Top rated for accurate, detailed music reproduction.
The professional-quality Sony Pro MDR-7506 Headphones let you hear it all. Premium 40mm drivers reproduce every musical nuance. Closed-ear de... read more
Trusted musician and artist reviews for Sony MDR-7506 Professional Headphones
Based on 38 Reviews
I still have a pair laying around
studio standard for overdubs (though you see drummers use them elss and less favoring heavy duty over-ears)... decent sound quality that all o us who go abck to real recording studios will find inviting and familiar. But they are delicate and so many parts can break easily. They also fall off my head if I get excited and start dancing around. I doc them 2 points for shit construction. theya ren't exactly cheap though they are cheaper than a lot of fancy stuff used by DJs.
Would not recommend as your primary mixing headphone. "OK" to use as a alternate reference but they should not be your main reference when making bigger decisions. However, they do make very good monitoring headphones for recording, or quick mixes, as they are both loud and clear, and fairly well isolated. The highs can be harsh and they get physically uncomfortable over longer periods. Earpads need to be replaced yearly if you use them regularly. Not my favorite, as they trick you into thinking they are more accurate then they are. There are several distinct mid frequency dips.
I use these a LOT when mixing/mastering. They used to be my main headphones, and even after switching to DT-880s I still come back to them to check my high end and clarity. The only problem I have with them is that the 120~200Hz range seems a bit hidden compared to other headphones I've tried... notably the 880s. My masters still sound just fine on them and everywhere else though, and I've heard no complaints from my 7506 made music.
Sony MDR7506 - Hard to say more than what's already been said
Amazing sound quality; clear and very balanced. These have been described as the go to headphones of audio professionals. Got a sharp pencil deal with these, put new earpads on them and I'm completely satisfied. I think the sound quality is better with these than the V700's I also own. SERIOUS audiophiles will tell you they each serve a different purpose. I don't think you can go wrong with the Sony MDR7506.
The Honda Accord of headphones
Affordable but reliable for quality mixes. I've always had an ear for Sony's natural curve, and these headphones are no exception. They lack the overhyped bottom end that's common with a lot of headphones these days, so listeners who are used to consumer aimed models will probably find they lack excitement. But that's exactly what makes them so fantastic for doing decent mixes. I have several sets and, since you can easily replace the earpads (which start to flake and crumble after 4-5 years of heavy use), I always will.
These are great for plugging into an amp if you don't want to start a fight with your significant other or roommates or parents. Or kids. Or pets.
Are they great headphones? They are "Professional", so sure – but there are many better pairs out there. Even a non-noise cancelling pair of Bose is better than these.
But for $90, they are a must have.
Best Option at Their Price Point
For monitoring these are great absolute. They a loud and clear with the right headphone amp or interface with a powerful amp. The only dislike is they use the peeling cuff. Go on amazon amd order lambskin leather replacement pads they will also cancel out noise even better than the factory standard. I say that if you are recording with them.
My absolute favorite pair of headphones for monitoring
I'm a professional location sound mixer, and a hobbyist guitarist, and for both activities I have tried numerous pairs of headphones and have always come back to the good ol' 7506. They are one of the most popular pairs of headphones for monitoring for a reason - their sound is crisp, clear, and concise. A little light on bass, which is ideal for their primary use cases, with plenty of revealing detail that is essential for monitoring whatever it is you are recording. They sound great for guitar, and work extremely well for location sound recording - they are light and comfortable (though I do recommend a replacement pair of velour earpads) even after hours of use; 10-12 hour days on set are very common for my line of work.
I don't really prefer to use these for mixing, they don't provide the most "realistic" listening environment, but again, monitoring is their primary purpose anyway, so you shouldn't be using them for mixing anyway in my opinion.
My one gripe is that I wish the cable was removable, but it also isn't terribly difficult to mod them for that. Though they're lightweight, I'd still consider them pretty sturdy. I think their physical flexibility helps with that (not too rigid). The pair I use for location sound I've had for over 4 years, and over that period time with very regular (not necessarily gentle) use, they still work perfectly and are completely free of damage. For the $70-80 I paid for them, that's an incredible value.
From Gear Setup:
If you make music, these are a great pair of headphones for you.
I've had these things for almost a year now and I've never gotten tired of using them. Fantastic sound quality, however my only complaint are that these hurt my head after using them for extended periods of time, however that may not be the case for others. I would definitely recommend taking a look at these.