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Sony MDR-Z7

We have collected and analyzed 18 expert reviews and 106 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 81/100 and users rate it 90/100. The average review date is Sep 17, 2015. We have compared these reviews to 1778982 reviews from other Headphones & Headsets. The alaScore™ for this product is 90/100 = Excellent. Last update: Dec 11, 2018.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony MDR-Z7

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 24 user reviews of Sony MDR-Z7 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the portability and bass quality. The soundstage and comfort are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed reviews about the price, while some have doubts about the size.

sound, comfort, soundstage, bass quality, portability

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92% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony MDRZ7 Hi-Res Stereo HeadphonesSony MDRZ7 Hi-Res Stereo Headphones

Dec, 2018

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Tim Gideon (pcmag.com)

Sony MDR-Z7

 

The Sony MDR-Z7 headphones deliver gorgeous, detailed audio, with lifelike bass depth and crystal-clear highs.

Exceptional audio performance with rich, accurate lows, and detailed, clear highs. Exceedingly comfortable over long listening sessions.

No extra cable with inline remote control. No carrying case or pouch.

Sony's MDR-Z7 headphones sound gorgeous—they're perfectly suited for those seeking to hear every last detail. All genres sound fantastic through their drivers, and the fit is comfortable, even during long listening periods. To check mixes in a...

Jun, 2018

Expert review by (cnet.com)

Sony MDR Z7

 

At this price point, a lot of audiophiles choose to go with an open-back headphone to get that more open, airy quality that open-back headphones deliver (the Beyerdynamic T90 , HiFiMan HE-400i or various Grados, for example). The MDR-Z7 is a...

The Sony MDR-Z7 is a well-crafted, very comfortable audiophile-grade headphone that features well-balanced, articulate sound. For a closed-back headphone, the soundstage is wide (it sounds more like an open-back headphone). Two cables are included, one...

Expensive; no protective carrying case or pouch.

While expensive, the well-built and supercomfortable Sony MDR-Z7 can go toe to toe with competing high-end audiophile headphones.

May, 2015

Expert review by : Jim Clements (hometheaterhifi.com)

Sony MDR-Z7 Headphones and PHA-3 Portable DAC and Headphone Amp Review

 

the Sony PHA-3 battery powered DAC/headphone amp and the Kimber Kable MUC-B20BL1 balanced headphone cable.

The Sony MDR-Z7’s are not perfect. The midrange was sometimes a bit recessed and the bass was not the tightest or most extended that I have experienced. They were also a bit warm sounding compared to other audiophile headphones I have heard. So sure...

Mar, 2015

Expert review by : Alex Hernandez (techaeris.com)

Sony MDR-Z7 review: Currently the best wired over-ear headphones I've reviewed

 

I handle a lot of headphones around here. Everything from in-ear to over-ear, from $40 to $700 and the Sony MDR-Z7 are simply the best over-ears I've used.

Solid build quality ; Nice design ; Lightweight ; Comfortable padding ; Extraordinary sound

These are on the pricey side and many users just won't shell this much money out ; A case would have been nice

These are highly recommended over the ear wired headphones. The high price may not be for everyone but if your pockets are deep and you’re ready to spend this much you won’t be disappointed.

Oct, 2018

Expert review by (headfonics.com)

The MDR-Z7 by Sony

 

Late 2014 through mid-2015 was the Age of Sony. Seemingly, those big wigs over at Sony HQ seem to have tossed great sounding headphones through our windows all too often, startling our dogs and cats into a panic...well, not so much the cats.

Overall, there is quite a lot I disliked about the headphone on an objective level. However, I’ve found it to be subjectively highly musical and damned fun to use. Sometimes, we don’t neeed accuracy or clinical sound. Some days, we just want to rock...

Jun, 2015

Sound & Vision TOP PICK

Expert review by : Steve Guttenberg (soundandvision.com)

Sony MDR-Z7 Headphone and PHA-3 Headphone Amp

 

Yummy sound, nice bass, clear top end Impeccable Japanese build quality Huge soundstage for a closed-back design Doesn't fold for compact storage

Yummy sound, nice bass, clear top end; Impeccable Japanese build quality; Huge soundstage for a closed-back design; Handles ultra-high-res 384kHz/32bit files; Does DSD at 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz; Single-ended and balanced headphone outputs

Doesn’t fold for compact storage; No indicator for remaining battery charge

Mar, 2015

Expert review by : Marcus Wong (hardwarezone.com)

Hands-on with Sony's new headphones: MDR-Z7, MDR-1ADAC, and MDR-XB950BT

 

Sony has just introduced their line-up of new headphones for the final quarter of the year, and we took a closer look at three of the more interesting headphones announced.

Oct, 2014

Expert review by : Andrew Williams (trustedreviews.com)

Sony MDR-Z7

 

The Sony MDR-Z7 are big, super-comfortable headphones: what you should be looking for if you want something for late-night movie-watching and game-playing. They'll let you listen away in style without keeping anyone else in the house awake.

Powerful sound ; Wide soundstage ; Very comfortable

Slightly soft mid-range ; Unusually unchallenging at the price

Incredibly comfortable headphones that are the perfect late-night accompaniment to a home cinema system.

Jun, 2015

Expert review by : David Carnoy (cnet.com.au)

Sony MDR-Z7 review: A high-end headphone that's truly high-end

 

Finally, Sony's made a headphone that can go toe to toe with the top audiophile models.

The Sony MDR-Z7 is a well-crafted, very comfortable audiophile-grade headphone that features well-balanced, articulate sound. For a closed-back headphone, the soundstage is wide (it sounds more like an open-back headphone). Two cables are included, one...

Expensive; no protective carrying case or pouch.

While expensive, the well-built and supercomfortable Sony MDR-Z7 can go toe to toe with competing high-end audiophile headphones.

May, 2015

Expert review by (avforums.com)

Sony MDR-Z7 Headphone Review

 

Sony's new MDR-Z7 headphones are designed to work with high resolution music but are they high fidelity?

Clear, accurate and refined sound ; Usefully sensitive ; Beautifully built

Bit clinical ; Rather large ; No storage ; Slightly soulless

Having been sent two Sony products back-to-back, I find myself drawing slightly contrasting experiences from then. The NWZ-ZX1 is flawed in a number of ways and faces stiff competition from more conventional means of listening to music on the move. The...

Product Specifications

Design

Color of product:Black, Silver
Wearing style:Head-band

Headphones

Acoustic system:Closed
Diaphragm material:Liquid crystal polymer film
Driver type:Dynamic
Driver unit:2.76
Ear coupling:Supraaural
Headphone frequency:4 - 100000
Headphone sensitivity:102
Impedance:70
Magnet type:Neodymium
Maximum input power:2000
Wearing style:Head-band

Ports & interfaces

1/8" connector:Y
Cable Length:118.1
Connectivity Technology:Wired
Connector contacts plating:Gold
Device interface:3.5 mm (1/8")
Wireless technologies:Wired

Weight & Dimensions

Weight:11.8