Sony MDR-7506 review

8.3/10 AVG.
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  • Sony MDR-7506
  • Sony MDR-7506
  • Sony MDR-7506

Specs / Features


Overview
Type Over-Ear
Volume Control No
Playback Control No
Noise Canceling No
Specification
Warranty (Months) 3 months
Release date -
Size 2 x 2 cm (0.8 x 0.8 in)
Weight N/A
Reviews summary section

What's good

  • Accurate and natural sound fidelity
  • Fairly comfortable
  • Durable

What's bad

  • Ears heat up when worn for long amounts of time
  • Sound is thinner than bass-centric headphones

Introduced back in 1991, the Sony MDR-7506 still remains one of the most highly regarded headphones among professionals and audiophiles alike. In all the years since its introduction, Sony has not updated the design. They sport a metal headband protected by a faux leather encasing. The double-hinged earpieces easily fold up for storage or transport and the ear pads themselves can be replaced in case it gets damaged. While experts do not extol its beauty, they do find it practical, durable and relatively comfortable. The only issue they found was the pleather ear cups tend to heat up the ear after wearing it for long amounts of time.

The moderate pressure of the ear cups provide for passive noise-cancellation, which worked quite well for critics even in moderately loud environments. In terms of sound fidelity, Tech Hive notes that the MDR-7506 manages to accentuate the highs, lows and mid-range without one overpowering the other. Most critics agree with Tech Hive's assessment and describe sound performance as very natural and accurate, though a bit on the thin side when compared to more bass heavy headphones.

Despite being around for decades, the Sony MDR-7506 is still recommended by reviewers. CNET stats, "…if you value sound quality and comfort…[this] should be at the top of your list when shopping for headphones…"


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