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post #301 of 2340

I'm confused here guys. These are sold as studio monitors. And I know studio monitors doesn't necessitate neutral. But... I'm really thrown off by the bass on these. I listen to some tracks and am shocked by the oodles of bass but then go to a track I expect to be bass heavy and the bass is splendidly controlled. So what do you think...are these tuned for neutrality or are they colored to be bass heavy? I would just assume that they were bass heavy except when I'm impressed by the quality of the bass on some tracks. It almost makes me wonder if other phones I'e listened to are bass anemic... So...if you were to guess, what were the designers going for? Neutral or bassy? (Apologies if this is a stupid question...)

post #302 of 2340

Gee, I do not think that my 7520 is bass heavy at all. My Denon and the Fostex T50 I have are more bass heavy. The LCD2 is definitely bass heavy as compared to my 7520. 

What is my biggest surprise was how well the Sony MDR-7520 being driven by my new Emotiva Mini-X converted just for headphone use. The 7520 sounded very smooth and relaxed. If fact with the Emotiva mini-X the Sony is by far the smoothness headphones I ever heard. Just a tiny bit on the soft side with great detail, no grit no strain.

post #303 of 2340
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Originally Posted by imackler View Post
 

I'm confused here guys. These are sold as studio monitors. And I know studio monitors doesn't necessitate neutral. But... I'm really thrown off by the bass on these. I listen to some tracks and am shocked by the oodles of bass but then go to a track I expect to be bass heavy and the bass is splendidly controlled. So what do you think...are these tuned for neutrality or are they colored to be bass heavy? I would just assume that they were bass heavy except when I'm impressed by the quality of the bass on some tracks. It almost makes me wonder if other phones I'e listened to are bass anemic... So...if you were to guess, what were the designers going for? Neutral or bassy? (Apologies if this is a stupid question...)


I'll say neutral after burn-in. The bass is a bit odd in the beginning. That weird blob turns into extension after some burn-in. All of this IMO only.

post #304 of 2340
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Originally Posted by imackler View Post

I'm confused here guys. These are sold as studio monitors. And I know studio monitors doesn't necessitate neutral. But... I'm really thrown off by the bass on these. I listen to some tracks and am shocked by the oodles of bass but then go to a track I expect to be bass heavy and the bass is splendidly controlled. So what do you think...are these tuned for neutrality or are they colored to be bass heavy? I would just assume that they were bass heavy except when I'm impressed by the quality of the bass on some tracks. It almost makes me wonder if other phones I'e listened to are bass anemic... So...if you were to guess, what were the designers going for? Neutral or bassy? (Apologies if this is a stupid question...)

Neutral, one of the big indicators, was a track that I know was a bit remote and harsh. True to the recording it was as I remembered.
post #305 of 2340
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Originally Posted by john57 View Post
 

Gee, I do not think that my 7520 is bass heavy at all. My Denon and the Fostex T50 I have are more bass heavy. The LCD2 is definitely bass heavy as compared to my 7520. 

What is my biggest surprise was how well the Sony MDR-7520 being driven by my new Emotiva Mini-X converted just for headphone use. The 7520 sounded very smooth and relaxed. If fact with the Emotiva mini-X the Sony is by far the smoothness headphones I ever heard. Just a tiny bit on the soft side with great detail, no grit no strain.


Coming from Denons they are definitely on bass light side, but not by much, if memory serves right.

Out of the box it was a bit bloated but after burn in got in line with the rest of the spectrum. It's still heavier than HD800, T1, or K550, but not in overwhelming way as I thought initially, contrary, quite tastefully done, like just the right amount.

And yes, it's very well controlled and stays within LF boundaries, which cannot be said about Denons, even with Lawton mod.

post #306 of 2340

Someone recommended the MDR-7520's to me after I said I was looking for a new pair of headphones, and that I really like my old MDR-V6.

 

Can anyone comment specifically on how the MDR-7520 sounds compared to the MDR-V6?


