Sony MDR 7506 Headphone Review
The Sony MDR 7506 headphone has been around since 1991 and still sounds great. On the other hand, it has been a long-time favorite for recording engineers and sound professionals for years. A fact is that the design dates back even further and developed from the Sony MDR-V6 way back in 1985. Furthermore, both the headphones were made available for the pro-market and remain popular. So why review this legend? The MDR-7506 offers you a well-balanced and much more. check out Sony MDR-XB50BS Wireless Review
Sony MDR 7506 Headphone Design
As mentioned, the Sony MDR 7506 headphone comes at a modest price. Furthermore, it has been around for more than 20 years. So when it comes to long-term durability, the years say it all. While the earpads only last a couple of years you can replace them. Moreover, over the years, users did notice the hinges breaking but have no other complaints. The earphones weigh eight ounces and lighter than most full-size headphones. On the other hand, the construction is plastic but does not feel flimsy at all.
The outer earcups metal, and on the inside, you get 40mm drivers. Furthermore, the headset is 63 ohms rated, and you get a racetrack-shaped ear pad with a headband. Both the earpad and headband are not over padded compared to the latest models available. Even the head-clamping offers a comfortable fit for extended use. As it is a pro headphone, this is important and downright essential. On the other hand, you get a closed-back design that blocks out a decent amount of noise. Not even a person standing around will hear many sounds coming from the headphones. The coiled cable measures ten feet long and is attached to the left ear cup and not replaceable.
However, it does lack the modern inline remote and mic. Therefore you cannot use it for answering calls or as a portable audio player. What is more, the cable has a gold-plated 3.5mm plus with a 6.3mm screw-on adapter plug included. The only difference between the MDR-V6 and the MDR-7506 is the nickel-plated aux plug, and the housing is silver. The MDR-7506 has a matte black finish while the MDR-V6 is silver. Lastly, you get markings on the earcups indicating left or right, and there is color-coded marking for ease of seeing in dim light. You get a black vinyl bag included and a 90-day warranty.
Sony MDR 7506 Headphone Performance
Once you place the MDR-7506 headphones on your ears, you know why it remained a favorite all these years. Nothing is out-of-place as the sounds balanced and accurate. No matter what music genre you listen to, the bass-midrange-treble remains balanced. Now you know why the professionals rely on these earphones to mix music, record, and use it for radio and more. Even if you have a tight budget, you will love this headphone. Compared to the Noontec Zoro on-ear headphones these have a more open sound and sounds less canned. Even the stereo imaging is broader and does not get stuck in your head. The MDR-7506 is comfortable with better isolation blocking out external noise.
However, we did prefer the treble detail of the Zoro, but Sony gives you an overall natural sound. One area where the Zoro shines is the volume, as you can play tunes loud on your iPod. When comparing it to the Audio Technica ATH M50, the latter has a richer sound with weightier tonal balance. The tonal base is thinner and lighter with the MDR 7506 headphones. While the M50 remains a better option, it does cost more, and if you have the money it is worth stepping up with it. Now compared to the MDR-V6 there is a sound difference. The MDR-V6 has a fuller bass and offers you a laid-back and mellower listening experience. The MDR-7506 is leaner as the vocals more immediate with an accentuated treble range.
Sony MDR 7506 Specs
- Color: Black
- Cord Type: Gold Stereo 9.6 foot coiled wire
- Form Factor: Closed-Back
- Included: Vinyl Carrying Case, 3.5mm Cable, and 6.3mm Adaptor
- Impedance: 63 ohms
- Magnet Type: Neodymium
- Noise Isolation: Yes
- Warranty: 90-days
- Weight: 8.1 ounces
Pros and Cons Sony MDR 7506
What we like:
- Has a closed-back design
- Full-size headphones
- Works with all music genres
- Excellent sound
What we do not like:
- The pro-style cable lacks an inline remote and mic
- Not mobile-friendly compared to modern headphones
Should You Buy It?
If you need professional stereo headphones the Sony MDR-7506 is worth buying. The only problem you will have is mobile use with the long coiled cord. Furthermore, it does not have an inline remote/mic for making calls. However, when it comes to sound for mixing audio, radios, TV shows, or DJ, then these open-back headphones will serve you well. On the other hand, the price is reasonable as well.
The Sony MDR-7506 one of the best professional headphones you can buy. With the earphones, you get a distinct sonic sound. For hours of use, it has a lightweight construction and engineered comfortable for extended use. A fact is that you can easily make them your favorite pair to use at home or in the studio. The overall sound is balanced from the bass, lows, to the highs. The design is excellent and well-structured to last another twenty years.
While the noise isolation is mediocre, it does depend on the volume you use. Sound leakage is low, and it has a long cable with durable design. Even the headband is comfortable, and you will have no problem with placing them on your ears—they are marked left and right. And after using the earphones for a long time and the cups wear out, you can always have them replaced. In our books, the Sony MDR-7506 is worth the price.