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post #526 of 2341

I'm so glad to see this thread take off. This headphone is a (not so hidden anymore) gem.

post #527 of 2341

Just to check if any of you who have bought the MDR-7520 from this ebay seller with ID "amg_studio" ?

Apparently this guy has already sold 42 sets.

If you have other reliable on-line shops that can purchase MDR-7520 with reasonable price, feel free to share.

Thanks. 

post #528 of 2341
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Originally Posted by mannkind246 View Post
 

Just to check if any of you who have bought the MDR-7520 from this ebay seller with ID "amg_studio" ?

Apparently this guy has already sold 42 sets.

If you have other reliable on-line shops that can purchase MDR-7520 with reasonable price, feel free to share.

Thanks. 


If you're from Europe and willing to pay € 390, try Bax-Shop.nl (I'm in no way affiliated, it's just where I bought them). Oh, the site is in Dutch.

post #529 of 2341
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Originally Posted by third_eye View Post
 

I'm so glad to see this thread take off. This headphone is a (not so hidden anymore) gem.


Yeah, it's now getting the attention it deserves :)

post #530 of 2341
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Originally Posted by Shinnbone View Post
 

 

Hi M-13, not having heard the Z100, I can't make any definitive comments. Just presented what I've read, because I thought it may be of some interest to those reading this thread. Not to be nit-picky, but it wasn't just "another site." I read quite a few reviews, blog entries, and descriptions on audio-related and retailer sites.

 

"But Sony created the 7520 for studios after creating the Z1000 for consumers."

This is just the opposite of what I read on Japanese sites. Every site that mentioned intended markets said the Z1000 was first released (in Japan only) for professional use, then released the 7520 (outside of Japan) with more "consumer" oriented tuning. From what I understand the 7520 has more bass, and that may be what they are referring to. Also a lot of them say the Z1000's high mids and highs have more clarity, so that may make them more "analytical" to them.

 

It could very well be that the perception and definition of "analytical" and "consumer-orented" in Japan are a little different from the States'. 

I noted in my post in this thread from a few days ago  - which compared the Z1000's and 7520's -

that I found the Z1000's midrange to be brighter and possibly more detailed than that of the 7520's.

 

Overall, I do find the 7520's to be a more enjoyable listen.

post #531 of 2341
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Originally Posted by M-13 View Post
 


Umm... well no... did you not read what I wrote? The 7520 is better. haha. Sorry. Unless you're talking specifically about timbre. If you're talking about resolution/soundstaging/imaging/tonality and pretty much anything sonic/technical related the 7520 is clearly the winner, so yeah it's the better product except for a very small niche of people who value timbre over everything. But I do get what you're trying to say about Sony trying to please different markets (and this is true according to Jude)

 

What I mean by timbre is how realistic/organic instruments and voices sound. Like do wooden instruments sound like actual wooden instruments or do they sound synthetically generated? What about brass and voices? This has to do with the harmonics of the princple fundamental notes and the Z1000 has more accurate harmonic propogation IMO. The 7520's timbre is fine, and is above average btw, so people won't miss what they've never known in the Z1000, unless you have them both side by side like me. The Z1000's other main downside is the clausterphobic soundstaging, where you feel like you're listening to music in a very narrow hallway, very narrow. The only other headphone that's probably better than the Z1000 in terms of timbre is the Sennheiser HD650 which remains my personal champion in that category.

 

Neither are very relaxing, they're both super analytical and extract every micro-detail, nuance that can be extracted from the music. You'll hear every annoying fart, snort, and breeze of the wind etc. It's a typical studio monitoring type of sound it's either a love or hate thing IMO. I fall on the love side of it obviously.

 

I also like the 7520's more than the Z1000's.

 

I do think the Z1000's may be more detailed - and I think that your discussion of timbre

relates to this. 

 

Because accurate timbre reproduction is at least partially a function of detail retrieval.

