It’s amusing to me how closely these are modeled after the 7506. I mean who the heck has ever heard of “Senal?” Color me surprised when I actually found out that these might be a better option than my old favorite: The MDR 7506.
What makes these stand out from the Sony’s is a detachable cable, and the headphones come bundled with 2 cables: a 3′ and a 10′. The bass also seems to be more well defined, and the cans themselves are a pretty big improvement as far as comfort is concerned. More on that in a bit!
Very clean response. Detailed, accurate, and articulate. Non fatiguing.
Lightweight with a good build.
Very Comfortable over long listening sessions.
Good noise isolation.
Shipped with defective cables, or chord connection loose/interference after 2 months.
The ear-pads can be replaced with the Senal Velour pads, or the Senal Genuine Sheepskin leather ear-pads. The originals that come with the headphones may hurt your ears after awhile.
To attach the cable, plug into the left side and twist. May sound rudimentary, but it’s important because when I got my M40x’s I didn’t plug and twist correctly and thought they were defective for a minute. Lol.
One of the cables terminates in a 2.5mm jack, which is a bit inconvenient since the standard is 3.5mm.
I would say these are bass lean – you’re definitely not going to be pumping out big beats with them on. However, you will be able to hear the bass notes with better clarity and definition.
Goes well with the Case Star ® Black Color Lightweight Heart-shaped Protective Carrying EVA Hard Headphone Case Storage Bag for Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone with Case Star Black Color Drawstring Carrying Pouch. Haha. That was quite a mouthful! 😛
A couple of people said the headphones were a bit loose (or tight) for their heads. There also might be some pressure on your head depending on it’s size.
A phenomenal set of balanced headphones with a bit of bass emphasis and some significant upgrades over the venerable Sony models. Chord connection may become a bit of an issue, but other than some minor nitpicks this is an awesome entry level unit.
Similarities & Differences
Studio Monitor. Both have “Studio Monitor” on the top of the headband.
Both have the same general build structure and aesthetic.
The mid-range on both is fairly similar.
Detachable. The Senal SMH 1000 comes with a detachable cable while the 7506’s do not. Also, the 1000 comes with 3′ straight cable, and a 10′ coiled cable. The 7506 only comes with a coiled.
Case/Carry bag. The 7506’s come with a carrying bag, while the SMH 1000’s do not.
Warranty. Senal offers a 3 year warranty while Sony only offers 1.
Ear-pads. I owned the 7506’s for quite some time, and one of their biggest weaknesses was the tendency for the pads to fall off and/or peel. The SMH 1000’s actually somehow improve on this, even though the pads look almost identical. They do not fall off as easily, nor do they flake and peel.
Sound. The bass is the big kicker here, as it has more impact and comes through with a bit more clarity. The treble is also tamed down in comparison to the 7506. These aren’t as strident/sibilant. What does Sibilant mean?
Comfort. The 1000’s are more comfortable than the 7506’s by a wide margin, which is surprising considering they use very similar ear-pads.
It shocks me to say this, but I think the SMH 1000’s are an upgrade over the 7506, for all of the reasons outlined above. I would say go for it!!
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