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post #1471 of 1668
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starfly, many thanks for the reply. I will order them and see. the stock pads are okay but it could be better still. any words on the pad changing itself? Removing is easy or is there anything special I should have a look at? thanks!

 

It's pretty easy to remove them and install the other ones. You'll be able to figure it out :)

post #1472 of 1668
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It's pretty easy to remove them and install the other ones. You'll be able to figure it out smily_headphones1.gif

First of all thanks for the support. Pads were easy to remove and installing the 840 pads was even easier. While they are really comfy they don't sound good at all in their current state. Bass is very boomy, highs are too tame making they sound okay but boring and liveless. Reason has to be the thick cloth infront of the driver I think. What would be a good material to exchange this? The cloth from the original pads is very thin so it should be similar I guess. Ideas appreciated smily_headphones1.gif i don't even know how to attach the new cloth to the pads as sewing is none of my strengths. But one step at a time...
post #1473 of 1668
Originally Posted by Sappy View Post ... The cloth from the original pads is very thin so it should be similar I guess. Ideas appreciated...
If you haven't visited the lingerie department, now might be a good time to explore it. :tongue_smile:
post #1474 of 1668
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Honestly, I thought so too biggrin.gif now it is the time a man's simple mind pays off.
post #1475 of 1668

I tried something else with the 840 pads now: Yesterday I put a lot of tiny and some slightly bigger holes into it and tried to thin out the cloth. Sound is good now, it is still a little tame compared to the stock pads but this is a good thing as the sound with the original pads can be harsh in the highs sometimes.

 

So everything is good now? it isn't. Sadly the 840 pads seem to leak a lot more than the stock pads. But chances are that I damaged them slightly so they leak more than before, I don't know. Currently I am thinking about ordering another pair of 840 pads as they were soooo comfortable and the sound was good too after some preparation. So: Can anyone comfirm the additional leakage of the 840 pads compared to the stock pads?

post #1476 of 1668

i have not tested leakage but i assume what you say to be true because those pads change the entire FR of the headphones.  My guess is the original pads are say 'sealed' and this creates a internal pressure which contributes to it's sound.  With the 840 pads they become more open and lose that internal pressure characteristic and therefore some of the sound.  The drivers must be relying heavily on the sealed earcups to deliver their flatness.  I am actually thinking perhaps a good mod would be to somehow seal the 840 pads on the inside somehow.  Any ideas how?

 

I love the comfort of the replacement pads but i much prefer the sound of the originals.  would be nice to somehow have both.


Edited by groovyd - 7/7/14 at 7:33am
post #1477 of 1668

I'm interested in the pads thing. Is it really true that the pads cannot be replaced? That would be really strange.

post #1478 of 1668
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First of all thanks for the support. Pads were easy to remove and installing the 840 pads was even easier. While they are really comfy they don't sound good at all in their current state. Bass is very boomy, highs are too tame making they sound okay but boring and liveless. Reason has to be the thick cloth infront of the driver I think. What would be a good material to exchange this? The cloth from the original pads is very thin so it should be similar I guess. Ideas appreciated smily_headphones1.gif i don't even know how to attach the new cloth to the pads as sewing is none of my strengths. But one step at a time...

I actually replaced the cloth on my 840 pads with some thin cloth I found from an old hiking t-shirt. It was very thin wicking type material, and it seems to be sonically transparent. I also noticed that the original cloth on the 840 pads would muffle the highs a bit.

 

And while I agree that the 840 pads add a little bit of boominess to the low-end, I can live with it and find it well worth the trade off for the added comfort. And it seems to increase the soundstage a little bit compared to the stock pads, but I honestly haven't used the stock pads in over 9 months.

post #1479 of 1668

What is the best online site to order these headphones? I usually order everything from Amazon but I am not sure if the current seller on Amazon is an authorized Sony dealer.

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004Z58VZ2/ref=s9_psimh_gw_p23_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1C098H5PH7FWSEJ418RZ&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1688200382&pf_rd_i=507846

 

What about this site: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/758138-REG/Sony_MDR_7520_MDR_7520_Professional_Studio_Headphones.html

 

They are a little cheaper and seem to be an authorized dealer too?

 

Lastly, I currently have and use the Sony XBA-3 IEMs. They sound great. How would the sound of the MDR-7520 compare to the XBA-3? It is worth getting the MDR-7520 if I already have the XBA-3? I just wanted some headphones for excellent immersive sound while gaming on the PC.

post #1480 of 1668

I recommend B&H. Good prices and excellent world wide service. I bought my second pair from them, and the delivery to Finland was very quick.

post #1481 of 1668

I got mine used for $250 from B&H. If you're patient, or in my case, opportunistic, you're in luck. Mine came nearly perfect.

post #1482 of 1668

I also recommend B&H. I got mine used there for $250 also. Good service and fast shipping. 

 

By the way, I put a review of these up in the over ear category over in head gear.

post #1483 of 1668

OK,

 

I asked a similar qestion before, but I have expanded my horizons a bit. I am thinking of keeping the PA2v2 for portable use, but looking for a small but good desktop solution, maybe a dac/amp that is compatible with mac/pc as i have both...... or an amp now and then a separate dac after..... I was looking at the Nuforce HA 200 as an amp only solution or the ifi idac. What home solutions have you guys used the Sony with in $200 - $400 price range that works well with the Sony? Any thought appreciated. 

post #1484 of 1668
Greetings,

I've enjoyed my time with the 7520 plugged into an Audiotrak Dr Dac 3. Mine has opa627 opamps. A Dr Dac 2 Muses is also very good. They don't get much love here, but their sound and functionality are hard to beat at your price range.

Why I also like them for desktop duty is the line out can accommodate a pair of quality powered speakers for when you don't want to wear your headphones. I recommend the Focal CMS line for a sound signature similar to the 7520s.

Just throwing out a suggestion away from the normal recommendations.
post #1485 of 1668
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I actually replaced the cloth on my 840 pads with some thin cloth I found from an old hiking t-shirt. It was very thin wicking type material, and it seems to be sonically transparent. I also noticed that the original cloth on the 840 pads would muffle the highs a bit.

 

What is your experience with leakage from the 840 pads? this is my only concern by now as the sound was pretty good after messing with the cloth. for me leakage was to much (I could hear it from 5 meters in a silent room and tell which song it is at medium volume) but this could be a problem with my pads only as I maybe did a little too much to them while experimenting.

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