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Sony MDR7509HD Professional Headphone

by Sony

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  • Driver unit - Dome type, 50mm diameter
  • Frequency response - 5-80kHz
  • Driver size - 50mm
  • Neodymium Magnet
  • Maximum input - 3000mW (IEC)
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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000HHYZV6
  • Item model number: MDR7509HD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,684 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

The MDR-7509HD is a high-quality stereo headphone for critical and demanding professional applications, including studio and broadcast monitoring. 360kJ/m3 high power neodymium magnets. 80kHz reproduction using 50mm HD driver units. # 360kJ/m3 high power neodymium magnets. 80kHz reproduction using 50mm HD driver units High power handling capacity- 300mW. Headphone features gold connectors, an oxygen--free cord. Supplied soft pouch.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I do and will continue to highly recommend these headphones.
EG
They are bigger and bulkier than the 7506s, but that helps isolation when trying to record live sound.
John Jeppesen
Compared with these headphones, the 7509 offers a larger ear-piece and an altogether different sound.
Mike P.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By David A. Edwards on May 23, 2007
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Used these to do a remix on a master recording..after wearing these all day & into the night, I was never so impressed by a pair of headphones. I belive I could do a complete finial edit & mix with these as the only source and be happy with the outcome. I never, NEVER thought I'd ever be able to say that about a pair of cans/head-phones, & I've been in audio for nearly 20 years.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By D. Johnson on March 20, 2010
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I bought the MDR-7509HD as an upgrade to my Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone 'phones which I have absolutely loved. After spending nearly 24 hours listening to (and breaking in) the 7509HDs, I think I actually might prefer the 7506 a little more.

I was expecting from amazing reviews on the Internet that the 7509HD would blow me away compared to my existing 'phones. They didn't. They are certainly excellent headphones, but compared to the 7506s, the sound is a little hollow and distant, especially in the midrange. It's hard to describe, but when I'm listening to the 7506 all frequencies of the audio spectrum appear to be coming from the same source. On the 7509HDs, however, the mid-to-upper midrange appears to be coming from a little farther away than the highs and lows, giving a little bit of an empty sound.

It's fairly clear that the 7509HDs have a flatter frequency response than the 7506 (which tend to exaggerate the upper mids and bass a hair), but I find that overall my 7506 have a more pleasing sound, at least to my ears.

As of right now the sound of my 7509HDs is a hair brighter than my 7506s as well, but I'm going to assume that is because the 7509HDs are still brand-new, whereas my pair of 7506s are well past the break-in period. And even though they are brighter, the sound isn't harsh.

I also prefer the 7506s in terms of comfort. In addition to the 7506 earcups fitting around my ears more snugly than the 7509HDs, the 7509HDs are a little loose on my head (even though it's admittedly a little large) where the 7506 are not. And the 7509HDs weigh more, so they are more likely to move around.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By John Jeppesen on July 2, 2007
Have been using Sony's 7506 for live church sound. Got these for monitoring during recording. Low end is incredible. I had to buy a second pair for our drummer once he heard them. Upper midrange is also a little smoother than the 7506s. They are bigger and bulkier than the 7506s, but that helps isolation when trying to record live sound.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Edmonson on November 12, 2007
These are the best headphones I've ever heard for professional music recording and editing. We like them so much we have three pairs. While the 7506s are really good, when I put these on I gasped at the difference--they're that much clearer. These might be too costly for lower-end use, but for classical music recording, with its wide dynamic range and huge frequency range, these cans offer superb performance.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Z. Rodrigues on June 24, 2008
Ok so when I saw the Mdr 7509 had been redesigned I got all antsy about what I was missing. So when recently buying more cans for studio and CHiPOD use I looked into a few pairs of MDR-7505 phones. The salesman also had some very well priced new MDR-7509HD sets which I picked up on a pure whim.

So I get home and break out the 7505 sets to compare and start with the let down...No such let down came. The 7505 sets although smaller perform extremely well when compared to the old 7509 series.

Then came head to head tests between HD and Previous series 7509's. I must say the low end on the HD set is compromised to clarify their "better Midrange response". I found them more annoying for long sessions of monitoring...I prefer less high end in my sound and a more subdued midrange. Thats just my own preference.The old 7509 series is bassier if that's what tickles your fancy. It certainly does it for me. So I personally prefer the old series and the 7505 set to the HD series. Sorry to disappoint.

This now bring the question...Which of the 7509's are more colored and which are flat? So much for industry standards.

If you are getting them because of the 80 KHz response you won't hear it unless you're a dog eared human being.Typical hearing in a Human is commonly between 15Hz and 20 KHz.

This being said they are great phones but if you get a chance compare both sets before buying and see which you like best. For me they are no loss as I can use them for monitoring and recording with other musicians in studio.Happy shopping and always trust your own ears not someone's reviews. we all hear differently.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By L. Topper on January 2, 2008
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I have only had a limited amount of time with these headphones. They are closed phones with a synthetic earpiece cover which is pretty much the rule for headphones under $500.00.

They are heavier than some, but on the head, the weight is not a problem. They are really quite comfortable--more so than the Sennheiser 600 or 650. The construction appears to be pretty reasonable. It is too early to say that they will definitely be durable. They come nicely packaged with a mini (1/8") jack with an attachable 1/4" jack. After a relatively short time, they can get a little warm on the ear. The earphones are medium large. They cover my ears, but they do not totally envelop them like some of the Audio Technica earphones. While they are comfortable, they do not "float" on my head like the Audio-Technica.

The sound is full and rich, but they have the characteristic sound of an enclosed headphone. Often times, I prefer the sound and feel of an open-ended headphone.

The earphones definitely separate sound. As you would expect, they perform richly in the mid-range. The bass is certainly there, but it is not over the top. It is fuller and more resonant than some of the Audio-Technicas that I have heard at this price range. The Audio-Technica sound seems clearer, "flatter" and probably more accurate, but a little light on bass. I am not a bass freak. In listening to accoustic music, I like the tight, clear bass sound.

As these headphones break in, I will have to add to the review. These are very nice headphones, and I like them. I cannot say that I would chose them over a Grado. I do think that these headphones might be a little bit colored in sound, but I do not think that is a bad thing.
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