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Sony Black Around-The-Ear Hi-Res Stereo Headphones - MDR-Z7

Abt Model: MDRZ7 | UPC Code: 027242879416
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Wide Soundstage Reproduction Up To 100 kHz/ 70mm Driver Units With ALCP/ Balanced Output Capable/ 4-Conductor Cable/ Ergonomic Ear Pads With 3D Sewing/ Silver Coated OFC Cable/ Beat Response Control/ Enfolding Structure For Total, Wrap-Around Feel And Acoustic Seal/ Inward Axis Structure/ Silent Joints/ Black Finish
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Sony Black Around-The-Ear Hi-Res Stereo Headphones - MDR-Z7

MDR-Z7 headphones meld a solid, thoughtfully designed aluminum structure with lush, ergonomic, enfolding comfort, and ultra-responsive audio performance for a sound experience bar-none.

Features:

  • Enjoy Hi-Res Audio
    Aluminum coated Liquid Crystal Polymer driver units render incredible and linear wideband frequency response including up to 100 kHz highs and augmented lows (4-100 Hz) for an audio experience without equal
  • Wide, natural sound field
    Almost like listening without headphones. Unlike the smaller drivers found in other headphones, that create tight, spherical waveforms, the 70 mm ALCP Film driver units of the MDR-Z7 deliver detailed, natural, and pleasing planar sound waves with all the atmosphere of the original recording
  • Aluminum Liquid Crystal Polymer HD Diaphragm
    Lightweight and responsive Aluminum Liquid Crystal Polymer Film HD diaphragms provide the necessary rigidity, light-weight, and internal loss for wide, balanced and highly accurate sound reproduction (4-100 kHz)
  • 4-conductor oxygen-free cable (supplied)
    Oxygen-free audio cable ensures minimal signal transmission degradation for pure audio response at the driver. 4-wire architecture further enhances the audio experience, with a separate ground and signal connection to each driver for enhanced separation, expanded sound, and tight bass
  • Balanced Audio capable
    As with a stereo featuring dedicated left and right channel audio output, for the ultimate headphone experience you need to plug-into a compatible, balanced audio amplifier (PHA-3 for example) for pure, unadulterated sound
  • Extended Comfort
    Pressure-relieving urethane cushions wrap entirely around your ears for a comfortable acoustic seal and powerful bass response while 3D sewing of the covers avoids crushing and hardening of the padding
  • Upgrade your cans!
    Elevate an exceptional listening experience to new heights using cables engineered with Kimber Kable®. Aesthetically-pleasing braided wire paired with precision hardware facilitates the noise-free delivery of your favorite good vibrations to your ears. Three models are available to suit: on-the-go (MUC-B12SM1), at-home (MUC-B30UM1), or balanced audio listening styles (MUC-B20BL1). Consult your dealer for further information
  • Silver coated OFC cable
    With less inherent electrical resistance than standard copper cabling, silver coated OFC (oxygen free copper) cable minimizes signal transmission loss to ensure that only rich, sweet sounds reach your ears
  • Beat Response Control
    Acoustic ports within each ear cup housing help control airflow for optimized diaphragm movement for accurate sub-bass response
  • Enfolding design
    Delivers wrap around comfort with an improved acoustic seal for deep bass response
  • Inward Axis Structure
    Placing the hanger structure axis inside that of the diaphragm housing provides optimum, stable fit
  • Silent Joints
    Precise machining, in addition to the placement of silicon rings around every moving axis, realizes smooth and silent earcup movement for an immersive music experience devoid of annoying mechanical rattling
  • Two cables supplied
    Two, supplied cables accommodate high-fidelity, listening flexibility. A conventional connecting audio cable (3 m), in addition to a balanced output cable (2 m). A Gold-plated unimatch plug adaptor (Stereo Mini Cable -> Stereo Phone Plug) is also included
  • Made in Japan
    Hand made in Japan, the MDR-Z7 exudes quality and precision: in your hands and on your ears. Put a pair on and listen for yourself

Specifications:

Audio

  • Driver Unit: 70 mm, dome type, Aluminum-coated Liquid Crystal Polymer Diaphragm
  • Frequency Response: 4 - 100,000 Hz
  • Power Handling Capacity: 2000 mW (IEC)
  • Sensitivity (db): 102 dB/mW

