CES 2017: Sony MDR-Z1R Capsule Housing Construction
It's with cost-no-object flagship headphones like the Sony MDR-Z1R ($2299) that you get to see what engineers do when they have free reign. Lots of good stuff in this headphone. From the magnesium dome and liquid crystal polymer edge driver Sony claims to extend treble respond to 120-kHz, to the Titanium and leather headband, this headphone suits the bill. Even the outside shape has its root in the mind of an engineer.
Sony calls this a closed headphone, but the outer housing is comprised of a stainless steel mesh compressing a felt-like paper pulp matte agains a housing frame former. Evidently, this paper matte is done by hand with a brush by Japanese craftsmen skilled in this technique. I can't imagine the isolation is very high; I'm curious to see the measurements. The unusual shape of the former is to redirect sound from the rear of the driver and disperse it harmlessly reducing resonances. I'm working on getting a pair in and I'm very much looking forward to the experience...what ever it is.