Sony turns 70 this year, and celebrates that landmark with a range of Signature products. The range consists of two portable music players, a desktop DAC and the MDR-Z1R headphones on test here.
All the products carry premium four-figure price tags and are meant to showcase the company’s expertise.
In the case of the MDR-Z1R, £1700 buys a pair of large, understated closed-back headphones. As is Sony’s way, there’s little exuberance in the design.
If you’re expecting overtly luxurious touches or extravagant styling for your money, these aren’t the cans for you.