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Riley Casey

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Replacing my Sony 7506 headphones ?
« 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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Re: Replacing my Sony 7506 headphones ?
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2024, 08:47:31 PM »

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.

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Re: Replacing my Sony 7506 headphones ?
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2024, 10:24:33 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

Love the Beyer DT770. Not overly expensive but pretty accurate for their price range. Ive had my pair probably 10 years now
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Re: Replacing my Sony 7506 headphones ?
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2024, 01:25:19 AM »

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.
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Re: Replacing my Sony 7506 headphones ?
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2024, 01:31:07 AM »

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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Re: Replacing my Sony 7506 headphones ?
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2024, 06:23:42 AM »

Dito, i have a pair of SRH840's i do really like the sound of them.
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Re: Replacing my Sony 7506 headphones ?
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2024, 09:05:06 AM »

I went down the new headphones rabbit hole last year.  I spent a fair amount of time stuck in analysis paralysis before finally deciding on the Sennheiser HD600.  They are an open-backed, over the ear design with a pretty flat response.  I paid $300 for mine off of eBay.  My use case is for listening to live tracks at home like a virtual sound check.  I like them, but I wouldn't say that I'm in love.  The ear pads are a soft felt and the headphones are pretty light, so they are very comfortable to wear.  FWIW, the cans in my gig back are still a pair of Sony MDR v6s.

The two resources I used the most while shopping for my new headphones were the Audio Science Review's headphones reviews and forum, and Dave Rat's series of YouTube videos where he tested various headphones for live sound.  Dave's headphone tests are old so the model he chose, which was a Denon whose model number escapes me now, is out of production.  Note that Dave has a newer set of videos where he tests IEMs.

https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?pages/Reviews/
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Re: Replacing my Sony 7506 headphones ?
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2024, 09:47:37 AM »

The Shure version is the 440, same price, roughly the same sound, slightly better isolation. Not my ultimate favorite headphones, but a solid pair for the show bag.
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Re: Replacing my Sony 7506 headphones ?
« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2024, 03:33:59 PM »

I would put another vote for thev Audio Technica M50X's.

I preferred them more than the Shure, Sony, Beyer, Sennheiser offerings I have tried... heh I even prefer them to the M70X's.

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They are not the best set of cans in existence, but they have a low-end boost similar to how most PA's are, they sound pretty decent, and they are superbly durable. I usually keep them in a semi-hard clamshell.
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Re: Replacing my Sony 7506 headphones ?
« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2024, 08:18:45 PM »

Another vote for the ATH-50x -  I've been using them for a while, try new things and come back to them.  The fit my head well is the big thing.  I also put a pair of Garfield headphone covers on them for comfort, it tames the high end a bit too.  Dekoni Audio also makes some nice replacement pads, that are super comfortable if you're in your cans for a long day.
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