Edited by obelisk - 12/4/13 at 2:12pm
post #307 of 2340
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Originally Posted by imackler View Post
 

I'm confused here guys. These are sold as studio monitors. And I know studio monitors doesn't necessitate neutral. But... I'm really thrown off by the bass on these. I listen to some tracks and am shocked by the oodles of bass but then go to a track I expect to be bass heavy and the bass is splendidly controlled. So what do you think...are these tuned for neutrality or are they colored to be bass heavy? I would just assume that they were bass heavy except when I'm impressed by the quality of the bass on some tracks. It almost makes me wonder if other phones I'e listened to are bass anemic... So...if you were to guess, what were the designers going for? Neutral or bassy? (Apologies if this is a stupid question...)

 

Agree with the other commenters here... I don't think the 7520 is bass heavy at all. I think it really just portrays a song the way it was intended by the artist/engineer. I don't have any reference class headphones such as an HD800, but I'd say they lean on the neutral side throughout the whole spectrum. Especially after a decent amount of burn-in.

post #308 of 2340
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Originally Posted by imackler View Post
 

I'm confused here guys. These are sold as studio monitors. And I know studio monitors doesn't necessitate neutral. But... I'm really thrown off by the bass on these. I listen to some tracks and am shocked by the oodles of bass but then go to a track I expect to be bass heavy and the bass is splendidly controlled. So what do you think...are these tuned for neutrality or are they colored to be bass heavy? I would just assume that they were bass heavy except when I'm impressed by the quality of the bass on some tracks. It almost makes me wonder if other phones I'e listened to are bass anemic... So...if you were to guess, what were the designers going for? Neutral or bassy? (Apologies if this is a stupid question...)

 

Bottom end is basically well controlled and defined but I definitely hear a bit of a lift in the upper bass...

post #309 of 2340

Okay guys, I received the Shure 1540 today. Will be comparing it to the 7520 in the coming days. Just want them to burn in first. Have just started listening to them a few minutes ago, so I can't even give my first impressions yet :)

 

Or well, my first impression is: they don't sound awful, so that's always good :)

post #310 of 2340
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Originally Posted by Beagle View Post
 

 

Bottom end is basically well controlled and defined but I definitely hear a bit of a lift in the upper bass...

I like bass heavy phones and these are still to my ears slightly north of neutral. But that is comparing them to what most others call neutral bass. To me it is accurate. The 7520 is my personal definition of neutral, but not neutral to most people here so I agree with beagle. The do behave according to the track as well.

 

They are amazing headphones but I have to admit, after auditioning the jvc dx700 it is hard to go back to the MDRs. They started to sound boxed in and unnatural, though wayyy more balanced than the jvc's these two are the best closed hp's I have heard to date.


Edited by grizzlybeast - 12/4/13 at 7:31am
post #311 of 2340
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Originally Posted by starfly View Post
 

Okay guys, I received the Shure 1540 today. Will be comparing it to the 7520 in the coming days. Just want them to burn in first. Have just started listening to them a few minutes ago, so I can't even give my first impressions yet :)

 

Or well, my first impression is: they don't sound awful, so that's always good :)


Okay, one thing I can already say is that I'm probably not going to keep them: comfort :( They have this weird fit where they don't completely cover my ear. This is because the earcups don't extend down far enough, and they extend down at a weird angle instead of straight down. The alcantara pads themselves are quite comfortable though, nice and plush and soft. Wonder how they would feel on the 7520 (which I'll try later of course :D).

 

Soundwise, the main difference I'm hearing so far is again the clarity of the 7520. The 1540 sounds slightly veiled compared to the 7520, especially in the highs. And the 1540 is missing that last bit of detail that the 7520 provides (which also give the 7520 that analytical quality). I can see why a lot of people like the 1540 though, the sound is 'smooth' and 'easy', not offensive. There is barely any sibilance if at all, whereas you hear sibilance regularly on the 7520. So the 1540 is quite a polite headphone to listen to.

 

In terms of soundstage, I'm honestly not really hearing a big difference yet between the 1540 and 7520. But I'll of course listen to them more closely in the coming days and make up my mind about this 1540. The real test of comfort is how long I can wear them without having to fidget with them.

post #312 of 2340

starfly, your Shure 1540 feedback is much welcomed here and I'm reading with great interest on the comparison. Sorry to hear about the bad fit of the pads.

