Sound Quality

Supporting a full range of frequency response from 3 Hz to 100 kHz, while this is not as impressive as the 4 Hz to 120 kHz frequency response of the MDR-Z1R it still exceeds the maximum audible frequency of 20 kHz by five times.

Sony MDR-1AM2 Closed-back Headphones with NW-WM1Z

The MDR-1AM2 possess a warm and balanced sound signature, which is synonymous to Sony.

At the low-end, the MDR-1AM2 is dynamic and energetic, not overly heavy with just the right amount of details to keep it in balance with the mid-range and high-end. While it isn’t the most detailed low-end one could experience, its clarity and coherence is something one would appreciate.

Rich and detailed, the mid-range of the MDR-1AM2 is another class act of balance, possibly where the headphone truly shines. Smooth and refined, vocals and strings are particularly enjoyable, sparkling details fills the mid-range bringing coherence to fidelity. Possibly best of its class at this price point.

If anything, the high-end is the least impressive on the MDR-1AM2. While the MDR-1AM2 is able to hit every high note, it pales against the richness of the mid-range, showing signs of too much control resulting in an unnatural treble experience. One which made it out of place against a balanced low-end and mid-range.

The sound stage of the MDR-1AM2 is one that is rather intimate, with a balance of proportion in relations to placement and depth, allowing instruments and vocals to be properly placed with confidence. Much aided by a balanced low-end, such imaging is rare for a headphone at this price point.

Part 1: Introduction, Design and Build
Part 2: Usability
Part 3: Sound Quality
Part 4: Product Specifications
Part 5: Review Ratings, Summary

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Goh Beng Yeow, the Founder / Editor at Porta-Fi™, is a recipient of the IT Youth Award in Singapore. Twice nominated for EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Beng Yeow has previously founded startups such as PDALive.com, Coded Pixels Consultants and was a Tech writer for TODAY, a national daily newspaper under MediaCorp.

Since 2017, he has been writing, editing and producing commentaries, interviews, news and reviews on Porta-Fi™. In 2019, Beng Yeow was appointed Advisor to LHDC™, the industry's latest low latency and high-definition Bluetooth audio codec.

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