Sony announces the MDR-Z7M2

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Sony announces the MDR-Z7M2

Sony has announced the new MDR-Z7M2 headset, successor to the acclaimed MDR-Z7 model. As an evolution of “Sony sound”, the MDR-Z7M2 inherits the technology of the Signature series MDR-Z1R, such as the Fibonacci pattern grille and a 4.4mm balanced connection cable.

-MDR-Z7M2, successor to the MDR-Z7, improvement in sound quality and comfort of use

-Overall improvements include a newly developed 70mm driver, aluminum-plated LCP diaphragms, larger magnets, and a Fibonacci pattern grille.

-Superb sound quality with three-dimensional and spatial sound that offers wide and spacious sound from 4 to 10,000Hz.

-Pads made of a very dense polyurethane foam that reduces the sensation of stuffiness and are very comfortable even if used for a long period of time

The MDR-Z7M2 represents another affirmation of Sony’s commitment to audiophile excellence; features a very wide frequency response and dynamic range and a linear planar wave, offering the listener a realistic reproduction of “air” around musical instruments and vocals; the three-dimensional, spatial experience of sound that exists in a live music space. Using the 70mm HD driver along with the aluminum-plated LPC diaphragm, in which the dome is larger than usual and whose profile is optimized, the MDR-Z7M2 headphones offer the listener refined music reproduction.

Expert sound for a sophisticated ear

The MDR-Z7M2 features newly developed drivers, adapted from the MDR-Z1R, including improved aluminum-plated LCP diaphragms for natural sound with low coloration and in the upper-mid range. The dome of the diaphragm has been increased in size and its profile has been optimized, which allows for clear sound in the low-mid range and bright sound in the high-mid range. The driver contains a larger magnet (twice the volume of the MDR-Z7), resulting in greater excursion power and, therefore, crystal-clear clarity. The introduction of the Fibonacci pattern grille made of a rigid resin achieves both thinness and strength, as well as minimizing damping in the grille of the highest frequencies, resulting in smooth sound reproduction at all frequencies.

Furthermore, the Beat Response Control, a special acoustic port, controls air flow behind the driver and optimizes diaphragm movement when reproducing low frequencies. At the same time, it improves the transient characteristics in bass sounds and accurately paces the music.

Other features of the MDR-Z7M2 include the use of lead-free solder and Corson-type copper alloy contact. This audiophile-grade solder developed by Sony is also used to minimize signal path losses and ensure contact purity. This Corson alloy is an ideal material for electrical contacts of connectors due to its low resistance value and high durability.

Cables and connections

The MDR-Z7M2 comes with two different headphone cables; one standard unbalanced cable and one balanced cable. A screw locking mechanism is used to ensure connection and durability. In addition, a silver plating has been applied to the balanced copper cable to achieve better detail, a smoother treble and less sound degradation. Sony also recommends its cables made by KIimberKable® (sold separately), a testament to the union of Sony’s headphone design excellence and KimberKable®’s expertise in cable design and construction, creating high-quality headphone cables that They further improve sound reproduction. With an 8-wire braiding structure, the cables achieve excellent sound quality, with higher clarity, lower external noise, lower crosstalk and optimal electrical parameters. The gold plating guarantees greater conductivity and a purer signal. The use of an aluminum alloy in the grip area allows excellent acoustic performance by providing greater attenuation of sound vibration. The connectors at the end of the headphones have screw-type closures, which achieve a stable and secure connection.

Comfort is the key

To improve your comfort, the MDR-Z7M2 model features three-dimensional stitching, ergonomic pads, and aluminum alloy hanger and slider to lighten its weight. These changes make them more comfortable, even when worn for long periods of time, as less pressure is applied to the head. The three-dimensional seam of the pads achieves an ergonomic shape designed to adapt to the irregularities of the head; Thus the pressure is homogeneous throughout the support area. This reduces sound loss and increases air pressure, thus offering the listener a very powerful bass. A soft, breathable polyurethane pad has been chosen to reduce the sensation of stuffiness and offer greater comfort over a long period of time. A synthetic leather headband with aluminum alloy hanger and slider makes the MDR-Z7M2 lightweight but durable.

The hanger has undergone a special anodizing treatment process that protects it against possible scratches from daily use. Particular attention has been paid to the design of the MDR-Z7M2’s surround structure, whereby the ear pads tilt inwards slightly due to lateral pressure during use. This creates a tighter seal with improved deep bass production and less sound loss, offering the listener a maximum level of comfort and stability during use. The MDR-Z7M2 also features a silent joint mechanism that minimizes mechanical noise caused by joint movement; Using them will be comfortable and silent even for the most demanding user.

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