General

  • Design: Over-the-head, Around-the-Ear Monitor
  • Diaphragm: 70 mm, dome type, Aluminum-coated Liquid Crystal Polymer Diaphragm
  • Frequency Response: 4 - 100,000 Hz
  • Headband: Metal Headband, Adjustable Earcups
  • Impedance: 70 Ù at 1 kHz
  • Magnet: Neodymium
  • Plug: 2 detachable cables supplied: 3m Gold-plated, Stereo Audio cable with mini plug and detachable 2m Gold-plated Balanced Audio Cable with dual mini plugs
  • Power Handling Capacity: 2000 mW (IEC)
  • Sensitivity: 102 dB/mW
  • Type of Use: Portable and Home

Hardware

  • Cord: Oxygen-Free Copper; OFC Litz cord adopted
  • Headphone Type: Closed supra-aural, Dynamic

Power

  • Power Handling Capacity: 2000 mW (IEC)

Speaker

  • Impedance: 70 Ù at 1 kHz
  • Type: Closed, dynamic

In The Box:

  • 2 detachable cables supplied: 3m (118 1/8 in.) Stereo Cable (1) 2m (78 3/4 in.) Balanced Audio Cable (1)
  • Gold-plated 1/8" - 1/4" plug Adaptor (1)
  • Operating Instructions (1)

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Cord Length (2 Cables): 3m (118-1/8") 2m (78-3/4")

Approximate Weight:

  • Without Cable: 11.8 oz
  • Shipping: 1 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): One Year Parts and Labor
More reasons to buy the Sony MDR-Z7 from Abt Electronics
  • Abt.com is an authorized dealer (Learn More).
  • The Sony MDR-Z7 is Brand New.
  • The Sony MDR-Z7 Ships in a Factory Sealed Box.
  • Abt ships this product for free!
 
TypeOver-Ear
Wired Or WirelessWired
Ideal For Wireless TV UseNo
Ideal For Sports/WorkoutsNo
iPod ControlsNo
Mobile Phone ControlsNo
Sound IsolatingNo
Noise CancelingNo
MicrophoneNo
Power SwitchNo
Volume ControlNo
Gaming HeadsetNo
  

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Sony Black Around-The-Ear Hi-Res Stereo Headphones
 
4.3

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great compromise between good sound and NC

This headset is ideal for someone who wants simply the best of both sound quality and noise cancellation beyond all else. however it comes at a price, literally and figuratively. The biggest draw...Read complete review

This headset is ideal for someone who wants simply the best of both sound quality and noise cancellation beyond all else. however it comes at a price, literally and figuratively. The biggest draw back being the size and the weight, the NC500(600)D is already on the large side compared to most of its competitors, the 1RNC go even further, taking up an entire section of my travel bag. Another drawback is the "stylish" rods on the back of the ear piece, because the rods sticks out behind slightly, they actually hit the pillow when sleeping while face up, which adds a bit of uncomfortable pressure. On the other hand because the side is relatively flat and large, the 1RNC is better to sleep with on the side of the head then the NC500(600)D. The the biggest improvement has to be the fact that the 1RNC actually works as a regular headphone when the battery runs out, you have no idea how many times i had to use the cheap $2 headphone they give you one planes to watch the movie because the battery died. All in all and good upgrade from the NC500(600)D, but I just wished Sony did a few minor changes to the NC model to make it better suited for traveling purposes.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Excellent sound quality, but wonky Mac pairing

Extremely comfortable, solid build quality, and really excellent, balanced sound--so everything about the headphones themselves are really nice. Slightly more bass-heavy than the MDR-7506's, which I also own,...Read complete review

Extremely comfortable, solid build quality, and really excellent, balanced sound--so everything about the headphones themselves are really nice. Slightly more bass-heavy than the MDR-7506's, which I also own, but honestly I can't tell a difference other than that (although the headband and ear cups on these are softer and higher quality, and without the big cord the balance feels better). But the pairing/Bluetooth connection is a little wonky with Macs; at least once day there's an error where the connection drops out, or I have to turn them off and on a couple times to use them as my audio device. Also, once I had them paired with my computer neither of my two coworkers (also on Macs) were able to pair with their computers even after I turned my Bluetooth off. However, my Bluetooth mouse and keyboard (both Apple products) also get weird sometimes, so it may be more of an OS issue than a headphone issue. However, wanted to put this out there since these are expensive, so if a Mac is your main computer, you might want a corded model or something else.

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5.0

Audio nirvana !

