21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2011
You can see my unboxing video here:
The headphones are very well made with an all metal housing. The sound quality is detailed and smooth. Not a hint of upper mid-range spike like the older version. The fit and comfort is first class. I pre-ordered the MDR-Z1000 and I plan on doing a comparison. Stay tuned.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2012
The Sony MDR-7520 Headphones do what they are advertised to do. The sound is clear, crisp and seemingly without any obvious colouration. That's what I want in a headphone. For those who do music production, it's a very good mirror for both tracking and mixing, even though it's a closed, over-the-ear type. Also, their impedance is low enough that you don't need a separate amp to use them. What you record is what you hear. If you don't like what you hear, don't blame the headphones, darlings; make better music.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2014
I'm not an audiophile and not a music producer or sound engineer, but I must say, the Sony MDR-7520 headphones is one of the better headphones I've listened with in a long time. What are my benchmarks or qualifications? To be honest, although I owned a lot of headphones through the years, I've yet to try headphones from beyerdynamic and I have some experience with Bowers & Wilkins, Sennheisers, Beats Pro (quick note: super bass heavy and very muddy!) and any other headphones within the 7520's price range. That being said, I own headphones from Audio Technica, Grado, AKG and a bunch of Sony headphones that eventually turned me off from the brand in the past decade (explanation later).
Prior to these headphones, I love my Grado SR-225 for its analytical and sound precision but alas I can't wear them outside since they're an open-air type headphones. I liked my Audio Technica ATH-M50, and even though they're very pleasing and not harsh, the sound it emits doesn't excite me; it was a bit too vanilla, very middle of the road. So, I took a leap on these headphones based on a scant few recommendations from Head-Fi and Amazon, and I'm very glad that I did. Pardon the cliche, but the 7520 blew me away.
I've been listening with these cans for about a week now and I'm still surprised at how clear and detailed the sound that these headphones emit. I've thrown every song from every genre that I own and the 7520 handles them all with ease and it's never fatiguing to listen with despite producing clarity in the high treble sections and bass that is tight and just warm enough but doesn't make your head cave in. My other headphones couldn't match what the 7520 can do. My Grado SR-225 can get a bit strident/harsh and it lacks warmth or bass certain genres like jazz or hip-hop demands, while the Audio Technica ATH-M50 seems muddy and subdued in comparison to the 7520. People who owned or tried the 7520 say that it can be a bit analytic and too detailed for better or worse (e.g. you can hear breathing in jazz or rustling of paper in an orchestra). Personally I think it's awesome how I can pick apart the sound of music and the 7520 handles it with confidence and it's never harsh on my ears.
Speaking of strident and harshness, this is what weaned off from Sony headphones for a long time. Every Sony pair I owned in the 90s became fatiguing to my ears after just an hour or two of listening. Like Beats owners today, I was a young buck who didn't know any better and was a Sony fanatic without realizing it. I thought the MDR-V700DJ were the best headphones until I tried a pair of Grado SR-80 and haven't bought a pair of Sony cans until now. But I digress.
Although I highly recommend these headphones, the $400-$500 price tag is difficult to justify, especially if you don't think sound is all that important (or if you think brands like Sennheiser or beyerdynamic sounds better). But listening IS believing. And I believe that the Sony MDR-7520 belongs with the best headphones in the market today.
[Audio equipment specs: Denon AVR-1612 receiver (output from desktop PC; alac, flac), Audioquest Dragonfly (output from laptop PC; alac, flac), iPod 5G (alac files transcoded to 192kbps aac)]
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2014
If you listen to heavy rock, especially heavy metal like I do, then these are the headphones to have. They have excellent clarity and impact at all frequencies. They sound incredible with a headphone amp which I use with these headphones. Build quality is very solid and should last for a very long time. Highly recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2013
The bass on these things is clean and precise. The sound stage is wonderful. I literally use them to reference mixes both live and studio. Not many headphones at this price point can accurately replicate music. It's nice to hear what the engineer intended when listen to a piece of music. I call them truth for my ears :)
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2014
These are definitely built for its target audience; audio professionals. I am not an audio professional, but my number one priority from headphones is sound quality, and these deliver spectacularly in that regard. While the soundstage is not quite large (as is with most closed-back headphones), all other aspects of this headphones are spectacular; good frequency response, dynamics, detail, and transparency. They are comfortable and built to last with a standard detatchable cable; I replaced the wieldy coiled cable with a mic cable from V-Moda. In addition, I bought a proprietary case from B&H because I take my headphones everywhere, and I would like to protect my investment. I bought this model refurbished (B-stock) from Audiotopia, and am completely happy with the bargain I got: $250, versus around $400 street price. While they are not consumer headphones-- they are not the most attractive-- the sound quality that they deliver makes me very happy. If you are looking for a quality closed-back headphone at this price range, look no further.
