My Sony MDR 7506 Headphones (and why I don't use them)

My first in a series to try and help you hear how studio headphones sound:
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  • Love to hear your thoughts on this type of comparison. SHould I do more? I have a whole bunch more pairs of cans that I can compare this way.

    Booth Junkie July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply
  • I liked the raw audio

    Myfanwy McLean July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply
  • Theyre awesome!

    Eddie July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply
  • You have it backwards man these headphones are for mixing and not tracking. That's why they have a flat response to give you a true sound of your mix. As a producer and musician i can tell you these headphones are great for mixing.

    Arsonloke July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply
  • Is there much of a difference between the 7506s and the now discontinued MDR-V6s? I've been using mine for over 30 years.

    David Bassin July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply
  • I have a pair of Sol Republic Air and Bose Quiet Comfort Q35. I need a pair of these. Too much bass in the Bose and Sol Republic.

    DJ DIGITAL July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply
  • 8:05, after replacing the wire twice I decided to try and add a jack so I can just switch out the cable. It's way easier than you'd think, and it works really well!

    Kay July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply
  • Im guessing its perfect for playing digital piano?

    PHOENIX July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply
  • I'm with you on the Sony MDR's being painful – I actually got them for editing and ouch. AND don't like that coil. I tried them in front of the mic and love the sound BUT coil gets in the way and makes the phones heavy on the head. I was able to bend the band a bit this morning, though, and they did feel better. I'm looking for your video on your recommendations for headphones for editing . . .

    T Diaz July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply
  • Thanks for sharing! I used to have 7506s for years ago and never loved them, mostly hated them.. got rid of them 10 years ago but I’m thinking about going back. Why? They highlight the treble.. if it really hurts it means you need more de-easing. And that’s what I’m hearing here as well, the raw sounds way better but could use a little heavier de-easing to be even better. Like the Sony’s need 15dB of de-easing, the Raw audio could use 3-5dB or even more.. who knows. So for that it might be useful. God I hate the idea of using them for more than 5 minutes though.

    Christopher July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply
  • Hello brother you upload the this video near one year ago but I like this headphones it's wiil using on pc ?

    Ali Kemal Aydoğan July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply
  • Those headphones are horrible.. Seriously, if I set down in a studio and was handed those to listen through I wouldnt even blink while chucking them in the trash can where they belong..

    Joe Jackson July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply
  • Akg k240 are my favorite

    Andrew R July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply
  • For cleaning, i use Sony MDR CD900ST, MDR 5000; Roland RH 300, Beyerdynamic DT770, Audio Technica M40/50 and Sennheiser HD800. For listening, Sony MDR V6/7506/7509/7520, Z1R, MDR Z7Mk2, MDR 1AMk2, MDR IEZ5 and WX1KM3.

    Julian Smith July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply
  • Why "raw audio" id few dB louder? It's not fair comparison as louder is usually perceived as better.

    Ivan Tarapcik July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply
  • I'm listening with the 7506, listening to them hurts me everytime you say an "s".

    Francesco Negri July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply
  • i agree with what you say.
    they do miss the mid region to me and i'm not much for mids usually. they do sound warm and cup nicely. the price tag is very reasonable. the v6 is good.

    Mental Flux July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply
  • He got me at the 10 feet cord. I was going to walk around the house and Clean with them but damn that is a long cord.

    Alex Stories July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply
  • These have been my standard RADIO headphones for well-over 25 years. Before these, I used the AKG K240 headphones. THANKS for the very informative vid! 🙂

    Joe Laber July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply
  • 2 words

    Sonaworx and waves nx!
    U're wellcome

    Jesus Cristo ✔ July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply
  • Hi i think ur very professional man with headsets and headphone ,, i want best headphone or headset for listen foot steps very well in my game ( rainbow six seige) i have goxlr thanks

    Floki July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply
  • Hi Mike… I'm a long time Booth Junkie Junkie… love your vids. Yikes I've been mixing for many moons with the 7506 cans!!! Now that you've convinced me that I should use them in the booth instead… which cans would you recommend for control room mixing? Thanks

    Tom M July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply
  • single most important factor in ALL mixing is knowing your monitoring setup. Period. If you really really know the 7506 – its isn't an issue. I have the discontinued and very much better MDR 7509s… better sounding fully rebuildable. Clearly Sony dropped them to save money – shame… but point is I know them and I eq on JBL 6328 studio monitors ad check on headphones

    Chris Sinclair July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply
  • I have no idea who you are, but you must be the new voice of my inner monologue.

