Sony MDR-V6 or MDR-7506 Headphone Reviews

Headphone Details
Manufacturer Sony Model MDR-V6 or MDR-7506
Headphone Type Closed Circumaural Headband Type Single
Weight (g) 230 Driver Type Dynamic
Enclosure Material Aluminium Isolation (dB) 10
Impedance (ohms) 63 Cable Length (cm) 300
Frequency Response (Hz) 10 - 20000  
Connector 3.5mm Street Price US$70
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Average reviewer scores
Bass Extension 5.6 Bass Impact 6.4
Bass Quality 5.5 Mids Quality 5.0
Highs Quality 5.2 Soundstage 5.0
Detail 6.2 Portability 5.6
Isolation 5.8 Comfort 5.8
Durability 7.5 Improvement With Amplification 3.3
Value for Money 6.1    
Overall Score 5.7 Total Reviews 11

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Review by Senior Member chunkage on 22 Nov 08  10:49
Individual review
Bass Extension5
Bass Impact6
Bass Quality5
Mids Quality6
Highs Quality5
Detail7
Comfort7
Durability7
Value5

This hugely popular phone has been around for decades, and for a reason: it offers a pleasing sound with comfort and nominal portability - and comfort. At higher volumes, there can be a certain hardness to the sound at around the 3k level. Since this is a closed phone, it probabkt shouldn't be judged by the standard of comparably-priced open designs.

- The V6 rolls up into a ball, and when it's stored in its supplied pleather bag, there's reasonable protection against moderate abuse. Various open wires argue for better care than you'd give to "knock-around" phones. In normal use, however, these just don't seem to want to die. After a few years, you will have to replace the pleather pads. They're available online.

- This is one of the most comfortable closed portables. Good padding makes for a design that never causes irritation; this can't be said for closed portables like, say, the better-sounding EC7. The pleather allows the headphones to breathe, making for less accumulated heat.

- The V6 is easily driven and boasts a pleasing though colored sound. Highs can be a bit "sharp" at times, but the mids render many female vocals attractively, though the bass isn't fully controlled (an effect of the closed headphone design). This headphone is a bit under true audiophile, but its sound signature is attractive and works especially well with pop music; the closed design makes classical less nuanced.

- The V6's full sound seals off outside noise capably, but sound leakage means that anyone sitting down next to you will hear your music, too.

Review by Senior Member rkelly on 28 Sep 08  03:40
Individual review
Bass Extension6
Bass Impact8
Bass Quality6
Mids Quality5
Highs Quality6
Detail5
Comfort6
Durability6
Value8

For the money - one cannot beat these cans. I use them at work, to block out the surrounding noise. I do find, however, that these really take off when connected to a high quality amplifier no preamp necessary, I assure you. Yet, even for connecting to a laptop computer they still do the job nicely. Isolation is great for the application I use them in listening to nature relaxation CDs such as ocean waves and stream sounds while at work. White noise usage for background noise suppression is nothing new, but I did not want to pony up the cash to buy a set of BOSE QCs, nor deal with batteries and the like. While I do not easily hear people walking up to my cubical, I can hear them when they want to get my attention.

Nothing really bad to say about these since the MDR V6s can be bought for under $100 and are very portable. The vinyl case is a great way to store or transport the headphones in. The only thing is that the bass can be over powering at times and looses detail now and then but that is about it! Again for comfort, durability, and overall sound these cannot be beat unless one gets into $200 plus headphones.

Review by Senior Member jayzala on 30 Apr 08  05:40
Individual review
Bass Extension7
Bass Impact6
Bass Quality7
Mids Quality6
Highs Quality7
Detail6
Comfort9
Durability10
Value7

These headphones are good for the price. They provide a nice balanced sound that is enjoyable. The bass is very extended and is balanced with the overall sound. The midrange is nice but is not smooth and silky; it is kind of missing the mid-low-middle end of the midrange spectrum. Highs sparkle, sometimes too much and require a bit of equalization to tune it down a bit for the ear. Great for studio monitoring but for music, they are a bit too analytical. Comfort is high and with the beyerdynamic pads, they are even better. They also last forever and are one of the few headphones that are made of aluminum. I've had my headphones for over 7 years now and they work fine. The headphone can be easily driven by a computer and sound better with a bit of amplification.

I would recommend this headphone for anyone looking for a full-size headphone under 100 dollars.

Review by Senior Member The_Punisher on 29 Dec 06  19:28
Individual review
Bass Extension5
Bass Impact7
Bass Quality6
Mids Quality4
Highs Quality6
Detail9
Comfort4
Durability8
Value7

While many people bash these cans, I have to rectify a few things. First, these cans are some of the flattest < $200 cans. People complain about the harsh mids and stuff, but when you look at the fletcher-munson curves, you get why flat cans sound a little harsh around 3kHz. There certainly is a cut in the low mids, between 200Hz and 600Hz and this is the only very really annoying point about those cans. This cut in the low mids leave the mid accuracy to be desired. In other words, for the price you pay, you get awesome bass and treble accuracy, but somewhat confused low mid precision.

These phones make every detail easily heard, this is why I currently mix on those. Beware that these make awful "fun" cans. They're meant for monitoring and mixing. Amplification improves bass tightness and adds a little presence and dimension (read: soundstage) as well.

People what complain about high-end harshness are not completely wrong, but I must point out that this harshness is LARGELY a function of the recording/source/amp combination. YES the 7506 has flat high-mids (which we perceive as too loud), but it is only unbearable on very trebly recordings or with trebly sources. However, bear in mind that I like an open, very clear and accurate sound.

