What is the opinion of Reddit about the
Sony MDR1AM2 Wired High Resolution Audio Overhead Headphones, Black (MDR-1AM2/B) (Renewed)?

A total of 7 reviews of this product on Reddit.

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12th Feb 2020

I found these on amazon when looking for a pair and it’s showing renewed, what’s your take? The price makes it almost impossible to pass on. Sony MDR1AM2 Wired High Resolution Audio Overhead Headphones, Black (MDR-1AM2/B) (Renewed) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F1WS11P/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_.B3qEbRH83F2M

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20th Aug 2020

I haven’t tried the K371, but I do own the MSR7 and I also use the X2HR as a daily driver at home as well as a point of reference.

The MSR7 is a very punchy, very energetic headphone. If you’re like me, one of the things that are appreciable about the X2HR is that they can essentially be used for an indefinite length of time without ever becoming fatiguing, physically or sonically. The MSR7 is not that way. Because they express so much energy and detail in their sound, I usually find that about 90 minutes to two hours is about the limit I can spend at a single stretch before I need to take a listening break. If your listening sessions don’t last for long periods, that may not be an issue for you at all.

Like I said, they’re very good for revealing and delivering fine detail. The flip side of that coin though is that they’re not forgiving of poorly recorded tracks. Some headphones can gloss over recording flaws and inconsistencies and basically sound good with anything; the MSR7 will not. Some people also describe them as being bright, but again I feel that energetic is the more appropriate descriptor; airy may also apply. The only time I personally have had an issue with any type of sibilance from them is when it’s revealed that a higher registered female vocalist either fails to hit a high note or actually has their voice crack into the microphone, or if there’s unexpected feedback in the mic itself… then it will hit pretty sharply and rather unpleasantly.

Physical comfort from the MSR7 is squarely middle of the road – most people will need to make small tweaks to the shape of the headband arch to conform better to their noggin and prevent a hotspot. Their size is appropriate for travel, but since their structure is almost entirely plastic, they won’t take the abuse of being repeatedly shoved into a bag or backpack and in that situation making sure you have a clamshell case to stow them in is recommended.

If you want something that’s very detailed, revealing, and energetic, then they may be a good option for you. If you’d like something that’s a little more forgiving as an all-rounder, I might suggest the MDR1Am2 as an option, which also have a slight edge on comfort.

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5th Oct 2020

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5th Oct 2020

My suggestions within your stated price range:

Top Tier – Focal Elegia

This is a clearance price as they are discontinuing this model, presumably to upgrade the product line.

Mid-range Alternative – Sony MDR1Am2.

I linked to the refurbished option because this is closer (slightly under) the typical pricing one would expect for this model. Pricing on new units are significantly inflated right now due to (presumably) manufacturing and supply issues stemming from the pandemic. I have purchased Amazon Renewed products on a couple of occasions and they were indistinguishable from new with no issues.

Budget – Takstar Pro82 (if you can find them) or the Coolermaster MH751 (a gaming headset based on the Pro82).

A couple of additional options worth considering that will address your bonus mic request:

Fidelio L2 (will provide only a little isolation from surrounding noise) or Sivga SV006.

You can connect and disconnect either of those two to a VModa BoomPro, as needed, for a mic option that’s convenient to use, sounds pretty good and is relatively inexpensive.

Any of these options will easily run from a low(er)-powered device such as straight from a pc, laptop, or cellphone.

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10th May 2020

Just bought a pair of these bad boys from Ebay “used” with no box but are still very “Brand new” for $130+Tax… Almost bought some from amazon warehouse with a “damaged” box for $150… who needs the box anyway. Amazon has referb pair for $130 used too.. https://www.amazon.com/Sony-MDR1AM2-Resolution-Headphones-Refurbished/dp/B07F1WS11P/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=1am2&link_code=qs&qid=1589125879&sourceid=Mozilla-search&sr=8-2

I’d say they are worth 150 but not the $300 asking price from Sonys website..
So very light I can wear them all day.. I wish they had a tiny bit more bass but they are more accurate to the recordings as intended. They have a very wide stereo sound and almost makes stuff sound like theyre right there in the room with you. I’m noticing tiny little flaws of edits in songs I never noticed before already.. My ears are kind of small and do fit all the way inside the holes

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12th Dec 2019

If you’re comfortable purchasing a certified refurbished product that otherwise looks and works as new to snag a bargain, the Sony MDR1Am2 is an excellent headphone that fits your criteria (street cred included).

Just also be aware that any corded headphone with the standard 3.5mm jack will also need a lightning-to-3.5mm adapter to work with iPhones. example.

Also, I’m not sure if the 1As still come with a carrying case or not. If not, then one would be highly recommended to make sure they last, especially if being packed in and out of a backpack or duffle bag. example

Other options that avoid the adapter, and possibly the case, would be pursuing something that connects wirelessly via bluetooth, whether that’s a headphone or an in-ear-monitor (iem).

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21st Nov 2019

Since you are open to both over-ear and iem’s, I’ll suggest two options:

Sony MDR1Am2. It’s a refurb unit, but I have purchased through Amazon Renewed before and the products are indeed indistinguishable from a brand new retail product. I’ve had zero problems.

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