Originally Posted by Greggo
Do they fit all the way over your ears or do they rest on your ears? Just curious as I have big ears myself and have trouble with V-Moda M-100 as an example, even with XL pads. How would you compare the space for ears to fit inside the pads on Spirit Pro versus MDR-7520?
I have read many positive comments on these phones so I will be watching closely. I will soon add a full size closed headphone to my collection and I am considering the following:
Focal Spirit Pro
Focal Spirit Classic
Sennheiser HD 6 Mix
Sennheiser HD 7 DJ
Sennheiser HD 8 DJ
Part of it will come down to deciding between studio mixing neutrality or just personal listening with a bit more of a "fun" sound signature, hence the mix of options above... or choosing one of each from the list above.
Did you consider any of these and/or have a chance to test them out (aside from the Senns, since those are new models). Would be interested in your comments regarding both sound and fit.
If you have big ears I would say you'd have trouble with these too. My average sized ears fit snugly into them. As the pads warm up the cushions do get softer and my ears have a easier time of fitting inside. Peronsally speaking, I have no comfort issues with them, but I would definitey warn people with past headphone comfort issues that they will probably have problems with the Spirit Pro.
The 7520 has bigger holes for your ears, but the pad depth is much more shallow. Are you okay with your ears touching the driver protector plastic? Because it will for the 7520. Again, this doesn't bother me in the slightest, although I do notice my ears touching the back because of the shallow depth. I guess I'm kind of blessed in this regard, but I can see how people would get annoyed or uncomfortable by this.
Out of the models you mentioned. I did look into the 1540 and Spirit Classic, but decided not to even try them out because people say they are on the bassier side of things. I don't like bassy headphones. It's okay for me to have a tad more than neutral, but I don't want something crazy bassy.
The Spirit Pro is very neutral, and very resolving of details. It will be a super clear window into your mix and music, showing you everything in an inoffensive way. The 7520 is also neutral, but is not uncolored as the Spirit Pro. The 7520s biggest down side is that they sound super bassy out of the box and that bass is just odd, very weird. Not sure how to describe it. It goes away after some burn-in. The bass is quite nice afterwards, maybe 10%~15% above neutral depending on the kind of music. Sometimes, on certain tracks the bass feels just right, neutral and lending the music a nice body the Spirit Pro does not have, on other tracks the bass feels a bit above neutral. Both headphones have awesome extension and punch and control.
I have never heard the new Sennheiser DJs (obviously), but I would hazard to guess they're not really in the same league at the 7520/Spirit Pro. My reference would be the Amperior, which was Senn's best DJ headphone until very recently. The 7520 was in a different league in terms of technicalities and refinement. The 7520 and Spirit Pro have a very refined sound, a cut above the typical headphones under $300 or even $400, if we're talking about the P7 or H6.
Hope that helps.