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post #256 of 2343
Anyone compared or tried/owned both 7520 & ultrasone sig pros in the past? Wondering how they compare as closed studio monitoring phones especially as both are touted as such, yet huge price difference. Wondering if the sigs are more detailed and better sq overall. They seem more portable to me and I'd assume the isolation would be a bit better too, but if the sq is very close then obviously the sony are phenomenal for their price.

How about leakage? A lot of people seen to like the ultrasones for office & bedroom listening. Sony's do well for that?
The other similar can I'm interested by is the focal spirit pro which I read some earlier comments on here were saying had arguably better bass than the 7520s? A lot of people seem to complain about the focals comfort though.. To me they're almost the best looking for the lot though , not that that matters hugely for studio use.
Edited by designbykai - 11/28/13 at 2:47am
post #257 of 2343
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Anyone compared or tried/owned both 7520 & ultrasone sig pros in the past? Wondering how they compare as closed studio monitoring phones especially as both are touted as such, yet huge price difference. Wondering if the sigs are more detailed and better sq overall. They seem more portable to me and I'd assume the isolation would be a bit better too, but if the sq is very close then obviously the sony are phenomenal for their price.

How about leakage? A lot of people seen to like the ultrasones for office & bedroom listening. Sony's do well for that?
The other similar can I'm interested by is the focal spirit pro which I read some earlier comments on here were saying had arguably better bass than the 7520s? A lot of people seem to complain about the focals comfort though.. To me they're almost the best looking for the lot though , not that that matters hugely for studio use.


Starfly greatly preferred 7520 over Focal Spirit Classic, Beagle on the other hand find Focal Spirit Pro more satisfying. Guess comfort issue and personal preferences play the big role here.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/682534/sony-mdr-7520/150#post_9993193

Someone dropped a few lines comparing them to Sig in this thread, just search.

For me personally 7520 is Mad Dog and Denon Fostex (D2K, D5K) killer.


Edited by Andrew_WOT - 11/28/13 at 8:19am
post #258 of 2343
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I did some checking on the TC electronic BMC-2 and found this:

Impedance  80 Ohm

Power @ 40 Ohm Load: 200 mW

 

Thanks! I'll update my previous post.

post #259 of 2343

BTW, SigmaAcoustic sell replacement cable for 7520/Z1000. I am probably the last cable proponent on this board but for someone looking for straight cable this might be a solution. Guess getting genuine straight Z1000 cable from Sony will cost even more

http://www.sigmaacoustics.com/proddetail.asp?prod=Con_MDRZ1000

post #260 of 2343
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I have the DAC2 HGC which does not have this issue, but if you can reduce the gain of the headphone output to -20dB on your DAC1 it should improve things a bit.

 

I don't think I can reduce the headphone out directly on the DAC1. I would have to reduce it at the source.

post #261 of 2343
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"What we think" section and customer review here are pretty accurate, I think.

This is Z1000 but still applies to 7520

 

I'm pretty sure this is not correct. The MDR-7520 is not the same headphone as the MDR-Z1000.

 

Best to remove your post to stop it from being searchable (I'l remove this one too).

 

From Jude:

"Let's get one thing straight before I continue: The MDR-7520 is not the same headphone as the now-discontinued (in the U.S.) MDR-Z1000. That was something I always assumed, but a belief I had banished for me in a head-to-head comparison of the two with Sony's Naotaka "Nao" Tsunoda (Nao was the lead engineer for these products). They do look similar, but they definitely sound different, with the MDR-7520's signature the one I preferred, its bass more impactful, and its image more spacious." -  Jude

post #262 of 2343
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Originally Posted by Andrew_WOT View Post

 

"What we think" section and customer review here are pretty accurate, I think.

This is Z1000 but still applies to 7520

 

I'm pretty sure this is not correct. The MDR-7520 is not the same headphone as the MDR-Z1000.

 

Best to remove your post to stop it from being searchable (I'l remove this one too).

