Sony MDR-7506

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Studio and DJ Headphones

  • Closed
  • Circumaural
  • Impedance: 63 Ohm
  • Sound pressure level: 106 dB
  • Frequency range: 10 - 20 000 Hz
  • Cable length: 1.2 m
  • 3.5 mm jack plug
  • Screw-mounted 6.3 mm adapter
  • Weight with cable: 298 g
  • Weight without cable: 230 g
  • Including bag
Available since November 1999
Item number 135709
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Design Over-Ear
System Closed Back
Impedance 63 Ohms
Frequency range 10 Hz – 20000 Hz
Adaptor Yes
Replaceable Cable No
Colour Black
Max. SPL 106 dB
Type Of Connector Jack, mini-jack
Weight 215 g
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Professional studio headphones

The Sony MDR-7506 is a pair of professional studio headphones that has gained an excellent reputation among sound engineers and DJs. The MDR-7506 model, which was initially launched in the early 90s as a successor to the renowned MDR-V6, marks another milestone in Sony's long-term success story of developing professional headphones with a user-friendly and durable design. The scope of delivery of the Sony MDR-7506 headphones also includes a pouch for secure transport and a 6.3mm jack adapter that allows them to be used with mixing consoles, turntables, and audio interfaces, for example.

Sony MDR-7506 professional headphones

Closed design and comfortable fit

The Sony MDR-7506 over-ear headphones feature closed earcups that completely cover the listener's ears and folding hinges that allow the earpieces to be folded up for compact storage. The MDR-7506 headphones are specially designed to provide a perfectly comfortable fit for all head sizes thanks to a headband that can be adjusted in eleven increments on each side and smoothly swivelling padded earcups that seamlessly adapt to the anatomical shape of the user's head as soon as they are put on. This pair of dynamic headphones comprises 40mm neodymium drivers with a power handling capacity of up to 1000mW, an extremely robust steel headband, and a flexible 1.2m single-sided spiral cable that sufficiently compensates for the tension created in the cord during use. In addition to an extremely low impedance of 63 ohms, the MDR-7506 headphones boast a frequency range that goes from a very low 10Hz all the way up to 20kHz.

Sony MDR-7506 professional headphones

For recording engineers and DJs

Their comfortable design makes the Sony MDR-7506 headphones eminently suitable for a wide range of professional applications such as cueing, which require users to wear their headphones over longer periods of time, e.g. recording sessions and DJ performances. And those who want to enjoy their music non-stop on the road can simply connect the MDR-7506 headphones to their smartphone. The MDR-7506 headphones are extremely comfortable to wear even over extended periods thanks to their low weight of 298g (including cable) and soft synthetic leather earpads that allow users to keep a cool head in just about any situation. This headphone model features a non-linear frequency response, which means that it is not suitable for applications that require a particularly accurate sound reproduction, such as high-precision track mixing or mastering.

Sony studio and DJ headphones

About Sony

Sony is Japan's third-largest manufacturer of consumer electronics, behind only Hitachi and Panasonic. Founded in 1946, the company can look back on an illustrious history and also has an immense wealth of experience in product development at its disposal. Sony has dedicated itself to developing and manufacturing consumer electronics, and the first product that the company launched was a transistor radio. In addition to audio and video playback devices, Sony now also produces headphones, television sets, digital cameras, image sensors, and mobile telephones as well as its Playstation range of gaming consoles, and it began developing electric vehicles in 2020. Sony has its headquarters in the Minata district of Tokyo, and its presence in Germany includes a research and development centre in Stuttgart-Wangen and a marketing and distribution centre in Berlin.

Powerful sound with bright treble response

Compared to other studio headphones on the market, the MDR-7506 model stands out thanks to its extended sub-bass response which goes down to an ultra-low 10Hz. Overall, the Sony MDR-7506 headphones boast a unique sound signature with a clearly defined and punchy bass, less pronounced high bass and low mids for improved speech intelligibility, which is ideal for voice recordings and vocals, and a finely detailed, impressively bright treble response. The MDR-7506 headphones effectively attenuate ambient noise and reduce sound leakage to a minimum through passive sound isolation, which makes them particularly suitable for headphone mixes (e.g. comprising vocals and musical instruments) for band members during song recording in a studio.

