Sony MDR-Z1R Signature Series Over-Ear Headphones

Model: MDR-Z1R UPC: 027242899872 Item: 170505


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Sony MDR-Z1R Signature Series Over-Ear Headphones Overview

Built for audio professionals and music enthusiasts alike, the Sony MDR-Z1R Signature Series Over-Ear Headphones feature cutting-edge technology for crisp, clear audio. The massive 70 mm HD drivers feature a Liquid Crystal Polymer diaphragm and magnesium dome that reduces spatial resonance and offers an uncompromising, dynamic sound. These over-ear headphones offer 120 kHz frequency response, which easily accommodates virtually any audio regardless of recording quality and genre. As a result, these headphones offer crisp highs and pounding bass in perfect balance. The resonance-free housing features a special acoustic filter to prevent unwanted noise from penetrating the earphones, so you can listen to your audio in its purest form without worrying about external distractions. A lightweight design and cushioned, sheepskin ear pads offer impressive comfort for long listening sessions, and the compartmentalized hard case makes transporting and storing  headphones and accompanying cables simple and convenient.

Product Information

One Signature Sound

Experience uncompromised sound quality and premium craftsmanship with Sony’s flagship Signature Series headphones, featuring massive 70mm HD drivers, full-range sound up to 120kHz and Hi-Res Audio support. From the resonance-free housing and Fibonacci-patterned grills, to the silver-coated OFC cables, each Signature Series component elevates the high-resolution sound experience from one you listen to, to one you can feel.


  • Dynamic, closed-back circumaural design with 70mm HD drivers
  • Enjoy an expansive soundstage and extended frequency response: 4Hz - 120kHz
  • Resonance-free 3D housing for optimal ventilation and reduced spatial resonance
  • Includes detachable 4.4mm balanced, and 3.5mm stereo cables
  • Genuine leather headband and ergonomic leather earpads for maximum comfort
  • Get smooth sound at all frequencies with Fibonacci-patterned grills
  • Sensitivity: 100dB/mW
  • Impedance: 64Ω at 1kHz
  • Minimize resistance and signal loss with silver-coated OFC cables
  • Engineered and crafted in Japan

Hear the Difference with Massive 70mm HD Drivers

Capture every note and nuance with the pure sound of a dynamic, closed-back circumaural design with 70mm HD Drivers. The 70mm HD drivers are improved with a newly developed Liquid Crystal Polymer diaphragm and magnesium dome, that dramatically reduces spatial resonance. The result is unparalleled sound purity and precision. 

Enjoy Full-Range Sound Up to 120kHz Frequency Response

The extended frequency response— spanning 4 Hz to 120 kHz—is designed for today's broad variety of music styles. The 4Hz low end of the frequency range offers more than enough latitude for even the deepest sub-bass notes. At the 120kHz high-end, you’ll be able to enjoy vocal melodies, and subtle audio harmonics and tonality, giving your music more life and realism. 

Hear Music at Its Best with High-Res Audio

Take your digital music collection to another level with High-Resolution Audio that gets you closer to the original studio master recording so you can enjoy your music just as the artist intended. 

Keep the Sound Pure

Filter out unnecessary noise with the resonance-free housing. A special acoustic paper filter (developed using Canadian softwood fibers and formed using the Japanese paper technique of Washi) controls the air resistance and eliminates any reverberations produced by driver movement, so that only clean, crisp frequencies get through. 

Smooth Sound at All Frequencies

Fibonacci-patterned grills reproduce the intended sound properties smoothly at all frequencies. 

Listen in Cushioned Comfort

The ergonomically crafted headphones are designed to comfortably encase your head in sound; preventing any from leaking and effectively delivering powerful lows. The genuine sheepskin ear pads cushion your ears in luxurious softness. 

Enjoy Lightweight Luxury

The titanium and leather headband is flexible and light, yet durable, for a more natural over-ear fit. Beta titanium has high elasticity which will return to its original shape even when bent. Genuine leather adds sturdiness and comfort. 

Ensure Superior Sound Quality with a Separated Ground Cable

The newly developed 4.4Φ balanced connection cable separates left and right sound signals, while minimizing signal transmission loss and resulting sound deterioration. The result is smoother high frequencies and superior sound quality. 

Minimize Resistance and Signal Loss with Silver-Coated OFC Cables

The MDR-Z1R uses silver-coated oxygen-free copper cables, designed to minimize resistance and signal-transmission loss. The result is less sound degradation, finer detail and smoother treble sounds. 

Engineered and Crafted in Japan

Sony products made in Japan are synonymous with absolute quality and performance, and the MDR-Z1R headphones are no exception. They are lovingly crafted with only the finest components and manufacturing techniques; resulting in exceptional sound quality. 

Enfolding Design Structure

The enfolding design is tailored to wrap around the ear, sealing music in and keeping distractions out. Acoustics are reflected back towards your ears for the subtlest of sounds. 

Hard Case for Storage

The headphones and accompanying cables come presented in a stylish storage case, with separated compartments and a luxury satin lining. 

TA-ZH1ES Compatible for Ultimate Sound

Do your headphones and your music justice with the TA-ZH1ES Signature Series stationary amp, featuring an innovative analog feed-forward full digital amplifier for purer, more responsive sound. It supports PCM 32 bit/384kHz and DSD11.2MHz sound formats, as well as balanced and unbalanced connections. 

