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Before we dive right into the Sony MDR 7506 vs. Senal SMH1000 comparison, grab a snack, sit back and relax because..
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What I will bring you in this review
I will outline the Senal SHM1000, and then compare/contrast it with the 7506 towards the end. 🙂
- Video Review
- Amp/DAC requirements
- Who these headphones benefit?
- Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
- Similarities & Differences
- Final Word
Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!
Senal SMH 1000
- Type: Closed back. Closed back vs. Open back headphones.
- Fit: Circumaural (over ear).
- Impedance: 58 Ohm. What is Headphone Impedance?
- Frequency response: 10Hz – 20kHz
- Sensitivity: 102 dB ±3 dB (@ 1 kHz/mW)
- Maximum Input Power: 1000 mW
- Material: Aluminum, plastic, faux leather
- Color: Black
- Weight: 8 oz.
- Plug: 3.5mm with gold plated 1/4″ adapter.
- Cable length: 3′ and 10′
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.
These aren’t going to need separate amplification, and will sound fine out of your mobile devices. How to choose a headphone amp!
Who these headphones benefit?
- Video recording
- Field recording
- Sound editing
- Documentary film work
- Post production
- Watching movies
- Monitoring audio while doing interviews
- Monitoring spoken word
- Independent film makers
- Radio broadcasting/TV
- Ham Radio
- You-tube film making how to videos
- Tracking in studio
Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
- 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.
- Drivers. Both have 40mm drivers. What is a Headphone Driver?
- 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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Well that’s about it for today my friend! I hope you’ve enjoyed this Sony MDR 7506 vs. Senal SMH 1000 comparison.
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