Originally Posted by john57
I think that the Sony 7520 will still be in the top few since I just received them. I am trying the Sony on a few of my tube amps I was a bit surprised that the Sony is one of the smoothness sounding headphones I ever heard and I have listened to many headphones. The biggest surprise was that with my new Emotiva mini A-100 amp intended for future planner headphones the Sony shines with the large choral works, the passions and masses comes thru with great clarity and huge soundstage with all the voices singing is just absolutely fantastic. The comfort of the Sony is just fine even though the ear pads padding is a bit on the thin side.
The Shure 940 I have sounded just terrible on the mini and it always was a bit edgier in the treble. It just that the Emotiva mini just made the Shure sound much worst. I never like the headband on the Sure since the plastic just creaks all the time.The Shure was a bit better using tubes. I have no desire to try the newer Shures. I am going to retire the Shure and the Sony just moved almost to the top of all headphones I have listen to. The 7520 has no trouble handling the power of the Emotiva mini A-100 speaker amp and the silky detailed smooth sound with tremendous space within the voices. The Mahler Symphony 8 recorded with 96K 24 bit sound is awesome with the Sony 7520. A Wow moment!
Yup, they're really good. I was listening to some classical music myself yesterday and there was just so much detail. And it's all presented so nicely. I did notice that it doesn't have the same type of layering and depth or width in soundstage that say the B&W P7 managed to produce (the P7 is very very good at this), which can work really well with classical music. But it does deliver more detail throughout the whole range.
As for the pads, I too wished they would have been a bit thicker, so that the pads would have been deeper to leave more space for your ears depth wise. My left ear (that darn left ear of mine again) does get a little bit squished after a while. But I'm also realizing that the perfect headphone, for me at least, probably doesn't exist, so in the end it's about finding the right balance between comfort and sound quality. But maybe I'll go ahead and design my own headphone, ha! (no, not really, although I am considering re-educating myself to get an engineering degree, vs. the business degree I have right now).
Edited by starfly - 11/8/13 at 2:18am