Sony MDR-7506 Studio Monitoring Headphones Review

The Sony MDR-7506 is one of the most popular studio monitoring headphones in the world and a favorite of many recording engineers and other sound professionals. First introduced in 1991, it is the successor to Sony’s initial entry in their monitoring headphones, the Sony MDR-V6, which has been on the market since 1985. The MDR-7506 is ideal for professional recording applications, amateur recording applications, and the home studio. It’s great for monitoring professional field recordings, especially DSLR video. People who use this model include professionals from the recording, music, film and live fields.

A Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation, Sony manufactures a wide variety of products in the electronics field, including audio, computing, video, and photography and videography products. The MDR-V6 greatly popularized Sony in the monitoring field.

Features of the Sony MDR-7506 studio monitoring headphones

The MDR-7506 are large diaphragm headphone monitors with a simple design. Their wide headband and decently padded ear cups are designed to be comfortable to wear even for extended periods of time. Thanks to their foldable design which tucks the ear cups tightly within the frame, they can easily be stored or transported. The 10 ft long cable allows them to stretch and spring back into place as needed. Unfortunately, due to the length of the cable and some durability issues, it’s not as portable as other studio monitoring headphones. The cable doesn’t have a mic or remote either, so these headphones may not be ideal for use with portable music players or phones.


A closed-back model, the MDR-7506 headphones are designed to block a large amount of external noise. The premium 40mm drivers are also designed to reproduce all musical nuances. Their flat frequency response of 10Hz to 20kHz should let users hear exactly what’s going on in their recordings and mixes.

Long-term users of the MDR-7506’s have commented on the durability of the ear pads. Some have claimed that the ear pads disintegrate in a couple of years. This concern isn’t unique to this model, however. The ear pads of most headphones in this price range won’t be around for a long time. Fortunately, the MDR-7506’s pads are user-replaceable and only cost less than $10 a pair.

Performance

The MDR-7506 studio monitoring headphones have a very well-balanced sound and a flat response. The audio production is great for its price tag, and users have said they sound great for literally everything. Clarity is excellent and soundstage is surprisingly good for a closed headphone. They rarely have any distortion even at higher volumes. It has enough bass to sound punchy and the midrange is also excellent and well-balanced. The high end is good as well.

Thanks to its closed-ear design, as well as its low impedance, the MDR-7506 is able to cut down a lot of background noise while providing plenty of volume in both the studio and the field. The design also prevents sound from leaking, so users don’t have to worry about their mix bleeding into the microphone, making them well suited to recording duties. Users have commented that the MDR-7506 are comfortable and lightweight on the head, and remain comfortable on the ears for extended periods of time.

When it comes to mixing and mastering, the MDR-7506 are solid performers that provide consistent results.

Other Feedback

]Listen to the MDR-7506 and you’ll know why it’s remained in the Sony lineup for 22 years. Nothing about the sound is out-of-place: the bass-midrange-treble balance is accurate, and every music genre sounds great. It’s no wonder so many professionals have relied on the MDR-7506 to record and mix music, radio, movies, and TV shows. Audiophiles on a tight budget will find a lot to love about this headphone… Steve Guttenberg, CNET

The MDR-7506 are superb compared to any headphones at any price for letting us hear any noise, clicks, pops, inappropriate under-the-breath language or distortion while we’re still on the set… Kenrockwell.com

Technical Specs

Open/Closed: Closed
Frequency Response: 0-20kHz
Impedance: 63 Ohms
Cable length: 9.8 ft
Weight: 8.1 oz

For more information, go to Sony’s website

Conclusion

The Sony MDR-7506 make really great monitoring headphones due to their flat response and ability to isolate noise. Many sound producers and engineers recommend them, saying that they perform exceptionally well when it comes to critical listening, recording or mixing. While they’re not exactly the most versatile headphones, they still provide excellent sound and can be used as everyday headphones. For their low price of below $100, they’re pretty impressive and have satisfied a huge number of users. So if you’re looking for budget studio monitoring headphones, we really recommend that you give the Sony MDR-7506 a try.

Do you already have these monitoring headphones? Feel free to tell us about it in the comments section below!

8 Total Score
A studio classic

The Sony MDR-7506 is a versatile and high quality studio monitoring headphone suitable for recording and mixing, at a great price.

PROS
  • Comfortable
  • Minimal distortion
  • Well-balanced sound
  • Excellent value for money
CONS
  • Long cable can make portability an issue
  • Ear pad durability
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