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Sony MDR-7506 - Professional Headphones


Sony MDR-7506

Mixing and mastering your music is not an easy task and having the right tools can make a big difference.

A good set of either studio monitor speakers or headphones is essential. Before purchasing the Sony MDR-7506 headphones, mixing and mastering was hit and miss for me. I would master a track then have to listen to it using a number of sources, often going back to re-master the track before being happy with the result. What sounded good when creating the track often had too much treble or bass when listening from a different source, or some of the sound was lost in the mix. Listening on headphones using a mobile phone would sound like there was too much bass, while on my home stereo the middle of the mix was too much. In general, it was a pain in the ass to get the balance right across all the different listening possibilities.

Sound Quality

The first thing that hit me when using these headphones is how good they sound. I'm used to cheap headphones that come with either an MP3 player or mobile phone, I thought my Samsung in-ear buds sounded good!

But these are on a whole different level. The bass is rich and deep, the highs are bright and clear, the mids are crisp and punchy. It's difficult to put into words how good they sound when used for general listening.

Mixing

The most important thing about the sound from the Sony MDR-7506 headphones is that you can hear every detail. Every nuance of the instruments is audible. For me, this has made the biggest difference when creating music. I bought them more to try and get a good reference point for mastering, but they have affected my mixing more, creating a more professional sounding mix, with everything more finely balanced, and this can be heard using any source for playback.

Mastering

As I mentioned, I bought these mainly to try and improve the mastering of my music. They have helped, maybe not as much as I would have liked. They have a lot of bass, and I have delicate ears, suffering from tinnitus due to too much loud music in my youth, and these have plenty of bass. I tend to mix and master now with maybe not quite enough bass as I can sometimes find it uncomfortable, but generally these headphones are good on the ears as you can keep the volume low and still hear everything, meaning you can turn the volume down and after a short while you don't even realise it's low, which nicely brings us on to sound isolation.

Sound Isolation

If, like me you either live on a busy street, with cars, lorries, buses and people travelling past all the time, or you do your music making in the living room with your partner sat next to you watching TV, then sound isolation is an important feature in a pair of headphones.

The Sony MDR-7506 headphones have pretty good isolation for the large over the ear style, very little environmental noise gets through, with most outside sounds barely audible when nothing is playing through them. I really struggle to hear people speak when wearing them, even if they speak quite loudly, and generally have to lift off an ear to understand. As for what other people can hear when using them then it obviously it depends how loud you've got your music but it has to be cranked up quite a lot to annoy anybody.

Comfort

The ear padding on the Sony MDR-7506 headphones is very soft and obviously high quality, they instantly feel good once you've set up the adjustable size to your liking. My only gripe is, like with all over the ear headphones, is that they can get a little warm. I've had them for 2 weeks, in August (in England, so it's not that hot) and I can take maybe 45 minutes to an hour and need to take them off to cool down. But to be fair, you shouldn't be using headphones for much more than an hour at a time. Your ears are delicate, look after them, believe me, tinnitus is no fun.

Overall

I felt a little guilty, buying such an expensive pair of headphones. But if you make music, whether professionally, or just for your own amusement like me, then these are a worthy tool to add to your toolbox.

Highly recommended!

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