Rated 5 out of 5 by JCSreviews A league of their own!
Normally, I would write a review and list 5 things I liked, and 5 I didnt. Ending with an overall conclusion - however, for these headphones that would not be proper. Because that would exclude the main appeal of this product - the emotion it brings to your listening experience.
There are a few reasons why people buy headphones.
Some buy bright colorful plastic headphones with a certain letter displayed on each side - in an attempt to tell people they are hip/cool/ and probably a bit wealthy. But for people in the know, it also tells us that those people know NOTHING about sound quality.
Other people, care less about designer good looks for headphones, and more about the sound quality.
If you're person #1 - don't buy these. They aren't instant "street cred", nor will they make you feel like some famous football or soccer player when you're gasping for air on the treadmill at the gym.
Person #2 - definitely SHOULD buy these.
Here is why:
First off, these headphones aren't ugly. They look professional, as in something you might find in a recording studio. They are also build quite nicely, and do not feel flimsy or cheap at all.
You wouldn't know it, but Sony has been making these headphones for nearly 30 years - they originally came out in the 90's. Being studio monitors, they represent a clear and pure audio experience. This means that music will play as the artist intended it, without engineered meddling like pumping up the bass.
There is a big "professional" label on each side of the headphone, and its there for a reason. Record labels around the world use these headphones in their work. These! Not Beats, Not Sol Republic, Not your Apple ear pods (thank god), these.
Sound quality with these headphones is not only pure, but is above excellent.
Try listening to some diverse music, something that has multiple instruments or styles within a single song - I personally like One Republic for this test. Using these headphones, you start to hear instruments you didn't before, such as a soft snare, a hum in the background, or a very quiet trumpet. Cheap headphones just can't pull that sound out, and it becomes lost to your ears. You only hear a bit of what the artist originally recorded, and that loss means everything.
The best way to describe it, is that everything sounds separated yet connected at the same time - like a live concert, minus the screamers and drunks. This is not a mushed together sound, this is the thing audiophiles lust after!
Yes, better headphones exist. But these are already excellent, and unless your ears are incredibly well trained - its doubtful you will notice such a significant difference that would justify the price gap - because those better headphones, will cost at least twice as much.
My only complaint would the cord on these headphones is clearly meant to be plugged into recording equipment - its long and looped, and feels a bit awkward when plugged into your phone or tablet. These aren't headphones you want to walk the streets with, they are more for sitting on the couch or bed and closing your eyes and just relaxing. Or plugging them into your entertainment system for great sound for a movie without disturbing sleeping family members
Note: YOU DO NOT NEED AN AMP FOR THESE. Other brands might recommend you get an amp, which makes mobile listening tedious and slightly dangerous (many people get burnt or shocked when they put their phone + amp in the pocket and the thing starts to heat up without air flow).
Another thing to note, is that if you listen to low quality music - like the free streams on Rdio or Spotify, or low quality Pandora Bit rates - while it may sound fine on computer speaker, these headphones will sound terrible. Make sure you're using high bit rate (check the high quality audio box in settings for whatever music streaming service you use) to have a good experience. Locally stored, high quality , music on an ipod/tablet/pc/laptop will always sound best though.
All in all - if you are looking for great sound, and a strong yet inexpensive step into being an audiophile - these are the headphones to get. Nothing else in the price range compares, and better headphones will cost AT LEAST double.
Safe to say, that I personally, will always have a pair of these in my home!
July 19, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Tall Great sound, quality not there anymore
They died after the warranty expired. The previous 7506's I owned lasted over 12 years. It's shame because these were my gold standard as far as headphones. They weren't fakes because I bought them from a retail store and I did all the research to know how to spot fakes. I had to switch to another brand because I can't trust Sony anymore
May 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Smytherrrs Comfortable, Portable, and quiet
These headphones produce an amazing sound. it is quite different from your run-of-the-mill over-ear headphones and certainly different from any ear buds you've ever used. The sort of surround-sound effect that a lot of artists record with these days is amplified by the quality of these headphones. They are also very comfortable. the one thing I was most worried about in purchasing some new over-ear headphones was my ears getting too warm and uncomfortable, but I have yet to have that experience with these headphones. They do have quite a bit of plastic at a few of the joints, but they are very solidly built and most areas appear to be reinforced with some sort of metal. The cord is a bit heavy and does not detach, but is certainly long enough to move around any sort of studio without any trouble. I use them at my local college radio station and they are excellent! For the price, I don't think they can be beat.
January 3, 2014