Sony MDR 7506 – Buying Production Headphones

In this Sony MDR 7506 Review, I’m sharing with you one of my most important discoveries since I started producing sound. These are affordable quality headphones. I’m certain that after using Sony MDR, you won’t switch to another brand. Sony MDR headphones have been around for the guts of 30 years and are still the best on the market for the price you pay.
sony mdr 7506 review

Sony MDR 7506 specs

Standard: Professional Studio Headphones
Weight: 8 ounces
Connection: Mini-Jack 3.5mm with 6.5mm adapter included
Cable Length: 3m
Frequency Response: 5 – 30000 Hz
Impedance: 63 Ω
Sensitivity: 106 dB SPL/1mW

Best Price: approx. £70 / €90
Best Buy: Amazon.co.uk


Sony MDR 7506 Review

DSC_0721I firmly believe you can’t mess around when it comes to sound quality and a good pair of headphones. I have been through my fair share of “professional” headphones through ones I have purchased myself to others I have had to use in jobs, and there is not much that matches to the Sony MDR 7506 (or any Sony MDR headphones) for quality and price.

When you first put Sony MDR 7506 on your head, without even listening to sound you know straight away, they are different. They feel great on your ears and whatever size adjustment you make, it sticks. The sound from the room or setting you are in immediately becomes about 60% quieter. This is a weird sensation at first, it almost feels like your ears can’t breath, but you get used to it very fast.

Once you start playing audio, the difference becomes apparent again. The punch of the bass hits you immediately, at first I felt this was too much but, again it was a case of being used to poor quality and you soon realise this is how things should sound. They are particularly loud and clear connected to any device, this makes it great for picking up on noise levels and glitches, as a producer, they make audio sound better and therefore can improve the standard of you’re work.

A strong set of headphones

Sony is an extremely reliable brand for anything electronic. I have sony walkmen / mini disc players / early mp3 players from up to 20 years old that still work perfectly, and the durability of Sony MDR headphones is no different.

I can’t tell you the amount of headphones that have become faulty over 2-3 years. I have had my pair of Sony MDR (the slightly more expensive V6 Model) for over 5 years, they have been dropped countless times but have zero technical damage they are build like mini tanks. They also fold up neatly, which means they are easy to transport around (mine came with a leather pouch, although I’m not sure if this is a given)

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worn pads on my Sony MDR headphones (after 5+ years of use)

The pads are maybe a slight negative to this otherwise perfect set of headphones, they become loose very easily and are prone to wear and tear meaning they will eventually need replacing. That said I’ve used them almost daily for 5 years and only now do the pads desperately need replacing. Replacement pads are also extremely easy to come by and cost around £20. There are alternative pads which will cost you half the price, but will deteriorate much faster so I suggest just getting than the proper Sony ones.

Alternatives to Sony MDR 7506

I have used more expensive headphones that haven’t matched up to the standard of Sony MDR 7506:

Sony MDR Headphones Review Fostex TH T50RP MK3£130 – I use these in work. They are rather good, but for almost twice the price there’s no way they are worth it up against Sony MDR. When I listen back to my own audio work, Sony MDR headphones actually make it sound better.

 

Sony MDR Headphones ReviewSeinheiser HD 280 Pro£85 – I have always felt Seinheiser was a little over rated for headphones, for the same price bracket as Sony MDR, the sound is nowhere near as clear and precise and they’re just not as good for production. Perhaps a good choice for listening to music on, but not for production.

Fostex and Seinheiser are solid brands and both are good sets, but I would never choose them over Sony. With any other brands not mentioned, I feel you pay for design / look over sound quality and durability

Should I buy Sony MDR 7506 Headphones?

I think these headphones are best placed at home, in a studio or on a sound record location and used specifically for media production work. The coiled cable may be too awkward or short for DJs, I’d check out some of Sony’s DJ specific range as an alternative.

Perhaps for listening to music in general they shouldn’t be recommended as they are specifically optimized for audio producers to listen with a critical ear. That said, I personally use them for music (and sometimes TV) and love the sound they give.

Sony MDR 7506 Review Summary

It’s hard to say much negative about Sony MDR 7506. If you’re looking for a professional studio headphone that can be used for audio and video production, music, location sound. They could also act as a cheaper alternative to radio / recording studio monitor headphones (which generally cost a bomb!)

If you buy a cheaper pair it will last you 1-2 years. I highly recommend a small investment of less than £70 / €90 that will last you for a very long time, it’s a very small price to pay for something that improves your work.

Any of the Sony MDR range provide top quality headphones at low prices.

Thanks for reading our SONY MDR 7506 Review. Have you used the Sony MDR range or have found something better and cheaper? Please comment below and let us know.

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  • March 30, 2017 at 12:47 pm
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    So far I’m loving all the things I’m learning about the Sony MDR 7506 studio monitoring headphones. I’m new to monitoring headphones so I have just been going from one article to another to learn about the best mixing headphones on the market. Since the Sony MDR 7506 are often mentioned in articles on the best studio monitoring headphones and are also within my budget, I’m thinking I should choose them out of all the options available. I’ve heard some great things about the Audio Technica ATH-M50X as well but I don’t know, I’m not that impressed.

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