Product Comparison: Sony MDR-Z1R vs Audeze LCD-XC

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General Specifications
About the Product
The MDF-Z1R showcases the company’s cutting-edge technology, Japanese craftsmanship, and high level of expertise. Its 70-millimeter drivers and resonance-free housing produce a wide frequency response up to 120 kHz with strong (but not bloated) bass. All the while, the ergonomic sheepskin pads encase your ears in total comfort and immersive, leak-free sound.
The LCD-XC Closed-Back Headphone is incredibly dynamic, nimble, neutral and transparent, accurately revealing everything on the recording. It quickly became the ultimate tool for recording engineers, musicians and audiophiles alike for its clean, accurate sound. The closed-back design offers all the benefits of a planar magnetic headphone with increased isolation and greatly reduced ambient noise for a private and powerful listening experience. Your favorite music erupts from a silent background taking on a life of its own.
Key Specs
Closed over-ear
Closed over-ear
100 dB
130 dB
Min. Frequency Range
4 Hz
10 Hz
Max. Frequency Range
120 kHz
50 kHz
64 Ω
20 Ω
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Sony MDR-Z1R High-Resolution Audio Premium Over-Ear Headphones - Black
  • Mid-range is extensive, full, present-forward and absolutely intoxicating Treble is exactly where it needs to be.. Sparkly but never fatiguing.
  • It`s the best so far for pop music, the sound is rich and well balanced, I just wanna listen to every song I have for once more.
  • The Z1R to me has a wonderful warm resonance that does sound aggressive, but is still uncannily real. It's a unique sound that you will not find with any other headphones.
  • Incredible sound. I can hear my musics the way I wasn't able before. I can hear instruments, voices, record noises I never know was there.
  • The sound is simply amazing, crisp with just enough bass and plenty power to damage ones ears.
  • The sound is very sculpted with an emphasis on mid bass. Sub-bass is limited and treble is very rolled off.
Audeze LCD-XC Over Ear, Closed Back Headphones
  • Their sound is buttery smooth. Incredible low-end and sub bass. The imaging is fantastic.
  • Clean high-end , clean bass clean vocals and the best looking headphones ever made .
  • Outstanding sound. Awesome headphone. Probably the best closed headphone ine the world.
  • Sonically, the headphones are quite rounded in the bass (low frequency), mid and treble (high frequency) regions.
  • Everything is clear, really good clean bass and good soundstage for a closed back.
Size & Weight
9.28 in.
13 in.
8.56 in.
13 in.
6.22 in.
8 in.
13.6 oz.
22.9 oz.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Sony MDR-Z1R High-Resolution Audio Premium Over-Ear Headphones - Black
  • Adjustment and comfort during use is excellent.
  • They are very comfortable, despite their large size.
  • Build quality is perfect. The most comfortable closed back headphone I've ever worn by leagues and bounds. Isolation is very good.
  • Earcups are just too big and bulky, love the sound but I couldn't relax in my recliner chair to enjoy because the cups won't let me to tilt my head.
Audeze LCD-XC Over Ear, Closed Back Headphones
  • A little heavy but the build quality is top notch. Really happy with purchased so far.
  • Visually, the headphones are quite stunning. They have a beautiful look and solid feel.
  • These headphones are relatively heavy. Which is fine but the headband's weight distribution is poor.
Driver Diameter
2.76 in.
4.17 in.
Detachable Cable
Cable Length
9.84 ft.
7.05 ft.
In-Line Remote
Headband Material
High-Resolution Audio compatible, Resonance-free housing, Responsive magnesium dome with LCP-edge diaphragm for clarity, Ergonomic sheepskin ear pads with enfolding design
Planar magnetic drivers for better dynamics and frequency response, Large ultra thin-film diaphragms, Double-sided magnetic structure, Smartphone and Mobile Device Compatible
What customers say about "Features"
Sony MDR-Z1R High-Resolution Audio Premium Over-Ear Headphones - Black
  • The quality of the materials used for the headphones and storage box are first class.
  • They've got a superb build quality,very durable and they are very nice looking headphones! I'm really impressed by these cans!
  • It's very involving with a wide and tall soundstage, rich textural mids and vocals and great bass and sub-bass extension, when called for.
Audeze LCD-XC Over Ear, Closed Back Headphones
  • Absolutely incredible. The build quality is truly superb. These headphones are built to last
  • Top quality, top sound. Work perfectly with a simple smartphone or computer but it's so better with a good headphone amp.
  • The XC being “second to none” with regard to the musical experience in closed-back planar designs. I like the wood – but that’s taste! GREAT job.
  • Probably the best closed earpiece headphones available right now. Very good bass, very linear frequency response. Excellent clarity. Good sound stage.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
2 year(s)
1 year(s)
Other Information
1999.99 $
1799.00 $

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