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post #616 of 2340
Does anyone else has both MDR-7520 and DT-880(32ohm)?
Don't mind if you compare the sound signature between them.
Between them, which one is more neutral, more detail sound, wider sound stage?
Edited by mannkind246 - 1/11/14 at 5:28pm
post #617 of 2340

I find them a bit closed-in and lacking air and sparkle....but they hold together musically, whatever that means.

post #618 of 2340
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I find them a bit closed-in and lacking air and sparkle....but they hold together musically, whatever that means.

Which ones?

post #619 of 2340
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I find them a bit closed-in and lacking air and sparkle....but they hold together musically, whatever that means.
Let's say I can choose between MDR-7520 ($399) and DT-880 ($349), which is a better cans to go for if detail, sound stage & separation are important?
Edited by mannkind246 - 1/11/14 at 9:00pm
post #620 of 2340
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Let's say I can choose between MDR-7520 ($399) and DT-880 ($349), which is a better cans to go for if detail, sound stage & separation are important?

 

DT880 for sure, especially for sound stage and instrument separation. 

post #621 of 2340
What about detail and accuracy? I don't mean treble energy, I mean which is the most revealing when you get used to the sound signature. I've come to the point where I think that smooth non exaggerated but very accurate highs are preferable to treble energy which, initially at least, gives the impression of more detail.
Nonetheless, the DT880 is a highly respected hp which I have considered for other applications so I'd be very interested in how they compare to the 7520's as well.
post #622 of 2340
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Nonetheless, the DT880 is a highly respected hp which I have considered for other applications so I'd be very interested in how they compare to the 7520's as well.

 

And so am I, for what it's worth. Though the DT880 isn't a closed pair of headphones.

post #623 of 2340

I haven't compared the DT880 and the 7520 directly, as in A-B testing, but read on and allow me to exaggerate a bit in the following...

 

DT770.

Before acquiring the Sony 7520, I used the Beyerdynamic DT770 for years. I didn't know better, but looking back, the DT770 is useless for the occasional mixing I do on headphones. Yes you heard me, I find them useless for mixing compared to the 7520 :) The Beyer sugarcoates everything to give you a sweet ride. It's almost like it performs its own mastering process to the signal, it raises the bass and simultaneously softens it, it removes "unpleasant" low-mid body and high-mid frequencies, and it adds endless top-end treble and compresses it, to slow it down nicely. Sugarcoating.

 

DT990.

I borrowed a pair for a while. Still useless for mixing as it carries the same signature as the above DT770. It sounds better though overall. Better resolution and more lively / open sounding, but still useless sugarcoating everything. I think it has even more treble and bass than the DT770 if that's possible. Mixing vocals on these would turn out incredibly skewed on other playback systems.

 

DT880.

I have only tried these for a few minutes a while back, but they sounded much better to me. They had a more honest midrange and better leaner and faster bass compared to the above two Beyers. But it still had way too much high-end treble compared to the 7520.

Example: if you know the sound of a large crash cymbal, you know it has (reproduces) a fairly wide frequency range. It has both body and top-end sizzle. On the Beyers, the body of this cymbal is gone and all you are left with is top-end sizzle. AND it sounds like the sizzle is raised in volume to present it with lots of air. That makes it skewed compared to my preferred balance when listening to a raw recording of a crash cymbal.

 

Do not assume my comments applies to your tastes. Let's just say I want a boring sound, not a sugarcoated one.

 

A crazy thought: the Beyers might sound better balanced on older recordings (made before 1985). On todays songs, we have the amount of bass and treble covered, so you don't have to compensate any longer, Mr. Beyer :-)

 

I can relate to many of the things said in this DT880 vs DT990 comparison.

post #624 of 2340
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Which ones?

 

7520

 

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DT880 for sure, especially for sound stage and instrument separation.

 

I agree.

post #625 of 2340
How does MDR-7520 comparing to Shure SRH 1540 and SRH 1840 especially in term of detail, sound stage/3D imaging and separation?
post #626 of 2340

Listening on my new 7520s through my Violectric V90, and all I can say is: YESSSS! :-D

 

Such punch and clarity! I bought these since I really like the 7506 and boy are they an upgrade. 

 

My number 3 favourite is the Sennheiser HD 25 (yes, I prefer closed studio monitor cans), so all I can say if you have/like these two, the 7520 is the perfect upgrade.

 

(I also have a Shure 440 and AT M50, but they aren't much used)

 

PS: I used to own a Senn HD600 before, so I know how a good open can sounds. ;-)


Edited by HalloweenJack - 1/13/14 at 7:02am
post #627 of 2340
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Originally Posted by mannkind246 View Post

How does MDR-7520 comparing to Shure SRH 1540 and SRH 1840 especially in term of detail, sound stage/3D imaging and separation?

I listened to the SRH 1540 for a bit, search for my post in this thread.

post #628 of 2340

In my continuing adventure into studio monitoring headphones. Another belle has caught my eye. The Focal Spirit Pro. So, I've ordered it. Haha. I'll be seeing who's the top studio dog between the Focal and the Sony. Btw. P7 was a big let down. The 7520s walk all over it using the X3 as a source/amp.

post #629 of 2340
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In my continuing adventure into studio monitoring headphones. Another belle has caught my eye. The Focal Spirit Pro. So, I've ordered it. Haha. I'll be seeing who's the top studio dog between the Focal and the Sony. Btw. P7 was a big let down. The 7520s walk all over it using the X3 as a source/amp.

I'll be excited to read your impressions on the Focal Spirit Pro. 

post #630 of 2340
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Originally Posted by M-13 View Post
 

In my continuing adventure into studio monitoring headphones. Another belle has caught my eye. The Focal Spirit Pro. So, I've ordered it. 

 

Hopefully you'll like it better than this guy.

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