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They work great with electronic percussion.
Gerardo5491 16.07.2020
I wanted to get headphones for electronic drums, I read a lot of reviews and the two headphones that were mentioned the most were the Beyerdynamic DT770 (80 ohms) and the Sony MDR7506.
Now why I decided to buy the Sony, because of the cable length! which it is extremely important when playing an instrument, so it won't disturb me on the snare drum, or I can pass the cable around and below the piano, etc.
So in this case I chose the Sony over the Beyerdynamic with short cable.
Now, I ordered the Sony MDR7506 and two more headphones who had great reviews, the TDJ 1000 and Superlux HD330.
The price difference is huge! Yet I can tell you those two last can really stand a battle against headphones with higher price.
I compared those three with a MacBook Pro, a Piano Roland FA08 and electronic percussion Roland Octapad.
The results.
Cable length and flexibility, Sony wins!
Bass or Low Frequency - TDJ1000 has very deep bass but sounds a bit like inside a box, if you are a bass lover your might feel like you would like your Sony MDR7506 to have a bit more bass, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying they have no bass, they do, just not super boom. And at the end, what is good about it, it is good that the Sony offers a loyal reproduction of the original recording without enhancing or creating a fictitious extra bass.
And I questioned myself, if they are not the most powerful in bass then why many people advice them for electronic drums?
After I tried again and again these 3 headphones, I arrived to the conclusion that with the TDJ1000 and the Superlux HD330 there seemed to be a little bit of a problem managing all the music pressure sent by the instrument, I understood that the Sony MDR7506 have enough of what it takes to manage to transmit on time the music pressure sent by the instrument, in this case electronic percussion, the Sony are performing very natural and you will feel like you can hear every instrument, not only low frequencies but also high, while with the other two headphones seems like you miss something when you play fast on the snare drum.
To be honest, listening music in computer or playing in the piano Roland FA08 the comparison was though, but there was a clear difference when testing the headphones on the Roland Octapad.
So I chose as best the Sony MDR7506, they can handle it all.
A few more words about the bass on the Sony headphones, you won't feel the type of boom that sometimes might feel cheap and like inside a box, but instead you will feel the bass in the aspect that you feel the pressure of music bouncing the headphone magnets.
In fact, if you are in low budget and the cable length is not a problem, then the best are Superlux HD330 for around twenty something Euros, amazing price. If you are only about bass and nothing else matters to you, then the TDJ1000 for less than 20 euros. If you are gonna use professional instruments, electronic drums, both high and low frequencies matter, cable length matter for confort, you want a very loyal reproduction of the music you are playing, then the Sony MDR7506.
They come with a jack adapter on screw type which is great.
A headphones bag.
Cons - feels like the ear pads material won't last so long, feels slim, and I found out that the ear pads replacements cost around 20 euros each one, so on two of them that makes 40 euros which it is 50% the price of the headphones, this is simply stupid by Sony.
I lay it down, you play it out. Make your choice ))
Thanks Thomann for great customer service available in several languages and staff always competent, polite and happy to help. Great variety, prices, fast dispatch and delivery, safe packing.
It usually takes less than 10 days to arrive to Saint Petersburg, Russia, tracking code provided.
Greetings from a Mexican living in Russia.
Vielen Danke!
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I'm hearing sounds I couldn't hear before!!!
Anonymous 02.10.2014
I purchased these headphones after I heard a sound engineer recommending it in an audio course. Before these headphones I had invested only in cheap, poor quality headphones that cost around $10-50.

I thought I could hear most things with those kinds of headphones although with a weaker bass. When I put these on and I listened to some of my favorite music, I started to hear sounds I had never heard before.

I even listened to the audio course again and I could hear some hum and buzz I couldn't hear before. I hear lower frequencies easier with these headphones without too much emphasis on bass so it doesn't sound like bass speakers you put back on your car.

The comfort, luckily, is great since I have used other closed headphones where my ears start to hurt after a few minutes, an hour or so since I wear glasses(!). These are very comfortable and I can adjust the headphones easily to fit my slightly big head.

These headphones are also great for computer games where audio is extremely important. In one computer game I could suddenly hear my opponents better and I would hear echoes of my weapons that I had never heard before (not even in $50 headphones).

The 1/4" connector adapter is great if I would ever need it sometime. Right now, I am using the 1/8" standard connector. And a final thought; I love the fact that you see "R" (for right) and "L" (for left) on the headphones. It's such a simple thing but nonetheless, crucially important, particularly if you want to hear things correct (whether audio work or computer games where you need to listen).

I highly recommend these professional (and very cheap, in my opinion) headphones to anyone who either wants to be hear their opponents better in computer games, hear better when doing audio post-production or if you just want to enjoy all instruments and frequencies in every high quality song you have.

I would only mention one warning about these headphones (or any closed for that matter); if you haven't been using any closed headphones for a while, you will have to get used to hearing your own voice in a slightly lower volume.

I talk in Skype and Mumble and I tend to speak louder now because I cannot hear myself the same way I used to and some people say that I "speak louder than usual". Just a small thing to keep in mind and get used to when you get closed headphones.

So, throw away your cheap headphones and invest in these ones instead. They are DEFINITIVELY worth every single penny of the price! ^^,
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an upgrade worth having
Karyan 14.05.2019
the purpose of this monitors is to tell you the truth and that's exactly what they do, i am using them to "train" my ears to be sharper and more accurate and they are wonderful for that purpose.
in my case is for voice and vocal monitoring and they pick up a WIDE spectrum of sound and deliver it as advertised.
Pros: honesty of sound and good build quality, as well as look good in my opinion,
Cons: price can be an issue , but they are an industry standard .
And as mentioned, comfort is not their strong suit. after about 30-60 mins you feel ear fatigue and have to re-adjust them.
Pro&con: the non detachable curled cable ,is conformable while recording, but in editing after a while you feel the weight of the bulky cable on your left side.

conclusion : BUY! its the best education that your ears can get if you wanna advance your skills .
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Great Product
Eduard Vine 09.02.2023
There is no doubt in my mind why this product is considered an "industry standard", great sound quality, low price... if you are a top producer or an amateur, this is for you.
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