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post #1051 of 2340

I'm interested in these but Sony UK is showing they are discontinued. They are also considerably more expensive than the Focal Spirit Pro.

post #1052 of 2340
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Originally Posted by Dreyka View Post
 

I'm interested in these but Sony UK is showing they are discontinued. They are also considerably more expensive than the Focal Spirit Pro.

 

True.

post #1053 of 2340

The only thing that's keeping me from buying these is that I read they press on the ears some. Do they get terribly uncomfortable after a couple hours of use, or are they OK?

post #1054 of 2340
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Originally Posted by campj View Post
 

The only thing that's keeping me from buying these is that I read they press on the ears some. Do they get terribly uncomfortable after a couple hours of use, or are they OK?

 

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. 

post #1055 of 2340
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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
post #1056 of 2340
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Originally Posted by jackson1 View Post

Not true. My ears don't stick out abnormally. Read the thread. Read the reviews on this site.

I suppose me owning them and comparing them myself makes my opinion "not true". Lesson learned I guess.
post #1057 of 2340

I'm sorry about the wording, but the shallow depth of the pads is an issue for several during long runs. And we don't like to be called abnormal.

post #1058 of 2340
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Originally Posted by bixby View Post

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.

We don't hear so different as you say..
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 tongue.gif

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 smily_headphones1.gif

My gear was an odac & schiit valii
I am currently focused on upgrading my gear...
post #1059 of 2340

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.

post #1060 of 2340
I don't think the 7520 is U shaped at all. Slight emphasis in the bass, but pretty flat and extended otherwise. I don't have too many other closed cans to compare, and now I have the Sonys I'm not likely to either(!), but I'm thinking about them compared to the HD 600 which is pretty flat (and taking into account the difference in presentation between open and closed phones).
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
post #1061 of 2340
Thanks for confirming that about the comfort (or maybe no thanks, I was hoping everyone would say there's not an issue).
post #1062 of 2340
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Originally Posted by campj View Post

Thanks for confirming that about the comfort (or maybe no thanks, I was hoping everyone would say there's not an issue).

 

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.

post #1063 of 2340
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?
post #1064 of 2340
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Originally Posted by campj View Post

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.................

post #1065 of 2340
Cool, thanks for hte help. I might just buy them and see how they work out.

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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