The nice control layout on chassis. Unexpected pleasant sound with the unforgiving MDR 7506. Detailed yet not overly fatiguing along the typical use-curve. Balanced sound, a mix of detailed warmth, competent lows, articulate mids, and treble response is smooth.
Sounds good with or without a remote. A bit more “open” when listening direct. Remote unlocks the extra functions for play mode and the ability to toggle sound mode/eq options. RV: a treble boost “sound revitalizer” MB: more like MEGABASS 1 than 2 GRV: similar to MEGABASS 2 A bass-heavy album like Black Sunday doesn’t need any sound mode enhancement with capable pair of headphones. Sublime Second Hand Smoke is the same story. The Great Adventures of Slick Rick sounds… correct. Snappy drums. Pronounced punch I don’t recall hearing in snare of Slow Ride (Second Hand Smoke). Articulate overall. It stands out, flatteringly so. Luscious midrange, especially distorted guitars. An overall “smooth” quality envelops any audio playing on the EX-610. Even the function indicator tone sounds pleasant and warm. The harsh transient of beeping Discman counterparts is all but absent.
- Repair Skills required