 

 

Also, while the 7520's do paint a larger sonic picture, I think the Z1000's are more

than adequate in this regard.

post #532 of 2341
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Originally Posted by mannkind246 View Post
 

You're too humble my friend. :)

 

Well I can get MDR-Z1000 easily here but not MDR-7520. The price for MDR-Z1000 is almost $450.

 

So far I hear more good thing in 7520 than Z1000.

Several concerns in Z1000 as most of you have mentioned discouraged me from getting it like bass rolled off and also the narrow sound stage relative to 7520.

 

This is the reason I want to consider alternative cans  that the sound signature very close to MDR-7520.

My music taste is very wide from dance, pop, acoustics, vocal, electronic...etc

 

If Shure 840 is not near  to 7520's sound signature, let me know other alternative.

Thanks.

 

Having listened to far more headphones than I can justify,

I'll say here that IME there is no alternative to the 7520's.

 

They are the best all around closed headphones

at or near their current price range in USD.

post #533 of 2341
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Originally Posted by Andrew_WOT View Post
 

 

Then just STOP! No phones, no opinion, period. Seriously, no offence, but this is the worst thing that is  happening on this board. To much speculations, guessing, and reiteration of what others said.

Audio perception is a very personal and subjective thing, telling what someone else is "hearing" is not helping.

 

And to answer the previous poster question, K550/DT880 have very little in common with 7520.

 

Agreed,

though I'll add that the DT880's are excellent (semi-open) headphones.

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Edited by zazex - 1/1/14 at 11:24pm
post #535 of 2341
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Originally Posted by Andrew_WOT View Post
 

 

Then just STOP! No phones, no opinion, period. Seriously, no offence, but this is the worst thing that is  happening on this board. To much speculations, guessing, and reiteration of what others said.

Audio perception is a very personal and subjective thing, telling what someone else is "hearing" is not helping.

 

And to answer the previous poster question, K550/DT880 have very little in common with 7520.

 

Agreed,

though I'll add that the DT880's are excellent (semi-open) headphones.

Yes, they are stunning for the price esp. 600 Ohm.

post #536 of 2341
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Originally Posted by zazex View Post
 

 

Having listened to far more headphones than I can justify,

I'll say here that IME there is no alternative to the 7520's.

 

They are the best all around closed headphones

at or near their current price range in USD.


+1

Nothing really better out there. I've tried a lot of them.

 

Zazex you are the one of the few people who had both headphones at the same time and in fact is the only person who owns both currently. I respect your views on the matter and I do believe the Z1000 has many positives traits, timbre being a big one. I would still own the Z1000 if not for the 7520. I remember reading your comparisons on other threads where I posted my own impressions.

 

The only other headphone that can compete well but are not in the price bracket is the Ultrasone Signature Pros. They were quite impressive when I auditioned them twice for about thirty minutes. I had to give them a slight edge over the 7520, however this very slight edge really doesn't justify 3 times the price.


Edited by M-13 - 12/31/13 at 5:47pm
post #537 of 2341
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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post
 


ROFL :veryevil:  (this is awesome)

post #538 of 2341

I let go of my 7520 but am thinking that there may be one in my future... I just wish it was a little less in the head sounding and a little less bass.

 

A little off topic, but relevant to those spending $300+ on a headphone: Has anyone had to deal with Sony's warranty support when the item is out of warranty? I love how Sennheiser, Shure and Etymotic support their products for the long haul and was wondering how Sony does. 

post #539 of 2341

no but I will let you know how they do on in warranty service.  Mine are creaking so badly you cant turn your head or take a step without hearing it.

post #540 of 2341
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Originally Posted by bixby View Post
 

no but I will let you know how they do on in warranty service.  Mine are creaking so badly you cant turn your head or take a step without hearing it.

Of course you can exercise warranty for this repair, I'd personally just lube them. 

Wait, I did :smile:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/682534/sony-mdr-7520/405#post_10072870

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