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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I've decided to give the Sony7506's a try. A couple of questions first. Are they easily driven by a portable? And does anybody know of retail outlets in New York City where they're available?

Thanks.
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Re: Sony 7506 questions.

They are EASILY driven by a portable.

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Originally posted by Davie
I've decided to give the Sony7506's a try. A couple of questions first. Are they easily driven by a portable?
Thanks.
post #3 of 13
Sam Ash Music has stores in the city and boroughs. The carry the 7506's. If you find a cheap price, the will match it. J&R and B&H Photo may also carry them.
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Thanks!
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I'll second that. I just got the 7506s recently, from Sam Ash even. Their price is 99.99, but they did a price match for me and took it down to 89.99. The lower price was from etronics.com, and I believe they have a physical store in the city.

And yes, the 7506s are definitely useable from a portable, although they don't go very loud on either of mine (Sony D-365 and a Panasonic SL-SW860).
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Originally posted by Jackangel
And yes, the 7506s are definitely useable from a portable, although they don't go very loud.
Um, they go extremely loud from my MD player.

JandR doesn't sell them.
post #7 of 13
i saw them in my latest b+h catalog, $99.
post #8 of 13
I just bought a pair last week. Still trying to decide if I'm going to keep them, although I'm leaning strongly towards it. Anyway, they play plenty loud from my PCDP and MD while maintaining decent sound quality from the respective headphone outs.
post #9 of 13
B&H has them for $89.99 (they have to email their "too low to publish" actual selling price. They have them set up on dispay to listen too and compare with other HPs that they carry.
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
I picked the 7506's up yesterday at Sam Ash for $99.99 (wish I had known that they would match prices).

My first impression was: really clear! My second impression was REALLY bright!!!

At first I found the sound offputting, but after a few hours I've been getting used to it. It's pretty amazing how much your ears adjust to the particular frequency response of the equipment you're using.

I'm not sure yet, but these probably have a place for me. If nothing else, they're very comfortable, look sturdy, and fold up compactly.

Can anybody tell me if they change with burn in?
post #11 of 13
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Davie asks:
Can anybody tell me if they change with burn in?
(Hah!! My chance to show I have learned something here on Head-Fi )

I don't have the 7506's, but I can tell you this: Headphones change tremendously with burn-in!! I didn't realize how much until I found hear-fi'ers writing about it. I tried it and was AMAZED.

I have a pair of AKG-270's that were pretty highly recommended when I bought them a couple of years ago. (There are the ones with 2 transducers in each earpiece.) I didn't use them much, though, because they sounded so flat, mushy, dull. I've been burning them in over the last few days, and the difference in sound quality is major.

The soundstage has increased; the highs are distinct; the midtones are bright; the bass is much more tolerable.

I've also burned-in other phones and found the sound quality changes majorly.

So, do it, Davie. And thanks to all the members of this sig for all the useful (and frequently fun) information they make available.
post #12 of 13
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Originally posted by Davie
Can anybody tell me if they change with burn in?
That ultra brightness will calm down and the bass should become more distinct. Give it at least 2-3 weeks of burn-in (2-3 hrs a day). Then get those beyer velour pads for ultimate comfort.
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Originally posted by gloco
That ultra brightness will calm down and the bass should become more distinct. Give it at least 2-3 weeks of burn-in (2-3 hrs a day).
These things are really beginning to mellow out after about a week. Sign me up for Team 7506! I'm definitely hearing things that I never noticed before, even with my trusty Grado SR-60s.

The 7506's also confirm my feeling that I've been getting quite good results with my MP3's encoded at a high VBR. I was afraid that a really detailed set of phones would reveal the warts, but quite the opposite is the case.
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