- Feb 26, 2023
Funny enough the MDR-Z1R is my favorite headphone of all time; I've tried just about all the planars on the market and other close backs and I always gravitate to the musicality of the Z1R; I live in NYC so loudspeakers is not an option to me; specially since I listen to music late at night. I hate having stuff plugged into my ears, so whatever makes us happy I guess, I find the Focal Utopia's a lot better but at five thousand dollars, no thanks.The MDR-Z1R was the last headphone I had before I decided I had enough of being an audiophool. It has unacceptable peaks in the response and is a little muddy. I've tried to fix it with EQ but I just can't get it to work. This is what Oratory1990 had to say about EQing the headphone:
'It has very narrow-band (high-Q) resonances in the treble, and deviates rather strongly from the target (any target) in the kHz region too.
On top of that it varies quite a bit with exact positioning.
All of which are factors that make a headphone hard to be EQ'd.'
I'm done with over-ears. They are all flawed it seems. Sold all of mine and now I only use loudspeakers and IEMs.