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from 44708

Comments about Sony Black Around-The-Ear Hi-Res Stereo Headphones:

It is very musical, relax, yet detailing and spacious ! Easy to drive ! iPad/iPhone ? Smartphones ? Plug and play. Excellent build quality and best of all "Hand made In Japan". I have been an audio enthusiast for 20 years from vynil to cd to DVD....skipped the iPod and MP3 market, and now back into high-resolution. The pair of Z7+ZX2 is exactly what I had been asking for. Spaciousness, dimensional, accurate placements, balanced, detailed, and most of all realistically organic. There are oceans of different headphones and IEMS, consumers easily get confused, and they tend to jump toward more marketing and fashion headphones than audio quality. Sony had been producing excellent headphones and portable audiophiles grade gears. Ask Dr.Dre yourself, he uses Sony Hp in his studio. Now, with the Z7, build quality, fashion and audio quality, look no further. Full body cymbals hit, detailed resonances of an instrument or hall affect within your song. If it was mastered, mixed, produced within it, hear it. Bass, sub-bass, rumbles, vibrations and the resonance of a kick drum feel so realistic. Just exactly like what Sony stated "every notes precisely reproduced" and a bonus "very realistic and close to the real instruments in real life!" On top of it "very spacious, just like a real live performance in a stadium" and the icing on the cake "it is semi-open headphones, so you get semi-noise isolated, and it semi-leakage of sound". Sony, I thank you that you finally release a headphones that is top notch quality as in build, material, audio performance, and is nowadays gadgets friendly !!! 70 ohms people !! Oh ghosttttt. Thank you, thank you 1000x times.

 
5.0

Fantastic Audiophile Headphone

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from Undisclosed

Comments about Sony Black Around-The-Ear Hi-Res Stereo Headphones:

I have and have had quite a few quality headphones and iem's over the past 4 or 5 years and the MDR-Z7 ranks up top. With its smooth and warm signature along with good detail retrieval the Z7 can hold its own against some of the best hp's. Bass is powerful but not over powering, mids are lush and warm with great sounding vocals and the treble has a laid back feel to them yet still very detailed and never harsh. One of my favorite parts of the sound signature is the soundstage. They sound much more like an open hp than closed, even more open than some open hp's I have. They have top notch imaging also with the best 3D presentation I've heard from any hp. Build quality, like most Sony products is very good. The angled ear pads are very comfortable as is the headband padding. They're not to heavy so long listening sessions are great with them. I really enjoy these hp's and think most people that like a warm sound signature would as well. Don't let the price scare you away because they're worth it imo and are cheaper than many other hp's they sound as good or better than.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good headphone but mine has defective left ear pad

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from Undisclosed

Comments about Sony Black Around-The-Ear Hi-Res Stereo Headphones:

Bought the Z7 soon after the first reviews came out and to be honest I'm not disappointed with the sound. It requires a bit of burn in but after that it sounds really good. Many user say this is a slow and dark sounding headphone and it is as long as you don't use/pair it with a capable amp. Its requires an amp to shine. Its easy to drive so people don't use an amp but don't be fooled to fully unleash the potential of the Z7 it needs to be paired with a good desktop DAC and Amp. I use it with a Burson Conductor. Warm meaty sound while being neutral at the same time. No part of the audio frequency is emphasized. Due the big drivers everything sounds GRAND. Non fatiguing sound with loads of deatil. Black background and absolutely no grain in the sound. Excellent build quality and sexy looks. Materials used are great. Now the negatives: There aren't many but my set has a defctive left ear pad. It has less cushioning than the right ear pad, left earpad is thinner than the right one and now after a month of use the foam has compressed a bit and the left driver rubs against the top part of my ear and that causes chafing which is really uncomfortable. What makes it worse is that Sony does not sell replacement earpads and now I'm stuck with an excellent sounding headphone that I cannot enjoy because of comfort issues. LAUNCH REPLACEMENT EAR PADS FOR THE Z7 SONY

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Sound great... after figuring out set up

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from San Francisco, CA 94115, USA

Comments about Sony Black Around-The-Ear Hi-Res Stereo Headphones:

Purchased these last week and am pretty happy so far. I usually opt for in-ear and have been using Shure for a long time as my go-to for travel. Decided it was time for some cans to drown out my noisy co-workers and decided the MDR-1ADAC a go. I've never had a DAC or, obviously headphone with a DAC built-in, so I am very impressed with the sound quality. However... COME ON SONY. Setting these up was like trying to solve a riddle. Thank god for the internet and some European who decided to actually explain that you had to download a driver and install it, then find your recognized device through the audio settings in Windows. It's beyond silly that there are zero instructions included with the headphones that mention this. I'm not one who wants a 30 page manual, but just thrown me a bone here. It's a vital piece of info...

