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Sony has Bose and its Quiet Comfort noise-cancelling headphones in its sights

Michael Brown | Sept. 2, 2016
Coming soon from Sony: New wireless and wired headphones, an audiophile headphone amp, and a gold-plated Walkman featuring a chassis machined from solid copper.

Sony MDR-Z1R 

Despite the large ear cups with their woven stainless steel covers, the MDR-Z1R headphones are amazingly light.

The MDR-Z1R have 70mm magnesium dome drivers that Sony says can deliver frequency response up to an astounding 120kHz. Sony teamed with Kimber Kable to engineer the MDR-Z1R’s cable, as well as the internal wiring in the NW-WM1Z Walkman.


Sony tells me the NW-WM1Z Walkman, TA-ZH1ES headphone amp, and the MDR-Z1R headphones will be available in November. The NW-WM1A Walkman will be available early next year. Don’t expect to find these at your local Best Buy. Sony says they’ll be available from “a select group of Sony authorized dealers.”


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