Building upon previous success, the Sony MDR 7506 was inspired by the very successful MDR-V6 which was fabricated in 1985. Today, it has become an industry standard and remains considered as a reference for music producers, even though it has been around for nearly three decades. This Sony MDR 7506 Review will try to demonstrate how – by only making slight modifications – this high standard model has been able to retain the quintessence of its aura.
What makes the Sony MDR 7506 stand out?
The most recent model – available on the market since 2014 – continues to provide excellent performances which exceed most requirements for professional headphones. Lightweight, sufficiently comfortable and efficiently performant the unique features of the Sony MDR-7506 will guarantee satisfaction to both professional and public market customers.
Functional and performance-efficient
Affordable for professional headphones
Suited to most music genres
Long, heavy and undetachable cable
Not the fanciest headphones
Sony MDR-7506 Key Features
40mm driver unit
Gold Connectors and OFC Cord
Flexible folding construction
Stereo uni-match plug
Supplied soft case
Sony MDR-7506 Review
Design & Comfort
Despite the fact that some parts of the headphones are made of plastic (except the outer ear cups are metal), the construction remains resistant. These headphones are lighter than the average over-ear headphones. Moreover, you will really appreciate the fact that they are extremely adjustable and foldable, with sufficiently large “racetrack” shaped ear pads that should accommodate most users.
Nonetheless, some customers have complained about the fact that the padding might get warm during longer listening periods. Furthermore, you should expect the ear pads to slowly deteriorate after 2 or 3 years. However, these are easily replaceable for approximately 10$.
The Sony MDR-7506 is at the same time comfortable and considerably durable. This is what makes their overall manufacturing quality considerably praised.
Additionally, a clamping force might be felt if you have bigger ears, making the listening experience somewhat uncomfortable. Clamping force is moderate and shouldn’t be that much of an issue during longer sessions. In terms of sound leakage, these dynamic closed headphones offer an honorable isolation.
Some sound leakage should be expected but noise isolation is particularly good, even at a moderate level. Moreover, these headphones are great at blocking surrounding noises. Other than that, the ear cups are highly flexible and make it easier to find the perfect fit. In our opinion, the Sony MDR-7506 is at the same time, comfortable and considerably durable. This is what makes its overall quality highly praised.
Sound quality with these headphones is astounding if we consider the fact the price of these headphones (sound as good as headphones costing almost twice as much). The tonal balance is almost perfect. By this, we mean that the Sony MDR-7506 frequency range corresponds to what professional headphones are supposed to sound like.
They make excellent reference headphones exactly for this reason. Permitting you to hear a lot of nuances, the pair has a smooth and captivating bass, which is detailed and tight, having a nice punch to it.
Within this price range, it is rather rare for headphones to deliver such an accurate (and not overwhelming) bass response the way these do. However, below 55 Hz, these headphones lack a bit of presence. Nonetheless, it is important to mention that below 80 Hz and 40 Hz, human ears are much less sensitive. Furthermore, with any decent headphone amplifier, you’ll be able to drive the initially lacking bass properly.
These headphones sound the way headphones are supposed to and make excellent reference headphones exactly for this reason.
When you first listen to the Sony MDR-7506, the bass may sound a bit boomy. Notwithstanding, the latter improves the longer you listen to them. A very clean mid-range makes vocals sound detailed, not congested by muddy bass frequencies. In fact, to get better sounding vocals, you could spend 100 or 200 dollars more.
At the high end, the Sony MDR-7506 treble is clean and sharp without being harsh. As an example, cymbal crashes sound almost impeccable. In terms of sensitivity, the mids and highs are accurately represented. This will prove extremely beneficial for music producers who want to hear all the details.
Indeed, these headphones have been praised for accurately representing what you are listening to it. One of the few downsides of this pair is the sound-stage which is less qualitative compared to more open headphones.
Features & Value
Specifically unique features of the Sony MDR-7506 headphones are its 40mm dynamic drivers which produce powerful bass and achieve the right amount of sound pressure with low power. With an impedance of 63 Ohms, they are fairly easy to drive. One of the extras is a functional synthetic leather bag with which these headphones can easily be transported without enduring tear and wear.
Nonetheless, the synthetic leather bag is nothing special. An nondetachable (irreplaceable) coiled cable (10 feet) won’t satisfy all users. In the end, if these headphones are popular with the average consumer, this can be explained by the fact that the Sony MDR-7506 specs make them perform significantly better than a lot of headphone models costing almost twice as much.
Even though these headphones are almost as qualitative as their main competitors, they come at a much less elevated price. This is what makes them so valuable.
As an example, compared to the 2 headphones listed below, the Sony MDR-7506’s stereo imaging is as broad, provides a very similar comfort level and offers an almost identical noise isolation from the external cacophony.
Additionally, vocals may sound even more forthright, making these headphones overall more accurate. However, even though these headphones are almost as qualitative as their main competitors, with the included Sony MDR-7506 warranty, these headphones offer an unmistakable value for money.
How Does The Sony MDR-7506 Compare?
1. Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO Review
Beyerdynamic made a huge effort on the design of its DT770 PRO. Sound properties and, in particular its fantastically balanced neutral properties, make these much appreciated by audiophiles. The manufacturing quality is very solid and durable. If plastic is used for some parts – like the padded headband- it is resistant and rigid plastic.
Featuring a closed-back construction, the level of comfort is impressive with the velour padding. The sound of the DT770 PRO is open and dynamic. Similarly to the Sony MDR7506, the main drawback is the cable which is not removable, making it an unsustainable pair in the long term.
Nonetheless, the musical detail level makes these headphones suited for mixing and monitoring purposes. In other words, this a product which could benefit a great number of music producers who are looking for a reliable sound representation.
2. Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Review
Equally impressive, the M50x – Audio Technica – offers what music producers need: great build quality and balanced sound. The tonal balance is accurate and the stereo imaging is fairly spacious. Furthermore, the ATH-M50x sounds clear while offering detailed bass, midrange, and crisp treble frequencies. With 38 ohms of impedance, this Audio-Technica has a lower impedance than the Sony MDR-7506, meaning it is easier to drive them without an amplifier.
Despite being visually bulky, these headphones are very comfortable. One thing we noticed is that the padding on the ear-cups is especially comfortable. Being over-ear headphones and possessing a closed-back design, you’ll definitely experience noticeable isolation.
Moreover, these headphones remain one of the best you’ll ever find for less than 200$. Comparing them to the Sony MDR-7506, the ATH-M50X are probably more comfortable and better sounding but for almost half the cost.
For those who are tight on budget and still want professional headphones which have high-quality sound properties, the Sony MDR-7506 is certainly a great option to consider. This Sony MDR-7506 Review has demonstrated the few downfalls (comfort, ear pads that have to be replaced, nondetachable cable) of the aforementioned headphones.
Still, this pair competes with headphones that are deemed superior (Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro & Audio-Technica ATH-M50x). In the end, their honest sound representation makes them an ideal companion (at an affordable price) for tracking and mixing in any studio.