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Has anyone here ever owned the previous Sony flagship headphone monitor MDR 7509 (non-HD model) ? Is 7520 a significant upgrade over 7509?
post #1517 of 1523
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Originally Posted by TheBoss View Post

Has anyone here ever owned the previous Sony flagship headphone monitor MDR 7509 (non-HD model) ? Is 7520 a significant upgrade over 7509?

 

I haven't heard the 7509 but I own the 7509HD and 7520. I know you want a comparison between the 7509 and the 7520(!), but I thought that this might be of some use at least.

 

Opinions vary about the differences between the 7509 and the 7509HD, but the majority of opinion (I think I've read everything there is on the internet about this!) seems to favour the 7509HD. But, regardless of opinion as to which one is better - which at the end of the day is just personal preference of course - everyone seems to agree on the differences. The differences are; the 7509 has more bass presence, although not necessarily more extended, and has (according to those who prefer it) a more natural overall presentation (better balance). The 7509HD has less bass presence but is noticeably more detailed in the mids and highs.

Personally I find the overall balance of the 7509HD to be very good, and the mid range especially is incredibly revealing. Comparing the 7509HD to the 7520, the 7520 has far more bass presence which is also noticeably more extended, and the mids and highs are just as detailed. However, the mids on the 7520 are not quite as 'holographic' as on the 7509HD.

 

Overall I think that the 7520 gives a more accurate balanced presentation than the 7509HD which might be a little 'mid-centric' by comparison. I think that you will find the 7520 to be noticeably more detailed and accurate in the mids and highs than the 7509, and at the same time more extended and detailed in the bass, but possibly with a somewhat similar natural overall presentation.

 

I'd be very interested to hear your impressions of how the old 7509 compares to the 7520 if you get chance to compare them! Bear in mind that many people agree that the 7520 needs a good burn in to become balanced. I also found them quite 'boomy' in the bass at the beginning, but that goes away after 100 hours or so.

post #1518 of 1523

Okay, I am thinking Sony MDR-7520 + Schiit Asgard 2 connected to my Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD. I know the Asgard 2 might be overkill for the MDR-7520 but I really like the fact that it has RCA inputs and outputs (I'll be able to connect my powered speakers to the RCA outputs on the Asgard 2). By the way, would there be any loss in sound quality for the speakers by having the Asgard 2 in the way?

 

Lastly, if I were to leave my speakers connected directly to the sound card and get a RCA to 3.5 mm cable to connect the headphone out on the sound card to the RCA inputs on the Asgard 2, would there be any loss in sound quality for the headphones?

post #1519 of 1523

here just a little update on the shure 840 pads. they have 6 holes on the inner ring. taping those helps leakage. either way the sound is not satisfying with the pads yet. one idea was to cut the cloth from the 840 pads and put the stock pads inside them. dunno if this could work physically and if it would sound good. other possibility is to sew a very breathable cloth inside which should be more successful I guess.

 

I am currently using the 7520 on a iPhone with a HRT microstreamer as DAC/amp. though it sounds a little better the unamped 7520 is already very good on the iPhone 4 which I wouldn't have thought. differences are not very big at least with this setup.

post #1520 of 1523

yeah i think the 'open' breathability of the shure pads is what kills the response curve of the headphones as compared to stock pads. the best replacement pads would need to be leather or some other relatively closed material but just a half inch thicker then stock.

post #1521 of 1523
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Originally Posted by groovyd View Post
 

yeah i think the 'open' breathability of the shure pads is what kills the response curve of the headphones as compared to stock pads. the best replacement pads would need to be leather or some other relatively closed material but just a half inch thicker then stock.

that's true. tell me if you find them ;) V-moda m100 XL pads wohn't fit I guess? Idea between stock and XL was similar as with these I think.

post #1522 of 1523

I think no matter what you do, changing the stock pads will change the sound. If you make the stock pads thicker by inserting cotton balls in them, the sound will change too (I already tried that as well).

 

For me the trade-off really was comfort. With the stock pads the plastic protection for the driver would press down on my ear and it would start hurting within an hour. With the 840 pads I can listen to them for many hours without any discomfort. And I've gotten used to the different sound now, don't even remember how they sound with the stock pads.

 

So that's the trade-off you're gonna have to make. Stock sound with discomfort, or comfort with a slightly different sound signature (and yes, it's only slightly, it's not worlds different).

 

And I personally think the leakage with the 840 pads is very minimal, comparable to leakage with the stock pads. Remember, the bass-port on the magnesium housing will always leak out a bit of sound.


Edited by starfly - 7/23/14 at 8:39am
post #1523 of 1523

not concerned with leakage, only with comfort and sound.  i use the shure pads for the comfort but i prefer the stock pads sound.  gotta be a best of both somewhere or a stock pad mod.

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