Sony MDR Z7 Review
The Sony MDR Z7 is a truly high-end headphone that is well-crafted and comfortable to wear. The sound is articulate and well-balanced at the same time. Furthermore, with the closed-back design, the soundstage is wide and comes shipped with two cables to use with audio headphone players and amps.
Sony MDR Z7 Design
In the Sony collection, you can find a wide selection of models. However, finding a top audiophile model is difficult, but we have good news! You can now get the Sony MDR 7Z, which is such a headset. The look and sound is the real deal and even better. With the closed-back design, it does not leak noise and comes with plush pressure-relieving cushions made of urethane. On the other hand, the covers three-dimensional and do an excellent job of blocking out ambient noise. The earphones are comfortable but not as light as the prestige MDR-1A. The headset is lightweight at 11.8 ounces without using the cable. Furthermore, the full-sized headphone has metal hinges and headband.
Another notable thing is that each moving axis on the headphones comprises silicone rings, making them quiet to use. Included, you get two removable cables made of oxygen-free copper. One is three-meter long while the other one is two-meter long and double-headed balanced to split channels. What’s more, you can use the headset with your mobile phone using the three-meter wire. Moreover, you can upgrade the cables with a Kimber Kable that is braided and designed for home, balanced amps, and on-the-go use. On the other hand, you get a ¼ inch phono, and ⅛ inch minijack plug adapter included. There is no protective case shipped with the MDR Z7.
Sony MDR Z7 Performance
For a bona fide audiophile headphone, you will not go wrong selecting the Sony MDR Z7 headset. The overall sound is linear yet transparent, giving it broad imaging that is magnificently focused. Whether you are listening to an excellent or lousy recording, you hear everything and more. The earphones are equipped with 70mm drivers to add or take everything from the resonance of what you are listening. Listening to harsh recordings will even sound harsher, but the best soundtracks will sound better.
You get enough bass but not overemphasized compared to other studio headphones found today. Comparing the MDR Z7 with the flagship P7 from B&O, the sound is different. Furthermore, B&O P7 offers you a closer sound when listening to instruments. With the MDR-Z7, you get a distant sound making it sound less stuck in your head. We love the P7, but you get a bigger soundstage with MDR Z7. Even the definition and impact in the bass exceeds the P7 and is more comfortable to listen to with extended periods. To add to the resonance, it sounds great with your phone as well. But your phone will need to be able to handle the headphone. On the other hand, when used with a headphone amplifier, it works even better as it improves the dynamic punch with a delicate treble and deeper bass.
Sony MDR Z7 Specs
- Color: Black
- Cord Type: Wired
- Extras: Aluminum Coated LCP, High-Resolution Audio, Noise-Cancellation, and Beat Response Control
- Form Factor: Closed-back Wraparound Design
- Included: Balanced Connecting Cable and Standard Connecting Cable
- Noise Isolation: Yes
- Warranty: 1-year
- Weight: 11.8 ounces
Sony MDR Z7 Pros and Cons
What we like:
- Extremely comfortable
- Top-notch build quality
- Warm deep bass
- Great soundstage
- Detachable cables
What we do not like:
- Super long cable
Should You Buy it?
Yes, as these headphones are reasonable compared to other top-of-the-line studio headsets like Audio Technica, NAD, and the MDR-1A from Sony. The build quality is excellent, and it is comfortable to wear for hours. Once you place the earphones on your ears, the sound will blow your mind away. So if you are an audiophile on the go, you will find the Sony MDR Z7 one of the best studio headphones you have ever owned.
You can find some good headphones that do cost less than the Sony MDR-Z7. However, compared to the ATH-MSR from Audio Technica, the NAD Viso HP50, and Sony’s top of the line MDR1-A, it sounds even better. The build is exceptional, and we found it even more comfortable than the MDR-1A model. Furthermore, the sound is impressive, depending on the hardware and source of material you plan to use it with. On the other hand, the headphones work well with high-end components using it with a headphone amp. You get a balanced sound and makes for great audiophile headsets. So if you plan on buying the Sony MDR Z7, you are getting the real deal that will not leave you disappointed.