 

 

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Originally Posted by starfly View Post

 

And the 1540 is missing that last bit of detail that the 7520 provides (which also give the 7520 that analytical quality).

 

To me, the 7520 has a very correct and unforgiving midrange. I find their 2 - 4 KHz midrange not scooped at all. That's the reason they are so detailed and clear. Not many phones I've heard "dare" to have such a strong midrange, but it's the reason why I find them extremely useful for mixing. I wouldn't call the 7520 sweet and relaxing. I'm also interested in the Shure 1540, especially if they are a bit less analytical, because that would make them a good second headphone to my Sony's. The softer alternative, if you will.


Edited by jackson1 - 12/4/13 at 8:43am
post #313 of 2340
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Originally Posted by jackson1 View Post
 

starfly, your Shure 1540 feedback is much welcomed here and I'm reading with great interest on the comparison. Sorry to hear about the bad fit of the pads.

 

To me, the 7520 has a very correct and unforgiving midrange. I find their 2 - 4 KHz midrange not scooped at all. That's the reason they are so detailed and clear. Not many phones I've heard "dare" to have such a strong midrange, but it's the reason why I find them extremely useful for mixing. I wouldn't call the 7520 sweet and relaxing. I'm also interested in the Shure 1540, especially if they are a bit less analytical, because that would make them a good second headphone to my Sony's. The softer alternative, if you will.

 

Yeah, apparently I have the pickiest ears in the world :( The 7520 so far is the most comfortable headphone I've tried. The 840 pads I installed on them have increased the comfort somewhat because they aren't really touching the driver anymore, but it does introduce a different comfort issue for me, haha.

 

As for the sound, I agree that the 7520 isn't the most relaxing headphone out there. I still find them very enjoyable though and I can still 'relax' with them, but yes, there are more mellow headphones out there. The 1540 seems to be such a headphone. But give me a few more days of listening before I can give more useful impressions. So far, with most headphones I've tried, my impressions after a few days of listening have usually been different from my initial impression. The 7520 was the exception to this, I don't think the sound has changed very much since I first got them, except for perhaps the treble easing up a bit.

post #314 of 2340

Okay, just for the sake of trying, I installed the 1540 pads on the 7520 and I have to say it's quite comfortable. Just that the ear opening isn't as long as that of the 840 pads or the stock 7520 pads. But, since the 1540 are so plush and soft with the memory foam, it's still quite comfortable.

 

It does really emphasize the bass though, so not the greatest match with the 7520 :)

post #315 of 2340
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Originally Posted by starfly View Post
 
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Originally Posted by starfly View Post
 

Okay guys, I received the Shure 1540 today. Will be comparing it to the 7520 in the coming days. Just want them to burn in first. Have just started listening to them a few minutes ago, so I can't even give my first impressions yet :)

 

Or well, my first impression is: they don't sound awful, so that's always good :)


Okay, one thing I can already say is that I'm probably not going to keep them: comfort :( They have this weird fit where they don't completely cover my ear. This is because the earcups don't extend down far enough, and they extend down at a weird angle instead of straight down. The alcantara pads themselves are quite comfortable though, nice and plush and soft. Wonder how they would feel on the 7520 (which I'll try later of course :D).

 

Soundwise, the main difference I'm hearing so far is again the clarity of the 7520. The 1540 sounds slightly veiled compared to the 7520, especially in the highs. And the 1540 is missing that last bit of detail that the 7520 provides (which also give the 7520 that analytical quality). I can see why a lot of people like the 1540 though, the sound is 'smooth' and 'easy', not offensive. There is barely any sibilance if at all, whereas you hear sibilance regularly on the 7520. So the 1540 is quite a polite headphone to listen to.

 

In terms of soundstage, I'm honestly not really hearing a big difference yet between the 1540 and 7520. But I'll of course listen to them more closely in the coming days and make up my mind about this 1540. The real test of comfort is how long I can wear them without having to fidget with them.


Uh-oh, not good. (removing finger from buy it now button) :p

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