 
5.0

A Hidden Gem

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from Kingwood, TX 77339, USA

Comments about Sony Black Around-The-Ear Hi-Res Stereo Headphones:

Sony has apparently been building some of the worlds finest dynamic headphones for quite a while as I realized a year ago while attending the Newport Audio Fest where one of the specialty music vendors was demonstrating their music with a very well worn pair of SONY headphones that were easily 10 years old. At first listen, it was obvious that these substantial headphones were Reference Quality in their day as the sound had an ease, fullness and resolution that was unmatched by all the other offerings in the room - I was impressed! After listening to these new MDR-Z7 headphones, I am very pleased to realize that SONY is back in the headphone business in a very large way. I feel sorry for the competition in what is quickly becoming a very crowded marketplace.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Solid Headphones!

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from Orlando, FL, USA

Comments about Sony Black Around-The-Ear Hi-Res Stereo Headphones:

I really like these headphones they work well with my Xperia Z2! I love the audio quality, bass and crispness is there without getting baffled. Good battery life. The built in Digital Amplifier really makes a huge difference in audio quality! Love these headphones because they are versatile with connectivity options too!

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Decent Product Hampered by Poor Customer Service

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from 33713

Comments about Sony Black Around-The-Ear Hi-Res Stereo Headphones:

They sound decent. Actually, they sound pretty good when connect through the lighting cable to an iPhone 6. But see the following issues: 1. Using it through the USB port in a MacBook Pro is very simple, but can be frustrating if you've never done it before. The instruction manual does not explain properly how to use them with a computer. Customer service had absolutely no idea how to set up. I had to Google the whole thing up somewhere else. 2. High-res media player that is advertised in the instruction manual is nowhere to be found. The link provided was broken. Had to undertake a lengthy Google search just to find it in a different Sony website (certainly not the one advertised in the manual). 3. The advertised charging accessory is nowhere to be found for purchase in Sony's website. 4. Headphone usability will depend on how durable the proprietary cables last. Sony will surely not support this product past a certain date. They barely support it now. This is my second time trying to post this review. Sony doesn't like negative reviews listed.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Detailed and spacious with excellent bass response

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from 91030

Comments about Sony Black Around-The-Ear Hi-Res Stereo Headphones:

The MDR-Z7 is an amazingly accurate and balanced headphone the reproduces the audible spectrum effortlessly. Adding the optional Kimber Kable connecting cable (MUC-B30UM1) makes the experience even better

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

don't bother

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from 21009

Comments about Sony Black Around-The-Ear Hi-Res Stereo Headphones:

Got these cans yesterday 11/29/2014 what can I say, if you have MDR7506 and NW-f807 or NWZ-a17 just adjust your equalizer . Sony reps. are very miss oriented about new Sony products. Talked to them before the purchase. They know nothing! Heavier than 7506 and tighter (warming for cold winters)

 
5.0

Fantastic DSP

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from Scottsdale, AZ

Comments about Sony Black Around-The-Ear Hi-Res Stereo Headphones:

For the purists requiring an unadulterated signal at the headphone plug, they have to consider that there has always been acceptance of passive sound processing with speaker systems by way of using several speakers with different frequency bandwidth requirements and different attenuation settings in one enclosure to make the resultant frequency spectrum as flat as possible. Therefore, why not accept some DSP processing for headphones. Due to size limitations in headphones, only one speaker is included which is required to recreate a very wide bandwidth. With little air required to be moved, this can easily be accomplished. But, what about the whiteness or flatness of the spectrum over all frequencies? How can we ask one speaker to sound like a speaker system. Only way is to adjust the signal to push the headphone speakers into a flat response is through DSP. I am now enjoying the result of DSP for headphone by way of my Sony MDR-1RNC MK2 headphones which include : Digital Noise canceling technology S-MASTER™ Digital Amplification DSEE Beat Response Control Have only a very general understanding of how each of these processes are used. Understandably, not much detail from Sony. The phones in the off position sound low frequency boomy. Probably engineered that way to compensate for the low frequency signal loss when the noise cancellation is turned on. With the phones switched on however, the music just seems to come alive with more detail and soundstage. Don’t know how that happens, but I like. Great low frequency response. Plucked guitar strings have a very nice transient response. Beautiful sound. I’m familiar with image processing and can understand that there might be some algorithms that could improve what our ears hear as opposed to our eyes.

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