Sony MDR-Z1R review

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.


What do you get is obsessive attention to detail. The MDR-Z1Rs use a relatively large and rather unusual dynamic driver.

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