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Sony MDR-Z7 Hi-Res Stereo Headphones

Sony MDR-Z7 Hi-Res Stereo Headphones

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Was considering this price but amazon had the same price and shipped to Canada. But in the end i settled on ebay direct from japan. Now waiting for my hd 6xx, then i will have one open back and one closed back. Wish the z7 came with a standard xlr cable so i can take full advantage of my schitt jotunheim , gotta buy another f**king cable I guess.
Chazie
I love my Z7 and I'm also waiting for the HD6XX. Do you have any suggestion for the XLR cable for the Z7?
Steve-Cast
I ordered one of ebay 50 us it works very well. I dont believe in expensive cables. Just buy custom ones that were taken from balanced cables that are used for microphones. If it is good enough for recording music in the studio then it is good enough for me.
I don't get these drops when there seems to be even no warranty advantage compared to cheaper Amazon and eBay prices.
I began a quest of having a good can setup a little over two years ago. Now - after various iterations that we all have been though - end up spending enough money that we should have bought something at or near our end game up front comes into play. For example just in Audeze, I have the LCD-Xf, LCD-3f, LCD-2f, EL-8 (Open and Titanium both with Cipher and std cables, and various DACs and Amps ranging from my first Massdrop CEtrnace DACport Slim through Deckard, Micro iDSD BL and even Pro iCan. Yes I am a hoarder - flat-out - and leave typically 4 sets of cans at a time on my desk with Woo Woo Tandem Stands - okay this is getting too long - so to the point. Even among my Focals, various standouts such as Fostex TH-900mk2s, Shure IEMs, some Sensh's and Ultrasones I love - I gotta say if I'm grabbing a single non-NC set for literally anything - i.e. connected to Roku Ultra Remote to directly from CX-A5100 or iPhone 7 and I want great sound with no fuss - the Sony Z7's are my favorite easily. With them I'm not messing with Amarra SQ+, often no Amp, External DAC or even fancy cables - they just work great - isolate great and can rumble with movies or sail along streaming MQA via Tidal HiFi. Honestly I think dollar for dollar they are the best thing that ever happened to a one or two pair owner with a non-crazy person budget. While I wouldn't recommend the cable for true portable - a small velcro org strap from one of your HDMI purchases or the like can help. When younger guys who work for me look at my conditioned power supply or linear DC upgrades, or even my AQ Cables with 72v noise suppression wizardry I give em their first dose of point of diminishing return speech and tell them to keep it simple. Tell em to skip a dedicated hi-res player for now and stack a dac/amp with their phone and a set of Z7's - its just dead simple quality. For $700-$800 bucks they can use the Z7s for portable, work, gaming and entertainment system - and the right portable dac/amp can link to their receiver, Roku, Blu-Ray, Phone or gaming rig.
AdamInHiltonHead
That is good to hear, I have been leaning towards these for a while for closed back cans to bring to work. I am happy to hear that they work in well under any conditions and isolate well. Especially coming from someone that also has Audezes to compare to (though I only have the EL-8's lol)
AdamInHiltonHead
Same boat as you, I've been through alot of TOTL headphones I settled on the Z7s and focal elears as my endgame. Great sound from both.
I own the Z7's but did not pay as much as this drop is asking. They are great headphones and even better after doing the upgrades. The headphones are very comfortable also
mondrax
I also have them and totally love them!
May I ask you what upgrades have you done to them as well as what Headphone Amp you're using?
Steve-Cast
I replaced the internal cables to pure silver, put surgical tape in the cups plus carbon fiber, raised the pads. I also have pure sliver cables going from the headphones to a 4 pin XLR
I bought this headphone in Japan for about $600 at 2014. Now 2017, it still can have price sticker of $499-$539 on Massdrop? Wow, I suddenly feel I made a very worthwhile purchase!! Thank you, Massdrop!
Has anyone ever bought these from Massdrop? I can't imagine there's alot of demand since everyone seems to be able to buy these for cheaper online and there are WAY better headphones being sold on here...
MeanDeener
They are 499.00 on Amazon prime, right now, brand new, why wait till October plus to get them and pay 39 dollars more. Mass drop is something else!
MeanDeener
I got mine from a local store in Guatemala and you would not believe how much I paid for them. I got them for $199!
The only thing was that they were on an open box and didn't include warranty but they were in mint / like new condition. No signs of use of any kind, so I can say that they didn't even have them as a display model.
I know mine were a bargain and can't compare to any other's found on Ebay, for example, but you're right about the price from Massdrop not being an actual deal compared to competitors.
Bought it used but like new on ebay, including Sony Kimber Cable for EUR 250....