    Max Stahl July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply
  • Got some extra thick velour pads for my MDR-7506….

    Peter Lagroove July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply
  • Who would ever mix or master with 7506's?! You need monitor speakers for mixing and/or mastering. If you absolutely have to mix with headphones, absolutely do not do it in closed backs! 7506's are great for tracking. When working in studios, I've noticed that vocalists often prefer the 7506's over other headphones. You will often see them in "high end studios". If you like the sound of the 7506's, but don't care for their high-end, try out a set of 250 ohm Beyerdynamic 770 Pros. The high end of the 770's is more rounded.

    Milwaukee Matzen July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply
  • Jean Michael Jarre use this headphones in his studio is him crazy?

    Alfredo Paris July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply
  • Yes they aren't mixing headphone but for monitoring or voice over aren't so bad! cause they are closed and thats all!

    Alfredo Paris July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply
  • I'm a professional live audio engineer, and live use is where these are really meant to exist. That translates to why you're ok with them in the booth, but not at post-production. In Live audio, we like the clarity these give to the high end, as it helps us identify feedback, sibilants, and such forth. In PA mixing land, we're looking for clarity in the mid-range and low-highs to come through so that our audience will clearly hear the show. We know the bass will muddy itself up in the room regardless of what we do, so lows aren't as important. If the audience gets a nice 8k squeal, that's worse than unclear lows in live audio. They're also used because they pack small, are freaking tanks you just can't kill, and most importantly for live audio: you can flip a can backwards to press a single against one ear for PFL easily. I would not, and do not, use them for post-production editing though, precisely because of their response curve.

    I personally use a set of their older cousin, MDR-V6's, for computer gaming because of the midlevel clarity, and a propensity for them to de-emphasize the low end booms. They're 12 years old, I'm on my 3rd set of replacement muffs, and I just can't kill them. I can hear vocals clearly, and not get too lost in the background noise. (I also personally find them super comfortable!).

    So, as with all "professional" headphones, know what they're for, and use them accordingly.

    Brianna Schuman July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply
  • I jus took a punch to my sould. I have been mixing with these headphones for about 7 years and wondered why i cant get audio to sound the same as my DAW and omg its been my headphones! These headphones!! Furthermore today was my first time in 7 years listening to a regular normal song with headphones these headphones and i notice today i am not crazy its not i can't mix its the headphones!!! Ahhhh!!! Thank you for this video sir u saved my musical life and made me notice im not crazy!!!!

    James Niagu July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply
  • 7506 are fantastic for booming with a mic, and for film production sound. You hear every low rumble and all the extreme high frequency stuff, so you can fix it before you record it. But yes, no use at all for mixing. Thanks for all you do!

    Chris Roberts July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply
  • The secret to a good mix is knowing your monitoring devices, not loving them.

    Raging Chimera July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply
  • All you need is to compare on many output before final production. As www web programmer. Some works in one browser, some on other. Need to compare…

    martinezq1 July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply
  • Theses are made for sound and music production and not for normal consumer usage (thus you can still use them as normal headphones) . They are made to sound as neutral, flat and balanced so you actually hear what has been recorded so you can adjust your RAW sound as you want it to sound. Consumers headphones enhance the sound with frequency modification with extra bass, dynamic compression and etc. You don't want to use headphones that cheats what you are actually hearing for your records since your sound adjustment will be based on your type of headphones. EX: if you use a pair of sony extra bass headphones for your mix, you won't really adjust the bass since it will sounds good as it is, but with the MDR 7506, you will hear that you should actually put a bit more bass and lower some treble. Since the MDR 7506 have clear mids and highs, spotting any imperfections in your recordings like too much gains and distortion will be much noticable so you can adjust your recording accordingly. These are made for adjusting your sounds and that is why they are widely used in sound studios. You don't really need those for voice over, singing, drumming while you are actually recording tracks, but when comes the time to mix all your tracks and do sound work, thats where they shine and are actually are made for.

    RedBahamut July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply
  • I'm listening to this on my Sony MDR-7506s

    Respected Slayer July 14, 2020 11:33 am Reply

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