Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone

Average User Rating:
3.73333/5,
  1. deadg
    4.0/5,
    "Good value for money"
    Pros - Durable, well defined, crisp, precise, isolating
    Cons - brittle, bass shy
    I've owned these headphones since 2002, yep, they have lasted me 10 years. Used all this time in my home studio I thought they were rather expensive at the time. I see they are now under $100 what a bargain. Most of the black vinyl that covers the outside of the ear pieces have completely disintegrated but the foam is still fine I've had no problems with the cord, plugs or head bracket. Its amazed me how durable these have been. They are great for their intended use as isolating recording headphones and as long as volume is kept at a reasonable level won't bleed too much into microphones. Over the years DACS have come and gone, I currently have an Apogee Duet and run that via a firewire to thunderbolt adaptor. They are comfortable to wear for hours and cause little ear fatigue if kept at medium volume. If you pump these phones you will end up with ringing ears but that will happen with most ear phones.
     
    With 1/4" adaptor off and plugged into an iphone they sound great compared to the apple buds.
     
    Do they lack in bottom end? If you crank them up the bass sounds pretty good, of course, you'll also be cranking up the upper mids which these phones are famous for. So the boost around 1-4K assuming you have the original 7506 and not a fake, mask the the rest of the spectrum. For loud listening, I'd advise a gentle reduction from about 3k on or a slight smiley face from 1K-4K. But if you're going to listen loud you'll get ear fatigue no matter what you do, whatever phones you use. I find for recording they represent the bottom end nicely, sure they lack weight down below 55HZ but below 80HZ and above 14KHZ human ears are less sensitive. Thats why we love to boost those frequencies. :) If you record or listen to rap/hip hop/DnB or even bottom heavy rock, you may need some higher end phones.
     
    I use a lot of synthetic sounds and low sounds when doing rap and find the Sony's good as long as you don't get heavy handed below 100HZ otherwise the mix won't translate. I also have to not be shy with the upper mid range otherwise it will lack energy. I always have a spectrum analyser on the mix bus so I know at least visually whats going on. You can't always trust your ears. That and my near fields, that go down to 55HZ are enough for me. Oh and the wall that goes down to 42HZ helps. :)
     
    If I was buying a set of listening head phones I'd go to a store and test drive a few famous pairs I've read about on head-fi and then decide but for tracking, the Sony MDR 7506's do the job.
  2. Nesh
    5.0/5,
    "Sony MDR7506 - A great entry level studio sound experience"
    Pros - Flat response, Precise sound, Comfortable, Price
    Cons - The soundstage is'nt big enough
    I got these in Guangzhou for the absolutely low price of $55. They're quite small in size compared to some other headphones I've seen.
    I have been using them for several months now, & I'm very satisfied with their comfort, especially during long listening sessions.
    Pairing them with a headphone amp does improve output quality marginally. I use mine with the Fiio E17 portable amp that has more than enough power to drive these. The music is accurately detailed but not very lively. Movies with heavy soundtracks (eg Lord of the Rings) sound great on these.
    I'd recommend these phones for music with heavy beats(eg, rock, house, hip-hop & trance). Jazz& classical are also a pleasure to listen to though the soundstage could be better.
    Overall, these phones are worth the money spent and would rate their audio quality as 8.5/10.
     
  3. Rush1184
    4.0/5,
    "My favorite goto work headphones"
    Pros - SUPER COMFORTABLE (w/ Beyer Pads), Extremely Durable, Recording industry standard
    Cons - The stock pads suck
    Some of my favorite cans.  I love them for work, and wear them 8+ hours a day when we are recording sound on set.  Stock pads kinda suck, but if you put the Beyerdynamic pads on them, you will never want to take them off.
  4. deaglecat
    5.0/5,
    "NICE"
    Pros - high freq, clarity
    Cons - pads rot away (over time)
    I really like these... but I like good clear high frequencies.
     
    Lots of detail in the music.
     
    The pads rot off over time (faux leather) but you can replace them with pads meant for an alternate brand (mine are now velvet).
     
    I would not be without them.
     
    They have stood the test of time.
  5. GeneralSmirnoff
    4.0/5,
    "The Sony MDR-7506 Studio Headphones"
    Pros - Great sound reproduction, Good bass, Portable
    Cons - Very small sound stage, The coiled cord is VERY long, you will require a good audio source to get the most out of these
    I have been a Sony customer for a very long time, however I was never aware of their headphones. When I was looking online for a pair of headphones that offered great sound reproduction, these came up. After reading the reviews and the history that these headphones had, I decided to purchase them.
     
    To be honest, my first impression was not as great as I have predicted. The audio felt flat and a little dull. The music had no "color" to it. I suspected it to be my sound card, which was a Realtek ALC892 chip on my motherboard. I decided to plug it into my Creative Zen and there was a little difference, the audio felt more vivid, yet still it was not as good as I hoped. I decided to input my Creative Zen's audio into my Sony bookshelf amplifier and hooked up my headphones to that. There was a lot more bass and I did feel a difference, although still a little below my expectations.
     
    I came to the conclusion that I will require a good audio source to really get the most out of these, which is a little sad. Still, I give these headphones a high rating because of the good things I heard about them and the potential they have when hooked up to a good quality source.
     
    UPDATE: After 1 month of ownership, I decided to sell these as even after amplification from a friends Cmoy, the bass was still lacking which is weird as most describe these cans as "bass heavy."