Sony MDR-V6 and Sony MDR-7506 Headphones

The MDR-V6 headphones were roughly introduced in the early 1980s, and continue to roll off the production line today. The Sony MDR-V6 headphones were superseded in the early 1990s by the Sony MDR-7506 headphones. The MDR-7506 headphones for the most part are identical to the MDR-V6 headphones with the exception of the gold plated 3.5mm headphone connector, and the ear cups feature different colored stickers. The MDR-7506 headphones are marketed slightly different than the MDR-V6 headphones, in that the 7506 headphones are distributed through Sony’s professional division, and the V6 through their consumer division. What does this all mean? The MDR-7506 headphones carry a slightly higher price, however it is said that they carry a better warranty, which includes better support, parts, and service. The length of production of these two headphones is a testament to their popularity, which ultimately can be reduced down to the fact that they provide great quality audio at a very good price point. Blackpods

These headphones are members of Sony’s Studio Monitoring series of headphones. Both of these headphones are very popular among professional audio engineers. These headphones are a fully closed ear design, also known as circum-aural headphones. In addition to providing great audio quality at an affordable price, they are also very popular because of the following: fold up to become very compact for traveling, and are very durable.

I’m a fan of both these headphone models because they provide great sound at a reasonable price, travel very well, and are very durable. I’ve never had to send either of these headphones in for warranty, and actually prefer the MDR-V6 because of its full metal 3.5mm audio plug housing, whereas the 7506 has a plastic housing (just personal preference). The V6 is also more easily found at stores if it needs to be replaced in a pinch, and is also priced at a slightly lower price point. Perhaps if I had needed to redeem the warranty I would be telling a different story, luckily for me that has not happened yet.

I find the audio quality of these headphones to be very good. The bass is very tight, and punchy, which I appreciate listening to a lot of bass heavy music, but the bass is not overly exaggerated. However, it should be noted these headphones sound great with most types of music (R&B, rap, electronica, house music). The headphones do struggle a little with rock (especially live abums), symphony & orchestra tracks. One of the only drawbacks that comes to mind is the rather small sound-stage of these headphones, which affects these previously mentioned genres of music. The mid-range instruments can tend to sound a bit cluttered, but not unbearably so. Overall very good sound quality with a variety of music.

These headphones are great for traveling for several reasons. First they fold up to become very compact, which saves space, and they come with a traveling pouch for storage, which keeps them from getting scratched up. They are very durable, and traveling can at times be very hard on headphones. These headphones are easily driven without an amp, which means they sound great directly hooked up to your iPod, iPhone, iPad, MP3 player, or other lower powered devices (one less thing to pack). Another area where these headphones excel is in blocking out ambient noise, which is important for traveling headphones. The nearly 10 foot cord is spiraled like a telephone cord which makes it perfect for managing the cord length while on the go. Last, being a closed headphone with a good seal around your ear, these headphones leak very little noise; which means you won’t be disturbing those around you, all while you can crank the volume if you desire.


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