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Sony MDR-7506 Headphones  

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      Top rated for accurate, detailed music reproduction.

      The professional-quality Sony Pro MDR-7506 Headphones let you hear it all. Premium 40mm drivers reproduce every musical nuance. Closed-ear design gives a tight bass response, practically eliminates external noise, and snuggles over the ears for hours of comfort. Frequency response is a flat 10Hz to 20kHz so you accurately hear what's on tape. Gold-plated connectors prevent rust and corrosion, and a UniMatch plug is provided for both 1/4" and 1/8" jacks. Phones fold for easy storage. We recommend the MDR-7506 for applications where hearing accuracy is crucial. Includes soft case.


       
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      SonyMDR-7506 Headphones
       
      4.6

      (based on 85 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (64)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (12)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (6)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (0)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (3)

      91%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good audio (5)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home studio (5)
        • Professional recording (4)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Professional musician (4), Experienced (3)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Solid. Reliable. Pro.

        I've been mixing and mastering with the 7506's since 1994. They are a solid performer with consistent results.

        I've also tried(own) Sennheiser HD280 and Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro. Both...Read complete review

        I've been mixing and mastering with the 7506's since 1994. They are a solid performer with consistent results.

        I've also tried(own) Sennheiser HD280 and Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro. Both are great, but do not work for me as well on the job.

        I should note I still mix on Yamaha NS-10's for some perspective. The 7506's are the most NS-10 friendly IMO. If you do not like mixing on NS-10's than you may prefer DT770's or HD280's for their low end boost.

        For the money they are great and will work in all studio applications.

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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Best headphones for the money period

        I had been using a mix of different phones in my studio for years. The best were Stantons. I also had some Nadys, Pioneer and Koss phones. I have a 4 channel stereo...Read complete review

        I had been using a mix of different phones in my studio for years. The best were Stantons. I also had some Nadys, Pioneer and Koss phones. I have a 4 channel stereo headphone amp that I run from the mixer for recording. I was getting such different sounds through all these different phones that I decided to look for 4 pair of the same kind that had decent quality but wouldn't break the bank. After reading such good reviews on the Sonys I bought a pair to try them out. After listening I went back and bought 3 more pair the next day. Now I don't have to do nearly as much adjustment on phone monitor mixes and they sound incredible for the price. I sometimes use them for scratch mixes and settings and they have a much flatter response than any other phones I've owned. Of course, I would never do a final mix on any headphones because they can't compare in accuracy to a good pair of pro reference monitors, but the Sonys are close enough for rough mixing in your home studio at 3 in the morning. The only complaint I have is that the jacks are 1/8" with a 1/4" adaptor when they should be the other way around. Almost all studio gear has 1/4" jacks and these phones are supposed to be more for that type of use than with MP3 and portable CD players or they wouldn't have such a long cord. Other than that minor complaint, these headphones are by far the best deal for the money.

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        4.0

        Headphones for many uses

        By JOHNNY K

        from Pacific Northwest

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Comfortable
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Pads Are First To Go

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Laptop Computer Sound
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Sony MDR-7506 Headphones:

        I've owned three sets; ear pad covers break apart after a few years, but the phones continue to work well after ten years' use. Replacement pads available for purchase would be a great idea. I always heard great sound through these phones. Although the coil cord is heavier and bulkier than phones with straight cords, I think the coil cord has more durable wiring. I like these headphones to listen to clean sound without external noise - good ear cup coverage.

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        5.0

        Excellent Separation of Sound

        By Bluewolf

        from Tracy CA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Separation Of Sound
        • Very comfortable

        Cons

        • None so far

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Sony MDR-7506 Headphones:

        From the very first use I noticed fantastic separation of each instrument in the mix. These are now my main reference monitors. They seem very comfortable, and while they do not have noise cancelling capabilities, they do block out most of the outside noise.

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        5.0

        Great Headphones

        By Gato pardo

        from Oklahoma City

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound

        Cons

        • Bulky/Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Sony MDR-7506 Headphones:

        While most reviews on headphones relate to the bottom and ceiling of the frequency very few really deal with clarity and this headphones really separate clearly every sound. You can really hear clearly every instrument.
        Low frequencies are clear, the medium frequencies are strong as they should and the highs are crisp.