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Oh, I know about it. This last Prime Day was a shit show. Just confused how my comment reminded you of it...
browncore
Not necessarily your comment, just how the lowest drop price is automatically default price on other sites, not to mention higher than on ebay new. I think in this case, it reflects more on Sony than Massdrop.
same price on amazon
Am I allowed to say that the lowest price bracket is still higher than ebay prices?
bigcjm
I bought a pair of these half a year ago on eBay for $500. At the time that was the best price anywhere, but is does seem that they have come down some now.
browncore
Not much really. But there are folks who claim to be authorized dealers who are under-cutting these numbers. $450 would have been a worthy massdrop price in the lowest bracket. Until then spend 10 bucks less and buy it on ebay. Shipping will be fast and you have plenty of purchase protection.
No warranty!?????
How much was the drop price?
Did the drop happen? Or got cancelled
Will anyone help me wrap my head around why MD has gone to this choose 'newest', 'recommended' or 'ending soon' format - is it that they think we can only handle seeing a limited number of products - or perhaps some marketing genius has decided that they must reel our focus in on what they want us to buy. Am I missing something here? Bottom line is that the hassle has dropped my check-ins from daily to weekly - anyone else like or dislike this????
AdamInHiltonHead
It's all marketing and promotion. There is a push for buzzwords (that anyone that isn't a sucker for advertising) that make things look/sound more attractive/urgent and in turn make you want to buy because of them. If you don't buy into it, then you're likely just going to be annoyed by businesses for the foreseeable future until the next big marketing push happens.
Brosefstalin42
_Brose - thx!!! you helped me see an angle that didn't cross my radar - I might have guessed it was simply a nudge to grab a few more takers one the items that were closing - but now I see the 'spin' on using 'recommended'. Otherwise I also thought maybe they were seeking rankings via separate landing pages so to speak. What you didn't bite on though was whether or not you find it less convenient or does a couple extra clicks not bother ya :)
I picked up a pair of these at BestBuy a couple years ago -- and I've been really happy with them. Very comfortable, sturdy headphones. Not entirely faithful in the highest frequencies, but great in mids/bass. I enjoyed a wide range of music through these, though these seem to do best with electronic music. I think my Fostex TH-X00 sound a bit better, but these Sony 'phones are way more comfortable, especially for long sessions.
These headphones do a decent job of keeping music in / keeping noise out, but they are not 100% closed -- there are little vents that let some sound through. Can be driven by just about any device if necessary. Really shines when driven by a decent DAC/amp.
Whether or not these are worth $500 is up to you. I feel like I've gotten my money's worth though.
finally got 5 guinea pigs purchased, or massdrop just made that up to lower the price?
Back at it again with the insane discount. Thanks Massdrop!
C'mon massdrop, if you can offer the Z7's, why can't you get the 1000X's at a decent price?
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Thanks for the heads up. I'll check it out.
Keebler808
Amazon.com has it for the same price as Bestbuy as well.
How bad is the sound leakage with that “bass port”? I don’t care too much about sound getting in but I don’t want my sound going out
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Thanks, I was concerned about that!
Spaceman24
it's kind of loud if you are in a completely quiet room.. These would not be appropriate for working in a dead silent library next to someone unless very low. However, I use them at loud volumes on airplanes and coffee shops, etc. and its no biggie.
400-450 on eBay.
don't think that it will be popular... to bad.
I would possibly pay this much for the z1r. But $500 for the z7 is laughable.
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The z7 has a ridiculous amount of bass exaggeration” - That’s an “exaggerated” statement. Even I admit that the bass is prominent. But it depends on the recording. As good quality as possible will provide a great sound over the Z7. You should also use a good headphone amp. You do for sure, otherwise you don't know the real potential of a HD6XX ;-)
Hd6xx kills both of those for way less money” - You can’t compare those two different headphones (HD6XX / Z7). Open against closed. A very neutral headphone against a headphone that delivers very enjoyable music no matter which genre. HD6XX is much more difficult to drive (300 Ohm). It is by far not so comfortable like the Z7, not to say that the HD6XX can give some bigger heads a feeling of being clamped in the bench vice. HD6XX build quality is far away from that from Z7 and far away being high end (check the headband, earpads, cable, cable inputs etc.). If you compare the whole package, the Z7 wins in every aspect.
