I'm interested in these but Sony UK is showing they are discontinued. They are also considerably more expensive than the Focal Spirit Pro.
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Really? I haven't noticed comfort being an issue around here...definitely not like the other smaller padded headphones (M100, Momentums, Focals, etc.). These are the most comfortable of all of the higher end headphones (around $300). Unless your ears stick out abnormally far, they are extremely comfortable.
Not true. My ears don't stick out abnormally. Read the thread. Read the reviews on this site.
Edited by jackson1 - 2/28/14 at 8:22pm
I suppose me owning them and comparing them myself makes my opinion "not true". Lesson learned I guess.
Whoa, it seems we all hear differently don't we. When running sweep tests on the Sony and NAD both go down very well all the way down past 20 hz. Sony appears to have a bit more bass when listening to music and maybe due to a slight bump in the bass, but so does the NAD it is just in a different range. As for soundstage, the NAD beats the Sony to my ears. The NAD seems more wide with the Sony consistently more compact yet still wonderful. Top end extension also goes to the NAD but the Sony has a bit more emphasis on lower treble in the 3-4 k range where it is really audible and can sound a bit more present and bright. And the Sony does present a more open midrange with the sound being a bit more there due to the smalll peak int he lower treble.
As for room feel technology, I never experienced it before last night with the NADs and the Micromega dac, amp stack. Definitely a soundstage perspective that made me feel as if I were in a rooom looking forward at a stage and the bass was really quite different than with most headphones. This was playing Peter Gabriel's excellent Half Blood recording. But this was the only time I felt and think I heard what room feel does. I will say that the NADs can sound pretty different based on what is feeding it. They are very revealing cans, as are the Sonys.
I like both of them and the NADs are getting more ear time because they are the most recent. I could live happily with both.
I don't doubt the NAD can do a bass "sweep"..
But I only believe what my ears hear,
So I agree like you said the Sony "appears" to have more bass when "listening to music"..
Also the fit over the ears worked for me so it was not a bass seal issue.
The NADs "room feel" produces a soundstage similar to the Sony 1r,
Which in itself was a nice perspective.
Yet it seemed to emphasize the mids,
To me that Sony lower treble emphesis you state actually make Sony's brighter & livelier.
So my key points are:
Nad bass remains lighter, tighter and not as deep as the Sony's.
Top end air goes to the Sonys which also sounded to have more trebles overall.
More focus on mids goes to Nads.
Impacts of percussion & dynamic range went to the Sonys which was readily apparent.
The Sonys just sounded larger.
I feel these differences could be reduced somewhat with the NAD burn in,
but from my experience the can will still remain second place.
One will always edge out the other.
I know a lot trusted members do like these Nad cans.
To me it is a notch above the Sony 1r, BUT FOR ME,
It is also easy to say the Sony7520 are a better can
That being said, my ears have been kidnapped by the Ultrasone ed8 and I no longer will be available untill my focal spirit pro comes in
My gear was an odac & schiit valii
I am currently focused on upgrading my gear...
Interesting.. people consider the Viso HP50 to have a slightly u-shaped sound while still remaining neutral, but your comments make it seem like the 7520 is even more u-shaped than the viso hp50? Guess it will be great to have the Spirit Professional for reference as well. Can't wait to hear what you think of it.
As to comfort, I find the 7520's extremely comfortable, but I can understand that others might find the fact that the ear can touch the driver grille uncomfortable if you wear them for hours without a break.
Edited by Mike F - 3/1/14 at 2:59am
I have no issue whatsoever and I think I'm right in saying that the vast majority of people don't, but some have reported a problem. One of the people who reported a problem earlier in the thread also solved the problem anyway with a sonically transparent piece of soft cloth to replace the mesh over the grille.
Yeah, I saw the cloth addition. I think his problem was that the mesh was too rough. I've had Grados so I have an idea of how rough mesh feels, and it's tolerable for me. My problem is hard plastic (the grille) pressing my right ear. After an hour or two it becomes fairly painful. Is it possible to adjust how hard the 7520 clamp, or is the headband non-malleable?
Quite possibly - I haven't tried. Sorry that you have a comfort issue. Changing the pads to thicker ones is another solution that's been discussed, but that seems to affect the character of the sound.................
Does anyone happen to know what the headband is made out of? Spring steel? Aluminum? Plastic?
Edited by campj - 3/1/14 at 6:35am
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