        To test this, listen to a studio track from led Zeppelin or The Rolling Stones, you'll feel their presence in your room!
        Please use a good quality recording for this.

        The ear cups look fragile, All my Sony Headphones needed a replacement at one point in time or another. Fortunately there are replacements. just don't use velour on this cans, it will kill the low frequencies to a degree.
        The coiled cable adds weight to the set, so i'm going to splice it and replace it with a straight cable.

        I'm so happy with this, i'm going to purchase four more.

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        5.0

        Better than more expensive cans

        By Hollywood

        from Austin

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Comfortable
        • Good price

        Cons

        • Coiled Cord
        • Earpads wear out

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Sony MDR-7506 Headphones:

        Compared to the far more expensive RH-300 I just bought, these sony headphones are much better quality. punchy tones, tight bass, clear high end, comfortable. very crisp even at low volumes when mixing and listening for subtle nuances. Ear pads wore out over a year, but can be replaced for under 10. In the vocal booth there is no bleed (when worn properly of course) Not great for a live show setup, because they don't completely isolate outside noise.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Simply one of the Best

        By Greenwood

        from Jackson Hole, Wyoming

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Sony MDR-7506 Headphones:

          These are my go to headsets for the studio. I've tried others, even more expensive ones but I always come back to these. A great product especially for the price!

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Solid. Reliable. Pro.

          By JasonSwen

          from Minnepolis, MN

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony MDR-7506 Headphones:

                I've been mixing and mastering with the 7506's since 1994. They are a solid performer with consistent results.

                I've also tried(own) Sennheiser HD280 and Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro. Both are great, but do not work for me as well on the job.

                I should note I still mix on Yamaha NS-10's for some perspective. The 7506's are the most NS-10 friendly IMO. If you do not like mixing on NS-10's than you may prefer DT770's or HD280's for their low end boost.

                For the money they are great and will work in all studio applications.

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                great for band tracking in studio

                By Rockin Roller

                from Roller Music Pro Recording Studio

                About Me Professional Musician

                Ask me a question

                Pros

                • Everyone Loves The Sound

                Cons

                • A Little Exaggerate Top E
                • Cumbersome

                Best Uses

                • In Studio Track Session

                Comments about Sony MDR-7506 Headphones:

                all my studio clients love the way there headphone mixes sound even better than the flat mains. cuts right through the mud of a basic tracking session and people enjoy playing more because they love what they are hearing.

                the negative is that they are cumbersome and people fumble them around trying to unfold them (of course they are musicians what do you expect)

                they are also guns. lots of gain for the deaf players without distortion!

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                5.0

                Review

                By Chris

                from LA and NH

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Sony MDR-7506 Headphones:

                The sound quality is amazing! I'm able to mix and master so it sounds professional. Other than the design making it feel like it could break, they are exactly what I needed to go to the next level.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                MDR-7506 Product Review...

                Pros

                • They sound great

                Cons

                • Bad construction

                Best Uses

                • Hobbiest Usage

                Comments about Sony MDR-7506 Headphones:

                They sound great for the money;but the things keep falling apart after one or so years of just minimal usage;or casual product usage and no product misusage!? This is my second pair in about 3 years;and there's already something wrong with the physical mechanical components;but not the sound parts of it actually. First time the ear pad arm broke off after 1 and half years of usage;then the next pair the ear pad fell completely apart! Bad construction on these units.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Industry Standard for a Reason

                Pros

                • They Don't Make You Sweat

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Live Audio

                  Comments about Sony MDR-7506 Headphones:

                  Sure there are personal preferences for what may be "better", but you'll not see a more commonly used headphone in professional live audio. A pair usually lasts me about 5-6 years. They're relatively cheap, they "one-hand" well, they are small and light enough to usually tuck between case and console during use, they fold small for packing, and they don't make your neck sweat. In high humidity as day turns to cool night, you may have to unscrew the 1/8" to 1/4" adaptor and hit the contacts with an alcohol wipe, but that's just part of the deal.

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