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Sony's latest ultra-light MDR-1AM2 headphones take after the Z1R (Updated with local pricing)

By Liu Hongzuo - on 5 Apr 2018, 5:43pm

Sony's latest MDR-1AM2 headphones take after the Z1R

It's been nearly three years since the Sony MDR-1A came alive, making it just in time for its successor to take over. To that end, Sony launched the MDR-1AM2 headphones. It brings back the same 40mm closed-back form factor while adding extra tweaks from its S$2,599 sibling - the MDR-Z1R.

The Sony MDR-1AM2 headphones aim to deliver comfort and high-quality sound all at once. They manage to be lighter than its MDR-1A predecessor (185g versus 225g), while employing synthetic leather ear pads on its cups for lasting comfort.

The MDR-1AM2 headphones are indeed exceptionally light compared to many other headphones of this size. That should make it even more comfortable for long hours of use.

Only wired connections are supported in this headphones - no wireless options. The headphones however supports more than the usual unbalanced 3.5mm headphone jack, it even supports an optional 4.4mm balanced connection.

The MDR-1AM2 uses 40mm drivers with aluminum-coated liquid crystal polymer diaphragms for Hi-Res Audio compatibility. They also brought back the MDR-Z1R's Fibonacci-patterned grill for ultra-high frequency ranges (up to 100kHz), while adding silver-coated oxygen-free copper for reduced transmission signal loss. Those are nice touches, considering the MDR-1A predecessor is nowhere as costly as the MDR-Z1R, too.

Fibonacci-patterned grill for handling ultra high frequencies smoothly.

The MDR-1AM2 comes in two colors: Black, and Silver. It will be available in selected Asia-Pacific countries from Q2 2018 onwards. Other details to be announced at a later date, but if you're wondering about the price, it's slated for retail for US$399.


The MDR-1AM2 will be available from all authorized Sony retailers from April 2018 for S$429.

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