The MDR-ZX700 are one of Sony's recent entrants into the world of audiophile headphones. Leave it to the acknowledged leader in high-end audio to deliver this kind of sound quality at this kind of price. 50mm drivers rated at 24 Ohms pump clear, clean, and full-bodied musical detail direct from iPad, iPod and computers. Full-size oval 'circumaural' earcups cover the entire earlobe for comfortable isolation and immersive listening privacy. Tremendous with headphone amps!
- Recommended for excellent portable & mobile listening
- Good isolation seal provides immersive privacy and noise-blocking
- Circumaural full-size oval earcups are extra-comfortable
- Amongst best sound quality available at this price
What's In The Box:
- No Accessories Included
The Sony MDR-ZX700 are sealed-back full-size headphones that have been the toast of headphone intelligentsia since their initial limited release in Asia. Now widely available in North America, the MDR-ZX700 have a simple look that's almost old-school charming if not for the modern, vividly high-definition sound lurking under its mild-mannered exterior. Faithful frequency spectrum response with a forward tilt to the midranges makes this a good choice for rock music and singer/songwriter recordings. The low-end bass response exhibits a slight roll-off that listeners seeking timbral clarity and tonal balance may appreciate; by the same token, deep bassheads may wish for more heft in the lowest octaves with hip-hop or street funk jams. For portable/mobile listeners wanting crisp articulation of nuanced musical details, the MDR-ZX700 accuracy will be eye-opening even without a headphone amp thanks to the extra-efficient 24 Ohm impedance/108 dB sensitivity. Of course, the ZX700 sounds audibly more dynamic with tighter, more taut bass response in tandem with an amp, especially if employing lossless iPod / iPad files.
We find the look of the Sony MDR-ZX700 nicely professional and understated with attractively curved full-size earcups completely encircling the ears and the classic Sony logo emblazoned across the earcups. It's a simple look that doesn't attract too much undue attention, perhaps a good thing in the hectic big city. The Sony MDR-ZX700 headband frame and earcups are made of high-finish ABS plastic which contributes mightily to the ZX700's light wearing weight and expected long durability. Foam padding on headband & earcups is plush and soft enough for long listening sessions without discomfort or dreaded hot spots interrupting the fun. Although there's no folding or headband collapsibility features with the MDR-ZX700, there's also no hinges or delicate pieces to break off, making these true 'monitoring use' professional-level cans ready for workhorse action at the club, studio or on the streets. Keep in mind there is also no full-szie 1/4" stereo plug adapter in the Sony MDR-ZX700 box, so get one if needed!
- Driver Type: Dynamic
- Acoustic Seal: Closed
- Ear Coupler Type: Full-Size
- Coupler Size: Large
- Cord Type: Straight Left-Side
- Cord Length: 4.2 ft
- Detachable Cable: No
- Impedance @ 1kHz: 24 Ohms
- Isolation: -12dB ~ -18dB
- Weight: 260 grams w/o cord
- Connector Type: 1/8
- Headphone Type: Full Size
- Manufacturer Warranty: 1 Year
- Sensitivity: 106 dB
Posted by yongleflibbit from Berlin on 2012-02-28
Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Solid, classic design and still comfortable
Cons: Highs can sound too prominent
Bass-heavy tracks were great, although for the more subtle acoustic recordings I found the lows a touch quiet compared to the mids and highs, but it responded to a little digital EQ and then all recordings were rounded and a real experience. Thankfully, the treble didn't fade from the sound at all.
I'm still planning to use these for some studio work, with 5 - 40khz the range is enough for monitoring mixes - although if you're a DJ, there's no folding so listening to one cup is awkward.
Also great for portable devices, only 25 Ohms means powerful sound with no preamp and the in-built one-sided cable is tipped with a small jack.
In short: well-priced and highly recommended!
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