Product highlights

  • Closed dynamic (circum-aural) sound for added depth and clarity without distractions
  • Soft sheepskin ear pads and adjustable, folding headband offer exceptional comfort 
  • 70 mm HD Drivers and High-Res Audio Support offer a full frequency range of audio up to 120 kHz
  • Liquid Crystal Polymer diaphragm and magnesium dome allow for crisp, clear high frequencies and vivid bass
  • Acoustic paper filter controls air resistance to eliminate reverberations and prevent unwanted noise from compromising audio quality
  • Compatible with a variety of analog and digital amps for more responsive sound with balanced and unbalanced connections
  • Enfolding design is tailored to wrap around the ear, sealing music in and keeping distractions out
  • Includes hard case for over-headphone storage and protection
  • Cord length: 118.13" 
  • Weight: 14 oz. (without cable)
  • Warranty: 1 Year (World Wide Stereo is an authorized dealer for all brands we sell)
  • World Wide Stereo 60-day guarantee and product support



  • Cable type: Detachable Y type
  • Cable length: 3m
  • Diaphragm: Aluminum coated LCP edge diaphragms with Magnesium dome
  • Driver unit: 70mm, dome type (CCAW voice coil)
  • Frequency response: 4Hz - 120,000Hz
  • Headphone type: Closed, dynamic (circumaural)
  • Impedance: 64Ω at 1kHz
  • Magnet: Neodymium
  • Plug: Headphone cable (Gold-plated stereo mini plug), Balanced-connection headphone cable (L-shaped gold plated balanced standard plug)
  • Power Handling capacity: 2,500mW (IEC)
  • Sensitivity: 100dB/mW
  • Wearing style: Circumaural
  • Weights (Approx.): 14 oz.

What's in the Box

What's in the Box:

  • MDR-Z1R Signature Series Over-Ear Headphones
  • Gold-plated unimatch plug adaptor (stereo phono plug - stereo mini jack)
  • Headphone cable (approximately 3m)
  • Balanced-connection headphone cable (approximately 1.2m)
  • Hard case


Customer Reviews for Sony MDR-Z1R Signature Series Over-Ear Headphones

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The best headphones i ever had
Very nice sound, light, confortable. I buy also the kimber cable balanced i´ts a must the bass response makes a different experience.
March 28, 2020
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Great HP, except
You can not find replacement Ear Pads Anywhere - Sony's own Reliable Parts people want an atrocious $216.52 USD per pad and even then they are not sure if they can get them !

Terrific HP otherwise and I've owned the all ( Meze Empyrean, Audeze LCD-4, Focal Utopia, Hifiman HE1000v2, Sennsheiser 800s, Dan Clark Ether Flow1.1 ) .

An XLR cable by Sony would be nice :-)
March 6, 2020
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Best Closed back headphones ive ever tried
The soundstage on this closed back over ears are great and overall very comfortable and durable cans. My only mistake was getting the IER-Z1R which makes the MDR inferior. The IER does everything the same as the MDR but just sonically better from all angles. Now I hardly listen to my MDRs.
January 21, 2020
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Amazing. Sony Returns as the King of Closed Back
Amazing closed back headphone. The leather is very good quality and smells amazing. The build quality is top notch. The most comfortable pair I own. Although MDR-Z1R tends to be a bit genre specific (leaning towards dance, hiphop, and electronic music), it is a great overall performer. It's a little recessed in the mids and +12k for rock and roll, but it is just a such a great chill headphone. A lot of genres sound very good. Bass is so tight and has authority. Nothing is muddy, just really relaxed.
January 14, 2020
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Horrible i wish i could give it 0 stars
Don’t buy this, ordered it and it broke within the first day, thought it wasn’t unlucky ordered another and it broke again. Horrible product
August 21, 2019
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Amazed every day, all over again....
I've never spent so much money on headphones, especially as I purchased with the top of the range Sony portable DAC (NW-WM1Z), and i did so because i wanted to know for myself if the reviews are real. I'm no audiophile, but i have been blown away time and time again, literally...laugh out loud experiences are continual. I have nearly 5000 albums and i'm slowly working through them like i'm hearing them for the first time. To Sony - thank you so much for investing in the R&D and team to allow them to create such an array of products that for those of us willing to make the financial sacrifices can enjoy. I've never liked a product so much, and i'll continue to be an ardent follow of all future Sony hi-res audio equipment, this entire experience for me was unique and mind blowing and i just can't wait to go to bed every night to escape into my music. I'm obsessed with listening to anything and everything on these headphones. And every day i'm amazed...its a gift that keeps on giving. Just WOW. To the Z1R product team - thank you sooooo much, i'm so, so grateful to enjoy my music with these!!
July 23, 2019
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Excellent audio!
Bought this to add on to my Walkman, just superb! The sound quality is really beyond my expectation!
March 10, 2019
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Great build and sound!
Coming from MDR-SA5000 and Z1R is excellent out of the box, this also works well with PHA-3.
January 19, 2019
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3 months now and I'm still being impressed
The quality of the materials used for the headphones and storage box are first class.
Adjustment and comfort during use is excellent.
I power them with a Chord Mojo DAC amp.
Having studied some reviews before I purchased them, I was aware of the “laid back” nature of the sound reproduction, which in turn has led to some negative responses.
With this in mind I would recommend that anybody considering purchasing them has an extended demo, to realise their full potential. Be careful though --- it will probably end up with you having to own them!
January 7, 2019
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Best closed back headphone in the world!
Exceptional sound quality! They've got a superb build quality,very durable and they are very nice looking headphones! I'm really impressed by these cans! Thumbs up've done a really good job on making us happier with our music!
December 25, 2018
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