Also, some people claim the response of these cans is slow. I think the bass behaves a lot like the bass you get with a 12 inch subwoofer, rather than a 6 inch one. You get a lot of "ooomph" and this leads to the impression that the bass is slow. I believe the bass has an excellent initial punch with a good decay, that is a little too exagerated to be considered 100% accurate, but these are closed cans, so there are resonances.

These cans are so durable. I sat on them 2 times (I'm no featherweight) and they've fallen on the floor a couple of times. They still work perfectly.

A tip for comfort: Remove the cheap felt rings that cover the driver. It improves comfort by a large margin, since all these rings do is compress the outer ear. Original idea for this mod was offered by Kramer5150.

Review by Senior Member 1967cutlass on 07 Mar 05  16:33
Individual review
Bass Extension6
Bass Impact5
Bass Quality5
Mids Quality7
Highs Quality2
Detail5
Comfort6
Durability8
Value3

they aren't worth the average price of 50-60$. there are a slew of better headphones in that price range. the main problem with these is that the highs are painfully bad. they are screechy and unbalanced with the rest of the sound.

Review by Senior Member rjleong on 18 Jan 05  16:20
Individual review
Bass Extension6
Bass Impact6
Bass Quality4
Mids Quality4
Highs Quality3
Detail4
Comfort6
Durability7
Value4

The Sony MDR-7506 delivers deep but somewhat sloppy bass, recessed mids and fairly harsh highs. The overall sound quality is not as good as it should be, even for a closed headphone at this price point. It is efficient enough for use with most portable players, and is generally comfortable for me to wear (except for the usual sweating around my ears due to the stock pleather pads).

With all that said, the MDR-7506 is an OK starter closed full-size headphone. There are better headphones - both open and closed - than the MDR-7506 for listening, even at half the price.

Review by Senior Member TrevorNetwork on 18 Jan 05  14:59
Individual review
Bass Extension4
Bass Impact5
Bass Quality4
Mids Quality4
Highs Quality3
Detail5
Comfort5
Durability7
Value6

The V6/7506 are quite overrated by many members. The treble is harsh, and grainy, and lacking extension. The bass is boomy, uncontrolled, and lacks any amount of articulateness. The midrange is terrible. My rating of 4/10 for the midrange of these phones is quite generous. The only thing worse is street styles. If you do not need sealed headphones do yourself a favour, and look for Koss PortaPros, or KSC55.

Review by Member jt354 on 16 Sep 10  17:41
Individual review
Bass Extension6
Bass Impact6
Bass Quality7
Mids Quality5
Highs Quality7
Detail8
Comfort7
Durability8
Value6

These are probably the best headphones I've ever owned, which isn't saying much -- so take this review with a grain of salt. All in all, I've really enjoyed the V6's. In my opinion, both the bass and highs are clear, detailed, and sound great. The mids are ok, and the soundstage is rather poor. So far, they seem very durable and are comfortable for long periods of time (unless you wear them in hot weather). Isolation is very good, and they are certainly the most portable circumaural headphones I've ever seen.

Review by Member eddyjroth on 28 Dec 07  07:04
Individual review
Bass Extension6
Bass Impact7
Bass Quality6
Mids Quality7
Highs Quality7
Detail6
Comfort7
Durability7
Value9

coming from the Bose triport headphones which was a big step up for me, i can say these cans are a HUGE improvement.

i did ALOT of research on it and realized Bose was definitely more of a name than a product which surprised me since I thought they were very good at first. my old triports wire broke after about 2 years of owning them and i decided it was time for something new. it finally came down to these or the 280 Pro's. I myself like more bass impact with the music i listen to and saw that the 280's packed less of a punch than these so i decided to stick with these.

i am still in the process of breaking these in (less than 5 hours total) and already they have blown me away compared to the time spent with the triports, and at half the price! sound is very accurate and bass is powerful but not boomy at all. appear to be very durable, especially from the reviews of people owning these for 15+ years so i think im finally set for a while.

GREAT CANS!

Review by Member donaldekelly on 15 Mar 05  18:37
Individual review
Bass Extension6
Bass Impact7
Bass Quality4
Mids Quality3
Highs Quality7
Detail7
Comfort5
Durability8
Value5

Sometimes they are thrilling in their detail and high frequencies. Sometimes they are annoying in their lack of mids (to my ear). I hope to do better and you can, too.

Review by Member kramer5150 on 29 Dec 04  20:31
Individual review
Bass Extension5
Bass Impact7
Bass Quality6
Mids Quality4
Highs Quality4
Detail6
Comfort2
Durability7
Value7

Great bass output unamped. IMHO the bass output is this can's sweetspot. The sub-bass tends to roll off below ~35Hz, but the sheer impact from 35-100Hz makes up for it a lot. Midbass clarity is also very good in the 100-500Hz range. Bass guitar has good resolution over kick drum tripplets.

Midrange frequencies can be overbearing. It has some nasty resonances from 3000-7000Hz. Unfortunately thats right at eardrum resonance. A good EQ helps tame those peaks and resonances, and makes for a very fun headphone. I usually cut the midrange at 3200Hz by about 4-5db. Without EQ its like placing your head inside Angus Young's 412 cabinet, or having 2 Sammy Hagars screaming in both ears. IMHO solo violin is piercing.

I dont listen to my V6 too much any more for music. I still use them to monitor my guitar recordings. If I miss-fret a chord or slide on the strings in error the V6 will expose it and place it front-center stage.

They can be found new on ebay for ~$65, at that price they are a good bargain IMHO. Amped the midbass cleans up even further and the bass impact/dynamics increase.

Demo before buying is a MUST on these.

headphones.