Sony mdr-cd1700 Headphones

4.73/5 (15 Reviews)


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Digital Refrence Headphones


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by William Nunn a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 2, 2002

Bottom Line:   
The Grado SR225 are an open backed high quality full size headphone with 5 1/4" termination. They are black with silver grilles and the drivers and round. The headband is steel with a plastic covering. Steel rods hold the drivers onto the headband, and the useful thing is they rotate and can be layed flat. The cable is exceptional quality, thick OFC double sided with a Y splitter. The jack is gold plated which is excellent and expected at this pricepoint. Unfortunately becuase of the drivers rotating freely, the cable often gets twisted above where it splits. This is just about tolerable but irritating. The headband can be slightly tight, but as with all grados, you bend it gently and this is fine. The sound on these is amazing, really fast paced allmost too quick at times. Transients are agile. It drives forward at warp speed. The bass is tight and punchy, but not excessive. The best thing I like about these is the midrange, which is warm and detailed, with good vocals. Instruments sound like their real counterparts. The treble I found to be a little too sharp at times though, some edginess on amplified instruments. Overall these are musical headphones for rock pop and dance.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Kamla Electronics



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by redshifter a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2001

Bottom Line:   
i am currently shopping for a good headphone amp for these, so i've been listening out of the headphone jack on my dvdp.

these cans are very musical, and have a wonderful warm midrange. the words "flows like oil" or "pearls on velvet" come to mind in describing the sound. the beastie boy's "body movin" off the criterion dvd has great brain shaking bass with these, but not as forward as the v6, or boomy like the v600. tull's "songs from the wood" mfsl cd has very convincing sounding aucoutic instruments. classical is also nice, and female vocals have a stunning life-like quality.

on lower quality sources (like my reciever's headphone jack) the phones sound a little murky.

on good sources (the best i have now is my dvdp, cdp, and pcdp - the sony d777), they sound just amazing: the sound is addicting.

the treble range has a a flowing quality, but not even near bright or sparkling. the mids are gorgeous. the bass is not forward but is there, and with the right recordings you can actually FEEL it. the biocellulous drivers lend a wonderful analog quality to the sound. these are very musical phones.

i've read folks compare these with sony's flagship cans the r-10. the r-10 uses similar drivers, but is housed in wood and costs $4000. if you have a good solid state amp with low noise snap the cd1700 up if you get the chance.

on a scale of 1 to 10 i give them a 8.9 for sound (compared with live music), and a 9 for value at $150, what i paid.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   used



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jens Bjargum a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 13, 2001

Bottom Line:   
Well...I could write a book about these headphones, but I'll just write two things :

1. I agree with the other reviews here. These are just the best headphones you can get. I would only change them for a set of MDR-R10, and nothing less than that.

2. If you can still find them somewhere...buy them!!!

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   HiFiBitz



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Pappa Jay a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I purchased both these headphones and the Sennheiser 495's with the intention of demoing both and sending back the one that did not make the cut.

Sadly, the Sennhieser 495's cost $100 less and blew these away.

A good pair of headphones but better sound quality is available for less money.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $165.00

Purchased At:   internet site



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Duncan a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2001

Bottom Line:   
What else needs to be said that hasn't been said already? well, these 'phones sound amazing with (female) vocals, and instrumental pieces, this in part i think is because there is a slight boost in the midrange (one of the properties of the Biocellulose Diaphragm).

Bass is strong, tight, and fluid, not boomy in any way (although that might put so called "Duh-m-basses" off of these 'phones, they don't have the largest slam in the market.

Treble, Some might find it a little recessed (it is compared to my Senn 565s) but, NOT in a bad way, everything still sounds musical, but without any searing cymbal clashes, or sibilance... a Cymbal sounds like a Cymbal, and a vocal piece sounds how it should sound.

These 'phones are made for quality rather than quantity, they probably wouldn't suit hardcore techno heads (although i have had them bouncing around quite happily on my head!!) but, definetly (imo) a far better buy (value wise) than the equivilant Senn models (except the HD600)

If anyone in the UK does still want to get there hands on these gems, they'd better hurry up, the only place that i could find them was in London, and, even there, there was only about 5 pairs for sale!!

Happy Hunting!!

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1996

Price Paid:    $160.00

Purchased At:   Ask Electronics, London




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