 

From Jude:

"Let's get one thing straight before I continue: The MDR-7520 is not the same headphone as the now-discontinued (in the U.S.) MDR-Z1000. That was something I always assumed, but a belief I had banished for me in a head-to-head comparison of the two with Sony's Naotaka "Nao" Tsunoda (Nao was the lead engineer for these products). They do look similar, but they definitely sound different, with the MDR-7520's signature the one I preferred, its bass more impactful, and its image more spacious." -  Jude

All of the things in "What we think" still apply, at least based on my assessment of 7520. And customer review is based on 7520. As stated above the difference boils down to more impactful bass and slightly bigger soundstage, not night and day difference.

Found this french review of Z1000 with shots of internals, interesting that magnesium cups have some dampening coating inside.

 

http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http://www.erenumerique.fr/sony_mdr_z1000_portable_et_genereux-article-2342-1.html

 

post #263 of 2343
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How about leakage? A lot of people seen to like the ultrasones for office & bedroom listening. Sony's do well for that?

 

The 7520 has low leakage. Low enough to make them fine for vocal recording. Bedroom listening as well. I am not saying they are the best, but they are decent.

 

With regards to bedroom listening... a benefit from the pleather pads on the 7520, compared to phones using velour, is that the low end does not change (increase) when laying the head on the pillow. I don't know if others experience the same, but when I lay my head on a pillow, wearing a Beyerdynamic DT 770 or 990 (both velour), the bass increases quite a lot. Not so with the 7520.

 

The 7520 has a bass reflex or ventilation hole on each cup. Not much sound escapes from these holes, but leakage can be even lower by covering / plugging these holes. I bet the sound signature will change if you do this.


Edited by jackson1 - 11/28/13 at 9:06am
post #264 of 2343
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The 7520 has a bass reflex or ventilation hole on each cup. Not much sound escapes from these holes, but leakage can be even lower by covering / plugging these holes. I bet the sound signature will change if you do this.

Yep, bass response will drop.

post #265 of 2343

Yes guys, this can't be stressed enough. I also did a back to back comparison with the Z1000, just like Jude did. And they are not the same headphone!

They look the same, have the same specs, but they don't sound the same.

post #266 of 2343

I wish I had a German Maestro bmp 8.35d to compare the three. When I do should I start a thread to do a whole write up or just post it here?

That is why I am waiting on posting vs the yamaha.

 

To me those three are the most slept on headphones that offer a lot for their price. They all three need some more spotlight IMO.. not that I am the one capable of bringing them spotlight as I don't have a reputation. 

 

It may be better to post it here since the sony is better IMO than both. That is going with the german off memory and having the yamaha here.


Edited by grizzlybeast - 11/28/13 at 9:33am
post #267 of 2343
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I wish I had a German Maestro bmp 8.35d to compare the three. When I do should I start a thread to do a whole write up or just post it here?

 

Yeah, I don't see why not if you're throwing in comments on the 7520 anyway.

 

When I started looking for info on the 7520 a short while back, I was struggling to find proper user info. This thread is growing into what I needed back then. The 7520 deserves it. Pile on the info!

post #268 of 2343

okay so here is what I will do I will post vs the yamaha here... Then when I get the german I will do a review of the 7520 vs yamaha and german.

post #269 of 2343
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Originally Posted by starfly View Post
 

Yes guys, this can't be stressed enough. I also did a back to back comparison with the Z1000, just like Jude did. And they are not the same headphone!

They look the same, have the same specs, but they don't sound the same.


As far as differences concerned, besides increased bass response and more spacious presentation was there anything else you could put your finger on? I reread your impressions in this thread but not sure if there was anything else mentioned.

Thanks :regular_smile :

post #270 of 2343

Yeah, more info and comparisons on the 7520. It's a real hidden gem this headphone. When I was looking up info on the 7520 there was barely any information to be found.

 

If and when I get the Shure 1540 I'll also post my comparison impressions here. From what I've read so far on the 1540 though I suspect that I'll probably like the 7520 a bit more, overall. But I'm also curious how it is comfortwise. I tried on the 1840 in a store yesterday and it was super comfortable, and since the 1540 is about the same size and weight, am really curious about that one. If it were a shure thing (pun intended) I'd order them from the US, but since right now I only really want to test them out and see if I'd like them, with the option of returning them if I don't, I'm waiting on them to become available here in Europe.

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