Updated: Jul 6
By Joseph L. Hollen Review Source
Fancy a bit of retro-cool?
If you do and you’re in the market for an inexpensive pair of studio headphones, these might be the answer.
The Sony MDR-7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphones have been a constant presence in recording studios around the world for a long time. The fact is that a product doesn’t survive with this level of popularity and longevity without reason.
So, let’s get this Sony MDR-7506 review underway and see what all the fuss is about.
Welcome, to the 1990s or possibly even the 1980s.
Sony MDR-7506 has shunned the idea of doing anything whatsoever to bring even a hint of modern design anywhere near these headphones. Perhaps the good people of Sony land think that if they change the style bad things will happen. Maybe the poor MDR7506 headphones will have an allergic reaction? Maybe they’ll have a mental breakdown or spontaneously combust?
Whatever the reason for Sony sticking with the same kind of headphones styling for close to 40 years, we’re pleased.
They’re so not cool that they kind of are…
These may just be the ultimate anti-fashion statement. These are for people who take their music seriously, and they don’t care what people think. Though they do care really!
Let’s hope the hipsters don’t jump on the bandwagon and ruin it for us all.
Sony MDR headphones have always been about studio monitoring. It’s what they’ve been designed for. This is something we’ll look at more closely a little later. But could they be used outside or for your daily commute?
We think so…
They’re not too bulky and are subtle enough not to make you feel self-conscious or stand out. They’ll nicely slip under most people’s radar. Except, of course, for those people who can appreciate them for what they are. Those people who appreciate just how important music is to you.
We like those people.
The build quality doesn’t look to be too good at first glance. The Sony MDR-7506 haven’t been overdone with plastic, but they look like they might be a little fragile. However, despite their looks, these are much more rugged, and hard-wearing than they’re appearance might suggest.
These are headphones that have proved, with time, that they’ll take anything you can throw at them.
These are built to last…
But the Sony MDR-7506 headphone aren’t perfect, and they have their weaknesses.
The hinges are an obvious potential point of failure. They’re made from plastic, and although they’re reasonably strong, like a lot of headphones at this price point, it’s an obvious weak spot.
Another potential weak spot is the fact that the cable is integrated into the headphones. The cable is a good length and is well insulated, but like all cables, it’s likely to break eventually. Unfortunately, if and when this happens, it’s going to take more than a simple plug-in cable replacement to get you up and running.
Finally, the case they come in is flimsy. It’s going to do very little to protect them. If the headphones always live in your house or studio this is a non-issue. But, if you want to frequently transport them around, we’d advise you not to rely too heavily on the case’s protective qualities.
There’s no doubt about it; these headphones are comfortable. The Sony MDR-7506 headphones are designed to be worn for extended periods.
To a large extent, this is helped by the fact that they weigh just 230gms. That’s really not a lot for a pair of reference headphones. In fact, compared to a lot of similar priced and similar quality headphones, they weigh about the same as a fasting supermodel.
The Sony MDR-7506 headphones have a good-sized headband. They are a good fit for most sizes of head. One thing we really like about these headphones is that they don’t feel too tight and don’t put too much pressure on your ears or head.
Comfortable and fresh…
The padding around the ears also helps to keep you feeling comfortable and fresh. They’re well-padded but not too much. Sony has played a clever minimalist game of just providing enough padding to get the job done.
The level of padding is also just enough to provide a good level of isolation to outside noises and distractions.