Three Brand New Earphones: Sony IER-Z1R, IER-M9 and IER-M7
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Is there a guide to tell M7 counterfeits from authentic pairs? I bought a "used-very good" condition from amazon for $410 that arrives this week. hopefully everything is fine 👀
 
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Is there a guide to tell M7 counterfeits from authentic pairs? I bought a "used-very good" condition from amazon for $410 that arrives this week. hopefully everything is fine 👀
There is no M7 counterfeit as fas as I know. $410 used seems legit since new one can be bought around $550ish today, drop from initial msrp $800 at first launch in 2018
 
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I bought my M7 from accessory jack last year for €525. IER-Z1R for €1650. First got Z1R, then after testing them in the streets, didn't like how people stared at me. So decided to use IER-Z1R only at home. So got a fiio Fa7, only to return it the next week due to overwhelming bass (for an all BA also 4 like m7 was I shocked) so I got the M7for €200 more. M7 cleans a dirty toilet with the FA7 as a metaphor how good they are
 
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One year after owning both M7 and (IER-)Z1R I am satisfied with both, both sound great. I use M7 when I want to "shut the mouth" or "turn the volume down" on the world around me (passive isolation) when all is quiet IER-Z1R or when I want to mute a bit but still want grandeur sound. MDR-Z1R gets used only if environment is dead quiet.

IER-M7 do need a better cable IMHO to bring their best
 
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One year after owning both M7 and (IER-)Z1R I am satisfied with both, both sound great. I use M7 when I want to "shut the mouth" or "turn the volume down" on the world around me (passive isolation) when all is quiet IER-Z1R or when I want to mute a bit but still want grandeur sound. MDR-Z1R gets used only if environment is dead quiet.

IER-M7 do need a better cable IMHO to bring their best
Is there any major upgrade from M7 to Z1R? Is it redundant to have both? Just a little dream thst i might buy Z1R someday, or M9 i dont know, auditioned the m9 the other day, somehow too similar with m7, better trebles and details of course but not quite a jump.
I may sell the m7 to fund for z1R too if that day ever come.
 
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Is there any major upgrade from M7 to Z1R? Is it redundant to have both? Just a little dream thst i might buy Z1R someday, or M9 i dont know, auditioned the m9 the other day, somehow too similar with m7, better trebles and details of course but not quite a jump.
I may sell the m7 to fund for z1R too if that day ever come.
IER-Z1R is an upgrade I feel the areas the more expensive bro does better as M7 are
Stage - significantly larger on Z1R
Treble - both in extension — while avoiding being sharp — as well micro and macro details and refinement

Bass - both in texture and decay (this is clear as one is all BA and the other is a hybrid)
Cable - the cable of M7 is the bottle neck IMHO, tho, both have very sturdy MMCX —significantly better to Xba-Z5 — as it is hell to remove the cables, never done my self but what I've heard from others
 
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IER-Z1R is an upgrade I feel the areas the more expensive bro does better as M7 are
Stage - significantly larger on Z1R
Treble - both in extension — while avoiding being sharp — as well micro and macro details and refinement

Bass - both in texture and decay (this is clear as one is all BA and the other is a hybrid)
Cable - the cable of M7 is the bottle neck IMHO, tho, both have very sturdy MMCX —significantly better to Xba-Z5 — as it is hell to remove the cables, never done my self but what I've heard from others
how about details and separation?
and layering - imaging precision?
 
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how about details and separation?
and layering - imaging precision?
Imaging and layering is good on both, separations is better on Z1R as you can hear the instruments more spread evenly
 
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Imaging and layering is good on both, separations is better on Z1R as you can hear the instruments more spread evenly
so imaging and layering on the same level? i feel M7 and M9 have great layering and imaging, very precise. Is Z1R have better imaging and layering? or merely same level?
Thanks a lot man, not so many people have both M7 and Z1R together
 
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so imaging and layering on the same level? i feel M7 and M9 have great layering and imaging, very precise. Is Z1R have better imaging and layering? or merely same level?
Thanks a lot man, not so many people have both M7 and Z1R together
I feel Z1R in imaging perhaps better than M7 but layering feel they're quite the same. One weird thing I note, M7 requires more power than Z1R (more volume to sound at same loudness than Z1R).

I wouldn't sell the M7 if I were you, they're lighter and stay put better than Z1R, also M7 being closed without vents means it isolates pretty well. Even in high speed rail (german bullet train) isolation is top notch
 
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I feel Z1R in imaging perhaps better than M7 but layering feel they're quite the same. One weird thing I note, M7 requires more power than Z1R (more volume to sound at same loudness than Z1R).

I wouldn't sell the M7 if I were you, they're lighter and stay put better than Z1R, also M7 being closed without vents means it isolates pretty well. Even in high speed rail (german bullet train) isolation is top notch

ich danke dir sehr !! indeed M7 is a great IEM, but hopefully someday i can get the Z1R
 
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ich danke dir sehr !! indeed M7 is a great IEM, but hopefully someday i can get the Z1R
I love both, both are great IEMs only different tech inside each and different use case at home /quiet vs on the go/ wants isolations
 
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Since getting Z1R, always wanted a less flashy/bling for the on-the-move. Hence I got first fiio FA7, nice looks, cheap... buy I was left with a big disappointment in sound department.

Reason I returned one week after purchase. Basically fa7 sound muffled all veiled, only bass stands out, had to extreme-EQ mid and highs on the wm1A, which in turn made the sound even more artificial and plasticky.

Goy M7 , instant clarity as if an ear blockade was removed (air/water trapped)
 
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One year after owning both M7 and (IER-)Z1R I am satisfied with both, both sound great. I use M7 when I want to "shut the mouth" or "turn the volume down" on the world around me (passive isolation) when all is quiet IER-Z1R or when I want to mute a bit but still want grandeur sound. MDR-Z1R gets used only if environment is dead quiet.

IER-M7 do need a better cable IMHO to bring their best
How do the mdr-z1r compare to the ier-z1r?
 
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How do the mdr-z1r compare to the ier-z1r?
They share common traits but bass is better textured and musical on IER, while on MDR you feel it more, also MDR has bigger stage
 
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