The Sony MDR-7506 are comfortable, budget studio headphones with a good sound. They're a little cheaply built but they don't leak much, which makes them good for recording. However, they're not the most versatile headphones. They won't stay on your head if you run with them and poorly isolate you from the ambient noise of your environment.
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- Good audio reproduction.
- Lightweight and comfortable design.
- Low leakage.
- Poor noise isolation.
- Unstable fit.
- Plasticky and weak build quality.
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The Sony MDR-7506 have a simple studio design and a comfortable fit. The wide headband and large ear cups are decently padded, even if the padding material feels a little cheap. Unfortunately, the build quality is slightly weaker at the hinges and although, there's a thin metal frame to strengthen the headband, they don't feel like very durable headphones. They're also not the best for sports or physical activity. They will quickly fall if you run or jog with them.
The Sony MDR-7506 have a straightforward studio design that feels a bit bland but will work for some. The understated, all-black color scheme, is highlighted by a few branding logos. The ear cups are large and oval, and the wide headband is lightly padded and covered in a faux-leather like material. They look a bit cheap and won't stand out in a crowd, but the minimal, and simple style will please some listeners.
The Sony MDR-7506 are comfortable and lightweight headphones. The ear cups are large enough to fit well around most ears. They're not too tight, so they don't get uncomfortable during long listening sessions. However, although soft the padding fabric used, feels a little cheap and susceptible to wear and tear. It also feels a bit rougher on the skin than the padding on some of the more premium models.
Noise Canceling Control
These headphones feel very loose on the head. While the lack of tension is good for comfort it makes the fit less stable. They won't slide off your ears during casual listening sessions but they're not meant for physical activity or sports. They will easily fall off your head if used while running or jogging. Also the non-detachable audio cable is a bit bothersome and makes the headphones more likely to fall if it get hooked by something.
The MDR-7506 are decently portable headphones. They're about average sized for an over-ear model, but the foldable design, tightly tucks the ear cups within the frame to save space. They won't be the easiest headphones to carry around on your person, but they will comfortably fit into most bags. Unfortunately, they don't come with a pouch or case.
The build quality on these headphones feels mediocre-at-best. They have a thin metal frame that somewhat reinforces the build, and they're lightweight with dense enough plastic to withstand a few falls without damage. However, these headphones feel a little cheap. The rest of the design is a bit too plasticky for their price and creaks a bit when putting on the headphones. The hinges are relatively weak, and the wiring is slightly exposed which could get damaged through regular use. They're decently built just not as durable as some other headphones even within the same price range.
The Sony MDR 7506 are a good sounding pair of closed-back over-ear headphones. They have a good, extended and powerful bass, an excellent mid-range, and better-than-average treble. Their bass is a bit on the heavy side, which some may like, and their treble may sound a bit sibilant on certain tracks. Also like most other closed-back headphones, they don't have an open and spacious soundstage. If you want a more neutral bass, consider the Beyerdynamic DT 770 and for a better treble and overall sound, the ATH-M50x are a good alternative.
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Weighted THD @ 100
Like most passively isolating headphones, the MDR-7506 will prevent some high-frequency noise from seeping into your audio. Unfortunately, it's not enough for the loud, noisy environments of public transit. They won't do well as commuting headphones, but on the upside, they don't leak much, so no one will hear what you're listening to, even in quieter settings.
Poor isolation. These headphones don't have active noise cancelling and isolation is achieved using the closed-back ear cups. They provide no isolation below 400Hz, achieve only 8dB of isolation in the Mid Range and 30dB of reduction in the Treble Range.
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
Good leakage performance. The significant portion of the leakage lies between 1KHz and 10KHz, which is relatively broad. However, the overall level of the leakage is quite low.
No active features.
Line of Sight Range
Audio while charging
In the box
- Sony MDR-7506 headphones
- 1/8" to 1/4" adapter
The Sony MDR-7506 are decent everyday headphones that are best used for recording or critical listening. They have a good sound and low leakage, but they're not the most versatile headphones. They won't be ideal for sports or loud environments, but they deliver in the sound department.
Good for critical listening. They have a well-balanced sound with a punchy bass that doesn't drown the excellent mid-range. Instruments and vocals sounded good if a little lacking in detail and clarity compared to some other critical listening models like the DT 770 and the ATH-M50x. However, they have a decent soundstage, for closed-back headphones, and their sound quality is good enough to please most listeners.
Not ideal for commuting. They poorly block noise in loud environments and have no additional features, like noise canceling or inline controls, to make commuting easier.
Subpar for sports. These headphones are not stable enough to exercise or jog with.
Mediocre at best for office use. They don't leak much, so you won't disturb your colleagues. Unfortunately, they also won't block the chatter of a lively office.
Above-average for home theater use. They have a good sound that's suitable for music and movies and no latency since they're wired. However, the cable won't be long enough to comfortably watch TV from your couch, although the coiled cable does stretch farther than most.