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post #16 of 1333

Can anyone compare these to the Senn HD380 Pro? I found them to have a nice clean sound with good extension on both ends, but not much of any width in soundstage. If the 7520 are similar in that regard, probably not what I'm looking for. Maybe the SRH 1540 is the answer.

post #17 of 1333

I have the Senn HD380 Pro it is a very clean "quiet"headphone with no harshness in the frequency range. I find that the soundstage is wide when it is in the recording. On the other hand the it does sounds like it is being playback in a anechoic chamber. Does get hot in the summer and the high clamping force bothered me after one hour. For me I am considering the 7520 in spite of everything.

post #18 of 1333
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Sorry, I lost track of this thread...

 

7520 is a very nicely balanced studio monitor. It does not have a lot of "depth" in the soundfield but is not cramped or compressed. Slight warmth in the midbass, everything else is smooth and well-integrated, seamless. You can hear everything in a recording but in a natural way, not forced via hyped detail. Sounds like a smoothed-out MDR-1R. I'd say the 1R is more open sounding but the 7520 is more solid....the 1R being a bit "n" shaped with a light nasal characteristic in the mid. Both very nice phones, just different.


I think the 7520 has more sound stage depth than the MDR-1R, but similar width. Straight out of an Iphone, the 7520 puts vocals further out in front rather than "inside my head". One of the things I most like about it is its ability to scale with better equipment (and recordings).

post #19 of 1333
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I think the 7520 has more sound stage depth than the MDR-1R, but similar width. Straight out of an Iphone, the 7520 puts vocals further out in front rather than "inside my head". One of the things I most like about it is its ability to scale with better equipment (and recordings).

 

Good points. Yes, the 1R tends to push the middle right at you, the 7520 sets the middle stuff (vocal, snare drum etc) more back, but you can't hear any air in behind....normal for a monitor.

post #20 of 1333

I got the 7520 and Z1000 today, will be doing some A/B comparisons over the coming days. First impression is that the 7520 has the wider soundstage versus the Z1000, and also a bit more bass, especially in the lower bass regions. Also the earcup is a bit larger on the 7520 vs. the Z1000, so a bit more comfortable, and also less clamping pressure :)

post #21 of 1333
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Originally Posted by starfly View Post
 

I got the 7520 and Z1000 today, will be doing some A/B comparisons over the coming days. First impression is that the 7520 has the wider soundstage versus the Z1000, and also a bit more bass, especially in the lower bass regions. Also the earcup is a bit larger on the 7520 vs. the Z1000, so a bit more comfortable, and also less clamping pressure :)

 

Nice! I don't think anyone has ever done an in depth comparison of these so this is really great information!

post #22 of 1333

I just did an A/B test with the track Unfinished Sympathy by Massive Attack. Right at the beginning of the track there is a massive bass line that goes very deep. I can now without a doubt confirm that the 7520 definitely goes deeper and has more quantity than the Z1000. Weird, since they use the same drivers, but I guess they're tuned differently. And it can't be the mesh of the earcups in this case, as that could maybe mask higher frequency sounds, but not a deep bass.

 

So, already I have in my mind that I'll return the Z1000. But, for the sake of Head-Fi, I'll do a back to back comparison over the coming days and post more elaborate thoughts on the differences :)

 

I just wish the 7520 also came with a shorter cable like the Z1000 does, but I'll just get an aftermarket cable, since it's a standard 3.5mm plug.

post #23 of 1333

I am a bit surprised when you said that the 7520 earcup is bigger than the Z1000 since they look the same in pictures. Does the Z1000 has thicker covering over the drivers inside the cups? Do both have a vent hole somewhere on the top of the cups outside?  We are waiting to hear back from you!


Edited by john57 - 10/25/13 at 11:13am
post #24 of 1333
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I just wish the 7520 also came with a shorter cable like the Z1000 does, but I'll just get an aftermarket cable, since it's a standard 3.5mm plug

I have not seen a replacement cable with the screw on. Let me know if one is available otherwise a standard 3.5mm cable will do.

post #25 of 1333
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Originally Posted by john57 View Post
 

I am a bit surprised when you said that the 7520 earcup is bigger than the Z1000 since they look the same in pictures. Does the Z1000 has thicker covering over the drivers inside the cups? Do both have a vent hole somewhere on the top of the cups outside? My understanding that the Z1000 is being discontinued as shown on the Sony Web site. We are waiting to hear back from you!

Yeah, they look the same on the pictures but in real life they're not. I just did some objective measurements of the cup size (the internal space for your ears)

 

7520 = ~70mm x 40mm

Z1000 = ~70mm x 35mm

 

The pads are a bit thicker on the Z1000, so they also isolate sound a bit better (just now with the microwave on I couldn't hear it listening to music with the Z1000, but I could slightly hear it when wearing the 7520). The material of the pads looks to be the same though, pleatherish stuff. And they both have angled drivers.

 

Come to think of it, maybe the thicker pads of the Z1000 is blocking some of the sound? I'll see if I can try to swap the pads tomorrow or later tonight.

 

Edit: for you Z1000 owners out there, if you want to try it out, you can get the earpads of the 7520 here: http://parts.andrewselectronics.com/search/electronic-parts/parts/7/4-283-147-01 or here: http://www.encompassparts.com/item/9149264/Sony/4-283-147-01/Pad_Ear

 

The part number for the 7520 earpad is 4-283-147-01 and this website has links to companies where you can order them: http://esupport.sony.com/US/p/model-accessories.pl?XID=M:kb_solution:esupport


Edited by starfly - 10/25/13 at 11:17am
post #26 of 1333

Okay, so I switched around the pads, and the bass improved slightly on the Z1000. But, using the Z1000 pads on the 7520 didn't significantly reduce the bass. So the difference in sound is not just due to the pads, I'd say it's mostly due to driver tuning.

 

I'd also say that the ideal pads for these headphones is one that has the innerspace of the 7520 pads with the mesh/cloth covering of the Z1000. The mesh on the 7520 pads gets a bit irritating after a while, since it's made of a much rougher material, whereas the material on the Z1000 is a lot softer. Too bad the Z1000 pads don't have as big an opening as the 7520, or else I'd just order a pair of Z1000 pads for the 7520, which would be perfect in terms of comfort. But saldy, the Z1000 pads are bit too narrow (although length wise they're the same), so my ears are always touching the pads.

post #27 of 1333
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I have not seen a replacement cable with the screw on. Let me know if one is available otherwise a standard 3.5mm cable will do.


I think there is a replacement cable with a screw (probably the Z1000 short cable). I just ordered a cheap Griffin cable from Amazon for $8, does the trick. I guess the Beats replacement cables would also work and they have Iphone controls as well.

post #28 of 1333
My interest in the 7520 is piqued. Nice impressions guys. I had the Z1k a long time ago but I remember the bass wasn't as punchy as I preferred (I have been so used to my HD25s and its PRaT is something I really appreciate). Would any of you say the bass is punchier on the 7520 than on the Z1k?
post #29 of 1333
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My interest in the 7520 is piqued. Nice impressions guys. I had the Z1k a long time ago but I remember the bass wasn't as punchy as I preferred (I have been so used to my HD25s and its PRaT is something I really appreciate). Would any of you say the bass is punchier on the 7520 than on the Z1k?


Yes.

post #30 of 1333

Here's the 7520's with other company.....

 

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