And you are exactly right. I'll keep enjoying my hd6xx (often considered the best buy in the hobby ever) and you keep enjoying your overpriced fart cannons :-)” Every headphone sounds different. There are a lot of people who are considering a HifiMan HE-1000 as best buy or a Sennheiser HD 800 or a Audioquest Nighthawk…. Why are so many people go for HD6XX? Not only because it sounds very good and the massdrop price was a bargain, but it’s a headphone that is on the market for a very long time and it has an excellent reputation. And the reputation was built in a time period where barely competitors were there like nowadays! The Z7 is in comparison very new and not known at all. It is made in Japan from where one really gets an excellent quality (Fostex, Denon, Stax...). One can always discuss if the price is acceptable for someone or not. Everything is relative. So it depends on the money you have available for such a hobby. Only if you own some other headphones like Z7 and have the possibility to compare them directly for a while, you can write a serious review. But not from hearing and reading of others (“often considered the best buy in the hobby ever”). This being said, let me repeat again. The Z7 is an excellent headphone for “listening music”. Don’t make it to a bad headphone because the price offered by massdrop is not a bargain and seems too high for you. If amazon is cheaper then go for it. Cheers
I have both HD650 and Z7 and the the Z7 is much much better for classicalmusic and other art music genres. I've used three different amps and two DACs to compare. Ergonomically the Sony's are also much better than the Senns. They're more comfortable and feel lighter on the head even though they are said to way a bit more. The Z7 is also made of better materials. There's a 120 page Modding manual circulating online for the Z7 that features inexpensive options that improve the sound by dampening resonances in the ear cups with tape you can buy off Amazon for a couple bucks. So the bass can be tightened very easily if that were a problem. The bass does not sound bloated or farty out of a Magni 3 unmodded.
You can get these for 450.00 on eBay, brand new. Or on Amazon for 499.00.
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I guess I am speaking to a person who hasn't been doing online shopping much, in amazon there are 2 versions of z7, one international version which u r referring and is being sold by another sellerand is not covered under warranty and other version for 699 through authorized retailer
qmk10
once again you just assumed everything and start BS, i told you there is a link below why dont u go check out first ?! come on cut the crap ! and btw sony got Amazon.com in their Authorized Dealer list (not ebay), any "brand new" sony products sold by amazon should be under the manufacturer warranty, at least amazon need to make sure of that.
.. the Z7 is a fantastic headphone that provides a very fun sound. It sounds very similar to Focal Elear. The bass from Z7 is little inaccurate but it is much more spacious, more comfortable to wear and is superbly built. Moreover The cable is changeable. It has 70 mm monster drivers. I love my MDR-MA 900, but always missed little trebles. Z7 does it really better here. I use them unbalanced with Toxic Silver Poison cable. Compared to the Fostex TH-X000 the Z7 has the better bass and it sounds more spacious. It is better built also.
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I found the bass on the Z7 to be extremely loose and flabby- I can’t confirm this “extremely” statement at all. It is not the most accurate, like from Elear or HE-6, that’s true. But it is imho not that bad. Listen e.g. to Mickey Hart “Planet Drums” or Yello "Jungle Bill". Z7 produces the drums extremely well and natural. When I compare the TH-X00 Magohany with TH-900 it is similar. The bass on the TH-900 seems to sound thinner, but more accurate and deep. The Z7’s bass is similar to D7000. It's little flabby depending on the recording and volume level. But both Z7 and D7000 provide a very fun sound.
The Z7 is laid back while the X00 is a much more forward and engaging presentation.- Yes, with Z7 you can listen to any recording without any fatigue. You can call it laid back sound. But the TH-X00 has somewhere too much treble in comparison. So, even „Graceland“ from Paul Simon can be problem to listen because of “zzsss”.
I have the Z7, Elear and TH-X00, T1 and T5p- That’s cool. Me too.
IMO the Z7 does not sound anything like the Elear.“ - OK. Every headphone has its own sound. If two headphones sound similar (never 100% identical) other aspects like comfort, finish, design, price etc. will make the difference. Z7 is closed-back whereas Elear is open-back. Even though the Z7 sounds more spacious than the Elear. The Elear is really a perfect Allrounder. I agree. With very forward mids, fantastic voice presentation, especially at higher volumes. The bass is present and very accurate without supressing the trebles. But, my comparison was about the fun listening factor. When one puts on the Z7 he won't think of changing it no matter which music he listens. I also have the impression that Focal copied some of the features from Z7. The impedance and sensivity is nearly the same (Z7/Elear: 70/80 Ohm, 102/104 dB), also the usage of 2 x 3.5 mm mini-phone connectors and the headband mechanic (better on Z7). Z7 has the better cables and input connectors also...
The Elear has a much more neutral tonality- I wouldn’t say much(!) more, because there is also a permanent bass bump over the Elears, but yes it has the tighter bass and present midrange. But, do one needs a neutral sound to have fun? Especially when listening to all kind of music with diferent quality available...
