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Sony MDR7506 Headphone Review: A Comfortable Headphone for Electronic Drums

These over-ear headphones were advertised as being one of the best models for the price. They are padded so they are comfortable and have great isolation, while also being rather light-weighted for headphones of this size. The sound quality is made to be suitable for electronic drums, and the design is classic while also being modern. They are said to be an excellent choice for traveling, which will be good for many who are working in the music industry, which oftentimes demands changing location. We will test all these claims and let you know if they are really above average.

Driver / Diaphragm Size

The Sony MDR7506 headphone model has neodymium magnets, which are the strongest kind of permanent market currently available on the market. The same kind of magnet is used in hospital MRI machines, but also big speaker systems. This means that the unit has great sound potential and can help you hear even the faint sound, which is a must for headphones that are intended for electronic drums. A diaphragm made of PET has a 40-millimeter diameter, which will ensure a powerful and clear sound. The drivers’ impedance is 63ohm.

The sound they provide is not too harsh while also being not too bassy, which makes for a great mid. The SPL (sound pressure level) is quite high thanks to the magnetic flux the drivers make. This means that you will be able to hear even the slightest of tones in high quality.

The model has a sensitivity of 106 dB/W/m, which is pretty nice for this kind of unit and you probably won’t need more, while the frequency response goes from 10 hertz to 20 kilohertz.

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Isolation

The unit has a closed-ear design, which provides an astonishing reduction of external noises. When you put them on, you will forget that the outside world exists, but they won’t create pressure on your ears as some models tend to do. If you play electronic drums, this model provides you the possibility to focus on your music and to ignore ambient noises. At the same time, people around you won’t have any kind of clue what you are listening to.

Keep in mind, though, that these headphones don’t use noise-canceling techniques that will electronically block out noise. They simply use the cushions and the design to isolate you from the racket. This is more than enough for any kind of music, even the more professional one, however, if you want to completely block the outside sound, you should check some other models that use a different kind of technology.

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Comfort

The close ear design provides not only good sound isolation but also serves for a high level of comfort. They will sit perfectly on your ears, without falling off or creating inconvenience. The padding is large and generous and sits nicely on your head. You almost won’t feel them while you wear them. However, due to their size, they are not made for doing exercises such as running or other cardio training. You also shouldn’t be lying down and sleeping with them, as they are made of harsh material that could pinch you, or it might break – though they are hard enough to sustain even falling from a nice height.

And even if you still feel like these paddings aren’t comfortable enough for you, you shouldn’t worry, as there are plenty of replaceable ear pads on Amazon which are a lot thicker than the original ones.

Durability

These headphones are one of the more durable ones on the market. They can last for a long while, and they are made of plastic that is hard enough to sustain even falls from a big height. Despite being made of plastic, if you take good care of them, a pair might last several years. It is not recommended that you throw them around or keep them lying on the floor, as any plastic can break, but the good news is that this model at least won’t cost you an arm and a leg to replace it if they do break.

The leather can tear after a long time use as you can see below:
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In the end, Sony is known for making good quality, durable items, and they haven’t made a mistake with this model, especially when we count in the price.

Portability

Next to good sound quality, this may be one of the best features of this model. The headphones can fold down into a compact footprint that is great to use with the soft, carrying case that you will get with them. Even if you don’t want to use the packaging that comes with the headphones when you fold them you will be able to pack them into almost any bag. This will also additionally protect them from any kind of damage they might endure while being packed.

At the same time, they have a 9.8-foot coiled cord, which means that you can easily walk around the studio or your room while wearing them, without worrying that the cord will uncouple.

The only downside to all this is that they don’t have a Bluetooth option, which means that if you don’t want any kind of cords, this isn’t the model for you.

How Does It Stand Out?

Carrying bag

This model comes with a light and thin carrying bag. It won’t completely protect your headphones from damage but is a nice touch.

Unimatch Plug

You don’t have to worry about whether or not these headphones will fit your device, as they come with a removable Unimatch Plug that has both 1/4 and 1/8 ins application.

Folding Construction

This device can fold into a more compact footprint, which will make it easier to carry around.

Lightweight

The Sony MDR7506 headphone model is made almost entirely out of plastic, which means that it is extremely lightweight. Its weight is only 8.1 oz, which is amazingly low for headphones of this size.

Connection

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This model has a Unimatch plug that is delivered together with the headphones. This means that you don’t have to worry about whether or not it will fit into your professional device, as it is made to fit every kind of port. With the plug, it has both 1/4 and 1/8 application, and that makes it almost entirely universal. Also, with the long cord it has, you can stand far away from the sound device and still stay connected without any problems.

F.A.Q.

Are these a good choice for listening to music at home?

No, they are not, as their drivers require a lot of amplification which is only possible for professional music devices, such as ones that are used in a studio. Your iPhone most likely won’t be able to push this model.

How big is the noise leakage?

The noise leakage is almost non-existent, even when you play music on loud volumes.

How comfortable are they?

They are really comfortable, even for long use – unless you are wearing glasses, which don’t go well with any kind of big headphones. However, they tend to overheat really quickly, which can have a negative influence on your comfort level.

Are they good for rock and metal music lovers?

The bass and treble are a bit flat, as they are made to be EQ neutral. However, this is the same with most high-end models. If you want to fully enjoy the treble and bass sounds, you should use an equalizer. Other than that, the sound is rather clear and enjoyable.

Are they portable?

Yes, they are very portable, as they can fold up into themselves. When folded, they only take around 6 inches of space, which is quite easy to pack and to carry around. Also, they are rather lightweight.

Do they expand?

Yes, this headphone model can expand so they can fit even the bigger headed people. However, the earcups are somewhat small so they may be a bit uncomfortable for people with big ears.

Conclusion


If you play electronic drums, these may be the perfect headphones for you. They are rather comfortable, with a long cord which means you don’t have to worry about being too close to the device itself. They won’t completely block out the sound around you, but they will neutralize it, and the sound leakage is minimal to non-existent, so you don’t have to worry about people around you listening to what you are playing. They can be used with a laptop, but they are not recommended to be used with an iPhone or other kinds of smartphones. And they can fold, which makes them extremely easy to carry, so you don’t have to worry when you plan on carrying them around.

This is probably one of the models with the best quality for the given price of $79 on average.

If these headphones are not what you were looking for, check out our Best Headphones for Electronic Drums Post.

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