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Replacing my Sony 7506 headphones ?

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Riley Casey:
My venerable Sony MDR-7506 headphones have a bad driver. Trew Audio doesn't have drivers and most to the ones coming up on Google are on Ebay and of unknown provenance. The one Sony part showing up doesn't actually say its for the 7506 and it's half the price of a new pair of headphones. The salient feature of these headphones of course was that they folded up easily into a show bag sized object and of course that their pronounced upper mid & highs cut thru the show sound for cueing channels on a console. At this point I'd like to look at perhaps replacing them with headphones that actually sound good for a change. Not really looking for pricey audiophiliac headphones but something not enormously more than the Sonys that I could actually listen to music on would be a pleasant change.

Thanks for any any suggestions

Geoff Doane:
I was mixing a 3-hour live radio show last Friday for the Junos (Canadian Grammies, as Ike Zimbel put it), and since we were doing the show in a hotel lobby, it was a headphone gig.  I had my 7506s out on the console, and while I was at lunch, the Canadian Audio-Technica rep dropped by and left a pair of ATH-M50x 'phones.  They are the same folding style as the Sonys and come in a little drawstring bag too.  I used my Sonys for the first hour of the show, but switched to the A-Ts for the middle hour, before going back to the Sonys to finish.

I thought they worked well, and sounded very similar (maybe that's not a good thing for Riley  ;) ).  Sensitivity was close enough between the two models that I didn't have to touch the volume pot on the console either.  It appears that they are close in price to the MDR-7506.  They come with two different detachable cables, one 1/4" and the other 1/8", so cable replacement when that is needed should be easy.

At the end of the show the rep appeared and reclaimed them, but if the Sonys ever gave up the ghost or otherwise disappeared, I would consider these a worthy replacement.

GTD

Kemper Watson:

--- Quote from: Riley Casey on March 29, 2024, 07:57:37 PM ---My venerable Sony MDR-7506 headphones have a bad driver. Trew Audio doesn't have drivers and most to the ones coming up on Google are on Ebay and of unknown provenance. The one Sony part showing up doesn't actually say its for the 7506 and it's half the price of a new pair of headphones. The salient feature of these headphones of course was that they folded up easily into a show bag sized object and of course that their pronounced upper mid & highs cut thru the show sound for cueing channels on a console. At this point I'd like to look at perhaps replacing them with headphones that actually sound good for a change. Not really looking for pricey audiophiliac headphones but something not enormously more than the Sonys that I could actually listen to music on would be a pleasant change.

Thanks for any any suggestions

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Love the Beyer DT770. Not overly expensive but pretty accurate for their price range. Ive had my pair probably 10 years now

Justice C. Bigler:
I swear by my AT M50xs. I think they sound so much better than the Sonys. I use them to monitor my recordings, cue for live sound, and even to mix my recordings on when necessary. I donít think they are a bad choice. And they donít sound as harsh as the Sonys do.

Tim Weaver:
They aren't that small and midrangey but I do like my Shure 840's.... Replacement parts readily available, but I haven't needed any yet.....

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