They might be Kings: Focal Utopia, Sony MDR-Z1R, HiFiMan Susvara, HE1000 V2, MrSpeakers Ether Flow & Meze Empyrean

Discussion in 'Currawong' started by currawong, Mar 6, 2017.
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  1. s82223
    That also makes me confused.
    My friend cut stock cable and try to replace 6.3mm jack with a 4pin XLR.
    He told me that there is no shielding inside the cable, and the wires are extremely thin.
    I also compare the stock cable with T1's stock cable, the latter one is the clear winner.
    For me, the stock cable lacks of treble extension,and it's too dark which make Z1R an overprice HP.
  2. BunnyNamedCraig
    I hear ya on the comparisons and agree.... I really like the T1 second gen and think that everything abojt it is quality, but the Z1R's sound just fits the bill for me. They both have excellent detail retrieval but their house flavor of sound is different. Some people only like "dark cans" or brighter ect, which is why I was curious about why the Z1R did it for you. Enjoy it!
  3. canali
    Originally Posted by canali [​IMG]
    i know this is to open a can of worms but...
    i just can't see how a reputable audio firm like sony (or hifi man or audeze,
    heck anyone selling a $2-3k set of cans), will put a mediocre stock cable on it that
    could lessen it's sound sig from what the R&D/marketing/engineers had in mind.
    i'm going to try to track down Naotaka Tsunoda (see below) for his imput about this stock Z1R cable being supposedly unshielded.
     believe he was behind the Z1R and with whom Ty was talking to at the RMAF back in Oct
    here he is below in video with Ty (wonder when Ty is going to review the Z1R, too...)
    Naotaka Tsunoda, Deputy General Manager, Acoustic Technologies, Headphones, at Sony

    would like his imput on this supposedly non shielded cable.
    i'll email him both this thread as well as the Sony Z1R specific one.
  4. joseph69

    Lighten up and don't take it so personally. No one is here to insult you. I'm just surprised with the price of the Utopia that the cable isn't sufficient enough for many owners from what I've been reading, that's all.
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  5. canali
    Originally Posted by Toolman View Post
    If you think stock cables suffice, and will optimise the performance of your cans, then so be it. I'm sure those free earbuds from Apple must be the best for your DAPs/Phones too eh?

    You can probably question the sanity of the guys who will even be silly enough to mod their Ferraris, Ducatis etc
    and we're asking legit questions...i mean we all want premium sound...and of course we're all willing to pay for it, too
    (heck just look at all those non audiophiles around us who think we're nuts for spending $1-4k on cans)...
    just that some tweaks and aftermarket accessories raise the question
    of how much diff or improvement can we really hear...and how much is placebo and wanting to convince ourselves that we hear a significant difference given the $$$ we just spent....
    esp tough in the more subjective area of audio.
  6. Toolman

    Why do you think that I take it personally or that I felt insulted? 

    It's just that you mentioned it yourself that... "you don't understand" and that "it don't make sense to you" so by me replying to you is...wrong? geez talk about lightening up? but don't worry we are cool [​IMG]
    In fact we are on the same side...trust me I hate spending on cables like the next guy but until you give "some" of these aftermarket cables a try then you can judge for yourself whether the stock cables are up to par. Just because you buy a car it doesn't mean that you can upgrade to a better tyres than factory installed ones, that's all I am saying
  7. joseph69

    I thought you were taking it personally, sorry.
    I don't at all doubt that cables have different sound-signatures which is why I can't understand why Focal wouldn't have offered a different "stock" cable to push the Utopia further being most are changing them.
  8. TimeLord
    I would like to humbly request that this thread not devolve into yet another cable discussion thread.
    Can we focus on the headphones themselves? @Currawong, what do you think?
  9. canali
    you see that tone of yours? polite and civil...that is what makes headfi such a cool place to hang.[​IMG]
       but if i do find out from my post on the cable from sony, hopefully you won't mind if i do add it it.
    not trying to sidetrack from this wonderful thread (even the debate is civil but equally constructive)
    hope you don't mind if i do sneak it in...but will try to keep that my comments on it going forward to the sony z1r specific thread at hand.
  10. Currawong Contributor
    Looking at the stock cable of the HD800, Utopia and Z1R, I'm guessing that the priorty was robustness more than anything. Customer service and warranty claims eat heavily into a company's costs, so anything to avoid that is welcome. 
    I'll try and remember to ask him about it at the Tokyo show at the end of this month.
    I reckon someone should start a cable company called "The Can of Worms" and send their products rolled up in a tin. [​IMG]
  11. BillOhio
    Am I misinterpreting this or does Tyll basically say at 5:20 that the Z1Rs are nice so long as you don't turn the volume up...?
  12. nordkapp
    Subbed. New MDR Z1R arriving this week. These new phones should complete my wheelhouse for the foreseeable future.
  13. BillOhio
    How do you like the Elears? Are they comfortable?
  14. nordkapp
    The Elears are great. Super fast, detailed and plenty of visceral impact. Comfort wise not too bad, but not great either.
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  15. canali
    hey i'm a sucker as much as anyone for wanting to spend on accessories for better sound..so i'm not knocking anyone trying for such.
    for example, I just bought these Auralex ''isolation'' Mopads for my Focal Alpha 50 monitors... but they were only cdn$45.
    Looking at them I'm sure they're just left over styrofoam packaging in the last shipmen of speakers...the saavy owner, who one day was too lazy
    to take to the landfill, decided to spray paint 'em and then slap a label on them.
    yells over his partner, ''hey charlie time to make us some easy cashola''[​IMG]
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