FOR THOSE WITH BIG HEADS: I have a big head. There are few headphones that fit me, never mind comfortable. These headphones are comfortable. If you have a big head, this headphone is for you.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2013
I thought my MDR-V6 were good until I heard these. At first I did not hear a big difference but then burned them in for over 100 hours a moderate volume and then they really improved on sound-stage and high frequency response. Like most Sony phones, Bass response is great and these are no disappointment being much more tight or precise than the V6. Where they really shine is upper frequency response and instrument separation which is nothing short of phenomenal. I have only heard better from my JH16-Pro IEM but only when they are on the JH-3A amp which is not really a fair comparison.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2014
I like to stay away from "big name" brands when I buy headphones. In other words, I stay away from Bose, Beats by Dre, and of course Sony, because you end up paying a lot for their advertising and just the brand itself. However, every now and then, popular brands like these can hit the nail on the head, and that's just what sony has done with the MDR-7520. I picked these up used for about $320, and they are worth every penny. They are super comfortable for extended listening periods, and have very good isolation. The level of detail is just amazing, as you will be able to notice parts of a song or other instruments/sounds that you have never heard before, and it does this without taking away from the listening experience. It's strength is definitely in its ability to put out powerful, clear, punchy, and detailed bass. I listen to all types of music, and I'm really listening to more hip-hop with these headphones because I am loving the way bass is presented here. With my other headphones I feel like the bass is not as powerful as it should be where the artist wants you to hear it. I did try my friend's Beats Studio phones, and they had really powerful bass, but the detail wasn't there as it sounded muddy. I have the AKG 545, Beyerdynamic T 70, Ultrasone 900, and had the Sony MDR-Z1000 which I sold. In my opinion, the 7520 outperforms these, and have become my go-to headphone. Like I said, even big companies can hit the nail on the head every now and then, and they have created a hidden gem with the MDR-7520.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2014
CORRECT bass, with CORRECT mids....i'm not an audiophile, but i do have A LOT of headphones, and i listen to, and love, a LOT of different music. But to keep it succinct, I was looking for a headphone to compliment my Grado RS2i phones....i was looking for something that had the attack and beauty of the Grados for mids and trebs, but with a SMALL amount of sub bass excitement. I have looked for this for about a year. THIS IS that headphone. I read a lot of info over at headfi, and I am superbly satisfied with these phones.
The best way I can describe it is that it has the mids and treble frequencies and pacing/attack of both my Grados and my etymotic e4's, but it ALSO ADDS correct bass to the sound...not a phony mid-bass hump like so many headphones do, but a deep rumbly controlled bass. Like many people, I have a favorite cd to use for analysis, and I use Steve Wilsons 'like grace for drowning' disc, as it has so so so many instruments and layers, it makes for a great disc for discerning the strengths and weaknesses of a set of headphones.
This is a seriously GREAT set of phones. I would only have to ding these slightly in 2 areas, the isolation is not the greatest, and the earpads are not the greatest either. There is a significant amount of modding info at headfi on alternative earpads, I suggest reading thru that thread before you purchase a $400 dollar set of phones. These are small issues that I can live with, because the sound is so spectacular. I've used them with my Fiio x3, my creative titanium sound card, my Aune T1, sansa Fuze, and windows phone. Relatively easy to drive, although, I would suggest replacing the long coiled cable if you want to use them in a more portable manner.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2014
provides great and efficient sound which is relatively flat across the spectrum. build quality is very good with my only complaint being they should have put an extra quarter inch of memory foes in the ear pads to help hold the drivers away from touching your ears. can become uncomfortable after some time.