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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. TimeLord

    I appreciate the response. Let's keep this great thread going. :beerchug:
  2. nordkapp
    Guys, any recommendations for burn in with the MDR Z1R? 
  3. buzzlulu
    Just like any other headphone - put a playlist on continual loop at a nice volume  - and - PLAY
    Most likely a good 100 hours will be needed.
    I had a pair in the house at the same time as the Utopia.  I kept the Utopia and sent the Z1R's back.  I now need a pair of closed back to use while the wife watches TV so I have another pair coming back again.  They did make a very nice impression on me the first time they were here so I am hoping the magic I felt the last time was for real.  We will see
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  4. jscmd2000
    If you don't mind me asking, obviously you liked the Utopias better than the Z1Rs when you sent them back...  Other than your need for a closed back, what was magical about the Z1Rs that made you order another pair?  I am trying to decide between the Z1Rs and the Ether c flows for my need for same. I have the Ether flows, which I really liked until getting the Utopias.  I just don't use them anymore. I want to sell them and get a closed pair.  I know I will not like either of those closed cans more than the Utopias.  C'mon~  So, between trying to pick one of them and expecting something inferior than what I already have, not pulling the trigger has been pretty easy so far.  
  5. buzzlulu

    Yes the reason for returning the Z1R's was as you mentioned above - the Utopias are simply that much better - actually in a completely different league. The problem is I cannot use them in the same room with my wife as there is too much sound leakage.

    I am in the process of reacquainting myself with the Z1R. I do remember from the first time I had them they are a very addicting, fun and musical sound. They keep my toes tapping just like my Naim 2 channel system.

    I guess my memory of them was good enough to give them another try. Many seem to say they are amongst the best closed back currently available today - so if I need something to compliment the Utopia's - the best open backs - then these seem like the right candidate.

    Another big test which I did not do during the first time I had them here was how well they block outside sound. My wife watches TV so I need to see if they can block some of the sound out - the Utopias were useless in that regard.
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  6. Imperfectionist
    You will still hear the sounds from the TV, or fan noise. Dampened, yes, it won't isolate fully.
  7. jscmd2000
    Any Z1R owners out there also own the Ether C Flows or have some experience?  How do they compare sound quality wise?
  8. buzzlulu

    Yes - that I realize
    Any other alternatives I should consider then which meet my requirements?
  9. BunnyNamedCraig

    I'm actually going to shoot a YouTube video of that very comparison today at the store lol. So when it gets finished and up, I will spread the word.
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  10. jscmd2000
    Awesomeness!  I will look forward to it.  Thank you~
  11. Imperfectionist
    Things with Anc. Heard good things on the Sony ones. Anc with ldac or something are supposedly better than Bose qc35.
  12. buzzlulu
    No no - I already have a pair of B&O H9 wireless with ANC for airline travel . I want something which rivals my Utopia for around quality.
  13. Currawong Contributor
    Sony Review:

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  14. canali

    Thanks Currawong...i watched it a while ago...enjoyed it...was a pretty balanced assessment.

    my set is being shipped today.

    question: in your video what is 1/the tube amp you're using (my bud loves tubes: once had Shindo stuff)
    and 2/ what are your desktop monitors? i have the focal alpha 50s.
  15. Currawong Contributor
    It's all in my profile. 
    ALO Audio Studio Six.
    ADAM ARTist 3.
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