“..while it's upper registers are not as bright as the T1's or the TH-X00's, the Elear does not lack treble or mids like the Z7 or Z1R do.- A lot of people don’t like beyerdynamic because of the highs. So, e.g. the 1st gen of T1 has the “famous” 8 Hz peak, which is no problem for me. With the TH-X00 it can be problematic even with recordings like Paul Simon’s “Graceland”, whereas the Z7 does a great job in those case. Check also Eva Cassidy "Live At Blues Alley", inaudible with bright sounding headphones. But with Z7 just fanstastic. Listen also to Leonard Cohen’s “You Want It Darker”, you will love the Z7 with its its extremely relaxing sound.
..Z7 it just has a very distinct sound signature (dark, bass heavy and far from neutral) Dark? Did you ever listen to an Audeze LCD-2 (non Fazor) or Sennheiser HD 650? Z7 is far away from dark. Again, if you take T1 (typical beyer) or Fostex or the Grados as baseline, it seems to be darker. For sure. But one could also say the other ones are brighter. Listen to one of my favorite test tracks from Mike Oldfield’s “The Songs of Distant Earth”, Track “Ascension”. At 4:05 min. Turn up the volume as loud as you bear and you will understand why I am not confirming that Z7 is dark. I could post an endles listing about such tracks that are awesome to listen over the Z7...Supertramp "Breakfast in America" - Child Vision, "Brother Where You Bound" - Better Days", "Cannonball",.... Bob Marley "Exodus" - purely fun.
For someone that owns the fidelio x2, do u think the elear or mrspeaker aeon would be a better choice as an upgrade, i don't mind what ever the sound signature is, just want to get the wow factor, i mean an Upgrade rather than sidegrade.I do not know Philips Fidelio X2 but own X1. It's a headphone with superb value for the money. But the bass is really flabby. If you can afford go for Focal Elear. It has definitely those Wow effect.
Cheers
P.S.: I use as Headphone Amplifier Violectric V281 (balanced and non-balanced), Lehmann Black Cube Linear Pro, C.E.C. HD53N (fully balanced), beyerdynamic A2, Hifiman EF5
tiad
Once again, I completely agree. Honestly, some people just like to act high and mighty because Sony is a "big company".. .But your descriptions are accurate. The Z7 is a great headphone and has earned it's spot on my shelf.
I love my Z7..... I just got Surf Cables for them. 24 guage and 20 gauge. They sound amazing. The natural progression for anyone with MDR1A.
So these headphones are capable of playing hi-resolution audio, hey? That's a relief. I was worried that when outputting an analog signal from a 192/24 source file these headphones might complain that the file format were not supported. It's a relief to know that they'll also play DSD. Great job Sony!(?)
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csglinux
Be careful to avoid the 16/44kHz version
I believe the Hi-Res certification for headphones just means they can do up to or above 40KHz
Any chance of an open version?
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The Z7 is not a semi-open headphone! Yes, it has a "bass port." Yes, it is still closed-back.
SlowCousinPete
From a technical point of view, yes it is closed back. From a practical point of view, they are semi-open. They are loud.
Our warehouse team just received the bulk shipment this evening! All that’s left is to break the order down and prepare your individual orders for shipment. We are aiming to get everything out the door by tomorrow. Once everything is shipped, tracking confirmation emails will follow.
Expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 4/26 or sooner if something comes up.
ArthurM
Is there anyway to get on this drop now? Any cancelled orders?
The vendor informed us that the group's order was picked up and is on its way to our warehouse. Based on the tracking provided, the order is scheduled to arrive 4/18.
Sometimes shipments get delayed en route, but we will keep the group updated throughout the fulfillment process and notify you all if anything causes delay.
Thank you for your patience. Expect an update from us on 4/19 or sooner if something comes up.
If you have any questions, please visit our Help Center (massdrop.com/helpcenter).
Thanks again for joining this drop! We have submitted the group's order with the vendor for the Sony MDR-Z7 Hi-Res Stereo Headphones and they are working hard to prepare it for shipment.
As soon as the group's order is ready at the vendor's location, they will send the bulk shipment to our warehouse in New Jersey where our warehouse team will break it up into individual orders and ship them. The current estimated ship date from our warehouse is 4/15.
We will keep the group updated throughout the fulfillment process. You can expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 4/12.
If you have any questions, please visit our Help Center (massdrop.com/helpcenter).
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LOL. Look at these fostex fanboys. Z7 sounds AMAZING with balance cable and the right set up and it's no doubt a FLAGSHIP that only cans like th900 and hd800 can compete with it. Thx00 is better? What a joke. Don't tell me you are using portable set ups to drive these cans, coz if you do, you are dumb.
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ImTheMan
What? The Z7 isn't Sony's "flagship," it's an excellent headphone IMO but Sony definitely has more expensive models.
Your comment that the HD800 can "compete" with the Z7 is insane. They don't compete at all, because they're about as different as two pairs of headphones can be. Their use-cases don't overlap AT ALL!
TH-X00 in my opinion are way better than Z7. I have both.