Sony MDR-7506

8.7/10 AVG.
RATING

  • Sony MDR-7506
  • Sony MDR-7506
  • Sony MDR-7506

Specs / Features


Neodymium magnets and 40mm drivers for powerful, detailed sound | Closed-ear design provides comfort and outstanding reduction of external noises | 9.8-foot cord ends in gold-plated plug; 1/4-inch adapter included | Folds up for storage or travel in provided soft case | Frequency Response: 10Hz - 20 kHz | 9.8-foot coiled cord and it is not deatachable

Neodymium magnets and 40mm drivers for powerful, detailed sound | Closed-ear design provides comfort and outstanding reduction of external noises | 9.8-foot cord ends in gold-plated plug; 1/4-inch adapter included | Folds up for storage or travel in provided soft case | Frequency Response: 10Hz - 20 kHz | 9.8-foot coiled cord and it is not deatachable

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Specification

Specification
Brand Sony
Model MDR-7506
Warranty 3 months
Size 2 x 2 cm (0.8 x 0.8 in)

Reviews summary

8.7/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 9 reviews

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.

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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…"

Reviews (8.7/10 Avg. rating)


HeadYo

The engineering is simple, elegant and brilliant

from HeadYo
The Sony MDR-7506 Circum-aural Closed-Back Professional Monitor Headphones have a no-nonsense approach to their design. Not flashy by any means, the product aims to lure the customer with its simplicity. The engineering is simple, elegant and brilliant. Coupled with a tight accuracy for detailing in sound, the rugged MDR-7506 is a lucrative option, especially for the price it comes at... Full review
Ken Rockwell

The best combination of price, performance, utility and durability

from Ken Rockwell
For monitoring DSLR and other field audio, the pros have made the Sony MDR-7506 the world's best-selling pro headphone. If you need to hear what you're doing while out in the field, these are the best combination of price, performance, utility and durability — especially if you're a TV station and handing these out to all your crew... Full review
TechHive

Great design and audio performance that stands the test of time

from TechHive

Sony’s MDR-7506 Professional Headphones enjoys almost mythical status among headphone geeks, as it’s been on the market since 1991 and has earned a reputation among professionals and amateurs alike as an audio workhorse.

Befitting its age, the MDR-7506 is a conventionally designed headphone that’s survived long enough to seem retro. The headband is metal, sheathed in what looks and feels like real leather, and lightly padded.

The MDR-7506 is a great-sounding headphone. Solid bass extends cleanly to 20 Hz while never creeping into the lower midrange. The mid... Full review

Reviewed

Balanced sound with very little distortion in a comfortable, affordable package

from Reviewed

Sony's MDR-7506 may not dazzle you with its outfit—there is absolutely nothing exciting to look at here, and you'll probably need to replace the cheap ear pads at some point. Yet, like Don Quixote with his bowl for a helmet, there's still great quality within.

The sound is nicely balanced, so that no portion of the musical scale is too loud or too soft. Aspiring audiophiles will especially love this soundscape, because it's optimal for equalizing and mixing, which typically costs a lot more.

In terms of value, this is the best buy I've seen all year. A simple online se... Full review

Cnet

Still among the best after decades of being out

from Cnet

Introduced way back in 1991, the Sony MDR-7506 has long been a favorite headphone of recording engineers and other sound professionals.

Since the MDR-7506 has been in the Sony lineup for over 20 years, you don't have to make any guesses about the design's long-term durability.

Listen to the MDR-7506 and you'll know why it's remained in the Sony lineup for 22 years. Nothing about the sound is out-of-place: the bass-midrange-treble balance is accurate, and every music genre sounds great. It's no wonder so many professionals have relied on the MDR-7506 to record and mix music,... Full review

The Wirecutter

Miles ahead of the competition in sound, comfort, and overall value

from The Wirecutter

Every audio professional I wrote to spoke highly of them, even if they hadn’t reviewed the Sonys themselves. Also, speaking from experience, nearly every recording studio, radio station, etc. has a pair of these attached to the mixing board. And there are several reasons why below.

They sound fantastic. Every panelist put these as their number one. Brent said the sound had “perfect tonal balance,” with “no flaws” sounding “like a headphone should sound.”

They have been around forever and last forever. Seriously. These have great buil... Full review

Amazon.com Reviews Summary

3,885 from Amazon.com

3,885 Amazon.com shoppers shared a review for the Sony MDR-7506. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4.6 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.com customer reviews.

9.2/10

Amazon.ca Reviews Summary

163 from Amazon.ca

163 Amazon.ca shoppers shared a review for the Sony MDR-7506. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4.7 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.ca customer reviews.

9.4/10

Amazon.co.uk Reviews Summary

227 from Amazon.co.uk

227 Amazon.co.uk shoppers shared a review for the Sony MDR-7506. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4.5 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.co.uk customer reviews.

9/10

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