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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Rated 5 out of 5
The Reference Standard for Closed-Back Headphones
Every once in a while, a manufacturer decides to give their designers and engineers free reign to design their dream product. I'm firmly convinced that Sony did just that with the MDR-Z1R. These headphones are a statement product, an example of a company with considerable resources deciding to assault the notion of what a state-of-the-art headphone could be. From the moment you open the packaging, experience the feel, weight and finish of them, you can tell these are so, so special...and you haven't even heard what they sound like yet!

But, then you plug them into your preamp/headphone amp/DAC/player/phone and que up a song (High-Res/CD-quality work best). And you find that this song that you thought you knew so well sounds quite different...that there's more to the bass line than you ever thought was there, that the snap of the snare and crash of the cymbals were never this immediate or clear, that there was such space and depth to the presentation, but with more localization of each instrument and vocal than ever before. And then this song ends, so you play another...and others still...until three hours later, the only realization that can come is you've never experienced your music like this before because you've never had a headphone like this before. Not one with the pace, rhythm and drive, especially in the bass and mids...with such authority over the whole musical presentation. One that is so easy to listen to, with no glaring issues or misses, and without a hint of listening fatigue.

Is the Sony MDR-Z1R perfect? No...and that's because if you're a fan of open-back headphone designs, you won't find the airy, spacious sound presentation that the best headphones of that design have. But, I will say these Sony's present with a wider, deeper soundstage of any other closed-back I have ever heard, without ever getting too bright or analytical like some reference open designs do.

So, in the end, the Sony MDR-Z1R headphones are quite simply the current reference standard for closed-back headphones. And, if like me, you prefer the sound of closed-back cans, these are the finest headphones on the market today.
May 22, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
Awesome headphone
I have the z1r for about 2 weeks now. My only regret is that I did not buy it soon enough. I was swayed away by initial online reviews of prominent reviewers. Lesson learned, if you can, always audition first vs just reading about it online. This headphone is pure fun. I have the HD800 and while that is clearer, it's not as fun as the z1r. I am still keeping the HD800 though and selling the LCD-X. Soundstage is unbelievable for a closed back headphone. It is very easy to drive and would sound good out of your phone. The packaging itself is the best I've ever seen, screams nothing but premium. If you have the means and you're looking for the ultimate personal listening experience, consider the z1r.
April 26, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
Amazing sound quality and quantity!!!
I have had these headphones for about a month now and I can't believe how great they sound! They far exceed my Sennheiser HD650's in every way! They are soo clear and full sounding, they play very loud also if you like.
February 23, 2021
Originally posted at
Rated 5 out of 5
My first serious Headphones
I love the sound of the Z1Rs. Strong bass without distortion or detracting from the Mids suits my music tastes very well. Paired with a stack of excellent Schiit components, the Z1rs provide the highest quality sound I have ever experienced. They are also beautiful in their construction, and
more than comfortable. I couldn't be happier with my purchase!
February 9, 2021
Originally posted at
Rated 5 out of 5
A True Flagship
Thundering bass that doesn't bleed into the clean mids, and just enough treble energy to make even the most subdued songs come alive. The MDR-Z1R offers something most flagship headphones lack—fun.
January 23, 2021
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Rated 4 out of 5
very good quality, but not good for the price tag
i absolutely love these headphones! bought them for my pc. great quality, superior sound. only problem is, $1800 bucks. its a crazy amount for headphones.
January 5, 2021
Originally posted at
Rated 5 out of 5
The best headphones I ever own.
The sound is so purest, crystal clear vocal, deep bass, no single pitching or distortion at all. Absolutely stunning!
December 19, 2020
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Rated 2 out of 5
Is this model the equivalent or upgrade to the MDR7520 Model? My 7520s were just destroyed in a freak accident and my mixes are suffering because of it! Please Help/Advise Sony!
December 15, 2020
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Rated 5 out of 5
Everything I hoped for
I'm a relative newbie to the audiophile world. A few months ago I decided to slow down a bit and get a smoking jacket, a really comfortable chair and the best set of headphones and amp I could get my hands on. I spent countless hours on the internet, listened to some friends cans and then did some value based judging.
I initially rejected these because I was convinced Sony's time had passed. The more reviews I saw, the more I got past all the marketing from everyone, the more I realized that so many headphones, if not all, have their own unique signature and that I would never be in a room with all 50 prospective cans to try for myself.
I enjoy EDM music mostly, but also bluegrass and other acoustical genres (country, rock). More and more I realized that these closed back headphones were probably perfect for me. I took the plunge and ordered them. I practiced delayed gratification and gave them an appropriate burn in phase.
I am 110% satisfied with my purchase. The craftsmanship with quality weeping from every detail is there. They are comfortable, not too heavy, but can get slightly warm on the ears. The soundstage is immersive and the base is smooth and rich. No fatigue that I've felt yet. I do own a few other similarly priced top name brands and can tell you that these are the best crafted and the most pleasurable phones I own.
I save the box for all of the audio gear I buy, just in case I ever decide to sell it down the road. I save this box for safe packaging when I move. I will own these until I'm ambient temp.
I would buy again without hesitation. Every time I go to my comfy chair (no smoking jacket) and sit down with a glass of wine (or soft drink), close my eyes and put these on, I go away. Really, really far away and it's magical.
October 14, 2020
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Rated 5 out of 5
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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